DJ Ev & Stretch Armstrong, Back To Back
This mix TAPE that my man DJ Ev and I put together in '96 was a little ahead of its time. Why? Well let's see- great tunes that hadn't been released, exlusive verses from some heavies, no filler, great cuts, and a really crafty mix with all the right sprinkles and touches. It was pre-Pro-Tools (I think I was using Session 8 at the time to do my radio edits for Hot), and we made it on an ADAT with a sampler, doing punch-ins. On the real, Ev has always been one of the most gifted djs on the cut. Though it says that there is an Ev side and a Stretch side, that isn't really how it went down. We basically ran around town for a few days, collected the DATS, recorded some people and then spent a day and night in my home studio til it was done. I was never into making mix tapes or later, cds, and when I did, it was because someone like Ev was persistent enough to convince me. Later, I did some cds with Whoo Kid, but I saw where that was going pretty quickly. I just had no interest in being affiliated with music that I didn't like, and Whoo Kid, who wasn't even a dj, was all about the names, not the music. The first Murder Mixtape we did was ill, but the third was suspect. Anyway, back to DJ Ev- the first time I met Ev was at a party in Manhattan, and he was cutting up doubles bonkers with a lit cigarette in one hand. Talk about nonchalant. I think Ev remains less known than some other djs because people in the business always saw him as a serious threat. I mean, really- you ever notice how some of the nicest djs get overlooked and some real cornballs get serious shine? You know the drill.
DJ Ev & Stretch Armstrong "Back To Back" Side A
DJ Ev & Stretch Armstrong "Back To Back" Side B