Quantic, a British-born producer, DJ and musician, has devoted his career to the Colombian musical tradition of “cumbia.” Cumbia is a popular strain of Latin dance music that originated in Colombia and incorporates African drumming, standard Latin claves, as well as European instruments like accordions, guitars, bass and flute for melody. Quantic brings the South American genre up north on his new EP Hip Hop En Cumbia, which translates classic hip-hop tracks by the likes of KRS-One, Missy Elliot, Outkast, Dr. Dre and more into the style.
Officially credited to “Quantic Y Su Conjunto Los Miticos Del Ritmo,” the album includes radical re-interpretations of familiar tracks like “Ms. Jackson,” “Get Ur Freak On” and Dr. Dre’s classic Chronic track “Nuthin’ but a ‘G’ Thang” – just named the greatest rap song of the ’90s by XXL. Even though they’re all instrumentals and the style might be unfamiliar, the melodies are definitely recognizable in ways you’ve never heard before (or even imagined). The Dre track, premiered on this week’s episode of NPR’s Alt.Latino podcast, even features teases of another Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg classic, 2000’s “The Next Episode.” Stream the track below and check out the website of Quantic’s label for clips of the whole EP.
Quantic Y Su Conjunto Los Miticos Del Ritmo – Nuthin’ but a ‘G’ Thang (Dr. Dre cover)
Hear more of Quantic’s Cumbia sound at his website.