by Nick Spacek
Scene & Heard -- wherein local music scene makers give you the lowdown on the soundtrack to their lives.
Ian Sotomayor is the best beer-slinger in Lawrence, providing Free State Brewery customers with perfectly pulled pints. In addition, he can be found rocking area clubs as DJ Proof. This is a man who knows what gets a party started, so for this week's Scene & Heard, Sotomayor lists eight songs he likes to play out. These are dance floor killers, guaranteed to get a party started right.
If you like what you hear, DJ Proof is spinning on the Replay patio on Friday, May 21.
Latyrx, "Lady Don't Tek No"
A thumping track with a great intro, pure funk and dope lyrics make this one a party starter.
Del The Funky Homosapien, "No Need For Alarm"
The rawness of this west coast classic gets my hype, battle lyrics and amazing punchlines from one of the kings of rhyme.
De La Soul, "Say No Go" (12" Remix)
This record has the ability to kill 'em at a party. Nostalgic props on the Hall & Oates sample & funky fresh lyrics with a timeless message.
Stezo, "It's My Turn"
Uptempo Hip Hop hype here. Former EPMD dancer gets loose over Skull Snap breaks & keeps heads nodding.
Erule, "Listen Up"
A true golden era classic with a laid back Roy Ayers sample and amazing lyrics and cuts too. I have three copies of this track. I only heard it once on Yo!MTV Raps, ran right out and snatched it up. Years later, I bought two reissues. "Lend me an ear & stop & stare!"
Craig Mack,"Flava In Ya Ear"
Futuristic, robotic, George Jetson type hip hop. A crazy cut with throwback "That's the shit" type qualities. Timeless lyrics and an amazing beat. I get mad love every time I rock doubles of this!
The Roots, "Web"
My favorite hip hop band strikes hard with this break driven lyrical ass kickin'. I love the fact that there is no chorus to this track. Pure hardcore rhymes and a raw musical backdrop. I have a special blend I do with this one that gets heads out on the floor!
Lyrics Born, "Callin' Out"
Bass heavy break with an amazing chorus that brings the freaks out. I love this track because it's real hip hop and even little hipsters get busy to it. The vocals are amazing and unique as well. I like to drop this one in the mix.