Mastercuts Breaks Import
The Greatest Breaks as Used by Ll Cool J, Janet Jackson, Run Dmc, and De La Soul Among Others from Original Recordings by James Brown, Sly and the Family Stone, Kool and the Gang and More.
A history lesson for the modern hip-hop head, Mastercuts Breaks roots out and dusts down twelve influential cuts from the archives of soul and funk. Chosen, in particular, for their breakbeat-- the wild, improvised mid-sections that, in the hands of DJs, became the dancing focus of the record--these cuts are the building blocks of modern hip-hop culture. There are, of course, some familiar inclusions: take, for example, James Brown's "Funky Drummer", the break of which forms the background to dozens of time-honoured tracks--all the way from from Ultramagnetic MCs' "Give The Drummer Some" and Public Enemy's "Bring The Noise" to Kriss Kross' "Jump". Elsewhere, though, unsung heroes are thrown to the lino: The Honeydrippers' "Impeach The President" (later to crop up on the work of Notorious BIG and the Wu-Tang Clan) and Skull Snaps' "It's a New Day" (a Northern Soul staple, and as popular on English working class dancefloors as it would later become in hip-hop sample culture). However, it's worth remembering that, in a sense, all this historical context is next to irrelevant. With songs like Parliament's "Flashlight", it's immediately evident that Mastercuts Breaks is as fine a classic soul compilation as it is a trainspotters' archive piece. --Louis Pattison