MELLE MEL / “Beat Street Breakdown”

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4 Responses to “MELLE MEL / “Beat Street Breakdown””

Q Says:
July 8th, 2008 at 12:00 pm

Thanks Mtume. Ah, the days when a rap song was easily 6 minutes or more and scratching was a percussion-style art. I liked the guitar, but the drum machine really sounds ‘dated’. I guess back then I didn’t mind, but now it sounds cheezy from my rarefied ears, LOL! I agree with Kalamu too, ‘White Lines’ was jukebox worthy.

          Mtume says           

You’re right, the drum machine sounds very dated. That record was recorded almost twenty-five years ago. Back then, I don’t remember particularly disliking the drum machine or particularly liking the scratching. It was all just part of the record. Two and a half decades later, the scratching is a highlight and the drum machine is the weakest link. Funny.



D. Says:
July 9th, 2008 at 8:01 pm

Being that I grew up on the West Coast, the first time I fell in love with hip hop was when I head “The Message.” The music was so simple back then. The overproduction of what was once a fresh concept has virtually killed the genre.

wardell franklin Says:
July 10th, 2008 at 6:44 am

Yes! “Beat Street Breakdown” was one of my favorites when it came out and, like Mtume, I still think Melle Mel’s second verse is ferocious. Great selection.

Dave Says:
September 9th, 2008 at 8:56 am

Really comprehensive review of some classic early hip-hop. Just came onto the site because we did a very short article on ‘White Lines’ on our blog – if you’re interested. Cheers for this – got to check out “Beat Street Breakdown”, have to admit I’m just a beginner in this type of music.

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