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THE ULTIMATE BREAKS & BEATS 30TH ANNIVERSARY BUNDLE
The Ultimate Breaks & Beats 30th Anniversary Bundle is limited to 86 copies and features the following:
- Limited Edition "Space Man" Figure (Standing 8" tall) (this character can be seen on SBR 503)
- Limited Edition 30th Anniversary Poster 11" x 17" (Only 86 made)
- Limited Edition 30th Anniversary T Shirt (Printed on Fine Cotton Blend Shirts)
In celebration of the 30th Anniversary of the Legendary Ultimate Breaks & Beats series we teamed up with Breakbeat Lou for this limited offering.
"Breaks" or "breakbeats" first emerged in the formative days of the early 1970s, when a DJ in the Bronx, New York named Kool Herc popularized a sound based around the hard funk drums of James Brown. Herc kept the dancefloor jumping by isolating parts of the records with the "breakdown" - typically in the form of a percussion solo. Since these sections would always generate the most excitement from the dancers, why not continue the energy using two copies of the record? Herc's cutting-edge practice of extending the break led to the emergence of "break boys" (aka b-boys), who would take the opportunity to showcase their best dance moves during these passages, hence the term "break dancing."
This brilliantly effective DJ technique continued to evolve, as pioneers such as Afrika Bambaataa drew a big following with obscure, funky records that one else thought to play. Grandmaster Flash mastered the technical aspects of the form, advancing the art of playing the same section of a song endlessly on two turntables - allowing MC's to keep the crowd entertained by chanting phrases over the beats.
While James Brown songs provided a rich source of tight, hard grooves to loop and rhyme over, the rapidly developing sound of Hip-Hop demanded innovation on an almost weekly basis, creating a huge demand for fresh breaks and catchy drums producers could manipulate. Enter Lenny Robers (R.I.P), a Bronx-based music afficionado, and in 1986 he created the Ultimate Breaks & Beats series with his editing partner Lou Flores aka Breakbeat Lou.
- Taken from Ribbie Ettelson's Cuepoint Article "Ultimate Breaks & Beats: An Oral History"
PETE ROCK & CL SMOOTH: THEY REMINISCE OVER YOU (T.R.O.Y) 7 INCH
This record will ship after or around December 12th - this is Pre-Order item.
"They Reminisce Over You (T.R.O.Y)" b/w "Straighten It Out" - Yes back to back like that.
Pete Rock & CL Smooth's absolute classic "They Reminisce Over You" is now available for the first time on 45. This song or it's B Side "Straighten it Out" (also available for the time together on the same record) both stand as the greatest records ever made. It's a no brainer and you should need no additional info.
In a musical world where heated debates rage constantly, here is a statement that no one can dispute - Run-DMC is one of the most important and influential groups in rap history. Forming in the early '80s and guided by Russell Simmons (who was, of course, Run's brother), the three-man unit were lyrical and musical pioneers from their first, Larry Smith-helmed produced Run-D.M.C.. The album's sparse beats and aggressive rhymes were in sharp contrast with the light, funky sound that was popular in hip hop at the time. Clocking at about 40 minutes, this album is one of the first Hip Hop where every song was a certified class. "Sucker MC's", "Hollis Crew (Krush Groove 2)", "Hard Times", "Jam-Master Jay" you name it, each song you can hear how this album single handedly changed the face of music, not just Hip Hop.
Rudy Ray Moore was a storyteller extraordinaire, a hilarious, low-down dirty man, and a legit trailblazer in the world of no-holds-barred, fuck-the-censors comedy.
This classic, live Christmas album shows Moore in the 1970s form that cemented his late-night legacy. Side 1 is for early evening listening, when family and respectable friends might still be around. (The dirty stuff is for the flip.) The song "Merry
Christmas, Baby" starts things off - a slow, dusty blues number bolstered by a wobbly but upright backing band. The song itself is PG, extolling the virtues of a caring partner and the joy of the season. Truth be told, it's a warm and wonderful holiday song.
With the band gently strolling behind him, he then lays into Christmas tales from childhood up through modern day trials, tribulations and hilarities. "I can remember when me and my brother were six years old," he says. "We hung our stockings up on the mantelpiece, and the health department made us take them down." Good old fashioned family fun.
But with the man also known Dolemite, the "down and dirty" is never far away. Side 2 is where things get good (and X-rated), for the late night listening pleasure. It all starts with Rudy retelling "The Night Before Christmas" - with his grooving backing band - in his trademark raunchy style, complete with mice and rats getting it on. Also included on this side is a psychedelic blues number, detailing Brother Rap's visit to heaven (to get dirty, of course). And it all finishes up with a thematically appropriate Christmas themed tale, with the term mtherf*cker used in potentially record-breaking numbers.
It's what you'd expect from the legendary, foul-mouthed, groundbreaking comedy legend. A perfect way to keep the Holidays from becoming too much of a Hallmark moment.