The song could have gone a lot softer, a lot neater, a lot tighter – but it would have lost the chaos. When something is organised and aligned, it represents passivity. But any resistance, any struggle to overcome, is going to be chaotic.
“Music doesn’t exist in a vacuum, man, and neither does music happen sequentially. It all morphs…styles, and cultures shift each other.” The words from Hank Shocklee resonate deeper than an 808 kick. Here was a man directly responsible for shifting the public perception of what drum machines and samplers could do, in the process redefining music during the golden age of hip-hop, now nearly thirty years later still in tune with the latest musical trends and technology.
Record Store Day is coming soon so make your plans to visit a shop near you on Saturday, April 19th and pickup some music. The organizers have released a full listing of special releases in support of the day and have even appointed Chuck D. as the official Record Store Day Ambassador.
Get your tickets now for MoonDance, A Night in the AfroFuture. Part of the Sunday Sessions in the dome at MoMA PS1 in Queens, NYC.
Our own Hank Shocklee lays out the alphabet according to him in the latest edition of Electronic Beats Magazine – Issue 2/2013 where he touches on things like Harlem, mixing on Neve boards, Kanye and Emika. The Berlin based magazine covers all the latest in the music scene throughout the world. The issue is available now in shops or you can read it online here.