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Image: 1591428 The breakbeats from “Wild Style” and the story of how they came to be re-edited by Kenny Dope packaged in a 28 page hardcover book with seven 7” singles containing the fabled breaks from the legendary Charlie Ahearn film.

”When it comes to “Wild Style”, it’s a movie that I have loved since
I was a kid, because of what it stood for and how it showed real
hip-hop culture to the world. As I became a producer in the late
1980s and into the 90s, when I listened close to the breakbeats that
the DJs used in the film, I could tell that they were done in a
studio....but I never knew the actual story behind them. It was
always a mysterious thing, and no one seemed to know
much about it.”
- Kenny Dope

“Wild Style Breakbeats” not only features a 7” single including each of the
breaks from the film, it also tells the story of those breakbeats in words and
pictures. The 14 page hardcover book is written by Brian Coleman with
reminiscences from Charlie Ahearn, DJ GrandWizzard Theodore, Fab 5
Freddie, Leonardo “Lenny Ferrari” Ferraro, Chris Stein and many more.
“We didn’t want to be dependent on the hit of the month but, more
importantly, I was afraid of (filming) MCs rhyming off a pile of
records that I wouldn’t be able to clear”
- “Wildstyle” director Charlie Ahearn

And so, with a vision about the movie’s backbone: instrumentals that would
replace breakbeats that DJs in New York were using at the time, Ahearn
enlisted Fab 5 Freddy to oversee the production of material specifically for
the film. Freddie comments, “It was very smart on Charlie’s part...he said we

A- Down By Law
B- Subway Beat

A- Cuckoo Clocking
B- Crime Cut

A- Gangbusters
B- Meetings

A- Military Cut
B- Busy Bees

A- B Boy Beat
B- Jungle Beat

A- Yawning Beat
B- Baby Beat

A- Razor Cut
should create our own, so I went and did that.” Using the “Orchestra” from
the public access show “TV Party” (where Freddy was the camera man)
original recordings were made for the film. That orchestra consisted of
Leonardo “Lenny Ferrari” Ferraro on drums and Blondie’s Chris Stein.
“From an audio perspective, I got the 2 track mixdown tapes of the
final breakbeats from Charlie. I went in and re-EQed everything and
did re-edits, to make all of the originals-which were only about a
minute each- longer. I didn’t want to put in anything that wasn’t
there originally, so I didn’t add kicks or snares. I just wanted to
enhance what they already had.”
– Kenny Dope

The story of the breakbeats, the backbone of “Wild Style” has never been told
so thoroughly and colorfully (in both words and glorious pictures) as you’ll
find in this collection spearheaded by Kenny Dope. This is more than a
collection of audio, this is documentation of an integral part
of hip-hop history! Available from 15.08.2014
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