OHH let’s get that funky fanfare on it!!! We’re looking at Old School, the second single from Danger Mouse/MF Doom collab project DangerDoom’s first and only full-length The Mouse And The Mask, featuring Black Star’s Talib Kweli, released in 2005.
RIGHT. This song gets immediate legend points for the instrumental, which utilises one of the most amazing yet tragically underused samples of all time, Funky Fanfare by Keith Mansfield. Those horns are so peppy, yet oh so groovy, that you can’t help but be uplifted by them, infectious in their funky nature. Under that, we have a big fat destructive beat that sounds like something more akin to Rick Rubin than DangerMouse, to give a crisp “old school” (ehhh?) feel.
Over the top of this, both Kweli and Doom, two veritable legends, bring their total A-game, merging humour and nostalgia to match the fun feel of the instrumental. The flow rolls like proper MCs, with Kweli’s light-hearted ode to hip-hop and TV pairing brilliantly with Doom’s bassy riffing on childish antics.
Lots of hugs, kisses and lacerations