Hip house


Hip house

Infobox Music genre
name=Hip House

bgcolor=silver
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stylistic_origins=House Music, Hip hop, Disco, Synthpop,
cultural_origins=1980s, New York, Chicago, Detroit, London, Manchester, United Kingdom
instruments=Synthesizer - Drum machine - Sequencer - Keyboard - Sampler
popularity=Significant, particularly late 1980s and early 1990s United States, United Kingdom and Australia.
derivatives=Rave - Drum N Bass - Breakbeat
subgenrelist=List of electronic music genres
subgenres=Chicago - Electro -
other_topics=Notable artists and DJs - Styles of house music

Hip-house, also known as "house rap", is a musical genre that mixes elements of house music and hip-hop. The style rose to prominence during the 1980s in New York and Chicago. However, in the UK, the first officially credited hip house track was 1988's Rok Da House by UK producers the Beatmasters featuring British female emcees the Cookie Crew.

Minor controversy ensued when a U.S. record called "Turn Up The Bass" by Tyree featuring Kool Rock Steady claimed it was the "first hip house record on vinyl." The Beatmasters disputed this fact, claiming that "Rok da House" had originally been written and pressed to vinyl in 1986 . The outfit responded by releasing "Who’s in the House?" featuring British emcee Merlin, containing the "Watch Out, Tyree—we come faster, this is the sound of the true Beatmasters." More claims to the hip-house crown were subsequently laid down in tracks by Fast Eddie, Rob Base and DJ E-Z Rock, and Toni Scott.

Hip house chart and club successes in the UK

After successful releases by the Beatmasters, Deskee, Tyree, Doug Lazy, and Mr. Lee, hip-house became popular in nightclubs and garnered substantial chart success. The style complimented sample-based records of the period, produced by artists such as S-Express, Bomb the Bass, and M/A/R/R/S.

Hip house's major crossover success would eventuate in the form of two ground breaking records: "I'll House You" by the Jungle Brothers and "It Takes Two" by Rob Base and DJ E-Z Rock. "I'll House You" is generally seen as a collaboration between New York house-music producer Todd Terry and the Jungle Brothers (an Afrocentric hip-hop group from New York). "It Takes Two" was described by Hip Hop Connection magazine as "...the first palatable form of hip-house for hardcore hip hop fans,".

There were several further successful releases, most notably Technotronic's "Pump up the Jam," which reached number 2 on the U.K. charts and the Top 10 on the U.S. Pop chart. The genre achieved massive popularity during the period 19881991 and was catalyst for the fusion of hip-hop vocals in dance music. By 1991, the KLF achieved success with "What Time is Love," which built on hip-house's foundation by featuring emcee Ricardo da Force performing hip-hop vocals over an electronic backing track. There was also a short period in the late 1980s and early 1990s when traditional emcees featured a single hip-house track on their albums, which usually often placed second-to-last in the track listing.

Hip-house tracks featured on popular dance compilations including Telstar's compilation series and was championed by disc jockeys such as To Kool Chris and Chad Jackson.

List of notable hip-house tracks

*"Yardie"-Chrome Kids
*"Turn up the Bass"—Tyree featuring Kool Rock Steady
*"Let It Roll"—Doug Lazy
*"Kid Get Hyped"—Deskee
*"It Takes Two"-Rob Base and DJ E-Z Rock
*"Yo Yo Get Funky"-Fast Eddie
*"That's How I'm Living"-Tony Scott
*"Don't Scandalise Mine"-Sugar Bear
*"So Damn Funky-"Rhythm Mode D
*"Who's In The House?"-Beatmasters
*"Blame it on the Bassline"—Beats International
*"Stomp"—K-Yze
*"Get Busy"—Mr. Lee
*"For Those Who Like to Groove"—Twin Hype
*"This Beat is Technotronic"—Technotronic featuring MC Eric
*"Pain"—Lee Marrow
*"Easy"—Ice MC
*"This Beat is Hot"—B.G. the Prince of Rap
*"Crash (Let's Have Some Fun)"—TKA
*"Devotion (I Wanna Give You)"—Nomad featuring MC Mikee Freedom
*"The Power"-Snap!
* "I Can't Stand It"—Twenty 4 Seven

List of artists

*2 In A Room
*AB Logic
*B.G. The Prince of Rap
*Doug Lazy
*Beatmasters
*Fast Eddie
*Kickin' Kenny V
*Kool Rock Steady
*Mr. Lee
*Rob Base and DJ E-Z Rock
*Snap!
*Stereo MCs
*Technotronic
* Tony Scott
*Tyree Cooper
*White Knight
*2 Young Brothers
*King Bee


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