From the Vault of Pritt Kalsi – Who? Ultimate Breakbeats.

Today after reading a post on facebook talking about the Octopus Breakbeats , the DJ tool that later became the Ultimate Breakbeats. I thought Id write this. The significant impact of these records alone did not only change the face and wave of Djing throughout the 80’s they still to this day play as much as an important role as they did when they first came out.

Here in the UK the Mix tape culture of New York played a vital role as did DJ’s such as Cosmic Jam who had first hand experience of what was going on in NYC when Hip Hop was being conceptualized.  The DJ played the most important role in this movement. As you saw in the Diamond D post previous, the art of cutting up breakbeats was born in the Bronx. Dj’s like and ill pick one, BAMBAATA would dig through a wide range of Genre’s of music to select grooves and what we know as breakbeats. These records would be played at the Jams and certain tracks would shine, later becoming the holy grails of breakbeats.

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BreakBeat Lenny a record dealer who would go to the jams, caught onto this movement leading onto the development of the Octopus breakbeats. With his team of Diggers and Editors. Break Beat Lou and TR Love lets not forget, they would search out records for these compilations. Lou also known as Louis Flores was the man behind the edits on the records. Lenny the financier.

In the 90s I was filming on VHS the things me and my crew would get up too. I should rephrase it, it was Spara’s Crew. We followed him. This lead me to pursuing my passion for film and things creative.  Now long before there was a Facebook, Myspace or even dial up internet and even Serato I would be shooting film. Ive been consistently doing this for over 20 years. One of the very few people to do so, and probably the one person you never hear of.  I never get interviews nore press, I don’t get sponsorship or funding I do it my self.

As I discussed with my brother in arms Dexter Thibou of the Beatminerz only last week. I created my own lane. Fuck You if you do not give me a chance or believe in my ability or vision. I’m still here. I was into the Zulu Nation ideology, especially in the late 70s and early 80s I liked that. I loved Public Enemy and BDP’s inspiring music. I wanted to become empowered. When the world is against you or you feel like so, you got to stand up and fight for your beliefs. This is my DNA and time has proved that and I still carry the same values.

Shame on all those that read this and the ones that turned there backs on me on the past, if you got a problem see me.

Anyhow what matters is that the real artists, my piers I looked up too believed in me. I want to thank all those that welcomed me into their homes and allowed me to film them.

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Above is an extract from one of my early films shot here in the UK and USA. The topic the Ultimate Breakbeats. The impact and influence they had here on us and the impact they had on DJ’s in Mecca New York.

I will say here in the UK, in those days  information to us was very limited. This was shot well before Break Beat Lou and my self befriended each other. He has since cleared up some of the stories behind the records. I do have that film too.

Break Beat Lou will be in the UK over August 2015. If you are interested in booking him – Feel free to contact me.

Enjoy a rare piece of film by my self. I would ask in respect do not go ripping this footage.  Big thankyou to Jazzy Jay, Grandmaster Caz, Charlie Chase, Grand Wizard Theodore, Afrika Bambaata, DJ Pogo, Billy Biznizz, Cutmaster Swift & Casz

TR Love’s 45 Series – Presents For Record Store Day – TIM DOG Limited Edition 45. Orange Vinyl

Another year and here drops another holy grail of Hip Hop.  Last year on Record Store Day saw the previously unreleased Paul C edit of Ain’t it good by the Ultramagnetic M.C’s. 1 year later take me out with the fader…..TR Love & Black Pegasus Records return with another classic.  Available to purchase tomorrow 18.04.15 at 10:00 am UK time via www.blackpagasusmusic.blogspot.com.  This is limited edition only 300 Orange Vinyl copies so get your before there gone. 

My personal involvement and contribution to the projects has been to create the artwork, logos and create the videos, behind the scenes i played the roll of helping co-ordinate with label owner Marc Davis and TR Love.  It’s been a very interesting experience.  I look forward to being involved in a few more projects. On a personal note, I love working with Trev, he’s charismatic and passionate about music, and it comes across on camera really well.

Flashback to 1990 and UltraMagnetic MC’s are back in the Bronx after an incredible show at Brixton Academy in London, U.K. where they introduced there newest member Timothy “Tim Dog” Blair to the die hard cult European audience. Tim Dog’s mega buzz from his opening debut verse on Ultra’s “A Chorus Line” put him on the A&R radar from everyone from Def Jam’s Russell Simmons, Andre Harrell at Uptown to Chris Swartz at Ruff House.

