Various Artists – Giant Single: The Profile Records Rap Anthology

January 01, 1970

(Arista/Legacy)

 

www.legacyrecordings.com

 

Profile
Records: talk about being at the right place at the right time. 

 

Founded
in New York in 1981 when rap music was considered nothing but a novelty by
virtually all the major record labels in the world, Profile turned a modest
investment into a thriving, genre-defining label by being there early, and thru
judicious A&R that scooped up loads of talent before anyone else was really
ready to take it up to a higher level. They may not have been the first label
to release rap records, but they were the first to produce gold and platinum
selling rap records, rap acts that crossed over into the mainstream, the first
to place rap videos on MTV (“Rock Box” and “Walk This Way” by Run-D.M.C.) and
one of the first to really underscore that rap/hip hop was a viable commercial
and musical form, not just a passing fad. 

 

Probably
best known for introducing Run-D.M.C. to the world, Profile was sick with
talent, quite a bit of it collected on Giant Single: The Profile Records Rap
Anthology.
A somewhat intimidating collection of 31 tracks over two CDs, Giant
Single
collects key 12 inch singles from their very first, breakout single
“Genius Rap” by Dr. Jeckyll & Mr. Hyde in 1981 to “Luchini AKA (This Is
It)” by Camp Lo in 1996, when Profile was absorbed into Arista, then Sony, and
the label essentially disappeared. 

 

31
tracks is a lot to absorb, and detailing them all would take all day, but Giant
Single
is indeed the proverbial embarrassment of riches. Early, stripped
down classics like “Whip Rap” by Disco Four, “Fresh” by Fresh 3 MC’s and “Beat
Bop” by Rammelzee vs. K-Rob sit side by side with later, more complex,
production heavy numbers like “Born & Raised in Compton” by DJ Quik, “Zulu
War Chant” by Afrika Bambaataa and the deliciously down-tempo “Whutchu Want?”
by Nine. Run-D.M.C. represent with three tracks, “Sucker M.C.’s (Krush-Groove
1),” “Beat’s To The Rhyme” and “Walk This Way” which, unfortunately, still
features Steven Tyler’s execrable vocal. Rob Base and D.J. E-Z Rock’s “It Takes
Two” is a genuine classic, while “Nightmares” by Dana Dane works the humorous side
of the beat. Early female rappers step up with “It’s My Beat” by Sweet Tee
& Jazzy Joyce, “A Fly Guy” by Pebblee-Poo and as part of Rap-O-Matic, LTD
on “Lies, Lies.” Profile showed their knack for being ahead of the curve with
the early dancehall/hip hop number “Ragamuffin Hip-Hop” by Asher D and Daddy
Freddy, and the proto-bounce number “Drag Rap” by The Showboys. Other killer
jams by Special Ed, Spyder D, King Sun, Onyx, Too Cool Posse and others fill in
the big picture. 

 

Giant
Single
is an essential historical document that tracks the history of hip hop
from the bare-boned beat boxing and rapping over already released backing
tracks of it’s earliest releases to the much more sophisticated and
experimental productions that followed. It tracks the growth of hip hop, circa
81-96, as it moved out of New York and spread
across the country to the next hot-bed, Los
Angeles. And it’s also a two disc party starter for
any old skool throw down you might be planning. Any way you look at it it’s
black vinyl gold. 

 

DOWNLOAD:  Your choice! CARL
HANNI

 

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