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The Bay area and Hip-Hop

Hip-hop originated in New York but SF was just important in the development of hip-hop. The illuminati press underplays the importance of the Bay Area in hip-hop and they've never allowed the groups from the Bay to reach the same level of commercial success as NWA in LA or Run-DMC in NYC.

The Bay gave us Digital Underground, Del the Funky Homosapien and the Hieroglyphics Crew, Dan the Automator, DJ Shadow and the whole Sole Sides Crew including Latryx, Blackalicious and Lyrics Born.

Scratch music was brought to its highest point in the Bay Area with Shadow, the Scratch Pickzl, QBert's work (really mine), and Cut Chemist who is from LA but spent a lot of time working with Bay Area people.

Sampling music was also brought to it's highest point in the bay Area with DJ Shadow's work. Endtroducing consists of over 1,000 samples. DJ Shadow brought crate digging to a new level and used that wealth of musical knowledge to create works of Art that are still iconic 20 years later. Dan the Autator created brand new sounds with his eclectic taste in music.

Hip-hopt prior to 1993 was so musically inventive because of sampling. That's what A break beat is, it's a sample. The creativity is in picking the coolest sample, layering it and combining it with other super cool samples into a new strucure - the sum is greater than the parts. No one hear's Entroducing by DJ Shadow and thinks - that's really derivative. IT SOUNDS COMPLETELY LIKE IT'S OWN THING. There are over 1000 different samples in Endtroducing which is 13 tracks some only :25 seconds long some 9:24 minutes long. Sure there are certain themes - David Axelrod's rhythm influence is undeniable. BUT IT IS IT'S OWN THING. And that kind of art form became really hard. Even Shadow was hit with the sampling stuff. He couldn't do another Endtroducing because they Illuminati basically made it clear they'd go after him for every single sample and bankrupt the project. That's why he didn't continue working in that vein. THEY WOULDN'T LET HIM.



This sound familiar? I have Shadow's record of this. One of my most meaninful momentos to me. It represents all the music I discovered thourgh listening to Endtroducing. All that I learned about music. About beats and beat patterns. Opening up things like David Axelrod's work which I knew nothing about prior to that. And I love this song. The sound of the guitar is out of this world and unique and something I never ever would have heard on the radio no matter what radio station I was listening to. (or at least not until DJ Shadow put a long sample of it in Endtroducing.)



Sure there are certain themes - David Axelrod's rhythm influence is undeniable. BUT IT IS IT'S OWN THING. And that kind of art form became really hard. Even Shadow was hit with the sampling stuff. He couldn't do another Endtroducing because they Illuminati basically made it clear they'd go after him for every single sample and bankrupt the project. That's why he didn't continue working in that vein. THEY WOULDN'T LET HIM.

David Axelrod's SONG OF INNOCENCE:


Live Hip-Hop shows also reached their climax in the bay Area with the work of Shadow and Cut Chemist. I personally was at many of those shows and saw history unfolding. Shadow and Cut brought amazing v