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Chance Meeting
Friday February 2nd, 2024 with Heavy Ben
Black History Month: the return of the wayback machine to early hip hop, electro and disco rap

Chance meeting on the move of a rap and a beat Respecting that this was not made to cater to a white audience in the first place, to me there is a distinct, brief, sweet spot in hip hop history. Sugarhill Gang's "Rapper's Delight" took everyone by surprise in 1979, but then it took several years for rap to catch on in a big way. Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five's "The Message" in 1982 was an early breakthrough. Def Jam records started in 1983. Run-DMC's first album was in 1984. L.L. Cool J's in 1985. Electro and break dancing took hold and motion pictures Breakin' and Beat Street soon followed. What came in between? Less played these days is the 1979-83 disco rap that I personally find to be real party starters. Leagues away from today's hip hop, the nascent scene had a message from day one, but was distinguished by organic productions based on actual musicians (!) amid accessible disco and funk loops. Not yet commercial. 10-minute songs. Independent artists and record labels. It is more positive, less cynical, less gangsta, not digital, and not contrived for an algorithm. Pictured: T-Ski Valley. It was acceptablie in the 80s. T is for Tyrone. S for Sensation. K is for Koolest in the Nation. I is for Inspiration. Valley is where I came from [the Valley in the Bronx]. Tyrone Cox recorded for Grand Groove Records, a sub label of Brad Osborne's reggae label Clock Tower Records. Interesting interview with T-Ski Valley that talks about growing up in Harlem, working in a reggae record store, Brad Osborne's murder, early New York hip hop (Spoonie Gee, Kool Herc, AJ DJ), stories of the music business, and shenanigans.
!Catch The Beat! (Rap & Breaks)
T-Ski Valley - 12" - Grand Groove - 1982
On The Move
Mifflin Ensemble - 7" - (self released) - 1982
Get Live '83 (The Senior Rap)
The Carver Area High School Seniors - 12" - Challenger - 1983
Ah, That's The Joint
Kool D. J. A. J. (Kool DJ AJ) - 12" - White Diamond - 1982
Rappin And Rocking The House
Funky Four Plus One More (Funky 4 + 1) - 12" - Enjoy - 1979
Do It Right (Rap)
Bobby / Demo (aka The Bobby Deemo Band, Bob Boyer and Demo Cates) - 12" - Scorpio - 1980 Canadian
Nunk (instrumental)
Warp 9 - 12" - Prism - 1982
Positive Life
Love Bug Star-Ski (Starski) & The Harlem World Crew - 12" - Tay-Ster - 1981
Interactive CKCU
Ben Armstrong (host)
Catch the beat!

3:04 PM, February 2nd, 2024
Napalm Dan
These on-time laughs are giving me proto Fresh Prince vibes.

3:11 PM, February 2nd, 2024
Bobby Calzone
Wow Heavy Ben, you funkin' it up!!!!

3:17 PM, February 2nd, 2024
Napalm Dan
That Mifflin track ruled. Excellent synths.

3:22 PM, February 2nd, 2024
Ben Armstrong (host)
Hey Napalm Dan, lots of interactive elements to these tracks - laughs, double hand claps, chatter, backup vox...

3:23 PM, February 2nd, 2024
Ben Armstrong (host)
Thanks for joining our funky party, Bobby Calzone

3:24 PM, February 2nd, 2024
Hiya Heavy Ben! Funky tunes

3:42 PM, February 2nd, 2024
Bobby Calzone
Funky Candy! Hi yo!

3:45 PM, February 2nd, 2024
Ben Armstrong (host)
Hey Candace, have fun at the shop today

3:50 PM, February 2nd, 2024
Old skool!

3:50 PM, February 2nd, 2024
Ben Armstrong (host)
Beats the new skool Benoît!

3:54 PM, February 2nd, 2024
I'm not big on rap/hiphop, but some of that old stuff, I recognised as early shit, and I like it!

3:56 PM, February 2nd, 2024
Unfortunately, as rap got succe$$ful, people's nastier, hectoring traits started showing up. Y'know, me I'm big & rich, you ain't, hoes and Rémy... Normal, but a big change of tone.

3:58 PM, February 2nd, 2024
Ben Armstrong (host)
Yes Benoît, unfortunate that the world is trending more Kanye with each passing decade...

4:03 PM, February 2nd, 2024