v/a - Wildstyle CD
Animal Records – founded by Chris Stein of Blondie fame – only ever released two albums in its brief early-80s history. Wild Style remains the most seminal soundtrack in hip-hop history, a snapshot of the scene as it evolved from the streets to the recording studio. But it’s not just a vital document, it’s also a damn good listen.
The line-up is a who’s who of those who stood out from hip-hop’s nascent block party days. The Double Trouble pairing of Rodney Cee and KK Rockwell, The Chief Rocker himself, Busy Bee, the mighty line-ups of both The Cold Crush Brothers and The Fantastic Freaks. The music captures the free-form, roaming nature of the film – it’s rough at the edges, it’s occasionally amateurish, but it’s completely, utterly glorious.
The original Animal tracklisting, of which this is a reissue, is full of recurring sounds and motifs, all of them co-produced by Chris Stein and Fab Five Freddy, stepping away from breakbeats to produce a sound that reminds you of them, while being totally unique. The epic drums are courtesy of Lenny ‘Ferrari’ Ferraro, a Vietnam vet and punk drummer whose career spanned stints backing Aretha Franklin and Lou Reed.
Over time, those sounds – the Charlie Chase and Grand Wizard Theodore scratches, the indelible lyrics - have become hip-hop touchstones, endlessly sampled and referenced, the bedrock of so much music to follow. That’s because the soundtrack perfectly encapsulated the essence of the film, the scene and hip-hop’s emergence from The Bronx to the attention of the wider world. Presented in this reissue with the original artwork, it remains the blueprint.
1. Grand Master Caz & Chris Stein - Wild Style Theme Rap
2. The Chief Rocker Busy Bee Vs Lil Rodney Cee & D.J. Grand Wi
3. The Cold Crush Bros Vs the Fantastic Freaks - Basketball Thr
4. Kevie Kev, Master Rob, Prince Whipper Whip, M.C., Rubie Dee,
5. Grand Wizard Theodore & D.J. Kevie Kev Rockwell - Military C
6. Grand Master Caz, Jdl, Easy Ad, Kg, D.J. Charlie Chase, D.J.
7. Double Trouble, Rodney Cee, K. K. Rockwell - Stoop Rap.
8. Rodney Cee, K. K. Rockwell, D.J. Stevie Steve - Double Troub
9. Grand Master Caz & Chris Stein - Wild Style Subway Rap
10. The Chief Rocker Busy Bee, DJ Aj - the Chief Rocker Busy Bee
11. D.J. Grand Wizard Theodore & Kevie Kev Rockwell - Gangbuster
12. Rammellzee & Shock Dell & the Grand Mixer Dst - Rammellzee A