The Younger Generation – We Rap More Mellow

As you can imagine, labels in the late 1970′s didn’t know what the fuck to do with early rap music. First of all, there was no band. Second, no singers in the conventional sense. Rap was conceived of as a quickly passing novelty at best. The first recorded rap record was King Tim 3 by The Fatback Band, an old school funk band on a major label.

Of course everyone knows that the first “real” rap recording was Rappers Delight by The Sugarhill Gang. However, even that recording was compromised by the fact that The Sugarhill Gang were an artificial band from New Jersey who stole a large portion of their spiel from Grandmaster Caz of the much more legit Cold Crush Brothers.

Ahhh yes, the Cold Crush Brothers, Busy Bee, Lovebug Starski…these are some of the true original rappers. But it wasn’t just about the rappers back then. It was about the DJs as well….and the true innovators of the time were Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five.

But, like I said, labels didn’t know what the fuck to do with this shit back then. So imagine if you will, some lame-ass disco label deciding to cash-in on this “rap thing”. They hire a young band and tell them they need to change their name from Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five to The Younger Generation. Then this lame-assed label releases the most scorching, killer, insanely brilliant track of its time with the name We Rap More Mellow.

Sounds totally ridiculous eh? Ridiculous but TRUE.

So this is the earliest known recording of Flash and the Five. Note the afro-Latin groove on the timbales. Pure NewYorican / Bronx sound going on in this one.

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6 Responses to The Younger Generation – We Rap More Mellow

  1. Forty_Two says:

    With the right packaging, you can sell anything.

  2. Joe Stumble says:

    and yet Last Days Of Man On Earth remains commercial free!

  3. Dan says:

    Incredible track, way better than “Rapper’s Delight”!

  4. C -LAROCK says:

    YES TERRI LEWIS PICK US UP AND TOOK THE NAME YOUNGER GENERATION THAT FLASH AND THEM HAD FIRST,AND GAVE THE NAME TO US.NOW WE RECORDED A TRACK CALLED[ BREAKLOOSE] THAT WENT OVERSEAS AND DID GOOD….WE DIDNT GET A DIME……C LAROCK IS BACK WITH HIS OWN PRODUCTION LABEL AND MANY MORE……….. DONT NEVER LET ANYONE TELL YOU THAT RAP DIDNT STARTED IN THE BRONX THEY WILL BE WRONG…………….HISTORY IS IN THE MAKING NEW MOVIE A MOST SEE CALLL [STREET LIFE] COMING REAL SOON…… MUCH LOVE TO MY OLD SCHOOL RAPPERS……..AND R.I.P ALL THOSE WE LOST

  5. C-LAROCK FILM COMING REAL SOON IT TALKS ABOUT WHAT PEOPLE GO THRU TO GET ON TOP………..STREET LIFE IN THE BRONX……………….C LAROCK FILM IS A INDEPENDENT FILM UNDERGROUND PRODUCTION…………. REAL HIP HOP………C SLADE CORP………..C LAROCK GEAR…….

  6. I LIKE WE RAP MORE MELLOW MORE SOUTH BRONX SOUND,DRUMS AND EVERYTHING…………PEOPLE DIDNT KNOW WHAT TO DO WITH US WHEN RAPPERS STARTED GET ATTENTION ON THE T.V. TUBE BACK THEM…….WE HAD HOT TRACT THAT CAME ON EVERY FRIDAY NIGHT,WE HAD MR.MAGIC,RED-ALERT,CHUCK-CHILL-OUT A HOST OF RADIO DJ ON TWO MAJOR STATION WBLS AND KISS FM……..WE WERE DOING IT BIG BACK IN THE LATE 70S EVERYBODY ALL OVER THE STATES WANTED A MIX TAPE FROM US……..THATS HOW ALOT OF PEOPLE KNOW ABOUT THE COLD CRUSH BROTHERS FEARLESS FOUR,JAZZY FIVE MCS,CRASH CREW RICKY DEE AND THE GANGSTER FIVE MCs……….CAUSE THEY HAD OUR MIXED TAPE….EVEN IN SOUTH CAROLINA

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