Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Nostalgia: S is for Super

I haven't done a nostalgia post in a while but I was reminded on of these groups when I heard Estelle's new song Freak. Estelle's hyper rapping on the track took me back to the late 80s/early 90s when female MCs were pretty prominent in the game. Of course we all know MC Lyte, Queen Latifah, Roxanne Shante, and Salt N Pepa as some of the pioneer voices in female rap. They came long before Kim & Foxy. However, there was another lesser known crop that really evoked the lighter feel of hip-hop closer to Run DMC and early rap acts. When reading reviews of the Estelle track I was a bit disgruntled at the comparisons to Fergie. While Fergie and Gwen Stefani did have popularity with a certain style, they hardly created it. Hollaback Girl's flow was borrowed and Fergie's Fergalicious is practically a carbon copy of JJ Fad material. The first phrase of the song is a literal mimic of the rhythm of that of Supersonic. Rap is pretty much void of female voices at the moment which is a shame. Nicki Minaj is hoping to fill that void but with female pop/R&B artists having their own music infused with hip-hop, the music world just may not be checking for female rap anymore.

Anyway, here are four rap acts that personify that sound. I still have that JJ Fad cassette tape with masking tape on it. haha

Cars That Go Boom (1989)
L'Trimm was a Miami Bass hip-hop duo made up of Lady Tigra and Bunny D, both from Kendall, Florida near Miami. The name was taken from a popular brand of jeans Trim and the prefix was added as an ode to the French language. Their only hit Cars With The Boom went on became a top 40 hit and resulted in a national tour.

MC Luscious
Boom I Got Your Boyfriend (1991)
Born Rosalyn McCall, MC Luscious is another Miami bass rapper. Her cousin, producer Steve Tempo, asked her to perform vocals on a remake of his own song Boom! I Got Your Boyfriend. The song had been originally performed by Tempo's group The Boys From The Bottom and was more appropriately called Boom! I Got Your Girlfriend.

JJ Fad
Supersonic (1988)
J. J. Fad was a roup from Rialto, California near Los Angeles whose name initially stood for Juana, Juanita, Fatima Ann Dania, and were accompanied by Clarence "DJ Train" Lars. Later the group dropped Juanita and Fatima and added another rapper. With these changes J.J. Fad stood for Just Jammin' Fresh And Def. Of course, this is all explained in the opening of their smash hit Supersonic.

Oaktown's 357
Juicy's Gotcha Krazy (1990)
This provocative tune comes the duo that were protegés of MC Hammer. They were members of the West Coast Rap All-Stars and rode on the success of Hammer. The group was largely seen as an answer to Salt N Pepa whom the sound nearly identical to. You can see the Hammer influence with the harem pants in the video. And to think, here recently harem pants were seen as something new and hip in fashion. Nothing is ever new.

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