Funky Four Plus One
Funky Four Plus One
Their most significant hit was the nine-minute "That's the Joint," which was sampled by the Beastie Boys on the song "Shake Your Rump." "That's the Joint" was sampled from A Taste of Honey's "Rescue Me". Their other notable recordings included the almost sixteen-minute "Rappin' and Rockin' The House", and Jazzy Jeff's recording of "King Heroin", from which a beat was sampled for use in the theme of the "The Apprentice" which taken from the O'Jays' "Money". The group never recorded a full studio album. They were the first hip hop group to appear on a national television show, Saturday Night Live, in a season six episode hosted by Blondie's Deborah Harry (some[who?] have mistakenly reported that Run-DMC was the first rap group to appear on SNL - in fact, Run-DMC were first rappers to perform on MTV some years later). The original members were The Voice of K.K. aka K.K.
Rockwell (Kevin Smith), Keith Keith (Keith Caesar), Sha Rock (Sharon Green), Rahiem (Guy Todd Williams). Rahiem later left the group to join Grandmaster Flash and The Furious Five. Sha Rock temporarily left as well, and they were replaced by Lil' Rodney C! and Jazzy Jeff, who became the 'New' Funky Four and with the return of Sha Rock who became the Plus One More. Career With the addition of Lil` Rodney C! and Jazzy Jeff, the group became the "New" Funky Four, with D.J. Breakout and D.J.
Baron. None of the Emcees were older than 17 when they signed with the Enjoy label, with "Rappin' And Rockin' The House". This utilized elements of Cheryl Lynn's "Got To Be Real", over which a 16-minute rap commentary was placed. The tracks were recorded by a live band led by drummer Pumpkin, arguably rap's first production hero, and it was an impressive overall introduction. Shortly afterwards they switched to Sugarhill Records, losing the "Plus One More" and adding 4 + 1 suffix.
Prior to this cast D.J. Mark The 45 King would act as Breakout's record boy after Pookie D, locating and passing records up to the decks as Breakout requested them. They made their debut for Sugarhill in 1980 with "That's The Joint", a song arranged by jazz-funk organist Clifton Jiggs Chase. Their performances at Bronx Club parties included full blown dance routines. After a dispute with Sugarhill, Lil` Rodney C! and KK Rockwell left the group and started The Original Double Trouble, at which time Rodney C! would marry Angela (Angie B) Brown of The Sequence fame aka (Grammy Nominated) Angie Stone.
Jazzy Jeff went on to have a solo career. In 2008, their song "That's The Joint" was ranked number 41 on VH1's 100 Greatest Songs of Hip Hop. Discography * "Rappin & Rockin The House" - Funky Four Plus One More (1979) * "That's The Joint" - Funky 4+1 (1981) * "Feel It" (The Mexican) - Funky 4 * "Do You Want To Rock" - Funky 4 * "Square Biz" - Funky 4 * "Superstars" - Funky 4 * "King Heroin" - Jazzy Jeff Members * The Voice of K.K. aka K.K. Rockwell (Kevin Smith) * Keith Keith (Keith Caesar) * Sha Rock (Sharon Green) * Rahiem (Guy Todd Williams) * Lil' Rodney C! (Rodney Stone) * Jazzy Jeff (Jeff Miree) * D.J. Breakout (Keith Williams) * D.J.
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