Big Ballin Wit The Remix
E-40 f/ C-Dog & B-Legit – “Big Ballin’ (Remix)”
from Big Ballin’ (Remix) 12″ (White Label, 1999)
The Click – “Hurricane (Remix)“
from Hurricane 12″ (Jive, 1997)
The internet is filled with meticulously cataloged collections of New York rap remixes, but finding specific remixes of gangsta or “regional” rap is still a little more difficult. But let’s be real, the classic remix was always the primary domain of true school adherents. With a few exceptions, there just aren’t as many legendary remixes coming from outside the NYC purism circle. Perhaps this is because DJ culture always seemed more utilitarian than prestigious in other scenes so there wasn’t as much demand for fresh remixes. Or maybe there was just less of a push to rework singles to different markets. I don’t know. Whatever the case, there are certainly some cool remixes that get overlooked because nobody is looking for remixes in these corners of the hip hop world.
And really there’s no more comfortable corner than the one occupied by Vallejo’s Hillside Hillbillies The Click. On the “Big Ballin’ Remix” the flip both the beat and the lyrics. B-Le almost steals the show with his “make your lungs retire” weed carrier boasts. I have no idea who C-Dog is or why he ended up on an E-40 record, but he is from Dallas and holds his own. The “Hurricane” remix doesn’t do a whole lot, just amends a fatter bassline to the classic original.
40 posted the above photo to his twitter a few months ago and it might be the most appropriate picture of his career. Earl is gleefully lying on the floor of the studio in his socks with two jugs of Rossi at his side, committing his lyrics to a sprawling stack of legal pads. He still looks like an excited little kid, even though he’s 40+ and a father himself. That balance of wisdom and childlike enthusiasm has long been the appeal of 40.