1. LINK: Ultimate Breaks & Beats: An Oral History.

    “This is the story of how two music fanatics in the Bronx inspired a generation of artists, reinvigorated hip-hop and helped funky beats conquer the world.” By Robbie Ettelson ( Unkut ).


    Lou Flores: As far as meeting Lenny [Roberts]? There was a feedback committee meeting that we had at S.O.S. Record Pool. There was a comment about a particular record and I said, “Yeah, I know that record.” He said, “How do you know that record?” That’s where the connection with breakbeats came in between him and I. I started seeing early Cold Crush routines; they were using “Love Rap” as a breakbeat. “Feel The Heartbeat” is another one they used to use. It seemed to be the norm for people rapping over other people’s records when there were a whole plethora of breaks from the original inception. I felt if you really wanted to know about the culture you should know where the foundation really comes from, and the foundation is these breaks! First it was bootleg 12-inches we released on Sure Shot Records. The biggest factor in starting UBB was the Bozo Meko records; Lenny did that. “Fusion Beats” is a pause tape done by [Afrika] Islam and the recording of “Flash To The Beat” was Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five’s infamous beatbox routine. The 12-inches did alright, but when we put out the “Champ,” the “Get Up and Get Involved,” and the Dyke and the Blazers it seemed like people really wanted that. The Super Disco Brakes had already been released, but because Disco Brakes were inferior to everything else, it was less appealing. So we decided to release the Octopus Breakbeats bootlegs, what we called the foundation beats.

    Read the entire story featuring Lenny Roberts , Lou Flores , Paul Nice , K-Prince , Large Professor , Freddy Fresh , TR Love , Phil Most Chill , DJ Rob Swift , DJ Ivory , Konrad , and T-Ray over at Medium .

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