Nigerian-born, Montreal-based producer Teck-Zilla jumps back on the scene with ‘Joe Jackson Kids‘, a new instrumental tribute project full of slappers, head-nodders, & ridiculous Jackson 5 sample flips.
Of course, the voice & spirit of Michael Jackson runs through the veins of this 10-track effort, whether that’s on the bass-rich “Letter To Michael“, or the absolutely bananas, but short-lived “Outro View“. It also features snippets of interviews with the late musical legend, whose words build a narrative amidst the chopped-up samples.
And then there’s instant highlight “Human Nature (Jackson Jones Flip)“, which goes beyond simply turning Jackson’s track of the same name on its head. Teck-Zilla weaved in bits from select ‘Illmatic‘ jams to flesh it out into what sounds like a fully realized song. And for those unfamiliar, ‘Illmatic‘ standout “It Ain’t Hard to Tell” features a “Human Nature” flip by Large Professor, so it’s only right Teck-Zilla paid homage.
As for the project’s name, Teck-Zilla explains:
“I got the title from one of my favourite Jeru The Damaja records, “Whatever”, off his ‘Wrath Of The Math’ LP. That line always cracked me & my brother up every time, so it was kinda like an inside joke for both of us. Just remember to say ‘check it out’ after the title.”
This is Teck-Zilla’s third instrumental project following ‘Souled Off: A Dedication To Molly Molls‘ & ‘Son Of Sade: An Ode‘, so be sure to peep those once you’re done bumping ‘Joe Jackson Kids‘. Just make sure you keep a neck-brace handy.
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