DJ E-Z Rock, whose real name is Rodney Bryce, was part of the Harlem duo Rob Base and DJ E-Z Rock. The tandem produced the classic 1988 single, ‘It Takes Two,’ which can still get a party started just right no matter the occasion.The song became a nationwide hit and peaked at No. 3 on the Billboard Hot Dance/Club Songs chart. Their follow-up single, ‘Joy and Pain,’ which samples Maze Featuring Frankie Beverly’s song of the same name, was another club hit. The duo’s ‘Get on the Dance Floor,’ which samples the Jacksons’ ‘Shake Your Body (Down to the Ground), reached No. 1 on the Billboard Dance/Club Songs chart. Those three singles alone help the album achieved seven-times platinum status. A sad day for the hip hop community.
On Tuesday, YMCMB released their first compilation album. Some would question what took so long for the labels that have been dropping #1 Hits for the last three years to put something together. Well the wait is over and Rich Gang will surely provide the radio with a few hits and the clubs in every part of the country will have some party bangers to blast off like Million Dollar and the already #1 Hit Tapout. The album has some other heavy hitters besides the YMCMB crew like: Rick Ross, Chris Brown French Montana and Future.
If you are looking for some new music to get you through the summer jump over to iTunes and download Rich Gang https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/rich-gang-deluxe-version/id674764875
Most hard core Hip Hop fans can rattle off the four elements of Hip Hop (Emcee-DeeJay-BBoy-Graffiti), but even those well versed may argue to add a fifth element and it be “Beat Boxing”. The art/skill of the human beat box played a major roll in the early days of Hip Hop. If there was a kid that could beat box a rap cipher could take place at the drop of a dime. So the beat boxer was the DJ in those moments. The human beat box also made it to wax and provided the main beat for some classics: La Di Da Di (1985) and Make the Music with Your Mouth Biz (1988).
Well if it is officially adopted as the fifth element or not it’s a throwback art form of Hip Hop that continues to amaze people. Tom Thum recently participated in TEDxSydney and in front of a packed house at the Sydney Opera House he killed it. He even incorporated vocals into his performance and really put on a one man show.
Ben Haggerty, better known by his Stage Name Macklemore, has been tearing up the online music scene since early 2000. Over the past decade he has released several mix tapes with countless gems included!
Macklemore is no stranger to overcoming obstacles; he battled several years with drug addiction before finally getting clean in 2008. In addition he received a lot of scrutiny for his public support of gay rights. Despite all the distractions, his long awaited studio album The Heist debuted #1 on the ITunes Download chart. His meaningful lyrics are a welcomed addition to the hip hop community. Check out track #1 titled “Ten Thousand Hours”, and let us know your thoughts!