Produced by Pete Rock
This supremely neck snapping reworking of Erick, Parrish, and LL’s classic was actually the second of two Pete Rock remixes. Where the first remix is a logical extension of the original formula’s bounce, the “Hardcore To The Head Mix” completely deconstructs the record and gives it a menacing, sparse break beat with signature Soul Brother #1 horn flourishes. Bear in mind this was done before most of the hip-hop world outside of NYC was even familiar with Pete Rock’s name. When Erick Sermon said “I’m doper than the Pete Rock remixes” years later, I imagine this is the first joint he had in mind.
Reverse the Curse is in full effect here, as the released version ishes and kcufs some of Parrish’s harsher, but not quite four-letter words.