When throwing the word "veteran" around with the players of Chicago's juke/footwork scene, it's easy to lose sight of the fact that RP Boo was making moves roughly a decade before the likes of DJ Rashad and DJ Spinn. The artist born Kavain Space is credited with being a key part of creating the hyped-up ghetto-house sound back in the late '90s, and he certainly has the experience, stories, and production chops to prove it. Maybe that makes him something of a legend in relation to his contemporaries, which is why it's even more surprising that RP Boo's debut LP, Legacy, was released just this week via Planet Mu. To do our part in marking the special occasion, we asked Space to select for us five tunes he believes to be integral to the history of footwork, and the DJ/producer came back to us with a list of music and anecdotes spanning eight years of Windy City music and culture.
When I first heard "Chase Me," it was the first track played on a mixtape named Wild and Freaky Part 2. It was made on the MPC 300, and I can say I let the tape play, then rewind, let it play again, and I was so amazed at just how well the track was built. When it made it to vinyl on Dance Mania, the parties that got a taste of it went nuts. This is truly a classic anthem.
This track was made just using horn patterns that, like, signal the footworkers instantly to the floor to battle. I was in Club Cavallini when I first heard it. Clent gave me notice that he had something new, so when he played it, I was instantly like, "Hey, run that back!" The track became highly requested in the weeks after. It was released on Dance Mania.