Throwback Thursday # Stesasonic: Hip Hop’s first band (@professordaddyo + @DJPrincePaul)

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“A PEOPLE WITHOUT THE KNOWLEDGE OF THEIR PAST HISTORY, ORIGIN AND CULTURE IS LIKE A TREE WITHOUT ROOTS.” 

MARCUS GARVEY

 EVERY THURSDAY HERE ON QUITETRILLWORLDWIDE WE ARE DOING A THROWBACK THURSDAY. WE WILL PICK A JAM, ALBUM OR MOVIE FROM THE PAST IN ANY GENRE AND GIVE YOU SOME INFO THAT YOU MAY NOT HAVE KNOWN BEFORE ABOUT THAT ARTIST.

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If you think The Roots were the first hip hop band you are wrong. In 1987 some cats out of Brooklyn, NY were tearing up the hip hop scene with songs like “Sally” & “Talking all that Jazz”. The band was Stesasonic and they forever changed the course of hip hop music. In 1988 The New York Times said that “the group mirrored the rise of artistic, profound rap music.” Hip hop relies heavily on samples and breaks, during the early years no one thought of making a hip hop band. In fact the theory and evolution of hip hop was based on making the least melodic music that was loud and obnoxious with mostly drums. Stesasonic found a way to blend the two and make some of the best hip hop heard in the 80s. Stesasonic was comprised of Prince Paul, MC Delite, Frukwan, Wise, Daddy-O, DBC and Bobby Simmons. Formed in 1979 the group was originally called “The Stetson Brothers” after the popular style of hat called The Stetson. Eventually The Stetson Brothers changed its name and style to Stetsasonic and incorporated live instruments in to their sound. Stet eventually earned a deal with Tommy Boy Records. The group released 3 albums “On Fire” in 1986, the follow-up “In Full Gear” (probably their most popular album) and Blood Sweat & No Tears was their final album. The group were big contributors to the song as well as the movement “Self-Destruction” which was the first song of its kind to feature 30 of the most popular emcees of the day.

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Unfortunately they broke up in 1992 after the Blood Sweat & No Tears album. FRUKWAN and PRINCE PAUL along with the Rza became founding members of the Gravediggaz. FRUKWAN also had a bout with colon cancer and has used his platform as a hip hop legend to bring awareness to the issue of health in the black community. PRINCE PAUL also became a record producer and an unofficial member of De La Soul, he released a great concept album called “Prince among Thieves” in 1999 and formed Handsome Boy Modeling school with Dan the Automator. DADDY-O was already a well-known producer before and during his time with Stetsasonic, he along with Milk D of the Audio Two produced one of the most widely recognized songs in hip hop history “Top Billin”. Daddy-O also worked with Freestyle Fellowship, Mary J. Blige, Positive K and the Red Hot Chili Peppers, among others. MC DELITE is currently the President and CEO of Flight Entertainment and a public speaker. WISE is known as one of the pioneers of beatboxing along with Doug E. Fresh and Buffy of the Fat Boys. DBC went on to produce tracks for Third World and the Cookie Crew, among others. In 1995, he became the owner and operator of Raw Beat Productions Music & Video Recording Studio, located in Philadelphia.

 

 

 

 

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