Hip-Hop History Tuesdays: The National Anthem of Hip-Hop, The Incredible Bongo Band's "Apache"

Posted by Billyjam, January 7, 2014 08:04am | Post a Comment

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.


Posted by Billyjam, January 29, 2010 07:00am | Post a Comment
Amoeba Music Hollywood Weekly Hip-Hop Top Five Chart: 01:29:10

1) BlakRoc Blakroc (V2/Cooperative)

2) Black Eyed Peas The E.N.D. (Interscope)

3) Jay Z Blueprint 3 (Roc Nation/Atlantic)

4) Fashawn Boy Meets World (Loud)

5) Oh No Dr. No's Ethiopium (Stones Throw)

If the newest Amoeba Music Hollywood hip-hop chart above looks similar to the SoCal store's chart from three weeks ago, well, that's because it is exactly the same. All the top selling hip-hop releases from the past few weeks' weekly charts at the Hollywood store have been consistently selling well and hence holding steady in their respective chart slots at the Sunset Blvd. store. Both Jay-Z and the Black Eyed Peas' now months-old 2009 releases continue to sell phenomenally well, and not just at Amoeba but across the nation also. They are still simultaneously holding down spots on the Billboard Top 200 albums chart, ranking at #9 and #31 respectively on the national sales based chart. Meantime, instrumental versions of seven of the great tracks off the recommended self-titled BlakRoc album, composed and performed by The Black Keys for the emcees Mos Def, Raekwon, Pharoahe Monch, Ludacris, etc etc, were unveiled this week on the website The Black Keys Fan Lounge.

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