The Holstar and Teck-Zilla: Past,Present And Future

This joint is taken off the collaborative album with Slamdunk record‘s CEO “The Holstar“. I must have told this story a thousand times but I’ma tell it once more.

After going through series of beats, trying to get a balance for the album. I stumbled upon the original beat for what eventually became “Past, present And Future“. The said beat was first made in 2007 and actually made into a song shortly afterwards but as fate would have it the song was never released and it’s probably in data heaven as we speak. I never even got to listen to said song so it’s like a dream that never actually took place.

Check out the audio here:

The video was Shot, Directed and Edited by Jamiel Banda in Zambia and features cameos by Hip-Hop Group ZoneFam.

This is my favorite song on the album, I’m a sucker for anything nostalgic and this right here hit the right spots. It was really dope to see the entire crew in the video as well having worked with all of them(2 years before) on “Full Script“.

Double Dragon 2: The Revenge (Remix)

I  recall vividly the first time I played this game on the NES. I must have been around 9 or 10 and I was stoked  out of my mind.

The gameplay was truly amazing at the time. As opposed to the usual, run,jump,attack that I was used to, in this scenario you could combine various moves depending on your position. You could attack an enemy behind you (with the back kick) while keeping another in a hold and then there was the famous “Hurricane Kick” and of course “Abobo

 Another feature that captured my imagination was the music. Timeless pieces that capture the mood of each stage and draws you in. Seriously for an 8-bit game, the music was brilliant and for years it was stuck in my head like a mantra. Especially the themes for Stage 2 and stage 4(pictured below)

Fast forward many years later. I became a beat maker and naturally I had to get my hands on the entire Double Dragon 2 music catalogue. The version I sampled on the song “Set It Off RMX” is actually an updated rendition of the original 8-bit music but I also spliced the music used in the game’s interlude to give it that retro feel.

 The original version of Set It Off was recorded for Rhythm 93.7‘s Dj Tommy’s mixtape (still in limbo) hence we never actually put it on any Str8Buttah project. The original was recorded at Jabbarad’s studio after we got kicked out of the first studio for another artist (that’s another story for another day). Unfortunately XYZ was unavailable for the recording as he was still serving in the Northern part of Nigeria so you get to hear only 4 emcees plus me on the hook.

 The remix in question was done about 2 years later(2009) while we were putting the Buttah-Tapes together.

Compare and contrast:

Set It Off Double Dragon Remix

AFRO B-BOY

A video I made on my macbook and I must confess, I hate making videos. It take so much of your precious time and uses so much space on your hard drive. I’d rather not do it at all. This is actually the first movie I made using iMovie, I’d tried working on windows video maker but it kept crashing so I had to completely jettison the 2 video projects I was working on at the time.

This video splices scenes from Fela’s live performances, interviews and much more. You can spot a young Femi Kuti playing the sax in one scene.

Here is the audio for good measure.

Afro J.E.T.S Club Project Podcast

A.J.C.P is an audio quasi-documentary inspired by Africa’s rich musical and political history. Teck-Zilla goes the extra mile and digs deep into the sounds from 70s Africa.Splices them with rich commentary/sound bites from Africa’s great political & musical visionaries such as Nkrumah, Lumumba, Nnamdi Azikiwe,Sunny Ade,Fela Kuti etc. to create a fusion of raw edged boom-bap beats laced with African melodies and rhythm.