Self-proclaimed villains of vinyl, The Legion of Doom, aka hotshot producer Thelonious Martin and DJ/videographer DJ Castle, form a deadly beatmaking duo. Last month they wreaked havoc on one-hit wonder Dorrough’s “Ice Cream Paint Job,” transforming it from a relatively by-the-book trunk-rattler into a ferocious monster of funk (perhaps if he had enlisted The L.O.D. earlier, Dorrough’s career might have prolongued).
Today the pair return to cause meyhem on a track of more classic pedigree: Nas and AZ’s Illmatic cut, “Life’s a Bitch.” Sure, L.E.S.’ original melancholy interpolation of The Gap Band was undeniable, but Martin and Castle ship Esco and AZ’s coveted verses to the Far East, juicing the flavor with moaning horns and funky strings, very Only Built 4 Cuban Linx… Pt. II-esque. RZA would be proud.
If you’re going to add any track to your music collection this Friday, make it The Legion of Doom’s “Life’s a Bitch” remix.