Fab 5 Freddy / Beside* ‎– Change The Beat

Celluloid ‎– CEL 156
Vinyl, 12", 33 ⅓ RPM

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A Fab 5 Freddy Change The Beat (French And English Rap)
Songwriter – Fab 5 Freddy
B Beside* Change The Beat (French Rap) 8:34



Recorded at OAO Studio, Brooklyn, NY. Distributed by Moss Music Group, Inc.
The track playing times on the labels are very inaccurate for this record. The A-side is longer than the label states at around 7:40, while the B-side track is less than half the duration indicated on the label at around 3:42.


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December 11, 2014
Despite the information found on the label and on the cover, as the B side song is in French the title should be "Change De Beat" (vice : Change The Beat) as the English word "the" has the same meaning and almost the same pronunciation as the French word "de". The word "change" is the same in English and in French, and the word "beat" is used in French, at least in North-America.


May 27, 2014
Celluloid Records returns to the fray with a stunning re-issue of the arguably the most sampled record of our time: Fab 5 Freddy - 'Change The Beat.'

Graffiti Artist, Hiphop pioneer and now a Hiphop historian. Fab 5 Freddy's contributions to hip-hop culture have been numerous (he's even name-checked in Blondie hit 'Rapture') . In the late 1970s and early 1980s he became an unofficial bridge between the uptown graffiti and early rap scenes, and the downtown art and punk music scenes, bringing the whole 'music, hip-hop, art, break dancing and urban cultural thing to the downtown table.'

The original 1982 release was one of a series of five 12"s each to feature interlocking poster art from Futura 2000.
Recorded and produced by Bill Laswell. Jean Karakos, founder of Celluloid Records, recalls the party-atmosphere filled evening when it was recorded, "Freddy was singing in English and some French but couldn't quite nail the whole song. We were trying lots of experimental ideas even some rapping in Japanese. It was an evening of pure energy and creativity. Eventually the wife of Bernard Zekri, B-side, sung the whole song in more or less one take. It was so good that became the B-side of the record".

Possibly one of the most famous moments comes at the end of the B-side version. Here a vocoder / white noise effect is used at the end when the beat stops. Freddy says "Ahhhhh, this stuff is really fresh", a line which is quite possibly the most scratched sample in the history of hip-hop music. It was first used in the 1983 Herbie Hancock single Rockit and has been used in countless hip-hop tracks ever since.

Now, digitally restored with original artwork, Change The Beat is set to get juices flowing once again in our continuing series of re-issues from the gargantuan Celluloid catalogue.

Your can hear an interview with Jean Karakos (founder of Celluloid Records) on our website; www.celluloidrecords.net
Here Jean talks about the night this famous track was made and other words of music legendry. Get excited.


June 28, 2011

One of the most sampled track in Hip Hop music history.


April 4, 2005
edited over 11 years ago
This record was used and scratched in the famous song "Rock it" by Herbie Hancock. Good interview of Bernard Zekri with some anecdotes about this record in the french magazine Technikart (91 - April 2005).
Bernard Zekri is now news chief editor at i>Télé, a french news tv channel (!!!)


August 16, 2003

Most copies went to scratchers and turntablists for the sample "beep aaahhhh this stuf is really fresh!" but both sides are excellent electro/hiphop tracks with a killer vocoder, monstrous bass, ripping synthstabs and french lyrics... excellent release!