Listen to most hip-hop from its infancy and the most noticeable thing is how different it sounds from what dominates the radio today. Truly old school hip-hop usually took a simple disco sample and then tossed on some beat-bound, playground-silly rapping about parties – punctuated with liberal scatting that suggested the MC wasn’t particularly bothered with making a statement. Nothing wrong with that, mind you, but hip hop was, with a few notable exceptions, light fare. All that changed with the arrival of a scowling duo that, with their arrival on the scene, triggered a seismic shift that irrevocably changed the game.
Eric B (born Louis Eric Barrier in 1965) was born... Read More