Saturday, March 6, 2010
Speed: 101 bpm
The DJ’s Take: Ok; I know that even though I’m labeling this a “throwback track,” it isn’t that old. But in today’s pop climate, with all the turnover on the charts (does anyone remember who Flo Rida is?), it’s ancient.
That said, it’s also a guaranteed TMD (Track of Mass Destruction). Simply put, you cannot go wrong with this song, and 93.2% of the time, you will bring the house down. I have spun this on a regular basis for clean-cut Caucasian crowds, and even they start singing, “To the windooooowwwws, to the wawwwsss...” Plus it has a nice, clean break at the beginning, so you can mix it in pretty easily. Get the explicit version, but keep it under wraps if it’s a wedding or event where grandparents and kids are around. Unless you feel like seeing the 6 feet under face.
Download the MP3: Get Low [Explicit]
Tuesday, March 2, 2010
Speed: 80 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 MP3: Walk It Out [Explicit]
DJs - Mix this with: Empire State of Mind - Jay-Z, Rude Boy - Rihanna