Remember back in September 2007 when I wrote about SPUTNIK BROWN? At the time I was so excited to hear a new crew with serious hip hop talent bringing fresh new music to my ears. In particular a track called "Gone Diggin" produced by GENSU DEAN simply epitomised my whole state of mind at that time. Militant digging missions were the norm for me back then, and I realised how SPUT's main MC (and STRONG ISLAND native) OXYGEN shared that love of all things funky on vinyl, and his rhymes on the track told the story of how he covered the tri-borough copping his beats armed with a portable, gloves and a mask. I too was searching high and low for that next fix of dusty beats over here in the UK. Hell I even took bottles of water, soap and a towel to one spot that me and the BEAT DETECTIVE used to hit in darkest deepest Essex (BRICK HOUSE RECORDS) - I'm surprised we never caught anything unhealthy in that place LOL! We didn't care as long as the records were in abundance.
Two years of peer pressure later, and coupled with some hard graft by OXYGEN and "Gone Diggin" is now seeing a release on vinyl. I wasn't the only one who thought this track was an absolute banger, and K-PRINCE from BBP records agreed to drop this joint on a 45rpm single, backed with a vintage OXYGEN joint from his first demo tape entitled "Mastermind's In Effect". This is some hot shit on both sides people. If you haven't already checked out OXYGEN's steez, then check out SPUTNIK BROWN'S first 12" release on HIGH WATER MUSIC right here.
I am happy enough with the fact that "Gone Diggin" is being released on wax. But as a real surprise, I was asked by OX himself if I would drop some scratches on the final version of the a-side. Was I down to clown? For sure! So I have to say a HUGE "thanks" to my man my mellow OXYGEN for getting KID DYNO involved. And also a firm handshake to MR KRUM for the dope picture sleeve design. Just the ticket.
Peep the soundclips below, then grab your pre-order copy before they run out faster than a bank robber!
MASTERMIND'S IN EFFECT
Peep how OXYGEN and THE SPUTS get down right here....(WARNING: THIS VIDEO CONTAINS SOME XXXRATED MATERIAL, HIGHLY DOPE BEATS, AND THE CLEVEREST RHYMES YOU DONE EVER HEARD!)
Now what you gotta say about that ... other than that is on some holy shit. OX and the SB crew are that shining light at the end of the tunnel. Say word.
Read Jesse Serwer's in-depth interview with OXYGEN right here.
The "Gone Diggin" 45rpm 7" vinyl is priced at $7.99 with discounts available on shipping for multiple copies.
Hit up OXYGEN on 24karatblack 'at' gmail.com to pre-order through Paypal. Or alternatively email myself for more details at kidbiscuit 'at' hotmail dot com.
keepin it fresh
p.s I'm priveleged to have my name appear on the sleeve credits in between LARGE PROFESSOR and K-PRINCE. Ok so it was for alphabetical reasons but how about that?