selection is one of the best groups of the aptly named “golden era” of rap. My
guess is this era is somewhere between 1988 and 1993. The group I’m talking
about is surely one of the most influential of this era, Public Enemy. Musically,
they defined the era of the politically-conscious, pro-black, responsible Hip
Hop music, but what propelled the lyrical content was the style of production
courtesy of The Bomb Squad, made up of the Shocklee brothers, Hank and Keith.
They seemed to effortlessly blend differing genres of source material over a
hard SP-1200 beat that complimented Chuck’s rapid-fire flow and the comical
style of Flavor Flav. This song is “Night of the Living Baseheads,” which
taught me about what crack cocaine was and why my mom’s car kept getting broken into.
So, even though the car radio in was stolen by baseheads, I always managed to
find a way rock this song. Peace.
For a British band named Hard Stuff, I expected this album to be a little less formulaic and more "experimental" hard-driving rock. It certainly doesn't fail as a straight forward hard rock album with no dangerous influences such as the blues to muddle the sound, but...a rock album is what the singer and drummer, John Cann (and Paul Hammond) formally of Atomic Rooster probably wanted. It departs from the soul and blues drenched rock albums of the early 70's. Solid album. If you've ever liked the euphoria of a bloody nose, this album is for you. Bolex Dementia by Hard Stuff
Beatmaker and Illustrator, Shugmonkey. I had a chance to fire some questions his way:
BTB: What inspires your style of beats?
SHUGMONKEY: The summer, mellow vibes and chilled moments mostly.
BTB: What is your process of making beats? Obviously sampling is relevant to you.
SHUGMONKEY: Going through records and finding those bits to make
the first couple of bars. Then I add the drums and it's all go from there.
BTB: What other music (from any era) inspires you?
SHUGMONKEY: : I collect everything and anything. I never
turn my nose down to any genre as they all fit and fulfill a certain mood of
the time. From Baroque, 1920's/30's Jazz, Funk, 60&70's Soundtracks, Acid
House, Jungle, Rock, Hip Hop, world music etc. It's all inspired me at one
point. Music's a hell of a drug.