Do You Remember Your First?

By Nichole Camarillo

Think about it.

Music, for me, is not something that can be lived without. I fully acknowledge musics presence in, and heavy influence on, my life. I'd like to think that every one feels this way. And that every one can narrow it down to that one album in their life that has forever changed who they are. An album that has changed their thoughts, their actions, their outlook on the people and world surrounding them. An album that has sparked a level of awareness and creativity never previously tapped into. Who knows, maybe you have five of those albums. Or maybe you've yet to discover your first. I remember my first. And that, my friends, is why I'm here.

DJ Krush's solo debut album, "Krush" had been released for a few years before I caught up to it. But when I did[?!]... wow. It was like nothing I was listening to at the time. And like nothing I had ever heard. Such raw and unpolished funk. The scratches and beats and (sometimes rather odd) guest vocals were heaven to me. I went into the most intense creation mode I had ever been in. Non. Stop. Art. For weeks upon weeks I stayed locked up, album on repeat, just creating. It felt as if I had always been connected to that album even though I was meeting it for the first time. It was unbelievable.

After that initial wave of Krush madness, I sadly lost touch with the album. So as not to put anyone on blast, I'll just say it was "borrowed" and never returned [yeah, thanks]. After that, I either couldn't find it, or couldn't afford it. The more time that passed, the harder it was to come by until eventually it was almost as if it had never existed. It wasn't until recently that I was able to reconnect and welcome it back into my collection [*sigh]. Listening through it again, was like listening to it for the first time. I was completely overwhelmed with familiar but foreign memories. All of the sights, scents and emotions that had tangled themselves up with that place in my life came pouring in.

Thinking back to how much change took place because of this piece of music, I cant help but be grateful. And I can't help but to share it with you.

"Krush" is now past its 15 year mark. Since then, DJ Krush has released countless albums and DVDs. You can find out more about DJ Krush and get a full discography on his website. "Krush" and more of DJ Krush's albums are available for download on iTunes.

Tracks of choice from "Krush"?

"On The Dub-ble" & "Ruff-Neck Jam"

[Listen To "On The Dub-ble"] Enjoy!


cello85 said...

Fuguees 'The Score' and Busta Rhymes 'Extinction Level Event'. I won't go into it but both of those LP's changed my life. Blew my mind when i was a little boy and it started my love for hiphop

Bomba Clot. said...

Wow. I'm speechless. said...

@Bomba Clot. ...

In a good way, I hope. Heh.