Jump on It!

Jump on It!

by The Sugarhill Gang
     
 
Rap's been popping up in kids' music for years, but there's a difference between the way a well-meaning Caucasian folksinger busts a rhyme and the way it's done by honest-to-goodness rappers. With JUMP ON IT, children's music gets its most authentic hip-hop record to date, performed by one of the genre's originators, the Sugarhill Gang. It's a cheerful, irresistibly

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Rap's been popping up in kids' music for years, but there's a difference between the way a well-meaning Caucasian folksinger busts a rhyme and the way it's done by honest-to-goodness rappers. With JUMP ON IT, children's music gets its most authentic hip-hop record to date, performed by one of the genre's originators, the Sugarhill Gang. It's a cheerful, irresistibly rhythmic, old-school-styled combination of original tunes - most of them mildly educational, like "ABC's," "The Vowels," and "Kick a Rhyme with Dr. Seuss" - combined with a couple of revamped covers. And these have to be heard to be believed: "It's Like a Dream Sometimes" is Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five's menacing, groundbreaking masterpiece "The Message" redone as an all-positive tune about the joys of being a kid. Remember the signature line, "It's like a jungle sometimes, it makes me wonder how I keep from goin' under"? Here, it goes, "It's like a dream sometimes, and when you're havin' big fun, it's like a dream sometimes." And the Gang's own "Rapper's Delight," introduced by leader Joey "Master G" Robinson as "the first song that created the whole rap phenomenon," is retooled as "Kids' Rapper's Delight (Kids' Rap-Along)" - complete with its signature bass line borrowed from Chic's "Good Times." This stuff really kicks, and it provides needed diversity in the musically eclectic, but overwhelming lily-white world of children's music.

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All Music Guide - Keith Farley
The longtime reissue label Rhino Records made a transition from faithful historian to active participant in the world of modern music with Jump on It!, the first new album by the Sugarhill Gang in more than 15 years. Combining their recent emphasis on old-school rap and children's records, label executives brought Big Bank Hank, Master G, and Wonder Mike back together to record an album of updated Schoolhouse Rock-type raps. Each of the ten songs are message tracks, beginning with the title track, a shout-out to kids that they're never too young to start reaching for their dreams. Other tracks focus on either specific educational subjects ("ABC's," "The Vowels," "Last Day of School") or on subjects more generally beneficial for kids' well-being ("Fireworks," "Sugar Hill Groove," "My Little Playmate"). As fun and educational as Jump on It! is for kids, though, this album is a non-starter for hip-hop fans. The trio's raps haven't progressed beyond (and may have even fallen back from) "Rapper's Delight," and from the sounds of it, Jump on It! was recorded in much the same way as all the classic material from Sugar Hill Records -- the music credits go to the Sugar Hill House Band, though individual members aren't listed. It's a much better tack than trying to update the Sugarhill Gang for the late-'90s hip-hop world, but this children's album doesn't make any kind of transition to adult audiences.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/17/1999
Label:
Rhino Mod Afw
UPC:
0081227559922
catalogNumber:
75599
Rank:
89058

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