With all the hoopla and the emotional speeches, Run-DMC and company forgot to thank a producer who played a huge role in building their sound. Larry “King of The Beats” Smith is the most underrated trackmaster of all time. He crafted classics for Darryl and Joe (“It’s Like That,” “Sucker MC’s,” “Rock Box”), Whodini (“Friends,” “Five Minutes of Funk,” “Freaks Come Out At Night”) and Maino’s “Hi Haters” jacked his Jimmy Spicer hit “Money (Dollar Bill Y’all).” You kids got a lot to learn and I have to teach. Ha!
Uncle Rush does a do-over for his old friend after the jump.
“I had a genius, a real genius co-producer named Larry Smith. This old funky ass jazz guy put a R+B BASS LINE that served as a BEAUTIFUL melody on this song. We came in the studio late, and Larry who knows no boundaries, was put on loud blast because anything sounding remotely R&B was unacceptable…it sounded a huge alarm with us. Larry took his lumps and I went uptown to get more coke. When I got back, it was Larry, who along with guitarist Eddie Martinez, who aid that famous guitar line. It was the only traditional melody we could stand. It was obvious to us that this fit. Rev and D complained a little bit, but they liked it better with the guitar then with that “p*ssy” baseline. So in the end it suited their rhymes…it was loud and it fit. So there it was, an acceptable rock song with a traditional rock guitar. And Larry, my dear friend, who because of illness missed his celebration, was a major cause for this celebration. But let’s never forget rock or hip-hop or jazz is a feeling. It’s not about instrumentation…it’s about heart. And that rock heart is equal in Sucker MCs, Jam Master Jay and Rock Box.”
Global Grind, fools!