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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)
A Harlem-based pair made of Robert Ginyard aka Rob Base and the late Rodney Bryce aka DJ E-Z Rock (he died on Apr. 27, 2014). They made their names in the history of Hip-Hop with their hit debut-single, ‘It Takes Two’. A cut built on multiple samples of James Brown and Lyn Collins‘s 1972 classic ‘Think About It’. It 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 as a matter of fact…
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). With the latter leavin’the group in 1997. The Jungle Brothers are remembered for having released 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’. Meanwhile using a similar rhythm line…
10 essential Hip-House tracks / Kraze – The Party (Big Beat)
Haitian born NYC-based Richard Jean Laurent literally turned the floors upside down back in 1989. This 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. His first international breakthrough although his second release only… As a result, it helped establish Craig Kallmann‘s newly formed Big Beat label as a driving force in the years that followed…
10 essential Hip-House tracks / Mr. Lee – Get Busy (Jive)
And here we go with Chicagoan Leroy Ricky Haggard, Jr., better known as Mr. Lee. A man remembered as one of the pioneers who brought Hip-Hop into House Music. Like many of his pairs, he came to sign a deal with local label Trax Records. Releasing cuts such as ‘Shoot Your Best’, ‘I Can’t Forget’ and ‘Pump Up Chicago’. He would come to international recognition in 1989 though. This with the release of his ‘Get Busy’ album. An effort that featured his biggest classic ever by the likes of its title cut. But also ‘Pump That Body’ and ‘Do It To Me’. Last but not least, he eventually helped launchin’ 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”. Something which UK outfit The Beatmasters pretty much denied. Pointing out that ‘Rok Da House’ had originally been written and pressed to vinyl 2 years earlier, back in 1986 [More…]
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. Naturally mixing them together when 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’. Then 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. Following a couple of collaborations with Kenny Jammin’ Jason, he’s responsible for gems such as ‘Let’s Go’. But also ‘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. This along with ‘Street Tuff’ and the aforementioned. Its Hip-House Remix comin’ up 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 the NYC Hip-House with the memorable ‘Stomp’. A cut released back in 1989 which happened to become a classic at The Zanzibar. This 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. They 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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