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Rap & Hip-Hop Artists Tommy Boy Releases Hip-Hop Roots
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Written by Keith ID1448   
Thursday, 26 May 2005 14:28

Tom Silverman, founder and CEO of Tommy Boy announces the release of HIP HOP ROOTS on CD, double vinyl and as a full album download. Personally selected and compiled by Silverman, this collection features twelve of the most sampled tracks that would become building blocks of Hip Hop music.

From Rock hits like Billy Squier's "The Big Beat" most recently featured on Jay Z's "99 Problems" to Bob James'' "Take Me to the Mardi Gras" sampled by Run DMC for "Peter Piper" and LL Cool J on "Rock the Bells"...From Cymande's "Bra" most popularly used in DJ Kool's "Let Me Clear My Throat" to outerspace hits like UFO by ESG heard in Man Parrish's electro hit, "Boogie Down Bronx".... From David Bowie's Rock/Funk hit "Fame" lifted by Public Enemy for "Night of the Living Baseheads" to the Monkees'' "Mary Mary" quoted by Run DMC for their hit of the same title...Disco, Funk, Soul, Rock, Jazz, Pop and Reggae were united and extended under the DJs hands to mold into Hip Hop.

In his liner notes, Silverman hearkens back to 1980, in the "Breaks Room", at Downstairs Records, where a "music revolution was being born." In this room, one could buy vinyl by artists such as "Dennis Coffey, Bob James, Jimmy Castor , The Eagles, Incredible Bongo Band, Herman Kelly and Life, The Monkees and so many more that seemingly had nothing to do with each other" except for the fact that the founding fathers of Hip Hop were digging them up and rocking them in the Bronx.

He also recounts, in 1980, going to the legendary T-Connection, in the Bronx, to see Afrika Bambaataa spin. "There, working the turntables, was Afrika Bambaataa... To his left and right were Jazzy Jay and Red Alert waiting for their turn to mix... Some of the records had the label steamed off so other DJs would not know what he was playing. Evidently his efforts were in vain because 25 years later, DJs and producers are still relying on the beats that he, Kool Herc and Grandmaster Flash discovered."

Legendary DJ and producer, Jazzy Jay, added his extra special flavor to the compilation by editing a few tracks the way he would have done live in 1980, at the T-Connection.

Tom Silverman summarizes, "I believe that the strength of Hip Hop over 26 years unlike any other kind of music has been its inclusive nature. Rather than be elitist or separatist, Hip Hop is accepting and absorbing of outside influences. African, Latin, Disco, Funk, or the corniest Pop or soundtracks were accepted and made the genre stronger just as America is made strong by its confluence of cultures and rainbow of peoples."

Complete Track Listing for Hip Hop Roots:

1) It's Just Begun - The Jimmy Castor Bunch (RCA, 1972)

2) The Big Beat - Billy Squier (Capitol, 1980)

3) Think (About It) - Lyn Collins feat. the JB's (People, 1970)

4) Take Me to the Mardi Gras - Bob James (CTI, 1975)

5) Fame - David Bowie (RCA, 1975)

6) Happy Music - The Blackbyrds (Fantasy, 1975)

7) Express Yourself - Charles Wright & The Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band (Warner, 1969)

8) Bra - Cymande (Janus, 1972)

9) Mary Mary - The Monkees (Colgems, 1967)

10) Let a Woman Be a Woman, and Let a Man Be a Man - Dyke and the Blazers (Original Sound, 1969)

11) Give it Up or Turnit A Loose - James Brown (King, 1970)

12) UFO - ESG (99 Records, 1981)


Rap & Hip-Hop Artists Tommy Boy Releases Hip-Hop Roots

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