Youtube user Carloscda40 has a gang of ’80s Philly tapes on deck: Jazzy Jeff & Ice Cee, Cash Money & Cool Breeze, Cash Money & Marvelous, Spinbad & Force Five, Master Vic & The Super MC’s. Very important early history on what is perhaps hip hop’s most underrated city.
Grandmasters of Funk & Kid Destroy - Live (Cassette, 198?)
Completely skull shattering old school dub of the legendary Germantown, Philadelphia crew Grandmasters of Funk - Cosmic Kev, Parry P, Gary O and Grand Tone - rocking with graffiti writer Estro aka Kid Destroy. According to Jazzy Jeff Estro “would play parties using three Roland 808 drum machines, two Roland 303′s providing the bass lines, a Speak ‘n’ Spell to provide some lyrics and a Merlin,” some or all of which is presumably what’s causing the whole distorto cacophony going on here. Click through for part 2.
(Fun fact the late Grand Tone had a daughter and she grew to become the greatest American radio DJ of today, Diamond Kuts.)
chikiuno said: tha flow came from the widwest bruhhh wut r u even talmbout?
That flow sorta kinda came from several places all at once and the lineage is fascinating but the death of an actual human being is probably not the best time to rekindle an argument over the ownership of a rap style, especially given that most or all participants have long since squashed it. I chose the word “godfather” for a reason - it’s suggests influence but not creation. If Infamous wasn’t the sole innovator of that style he was absolutely one of just a few.
I’d like to write something in depth about the origins of chopping and tongue rolling and tongue twisting and rap triplets and all of that one day but today is not that day. I’m going to to play Chapter 1: The End loudly from front to back again instead. Then I’m going to get on an airplane and not think about rap music at all for ten whole days.
Three 6 Mafia (Lord Infamous) - “Anyone Out There” (Hypnotize Minds, 1997)
DJ Paul & Lord Infamous - Come With Me To Hell (Underground, 1993)
R.I.P. Lord Infamous, founding member of Three 6 Mafia and godfather of the rolling pitter patter ASAP flow that every rapper with a Tumblr rocks today.
Project Pat - Mista Don’t Play (Hypnotize Minds, 2001)
I don’t know why or how Mista Don’t Play is up for free on Livemixtapes but you should take advantage of this and bang “North North” loudly on repeat until your neighbors call the cops.