The RawSoul

The RawSoul

The RawSoul was hooked on house music around 1986 at the tender age of 6 years old when his uncle, a DJ at the time, introduced him to the sound of Chicago House. The RawSoul was already familiar to the late disco and R&B sounds of the early 80's, but that percolating rhythm really made an impression. He stills remember clearly his uncle saying "this is the sound of the future"! 3 years later, The RawSoul discovered by accident the legendary Tony Humphries Kiss FM show on a road trip down to Florida, on a one night stay around the New-Jersey area. That changed his life forever. From that day, there was no turning back. He has an unmeasured love for the Deep House and Garage sounds, but he likes to mess around with Old School Hip Hop, R&B, Reggae, Detroit Techno, Soul, Disco, Jazz and anything else that has lots of soul and deepness.

Forgotten Treasures

Forgotten Treasure: Chubb Rock “The Chubbster” – Clark Kent Remix (1991)

House / Techno

Since it’s my first take here, I decided to talk about a little something that both combines House music & Hip Hop elements from the early 90’s, a musical era that’s the closest to my heart.

There was a time in the late 80’s and early 90’s, especially in New-York and Chicago, where Hip Hop acts or MC’s would try to mess around with house in order to gain more radio and club play. Of course you’ll think about Jungle Brothers, Queen Latifah or Mr Lee. But you’ll be very surprised to find out that crews like Ultramagnectic Mc’s or even Kool G Rap made some very corny and uninspired Hip-House in those golden era days.

One of the few that made that fusion in a very heartfelt way has to be Chubb Rock. He and his producer Howie Tee always made sure to use Disco and Garage samples by classics groups such as First Choice or Inner Life.

The Chubbster” has to be my favorite one. The original version is a winner, but the Clark Kent “Smooth Haus” mix takes it all for me. Based around a sample from one of the hottest and realest underground House jam from 1991, Basil Hardhouse’s “City Street”, that particular mix really made me believe that House and Hip Hop could walk hand in hand.

This Clark Kent mix clearly shows that they were doing it for the love instead of trying to cash in using a more club-ish format. A laid-back groove, some moody keys and a deep baseline really create some magic here. Also it’s a rare situation in the early 90’s that a Hip Hop beat would be based around a House sample…

Chubb Rock - The Chubbster (Clark Kent Remix) Download Link

Also a really interesting read. Clark Kent goes in about the details behind the making of this track. Read Here.