Blu is a familiar voice around these parts, but if you’re not aware, Waajeed is a master producer (not beat-maker) and artist from the musical mecca of Detroit. Waajeed’s lineage traces back to before the inception of Slum Village, he was close friends with Dilla and was the impetus for creating the now legendary cassette tape version of SV’s Fantastic Vol.1. Since then he has grown into a talented producer in his own right, ghost-producing for major artists and scoring films. Still, you can tell the man’s heart is still in the MPC.
With this remix, Waajeed slows the pace down a bit from the previous hectic version of the NoYork! track and adds a deep, funky, electronic slump to the song (with some cowbell added for good measure). According to Jeedo’s own blog, Bling 47:
“Kenny Fresh and I were going to release this mix on our Waajeed x FreshSelects project last year. The homie Blu asked me to remix the original version produced by Flying Lotus. After I finished this ruff mix, he asked for a two track of the instrumental to relay his vocal. He agreed to send it back so I could finish it…… It never showed up.
The version we have here is unfinished technically, but to many will sound much more polished than the version Azulito threw up on his Bandcamp, along with a string of remixes by other pals. Some will undoubtedly continue to scratch their heads and wonder, all I can add to the conversation is enjoy the ride or exit the amusement park.