September 11, 2003

Test Spin: Mark Ronson

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Mark Ronson has amassed an eye-raising amount of connections in the music industry mostly for being a premiere producer/remixer but also for being a “celebrity DJ.” He’s paid big money to spin the turntables in NYC clubs and parties for only the A-list. His collection of clientele and friends appear all over his debut album, some of whom include Nappy Roots, Ghostface Killah, Nate Dogg, Sean Paul, Tweet, Mos Def, M.O.P., Nikka Costa, Q-Tip, and ?uestlove. He even ropes in Rivers Cuomo to appear on the track, “I Suck,” which places the Weezer frontman as a purveyor of sardonic hip-hop.

Ronson’s DJ and production skills translate well onto the studio recording. He’s one of many budding artists who push hip-hop’s musical boundaries by adding unique dashes of funk, rock, disco, and reggae into mixtape madness. Highlights include “On the Run,” which features a bouncy Lenny Kravitz sample and the swaggering self-titled track, sounding exactly like the name implies. Here Comes the Fuzz complements any raucous party anytime of the week with its relentless, energetic celebration.

Archived article by Brett Rosenthal