TURNTABLIST - Super Duck Breaks... The Saga Begins
Peanut Butter Wolf
Label: Stones Throw Records
Cat No: STH 2004
Released: 18th November, 1996
1. Ragamuffin Freak
2. Cram To Understand Break
3. Baby Doll Break
4. Step Up Break
5. Scratch Sentence One
6. Romeo And Juliet Break
1. Freestyle Beat
2. Back To The Old School Break
3. Scratch Sentence Two
4. Jack Of Braex
Super Duck Breaks was put together by the DJ credited as the one who made up the term "turntablist" to describe a DJ who uses the turntable as an instrument. He asks to remain anonymous, but y'all know his real DJ name if you know anything about turntable culture.
"Super Duck" had to be the most used battle record of the battle record era, used in routines by The X-ecutioners, The Invisibl Skratch Piklz, The Beat Junkies, The 5th Platoon, A-Trak, Cut Chemist. You can also recognize it in recordings made by some of these DJ's mentioned above, you can hear it in DJ competitions, and you can hear it from bedrooms of many other DJs who you may or may not hear from in the future.
A better question to ask is, who doesn't use it?
"Everyone uses it," says Peanut Butter Wolf.
"Everyone uses it," says DJ Babu.
"I saw the Beastie Boys use it for 'Paul Revere' in place of their regular music in 1998," says Sweet Steve, Hip Hop Authority.
It was even used by Target recently in an ad, as a prop in some dude's room to show that he was "down," despite his wack Target gear.
In 2000, Turntablist proved that the sophomore slump was not for him when he brought us Super Duper Duck Breaks. It's the Godfather II of battle records.
The tracks are a combination of the old to the new. Some of the styles are in the old school, "Fresh for '86" style with 16th note drum machine high hits and more programming involved, while others are loops of live drummers that DJ's would want to repeat so they can showcase their scratching over them.
The Turntablist has a great way with finding sounds and voices from old records and arranging them to be used so that even a novice DJ can imitate his competitors and sound halfway decent. (You know, Parappa the Rappa style.) don't be discouraged if you are a professional though. I've seen the scratch sentences flipped in way I would have never dreamt were possible.