Legendary Godfather of Hip Hop – Afrika Bambaataa
There seems to be a new sub-genre of hip hop that is taking hold in the clubs, mixtapes and radio. Call it Electrohop, Trancehop or Thugstep(coined by XXL). It is Hip Hop music that is infused with dance beats. It is nothing really new. Afrika Bambaataa was doing this many moons ago when he sampled Kraftwerk. Artists such as Newcleus had big hits with Jam On It and Freestyle with “Don’t Stop the Rock. Check out this cool post from Missing Toof to learn more.
Afrika Bambaataa & Soulsonic Force – “Planet Rock” (1982)
Cybotron – “Clear”(1983)
Newcleus – “Jam On It” (1984)
Freestyle – “Don’t Stop the Rock”(1985)
East New York’s Kid Cudi (Fools Gold Records)
Artist like Missy Elliot sampled the Detroit Techno classic “Clear” by Cybotron for her song “Lose Control”. Even the Neptunes and Timabland have been doing it for a while. Now it seems this sound has taken a life on its own. Groups such as Cool Kids, Kid Cudi, Kid Sister, Atlanta’s Crime Mob, a new group from Alabama the Paper Route Gangstaz (download their mixtape sampler), and Milwaukee artists Juiceboxxx, Leo Minor and The Glamour use similar sounds in their music.
Princess(from Crime Mob) – “Pretty Rave Girl”
Kid Cudi – “Day ‘N’ Nite (Crookers Remix)” (Download here)
Juiceboxxx (DJ Technic Remix) – “Sweat”
Paper Route Gangstaz(PRGz) – “Rollin (Rustie Remix)
There is even a new artist from Pittsburgh by the name of Wiz Khalifa who has a track by name of “Say Yeah” which samples the 1999 Trance hit “Better Off Alone” by Alice DeeJay(the blog at Trace Magazine as interesting post on him). Even legendary producer Dr. Dre created dance infused tracks few years before NWA. Check out this post over at the Mad Decent Blog (the audio does contain adult languauge) of 2 mini mixes from Dr Dre from 1986.
Wiz Khalifa – “Say Yeah”
Then go across the pond to the UK. They have taken it one step further by creatin original dance music for the hip hop lyrics. Producers such as T2 and Ts7 are throwing in their own sound. MCs such as Akala, Dizzee Rascal, and Kano have done tracks with dance infused beats.
TS7 ft TDOT – Raisez your Glasses