Hip Hop Roots

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All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
An entry-level class on breaks that's more like your favorite recess activity, Tommy Boy's Hip Hop Roots is based on some of the most notorious tracks sampled throughout the history of hip-hop. This demonstrates the keen ears required to hear the potential in unlikely sources -- take Billy Squier's "The Big Beat" Run-D.M.C.'s "Here We Go," U.T.F.O.'s "Roxanne, Roxanne", first spotted by Afrika Bambaataa, or the Monkees' "Mary, Mary" Run-D.M.C.'s track of the same name, initially re-contextualized by Rick Rubin. The straight funk and hard soul that formed the backbone of hip-hop is also well represented through the Jimmy Castor Bunch's "It's Just Begun," James Brown's "Let ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
An entry-level class on breaks that's more like your favorite recess activity, Tommy Boy's Hip Hop Roots is based on some of the most notorious tracks sampled throughout the history of hip-hop. This demonstrates the keen ears required to hear the potential in unlikely sources -- take Billy Squier's "The Big Beat" Run-D.M.C.'s "Here We Go," U.T.F.O.'s "Roxanne, Roxanne", first spotted by Afrika Bambaataa, or the Monkees' "Mary, Mary" Run-D.M.C.'s track of the same name, initially re-contextualized by Rick Rubin. The straight funk and hard soul that formed the backbone of hip-hop is also well represented through the Jimmy Castor Bunch's "It's Just Begun," James Brown's "Let a Woman Be a Woman Let a Man Be a Man," Lyn Collins' "Think About It," and Charles Wright & the Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band's "Express Yourself." Seasoned spotters might be dismayed by the lack of less-known breaks, but that's not the crowd that this compilation has in mind. As a starter kit, the disc's power cannot be denied, even though numerous oft-sampled sources such as Funkadelic/Parliament, Zapp, and Sly & the Family Stone go unchecked. Blame the lack of space and the disc's perfectly defendable focus on what took root in New York. A couple minor exceptions aside, the compilation is completely enjoyable without considering the theme that ties together its content.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/23/2005
  • Label: Tommy Boy
  • UPC: 661868162523
  • Catalog Number: 1625
  • Sales rank: 145,126

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 It's Just Begun (3:45)
  2. 2 The Big Beat (3:56)
  3. 3 Think (About It) - The J.B.'s (4:09)
  4. 4 Take Me to the Mardi Gras - Bob James (5:57)
  5. 5 Fame (4:49)
  6. 6 Happy Music (4:57)
  7. 7 Express Yourself - Charles Wright & the Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Ban (4:14)
  8. 8 Bra (5:10)
  9. 9 Mary, Mary (3:16)
  10. 10 Let a Woman Be a Woman (Let a Man Be a Man) - Dyke & the Blazers (3:35)
  11. 11 Give It Up or Turnit a Loose - James Brown (6:52)
  12. 12 UFO - E.S.G. (3:15)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Tommy Boy Presents Primary Artist
Technical Credits
David Bowie Composer, Producer
James Brown Composer
Art Laboe Producer
John Lennon Composer
Billy Squier Producer
Charles Wright Composer, Producer
Carlos Alomar Composer
Donald Byrd Producer
Martin Hannett Producer
Harry Maslin Producer
P. Patterson Composer
Tom Silverman Executive Producer
Creed Taylor Producer
Mike Nesmith & The First National Band Producer
Dave Scott Illustrations
The John Schroeder Orchestra Producer
Kevin Wolahan Art Direction
James H. Brown Producer
Eddy Oddford Producer
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