& FREE Shipping on orders over $25. Details
Only 2 left in stock (more on the way).
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com. Gift-wrap available.
The Roots Of Hip Hop has been added to your Cart

Ship to:
To see addresses, please
or
Please enter a valid US zip code.
or
+ $3.99 shipping
Used: Very Good | Details
Condition: Used: Very Good
Comment: Shrinkwrap may be renewed, no visible damage on disc or booklet. Jewel case may have cosmetic damage, online codes for possible online content are expired or missing. Shipping time 5-21 business days.
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon

The Roots Of Hip Hop

Audio CD | Import

4.5 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews

See all 2 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Price
New from Used from
Audio CD, Import, September 23, 2008
"Please retry"
$6.99
$5.43 $5.42
$6.99 & FREE Shipping on orders over $25. Details Only 2 left in stock (more on the way). Ships from and sold by Amazon.com. Gift-wrap available.

Frequently bought together

  • The Roots Of Hip Hop
  • +
  • Tommy Boy Presents: Hip Hop Roots
Total price: $15.98
Buy the selected items together

Editorial Reviews

Product Description

Hip-hop did not develop in a vacuum. Its roots can be traced back to the earliest Afro- American music, and the white folks who were influenced by these sounds. This CD compiles 26 tracks of some of the great hip-hop from the 1920s through the 1960s. The themes will be familiar - religion, politics, black experience, gangsta rap, speed, sex, drugs, and rock 'n' roll. Listen to the lessons that the hipsters of the past taught the rappers of today.

Review

It's not the first hip-hop archaeological dig (see Yazoo's The Roots of Rap, for one). But This mix of proto-rap testifying, trash-talking and gibberish from the Twenties to the Sixties may be the most far-ranging [hip-hop archaeological dig]. The 1952 novelty Hambone combines nursery rhymes with thigh slaps and cheek pops that would impress Biz Markie, and when Joe Hill Louis hollers, ''We'll all gotta go to jail,'' on the raw, rabble-rousing 1950 blues Gotta Let You Go, dude's utterly gangsta. And even when connections seem stretched, the liner notes make the logic amusing: Any set trying to link the Rev. J.M. Gates with N.W.A and Harmonica Frank Floyd with Kid Rock is definitely history worth hearing. --Will Hermes, Rolling Stone, Jan 22, 2009

Sex, gambling, drugs and hard times didn't exactly arrive with hip-hop; neither did rhyming and boasting. (Here's)...a shrewdly chosen collection of old songs and recitations. Culled from odd corners of Americana, ranging from the 1930s to the late 1950s, it includes sermons, talking blues, R&B, hipster jive and a prison-yard rhyme. And it's also full of finds, like the raspy-voiced swing-band gospel of In Dat Mornin' by Jimmie Lunceford and His Chickasaw Syncopators and the bluesy murder-suicide (with scream and gunshots) of Little Caesar's Goodbye Baby. Hip-hop hindsight embraces them all. --Jon Pareles, New York Times, January 9, 2009

When considering the origins of hip-hop, few look past the Sugar Hill Records era or the Bronx block parties of the '70s. But the relatively unknown Harte label is attempting to broaden the discussion with The Roots of Hip Hop. To Harte's credit, at times you can clearly hear the influence that has been passed on to MCs, as on the Soul Stirrers' politically driven Why I Like Roosevelt (Parts 1 and 2), and the badass chick braggadocio of Hot Mama by Brother Woodman & The Chanters featuring Ethel Brown. --Max Herman, XLR8R, January 9, 2009

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Katie Webster and Ashton Conroy: Baby Baby
  2. Mamie Ree & Young Wolf with the Gus Jenkins Band: Caught
  3. Rev. J.M. Gates: These Hard Times
  4. Soul Stirrers: Why I Like Roosevelt Pt. 1
  5. Soul Stirrers: Why I Like Roosevelt Pt. 2
  6. Jimmie Lunceford and His Chickasaw Syncopators: In Dat Mornin'
  7. Famous Hokum Boys: Terrible Operation Blues
  8. Dirty Red: Mother Fuyer
  9. Butterbeans: Hello, Sue
  10. Dan Pickett: Number Writer
  11. Harmonica Frank Floyd: Swamp Root
  12. Champion Jack Dupree: Slow Boogie
  13. Red Saunders with Dolores Hawkins and The Hambone Kids: Hambone
  14. Slim Gaillard Trio: Puerto Vootie
  15. Dr. Jo Jo Adams with Maxwell Davis All Stars: When I'm In My Tea
  16. Big Jay McNeely: Road House Boogie
  17. William 'Thunderbird' Walker: Thunderbird
  18. The Treniers: Uh Oh (Get Out Of The Car)
  19. Brother Woodman & The Chanters featuring Ethel Brown: Hot Mama
  20. Little Caesar: You Can't Bring Me Down
  21. Little Caesar: Goodbye Baby
  22. Vernon Green and The Medallions: The Letter
  23. The Shaweez: No One To Love Me
  24. Joe Hill Louis - One Man Band: Gotta Let You Go
  25. Willie Nix and His Combo: Just Can't Say
  26. Richard Berry: The Big Break


Customer Reviews

Top Customer Reviews

on July 29, 2016
Format: Audio CD|Verified Purchase
0Comment|Was this review helpful to you?YesNoReport abuse
on June 11, 2009
Format: Audio CD|Verified Purchase
0Comment|Was this review helpful to you?YesNoReport abuse
on May 23, 2014
Format: Audio CD
0Comment|Was this review helpful to you?YesNoReport abuse
on January 29, 2009
Format: Audio CD
0Comment| 2 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you?YesNoReport abuse

Set up an Amazon Giveaway

The Roots Of Hip Hop
Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. Learn more about Amazon Giveaway
This item: The Roots Of Hip Hop



Pages with related products. See and discover other items: vinyl pop