Wild Style is a classic. This one ought to be in your collection if you love old school hip hop. And if you haven't seen the movie Wild Style, you ought to do that too!
Animal Records – founded by Chris Stein of Blondie fame – only ever released two albums in its brief early-80s history. Wild Style remains the most seminal soundtrack in hip-hop history, a snapshot of the scene as it evolved from the streets to the recording studio. But it’s not just a vital document, it’s also a damn good listen.
The line-up is a who’s who of those who stood out from hip-hop’s nascent block party days. The Double Trouble pairing of Rodney Cee and KK Rockwell, The Chief Rocker himself, Busy Bee, the mighty line-ups of both The Cold Crush Brothers and The Fantastic Freaks. The music captures the free-form, roaming nature of the film – it’s rough at the edges, it’s occasionally amateurish, but it’s completely, utterly glorious.
The original Animal tracklisting, of which this is a reissue, is full of recurring sounds and motifs, all of them co-produced by Chris Stein and Fab Five Freddy, stepping away from breakbeats to produce a sound that reminds you of them, while being totally unique. The epic drums are courtesy of Lenny ‘Ferrari’ Ferraro, a Vietnam vet and punk drummer whose career spanned stints backing Aretha Franklin and Lou Reed.
Over time, those sounds – the Charlie Chase and Grand Wizard Theodore scratches, the indelible lyrics – have become hip-hop touchstones, endlessly sampled and referenced, the bedrock of so much music to follow. That’s because the soundtrack perfectly encapsulated the essence of the film, the scene and hip-hop’s emergence from The Bronx to the attention of the wider world. Presented in this reissue with the original artwork, it remains the blueprint.
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- Grandmaster Caz & Chris Stein - Wild Style Theme Rap 1
- The Chief Rocker Busy Bee vs. Lil Rodney Cee with DJ Grand Wizard Theodore - MC Battle
- The Cold Crush Brothers vs. The Fantastic Freaks - Basketball Throwdown
- Kevie Kev (Waterbed Kev), Master Rob, Prince Whiper Whip, MC Rubie Dee, Dota Rock, DJ Grand Wizard Theodore, DJ Kevie Kev Rockwell - Fantastic Freaks at the Dixie
- Grand Wizard Theodore and DJ Kevie Kev Rockwel - Military Cut Scratch Mix
- Grand Master Caz, JDL, Easy AD, KG, and Charlie Chase, DJ Toney Tone - Cold Crush Bros at the Dixie
- Double Trouble, Rodney Cee, DJ Stevie Steve - Stoop Rap
- Rodney Cee, KK Rockwell, DJ Stevie Steve - Double Trouble at the Amphitheatre
- Grand Master Caz and Chris Stein - Wild Style Subway Rap 2
- The Chief Rocker Busy Bee, DJ AJ - The Chief Rocker Busy Bee, DJ AJ at the Amphitheatre
- DJ Grand Wizard Theodore and Kevie Kev Rockwell - Gangbusters Scratch Mix
- Rammellze and Shock Dell with Grand Mixer DST - Rammellzee And Shock Dell At The Amphitheatre