“Bass Machine (produced by Mantronix)” by T. La Rock
This is one of my favorite old school hip-hop songs, T. La Rock was the emcee’s emcee back in the 80′s, he had his own style and had a big vocabulary, he’s famous for “It’s Yours” (the first song on Def Jam), anyway this is what I like more with production by Mantronix and beatbox by Greg Nice.
Wat een prachtige dag om het weekend mee te beginnen! Vandaar dat onze “Track of the Day” te maken heeft met tijd, aangezien we vaker te laat komen dan op tijd…
“Take Your Time” is een classic track uit de jaren ‘90… In de tijd waar je housebroeken kon rocken en vrouwen er niet uitzagen als wandelende billboards van een “H&M” of een “WE” etalage. De groep “Mantronix” was een grote inspirator van hip hop en electro funk uit de jaren '80 en '90. De groep bestond uit DJ Kurtis Mantronik (Kurtis el Khaleel) én rapper MC Tee (Touré Embden).
Aanstaande zaterdag (9 april) is het natuurlijk weer tijd voor “The Daisy Age” in de Bitterzoet! Dit keer is het de beurt aan DJ Manga, Silvester, Mr. Mendel, Alex Mir die ons zullen verwennen met de beste tracks en natuurlijk MC Melodee (the host)! Wij zien je morgen bij het dikste feest als het gaat om de liefde voor muziek…
This is a mix of 32 hardcore 80s rap jams made by DJ NES (not to be confused with DJ NES from Halifax who made that Nintendo beats mixtape and once gave me a present of a Force MD’s LP after he cut off his long blond dreads just because one of the MD’s was named Jessie D. - were you thinking of him?).
I think a lot of people who love rap now, or even who love classic rap from the early 90s, miss out on this whole genre of amazing attitudes and styles. I feel pretty strongly that you’ll never really understand hip-hop if you never get moved by the 80s rock box beats and hard percussive raps.
Anyway, this is the soundtrack to your Sunday. Get to know about it.
01) Mantronix – Fresh is the Word 02) Divine Sounds – Do or Die Bed Stuy 03) Fab 5 Freddy – Change The beat 04) Jimmy Spicer – Dollar Bill (dub) 05) Crash Crew – Breakin Bells 06) Fresh 3 MC’s – Fresh (dub) 07) Masterdon Committee – FunkBox 2 08) Egyptian Lover – What is A DJ If He Can’t Scratch? 09) D.S.T. – Megamix 2: Why is It Fresh? 10) Spoonie G – New Love rap 11) Sparky D – He’s My DJ (Red Alert) 12) DJ Chuck Chillout – History of Hip Hop on Wax 13) Doug E Fresh – Human BeatBox 14) Donald D – Don’s Groove 15) Original Concept – Can You Feel It? 16) Trouble Funk – Drop The Bomb 17) Funky 4 Plus One – Rappin & Rockin The House 18) Mix – Furious 5/Radiance/West Street Mob/GrandMaster Flash 19) Count Coolout – Rhythm Rock Rap 20) Jazzy 5 – jazzy Sensation 21) Fab 5 Freddy – Down By Law 22) Davy DMX – One For The Treble 23) OC & Crazy Eddie – Masters of The Scratch 24) Grand Wizard Theodore – Soul Clap 25) ColdCrush Brothers – Fresh, Fly, Wild, Bold 26) UTFO – Roxanne 27) Whistle – Just Buggin’ 28) Tricky Tee – Johnny The Fox 29) Steady B – Bring The Beat Back 30) MC Crash – Life On The Street 31) Schooly D – Gucci Time 32) Fantasy Three – It’s Your Rock (dub)
On this day in music history: July 27, 1996 - “You’re Makin’ Me High”/“Let It Flow” by Toni Braxton hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for 1 week, also topping the R&B singles chart for 1 week on June 29, 1996, and topping the Club Play chart for 2 weeks on August 17, 1996. Written and produced by Babyface and Bryce Wilson, it is the first chart topping single for the R&B/Pop singer from Severn, MD. Following the multi-platinum, Grammy Award winning success of her self-titled debut album, singer Toni Braxton feels the pressure to equal it with her sophomore release. With production on “Secrets” beginning in January of 1995, Braxton and a team of producers which include L.A. Reid & Babyface, David Foster, Keith Crouch and Tony Rich, the singer spends nearly a year and a half working on the album. Among the musicians contributing material to the project is musician Bryce Wilson. First making a name for himself under the name “Bryce Luvah”, Wilson is briefly a member of the second line up of electro-funk dance band Mantronix (“Got To Have Your Love”, “Take Your Time”), before forming the R&B duo Groove Theory with Amel Larrieux. Wilson plays a demo of a song he’s written for L.A. and Babyface. The producers love the funky groove, but are not fond of the original lyrics or title. Babyface asks if he can make some changes to the song, of which Wilson agrees to. Writing a new hook and sexy lyrics to go with the instrumental track, the song is re-titled “You’re Makin’ Me High”. Braxton is initially apprehensive about the sexy and slinky song, feeling slightly uncomfortable showing that side of herself. But she eventually becomes more comfortable and relaxed, adding her sultry and soulful vocal to the track. Selected as the first single from Toni’s second album “Secrets”, released on May 21, 1996, it becomes a multi-format smash immediately. Entering the Hot 100 #7 on June 8, 1996, it climbs to the top of the chart seven weeks later. In spite of debuting inside the Billboard Top Ten, it has to wait for its moment at the top after leaping to #2 on June 22,1996. It spends three weeks in the runner up position behind “Tha Crossroads” by Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, then two weeks behind 2Pac’s double A-sided hit “How Do U Want It”/“California Love” which leaps over “High” on July 13, 1996. Braxton’s single is released with several different remixes, including an alternate radio version version that features a rap cameo by Foxy Brown. It is also released with the song “Let It Flow”, Toni’s contribution to the “Waiting To Exhale” soundtrack, which also receives enough airplay to chart along side the other song. “You’re Makin’ Me High” wins Braxton her third Grammy Award for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance in 1997. “You’re Makin’ Me High”/“Let It Flow” is certified Platinum in the US by the RIAA.
This playlist is dedicated to all the r&b and pop music I heard or imagined hearing everyday and weekend I’d spend at the salon in my neighbourhood doing my homework or sweeping the floors. Download available soon. Hope you enjoy this piece of nostalgia.