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FanAttick 2023-08-11 21:19:00 

The Yardie Legacy Continues…

Brerzerk 2023-08-11 21:22:57 

In reply to FanAttick
Murcans tend to write Yardies out of Hip-Hop history. Saw it on Morning Joe recently.
Decades ago I peeped through a window as a Professor delivered a class on The History of Hip-Hop.
She started wit The Grios of Africa but nary a word about Trini Extempo nor Daddy Hugh Roy et al.
Sure she didn't know about nor research to find out 'bout dem

JahJah 2023-08-11 21:58:46 

Tariq Nasheed and dem don't want to hear about none of this.

velo 2023-08-11 23:43:40 

In reply to Brerzerk
some of the biggest names in hip hop come from a west indian background especially jamaican

Castled 2023-08-12 00:32:32 

In reply to velo

Joseph Robert Saddler (born January 1, 195cool, popularly known by his stage name Grandmaster Flash, is an American DJ and producer. He created a DJ technique called the Quick Mix Theory.This technique serviced the break-dancer and the rapper by elongating the drum breaks through the use of duplicate copies of vinyl. This technique gave birth to cutting, scratching.
He is the founder and creator of Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, the first rap group to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2007. On August 4 Grandmaster was issued a proclamation from the city of New York stating that August 4th is Grandmaster Flash day.
Saddler's family immigrated to the United States from Barbados. He was raised in the Bronx, New York City, where he attended Samuel Gompers High School, There, he learned how to repair electronic equipment.Saddler's parents played an important role in his interest in music. His father was a fan of Caribbean and African American recordings.

Castled 2023-08-12 00:36:10 

In reply to velo

Douglas Davis, known professionally as Doug E. Fresh, (born September 17, 1966) is a Barbados-born American rapper, record producer, and beatboxer, also known as the "Human Beat Box". The pioneer of 20th-century American beatboxing, Fresh is able to accurately imitate drum machines and various special effects using only his mouth, lips, gums, throat, tongue and a microphone.

In the early 1980s he formed the Get Fresh Crew with DJs Chill Will and Barry B and later added rapper Slick Rick. Two of their songs "The Show" and "La Di Da Di" are considered early hip hop classics. "La Di Da Di", in particular, is one of the most sampled songs in music history.

JahJah 2023-08-12 09:56:42 

In reply to Castled

You've stated two. I guess you could add ASAP Rocky and LL Cool J as Barbadian descent. But it may stop there.

A lot more than that were Jamaican or Jamerican. The list is way too long.

hubert 2023-08-12 10:06:52 

In reply to Brerzerk

U-Roy was from the 60s, No ?

FanAttick 2023-08-12 12:56:11 

In reply to JahJah

Pepa from Salt and Pepa
Kid from Kid and Play
Heavy D
Busta Rhymes
And perhaps the biggest rap name of all - The Notorious B.I.G.

Just to name a few others with Yard roots

Sandra Jacqueline Denton (born 9 November 1964 or 1969) , better known by her stage name Pepa or Pep, is a Jamaican-American rapper, best known for her work as a member of the female rap trio Salt-N-Pepa.

Christopher “Kid” Reid: Reid was born in The Bronx, New York City, to a Jamaican father (1931-) and an Irish mother (1930–1973).[1][2] He graduated from the Bronx High School of Science in 1982. He also graduated from Lehman College in the Bronx.

Dwight Arrington Myers (May 24, 1967 – November 8, 2011) known professionally as Heavy D, was a Jamaican-born American rapper, record producer, and actor. Dwight Arrington Myers was born on May 24, 1967, in Mandeville, Manchester, Jamaica, the son of nurse Eulahlee Lee and machine technician Clifford Vincent Myers. In the early 1970s, his family moved to Mount Vernon, New York, where he was raised. In an interview, his mother stated that he spent most of his childhood hanging out with his brother Floyd and his friend Mo

Busta Rhymes was born Trevor George Smith Jr. in the East Flatbush neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York City, on May 20, 1972, to Geraldine Green and Trevor Smith Sr., both from Jamaica.

Christopher George Latore Wallace (The Notorious B.I.G.) was born at St. Mary's Hospital in the New York City borough of Brooklyn on May 21, 1972, the only child of Jamaican immigrant parents. His mother, Voletta Wallace, was a preschool teacher, while his father, Selwyn George Latore, was a welder and politician

And since we’re on a cricket website how about a shout out to the legendary Canibus?

