An early promo photo of Mikey D & The L.A. Posse. (L to R: Johnny Quest, Mikey D, Paul C)

Paul C Remade the “Brick House” Bassline with an SP-12 and Rahzel Beatbox Sounds


Mandolindley Road Show rehearsal with Paul C on bass.

“He made me sound like I could do the beatbox on ‘Bust A Rhyme Mike’. He put that whole song together from those three little things that I did.” — Mikey D

Mikey was so impressed by Paul that he likened him to the legendary Rick Rubin, even hinting that Paul had a superior sound. “Paul C had soul,” he told me. “He had the street stuff that cats was looking for. Rick Rubin, his beats were dope but they were something that you would expect to come from a person like that. The beats that Paul C was playing, you wouldn’t expect, especially when you first met Paul.”

The Spotify version of Mikey D & The L.A. Posse’s ‘Better Late Than Never — In Memory of Paul C’.

“He caught something from what Rahzel did earlier like a bass and then he played it himself. It’s like he programmed him into the keys to become a key on a piano .” — Mikey D

Before long, Paul was sneaking Mikey D and Johnny Quest in after hours to work on their album. It was during these sessions that Mikey D saw Paul elevate his sample flipping skills to another level. One night Paul recorded Mikey, a novice beatboxer, making three separate percussion sounds with his mouth. Then he loaded them into his SP-12 sampler, eventually sequencing the simple sounds into a flawless beat. “He made me sound like I could do the beatbox on ‘Bust A Rhyme Mike’. He put that whole song together from those three little things that I did,” Mikey said.

The YouTube version of Mikey D and The L.A. Posse’s “I Get Rough”.

“The beats that he played blew my mind. At that time, that was unheard of. To be that dope and be white. That just blew my goddamn mind.” — Mikey D

“Paul C To The Organisms” playlist on Spotify.

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Micro-Chop

Dissecting beatmaking, DJing, rapping, and sampling.