Rhythm Roulette with Ayatollah
The east coast producer tries his hand at the series
Ayatollah has been a staple of east coast hip hop for years. The Queens native is most well known for turning heads on Mos Def’s beautifully stark “Ms. Fat Booty.” But he’s also locked in time with Talib Kweli, various Wu-Tang members, Cormega, Tragedy Khadafi, Styles P, Pharoahe Monch, Boot Camp Clik, Buckshot, Smif-n-Wessun, Sean Price, and more. His name roughly translates to “spiritual leader,” a very apt name as his music has helped several fans and emcees channel a deeper self. Ayatollah’s manager was once the A&R at Rawkus Records, giving him first dibs on placements with their roster at the time. Outside of his work with other artists, he’s released a solid work of instrumental projects as well.
After a quick blindfolded browse at the record shop, Ayatollah ends up with Roy Ayers’ Vibrations, a BBE Disco record, and the compilation album Urban Classics 2. Set up at the DJ booth in the shop, Ayatollah chops up the Roy Ayers record with his MPC then adds some of his own scratches. He also throws on a sample from the “Where Did You Go” track from The J’s and “Yes It’s You” by Sweet Charles.