Kay-Dee Records, the online store and label owned and operated
by Kenny Dope, takes things to the next level with the debut of its
“Book Series.” Kenny’s vision for Kay-Dee’s first book was to create
a premium set with a mix of well-known and never-before-seen
“Wild Style” photos, in addition to liner notes detailing the stories
behind the music of one of his favorite films.
Teaming up with Get On Down, the record label and online
boutique dedicated to presenting and celebrating music with
unique packaging and exclusive extras, the two have come together
to release this impressive and historically-significant musical trophy
item: The Wild Style Breakbeats.
THE BOOK FEATURES THE
-13 songs total, spread out over seven
“big hole” 45s! (Each with a different label color!)
– Re-EQed audio with re-edited / extended audio versions
of each song, modified from original source tapes!
– Extensive liner notes in a 28-page book, including dozens
of images – from “Wild Style” director Charlie Ahearn, among other
sources – as well as interviews with Fab 5 Freddy, Chris Stein
and GrandWizzard Theodore!
– The 14th side (The B-side of the seventh 45) features unique
etchings with different “Wild Style” graphics!
– Unique “Kay-Dee Casebook” packaging – all seven
45s fit into the book as self-contained pages!
The year was 1981 and young, New York City-based filmmaker Charlie Ahearn
was working on what would become one of the most important artifacts in the
history of hip-hop music and culture: “Wild Style.” He was scraping by to fund his
efforts, which were far from a surefire money-making enterprise. Hip-hop wasn’t
even called “hip-hop” at the time, and it was still viewed as a fad, by both
nationwide music listeners and a majority of the press.
But Ahearn and his indie film army knew that hip-hop wasn’t going away, and that
it was only starting to grow. They had seen it in the parks and clubs. They had felt
its power, and saw how it affected young people.
As Ahearn and his crew continued to film scenes from “Wild Style” (which
starred graffiti writers Lee Quinones and Lady Pink, among many other hip-hop
and “Downtown” luminaries of the day), they reached an interesting juncture: what
music would DJs in the film use in the soon-to-be-legendary live performance scenes?
The director – making a visionary move more than a half-decade before any
sampling or music clearance lawsuits would appear – decided that he wanted to
control the music to be used in these scenes. They would create their own
breakbeats, instead of using known cuts of the day; for instance,
The Incredible Bongo Band’s “Apache” or James Brown’s “Funky Drummer.”
While Ahearn headed off to film more scenes, he left these important musical
production duties to an up-and-comer who, thanks in part to his crucial role as
Phade in the film, would grow to be one of hip-hop’s and graffiti’s most
important ambassadors of the 1980s: Fred “Fab 5 Freddy” Brathwaite.
Over the course of a week’s time in the late summer of 1981, the
Wild Style Breakbeats sessions were completed and mastered. None of the three
principal musicians who played on the Breakbeats were ever in the studio at the same
time. And the final number of white-label-only Breakbeats 12-inches was, according
to Freddy, only 100, making them some of the rarest “Holy Grail” pieces of vinyl in
The original Breakbeats vinyl was given to the DJs in the film – including
GrandWizzard Theodore, Charlie Chase and Kevie Kev Rockwell – who used them
in live performance scenes, most of which were completed in the spring of
1982. Interestingly, out of 13 Breakbeats given to DJs, only five were ever used in
these performance scenes or on the film’s much-revered soundtrack.
For this premium Wild Style Breakbeats set, renowned DJ, producer,
and lifelong “Wild Style” fanatic Kenny Dope obtained the original reel-to-reel
tapes from director Charlie Ahearn and went about re-EQing and extending the
length of each Breakbeat [most were originally about one minute long]. Thanks to
these efforts, all 13 Breakbeats are presented here with top-level audio quality that
has never been heard before. Additionally, since only bootlegs of the
Wild Style Breakbeats have ever existed, this is the first time they have ever been
presented on their own, as an official full album release.
This stunning set with unique “Kay-Dee Casebook” packaging – officially licensed
from Charlie Ahearn by Kenny Dope and Kay-Dee Records, and packaged by
Get On Down – is a hip-hop junkie’s dream. It presents a crucial rap artifact with the
respect it has always deserved but, until now, has not been given. It is sure to sit
on your shelf alongside other trophies from the music and culture that has touched
the lives of so many over the past four decades.
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