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Wild Style Breakbeats (7" Casebook)

Wild Style Breakbeats (7" Casebook)

Kenny Dope
Kenny Dope in collaboration with Get on Down, announce the first release in the Kay-Dee Book Series:Wild Style Breakbeats a seven 45 record set in a unique Kay-Dee casebook packaging.

The book features the following elements:

- 13 songs total, spread out over seven 45s(each with a different label color)

- Re-edited and Re-Eqed extended audio versions of each song, from original reels

- Extensive liner notes in a 28-page book, including dozens of images – from Wild Style director Charlie Ahearn, among other sources – as well as interviews with Fab 5 Freddy, Chris Stein and GrandWizzard Theodore

- The 14th side (the B-side of the seventh 45) features unique etchings with different Wild Style graphics

- Unique Kay-Dee Casebook packaging – all seven 7-inches fit into a book as self-contained pages

KAY-DEE RECORDS, the online store and label owned and operated by Kenny Dope, takes things to the next level with the debut of its Book Series. Kennys vision for Kay-Dees first book was to create a premium set with a mix of well-known and never-before-seen Wild Style photos, in addition to liner notes detailing the stories behind the music of one of his favorite films.

The year was 1981 and young, New York City-based filmmaker Charlie Ahearn was working on what would become one of the most important artifacts in the history of hip-hop music and culture: Wild Style. He was scraping by to fund his efforts, which were far from a surefire money-making enterprise. Hip-hop wasnt even called hip-hop at the time, and it was still viewed as a fad, by both nationwide music listeners and a majority of the press.

As Ahearn and his crew continued to film scenes from Wild Style (which starred graffiti writers Lee Quinones and Lady Pink, among many other hip-hop and Downtown luminaries of the day), they reached an interesting juncture: what music would DJs in the film use in the soon-to-be-legendary live performance scenes?

The director – making a visionary move more than a half-decade before any sampling or music clearance lawsuits would appear – decided that he wanted to control the music to be used in these scenes. They would create their own breakbeats, instead of using known cuts of the day; for instance, The Incredible Bongo Bands Apache or James Browns Funky Drummer.

While Ahearn headed off to film more scenes, he left these important musical production duties to an up-and-comer who, thanks in part to his crucial role as Phade in the film, would grow to be one of hip-hops and graffitis most important ambassadors of the 1980s: Fred Fab 5 Freddy Brathwaite.

Over the course of a weeks time in the late summer of 1981, the Wild Style Breakbeats sessions were completed and mastered. None of the three principal musicians who played on the Breakbeats were ever in the studio at the same time. And the final number of white-label-only Breakbeats 12-inches was, according to Freddy, only 100, making them some of the rarest Holy Grail pieces of vinyl in music history.

The original Breakbeats vinyl was given to the DJs in the film – including GrandWizzard Theodore, Charlie Chase and Kevie Kev Rockwell – who used them in live performance scenes, most of which were completed in the spring of 1982. Interestingly, out of 13 Breakbeats given to DJs, only five were ever used in these performance scenes or on the films much-revered soundtrack.

For this premium Wild Style Breakbeats set, renowned DJ, producer, and lifelong Wild Style fanatic Kenny Dope obtained the original reel-to-reel tapes from director Charlie Ahearn and went about re-EQing and extending the length of each Breakbeat [most were originally about one minute long]. Thanks to these efforts, all 13 Breakbeats are presented here with top-level audio quality that has never been heard before. Additionally, since only bootlegs of the Wild Style Breakbeats have ever existed, this is the first time they have ever been presented on their own, as an official full album release.

This stunning set with unique Kay-Dee Casebook packaging – officially licensed from Charlie Ahearn by Kenny Dope and Kay-Dee Records, and packaged by Get On Down – is a hip-hop junkies dream. It presents a crucial rap artifact with the respect it has always deserved but, until now, has not been given. It is sure to sit on your shelf alongside other trophies from the music and culture that has touched the lives of so many over the past four decades.
  • $69.98

  • Wild Style Breakbeats (7" Casebook)
  • Wild Style Breakbeats (7" Casebook)
  • Wild Style Breakbeats (7" Casebook)
  • Wild Style Breakbeats (7" Casebook)
  • Wild Style Breakbeats (7" Casebook)
  • Wild Style Breakbeats (7" Casebook)
  • Wild Style Breakbeats (7" Casebook)


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