Microwave Mondays #30 Sample – Tommy McGee “Take Me Home” [Guest Judge | DJ Babu]
After a brief hiatus, Microwave Mondays is back. For our big 3-0 we have none other than the Dilated Junkie himself, DJ Babu, as our guest judge and sample selector! The man doesn’t really need any introduction, but we’ll give him one anyway. One third of the Dilated Peoples, and a member of the legendary Beat Junkies crew, Babu is not only one of the world’s elite deejays, he’s an ill producer too.
From winning DMC and ITF battles, to redefining beat juggling with his “Blind Alley” routine, to producing Super Duck Breaks, one of the most popular scratch records to date, Babu coined and is the definition of the term “turntablist”. While holding it down as a battle DJ, he also put out some classic mixtapes: Beat Junkies Volume 1, Soundbombing II with fellow Beat Junkie, J. Rocc, and Duck Season Volume 1 & 2.
As a producer, Duck Season Volume 3 was Babu’s acclaimed first full-length album featuring a number of well-known emcees such as MF Doom, Sean Price, and Evidence. He put out the album in between two instrumental releases, The Beat Tape Volume 1 and 2. Since then he has continued to produce for his Dilated family, Defari (Likwit Junkies), and affiliates. That track with Raekwon last year though, “Keep It Politics”, maan!
For his selection, Babu chose a rare Michigan soul cut, “Take Me Home” by Tommy McGee. This is what he had to say about his choice: “I’m a huge fan of soul samples and this tune sounds like a joint with a lot of potential. There’s not a clear part of the song that seems like an obvious part to flip, but there is a lot of inspiration here – plenty of room for cats to put their own twist on it. This will push you to be creative and really get your chop on. Have fun! Can’t wait to hear some bangers!”
You can download the Tommy McGee sample at the Soundcloud link below. Please email your beats to firstname.lastname@example.org by Monday, April 15th. Be sure to review the showcase rules here before starting. Babu will announce his top 3 a week after submissions are in.
The producer of the first place beat for this showcase will have the choice of receiving a free download of either Reason Essentials or one of the Reason Refills (Reason Drum Kits, Reason Pianos, Reason Electric Bass), courtesy of Propellerhead.