The Original Boom Bap Rap

updated over 2 years ago

Nowadays "Boom Bap" seems to have gotten a synonym to a lot of people for everything released in the 90s.

After KRS-One's musically dissapointing albums "Ghetto Music" and "Edutainment" he came back with the raw "Sex And Violence" and a year later he even claimed in an album title his return to the old stripped down boom bap sound that refers to the mid 80s era, being the connection between the electro and the golden era, like his first album. Rap back then just needed a hard drum machine sound and maybe a bassline or a DJ cutting the melody of a rock song.

This list will grow and probably you will miss some records using the smurf melody or other cartoon/comedian stuff. I can't stand most of them! Comments to the records will follow as well, maybe... Anyway, here are some of my favorites:

  1. The Almighty El-Cee - We Have Risen / School's Out

    7 For Sale from $8.00

    "We have risen" best known in europe for its appearance on the important Street Sounds compilation series. The track "Tower Bass" by Drum And Bass DJ Aphrodite can be considered as some kind of remix of this track.

  2. The Almighty R.S.O. Crew* - We'll Remember You

    3 For Sale from $70.65

    The Almighty RSO from Boston, probably best known for their track "One In The Chamba" and being part of The Flavor Unit MCs.

    The cut of choice from this record is "To Be Like Us", which is a very early track using a sample from "Dazz" by the funk band "Brick", next to Cinderfella Dana Dane maybe.

  3. A.T.C. - This Beat Is Def

    9 For Sale from $12.00

    Has some proto-bass flavor like the early Def Jam stuff

  4. Audio Two - Make It Funky / Top Billin'

    6 For Sale from $8.32

    On the b-side you will find their best known track "Top Billin'" which has made the Stetsasonic sample "Go Brooklyn" popular. This is the first version with yellow labels and a hype sticker.

  5. Audio Two - Top Billin (Remixes)

    8 For Sale from $8.99

    The "More Bass" mix is the version the album contains the instrumental of.

  6. Beastie Boys - Rock Hard

    17 For Sale from $38.89

    Non album 12", the a-side samples "Back in Black"

  7. Big Daddy Kane - Get Into It

    12 For Sale from $18.88

    Kane's first 12" with an early appearance by Biz Markie

  8. C.I.A. - Cru' In Action!

    7 For Sale from $9.53

    Early Ice Cube appearance. He probably had some Beastie Boys records in his collection back then.

  9. Fila Fresh Crew - Dunk The Funk

    17 For Sale from $4.00

    The D.O.C.'s original crew. Forget about side a, check out both b-side cuts!