break of the week

Science dropped by Martini & Jopparelli. Oct-24-2006

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Every week I’ll add a post about what it’s really interesting me at the moment:breaks.

Breaks are the foundation of hip hop, but for those of you who are not familiar, let me explain: a break is generally a drum break from a record that was played using identical copies by early dj’s as Flash and Bambaataa, doing back and forth, to create an instrumental for the mc to rock on.

Breaks can come from different genres of music (funk, soul, rock, eletronica), but in funk and soul music, it was generally when the engineer was dropping all instruments, leaving just the bare essence of the tune: the drums.

Today’s break is Baby Huey’s “Hard Times”: this was sampled by A tribe called quest, the alkaholiks and many others, but few people know about him.

He was a 400 pounds singer from Chicago, who died at 29 for heroin , the same year as Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin.

He was signed to Curtom (Curtis Mayfield’s label, who just signed him but not his band) and released quite few successful singles, until his death.

To my knowledge there’s just one album out you can find (“The living legend”), and it’s worth have it since he has really good song on it (other breaks as well, but not so powerful as “Hard Times”).