LIFERS GROUP – REAL DEAL – 1991
A rap troupe culled from the bowels of the US criminal underworld, namely Rahway State Penitentiary in East Jersey. Put together by the thinking of inmate 660604 (Maxwell Melvins), this was an intriguing project that gathered together the incarcerated ‘lifers’ to discourage those who still had their freedom from living the gangsta rap lifestyle to the full. The nightmare vision of prison life was revealed in intimate, gory detail on tracks like ‘The Real Deal’, while the cover rammed home the message with pictures of the criminals and the cells they were forced to occupy. The set was recorded in three months after the Disney-funded Hollywood Basic Records, ever sensitive to a good cause, had heard of the scheme.
3rd Bass – Pop Goes The Weasel – 1991
« Pop Goes the Weasel » is the best-selling single from hip hop trio 3rd Bass; it appears on their third album, Derelicts of Dialect (1991).
The song features funk samples from the J.B.’s and Stevie Wonder as well as rock samples of The Who’s « Eminence Front », and the foundation sample was from Peter Gabriel’s #1 hit, « Sledgehammer ». Production came from John Gamble, Geeby Dajani, and Dante Ross (noted for their groundbreaking work on Brand Nubian and Grand Puba’s debut albums).
The music video featured Henry Rollins as Vanilla Ice.
The song was listed as #70 on VH1’s 100 Greatest Songs of Hip Hop.
Gap band – Oops upside your head 1979
1979 funk anthem recorded by the R&B group The Gap Band and released off their fourth album, The Gap Band II.
The single was released in several countries in different formats. In America, it was a 12″ with the B-side being « Party Lights ». In the Netherlands, the 12 B-side was « The Boys Are Back in Town ». In France, the single was a 7″ with no B-side.
THE WHISPERS – AND THE BEAT GOES ON 1980
« And the Beat Goes On » is a 1980 single by the American music group The Whispers. The song was their first of two number-one singles on the R&B chart, and their first Top 20 pop hit in the United States, peaking at number 19.