Monday, 3 September 2007

Back in the Day 2 - Trouble Funk - Pump Me Up

Are Trouble Funk Hip Hop? Hard to tell. Is this track anything to do with Hip Hop? A resounding yes. It has a rap in it. Apparently Trouble Funk were a Go-Go/Funk band, if you want to find out a little bit more about that then slide on over to Wikipedia.

More about the track: It's very percussive (that's the Go-Go influence), it's funky in a typical 70's/early 80's funk/disco way, it has raps very much in the style of Hip Hop circa 1979-1985 and it has one of the most energising and easily recognised choruses ever.

The 'Pump Me Up' sample is a much scratched bit of vinyl, two examples being 'Fight the Power' by Public Enemy and 'Funky Piano' by EPMD. Unlike many rap tracks at the time the music for this was original; written by the band themselves and not sampled or replayed.

Just a note of interest (maybe, if you're a goon like me): I do have a Trouble Funk LP called 'Trouble over Here' which features Kurtis Blow and funky legend Bootsy Collins of Funkadelic and Parliament fame (amongst others).

Trouble Funk - Pump Me Up (zshare)
Major Force - Pump Me Up (zshare)
Mark Seven - Pump Me Up (zshare)

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