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Monday, June 21, 2010

Throwback Track: Let Me Clear My Throat - DJ Kool

Speed: 103 bpm

The DJ’s Take: I remember hearing this all the time at the clubs during my first college spring break over 10 years ago, and the crowd would always go crazy. Times have changed a little, but this track is still a proven staple in a 100-105 bpm older school hiphop mix. I recommend starting this ~20 seconds in, after that long intro with the horns.

Plus, there are a couple breaks where DJ Kool is trying to jack up the guys and the girls separately, so get the energy level up beforehand with songs like Hip Hop Hooray and Mo Money Mo Problems, or the yelling might sound a little silly. Either way, this track samples the classic 900 Number break, with heavy horns that bring more funk than your grandfather’s socks, and a chorus everyone can sing along to. So like Karl Malden says in those old American Express ads, don’t leave home without it.

Download the MP3: Let Me Clear My Throat (Live)