He was a full funkster because of the way he dressed o He got his styles from the parliament funk/earth, wind, and fire era Call him the first ambassador of hip hop One of those that attempted to keep the soul of Black music, in particular the funk, from being diluted during the age of disco He approached James Brown and asked him to make a hip hop record Afrika Bambaataa’s definition of hip hop: the music is colourless – hip hop music is made from Black, Brown, Yellow, Red, and White Digital samplers came in and replaced the need for DJs to mix live It is hard to understand this groups lyrics and vocals in their songs SONG: Afrika Bambaataa & Soulsonic Force - Looking For The Perfect Beat o First time the digital sampler was used This song had more beats per minute than typical songs that b- boys would dance to o 120 beats per minute, pace of house music SONG: Afrika Bambaataa & Soulsonic Force - Renegades Of Funk He didn’t follow trends – didn’t want to sound like anyone else Had an appreciation for the punk rock movement o Ex. Song World Destruction by Afrika Bambaataa & John Lydon
o In this song it sounds like Bambaataa raps o Lyrics are easier understood o Song about panic and destruction SONG: Afrika Bambaataa & Soulsonic Force – Planet Rock o This was their biggest song (huge) o Ultimate song for break dancing o 128 beats per minute – faster than house – more techno o Sounds good on any sound system o This song samples the Kraftwerk song – Trans Europe Express o Bambaataa gets credit for taking music that was strange and using it as he had an open mind o He bought the Kraftwerk record without listening to the music – he judged it on the cover Whodini 1984 was their best year One of the first rap groups to get consistent air time They were rap innovators Known because they were very melodic when rap at the time was a lot of drums o Had hooks and harmony Two main rappers in the group: “Jalil” and “Ecstasy” o Jalil Hutchins o John “Ecstasy” Fletcher o Group also included DJ Drew “Grandmaster Dee” Carter One of the first rap groups to add straight R&B twist to their music Promoted hip hop culture through live world tours o Their live shows were the first rap concerts to feature official dancers U.T.F.O. o They headlined the giant Fresh Fes tours in 1984 starring the Fat Boys, RUN-DC, and Kurtis Blow First platinum selling rap album was credited to them o It was actually tied o Sold 1,000,000 copies in America o Album called Escape In 1984 their popularity skyrocketed with their good-humoured songs Radio friendly lyrically and sound SONG: Whodini – Magic’s Wand o First rap song to have a rap video SONG: Whodini – Freaks Come Out At Night Biggest songs are the following: SONG: Whodini – Five Minutes Of Funk o Single released like a lot of disco records – two songs both on the A side SONG: Friends o Time of pure innocence and fun o They sampled the base line from If I Ruled The World
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