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Sugarhill Gang: "Rapper's Delight" When I was 10 years old, I was definitely in tune. When "Rapper's Delight" first came out, I didn't hear it. I was already writing my own little raps and #. It came out when I was about nine. But I remember a kid in the neighborhood knew I was trying to do little raps of my own, and we used to always walk up to each other and rap to each other. He walked up to me, and he was like this: "After school, I take a dip in the pool, which is really off the wall / I got a color TV so I can see the Knicks play basketball." And I was like, "Oh #! The boy's good!" I didn't know he stole it from the song. I guess he heard it before I heard it. Then, when I heard it, I realized that the guy stole the song.
That song was a big song for me-- that song and another song called "The Adventures of Super Rhymes" by an artist named Jimmy Spicer. Oh, "Super Rhymes" man, that song! First of all, me, my brothers and my cousins, we would sing the whole "Rapper's Delight" all the way through. Then, the other song, "The Adventures of Super Rhymes"-- yo, to me, that mother#er killed it. He went through so many different raps through the whole song. It was an adventure, man. I mean, I remember playing that song over and over on my mom's record player, man. Over and over, memorizing the whole song, singing the whole song. I was writing; I had lyrics of my own to help me understand the storytelling of the lyrics. Even "Rapper's Delight", you know, he went to his friend's house to get some food. Or Big Bank Hank talking about he's schooling Superman, coming up to Lois Lane and convincing her to quit Superman. Those lyrics was hard in my head as a little kid. The imagination of those artists helped inspire my imagination.
That's a great song. That song really resonated with our struggle-- the music, my production, everything about it. That song is just incredible to me. "Rainy Dayz" and "Glaciers of Ice", those two songs, I mean I just love those songs. I don't want to pat myself on the back, sound stupid and #. But it just shows you could use samples and sounds to make something crazy like that. Back then, we had to use two-inch tapes to make music. I wouldn't take a song off the reel until it was done. And that song, it was on the reel longer than almost any song that I've produced. Usually, I could do a song in one day. That song must have sat on the reel for four days, at least. I was making it, coming back and forth, doing it, adding another line this, or adding a vocal. Somebody would come in and sing something for me. Do this, do that, just in the basement of my #ing crib. Turkey burgers. Forget that, man.
originally posted by: zosimov
a reply to: Edumakated
Can't argue with any of that! Also, one thing that really makes RZA special is his love of all music. He always found the deepest cuts and the soul of music, and created his own music with soul.
I did a thread on Blue Raspberry a while back (Wu's first female vocalist- sang on Rainy Days, Heaven and Hell, Mr Sandman, PLO Style)- Wu discovered her singing over a loud speaker at Ballys in New Jersey and I can only imagine it being RZA overhearing her and having the brilliant idea of putting her on their next record! (I could be wrong, but it's cool to imagine).
originally posted by: zosimov
a reply to: dukeofjive696969
Hey man, thanks for the love! Can you believe that C.R.E.A.M. all started here:
What a great way to start your work day! Hope the rest of your day is on par, friend