at 7:15 PM words by: J1
The King James Version is now available for digital download at the following sites...
Wax Poetic Digital
Physical copies available @ www.fatbeats.com
Producer/DJ House Shoes befriended Jay Dee when both were young record-chasing beat fiends in a mid-'90s Detroit hip-hop scene that most famously birthed Marshall "Eminem" Mathers.
As the resident spinner at the D's St. Andrew's Hall famed friday night "Three Floors of Fun" hip hop parties, Shoes championed Dilla's productions as though they were his own. Such was the kinship he felt for Jay's music. So it's most fitting that Shoes now memorializes James Yancey's genius via mixtape.
"House Shoes Presents The King James Version" (House Shoes) is a lovingly and expertly constructed journey through the building blocks of Dilla's beats - the dusty OG vinyl grooves that he sampled.
From the basis of a Frank-N-Dank cult favorite, through that of a Fantastic SV moment, to Donuts' irresistible ingredients, Shoes' thorough work shines the light on his friend's ear for a sneaky loop, his affection for perfectly imperfect chops and his knack for extracting the soul from a forgotten musical fragment and making it something altogether new, something his own.
Long Live King James......
XXL april 2009
"Shoes!!! Need that mayne! Where can i buy it?"
"This King James shit is nutz. No homo. "
"House Shoes just showed us how much of a genius Dilla was even more with this cd and how crazy Dilla's record collection was... I'm just now finding some of these samples...He was light years ahead of us..."
"King James is a masterpiece. Bravo!!"
-Waajeed(Platinum Pied Pipers/Bling47)
"The King James Version is a must for all you hardcore Dilla fans or for Sample Heads. Shoes is the only person besides J.Rocc who can put something together like this.....listening to this will make your head crack! Don't sleep!"
-DJ Rhettmatic(Beat Junkies)
"House Shoes seems to have it all....life isn't fair sometime. After listening to this you'll ask yourself how did Dilla do it. All Hail King James (both of em)"
-DJ J-Rocc(Beat Junkies)
"Mad people always talk about how much they love music but my man House Shoes is THE only one I know that consistently holds it down! His knowledge and skill cannot be questioned...basically he is the MAN! I am just the man siitin' next to the MAN!"
-DJ Amir(Kon and Amir/Wax Poetics)