Ron Hunt / Ronnie G & The SM Crew

Ron Hunt – Spiderap // Ronnie G & The SM Crew – A Corona Jam (Reflection Records) 1979. Another old school classic from the magic year of 1979. This one is a two sided 12 inch with a different performer on either side. This kinda polar opposition always creates a competition in my innately competitive mind. Who has the advantage? Does Ron Hunt have the advantage because most folks will listen to the A Side first? Or does Ronnie Gee because the B Side is the last one you will listen to? Well for my money, its Ronnie Gee all the way. Don’t get me wrong, Ron Hunt’s “sugar coated disco boogie sound” is definitely “sassy and classy” and “mean enough to mess up your hair”. But, Ronnie Gee…sheeit, this is the man that the “mafia tried to shoot down”. Ronnie recorded another joint called Raptivity back in the day but this one is superior (and that is saying something) partly because he has perfected this almost Beefheartian vocal trick which I now deem the “wadda-widdy-wig”. Whenever he decides to lay one of those on you, there’s really nothing you can do about it. Game over. Previously, I imagined Ronnie was just a hustler and a player that walked off the street and recorded a couple of hip-hop cuts. Turns out he produced Lady D’s classic To The Beat Y’all as well so now I’m thinking he was more entrenched in the early rap thing. I don’t know if he was involved in anything else but if so, I would love to hear it. Which side do you think is better?

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One Response to Ron Hunt / Ronnie G & The SM Crew

  1. voodoojoo says:

    I don’t know if I’m stating the obvious here (which is, I guess, relative when dealing with hip hop from before 1980) but these two tracks seem to have a real Connecticut vibe to them, with the little bubbley do-do-doos that get tossed in to the poppy beat. Very nice tracks, and I’m also a fan of the Crash Course in science stuff, too. A good day for Last Days!

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