The 45 King – Wikipedia

musical artist
Mark Howard James ( wear October 16, 1961 ) professionally known as The 45 King ( besides known as DJ Mark the 45 King [ 2 ] ), is an american hip hop record manufacturer and disk cheat ( DJ ) from The Bronx borough of New York City. James began DJing in New Jersey, in the mid-1980s. His pseudonym, the 45 King, came from his ability to make beats using dark 45 RPM records .

career [edit ]

The 45 King inaugural gained fame with his breakbeat lead “ The 900 Number ” in 1987. The song featured a coil of a baritone sax solo from Marva Whitney ‘s “ Unwind Yourself ” ( 1968 ). The 45 King signed with Tuff City Records that year and was given a production cover. “ The 900 Number ” remains his key signature knead, having been resampled by many artists. He was besides featured on the 1989-Hustlers Convention album on the UK label Music of Life, which is considered by many [ who? ] to be hip-hop ‘s first-ever live album. Using his popularity from the former let go of, the 45 King was able to help the other members of his crew, dubbed the Flavor Unit, which included many well-known hip-hop acts including Chill Rob G, Lakim Shabazz, Apache, and Queen Latifah. The 45 King ‘s big break came when Queen Latifah signed with Tommy Boy Records in 1989 and released the album All Hail the Queen. The 45 King did extensive production on this album, and it is considered by critics [ who? ] to be among his best production influence. Over the following few years, many other Flavor Unit members besides signed with Tommy Boy, and the 45 King frequently contributed to their albums with his productions. [ citation needed ] In November 1989, the re-release of “ The King is here ” / “ The 900 Number ” peaked at # 60 in the UK Singles Chart, his entirely appearance in a UK chart. [ 3 ]

In the early 1990s, drug addiction took its bell on the 45 King ‘s career, which caused him to lose a production hand that he signed with Warner Bros. Records. [ citation needed ] Around this clock the 45 King released multiple series of breakbeat records ( the Lost Breakbeat series, the Breakapalooza series, etc. ) and remixed Madonna ‘s Top-10 single “ Keep It together “, but he stayed chiefly with his breakbeat criminal record franchises. In July 1990, Manchester-born DJ Chad Jackson sampled “ The 900 Number ” on his individual “ Hear the Drummer ( Get Wicked ) “, which reached # 3 in the UK Singles Chart. [ 4 ] A remixed version was besides a minor UK hit in 2007. Jackson was apparently unaware that the song had itself been sampled from the master “ Unwind Yourself ”, as he credited himself, and King, as co-writers of the birdcall. [ citation needed ]

In 1996, Washington, D.C. -based go-go artist DJ Kool had a hit with the song “ Let Me Clear My Throat “. It was a call-and-response vocals over a chopped half of the “ 900 Number ” beat. DJ Kool did not just sample the track : he besides acknowledged the 45 King as the song ‘s originator, and the 45 King remixed the track for Kool. [ citation needed ]

In 1998, the 45 King produced “ Hard Knock Life ( Ghetto Anthem ) “ for Jay-Z. The song was a strike that featured a coil choir from the original cast album of the Broadway musical Annie. Jay-Z besides did an interview when he spoke about how significant the 45 King has been to hip hop music and considers him a true pioneer of the business. In 2000, he produced the platinum-certified track “ Stan “ for Eminem .

Selected production credits [edit ]

