“That’s The Joint” – Funky 4 + 1 (1980)

“‘That’s The Joint’ is a song by rap group Funky 4 + 1 released as their second single. The single became Funky 4 + 1’s signature song and is frequently cited as influential early hip hop record borrowing from disco, funk and jazz. It was arranged by jazz organist Clifton ‘Jiggs’ Chase and includes dance rhythms (it was performed live with dance routines). It features rapping from all group’s members and many parts sung together. Track samples ‘Rescue Me’ by A Taste of Honey and as a classic was itself sampled in nearly 30 records. It was listed on The Pitchfork 500 and as 47th best hip hop song of all time by Rolling Stone. It was named best song from 1980s by music critic Robert Christgau. In his initial review Christgau gave it ‘A’ rating and wrote: ‘The instrumental track, carried by Sugarhill bassist Doug Wimbish, is so compelling that for a while I listened to it alone on its B-side version. And the rapping is the peak of the form, not verbally—the debut has funnier words—but rhythmically. Quick tradeoffs and clamorous breaks vary the steady-flow rhyming of the individual MCs, and when it comes to Sha-Rock, Miss Plus One herself, who needs variation?’. …”
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YouTube: That’s The Joint (original mix)


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