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Big Pooh has conjured up a whopping new remix with some big names to go along with it. “They Say,” the most recent single released from Pooh’s upcoming album, Dirty Pretty Things, gets a once-over by producer Focus…, along with some stellar guest verses from two rappers who have spent much of their now legendary careers unjustly overshadowed, namely, Phife Dawg of A Tribe Called Quest and T3 of Slum Village.

“I wanted to do a remix that felt like when Pete Rock or DJ Premier used to remix records, give it a whole new feel,” says Big Pooh. “As I was listening to the track and thinking about the message, I reached out to two legends from legendary groups who’s contributions and skills may have also been overlooked.” With Big Pooh’s first verse untouched, the remix moves on to Phife’s honest dialogue, sparring with the opinions of music fans who have may doubted his skills as a solo artist. T3, who closes out the track, offers his own scathing bars. For his part, Focus… doesn’t disappoint, flipping the Cali-vibe of the original in favor of some classic horn chops of heavy drums, swapping out Choklate’s singing in lieu of some sharp scratching that serves to keep things entertaining between verses.

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The song, produced by Kudie Fresh and featuring R&B chanteuse Chokolate on the hook, kicks things off with an innately west coast-vibe; a mix of staccato strings, heavy bass, vocal chops, and synths create a fittingly raw backdrop for Pooh’s aggressive raps as he rebukes naysayers and shakes off hanger-on’s. “Get it done anyway/ Fuck what them people say/ As we look around, notice who ain’t with me here today,” raps Pooh, before exclaiming, “My circle getting small, my legend growing bigger/ And I’m yet to reach my apex, go figure/ All the respect that I’ve accumulated/ You could times that by 10 and it’s understated.”

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When he’s not tattooing the likes of MURS, Jean Grae, 2Mex, Big Pooh, members of Arcade Fire, and others at his popular tattoo shop STARING WITHOUT CARING, Tucson, Arizona rapper Isaiah Toothtaker continues to turn heads with his latest album, Illuminati Thug Mafia, released late last month as part of a joint venture between Alpha Pup Records and his own label Machina Muerte. Now the Tucson native is treating fans with the latest single, “Baby,” which fans can also expect a video for in the coming days.

Convicted multiple felon and participant in over 400 witnessed street fights — all after being kicked out of his home at the age of 11 and having his father murdered by Tucson Police — it’s no secret that Isaiah Toothtaker has seen and experienced plenty of violence’s shady underworld. And the combination of heavily reverberating drums, high-speed crashing percussion, deep bass, and shrill organ stabs, create a perfectly grim and sinister backdrop for the Machina Muerte Capo to unwind his tales, starting with his off-kilter, semi-melodic chorus, as he sings, “Dear mama, didn’t mean to kill your baby, is that your baby?/ Holy father, I’m waiting for you to save me, so can you save me?” Later referring to himself as the “Only undertaker that overachieves,” Toothtaker, on “Baby” as with the rest of the album, mixes mayhem with deft wordplay, and leaves it up to listeners to decipher their own meanings.

Isaiah Toothtaker’s newest album Illuminati Thug Mafia is available now via Machina Muerte/Alpha Pup.

Download Isaiah Toothtaker’s “Baby” here:
Isaiah Toothtaker – “Baby”

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