Gang Starr: 2 Deep

7″ (Chrysalis/Cooltempo 1992)

Why is it always the British that come with ill remixes while Americans kind of snooze by on just the album cuts? Don’t get me wrong – there’s a fine tradition of hip-hop remixes right here in the U.S. of A but you can always, always count on the Europeans to come with some bonus mixes just because they feel like it. Case in point, this 1992 7″ of Gang Starr’s “2 Deep”. First of all, who knows who thought the song was really worth putting on 7″ to begin with? But hell, if you’re going to go through all that trouble, you might as well get a remixer and Cooltempo invites on IG and Dodge to remix the track. It’s no Dimension Ball remix of “One Love” or anything, but the chunky drum break and slick bassline make this sound as good as the choppy, jerky, horn-y original. Personally, I think it’s an improvement – a tall statement since it’s rare that Gang Starr need a remix to begin with.