TITLE: What Does It All Mean? 1983-2006 Retrospective
YEAR RELEASED: Compilation
CHART ACTION: None
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: The Payoff Mix
LINEUP: Steve Stein (Steinski), Doug DiFranco (Double Dee)
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: One of the greatest mixers and samplers in hip-hop has his collection of sample collages and mixes.compiled in one place.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: Starting with a contest entry for Tommy Boy Records (“Lesson 1 – The Payoff Mix”), and continuing through the 90’s and 00’s, Steve “Steinski” Stein (along with his early partner Doug “Double Dee” DiFranco) was the mix and sample master of early hip-hop.
Their first three lessons took the community by storm, even if they were basically uncleared samples, and after the sampling controversy the releases of these Lessons were very hard to find. Steinski kept going, though, creating mixes and mashups that were just as clever as the original mixes, and inspiring so many DJs and producers on what turntables, a record collection, and a studio could go.
The technical wizardry is impressive, and the mixes have a natural flow. For anyone wondering about hip-hop mix and remix culture, here’s one of the pioneers that needs to be checked out.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: The track that got them their start (“Lesson 1 – The Payoff Mix”) was based around “Play That Beat, Mr. DJ” by G.L.O.B.E and Whiz Kid.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: No
GRADE: A-: It can be overwhelming, but it’s so stunning and groundbreaking.