Tuesday, February 2, 2010

A/T Liner Notes Part 2: COMMUNION_SERVICE + JUNGLE_MUSIC


Okay, so hopefully we've got enough of copies out there to make
these liner notes worth while'er.

The first track on ALL_TOGETHER is called 'Communion Service'.
Yup, the dude on the mic is Bo Diddley and it's his brief address to
the crowd (before tearing into 'I'm Alright'), that I sampled from
Bo Diddley's Beach Party.

This album was recorded July 5th & 6th, 1963 during a stint in
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina (my old stompin' grounds).
It's one of the first 'live' albums ever recorded, which
really should
net Diddley more props as he was a trailblazing innovator...

The resulting sound isn't as impressive as the technical achievement
it was back in 1963, but the track 'I'm Alright' is still downright nasty!
(Look what it did to THESE cats!!)

And look what live Diddley DOES to these squares!!



'I'm Alright' Kinda sounds like 'Girls', by The Beastie Boys, but
The Rolling Stones ripped off Mr. D wayyy before that:





It's not quite as bad as it seems, because if it wasn't for
the 'blowback' by the great British Rock 'N Roll bands
(who revered both the
founders of Blues music AND Rock 'N Roll),
who know's what music in America would sound like today?

The late J-Dilla's anniversary is coming up,
and look how many people liked his style!

As Bo Diddley whips the crowd up, some drums kick in;
It's the Bo Diddley beat (!).... But it's not Bo Diddley:(
'She Has Funny Cars', by Jefferson Airplane, was one
of the countless 'borrowers' of Diddley's signature rhythm.
This one is taken from from their original mono 45 single.



When Jefferson Airplane stopped taking LSD (in favor
of original Coca-Cola), they became 'Jefferson Starship',
who are credited with performing the very first 'Kings of Leon'.





The "Yes Yes Y'all..." you're hearing on 'Communion Service' is courtesy of Common (Sense). Over the years his song 'I Used to love H.E.R.' has become THE quintessential love letter to the Incredibly-Loose-Lady that is Hip-Hop.

'I Used to...', was the lead single from his classic second LP 'Ressurection', which, for my money is > ILLMATIC. You should buy it.

One of the reason's that Common is way up there on my 'Top 5 MCs' list, is because he was always courteous (and forward-thinking) enough to include the acappella versions of his songs when he released 12" singles. As a result, shitloads of folks have remixed his records over the years and will continue to do so, until the Chinese take over in November.

Speaking of Zelda, here's a pretty cool remix of 'I Used To Love H.E.R.' by Team Teamwork!




Track 2 is called 'Jungle Music', and it's
Jeru The Damaja, mixed with a still top-secret drum loop.




Jeru The Damaja released two great albums in '94 & 96,
which were fully produced by DJ PREMIER.

Literally every song on his first album 'The Sun Rises in the East' is
an intelligent banger. I'm not sure if I even know of a hip-hop DJ
who doesn't own AT LEAST 2 vinyl copies of the album, plus
the singles 'Come Clean' and 'You Can't Stop The Prophet'.

(The later of which was remixed by the Mighty Pete Rock):



I don't wanna be all Wikipedia here, but Jeru's beef with
The Fugees was terribly ironic...

On 'The Sun Rises...' there's a track called 'Da Bitchez',
which offended some, but was understood by most.
Anyways, noted lyricist Pras Michel, made a
'You're not a fucking prophet!' diss directed squarely at Jeru,
who was the only practicing prophet at the time...
Now, normally this wouldn't even be a big deal, as nobody
could even think about fucking with The Gangstarr Foundation,
and Premier specifically. But Jeru was mad
, and if anyone had
been paying attention to 'The Sun Rises...' than they woulda known
'Can't a damn thing stop..' him...

Jeru followed up the critical success of his first LP, with two
highly acclaimed singles (Invasion and The Frustrated N-****).
Plus the closing appearance on the
D&D All-Stars classic track '1,2 Pass It'...


Just when you thought Jeru's stock couldn't get any higher, he drops this:



'One Day', was a scathing rebuttal to the direction P.uff Diddy/Daddy
& Bad Boy Records were taking New York Hip-Hop in 1996.

(And Diddy hadn't even done this yet!!):



Jeru's second album was titled the 'Wrath of the Math', and had
everything going for it; a great title, full-production by the greatest
Hip-Hop producer of all time* and huge buzz, but suffered from soft,
seemingly rushed rhymes...

Anyway, here's the deal with him & Pras:

On 'Black Cowboys', Jeru spits:

"I heard some MC's wanna bring it, but a female is one of their
strongest men, when I step to you, don't seek refuge,
make it happen, fuck the rappin'..."

And legendary lyrical assassin Praswell drops this
(in response to Jeru's response):

"Well let me tell it, without Premier you couldn't sell it!!"

AND WINS THE BATTLE:(

But, despite all the Bullshit, Jeru The Damaja's 'Jungle Music',
is an undeniably powerful statement, delivered by a
world-class MC, trying to make sense of the African American
experience, while surrounded by poverty, race discrimination
and a general lack of hope that affected far too many residents
(for far too many decades) in east New York City.

Thanks for hangin' out!! NEXT UP are:
'IS THIS IT (PINK COOKIES)' &
'MEMPHIS WRECK'.
Have a great week!!
-OBD.





2 comments:

  1. The hook on "Blue Angels" is really catchy though...you gotta admit haha. REALLY dope post man...very cool breakin down all the tracks.

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  2. Solid post, man. Too much to comment on. You need to break that shit up. Hilarious and on-point comparison with Kings of Leon/Jefferson Starship. Just so hard to make something absolutely original these days. Didn't Blender Magazine (RIP) name "We Built This City" worse song of all time? And then "Use Somebody" wins a Grammy. Wow... Catchy track though.

    Mr. Diddley will never get enough props. I love the Stones, but that was a straight jack move. Thanks Professor OBD.

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