Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Big Apple Rappin' Part 1

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Universal 2, "Dancing Heart"
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The Masterdon Committee, "Funk Box Party"
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What better way to follow-up yesterday's post on the current state of NYC hip-hop (reminder: it sucks) than with a look back at where the legend comes from. Soul Jazz as always have taken the lead on documenting the earliest days of NYC hip-hop, dropping the 2 CD anthology called Big Apple Rappin': The Early Days of Hip-Hop Culture in New York City 1979-1982.

I'll have a lot more to say about these two discs with Part 2, I really wanted to get these out ASAP. This is another essential compilation, lovingly put together with the amazing liner notes that this bol loves. You get a nice mixture of interviews with the key figures from the period who have been forgotten coupled with a nice critical examination of the music. For those who read this blog, it should be no surprise that this era of music is my first love and it means a lot when I recommend something this highly. Go here to buy your own copy, it is well worth the added Soul Jazz import price. [I will remind everyone that Tower Records is going out of business and all CDs are 40% off at the least. This would be a good time to stock up on said imports at an incredibly cheap price. Ya feel me?]

-My bol Project Matt has the next decade covered, as 1992 returns to Lotus

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-Check Yo' Ponytail! tonight in LA with The Rapture spinning! Bands! DJs! Vodka!

-Anyone who still considers John McCain a liberal in Republican clothes or a decent man who won't pander to the Religious Right, read this immediately.

-Tomorrow night is going to be out of control, let me know about your event if you don't think I already know.

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