The Art Of Rhythm

by Chris Bass

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Part of the Rhythm Caravan show by Chris Bass for the Festival Fringe in 2016, representing the U.S.A. stage of the journey. My personal view of what Hip-Hop is, how it happened and how it makes me feel.

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Hip-Hop is New York, Block Parties in the Bronx
It”s Jamaica back to Africa, the call and response
Hip-hop is not History it’s the breath inside
Yes it’s livin’ that’s a given, non-stop it’s Worldwide

Well it started back in Africa, the Cradle Of Life
Before the occupational Raiders brought the new pain and strife
to Lands where song and dance chants are part of existence
Atlantic Slave Trade took millions to the distance

to the New World entire lives harboured in Spice
Under the sword, no reward, Nope never nothin’ nice
Paradise potential went to seed Penitentiary see
Slaves became Jamaican in the Sixteenth Century

the English in Virginia made it slavery chattel
treating people like they’re property, lives less than cattle
with the Evil intent, Partis Sequitar Ventrum
meant the children of slaves became slaves by extension

Despite all attempts they couldn’t take away their art
Tribal chants to field hollers it was all in the heart
but even after freedom in 1865
indentured servitude ensured that the slavery survived

So the African chants became the basis for the Blues
and the Wop-Bopa-A-Loo-Bop A-Lop-Bam Boos
and the New Orleans Jazz Dance Congo Square thataways
Up to Harlem, New York and rappin’ Cab Calloway

Jive Talkin’ Moonwalkin’ -Satchmo showed him Scat
That was that, Cotton Club Erupts the origins of Rap
He was one of many, so let me tell you more
‘Cos if we’re rappin tip your Hat to those who opened the door

Hip-Hop is New York, Block Parties in the Bronx
It”s Jamaica back to Africa, the call and response
Hip-hop is not History it’s the breath inside
Yes it’s livin’ that’s a given, non-stop it’s Worldwide

Back to Jamaica and the Blues Dance Bash
Sound Systems on the Beaches it became the SoundClash
DeeJays would Chatter-chat over the Hits in Dub
It was the Call and response shout to Jamaica One Love

Man the Crowds went crazy to the Bass Rhythm Drop
and the Taste that they got made ‘em rock it non-stop
Count Machuki, Sir Coxsone, Duke Reid sowed the Seeds
like the Kool Hercules who leaves in the 60s

Down to New York, the street-walkin’’ Boogie-Down Bronx
Hostin’ Parties on Blocks to a Heart-felt response
Droppin’ only Riddim Breaks Back to Back, Deck to Deck
“B-Boys & Girls are you ready?” Yes, Mic Check

and they’d hit the floor spinning’, on Kool Herc’s command
as he cued another Record, Microphone in his Hand
and he made it Hip-Hop, many more to come after
putting’ the Blood, Sweat & Tears into Peace, Love and Laughter

Hip-Hop is New York, Block Parties in the Bronx
It”s Jamaica back to Africa, the call and response
Hip-hop is not History it’s the breath inside
Yes it’s livin’ that’s a given, non-stop it’s Worldwide

credits

released February 8, 2016
Chris Bass (aka Chris Lambert) Rhymes, Vocals, Upright Bass, Keyboards, Samples, Programming, Recording, Mix and Master.

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Chris Bass Adelaide, Australia

Performing literally 100s of gigs both in Adelaide & interstate from the early 1990s and appearing in over 30 releases as musician, lyricist or producer, Chris Bass should need no introduction.
First hip-hop crew 9th Circle 1992.
Bands: Capital F, Bliss, Chimera#9, Crisp, Loaded Zilla and more.
2003 - Defenders -DJ Snair & Flak released "Self Defence" in 2004. Now solo MC w. collaborators.
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