is the debut album by rap duo Frank-n-Dank
. It was unofficially released in August 5
. The whole album was produced by J Dilla
can be seen as a collaboration between J Dilla and Frank-N-Dank, as the former not only produces the whole record but also played a large role in bringing the group to a larger underground
audience, through their appearance on Welcome 2 Detroit
, as well as producing various 12"s
released prior to the album. However, the making of the album, under MCA Records
, was plagued with setbacks as two subsequent versions of the album were rejected by the label. It received virtually no pre-release promotion indicating that the-then folding label had no serious intentions of releasing the album. J Dilla in an interview with Groove Attack:
Many fans believe that this largely sample-free version was recorded to appease MCA, who were reluctant to clear the samples used on the original recording. That theory is somewhat supported by the fact that the 12"s released by the duo prior to 48 Hours all featured sampling, as do the songs on, Xtended Play LP, the group's second album, and Xtended Play Version 3.13, their third.
Eventually a version of the shelved album surfaced on the market, with questionable packaging yet a professional quality of sound, and mastering
. Two 12"s were released by independent label ABB in support of the album - "Take Dem Clothes Off" between "Off Ya Chest" in 2002, and "Ma Dukes" b/w "Pimp Strut" in 2003. None of the songs from the triple A-Side
single "Push", "Where the Parties At?" and "I'll Bet You Will", were included on the available version The album version of "Where the Parties At?" differs greatly from the 12" version - featuring different lyrics and a beat that no longer includes a sample of Mtume
's "Juicy Fruit". "I'll Bet You Will" was also changed to "Rite Bites" and no longer appeared over its salsa-esque beat.
On 48 Hrs
, J Dilla showcases a different aspect of his trademark production techniques. Although he's known for hypnotic, dreamy sounds-capes from prior works such as Fantastic, Vol. 2
, the sounds on 48 Hrs
are largely based around sparse electronic
melodies, robotic drum patterns, rousing synth
stabs and other Moog
These productions reflect both the changes/advancements in Hip hop production at the time and Dilla's incorporation of these ideas, as well as the producer's absorption of (or one could argue 'being influenced by') other producer's styles who were greatly different from his, such as Dr. Dre, Timbaland, and most notably Pharrell, on the staccato clav-based "Take Dem clothes Off". Nevertheless the quirky attributes of J Dilla's productions remain present throughout the record, as can be heard on "Off Ya Chest", where a pounding build up leads to a spacious drum rhythm, complimented by sirens, whistles, blips, zaps, and female vocal snippets.
- "Rite Bites"
- "Street Life"
- "Pimp Strut"
- "Where the Parties at?"
- "Y'all Don't Want It"
- "Sex on the Beach"
- "All Seasons"
- "Ma Dukes" (feat. Tammy Lucas)
- "Keep It Coming"
- "Take Dem Clothes Off" (feat. J Dilla)
- "Off Ya Chest" (feat. J Dilla)