Pint-Sized MC Extravaganza
MORE MP3s from Da Hip Hop Rascalz, which is a project for NYC professor/composer/musician Dave Soldier, the man behind such projects as the Downtown-via-Mississippi group the Kropotkins, and recordist of the legendary Thai Elephant Orchestra. Last year, he put up a few MP3s on his site of hip-hop tracks written and arranged by various East Harlem schoolkids age 5 through 10, who kick out the jams under the recording supervision of himself and Elena Langer. Despite the fact there's been no previous exposure to this, and there's no inherited legacy ala Li'l Eazy E at work, these kids turn out to be sporting some talent, and we're thrilled to see that even more tracks are up. Check out MP3s of: "I Don't Want You No More" by TuffKidz, "Jumpin'" by ABC Group, "Xtreme Team Funkydelic Mix" by Xtreme Team Funkydelics, "What's My Name" by Boys and Girls Club of the Night, "Chicken Wing" by Looneytunes, "Do the Lollipop" by Sweetness, "Feel Tha Beat" by Los Nonameos, "Woke Up" by the School Rock Band, "I Want Candy" by the Muffletoes, "Barney Mac" by Hiphop Skyhigh, "Schooldogs Rule the Halls" by the Muffletoes, "1 2 3 Go" by 911 Rock n Roll Coyotes (my favorite group name), "T Rex" by Chelsea and the Mighty Lions, and also two tracks by Dave's nieces, "Ghosty" by Isabella Azoff, and "Happy Go Lucky Day" by Michelle Azaroff. What is most affirming about hearing this stuff is how into it these kids seem, and unlike some of the spotlight-hoggers being clearly manipulated by their money-hungry dads-slash-management (no Bow Wow vs. Li'l Romeo court action), instead the Rascalz project allows for total (albeit uncommercial in the eyes of Jive, Def Jam etc) creative freedom. I played the Sweetness track on the air (my fave of the lot) and midtown listeners reported the Def Jam offices were locking down and everyone was going home.
It needs to be said next that Kriss Kross owes a lot to Troy the Wonder Boy, whose "jump jumps" seem to have gotten lifted pretty brazenly and somehow I suspect a check was not drawn up (I'd make the same comparison for House of Pain if they were kids I suppose). But even without that parallel ,the single for "Electric 1000" (MP3) reigns as one of the most insane kid moments committed to vinyl, Troy sounds like an asthmatic Herve Villachaise inside microwave popcorn bag. The boogie electro factor is supreme, the human beatboxing is from outer space. I say committed to vinyl, though I personally don't own it, wish I did. This comes off a cassette (so excuse the secondary warble at the beginning!) I recorded when Gimme Gimme Records' Dan Cook and the late great Lynnfield Pioneers played and spun crazy jams on my show back in 1999. I've only seen one other record around online, under the monicker "Troy the Wonder Boy and Duck" selling around the $50 zone, and one can only guess what Duck is up to. If anyone has any more info or MP3s of our boy, please get in touch!
Finally, our own Jason Elbogen points us to yet more sounds from the Rappers Delight Club, 2006 recordings, "First Ladies Club" (MP3), "Hum" (MP3), "Tick Tock" (MP3), "We're Not Done" (MP3). Keep your eyes peeled, at some point, DJ Monica promises a full comprehensive look at hip-hop kid history here on the blog.
Below is a digest of all MP3-happy posts in Beware of the Blog over the past month (burned and peeled by Liz Berg):
- Fox News Radio let one slip: a 'fuck,' that is. Savor the moment in MP3.
- Sure you may have heard the Russian national anthem, aka The Internationale. But have you heard the Chinese metal version? Ken has even more versions of this famous tune up his sleeve, check 'em out here.
- Sick of the ice cream truck circling your block with that annoying jingle on repeat? Of course not! You want more mind-numbing ice cream truck tunes, don't you?