Hip-hop legends Cypress Hill and Dubstep DJ/Producer Rusko have been working on an EP together – “Cypress x Rusko” – which will finally be out this April. It’s a hotly anticipated collaboration combining the striking, signature sound of LA’s own Cypress Hill alongside Rusko’s unmistakable beats and we’re getting an early listen thanks to master remixer Ki:Theory. (Warning: explicit)
Ki:Theory a.k.a. Joel Burleson, has taken on Cypress x Rusko’s new track “Shots Go Off” and here is an exclusive stream (and download!) of the remix and his story about how he brought his version to life!
“I came up in the 90’s, so Cypress Hill are legends in my book. I thought it would be cool to take a few samples from “Insane In The Brain” off their album “Black Sunday” to add a little nostalgia.
For this remix, I was only provided with 2 stereo stems – an instrumental and an a capella. Usually you get at least some of the beats, riffs and bass-line separated out. But Rusko’s sounds were so roomy and bangin on “Shot’s Go Off” I was able to go in and find little samples here and there to pull out and create a skeleton to build on.
I really liked all the gun samples he used, so I re-purposed them for a lot of my percussive elements. My Teenage Engineering OP-1 had just the right dirty preset that I tweaked into a sort of haunting orchestra synth line to bring a darker feel to the lyrics.
I tried to pick out some of the heavier phrases to add to the emotional gravity that Sen Dog and B-Real laid down in the original mix. I made a punchy chopped bass-line with my Moog Little Fatty to create a section that would contrast the heavier riff I cut and pasted out of some of Rusko’s crunchy guitars.”
Editor’s Note: Find KCRW’s SXSW schedule of events, including our showcase with Ki:Theory, here.