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10 essential Hip-House tracks / Cast your fav!

10 essential Hip-House tracks
10 essential Hip-House tracks… Like always, a selection is per definition limited, and God knows how Dance Music would definitely not have sounded the same without the regular experimentations which have paved its way… Including the one that saw Rappers and MC’s jamming over House beats, and eventually giving birth to the transient Hip-House back at the end of the 80’s… As a result, many are the gems we couldn’t talk about here, even though they would have definitely been worth a mention.

No need to say how this selection is way from being exhaustive, most likely due to find an extension later when the right time comes. Nevertheless, you should find thereafter a pretty much illustrative sample of highly energetic jams where the infectiousness of the groove predominates. Wishing you’ll enjoy the ride as much as we did, while putting this together for you, with your feedback, and a mention of your favorite song more than welcome.

10 essential Hip-House tracks / Rob Base & DJ E-Z Rock – It Takes Two (Profile Records)
Harlem-based pair made of Robert Ginyard aka Rob Base and the late Rodney ‘Skp’ Bryce aka DJ E-Z Rock (he died on Apr. 27, 2014) made their names in the history of Hip-Hop with their hit debut-single, ‘It Takes Two’, built on multiple samples of James Brown and Lyn Collins‘s 1972 classic ‘Think About It’. A cut which happened to be the first ever release on NYC label Profile Records, eventually seen as the one which started it all in terms of Hip-House…
10 essential Hip-House tracks / Jungle Brothers – I’ll House You (The Gee St. Reconstruction) (Gee Street/Idlers)
Originally a trio made of Michael Small (Mike Gee), Nathaniel Hall and Sammy Burwell (DJ Sammy B) who left the group in 1997, the Jungle Brothers are remembered for having put out the first ever Hip-House tune recorded outside Chicago. On the same label (Idlers), Royal House responded to them with the Todd Terry produced ‘Can You Party’ on a similar rhythm line…
10 essential Hip-House tracks / Kraze – The Party (Big Beat)
Haitian born NYC-based Richard Jean Laurent litteraly turned the floors upside down back in 1989 with the furious ‘The Party’, characterised by the same vocal roughness as on the memorable ‘Shut Up’ which he released 2 years before under the Moonfoo guise. Its first international breakthrough although its second release only, it would help establish Craig Kallmann‘s newly formed Big Beat label as a driving force in the years that would follow…
10 essential Hip-House tracks / Mr. Lee – Get Busy (Jive)
Chicagoan Leroy Ricky Haggard, Jr., better known as Mr. Lee, is remembered as one of the pioneers who brought Hip-Hop into House Music. Like many of his pairs, he came to release gems on local label Trax Records such as ‘Shoot Your Best’, ‘I Can’t Forget’ and ‘Pump Up Chicago’. He came to international recognition in 1989 with the release of his ‘Get Busy’ album, featuring the classic of the likes (his biggest success ever), ‘Pump That Body’ and ‘Do It To Me’, eventually helping to launch the career of R. Kelly soon after…
10 essential Hip-House tracks / Tyree – Turn Up The Bass (DJ International/FFRR)
Most likely the biggest success ever by the likes of back then Chicago-based DJ producer Tyree Cooper along with Rapper Kool Rock Steady. A cut which happened to be the subject of a big controversy as presented as “the first Hip-House record on vinyl” which UK outfit The Beatmasters denied, pointing out that ‘Rok Da House’ had originally been written and pressed to vinyl 2 years earlier, back in 1986…
10 essential Hip-House tracks / Doug Lazy – Let it Roll (Atlantic)
Most likely renowned for his productions, WDC hailing Gene Douglas Finley, better known as Doug Lazy, found himself at the crossroad between Hip-Hop and House Music, and naturally mixed them together, teaming up with vet producer Vaughan Mason on his 1990 released ‘Doug Lazy Gettin’ Crazy’ album. A package which featured gems such as ‘Let The Rhythm Pump’, ‘H.O.U.S.E.’ and the aforementioned standing as his biggest classic ever. He eventually appeared soon after on Louie Vega & Mark Anthony‘s ‘Ride On The Rhythm’ as on George Kranz‘s crossover ‘Din Da Da’…
10 essential Hip-House tracks / Fast Eddie – Yo Yo Get Funky (DJ International/FFRR)
One of the pioneering radio DJ’s of the early Chicago House movement (on WGCI, then on WBMX), Edwin A. Smith, better known as Fast Eddie, came to become one of the most prolific producers of Hip-House. Follwing a couple of collaborations with Kenny Jammin’ Jason, he’s responsible for gems such as ‘Let’s Go’, ‘Acid Thunder’, ‘Hip-House’ and ‘Gip On Up’ featuring Sundance, not to mention the infectious ‘Yo Yo Get Funky’…
10 essential Hip-House tracks / Double Trouble & The Rebel MC – Just Keep Rockin’ (Hip-House Mix) (Desire Records)
The most successful period for Double Trouble (a collective of British producers made of Karl ‘Tuff Enuff’ Brown, Leigh Guest and the late Michael Menson) happened to be during their association with Jungle producer and toaster Michael Alec Anthony West, aka the Rebel MC, with ‘Street Tuff’ and the aforementioned. Its Hip-House Remix being built on a sample of the introductory bassline of Michael Jackson‘s ‘Don’t Stop Till You Get Enough’…
10 essential Hip-House tracks / K-Yze – Stomp (Move Jump Jack Your Body) (Warner Bros.)
Not to me missed with Hip-Hop producer Kyze, Kevin Davis, better known as K-Yze, came to embody NYC Hip-House back in 1989 with the memorable ‘Stomp’. A cut released back in 1989 which happened to become a classic at The Zanzibar with its remixes courtesy of David E. Shaw and Tedd Patterson and also Tony Humphries
10 essential Hip-House tracks / Hi Tek 3 featuring M.C. Shamrock ‎– Come On And Dance (ARS)
On Joe Bogaert Belgium-based ARS label, made internationally famous with acts such as Technotronic, this thresome made of Yosef ‘Yosev’ Wolde-Mariam, Koenraad ‘Kovali’ Van-Lishout, and Stijn ‘El Sati’ Lauwers are mostly remembered for ‘Spin That Wheel’ which they did with the latter. ‘Come On And Dance’ featuring MC Shamrock with production work by the likes of Frank De Wulf, remaining as one of the most boiling hot jams in the genre though…

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