“Miami bass (also known as booty music or booty bass, a term that may also include other genres, such as dirty rap or dirty South) is a type of hip hop music that became popular in the 1980s and 1990s.” (wikipedia definition) The techno style of music was created by using electronic drum beats, vinyl scratching , jazzy and R&B music, chorus loops, with rhythmic MC vocals dropped in, usually sexually oriented lyrics, hip-hop bass lines and streetwise attitude. With the influence of Miami bass, contemporary hip-hop and R&B songs became more dance oriented, but with harder, up-tempo sample-based drum, and techno-style kick beats.
Last Thursday at The Stage Miami, (thestagemiami), an eclectic group of DJ’s, MC’s, rappers, singers and b-boys (and girls) converged to celebrate the unsung artists that created the techno sound of Miami Bass, many of whom were in attendance. According to Alex J. Weir, director and producer of his soon to be released documentary, The Bass That Ate Miami, which will feature the stories of the anonymous champions of the powerful dance music, “It is the music that went on to influence the whole dance market such as Techno, Trip, Hip Hop, Drum and Bass, Electro, and what is now days considered Pop music.” Weir is passionate about getting the “real” story out, even though he is not one of the artists. Talking at rapid pace while overseeing his film crew set up the camera and sound equipment in the middle of the dance floor for additional footage, Weir continued, “Why now? Because everything comes around full circle. These artists and producers who invented this music were ripped off and left faceless and nameless as the record companies were exploding this music world wide.” Cut It Up Def Entertainment, (cutitupdef) headed by Weir and business partner, DJ Jock D, a.k.a. Chris Walton, along with production team, Dream House Studios of West Palm Beach, promise to sing the praises of the Miami Bass artists, who have “been underground for too long, but not anymore, we will bring them back into the spotlight they deserve.”
DJ Jock D (youtube) got things started with a tribute to the Beastie Boys and other old school songs of the same era with the 808 beat bass kick drum. He was followed by rapper Afro Rican, who performed his song, “Give It All You Got”, (youtube.com) , which was used by the Black Eyed Peas for “Fergalicious”, that sold millions world-wide. He also performed “All of Puerto Rico” and “Let It Go”.
If you stepped back and looked at the crowd without sound, you would have had a difficult time determining what they all had in common. Even though the ages ranged from late 50’s all the way down to barely legal, they all seemed to either know one another, and/or at least know of one another. There were numerous spontaneous introductions in this surprisingly genial crowd. B-boys broke out in their own styles, either solo or as tag teams, and others just nodded to the beat in unison, which was hard not to do.
Rapper Breezy Beat MC, who, according to Weir, is the prototype for Pitbull, rolled through his beat with his local latin sounds. Breezy was the first Latino rapper to have an English rap dance hit in 1989 with his song, “Shake This Joint”, (youtube).
One of the originators of Techno Bass rapping, T Boyz DL performed, “Techno Trip to Blast”, (youtube), “Electro Coundown” and “305 808”, with his own particular groove.
Throughout the night, legendary DJ’s such as Mr. Mixx, Jock D and Scratch D, who formed the internationally known group Dynamix II, scratched out their performances with their old school styles. Lest not to be overlooked, a few new school electro bass DJ’s, Sound Chasers and Hydraulix, exhibited their own styles and what they had to offer.