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Early Rappers - Hipper than Hop / the Breaks

PostPosted: Wed Aug 31, 2011 10:38 pm
by Jamie Renton
Hipsters, flipsters and fingerpoppin daddies (but probably not David Starkey) here are a couple of history lessons on the roots of hip-hop.

Trikont's Early Rappers set features jive talkers & street rhymers from 40s US to 70s JA: Cab Calloway, Chuck Berry, Joe Tex, Last Poets, U Roy... A few you'll know (Dave Bartholomew's "The Monkey", Pigmeat Markham's "Here Come the Judge") plus a lot that's less well known & just as good ("You Aint Such a Much" by Blanche Thomas, King Stitt's "Dance Beat" amongst them) mines an advance copy, hopefully out soon though.

Harmless Recotds The Breaks has already been out a few months & I got my copy for £4 on Amazon. It's a double album packed with 31 originals that went on to be sampled on hip-hop tunes at some point. Lots of 70s funk of course, but also dipping back into 60s soul & forward into 80s disco & dance anthems. Again a few familiar sounds (I love Aaron Neville's "Hercules" but how many compilations has it featured it on?) but lots of obscurities too & a some surprises (The Stylistics?) Big fun throughout

Re: Early Rappers - Hipper than Hop / the Breaks

PostPosted: Thu Sep 01, 2011 7:15 am
by AndyM
Jamie Renton wrote:
Trikont's Early Rappers set features jive talkers & street rhymers from 40s US to 70s JA: Cab Calloway, Chuck Berry, Joe Tex, Last Poets, U Roy... A few you'll know (Dave Bartholomew's "The Monkey", Pigmeat Markham's "Here Come the Judge") plus a lot that's less well known & just as good ("You Aint Such a Much" by Blanche Thomas, King Stitt's "Dance Beat" amongst them) mines an advance copy, hopefully out soon though.


Any Louis Jordan ? I always think his 'Beware Brother Beware' is proto-rap of the finest kind.

Re: Early Rappers - Hipper than Hop / the Breaks

PostPosted: Thu Sep 01, 2011 9:18 am
by Jamie Renton
AndyM wrote:
Jamie Renton wrote:Any Louis Jordan ? I always think his 'Beware Brother Beware' is proto-rap of the finest kind.


Sadly not & agreed.

Kniowing your liking for 80s funk n soul Andy (an area I'm not that up on), I'd be interested to know what you make of the selections from that era featured on The Breaks
http://www.demonmusicgroup.co.uk/Produc ... uctID=5455

Re: Early Rappers - Hipper than Hop / the Breaks

PostPosted: Thu Sep 01, 2011 12:01 pm
by NormanD
Jamie Renton wrote:Harmless Records The Breaks has already been out a few months & I got my copy for £4 on Amazon.
So it's probably not worth while kicking in a record shop window to get a copy? Not that there are many record shops left to plunder.

Re: Early Rappers - Hipper than Hop / the Breaks

PostPosted: Thu Sep 01, 2011 1:16 pm
by AndyM
Jamie Renton wrote:
Kniowing your liking for 80s funk n soul Andy (an area I'm not that up on), I'd be interested to know what you make of the selections from that era featured on The Breaks
http://www.demonmusicgroup.co.uk/Produc ... uctID=5455


Interesting choices, though some danger of preferring obscurities for their obscurity. The Liquid Liquid track is immense, however, and the Jean Plum is abother fave.

Re: Early Rappers - Hipper than Hop / the Breaks

PostPosted: Thu Sep 01, 2011 7:48 pm
by Jamie Renton
Thanka Andy. are you familiar with the Taana Gardner tune?