Boogie Down Productions ‘Man & His Music Volume 1 & 2’ (B-Boy Records/Traffic) 5/5


Originally released as a limited edition double vinyl LP back in 1988, less than a year after the death of DJ Scott La Rock, this difficult to find release contains remixes of many of the tracks featured on their seminal debut album ‘Criminal Minded’ and other early Boogie Down Production material.

This is 1980s New York Hip Hop at its most raw; hard hitting drum machine patterns, 12-bit samples and gritty street rhymes from KRS-One, spurting politically and socially conscious messages, as well as the usual rap bravado from the era. Initially released on the influential B. Boy Records from the South Bronx and now released on CD, ‘Man and His Music’ was a project dedicated to the late Scott La Rock with remixes, re-edits and medleys from various producers such as Freddy Fresh, Jada Brown and Greg Peasley, although, none of these are credited.

Highlights of the set include the James Brown sampling ‘D-Nice Rocks The House’, a DJ Red Alert favourite on KISS FM in New York during 1988, one-time BDP collaborator and engineer DJ Doc’s medley mix ‘Doc Mix’ and the remixes of ‘Poetry’ and ‘Criminal Minded’. This is definitely an essential slice of uncompromising 1980s New York Hip Hop.

Damian Wilkes