Sample This! The Incredible Bongo Band's "Apache"
This week's Hip-Hop History Tuesday Amoeblog takes a look at the song that truly qualifies as being "a hip-hop classic." In fact it is more than merely a "classic" but rather the classic when it comes to hip-hop music and culture. This record, which has rightfully been dubbed "the anthem of hip-hop," is the Incredible Bongo Band's well-worn song "Apach." It remains popular to this day, four full decades after Kool Herc first unearthed two copies of the (then mostly overlooked) record to make it a staple of his party rocking crates and a cornerstone of the genre from day one of hip-hop up in the Boogie Down Bronx - August 11th, 1973. Fast forward to today and you will still hear DJs rocking this track, see B-Boys and B-Girls all over the world breaking moves to it, and witness graffiiti artists playing it as they practice their craft. Furthermore, if you listen to any small amount of hip-hop music you hear songs sample elements from "Apache." The song was prominently used in the Doug Pray DJ documentary movie Scratch in 1999. In 2006 the actual record was reissued, while in 2010 a 7" reissue (with "Bongo Rock" on other side) was released, and more recently (in the past month) the 27-track downloadable set, 40 Years Of The Incredible Bongo Band, was released.