Arrested Development: Ease My Mind (DJ Premier Remix)
From 12″ (promo) (Chrysalis, 1994)

Jamie Foxx: Blame It On the People (DJ Fabian Blend) (2009)

Like most groups labelled “alternative rap” in the early 1990s, Arrested Development had the misfortune of being considered insufficiently “real” at a time when hip-hop’s shift towards ghettocentricity was in full effect. To be fair, the group helped in this regard, especially with a relatively lackluster sophomore effort but in hindsight, it seems unfair to discount the quality of their output just because “Tennessee” wasn’t “Shook Ones Pt. 2.”

I’m reminded of this by how infectiously fun this DJ Fabian blend is, throwing Jamie Foxx’s ode to intoxicated seductions over the “People Everyday” remix beat from ’92. That original “Metamorphosis Mix” remains one of the timeless tracks from that era and for whatever reason, Foxx’s acapella sounds quite perfect over it. Kick up the treble tone.

The DJ Premier remix of “Ease My Mind” was only found on promo copies of the single; I don’t know if it was a rights issue or whatever but when the actual single came out, the remix was MIA. It’s not one of the most intricate Primo beats ever but despite its simplicity, its catchiness is undeniable.

I’m just blown away that it’s been 15+ years since these songs came out. [Insert “I feel old” complaint]