Thursday, 9 August 2012
Pure Ghetto Funk from Washington DC
Crate digger supremo Joey Negro, aka Dave Lee, has often sought to bring rareified gems back into the public consciousness, and so here we have 'Go Go Get Down- Pure Ghetto Funk from Washington DC'. Two discs of music with what seems like 3 hours of magic on each CD.
Whether or not Lee has an actual magic wand, he still has a good ear for a tune with this impressive collection of lesser heard jazz funk rap. Most of the tunes on offer here owe a debt to Sugarhill Gang's Rappers Delight, but there's enough of a story here to be told involving tales behind DC's 'Go Go' funk scene from '79 onwards into the late 80's. The sleeve notes are extensive as those involved in the local scene recall what happened at the time, plus there's a write up for each of the acts featured and how Joey Negro discovered each on his journey, acting as a good supporting compendium.
Whilst it's possible the cream of the crop could perhaps have been squeezed onto one disc instead of two, here we have a better view of the complete story of DC's Go Go scene. As goes the lyric 'There's a party over here, a party over there…', this is well worth checking out.
If You like this try: V/A- Disco Juice 2 // Kool & The Gang- The Funk Collection // Sugarhill Gang- Still The Joint (Sugarhill Remixed)