Inspired by the finest old school Hip Hop tunes, Crate Combination aka Kista & 45 Prince will take you on a beat journey to rhyme paradise! Fine and tight Hip Hop sounds that remind you of Pete Rock, Shadow, Cut Chemist / Jurassic 5, Dj Format, the Roots and also James Brown will do their magic and enchant Hip Hop lovers and those, simply enjoying good music.
The idea to do something together musically was born after Kista decided to license one of 45 Prince’s songs for a compilation (Audio Formation – the very rare and hard to find dusty instrumental Hip Hop album). “We wanted to make music and pay tribute to the old school style without compromising with trends or music industry’ standards”, says 45 Prince. One of the records’ goals is to show that sample music can be creative and soulful. Back to the roots – that’s the intention.
Crate Combination got a little help from some friends who added to the freshness of the record: Romanowski and Glammerlicious (who is producer of Main Concept, one of the most original and established German Hip Hop combos) provide their skills as co-producers. And you can also find a variety of high quality guest vocalists such as: P.E.A.C.E (Freestyle Fellowship), Tableek (Maspyke, New York), Sumkid (San Francisco), Unknown Rasta and Rob Mackay. Last but not least guests scratchers DJ Format and DJ Bazil (True Flavaz Crew) add the final ingredient. Tada, Dinner’s ready and best served still steaming!.
Kista, the Scarborough based producer, graffiti artist, DJ, and self confessed vinyl junkie, originally made a name for himself with the classic 1998 cut’n’ paste 12″, Organic Pulsation. Following on from this early association with Wax Breaks, Kista became one half of the beat making duo Adverse Effect. Not content with just making music, Kista set up and ran the small, now defunct independent Hip Hop label Vapours, which released classic rare 12″s from the likes of instrumental Hip Hop compilation “Audio Formation”. He also continues to push himself in his love for graffiti, losing himself in the art of complexed lettering and mad colouring schemes.
The 45 Prince has been musically active since 1985. The Munich based producer, DJ, and also self confessed vinyl junkie, made a name for himself with the classic 1999 RapFunk 12″ “I Changed My Mind” that he produced with his Soul-Saints Production Team for Quannum’s Lyrics Born. 45 Prince later became one half of the beat making duo OCB (together with San Francisco’s DJ Romanowski). He also provided beats for Grafitti legend Rammellzee. 45 Prince runs the independent Funk label Field Records, which reissued classic rare 45’s of Pan-Atlantics and Whitefield Brothers.