Lovebug Starski – Dancin Party People

Another Old School NYC rap song. Lovebug Starski was one of the original rappers in NYC in the late 1970s. In fact, many people say that he invented the term “hip hop”. After you hear this track, it may seem likely to you. His rapping style was to string along a bunch of gibberish and make it rhyme to the beat. When you listen to him cut loose, its hard not to be impressed.

Another impressive thing about this track is the mix. I believe we are dealing with just a bass guitar and a rythm machine? Maybe a drum set as well? No guitar. Every once in a while an echo-drenched voice yells “Spaced Out!” Total basement quality production value which gives it that “lets throw a party at the park” vibe that so many early rap tracks have. I love this shit.

Lovebug, like all other early rappers, didn’t survive the next wave of rap that was instigated by Run DMC, LL Cool J and Def Jam. Party jams fell out of vogue. To me, the early years 1979-1983 are the only years that mattered for rap. In the late 1980′s Starski ended up serving time. I don’t know what he is doing now but turn this up and listen to one of the orignal microphone controllers cut shit up.

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4 Responses to Lovebug Starski – Dancin Party People

  1. Anonymous says:

    good stuff, man.
    BEN

  2. Anonymous says:

    Lovebug is ALIVE & Kickin…He is still party rocking to this day!

    He’s been doing a lot of Scion parties around the country. check http://www.scion.com/metros

    also check his myspace page http://www.myspace.com/90719522

  3. Joe Stumble says:

    I saw him in St Louis last week! Couldn’t believe it.

  4. Nathan says:

    Man, you have a good selection of the most whacked out old school hip hop there is!!

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