Tim Dog’s hunger to prove he was more then just one verse landed him and “producer of the year” Ced-Gee and T.R. Love “The Ultra-lab technician” back in the Ultra-lab studio to record Tim’s demo. This demo not only secured the “hardcore Master’s” record deal but it show cased the dynamic “Fuck Compton” which eventually gave the west coast a super kick in the ass and ignited the legendary east coast vs west coast hip hop war!!

This obscure demo also housed two very dope innovative tracks, “Suckers Never Play Me” and “It’s My Time”!! These two butters are the latest Black Pegasus’ Ultra 7 release, BP702. In classic golden era fashion the masters of the SP 1200 Ced-Gee and T.R. come with uptempo break beats topped with saucy groove chops and a pinch of hardcore cuts and scratches courtesy of DJ I-Roc and T.R. Love. “Suckers Never Play Me” a revved up fast song that borrows a quote from Chuck D. Of Public Enemy for the chorus, while Tim Dog spits braggadocio triple cadence metaphor letting wack MC’s know he can’t be fucked with! The flip side “It’s My Time” uses the park jam break “Assembly Line” by the Commodores finds Tim Dog slaying his lyrical competition as well dropping positive life lesson jewels!!

This 300 copy limited edition, orange vinyl 7inch release is by far Black Pegasus best release to date!! The real Tim Dog and Ultramagnetic heads now have another classic to add to the crates! Tim Dog may be gone in the physical but his musical catalog is immortal!!

Available from blackpegasusmusic.bigcartel.com/

Diamond D Ft Daddy I.U – ‘The Game’, Enjoy.

Without a shadow of a doubt working with Jazzy Jay has opened some doors for me, especially when it comes to the crew DITC. Over the last 5 years I had built a friendship and relationship with one of my all time idols Diamond D.

Going back to the release of his first solo album. Like many people I was totally blown away from the amazing music and his rhymes. It was an album that fully embodied and represented this Music we call Hip Hop, not only did it capture its time but it gone on to stand the test of time to be known as one of the greatest Hip Hop albums of all time. It became the benchmark for all aspiring producers to one-day reach.

I was one of those aspiring digging in the crates every week producers. I was in a crew made up of me and Mike Richards called ‘the Butcher Shop’. Birmingham City Legend DJ Sparra, former DMC champion, was mentoring me. He was part of a crew called Rerun. Their lead MC was known as Juice, Juice Aleem as most people know him. Leaving Sparra’s home we was discussing Diamond D, 1992 Album ‘ Stunts Blunts and Hip Hop’. This is where I want to be I said, unless I’m this good I cannot put a record out.

Fast forwarding some 18 years later. In which over that time I become more known for film making and documenting this culture. I got to meet Diamond in London. Although our meeting was brief, Diamond become familiar with my work and what I represented.   This lead to me shooting a few things with him that maybe in the near future we will put out in the public domain. A couple DJ sets beautifully shot.

 Diamond then took part in my upcoming film ‘Looking for the Perfect Beat’. Whilst I was shooting the movie, I had painted a portrait of my NYC father Jazzy Jay that Diamond had seen. He liked it and wanted a painting by me for maybe a future record release. Returning back to the UK, I got busy editing the film. Then Diamond announced he was working on his new album, and there was opening for someone to do the album cover. I submitted some artwork, which got selected, leading to Cover artwork of his 2014/15 album THE DIAM PIECE.

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Returning back to NYC to try complete filming my project past November 2014 Diamond asked me if I had time to shoot something for him. He asked if I could do something for the track featuring one of the greatest punch line M.C’s Granddaddy I.U. ‘THE GAME’ personally my favorite track on the album had fallen at my feet. For it production value I love the open space D created, the drums are not hard but lyrics, cadence and voice of DADDY I.U give it all the power it needs to be a very big sounding track.

The evening before the shoot, we all coincidentally met at the 41st Zulu Nation Anniversary held in Harlem.   Along side Daddy I.U, Black Rob, Minnesota , Fred Beanz and Break Beat Lou. Diamond informed me that he had booked out a bar for the shoot and that was to meet 3pm in the Bronx.

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The following day joined by Fred Beanz and Breakbeat Lou we met up in the Bronx for the shoot. We had got there before Diamond and crew and arrived at the venue. THE LEGACY BAR where we was met by the owner who was an fantastic host and went out of his way to help and support the shoot.

In classic me style I recruited Fred Beanz to assist me with the shoot and gave him about 10 mins training. Hence his 3 times cameo appearances, a thank you for his efforts and sorry for dropping you in it on my part.

