charlie ahearn s 1983 film wild style holds a place in both music and cinematic history as one of the first examples of a hip-hop film. since its original release it has been widely praised for its hybrid approach as both a narrative musical and a documentary, and as a time capsule of sorts into the culture of hip-hop during its infancy in the 1980s. besides its classic depictions of mcing, turntablism, graffiti, and breakdancing, the film also featured now legendary figures of the genres in acting roles, such as grandmaster flash, fab five freddy, busy bee starski, and many more. wild style went on to garner an immense cult following, portions of the film itself would be sampled in records by artists like nas, beastie boys, mf doom, and more, and would even be exhibited by museums in chicago and boston as part of programs on the art of the 1980s.
charlie ahearn s 1983 film wild style holds a place in both music and cinematic history as one of the first examples of a hip-hop film. since its original release it has been widely praised for its hybrid approach as both a narrative musical and a documentary, and as a time capsule of sorts into the culture of hip-hop during its infancy in the 1980s.
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. kennys vision for kay-dees 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 book features the following elements:
• 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 7-inches fit into a book as self-contained pages.
mellow madness would have likely lingered on in obscurity had it not been for kay dee partner dj keb darge, who in 2004 introduced the fayetteville, nc groups sole 45 to a new audience. titled save the youth, its inspirational message and pounding yet polished disco had fresh appeal on dance floors of the new millennium. kenny dope breathes new fresh air into the tune with his extended 12inch mix.
cincinnati is a town with a thick soul heritage, james brown and bootsy collins flag south western ohio for all fans of the genre, these two towering banners cast huge shadows in which innumerable recordings languish waiting for new amplification. vass corporation is one prime example, an obscure group tied to cincy soul veteran kenny smith (see shake it records recent retrospective one more day,) the groups only two known recordings, originally intended to be a single in their day - sees their first release here some 35 yrs late. collector and local music historian chris burgan teams up with kay dee records, for this first 45 in the new iceburg series, an imprint focused on shadowy treasure from the queen city. chris pokes around in the dark with a flashlight, and kenny dope comes in like ems, breathing life and back into these buried bodies, additionally giving them a good shock with his peerless remixillator. one more day is up tempo funky soul - with a huge break leading into a fit group vocal call and response sure be played in the club. the b side, a ballad: all the love we lost, delivers sorrow over heavy drums. kay dee records is proud to present this belated but much deserving first issue...