Ex-Beastie Boys disc jockey DJ Hurricane is pulling out the big guns for his second solo
album, due in late July.
For his first collection of all new material in more than four years, the 33-year-old
turntable wizard has gathered a stellar supporting cast, including Green Day
singer/guitarist Billie Joe Armstrong, R&B singer Faith Evans and a host of well-known
Although Hurricane (born Wendell Fite) revealed that the album is only half completed,
he confirmed that it will feature Armstrong on a remake of Queen's seminal rock hit "We
Will Rock You," Evans on an new version of Cheryl Lynn's disco smash "Got To Be Real"
and rapper Busta Rhymes' Flipmode Squad on the pro-pot anthem "Come Get It."
"This album here is more like a DJ record," Hurricane said. "It's a compilation of different
artists doing [my] songs. I wanted this one to be way different [from my 1995 debut
album, The Hurra], because the first one was just me producing and doing the
"On this one here, I didn't want to do too much rapping," he continued. "I just wanted to
produce and write hooks to songs like I did on 'Sure Shot' (RealAudio excerpt)
[for the Beastie Boys]."
Hurricane said the collaboration on the Queen classic with Armstrong took place in a Los
Angeles studio not too long ago. The matchup grew out of Hurricane's friendship with the
Green Day leader following an early '90s tour during which the punk trio opened for the
Beastie Boys. The update of "We Will Rock You," co-produced by Beastie Boys associate
Mario Caldato Jr., features Armstrong singing the classic Queen tune over hip-hop beats
and scratching by Hurricane.
"Everything was cool," Hurricane said of the session. "Billie was into it, and I just pulled
him and Mario into the idea."
Asked how he hatched the idea for the remake, Hurricane said it was all in a day's work
for his fertile mind. "Sometimes I'll just be f---ing sitting on the toilet and come up with
ideas," he explained, "or be at the table eating and ... daydreaming and an idea pops up
and I just get on the phone." (RealAudio excerpt of
interview). "We Will Rock You" also features drumming from Earl Hudson of Bad
Brains, the Washington, D.C., band known for a hybrid of reggae and punk.
Hurricane said he's currently in a New York studio completing the tracks for the new
album, which will be released by TVT Records. (The Hurra was released on the
Beastie Boys' Grand Royal label.)
Among the other guests joining Hurricane on the new album are Beastie Boys
keyboardist Money Mark and rappers the Lost Boyz on the remake of
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excerpt of original), Big Gipp of Southern rap group Goodie Mob and fellow hip-hopper
Xzibit on "Connect" and Kool G. Rap on a still-untitled track. Hurricane added that he is
currently finishing up a track with acclaimed New York rap group Black Star for the
According to Hurricane, he has a "long, long" list of other collaborators he hopes to get
on the album, including Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea and rapper Redman.
Hurricane plans to ask Redman to add a verse to "Connect."
The first single from the album will likely be "Come Get It," which features three members
of the Flipmode Squad -- Busta Rhymes' longtime backing group. Rah Digga, Lord Have
Mercy and Rampage added their vocals to the song which, Hurricane said, is slated to
be featured on the soundtrack to "White Boy." The film, starring rappers Big Pun and
Snoop Dogg, is slated to be released this summer.
Hurricane, a Queens, New York, native, began his career more than 20 years ago with
Solo Sounds. After acting as the Beastie Boys' bodyguard on their 1986 Raising Hell
tour with Run-D.M.C., Hurricane came out from the shadows and became their DJ for
nearly a decade. Hurricane has been flexing his muscles outside the hip-hop genre for
the past year, acting as producer on albums from indie rockers Vallejo and the
Calhouns, as well as industrial-rock act Gravity Kills.
Having just launched his own production company, Don't Sleep Productions, Hurricane
said he views the new solo album as a type of one-stop shopping for people interested
in hearing his production skills.
"It's about letting people see what my production is about," Hurricane said. "Like with
'Got To Be Real,' I just wanted to make a club record and get everyone dancing to it. It
will definitely be hot."