Here Comes the Fuzz

Here Comes the Fuzz

by Mark Ronson
     
 

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Noted DJ, producer, and remixer, 25-year-old Mark Ronson made his name twiddling knobs for Jay-Z, OutKast, Moby, Macy Gray, and more. On his debut album, Ronson turns in a brilliant mix of rock, pop, and hip-hop, featuring guest performances from Sean Paul, Weezer's River Cuomo, Q-Tip, Nappy Roots, Tweet, Freeway, and more. The disc's first singles are "On the Run,"

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Noted DJ, producer, and remixer, 25-year-old Mark Ronson made his name twiddling knobs for Jay-Z, OutKast, Moby, Macy Gray, and more. On his debut album, Ronson turns in a brilliant mix of rock, pop, and hip-hop, featuring guest performances from Sean Paul, Weezer's River Cuomo, Q-Tip, Nappy Roots, Tweet, Freeway, and more. The disc's first singles are "On the Run," featuring Mos Def and M.O.P., and "Ooh Wee," featuring Ghostface and Nate Dogg.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Matt Collar
Loaded with guest artists and packed with danceable beats, DJ Mark Ronson's first record, Here Comes the Fuzz, is less a showcase for the New York-based artist's turntable skills and more of a radio-friendly pop-rap party album. A rising star on the NYC club scene since the late '90s, the occasional Tommy Hilfiger model previously produced tracks for other hip downtown scenesters, including Saturday Night Live regular Jimmy Fallon as well as singer Nikka Costa and rapper Sean Paul -- both of whom return the favor here. Much in the same way as DJ Shadow's Endtroducing... or the Avalanches' Since I Left You used the Beastie Boys' Paul's Boutique as their template to display an eclectic and voracious record-collecting habit, Ronson's Here Comes the Fuzz mixes funk, hip-hop, soul, and rock into an "everything goes when you're having fun" cocktail. While never displaying the innovative vision or giddy melody-mixing heights of either of those albums, Here Comes the Fuzz does still resonate with the pulse of youthful ego driven by libido and hot wax. To these ends, rappers Ghostface Killah and Nate Dogg take the mic over a funky cowbell and the string section of Dennis Coffey's "Scorpio" on "Ooh Wee." Similarly, Mos Def and M.O.P. add Brooklyn street cred to Ronson's catchy if a bit obvious co-opting of Lenny Kravitz's hit "On the Run." Perhaps most interesting though, are Ronson's attempts at actual songwriting such as on the cosmopolitan disco plea "High," featuring vocalist Aya, and the punk à gogo of "I Suck" with Rivers Cuomo, which finds the Weezer frontman doing his best "Let's Go to Bed"-era Robert Smith warble against a sample from Labi Siffre's "Too Late."
Rolling Stone - Matt Diehl
A grab bag of pumping beats.
Blender - Andrew Harrison
Banging, disco-fied, party-hearty hip-hop that takes today's sharp-edged R&B right back to the gliding strings and funk of the Sugarhill era.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/09/2003
Label:
Elektra / Wea
UPC:
0075596283922
catalogNumber:
62839

Tracks

  1. This DJ
  2. Bluegrass Stain'd @@Nappy Roots & Anthony Hamilton
  3. Ooh Wee @@Ghostface & Nate Dogg
  4. High @@Aya
  5. I Suck @@Rivers Cuomo
  6. International Affair @@Sean Paul & Tweet
  7. Diduntdidunt @@Saigon
  8. On the Run @@Mos Def & M.O.P.
  9. Here Come the Fuzz @@Freeway, Jack White & Nikka Costa
  10. Bout to Get Ugly @@Rhymefest & Anthony Hamilton
  11. She's Got Me @@Daniel Merriweather
  12. Tomorrow @@Q Tip & Debbie Nova
  13. Rashi (Outro)

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Mark Ronson   Primary Artist,Bass,Guitar,Percussion,scratching,Keyboards,Vocals,fender rhodes,Wurlitzer,Distortion
Aya   Vocals
Larry Gold   Conductor
Rivers Cuomo   Vocals
Ghostface Killah   Vocals
Nate Dogg   Vocals
Anthony Hamilton   Vocals
Saigon   Vocals
?uestlove   Percussion,Drums
Printz Board   Trumpet
Nappy Roots   Vocals
Trife   Vocals
Nikka Costa   Vocals
Freeway   Vocals
Bill Chang   Bass,Guitar
Daniel Merriweather   Guitar,Vocals
Tim Izzo   Saxophone
Guyora Kats   fender rhodes,Wurlitzer,Juno
Debi Nova   Keyboards,Vocals

Technical Credits

Howard Benson   Vocal Producer
Larry Gold   Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
Justin Stanley   Producer
B.J. Scott   Composer
Rivers Cuomo   Composer
Anthony Hamilton   Composer
Dominique Trenier   Executive Producer
N. Hale   Composer
Printz Board   Horn Arrangements
Vaughan Merrick   Engineer
Nikka Costa   Composer
R.N. Hughes   Composer
Mark Ronson   Composer,Producer,Executive Producer,Horn Arrangements,beats
Gregory Gigendad Burke   Art Direction
Bill Chang   Composer
Daniel Merriweather   Composer
Guyora Kats   Composer
Debi Nova   Composer,Vocal Arrangements
Clifford Smith   Composer
Mos Def   Composer

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