Just Blaze Makes Classic Breakbeats Sound Brand New In A Jamming Mini-Mix (Video)
Just Blaze is a producer’s producer. The New Jersey native DJ-turned-beat creator has made hit records for Jay Z, Ghostface Killah, Fat Joe, and others using some of the same break-beats and samples that helped get Hip-Hop music started. Moreover, through work for Fabolous, Freeway, and Saigon, Just has brought attention and supplemental value to some unique samples of his own.
Appearing on Funkmaster Flex’s 5 Minutes Of Funk DJ series, Just plays the records Hip-Hop Heads heard at park jams in the late 1970s and early 1980s. With fast hands, Just Blaze cuts up Billy Squier, Herman Kelly, and Liquid Liquid. More than just dope record selection, the camera catches some hand-work that shows this as much more than just about choice. Technique is key, and J.B. stays active. Other joints are finessed by Thin Lizzy, ESG, and Eastside Connection. Beyond just break lovers, this mix speaks directly to fans of samples in Rap classics too.
In the end, five minutes just won’t do. Just’s mix expands to more than 12 minutes, and only gains momentum along the way.