1. WATCH: Official Proof of Bob James' "Take Me To the Mardi Gras" without the Bells.

    WATCH: Official Proof of Bob James’ “Take Me To the Mardi Gras” without the Bells.

    Allow us to unabashedly indulge our beat nerd side for a moment, as we present to you (via beat digger par excellence Thes One of People Under The Stairs) official, indisputable proof that a long debated break-beat myth does, in fact, exist: Bob James' hallowed hip-hop sonic building block, "Take Me To the Mardi Gras" - without the bells . Heretofore, Biz Markie has claimed to be the only person in the world with this bells-less version of "Mardi Gras" in his possession. Biz being evasive with the details, many wondered whether The Diabolical was just pulling our collective leg. Thes, however, has gone above and beyond the call of beat-digging duty and video-ed the actual master reel of said bell-free break. Now once and for all, you can cha-cha-cha to this "Mardi Gras,"...


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    • snkrjoe
    • DJ Design

      Wow. That's eerie. I've forgotten about him Biz saying that then seeing this headline, it all came back. I can't believe Thes One found that. DId he find it? Or did he hit up Bob James? Why no back story? C'mon!

    • Ri067953

      Thes is and will forever be the man!

    • http://www.kvbeats.com KVBeats

      Who's gonna be the first producer to sample this version? Drums sound crisp as hell without those bells on top.

    • http://potholesinmyblog.com/ Gedi

      Heard Biz Markie talk about this in previous interviews it’s great to finally hear it.

    • Grand Groove

      @DJ Design - me too on the backstory tip. We need details! :(

    • Flash

      Damn. Bigfoot exists!

    • http://www.myspace.com/djmilando1 DJ Milando

      Hahahahahaha - bulshit str8 up!
      I luv Biz to death, but you can hear bells here!!!!!
      Someone killed the phase, in hope 2 present the "clean" version, I also did this way way back when I first installed cool edit...

    • http://www.myspace.com/djmilando1 DJ Milando

      Check it out (quick reduction trick on the left channel):


    • Mizurk

      This sounds like MARDI GRAS was mastered first, and then BJ decided to add the bells for the final and familiar version later. But the dates in which this version was apparently made available on a limited edition 12" for selected industry peoples (which is apparently where Biz's comes from) come after the release of BJ2 LP, so I dunno....

      I love Biz, but until I see the record playing in its own, with no help from Serato, Ableton, etc, I ain't buyin' it.

    • Noel

      This has to be real because Thes One wouldn't mess about...

    • http://www.myspace.com/djmilando1 DJ Milando

      Who can also hear bells artifact on this r2r track besides me? :)

    • andrewfrumrusha

      @DJ Milando - Me!


      this doesn't sound like a different version just the multitrack with the bell track muted

    • Ri067953

      Yo, anybody who knows anything about PUTS or .Thes knows he wouldn't try and pull a fast one. PUTS takes their digging seriously. You know that rare funky shit not them repressed fakes.

    • Mizurk

      No disrespect to PUTS, but this is the sasquatch/loch ness of breaks, so some folks are continue to doubt that this is legitimate until the record itself gets played, with no help from mixer panning, tweaking, or software tomfoolery...

    • lies

      Thes is full of shit. nuff said.

    • grumpycatspistol

      Don't be so naive! THERE IS NO BELL-LESS TAKE ME TO THE MARDI GRAS! Bob James would know! Somebody simply removed/muted the part of the left channel that had the cow bell duh! It's not rocket science. Any studio engineer can do it. I did it in less than a minute with $40 Mashtactic stereo image edit software. :)