Wednesday, May 04, 2005

Respect Due: The SD50s


Leave your brain stimulated

Shazzy: "Keep it Flowin'"
from Attitude: A Hip-Hop RAPsody, 1990
Leaders of the New School: "The International Zone Coaster"
from Future Without a Past, 1991
Grand Puba: "Honey Don't Front"
from Reel to Reel, 1992
Del the Funky Homosapien: "Treats for the Kiddies"
from No Need For Alarm, 1994
Kurious: "Baby Bust It (feat MF Grimm)"
from A Constipated Monkey, 1994

With Hard 2 Obtain's "Ism & Blues" in steady rotation this week, I've been reflecting on the major contributions to hip-hop that the Stimulated Dummies production crew has made--seems that their impact on the music has been greater than the length of their discography may suggest. Like the great Prince Paul, the SD50s introduced new sounds into the sampling repertoire of hip-hop: twangy guitars, blues, psychedelic rock, and extended jazz loops to name a few. The production trio consisted of Dante Ross, Geeby Dajani, and John Gamble, and the majority of their work appeared on early- to mid-90s releases. While the team is best known for the work with Brand Nubian, KMD, 3rd Bass, and mainstream Everlast success, their other beatsmithing work should not go unnoticed.

The current incarnation of the Stimulated Dummies is less one member (Geebe Dajani has since parted ways), but arguably stronger than ever. Their record imprint "Stimulated Records," is currently the home to Sadat X, The Dwellas, and more. For a more complete history of the SD50s, check out the Stimulated Records website, click on "Artists", and then click "Stimulated Dummies." It includes a detailed timeline that tracks Dante's rise through record label bureaucracy, the legendary signing of De La Soul, Brand Nubian, LONS, Ol' Dirty Bastard, and more...definitely worth reading, and far more detailed than anything I could write.

3 Comments:

At 10/29/2005 3:46 AM, Blogger D. Ross said...

You malign me a few months later yet never reach out to ask me what te haps actually were/are. Look geebee was and is a very close friend. He wasnt focused on music thats why he left basically. In the future why not just leave me out and off your blogspor/website whatever the f it is cause your obvisouly ab hater of the highest order. Here you give me love but in 6.7 post and all you guys hate on me so hard its not funny. lok man I never took credit for anything I didnt do end of story! geebee never did any of the hits,never did any of the hiero stuff at all,never helped on anything after H20 and there it was minimal bro ya dig. Nuff said and stop the hate.

 
At 12/18/2005 11:53 PM, Anonymous danteross said...

U got me

 
At 1/02/2006 1:15 AM, Anonymous They Enjoy Cheapness said...

I had the pleasure of working with H20 a solid group of brothers that creatively delivered on tour in St. Maarten Netherlands Antilles.

Geebee and Gamble are the original Westbeth heads who blew life into their passion made significant contributions to hip hop by mixing sounds and ideas thereby developing and forging relationships with great talent.

Having talent along with integrity allows you the power to make choices and change direction especially if the energy is unrepresentative of your vision.

Hey H2O, Gee & John the seeds you have planted will always flow your way; you have always been good people. I wish you all good health, peace of mind and life long phenomenal resources.

Gina

 

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