Believe me, I don’t take ‘They Reminisce Over You’ lightly… This is one of my all time absolute favourite tracks, hip hop or otherwise, and it’s not something I’d just throw anything under or risk messing with it just for fun. So let me explain the beat in the background a bit first…
I was working on some things with Buck 65 from around 2009 to 2011-ish, and we got a lot done in that time. Some of it has come out (the Dirtbike albums, 20 Odd Years, and a few extra bits and pieces), and some of it just hasn’t been possible to complete. We’ll hopefully get ther eventually but it’s cool, it’ll happen sometime. I made some tracks for Buck to use in live performances, and I decided to go all out with the Amelie soundtrack composed by the phenomenal Yann Tiersen (who would later work with the god Sage Francis on ‘The Best Of Times’). I edited it a fair bit and lined up some breaks and extras here and there, and got it all in line with Buck’s ‘Wicked And Weird’, so all the verses and choruses would hit at the right times. I’ve seen him do it live and he just kills it like crazy.
I really wanted to play the beat to folks, I love the soundtrack so much and I like how this version turned out, and so I thought it would be a good chance to try and combine it with a carved-in-marble classic like TROY. So this is what we have here, with a few additional edits and tweaks on that beat I made for Buck.
Like I say, I know the weight of what I’m using, and the power of classics like this. I grew up listening to hip hop and revisiting my favourites constantly, and I hold this one sacred!
I hope you like this version of it anyway, and that somewhere in the world, Pete Rock isn’t shaking his head in disapproval. I’ll settle for a 3 o’ clock half-mast thumbs up…
Thanks for hearing me out. I hope you like it.
Buddy Peace /// XXX
PS: Huge props & hugs to Anaïs for the French assistance!