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Why Stevie (again), especially after his most recent b'earthday? Well, because many times I don't make a remix because it's a particular reason or for a hot new artist, or because I'm doing a contest or whatever...most times I do it just for my love of good music and combining that with my creativity, to see how far I can take an idea and stretch my imagination (and also doubling as therapy after long editing sessions in the studio when I need to release stress and unwind (yes, doing a different track can be very cathartic for me lol).
Anyway, in the past, the most elements I've used in a mashup remix has been three; two artists, sometimes completely unrelated in styles or eras but somehow fit together, and then myself adding the final element as I throw in my musical two cents and then fuse it all together. To say I outdid myself, if just by the numbers of this one alone, would be a gross understatement. This go round, I think I make have put TWELVE different elements (including myself) all into one track! Not only that, but I even took the theme of Mr. Wonder's iconic "I Wish" (one of most the throwback song about days long gone and reminiscing on those good ol' days) and extending the idea into the realm of Hip Hop, which in its earlier (in my opinion, better) years, constantly looked to the past to build on the genre's foundation that would change the future of pop culture the world over.
This is a "MEGA Mashup" simply because I'm using quite a number of some of the most famous samples of great artists from the late 60s through the early 80s, used by Hip Hop legends in the mid 80s to early 2000s. This might be one of the few tracks where you'll hear this many artists (and connect them to their respective Hip Hop samplers) backing ONE iconic vocalist on a remix of one song! The editing alone was a task, but many of the songs where already in the same key as "I Wish" though I had to adjust many different tempos to get them all on the same beat. I literally just decided to find a Stevie a cappella and then listen in my mind to match it up with potential songs to mash it up with...and then my imagination went into overdrive and made me wonder just how many I could fit all at once without going overboard lol The original parts I threw in were the extra bassline and the cymbal layers, plus the numerous edits/chops to create new parts.
All production (main bass lines, extra percussion, editing, mixing, and mastering) by Ahmed Sirour
Here is the ingredients list of samples used:
Jimmy Castor - "Troglodytes"
Tom Scott & the California Dreamers - "Today"
Bob James - "Take Me To Mardi Gras"
James Brown - "The Big Payback"
Stevie Wonder - "I Wish" (naturally)
The Mighty Showstoppers version of Johnny Pate's - "Shaft in Africa theme"
David McCallum & David Axelrod - "The Edge"
Janet Jackson - "Nasty Boys"
Young-Holt Unlimited - "Queen of the Nile"
(audio of crowd after the rap battle between Kid N' Play) - scene from the movie "House Party"
Dee Felice Trio - "There Was a Time"
ENJOY and WHOP IT OUT!
P.S. - graphic artwork also by yours truly ;)