Words By DJ Sorce-1
A simple, unaltered loop helped DJ Premier create the instrumental for one of rap’s all time great singles and redefine his career. Premier, straying from his trademark chopped samples, took a segment of the Young Holt Trio’s “Strangers in the Night” and flipped it into the uniquely beautiful “Return of the Crooklyn Dodgers”. The track become an instant favorite upon its release in 1995 and would help elevate Premier to top dog status in the world of production. After the overwhelming reception of “Return…,”rappers were guaranteed to generate a buzz by having a Primo produced song on their album.
While Primo’s production undoubtedly played a vital role in making the song what it is, Chubb Rock, OC, Jeru the Damaja helped take the track to another level. Each MC brought straight heat to the booth for their verse and it’s a wonder to hip-hop aficionados the world over how these three MC’s have never collaborated on anything since. Every single verse is hip-hop quotable worthy, and, best of all, the MC’s share a distinct chemistry. Unlike some collaborations that stink of fake label bullshit, all three rappers sound perfectly comfortable flowing next to one another.
With DJ Premier production, three unforgettable verses, and some tight ass cuts for choruses, this track can do no wrong. Download it now and relive one of the most essential posse cuts of all time.