Sticking with the cassette-ripping action, I’ve got a few tapes on the mid-80’s New York label ROIR (Reach Out International Records), a casette-only imprint that released original material, such as the harmalodic funk of Alfonio Tims & His Flying Tigers as well as reissues of out-of-print titles by the likes of Prince Far I & The Arabs.
Today’s selection is from a great one-hit-wonder of early hip-hop, Brother D. His classic How We Gonna Make The Black Rise Nation Rise originally came out on the Clappers label in 1980 (and got a UK Island release the same year) but didn’t come to my attention until it was included on the excellent Mighty Reel cassette, given away with the New Musical Express in 1982. As a young political firebrand, the strident militancy of the lyrics appealed to me, and as a latent disco-phile, the Cheryl Lynn sample made my loins feel funny.
To think that the same sample (Got To Be Real) is now used in a Marks & Spencer TV advert. Enough to make one want to storm the barricades again…
So back to the music, first up is the live version on the ROIR cassette, Brother D & Silver Fox – Up Against The Beast. The album – a live collaboration between D and a reggae MC – promises much but only really comes alive on Brother D’s “hit” (note that Silver Fox doesn’t appear on this):
Download Brother D – How We Gonna Make The Black Nation Rise (Live) (right click)
And as a bonus, here’s the original instrumental/dub version, with Cheryl Lynn in full effect (ripped from the 1985 4th & Broadway re-issue):
Download Brother D & Collective Effort – Dib-Be-Dib-Be-Dize (Dub) (right click)