Geo Dept 91 PROTO-hip hop influences

Written by on November 6, 2017

* Most tracks released before 1980 as I stated but a few are slightly after the birth of hip hop later than 1979-1980.

*  Also Rapture by Blondie (1980) Rockit by Herbie Hancock (1983) incorporated elements of brand new hip hop music at the time and because of their pop exposure, probably influenced its progression as well.





  • Funky Drummer {full version} (prod. James Brown, drums. Clyde Stubblefield)
    James Brown (Elko SC/Augusta GA) and the J.B.'s (Cincinnati OH)
    single (1970)
  • West African Drum Music (prod. Rob Silverman)
    Drums of the World (?)
    World Drums: African, Samba, Taiko, Chinese and Middle Eastern Music (2008)
  • Lulumba {alt cut} (prod. Sonia Pottinger)
    Count Ossie (St. Thomas JAMAICA), Ernest Ranglin (Manchester JAMAICA)
    Grounation (1974)
  • Dollar Mamie (prod. in State Penitentiary, Camp #10)
    Judge "Bootmouth" Tucker (Parchman MS) and Alexander "Neighborhood" Williams (Parchman MS)
    single (1939)
  • Disco Devil (prod. Lee 'Scratch' Perry)
    Lee 'Scratch' Perry (Kendal JAMAICA)
    single (1979)
  • Cocaine Habit Blues (prod. Memphis Jug Band)
    Memphis Jug Band (Memphis TN)
    single (1930)
  • Reefer Man (prod. J. Russel Robinson)
    Cab Calloway (Rochester NY)
    in film International House (1933)
  • Pusherman (prod. Curtis Mayfield)
    Curtis Mayfield (Chicago IL)
    Superfly Soundtrack (1972)
  • The Revolution Will Not Be Televised (prod. Bob Theile)
    Gil Scot Heron (Chicago IL/ The Bronx NY)
    Small Talk at 125th and Lenox (1970)
  • E Pluribus Unum (prod. Stefan Bright, The Last Poets)
    The Last Poets (New York NY)
    Chastisement (1972)
  • More Bounce to the Ounce (prod. Roger Troutman, Bootsy Collins)
    Zapp and Roger (Dayton OH)
    Zapp (1980)
  • Atomic Dog (prod. George Clinton)
    George Clinton (Plainfield NJ) feat. (unofficially) Parliament-Funkadelic (Plainfield NJ/Detroit MI)
    Computer Games (1982)
  • Rapture (prod. Mike Chapman)
    Blondie (New York NY)
    Autoamerican (1980)
  • Good Times (prod. Bernard Edwards, Nile Rodgers)
    Chic (New York NY)
    Risqué (1979)
  • Think {About it} (prod. James Brown)
    Lyn Collins (Lexingotn TX)
    Think About It (1972)
  • Rockit (prod. Bill Laswell)
    Herbie Hancock (Chicago IL)
    Future Shock (1983)
  • Trans-Europe Express (Ralf Hütter, Florian Schneider)
    Kraftwerk (Dusseldorf GERMANY)
    Trans-Europe Express (1977)
  • Apache (prod. Jerry Jordan)
    Incredible Bongo Band (?)
    Bongo Rock (1973)
  • Walk this Way (prod. Jack Douglas)
    Aerosmith (Boston MA)
    Toys in the Attic (1975)
  • Dance to the Drummer's Beat (prod. Herman Kelly)
    Herman Kelly & Life (Miami FL)
    Percussion Explosion! (1978)
  • Four Bitches is What I Got (prod. Alan Douglas, Kool & The Gang)
    Lightning Rod (Brooklyn NY)
    Hustler's Convention (1973)
  • Dreadlocks Dread (prod. Tony Robinson)
    U-Roy (Jones Town JAMAICA)
    Dread in Babylon (1975)
  • Hoppin' John (prod. Earth, Wind, and Fire)
    Earth, Wind, and Fire (Chicago IL)
    Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song Soundtrack (1971)
  • Gotta Let you Go (prod. Sam C. Phillips)
    Joe Hill Louis (Raines TN)
    single (1950)
  • Minnie the Moocher (prod. Jimmy Wisner, Roy Cicala)
    Cab Calloway (Rochester NY)
    single (1931)

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