No I.D. – Throw Your Hands Up [Unreleased EP]
Before No I.D. became vice president of Def Jam Records, producer of Jay Z’s 4:44 album, creator of hits for Common, Nas, Ghost face Killer, DMX, and Sade and a musical mentor to Kanye West, he was just Dion creating funky beats in the basement.
The unreleased yellow 7 inch Holy Grail is a 3 track E.P. on the SP1200 in No I.D.’s early years developing his signature chop sample style of sweet jazz over hard drums. The lead off track “Throw Your Hands Up” is pure hard-core jazz funk with a magnetic chorus. The B-side song “Invisible Theme” is a classic 12 bit gritty sound dressed with slick sequenced horn stabs. “Invisible Jazz” showcases a groovy baseline with an ear bopping clarinet that filters in and out super smoothly.