Various – Wild Style (Black Vinyl - Soundtrack / O.S.T.)
- Mr Bongo
- UK - Reissue
2022 Reissue on Standard Edition Black Vinyl.
Animal Records – founded by Chris Stein of Blondie fame – only ever released one album in its brief early-80s history, but what an album that was. Wild Style remains the most seminal soundtrack in hip-hop history, a snapshot of the scene as it evolved from the streets to the recording studio. But it’s not just a vital document, it’s also a damn good listen.
The line-up is a who’s who of those who stood out from hip-hop’s nascent block party days. The Double Trouble pairing of Rodney Cee and KK Rockwell, The Chief Rocker himself, Busy Bee, the mighty line-ups of both The Cold Crush Brothers and The Fantastic Freaks. The music captures the free-form, roaming nature of the film – it’s rough at the edges, it’s occasionally amateurish, but it’s completely, utterly glorious.
The original Animal tracklisting, of which this is a reissue, is full of recurring sounds and motifs, all of them co-produced by Chris Stein and Fab Five Freddy, stepping away from breakbeats to produce a sound that reminds you of them, while being totally unique. The epic drums are courtesy of Lenny ‘Ferrari’ Ferraro, a Vietnam vet and punk drummer whose career spanned stints backing Aretha Franklin and Lou Reed.
Over time, those sounds – the Charlie Chase and Grand Wizard Theodore scratches, the indelible lyrics - have become hip-hop touchstones, endlessly sampled and referenced, the bedrock of so much music to follow. That’s because the soundtrack perfectly encapsulated the essence of the film, the scene and hip-hop’s emergence from The Bronx to the attention of the wider world. Presented in this reissue with the original artwork, it remains the blueprint.
|A1.||Wild Style Theme Rap 1||Grand Maste...|
|A2.||M.C. Battle||The Chief R...|
|A3.||Basketball Throwdown||Cold Crush ...|
|A4.||Fantastic Freaks At The Dixie||Kevie Kev (...|
|A5.||Military Cut-Scratch Mix||Grand Wizar...|
|A6.||Cold Crush Bros. At The Dixie||Grand Maste...|
|B1.||Stoop Rap||Double Trou...|
|B2.||Double Trouble At The Amphith...||Rodney Cee,...|
|B3.||Wild Style Subway Rap 2||Grand Maste...|
|B4.||The Chief Rocker Busy Bee, D....||The Chief R...|
|B5.||Gangbusters Scratch Mix||D.J. Grand ...|
|B6.||Rammellzee And Shock Dell At ...||Rammellzee,...|
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