DJ Kool Let Me Clear My Throat
Q: 3 Stars (out of 5) - "...packed with party beats and the kind of hooks that could catch goldfish....if you want fun funk, he's got it."
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- Released: June 22, 2010
- Originally Released: 1996
- Label: Clear
Q - 4/97, p.1203 Stars (out of 5) - "...packed with party beats and the kind of hooks that could catch goldfish....if you want fun funk, he's got it."
- 2.Shut Up
- 3.I Aint the One - Scarface, Westside Connection
- 4.Warrior Pt. 2
- 5.Slow Motion
- 6.Stick 'Em
- 7.Bitches and Sisters
- 8.Why I Love You
- 9.Gangsta's Make the World Go Round - Westside Connection, Westside Connection, Westside Connection
- 10.Hood Hop
- 11.Bow Down - Westside Connection, Westside Connection, Westside Connection
- 12.Theif's Theme
- 13.Ante Up
- 14.24 Hours to Live
- 15.Gangsta Nation - Westside Connection, Westside Connection, Westside Connection
- 16.On Fire
- 17.Not Your Average Joe
- 18.Lean Back
- 20.Aint No Fun
- 21.Thats My Name
- 22.Kill Game - Kokane, Westside Connection
- 23.Get Ya Walk On [Remix] - Daz, Westside Connection, Xzibit
- 24.Got It Twisted
Personnel: DJ Kool, Biz Markie, Doug E. Fresh.
Producers: DJ Kool, Stephen James, Fred Derby.
Recorded live at Club Gothum, Bahama Bay, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Hammerjack's, Baltimore, Maryland; Ivory's, Richmond, Virginia. Originally released on CLR Records (7209).
DJ Kool is a clear inheritor of Washington, D.C.'s go-go music spirit. His debut album is stocked wall-to-wall with live performances of polyrhythmic, percussion-strapped grooves and call-and-response vocals aimed at inciting dance-floor nirvanas. The music is all about rump-shaking; consequently, Kool rules the roost by being an old-fashioned MC, a master of celebratory ceremonies intent on moving the crowd, rather than a preacher or storyteller.
Although go-go's popularity has been in decline while hip-hop has risen as the urban music of choice, D.C.-born Kool seems intent on accentuating the similarities between the two genres, and on getting folks interested once more. Go-go, a beat-heavy style of R&B played by large bands feeding on improvisatory grooves, resembles the old-school hip-hop style of a vocalist rapping over beats. Kool has replaced the band with a DJ, but the form remains. And when Kool reprises the hit title song with master MCs Biz Markie and Doug E. Fresh in the house, that connection seems even stronger. This is post-G hip-hop on a rather unique party-rockin' journey.