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True Skool Lessons

True Skool Lesson #1:

„Let´s dance like the Boss!“

True Skool Lesson #2:

„The difference between Ska, Reggae and Rocksteady“ explained by Bob Marley

True Skool Lesson #3:

„WTF is Four on the floor!?“

(A short story from „Motown Heartbeat“ to „Four on the floor“, from Soul to Disco to House)

Philadelphia-based „The Trammps“ founder and leader Earl Young sets with his drum beat in Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes’s „The Love I Lost“ from 1973 the place for a whole club culture and influenced with it many music styles! The loop of his beat became the base for every disco and now-a-days dance number!

True Skool Lesson #4:

„APACHE“, the record that influenced massively the birth of Hip Hop!

This is a „part“ documentary of „Sample This“, that reveals how the forgotten record „Apache“ by the Incredible Bongo Band helped to cement the foundation of hip hop when DJ Kool Herc extended it´s percussions by playing them back to back, creating an anthem on the streets of the Bronx. Kool Herc played it a lot, Grandmaster Flash played it a lot and Afrika Bambaataa played it a lot. Apache by the Incredible Bongo Band was THE Hip Hop anthem!

The Longplayer „Incredible Bongo Band – Bongo Rock“ got it´s 40th Anniversary this year and is re-released on vinyl now out on „Mr Bongo Records“!

„Bongo Rock is significant, for being one of the musical cornerstones of rap … it is certainly one of the most sampled Longplayers in history, if not the most sampled. Most every history-minded hip-hop DJ has a copy, and the first few bars of its signature number, a driving cover version of the 60’s instrumental number Apache, can send crowds into overdrive.” According to Kool Herc, the stylistic pioneer many people consider to be the father of hip-hop music, the Bongo’s „Apache“ is „the national anthem of hip-hop.“ – NY Times

Go back, way back, back into the time… „Apache!“

True Skool Lesson #5:

„The Birth Of Soul“

Ray Charles Robinson (September 23, 1930 – June 10, 2004) was an American singer-songwriter, musician and composer known as Ray Charles. He was a pioneer in the genre of soul music during the 1950s by fusing rhythm and blues, gospel, and blues styles into his early recordings with Atlantic Records.

True Skool Lesson #6:


… , and all original material builds off of and remixes previously existing material.

Highly recommended books on this subject:

.) Where Good Ideas Come From, Steven Johnson
.) The Ecstasy of Influence, Jonathan Lethem
.) Reality Hunger, David Shields
.) The Myths of Innovation, Scott Berkun
.) Insanely Great, Stephen Levy
.) Infringement Nation, John Tehranian
.) Reclaiming Fair Use, Patricia Aufderheide & Peter Jaszi
.) Patent Failure, James Bessen

True Skool Lesson #7:


A video remix journey through the history of sampling taking in some of the most noted breaks and riffs of the decades. A chronological journey from the Beatles’ use of the Mellotron in the 60s to the sample dense hiphop and dance music of the 80s and 90s. Each break is represented by a vibrating vinyl soundwave exploding into various tracks that sampled it, each re-use another chapter in the modern narrative.

True Skool Lesson #8:


They had far more number 1 hits as compared to The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, The Beach Boys and Elvis Presley combined!

It´s a music documentary about The Funk Brothers, the unrecognized and uncredited musical backbone who played on MOTOWN & NORTHERN SOUL´s recordings right from 1959 up to 1972. Directed by Paul Justman, this film show how a band of Detroit musicians put meaning on soul as well as R&B music in its golden years.

The documentary comprises of the Funk Brothers‘ career through interviews with remaining band members, video footages from archive and old photographs, re-enactments, dramatization and narrated by Andre Braugher. Filmmakers also includes new live acts of various Motown hit songs, together with the Funk Brothers on the back for Me’shell Ndegeocello, Gerald Levert, Bootsy Collins, Joan Osborne, Ben Harper, Montell Jordan and Chaka Khan.

It’s really sad James Jamerson, Benny Benjamin and Robert White were all pass away when this documentary was released. Even so, Robert White had a opportunity to include some of his insight.

This film is a moving tribute that unveil these influential musicians beyond their anonymity!

True Skool Lesson #9:


‪#‎Breakbeat‬ can refer to two distinct but related things: It is both an electronic music genre and the distinct percussive rhythm from which this genre takes its name, usually characterized by the use of a non-straightened (percussion instruments do not play directly on beat) 4/4 drum pattern (as opposed to the steady beat of house, techno and trance). These rhythms may be characterized by their intensive use of syncopation and polyrhythms. Both meanings are closely connected to hip hop and b-boying (‪#‎breakdance‬).

As a musical device, breakbeats have been known and used for almost a hundred years, but the name and modern meaning of the term traces its origins to the rise of hip hop in the United States in the 1970s. The eponymous electronic music genre is widely regarded as a derivative of the United Kingdom’s early rave music, where breakbeats were added to the music to form what became known as breakbeat hardcore. However, breakbeats had been used by American hip hop DJs and turntablists in instrumental sets well before the advent of rave in the UK, and it could be argued that the two scenes developed in parallel.

Today, breakbeat lives on in the form of strong regional scenes in the US and UK. Breakbeats are frequently used in the production of such diverse music genres as hip hop, jungle or drum and bass, hardcore, nu funk, UK garage (including 2-step, breakstep and dubstep) and even pop and rock.

True Skool Lesson #10:


In the 1970s, America was one nation under a groove as an irresistible new style of music took hold of the country – funk. The music burst out of the black community at a time of self-discovery, struggle and social change. Funk reflected all of that. It has produced some of the most famous, eccentric and best-loved acts in the world – James Brown, Sly & the Family Stone, George Clinton’s Funkadelic and Parliament, Kool & the Gang and Earth, Wind & Fire.

During the 1970s this fun, futuristic and freaky music changed the streets of America with its outrageous fashion, space-age vision and streetwise slang. But more than that, funk was a celebration of being black, providing a platform for a new philosophy, belief system and lifestyle that was able to unite young black Americans into taking pride in who they were.

Today, like blues and jazz, it is looked on as one of the great American musical cultures, its rhythms and hooks reverberating throughout popular music. Without it hip-hop wouldn’t have happened. Dance music would have no groove. This documentary tells that story, exploring the music and artists who created a positive soundtrack at a negative time for African-Americans.