Friday, February 6, 2009

One for all the fly mothers

Break out your Adidas, here is the best compilation of the year!

Fly Girls (B-Boys Beware: Revenge Of The Female Rappers) landed on the doormat at Discopop Towers on Tuesday, since when we have all adopted hi-top haircuts and fought in a series of hotly-contested dance offs.

The record collects together the best moments of the 1980s block party rap scene, lady style. Due to hip-hop's innate misogyny, most of the acts remain fairly obscure, but the compilers have unearthed 20 absolute gems from the archives.

Highlights include the Dr Dre produced JJ Fad (Just Jammin' Fresh and Def), whose You're Going Down is a hilarous diss of Roxanne Shanté: "We knew you were wack from the start / Did a hundred twleve inches and never hit the pop charts". Also included is the original Marley Marl version of Dimples D's Sucker DJ - which hit the UK charts in 1990 courtesy of a gimmicky I Dream Of Jeannie remix.

Dimples D - Sucker DJ

The best track is probably MC Lyte's upfront and funky Cha Cha Cha, which features the genius rhyme: "Better than before, as if that was possible / My competition? You'll find them in the hospital".

But the record goes further than recreating the ghettoblaster-fabulous early 80s rap attack, with a few cuts from the Afro-jazz poetry scene of the 70s that fed directly into hip-hop. And, because it was put together by London's Soul Jazz records, The Cookie Crew and Monie Love are present to represent the UK. There's even a track from Betty Boo's former band, She Rockers - although, sadly, The Wee Pappa Girl Rappers have been overlooked.

There's the odd anomaly - Camille Yarbrough's soul classic Take Yo' Praise has no business here, and Lady B's badly recorded To The Beat Y'All is a poor rip-off of Rapper's Delight - but throw this record on the turntables at your next house party, and you're guaranteed three hours of quality body popping.

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