“Young Folks” is a rocking breakbeat by Peter Bjorn & John feat. Victoria Bergsman that found an immediate place in the Bboy atmosphere. Dig it:
Peter Bjorn and John (@peterbjornjohn) crossed over from the indie pop world to the Bboy cipher, dropping one of the illest drumlines in recent history and it was hard to miss the infectious whistling in the chorus, as well as the rolling Funky drummer.
Fortunately for the music heads, the track spun off a massive amount of remixes and mashes, some of which you’ll enjoy below.
Check out the Crew Battle to the a remix of the jam (That One Crew vs. Concrete All-Stars from the Sweet & Lowdown preliminaries):
And this right here is the music from the battle, a mash-up of “Young Folks” and “Get Ready” by The Temptations, expertly done by Controller 7:
Dig this extra Funky Disco-flavored remix courtesy of Punks Jump Up (@punksjumpup):
…and you’re definitely not ready for this Salsa remix from Williamsburg Salsa Orchestra (@thewso):
Make sure to check out the Williamsburg Salsa Orchestra’s website too!
“O.G. Original Gangster” by Hip-Hop veteran Ice-T is a dope West Coast cipher selection:
The 1987 album’s title track “O.G. Original Gangster” is an example of Bboy sound out of California, which has remained a consistent source of dope sounds from Hip-Hop to Soul to Funk to everything else.
Born in Brick City aka Newark, New Jersey, Ice-T (@FINALLEVEL) moved to the Crenshaw district of Los Angeles as a kid, and grew up to be one of the most recognizable voices and personas in Hip-Hop and entertainment at large.
Ice-T’s 1987 album “O.G. Original Gangster” was the first to carry an “Explicit content” sticker (which would become a symbol associated with Hip-Hop from then on), and his 2012 movie “Something From Nothing: The Art of Rap” became an instant classic and a valuable asset to Hip-Hop culture.
Among the samples used by DJ Aladdin are James Brown’s “Funky Drummer,” Dexter Wansel’s “Theme from Planets,” and “Synthetic Substitution” by Melvin Bliss, which you can check out below:
From a review of the album on SputnikMusic:
With O.G. Original Gangster Ice-T shows why he was at one time one of the most respected artists in the genre not only for his rapping abilities but also for his intelligence and his willingness to ask the tough questions “Is this a nightmare or the American dream?” Many people may know him now as an actor but O.G. Original Gangster is an incredibly insightful album that was the pinnacle of a great four album run that he wasn’t able to approach with his future work.
Make sure to follow Ice-T on Facebook and peep his website.
Big up to DJ Floskel of Marburg, Germany for sending his links to our Soundcloud Group, which led to us stumbling upon his wealth of Bboy Music throwdowns in a variety of collections.
DJ Floskel is a man of many skills, being a DJ, producer, and DJ trainer, all the while stacking rare, Funky jams to share with the Bgirls and Bboys.
From Floskel’s website:
DJ Floskel is a DJ, producer and DJ trainer from Germany. Catering the globe with classic grooves since 1997.
As a DJ, Floskel plays various genres, including Rap, Funk, Soul and Reggae. He is specialized in music for BBoys and BGirls, and grooves from the 1970s. DJing has taken Floskel around the globe, playing in various countries (such as China, India and most of Europe) and at different kinds of events (such as parties, dance competitions, festivals, the World Expo).
As a producer, Floskel caters for those into classical 90s rap music (BoomBap) and similar sound aesthetics. He has released and supported a bunch of independent music projects and is currently working on a remix EP for Hatonrack Records.
As a DJ trainer, Floskel offers workshops and regular DJ classes. DJ training includes general DJ techniques and theory open to any genre. Floskel has held international workshops and is DJ Trainer at VibrA School of DJing in Marburg, Germany.
Dig this video of the man DJ Floskel in action at What You Got Vol. 5:
Make sure to pay a visit to DJ Floskel’s Soundcloud page and Like him on Facebook to follow the funk!
“Feel It In Your Soul” by “Australian Soul Sister” Randa and the Soul Kingdom is just a sample of some serious intercontinental Bboy Funk:
Randa and the Soul Kingdom (@randaatsk) of Perth, Australia have been Bboysounds favorites since they were first featured on Bboysounds Weekly years ago with “Lysistrata’s Quest.”
Having worked with a range of musicians from Lionel Richie (@lionelrichie) to The Bamboos (@the_bamboos) and Sharon Jones (@sharonjones) and the Dap Kings (@the_dapkings), and even opening for Disco legends Chic, we’re expecting great things from this group.
To that end, we suggest following Randa on Facebook and visiting the website.
Dig the bio from Freestyle Records’ Soundcloud (@freestylercrds):
Born in Jordan, raised in the working class suburbs of Perth, Australia, singer Randa Khamis (@randakhamis) caught the black music bug early. At the age of 12 she was talking her way into local clubs, desperate to dance to the sounds of James Brown, Parliament, Kurtis Blow, Ann Sexton and Aretha Franklin. Totally entranced by the music she heard, Randa decided then in her early teens that she could, would, and must become a soul singer
During her 20′s, Randa lived in London and sung with Kinobe who were about to release a single with her. It was then that she also joined Sasha Baron Cohens’ brother’s band ‘Zohar’ singing in Arabic. But it was with Leigh Gracie’s deep funk band ‘Speedometer’ that she spent much of her time singing, and after supporting the legend Eddie Bo, began touring with him in New Orleans, where he passed on his vast musical knowledge about performance and song writing. With this priceless experience under her belt, she returned to Perth, ready to harness her writing and recording experiences with her new band ‘Randa & The Soul Kingdom’.
Also courtesy of the same source, check out this playlist of Randa and the Soul Kingdom jammies:
And we dug up this funky remix nugget from Freestyle Records’ YouTube page: