[This post is a little off topic, and involves quite a bit of rambling//run ons, just fair warning]
Neeley and I never intended to start Inside Breaks. Our goal was to write team previews for the college season in order to spread hard to come by information. Well, one thing lead to another, and we wound up with a bunch of content and no website. That’s when Skyd came to our rescue.
We worked out a deal with Elliot where he would create our own little corner of Skyd, sort of like our TrueHoop. With content and a blog, we needed a name. We wanted a name that both related to ultimate and reflected our shared interests outside of the ultimate world, namely hip-hop and basketball. Inside Breaks accomplishes our second goal mostly through the word ‘Breaks’. In terms of basketball, I liked Inside Breaks for the name because it reminds me of the book The Breaks of the Game by David Halberstam. We both liked the term ‘Breaks’ because of it’s relationship to hip-hop.
Both Neeley and I are into classic hip-hop, the sort with sample laden production. I see our version of crate digging for sample sources as searching for information about ultimate. The information is out there, it’s just a matter of how hard one is willing to look. With that as a mindset, Inside Breaks becomes our www.the-breaks.com. While Neeley and I may find the occasional cool historical tidbit, or rarely seen video, nothing we do will compare to a recent crate digging achievement in the hip-hop world.
The sample used in Mobb Deep’s “Shook Ones pt II” (the intro song in our most recent podcast) was recently discovered after being a mystery since it’s release in ’95. Here is and LA Times article explaining the significance of this achievement better than I could hope to and here is the youtube clip revealing the creation of the sample.
P.S. Shout out to DJ Dave of DTB Fools West fame for the heads up.