|2. Lalo Schifrin "Scorpio's
|3. The Specials "Ghost
|4. 24 Carat Black
"Ghetto: Misfortunes Wealth"
|5. Kool G Rap & DJ Polo
"Streets of New York"
|6. London Posse "Money
|7. Dr. Octagon "Bear
|8. Mickey & The Soul Generation
|9. DJ Shadow "Entropy"
|10. Schooly D "Saturday
|11. Showbiz & AG "Represent"
|12. Gang Starr "Speak
|13. M.O.P. "Ante Up
(Robin Hoodz Theory)"
|14. Minnie Riperton "Les
|15. Sister Nancy "Bam
|16. Super Cat "Oh It's
|17. Blackalicious "Alphabet
|18. Squarepusher "My
Red Hot Car"
|19. Origin Unknown "Valley
of the Shadows"
|20. Scratch Perverts "Beat
|So what does hip hop mean to the
trio of Tony Vegas, Prime Cuts and Plus One? Well,
for starters, they are determined to emphasise the
history behind hip hop music. A lot of the material
on this album, therefore, is quite old - like the
trippy dub sounds of The Specials' "Ghost
Town" (1981), or the soulful vibes
of The 24-Carat Black's "Ghetto:
Misfortune's Wealth" (1973).
|The Perverts' personal hip hop
odyssey continues by giving a nod to Kool G Rap's
classic musings about the "Streets
of New York" (1990), and the amusingly
simple lyrics of Schooly D's "Saturday
Night" (1987). And contemporary
rap, both mainstream and underground, is also touched
upon with M.O.P's "Ante
Up" (2000) and Blackalicious' "Alphabet
Acrobatics" (1999), firmly proving
that the Perverts are not old school or anti-commercial
|It is, however, the tracks that
aren't classic examples of rap that are to be considered
the most personal expression of what hip hop means
to the Perverts. Q-Bert's scratch-fest "Bear
Witness", from the 1996 Doctor Octagon
album, and DJ Shadow's "Entropy"
(1992) illustrate the Perverts' respect for others
who they might consider peers. And tracks like Minnie
Ripperton's "Les Fleurs"
(1974) and Origin Unknown's "Valley
of the Shadows" (1994) give some
idea of the scope of musical influences the Perverts
recognise in hip hop.
final track deserving of individual mention is the
Scratch Perverts' own debut production effort, "Beat
Down". This works very well as the
album's closing track because, while it can clearly
be considered a hip hop production, it sounds like
an amalgamation of different influences; the drums
verge on D&B, and there are even elements of
techno to be found in its four minutes. As such,
it is a neat conclusion for what the Perverts set
out to achieve in compiling their tracklist.
|So the Scratch
Perverts whisk us through their personal hip hop
chronicle, paying homage to past and present innovators,
and a wealth of musical influences from all over
the world (their native England is represented more
than once). The result of all of this being that
we (hopefully) understand them and their impressions
of hip hop a little better, and that we have twenty
awesome tracks, neatly compiled onto one cd.
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