Phase II – The Roxy

Phase II – The Roxy (Celluloid) 1982. Phase II was another graffiti artist from NYC who took a stab at recording with “The Roxy”. Not as mind-alteringly cool as “Beat Bop” but still pretty wild. Note the great vocodoer vocals. Makes me wanna do the robot.

About Phase II – The Roxy in Phase II’s own words:

“The Roxy was a collaboration between me and Material. The recording session wasn’t such a great experience, though, because the song was never really finished. A certain school-taught bourgoise musician cat who thought himself to be above us bum-rushed the demo and pressed it up. Everyone seemed to like the song but me, because I know it wasn’t done properly. The vocals weren’t in sync, and so forth.

The coolest thing that came out of The Roxy was the New York City Rap Tour, with the Rock Steady Crew, the Dark and Lovely Double Dutch Girls, Grandmixer DXT, Afrika Bambaataa, Fab Five Freddy, the Infinity Rappers, Futura, Dondi, Rammellzee, Take 1, Frosty Freeze, Ken Swift, Crazy Legs, Little Norman. We went to France and London. That influenced people in a major way, because it was the first time that all the so-called elements of hip hop were seen under one umbrella.”

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7 Responses to Phase II – The Roxy

  1. Anonymous says:

    And I’m assuming that school-taught musician’s initials were B.L.?

    Thanks for all the great downloads!

  2. Joe Stumble says:

    hahahaha thats exactly how I read it as well. No proof that this is correct but it would certainly be my guess!

  3. ikiro says:

    Very slick with those little spray sounds through it. I wonder how it would sound if you combine for example Incredible Bongo Band’s congas and bongos with the rattling sound of a spraycan.

    Thanks for the dloads!

  4. Joe Stumble says:

    Ikirio — check out my recent posts. I posted some more old school rap. I can’t believe that nobody has combined The Incredible Bongo Band with a spraycan already. Phase II’s rapping is a little off but that “hot damn here I am…” part gets me every time.

  5. booblikon says:

    isn’t B.L. also responsible for splintering the collective surviving Last Poets as well? regardless, this is a great lost jam and i had the pleasure of spinning it for one of my DJ gigs. thanks again, Joe!

  6. p duece says:

    GUESS WHO…?? THANKS FOR THE ACCS’ BUT I STILL HATE IT TIL THIS DAY!!! HAHAHAHAHA P TO THE TI’ZOO. BUT TAKE NOTE THAT THO “THE MAN” WASN’T MELE MEL, LOVE BUG…OR LUTHER V…HE WAS IN THE MIX DOING IT…(RAP AND SONG WRITE) MAINLY BECAUSE THAT’S WHAT HE DID FROM THE HEART AND NATURALLY AND THAT’S WHAT HIS ROOTS WERE THE MUSIC ON THE RADIO FIRSTLY AND RADIO JOCKS WHO INSPIRED US TO RAP…AND THE AMAZING GROUPS THAT INFLUENCED US TO SING…NOT TO MENTION THE MOMS AND DADS… …ONE LOVE!!! PTWO

  7. Joe says:

    Phase!

    You got any old unreleased cuts you want me to share? I know you still hate it but we love it!

    Thanks for writing in regardless.

    -joe

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