Thursday, January 24, 2013

Grandmaster Flash - The Adventures Of Grandmaster Flash On The Wheels Of Steel

The track stutters to life before diving into a myriad of samples. Sugarhill glides into Chic and Blondie before it backs off into Sugarhill again with the ever prevalent bass lines from both Queen's "Another Bites the Dust"and Sugarhill Gang's "Rappers Delight" almost interchangeable. Flash displays his expertise in scratching to create many of the transitions. The most dynamic highlights of each sample are utilized in this song. I notice the beat never alters. The "clap, clap, clap" is relentless and carries the song from beginning to end allowing the samples to seamlessly blend together. How did Flash know he could utilize this beat and create such a smooth work of music with such versatile samples to choose from? How would the song have changed without the Rappers Delight frame that carries it?

1 comment:

ayinde said...

Nice description of a musical masterpiece!