Africa Bambaataa, a guy, a brand, a movement. The vocals for this track were recorded live by Busy Bee (Of Soulsonic Force) at the Bronx River Center and mixed into this absolutely massive breakbeat sample and siren from ESG’s UFO. Simple, rocking, awesome.
He grew up in New York’s South Bronx, his musical eclecticism matched by his vision of African American social and racial unity. In the mid-1970’s he was one of the pioneers of New York’s emergent Hip-Hop culture of Rapping, DJ Mixing/Scratching, Graffiti and Breakdancing. Along with two other Bronx DJs, Grandmaster Flash and Kool DJ Herc (both also of West Indian origin), he began playing small percussive sections from obscure and unexpected rock, funk and electro-pop records as a rhythm track for rappers, interspersing the beats with extracts from cartoon melodies and film themes.