Canibus is the stage name of American rapper Germaine Williams (born December 9, 1974). He gained fame in the 1990s for his ability to freestyle, and released his debut album Can-I-Bus in 1998.
Germaine Williams was born on December 9, 1974, in Kingston, Jamaica. He is of Jamaican descent.His father, Basil Williams, was a Jamaican and West Indian cricketer

Brerzerk 2023-08-12 17:51:05 

In reply to hubert
Yep, but I believe had he not started "Toating" in the fancehall and "Deejaying" on records there may have not been Hip-Hop

JahJah 2023-08-13 15:21:37 

In reply to FanAttick

and Pepa was born in Jamaica.

Grand Puba (Maxwell Dixon) of Brand Nubian is of Jamaican descent

Large Professor of The Main Source (for the real hip hop heads) is of Jamaican descent I believe, or maybe the McKenzie guy in the group.

Special Ed aka Edward Archer (kinda favour Chanderpaul) born in NY to Jamaican parents (one Afro, one Indo) - I Got It Made

Peter Phillips aka Pete Rock (Pete Rock and CL Smooth) born in NY to Jamaican parents - one of the greatest disc jockeys ever...learned from his dad's sound system

Luther Campbell born Florida to Jamaican and Bahamian parents (aka Luke Skyywalker aka Uncle Luke) of 2 Live Crew

Chubb Rock (Richard Simpson born in NY to Jamaican parents) - Treat Em Right, first verse on Crooklyn Dodgers '95

Slick Rick (Richard Walters born in the UK to Jamaican parents) - Children' Story, the lyricist on La Di Da Di

Monie Love (Simone Gooden born in the UK to Jamaican parents)

Will I Am (aka William Adams Jr) of Black Eyed Peas. Is he considered Hip Hop though? lol

On another note, let's please ignore that Tyga is of Jamaican descent.

Drapsey 2023-08-13 17:06:37 

Just an illustration of how small the world is:

My Godson (the only one) is married to Rev Run's (of Run DMC) daughter.

JayMor 2023-08-14 20:13:43 

In reply to FanAttick

Aah-Hoh! I was going to quarrel that I saw no mention of Herc in the thread until I finally clicked your link. A same so de ting go.

BTW, I hope you know that the Sylvia Robinson mentioned in your link is the same Sylvia we grooved to in 1973 with Pillow Talk.


FanAttick 2023-08-19 11:41:39 

In reply to JayMor

Rappers Delight was my original favorite but this one is my all time favorite

I remember tearing up the dance floor at a disco in Negril (used to be called Compulsion ) when this came out… lol lol lol

RIP to the legendary Lyn Collins who inspired the hook….though the actual voice on the track was that of Rhonda Parris

JayMor 2023-08-19 18:17:47 

In reply to FanAttick

I like your style: I get on the 'inside' of the music I love too. By the time of Rob Base & DJ EZ Rock's hit there I was already in Yankeeland so would have boogied to it at Tony R's on Union St in Hartford and a few spots in Brooklyn. Checked out your link* just now and enjoyed it, but what replaced the Sugar Hill boys as my standing fave of the genre was GM Flash with Mellie Mel and the Furious 5, a message still relevant today.

Collins is by far the most sampled female artist of all time, with portions of her recordings used in well over 3,500 songs.
Cool! Her "Think (About It)" was definitely a biggie while at JBC. May her soul RIP.

*At 3:47: "I like the Whopper, f..k the Big Mac". HeHeHe! My sentiment too. LOL.


FanAttick 2023-08-19 18:20:47 

In reply to JayMor

The Message was great too…one of the best all time lol

JayMor 2023-08-19 18:42:13 

In reply to FanAttick

It is "The Message" I'm talking about, Fan.


FanAttick 2023-08-19 19:03:17 

In reply to JayMor

It is "The Message" I'm talking about, Fan.

I know lol

Although I prefer the original Message of a different genre lol

JayMor 2023-08-19 19:40:09 

In reply to FanAttick

lol big grin lol Mind, yuh know, yuh colours a glow orange! Man, I ponder how different Joshua would've approached the violence and security issues of today were he the PM. evil

Anyway, when I saw 'Message' I thought this one.


FanAttick 2023-08-19 20:50:31 

In reply to JayMor

Interestingly Cymande was heavily sampled in the original hip hop music lol

imusic 2023-08-19 21:55:50 

KRS One’s Step into a World. Still French and pumpin today

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JayMor 2023-08-22 12:17:25 

In reply to FanAttick

Boss chune dat and well worth any sampling it got.