The co-founder, along with Diamond D and Lord Finesse, of the revered Diggin’ In the Crates crew, Showbiz is a true real-deal-hip-hop hero. While his beats have held down classics for the likes of Finesse, Big L, KRS-One, Fat Joe, Big Pun, and Sadat X amongst others, it’s Show’s enduring partnership with fellow Bronxite AG (a/k/a, Andre the Giant) that’s provided the greatest vehicle for his production prowess. A brain-staining synthesis of chirpy horns and brooding bass, Showbiz & AG’s 1992 debut LP Runaway Slave remains one of the most adventurously out yet sonically hardcore hip-hop albums of all-time (its worthy follow-ups, Goodfellas and Full Scale, are none too shabby either). With the recent 20th(!) anniversary of Slave‘s release nearly coinciding with a brand new Showbiz & AG album (the forthcoming Mugshot Music) we could not resist the chance to coax a favorite sample flips list from one of our longtime favorite beatsmiths.
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