Towards the end of the 80's Hip Hop experienced a new sound triumphed by the Native Tongues movement. New York based bands such as A Tribe Called Quest, The Jungle Brothers and De La Soul perfected an alternative genre to hardcore gangsta rap inspired by classic jazz, soul and funk breaks which immersed crunchy beats with intelligent raps.
This struck a chord with many of it's listeners and during the last 20 years it has developed and broadened to encompass nearby states whose producers and MC's have stylized their own versions of this music. East Coast Hip Hop brings together a rich selection of artists ranging from the states of New York, Michigan, Ohio, Philadelphia and North Carolina.
Most importantly East Coast Hip Hop concentrates on the soulful side of Hip Hop, a genre in itself. The artists featured utilize not just the groove of funk, or the swing of jazz but also cleverly combine the heart of soul music through the passion of the lyrics and the beauty of the music. The result can be inspirational creating that back tingling feeling when you listen to it. This style of Hip Hop is not just for the clubs hoppers it will also create a relaxing backdrop for home listeners.
The compilation has been put together by Scratch resident DJ, Richy Pitch, who is no stranger to the East Coast Hip Hop sound. Working for the New York record label Sevenheads, alongside the likes of MC's such as J Live and El Da Sensei, Richy created his critically acclaimed Live at Home LP.
East Coast Hip Hop was inspired by his DJ sessions at London's Jazz Cafe playing alongside the likes of Talib Kweli and Slum Village.
The LP is a combination of contemporary songs created by both 'classic' Hip Hop artists such as Pete Rock, De La Soul & Mos Def and more recent members of the Hip Hop establishment including Maspyke, Jneiro Janel & J Rawls.
Anyway.... load the CD up.... Sit back.... nod that cranium..... relax and get inspired by East Coast Hip Hop - The Soulside.