Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Throwback Track: Walk It Out - Unk

Speed: 80 bpm

Recommended bpm range: 80 bpm to 85 bpm

The DJ’s Take: This track is one of the rare “highlights” from rap’s dark age. If you weren’t dj’ing then, or weren’t paying attention, there was a trend from 2004 to 2007 toward slower, southern-style beats that probably took about 5 minutes to make, laced with “rhymes” that took about 30 seconds to write. Remember Laffy Taffy? Yeah; it was actually #1 on the charts back in 2006. Ridiculous. In fact, I spun in a college bar down South back then (they had a glow-in-the-dark NASCAR mural on the wall), and this was the kind of stuff that got requested. Fortunately for me, the bar owner had no problem letting me drink while I was working, which made the nights fly by a little faster.

But back to Walk It Out - it’s still a popular song with a hook that top 40 fans can sing to and dance to. And if it’s good enough for ABDC on MTV, it’s good enough for me.

Download the song:

Amazon: Walk It Out [Explicit]

DJs - Mix this with: Empire State of Mind - Jay-Z, Rude Boy - Rihanna, Izzo - Jay-Z