Let take into account that we started the shoot at 3 pm and NYC gets very Dark early that time of year. Time was very limited. To a certain extent Diamond gave me some freedom to try a few things. Some worked some didn’t. Anyhow as a back up plan I met up with I.U to shoot some out door shot very very early one morning.

Returning back to the UK I had done a rough of the video I think the first week I got back. Unfortunately some things happened and I was out the picture until the start of this year. The whole week alongside Diamond we worked together fine tuning this video.

So for all those that have a passion for things creative, keep doing what you do, never give up your dreams or goals, patience is a virtue. Even when things get tough things can happen. Karma.

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HiCoup’s – Crocodile Tears Directed by Pritt Kalsi

Whilst in New York last November working on the film I found the time to shoot a video for my friends Johnny Juice’s new project HiCoup.

HiCoup in his own right has been on the circuit for a good while.  I had never met him before the shoot.  I had only heard the E.P that Juice produced.  It’s a fantastic project led by Johnny Juice a accomplished producer and DJ.  Seeing him at work in person I can say that he is no way a beat maker, who churns out track after track asking artists to pick one.  He carefully selects who he works with and grinds in the studio to help develop a sound and artist.  His way is by no means a 1hour take.

There was a song on the E.P that stood out called ‘Crocodile Tears’.  I had spoken to Juice prior to leaving out to NYC and said if there was time Id shoot something for him.  I had been in NYC 2 weeks.  This was my final day.  I still have people to shoot for my project.

The sun was light very bright first thing in the morning, the weather was turning so there was a really nice frost.  Knowing how long things take I suggested to Juice we can shoot 6am in Brooklyn’s Forte Green.  I had shot there earlier on my trip.

HiCoup and manager where based in New Jersey.  I was very surprised when they called me to say there were at my spot dead on time.  We headed out to Forte Green and knocked out the video before 8am.  Only if every shoot could go down as well planned as that.

I had completed the video the first day I arrived back.  Now that HiCoup has approved and posted the video onto Youtube I can post it onto my page, enjoy.

DOWNLOAD THE E.P HERE

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THESE HANDZ Ft JMEGA,DON STREAT & MACABEATS – NEW WORD ORDER (MIGHGAWD REMIX)

 

These Handz return with this fantastic new release produced by Sparkii Ski and Deejay Grazzhoppa.  Sparkii reminded me that I supplied him the sample for this many years ago.  So maybe my opinion might be slightly one sided.

Its been nearly 2 years since the group formed, Over a albums worth of material and countless singles.  Here is a group i think that needs some serious attention.  One of the very few groups today that structure there songs, including things such things as ‘Bridges’ a long forgotten movement in a song. I did here that there is possible a vinyl release on the horizon  Look forward to that.  We will be stocking that for sure here at king of the beats.

 

 

Great event coming up May 10th. Diggers get invovled.

Check out this video. Chris Read called me about this event and was giving me the full lowdown on the project.  He has been able to gain access to Boosey & Hawkes and Cavendish catalogues from the archives of famed library music specialists.  Producers will have access to dig through their entire achieve and pick out music to sample.  In the 90′s and 2000′s Chris was one of the very few people in Birmingham City that really supported my work.

for further information in taking part in the event check out the website  : whosampledthis

D.I.T.C Return with with Remix Project.

D.I.T.C are really getting it together for 2014.  From the much anticipated Diam Piece Album by Diamond D here is the lead single from the soon to be released D.I.T.C remix album. Remixed by DJ Premier who returns here with a very strong piece.

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After being premiered by DJ Premier on his radio show this weekend here is the full track, “Diggin’ In The Crates (DJ Premier Remix)”, available for to stream, including a FREE DOWNLOAD link direct off the new D.I.T.C. website!

The original version of this track is where it all officially began for the D.I.T.C. crew, back in 1991, a full 6 years before “Day One” was released on the crews own label. “Diggin’ In The Crates” featured on the Showbiz & A.G. debut and self pressed joint, the Soul Clap EP…the rest as they say is Bronx Hip-Hop History. For the D.I.T.C. Remix Project, Showbiz called in long time friend and crew member, DJ Premier, who’s absolutely smashed it with this new version.

Fans of this remix are going to WANT the vinyl release, so make sure you subscribe for pre-order info. eepurl.com/dDNmk

The D.I.T.C. Remix Album is dropping on DITC Ent. and Slice Of Spice Records, with CD & Digital available from 7th May, directly from the new D.I.T.C. website (see link below), and Vinyl from Slice Of Spice, soon after, including bonus vinyl and high quality collectible merch. STAY TUNED!