One has been a long-time fan of R’n’B, starting off with Soul in the Eighties, through to New Jack Swing in the late Eighties to what is now commonly known as R’n’B that kicked off properly in the early nineties.
Music history will tell one that Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis were all that music of black origin was about in the eighties, introducing the 808 drum machine big time. Here in the UK, Loose Ends fell concomitantly in love with the machine as well, and fell foul of Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis with a major feud developing between them. The music won!
It was around this time a close friend showed me a VHS video tape of Soul Train, the famous TV show in America which just blew my mind, I can still remember the sensation of hearing the S.O.S Band for the first time.
Salt-N-Pepa’s “Push It” was the first record that made one go completely crazy, much to many parents complete and utter disgust. You could go to a party back then and hear it twenty times and people would dance twenty times, and never tire of it. I remember going to see the movie New Jack Swing and walking back from the cinema to catch the bus, trying to figure out where on earth I was going to get the music I’d just heard? I was really into the Jungle Brothers Done By The Forces Of Nature album at the time and had that on repeat, which was one of the first hip-hop cassette tapes I got, luckily it never got chewed by the cassette player, even after doing the rounds through various buddies, it was a little too smart for quite a few of them who just wanted a hook and a catchy groove, but those that got it, went absolutely crazy, you definitely could see Hip-Hop culture being created then, with a Tribe Called Quest being an inevitability.
Things kicked off big time musically then for me and my peers, Teddy Riley, LA Reid and Babyface were releasing records that at times left parents gobsmacked, it can’t have been fun having hormonal teenagers when “I wanna sex you up” by Colour Me Badd would be played on the radio, followed by “I’m too sexy” by Right Said Fred. As you might guess, ones biggest battle then (which one lost completely I might add) was to be allowed the elaborate haircuts, hairstyles and fashion.
I have been DJ’ing since the mid-nineties playing loads of bars and clubs, and throwing parties all over the shop, so one has always ensured when buying records to be able to be asked to play any kind of set, so I have always bought R’N’B and Hip-Hop that I liked, which I’ve tried to show in Maryland, Queens, Brooklyn, Oakland, Modulate and this mix as well.