Monday, October 18, 2010

Midnight Madness was a blast Part 2 with a Tribute to D.C. the late GoGo Legend Lil Benny

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During midnight madness Coach John Thompson III did a tribute to the late D.C. GoGo Legend Lil Benny from his gogo group Rare Essence, so I wanted to relive that moment and glide into it on my blog too.  I also wanted to give a lesson on GoGo 101 to some of the folks who don't know, like or understand GoGo Music.  I think when most folks are educated on something they pretty much understand and respect what they didn't know or realize about the subject, so here it is.  Coach Thompson said it best, "D.C. IS OUR PLAYGROUND". 



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There have been a number of artists who have sampled from existing go-go records or put out records with a go-go beat:

Kurtis Blow had members of E.U. play on "Party Time" (1983, Mercury).

Grace Jones' "Slave to the Rhythm" (1985, ZTT) includes E.U.'s Ju Ju House on drums and percussion.

Grandmaster Melle Mel and the Furious Five released a cover of Trouble Funk's "Pump Me Up" (1985, Sugar Hill).

LL Cool J's "Rock the Bells" (1985, Def Jam) samples Trouble Funk's "Double Trouble"

Doug E. Fresh's "All the Way to Heaven" (1986, Reality) has a go-go beat, sampled rototom fills, and call-and-response vocals with a live audience.

The Beastie Boys' "Hold It, Now Hit It" on Licensed to Ill (1986, Def Jam) samples a drum fill from "Drop the Bomb" by Trouble Funk.

Run-D.M.C.'s "Is It Live" on Raising Hell (1986, Profile) has a go-go rhythm track (approximated on a drum machine) and samples a go-go drum fill.

The Real Roxanne With Hitman Howie Tee's "(Bang Zoom) Let's Go Go!" (1986, Select) has a stripped-down go-go beat.

Double Dee and Steinski's "Jazz" samples Trouble Funk's "Pump Me Up".

Double Dee and Steinski's "Voice Mail (The Sugar Hill Suite)" samples Trouble Funk's "Drop the Bomb".

Heavy D & the Boyz's "Mr. Big Stuff" (1986, MCA) has a go-go beat.

The title track from Boogie Down Productions's Criminal Minded (1987, B-Boy) samples Trouble Funk's "Let's Get Small".

Sy Smith's "Conflict" and "The Syberspace Social" album features several go-go influenced songs.

M A R R S 's  "Pump Up the Volume" (1987, 4AD) includes a vocal sample from Trouble Funk's "Pump Me Up."

Salt-N-Pepa's "My Mic Sounds Nice" (1987, Next Plateau) has a go-go sample.

Salt-N-Pepa recorded "Shake Your Thing" (1988, Next Plateau) with E.U.

Kid n' Play's "Rollin' With Kid n' Play" (1989, Select) has a go-go sample.

2 Live Crew recorded a version of "Drop the Bomb" with Trouble Funk called "The Bomb Has Dropped" (1989, Luke Skyywalker)

Doug E. Fresh had Rare Essence play on the remix of "I'm Getting Ready" on his "D.E.F.=Doug E. Fresh" 12-inch (1989, Reality)

Salt-N-Pepa's "Expression" (1989, Next Plateau) has a go-go break (with samples) in the middle that includes the lyrics "At my door they're bum-rushin' / To hear the percussion / Sound of my go-go band."

Jesse Jaymes covered E.U.'s "Shake It Like a White Girl" (1991, Delicious Vinyl).

Company Flow's "Population Control" from Funcrusher Plus (1997, Rawkus) has a go-go beat.

Jay-Z was sued by Rare Essence over the track "Do It Again (Put Ya Hands Up)" from Life and Times of S. Carter Vol.3 (1999, Roc-A-Fella), which apparently "borrowed" liberally from RE's "Overnight Scenario".[24]

Jill Scott's "It's Love" on her album Who Is Jill Scott? Words and Sounds Vol. 1 (2000, Hidden Beach/Epic) has a go-go beat.

In April 2002, Ludacris performed "Roll Out" on The Tonight Show, backed by Rare Essence.

Nelly's "Hot in Herre" (2002, Universal) is based on a sample from Chuck Brown's "Bustin' Loose."

Producer Rich Harrison (who hails from the D.C. area) has produced a number of hit songs—including Beyoncé Knowles' "Crazy in Love" (2003, Columbia) and Amerie’s "1 Thing" (2005, Columbia)—that, while not explicitly go-go, have a definite go-go feel to them (strong, funky drums with added percussion).

Lil Jon & the East Side Boyz's "Aww Skeet Skeet" with D.C.'s DJ Flexx, from the album Crunk Juice (2004, TVT) has a go-go beat.

At the 2005 MTV Video Music Awards, Ludacris performed his song "Pimpin' All Over the World" backed by Rare Essence.

At a 2006 show, Justin Timberlake performed a go-go version of his song "SexyBack".[25]

In 2007, Jim Jones performed "We Fly High" with TCB.[26]

Chris Brown mentions go-go in the spoken intro of his song "Throwed" from his album Exclusive (2007, Jive).

The Roots feat. Chrisette Michele and Wale, "Rising Up" (2008, Def Jam) has a go-go break.

Gym Class Heroes' "Guilty as Charged" (2008, Decaydance) has go-go percussion throughout the song.

Wale's "Pretty Girls" from Attention Deficit (2009, Allido) samples Backyard Band.[27]

Amerie's single "1 Thing" uses a sample of The Meters' song "Oh, Calcutta" and features a go-go band in the video.*

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Waka Flocka Flame Has made a song with Bounce Beat band TCB. The song named Ice Grill was Waka's First gogo Appearance.


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