Let’s take it back to NYC in the early 90s. Brooklyn to be specific… The BOOT CAMP era. Before Biggie Smalls took us into the world of high fashion materialism and glorified gangster-ISM, Buckshot was the voice of the borough. Read More
Producer: Mr. Walt of Beatminerz
Tek: To me, [Reggae and Dancehall] are forms of music [of which] I am a big fan. I’m blessed to have the talent, know how and patience to [rap over those riddims]. It’s a great form of expression. It strengthens the bonds between people and heals the bonds of broken souls.
Steele: It was difficult to not to grow into it. My little brother (Top Dawg from OGC) was into Reggae. I’d go to this small radio station in my neighborhood growing up to hear underground Rap, and while I was doing that, he’d buy Reggae tapes from the store. All he ever listened to was Reggae, so I’d ask him sometimes, “You’re not going to switch it up?” He never did! My uncle Guy was a fanatic for these VHS tapes of Soundclash battles, too. Also, there were always hooky parties and hearing Shabba Ranks, hanging out on East Flatbush and Canarsie where the West Indian Culture vibes were heavy.
WHO ARE THEY?
WIKI- Bad Brains are an American hardcore punk band formed in Washington, D.C., in 1977. They are widely regarded as among the pioneers of hardcore punk, though the band’s members have objected to this term to describe their music. They are also an adept reggae band, while later recordings featured elements of other genres like funk, heavy metal, hip hop and soul. Bad Brains are followers of the Rastafari movement.
Originally formed as a jazz fusion ensemble under the name Mind Power, Bad Brains developed a very fast and intense punk rock sound which came to be labeled “hardcore”, and was often played faster and more emphatically than the music of many of their peers. The unique factor of the band’s music was the fact that they played more complex rhythms than other hardcore punk bands, also adapting non-punk style guitar riffs and solos into their songs.
Bad Brains have released nine studio albums (one of which is entirely composed of instrumental versions of their past material). The band broke up and reformed several times over the years, sometimes with different singers or drummers. Since 1998, the “classic” lineup of singer H.R. (Human Rights), guitarist Dr. Know, bassist Darryl Jenifer, and drummer Earl Hudson (H.R.’s younger brother) has reunited, albeit performing sporadically.
is this reggae?