Woah…Hank comes to Generation Bass, meets us and we share with him some of the sounds we’re digging and he joins in the fun and sticks “some” of our influence on this sublime mix.
It’s great that he starts of with Shangaan Electro, the same Shangaan Electro that moi sent him..friggin’ huge man…
Man this is HUGE, I can’t tell you how influential this man has been in the history of modern music 🙂
This is the dude who produced one of the greatest albums ever, to have graced this planet…….Public Enemy’s “It takes a Nation of Millions”!
Sublime mix man!
Here’s what he says:
BOMB SQUAD Mix 005 switches things up with this tribute to Nelson Mandela with fresh new sounds inspired by the big tunes coming out of Africa. Tapping into the roots…big up to all the African massive worldwide!
Producer Hank Shocklee is one of the preeminent figures of the rap world. Producing successful albums for Public Enemy, LL Cool J, Bell Biv Devoe, and EPMD, as well as remixing albums for Peter Gabriel, Tricky, and Sinéad O’Connor, Shocklee pioneered a new brand of production in hip-hop music with his noisy, layered style based on equal parts rap, punk, and rock.
Starting his career as a DJ with the party crew Spectrum City, which included Chuck D among others, Shocklee helped run a nightclub as well as host mix shows at Aldelphi University’s student-run radio station.
After gaining momentum with his Spectrum City DJ Crew and the Super Spectrum Mix Show radio show on WBAU, the pause tape song Public Enemy #1 that was played on the air caught the attention of a just starting out Russell Simmons and Rick Rubin. Hank put the group members together and got it signed to Def Jam in 1987.
With the signing of Public Enemy to Def Jam Recordings and the eventual group’s rise to stardom, Shocklee’s efforts shifted to the studio full time and he assembled the Bomb Squad Production team. He served as Producer and Executive Producer for the group and led them to the success of 1 Double Platinum, 4 Platinum and 2 Gold Albums. Shocklee also managed Public Enemy along with Russell Simmons. Public Enemy soon became Def Jam’s biggest global act and went on the road for a series of successful world tours. As the Bomb Squad, Hank went on to also produce groundbreaking albums such as Ice Cube’s Amerikkka’s Most Wanted and many more classic hits for artists like Slick Rick, LL Cool J, Madonna, Janet Jackson and many others.
Shocklee’s success led him to MCA records in 1991 where he created the S.O.U.L. label with Bill Stephney and signed acts such as Ed Lover & Dr. Dre, The Young Black Teenagers, Son of Bazerk and released the soundtrack for the movie Juice which introduced the late Tupac Shakur to the world. S.O.U.L. helped to create the template for MCA’s Black Music Department. Always drawn to his creative pursuits, after a couple of years with MCA the S.O.U.L. label was dissolved and Shocklee returned to the studio and developing artists. In 1994 Shocklee returned to MCA Records as Senior Vice President where he oversaw the A&R, Marketing, Promotion, and Sales divisions for the company. During his tenure there, he Executive Produced and supervised projects for many Multi-Platinum artists such as Mary J. Blige, Pattie LaBelle, K-Ci & JoJo, Gladys Knight, Avant, Res and Immature.
After many years of working within the confines of a Major Record label, Shocklee decided to pursue his visionary and creative interests and launched his own independent company, Shocklee Entertainment in 2000 along with fellow ex MCA employee Jo-Ann Nina.