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Wednesday, September 25, 2013

1988 - Classic Hip Hop Albums Celebrating Their 25th Anniversary



When i think of 1988 i think about me getting my license and graduating from high school and being suckered into joining the Army (If i ever run into that recruitment officer i just might slap the shit outta him for selling me false dreams lol ), yeah im ranting and telling my age right now, but 1988 also marked a significant time period in my life that blew my mind. Ask some of my closest friends and they will tell you the times where they used to hang out at my house while i djed for hours and hours. After a while they would either leave, or fall asleep but when they returned or woke up, i was still on those Gemini turntables having fun, cutting up "Im the King of Rock" by Run DMC to "Funky Beat" by Whodini .The music was pure, fresh and raw, and each artist didn't sound like the next one, they all had distinctive flows, styles and the music production was on point. So here we are, 25 years later, and this year these artists celebrated their 25th anniversary milestone debuts. 


So here are the 15 most memorable albums of 1988 in no particular order. I am sure you will agree that the talent of each of these artists reach beyond levels that can never ever ever ever ever be duplicated. 



    The Golden Era of Hip Hop..........  


Monday, September 23, 2013

The Bridge Is Over, created by Marley Marl???


This excerpt was taken from an interview of Marley Marl by Ali Shaheed Muhammad Frannie Kelley
 of Microphone Check

MARL: You know who my hero was before I even got into hip-hop? I just gotta lay it on the line: Giorgio Moroder. I was into Giorgio like you would not believe. See, I was into electronic music. I was into triggering bass lines and making it sequence — I was a sequence head. That's how I beat people in hip-hop early because I was already sequencing. I already knew what a trigger was. I knew how to trigger anything off of anything.

The whole "Bridge" — my song I made with MC Shan — all that was trigger music, triggering samples from a 808 with separate samplers around the room. The pulse from the 808 would go into my sampler and make it react. Once I made that discovery at Unique, guess what I did? I went right around the corner to Sam Ash, bought myself three little cheap samplers. I went home and started experimenting, taking all my drum sounds. Matter of fact, what I would do at that point, I went to my reel-to-reel. I would have leader, snare, leader. Leader, kick, leader. Hi-hat, leader. On the reel.
So I would sit with the artist and say, "So you want to make a song today? Pick out your kick and snare you want." Now this is before disc; that was my disc. I still have that reel, and that is the same drum reel I lost it in Power Play Studios and they made "The Bridge Is Over."

MUHAMMAD: I was just going to ask you about that — so is that story true? I didn't know if it was true.

MARL: Of course that's a true story.

KELLEY: Tell the whole thing.

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