A note from AaronM: I’m super busy this week, my last in New York before I head back to school. So I enlisted ML devotee Jorge from Bang The Box for a guest drop. Enjoy, and show J support with some comments. I should be back with a RT feature next week.
“1, 2 Pass It” was the Premier-produced and only 12” single for the 1995 D & D Records compilation The D & D Project. The track features verses from KRS-One, Fat Joe, Mad Lion, Doug E. Fresh, Jeru the Damaja, and Smif-N-Wessun. Collectively known as the D & D All-Stars, this short lived collaboration managed to yield one of the dopest posse cuts of the era. Notable verses, in my opinion, go to KRS and Jeru but the same cohesion that makes tracks like ATCQ/LONS’ “Scenario” great is also prevalent here. The release was backed by Big C’s “Look Alive,” produced by Diamond D.
The verses on both versions are identical; however, the beat employed in the original versus the remix give each cut a radically different feel. The original maintains that same deep, Rhodes-laced, head-nod vibe that is also present in Premo’s Nyte Time remix of Show & AG’s “Next Level,” on that late night studio session tip. You can also easily draw comparisons to “Return Of The Crooklyn Dodgers,” produced around the same time. However, the revision of “1, 2 Pass It” offers a totally different sound, introducing horn stabs that give the track a much more funked-out feel; but still Premier. The drum kits on both versions are also identical, with most of the major differences lying in the backing samples and bass lines. In my opinion, the original beat is more complimentary to the verses and the overall feel of the track.
The video is a who’s who of D & D Studio regulars including cameo appearances from DJ Evil Dee & Mr Walt of Da Beatminerz, Lord Finesse, and Sadat X just to name a few.