Gensu Dean is a beat-ician wholly dedicated to the traditional codes of making tracks. Armed with hip-hop’s classic piece of production hardware, the SP-1200, and his 7,000-piece vinyl collection, the Dallas, Texas product has earned a growing legion of fans behind efforts like his debut, Lo-Fi Fingahz , which features vocal contributions from the likes of Large Professor , Roc Marciano and many others. With his fine recent collaboration with Planet Asia, Abrasions , enjoying additional acclaim, “The Grand Imperial” took a few moments from dicing up audio bytes to share some knowledge of his favorite sample flips.
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Gensu Dean: Peace, I’d like to began by prefacing the fact that I know a ton of joints producers have flipped however; the code of the Jedi does not permit me to reveal such things. Never the less, in the spirit of beat diggin/record collecting and music production, I’ve done my best to retain the code and still participate in this awesome column. Ok, so here we go!
1. Declaime - Let It Be Known (GoodVibe, 1999)
Sample Source: Richard Evans – “Windy City” (Horizon, 1979)
Gensu Dean: Man! When I first heard this joint by Declaime I was hypnotized. The loop is so ill and emotional, it had that laid back Cali feel. Madlib killed it, he looped it up and added some bass stabs… perfect! This is definitely one of my favorites, word.
2. Pete Rock & CL Smooth - "I Got A Love (Remix)" (Elektra, 1994)
Producer: Pete Rock
Sample Source: Cal Tjader – “Davito (Live)” (Fantasy, 1972)
Gensu Dean: This joint is so funky! Pete is a Grand Master Jedi and always had the funky ill loops. The way he chopped this loop and then put it back together with the F.I. drums was just beautiful. He is surely one of the G.O.A.T.s.
3. The Notorious B.I.G. - "Machine Gun Funk" (Bad Boy, 1994)
Producer: Easy Mo Bee
Sample Source: Black Heat – “Something Extra” (Atlantic, 1975)
Gensu Dean: Easy Mo DESTROYED this!! Man, I have so much respect for him who is also a Grand Master Jedi. He sliced and diced this on the SP so lovely, I you not careful you will miss it. It’s an excellent demonstration of choppin’ beats, word.
4. DJ Spinna - "A Grooveamungus" (Rawkus, 1999)
Producer: DJ Spinna
Sample Source: Don Sebesky – “Free As A Bird” (CTI, 1973)
Gensu Dean: WOW! my brother Spinna simply smashed this sh*t, he is one of the true greats, word. The loop is nuts and how he hooked it up was gorgeous, then he threw the R.W. drums on it?!?!? Sh*t is bonkers. Salute my dude, The DJ SPINNA, word.
5. Quasimoto - "Unknown" (Stones Throw, 2000)
Sample Source: Electric Prunes – “General Confessional” (Reprise, 1968)
Gensu Dean: This is a short intro only found on the B side of the “Basic Instinct” 12′. It’s just simply a dope flip by Madlib, loop it up and adds some drums and BOOM! My nephews would ask me to play this over and over again, LOL.
6. The Beatnuts - "Interlude" (Relativity, 1994)
Producer: The Beatnuts
Sample Source: Eddie Harris – “Ballad (For My Love) (Atlantic, 1968)
Gensu Dean: My man Kevin Clayton played this for me back in 02′ and I lost it. This interlude/outro beat on the Beatnuts first full length Street Level so SOOOO ill, word. They way they chopped this and put it back together was seamless, it sounded like one loop. Salute Les, JuJu and Fashion.
7. Slum Village - "Conant Gardens" (GoodVibe, 2000)
Producer: Jay Dee/J Dilla
Sample Source: Little Beaver – “A Tribute To Wes” (Cat, 1974)
Gensu Dean: What can I say about the King of Beats? He’s a Grand Master Jedi who just kills it, word. I thought he had programed the hi hats on the Slum joint, until I bumped in to a copy of this artist I had been collection. I was floored, so dope how he flipped it. R.I.P.
8. A Tribe Called Quest - "Sucka Nigga" (Jive, 1993)
Sample Source: Freddie Hubbard – “Red Clay” (CTI, 1970)
Gensu Dean: This was some SP1200 goodness, so you KNOW I can dig it! One of the things that made is so ill is I think tip used two versions of this song to cook up the Tribe joint, horns from one and bass/guitar from another. Then he laced it with some ill drums, and you have perfection. Salute to him, he is also a Jedi Grand Master.
9. Large Professor - "Outro" (Paul Sea, 2009; recorded 1995)
Producer: Large Professor
Sample Source: Stark Reality – “Blue Pillow” (AJP, 1970)
Gensu Dean: This joint Large cooked up is from his album The LP , that was officially released on Redline in 2009. Its another clear display of why Large Pro is one of the greats and one of my favorite producers ever. He’s a Jedi Grand Master and constantly proves it, like how he caught the loop on an off beat… CRAZY!!!
10. Bahamadia - "Interlude" ft. Guru (Chrysalis, 1996)
Producer: DJ Premier
Sample Source: Ohio Players – “Alone” (Mercury, 1975)
Gensu Dean: My man Melatone put me up on this ill display of (Su)Preemo mastery. He caught this slick loop for an interlude, and its so SNEAKY. He is the Jedi Grand Master of “complicated simplicity”. I salute him!