  • Paula Perry -Y’all Chickens Make Me Laugh – Fully-Blown Recordings, 2000
  • Big Scoob – Can Du – White Label, 2000
  • Eminem – Stan – Aftermath/Interscope/Universal, 2000
  • Various Artist Remixes – Rakim – Feeling You; Public Enemy – Bring the Noise, – White Label, 2000
  • Craig Mack – The Wooden Horse – White Label, 2000
  • Rakim – How I Get Down – Universal Records, 1999
  • Common Sense – Car Horn – Groove Attack, 1999
  • Peanut Butter Wolf – Run the Line (Remix) – Stones Throw, 1998
  • Jay-Z – Hard Knock Life (The Ghetto Anthem) – Roc-A-Fella/IDJMG/Universal, 1998
  • Fanclub Erdberg – Anton Polster Du Bist Leiwand – Mego, 1997
  • Queen Latifah – Name Callin’ – Tommy Boy/Warner Bros., 1996
  • C&C Music Factory – Do You Wanna Get Funky? (Remix) – Columbia/SME, 1994
  • PMD – Thought I Lost My Spot – RCA/BMG, 1993
  • Diamond D – Best Kept Secret (Remix), Check 1, 2 – Chemistry/Mercury/PolyGram, 1992
  • Apache – Do Fa Self, Tommy Boy/Warner Bros., 1992
  • Positively…Practical Jokes – Atlantic, 1991
  • MC Lyte – Big Bad Sister, Kamikaze, Like a Virgin, Absolutely – First Priority Music/Atlantic
  • Lisa Stansfield – “All Around the World” (Remix) – Arista/BMG, 1990
  • Madonna – Keep it Together (Remix) – Sire/Warner Bros., 1990
  • Maestro Fresh Wes – Drop the Needle (Remix) – LMR/RCA Records, 1990
  • Lakim Shabazz – Lost Tribe of Shabazz (album) Tuff City, 1990
  • Eric B. & Rakim – Let the Rhythm Hit ‘Em (Remix) – MCA, 1990
  • Digital Underground – Packet Man (Remix) – Tommy Boy/Warner Bros., 1990
  • Queen Latifah – Come Into My House (Mark 45 King Mix) – Tommy Boy/Warner Bros., 1990
  • Markey Fresh – The Mack of Rap – Jive/RCA, 1989
  • X-Clan – Heed The Word of the Brother – 4th & B’Way/Island/PolyGram, 1989
  • Eric B. & Rakim – Microphone Fiend (Remix) – MCA, 1989
  • Salt-N-Pepa – My Mic Sounds Nice (Remix) – Next Plateau/London/PolyGram, 1989
  • Lord Alibaski – Lyrics in Motion / Top Gun – Tuff City, 1989
  • King Sun – Fat Tape, It’s A Heat Up – Zakia/Profile, 1989
  • Chill Rob G – Ride the Rhythm (album) – Wild Pitch/EMI, 1989
  • Gang Starr – Gusto, Knowledge – Wild Pitch/EMI, 1989
  • Queen Latifah – All Hail the Queen (album) – Tommy Boy/Warner Bros., 1989
  • Too Nice – Cold Facts (Remix) – Arista/BMG, 1989
  • Double J – Bless the Funk – 4th & B’Way/Island/PolyGram, 1989
  • Chill Rob G – Chillin’ – Wild Pitch/EMI, 1988
  • Lakim Shabazz – Pure Righteousness (album) – Tuff City, 1988
  • Gang Starr – Movin on, Gusto, Knowledge – Wild Pitch/EMI, 1988
  • Latee – No Tricks, Wake Up – Wild Pitch/EMI, 1988
  • Gang Starr – Movin’ On, Bust a Move, To Be A Champion – Wild Pitch/EMI, 1987
  • Latee – This Cut’s Got Flavor, Puttin’ On the Hits – Wild Pitch/EMI, 1987

discography [edit ]

  • Beats of the Month – Bronx Science, 2000/2001 (November, December, January, February, March, April, May volumes of “Lost Breakbeat” style beats)
  • Beats for the New Millennium, Vol 1 & 2 – 45 King Records, 2000
  • Put the Funk Out There – Rock-A-Fella, 1999
  • Universal Beat Generation, Vol 1-3 – Ultimate Dilemma, 1998 (European label “The Lost Breakbeats” re-release)
  • Breakapalooza Vol 1 & 2 – Tuff City, 1997
  • Champain – Tuff City, 1997
  • Beats Don’t Fail Me Now (12″ Single) – CLR Records, 1997
  • Breakamania, Vol 1-3 – Real Tuff Breaks, 1997
  • Grooves for a Quiet Storm – Tuff City, 1996
  • Killer Beets, Vol 1-3 – Music Station, 1996
  • Real Tuff Jazz – Tuff City, 1995
  • Zig-a-Ziggin ZZ – Tuff City, 1995
  • Straight Outta Da Crate, Vol 1-5 – Tuff City, 1993
  • The Lost Breakbeats – 45 King Records, 1993-1996
  • 45 Kingdom – Tuff City, 1990
  • Rhythmical Madness (with DJ Louie Louie) – Tuff City, 1990
  • On A Mission (from “One Voice: Pride”) – Ruffhouse, 1990
  • 45 King Presents: The Original Flavor Unit – Tuff City, 1990
  • Master of the Game – Tuff City, 1989
  • The King is Here (with Markey Fresh) (12″ Single) – Tuff City, 1989
  • Red, Black, and Green (with Lakim Shabazz) (12″ Single) – Tuff City, 1989
  • When a Wise Man Speaks/Catching a ‘Tude/Rocking With Tony H (12″ Single) – Tuff City, 1989
  • The 900 Number EP – Tuff City, 1987
  • Funky Beats ’84 – 45 King, 1984
  • Just Beats – 45 King, 198?

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