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Anton Pukshansky’s name may be unfamiliar to hip-hop fans, but you definitely know his work. He was a key person at Power Play Studios in Queens, New York, and was deeply involved as an engineer, musician, and producer on classic performances by Kool G. Rap and Polo, Main Source, Eric B. and Rakim, Organized Konfusion, Akinyele, and more.

He also got a front-row seat to the development of soon-to-be iconic talents like Nas and Mobb Deep, who he worked with at the very beginning of their careers. Anton worked hand-in-hand with one of hip-hop’s greatest producers, Large Professor, and has also won Grammys for his work with Santana and Ozomatli.

Tracks featured in this episode:

  1. Deep Purple, “Smoke On The Water”
  2. Creedence Clearwater Revival, “Lookin’ Out My Back Door”
  3. Jimi Hendrix, “Foxey Lady”
  4. Talking Heads, “Once In A Lifetime”
  5. Brian Eno - David Byrne, “Help Me Somebody”
  6. Brian Eno - David Byrne, “Qu’ran”
  7. The Meters, “Look-Ka Py Py”
  8. Herbie Hancock, “Rockit”
  9. Herbie Hancock, “Palm Grease”
  10. Herbie Hancock, “Chameleon”
  11. Organized Konfusion, “Open Your Eyes”
  12. Fairlight CMI Demo A1
  13. Bunny Wailer, “Just Be Nice”
  14. Bunny Wailer, “Soul Rocking Party”
  15. Eric B. & Rakim, “My Melody”
  16. Funk Inc., “Kool Is Back”
  17. Young-Holt Unlimited, “Soulful Strut”
  18. Les McCann, “Go On And Cry”
  19. Skull Snaps, “It’s A New Day”
  20. Eric B. and Rakim, “Let The Rhythm Hit ‘Em”
  21. Kid Flash, “Hot Like Fire”
  22. Sister Nancy, “Bam Bam”
  23. Main Source, “Just Hangin’ Out”
  24. Main Source, “Looking at the Front Door”
  25. Johnnie Taylor, “Watermelon Man”
  26. Main Source, “Snake Eyes”
  27. Common Sense, “Resurrection (Extra P Remix)”
  28. Kool G. Rap & DJ Polo, “Streets of New York”
  29. NPR Microphone Check, “Large Professor, Part 1: ‘We’re Living In The World of Hip-Hop’”
  30. Kool G. Rap & DJ Polo, “Streets of New York”
  31. Kool G. Rap & DJ Polo, “Streets of New York”
  32. Kool G. Rap & DJ Polo, “Jive Talk”
  33. Main Source, “Live At The Barbeque”
  34. Main Source, “Live At The Barbeque”
  35. Main Source, “Live At The Barbeque”
  36. Nas, “Halftime”
  37. Organized Konfusion, “Fudge Pudge”
  38. Organized Konfusion, “Releasing Hypnotical Gases”
  39. Organized Konfusion, “Jiminez Criqueta”
  40. Organized Konfusion, “Who Stole My Last Piece Of Chicken (Remix)”
  41. Steely Dan, “Green Earrings”
  42. Earth, Wind & Fire, “Runnin’”
  43. Organized Konfusion, “Walk Into The Sun”
  44. Organized Konfusion, “Fudge Pudge”
  45. Organized Konfusion, “Fudge Pudge”
  46. Norty Boy ft. J Swift - Its Time To Jam (Witness The Change Mix)
  47. Stayshon To Stayshon, “My, My, My (Chancletas 2 The Bank)”
  48. Kish, “I Rhyme The World In 80 Days”
  49. Lee Dorsey, “Get Out Of My Life Woman”
  50. MC Serch, “Back To The Grill”
  51. Akinyele, “Ak Ha Ha! Ak Hoo Hoo?”
  52. Rob Swift, “The Architect”
  53. Akinyele, “Dear Diary”
  54. Mobb Deep, “Peer Pressure (Large Professor Remix)”
  55. Sample This! featuring Joe Fatal (live)
  56. G. Love & Special Sauce, “Dreamin’”
  57. Funkdoobiest, “Who’s The Doobiest”
  58. Kenny Dope, “Supa Cat”
  59. Cypress Hill, “I Ain’t Goin’ Out Like That”
  60. Double XX Posse, “Get Ya Props Up”
  61. Santana f/Eagle-Eye Cherry, “Wishing It Was”
  62. Anton Pukshansky, “Funkface – The Chicken”
  63. Anton Pukshansky, “Gnome Dust II”
  64. A Tribe Called Quest, “I Left My Wallet in El Segundo”
  65. Maestro Fresh Wes, “On The Jazz Tip”

Show notes:

  1. Memories of Paul C. McKasty – Full Film
  2. The Combat Jack Show – The Eric B. Episode
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