INTERVIEW: “AMEN, BROTHER: BREAKBEAT LOU & THE LEGACY OF ULTIMATE BREAKS & BEATS”

Here’s a dope interview on the legendary Breakbeat Lou by the homie Sweeny Kovar on the “Passion Of The Weiss” blog.  BB Lou breaks down the legacy of the Ultimate Break and Beats compilation series as well his opinion on the 45 craze & the Dj culture.

“When you came back, what was it like to see the older heads that were still around as well as the younger generation?”

Breakbeat Lou: “Let me tell you this, it’s amazing seeing guys in New York like Biz rock and even re-connecting with Red Alert and Jazzy Jay and Bam and seeing Flash still rock and then seeing guys like DJ Lean Rock, who is a young guy from Boston that lives in LA now, know the history and have the collection. Seeing guys like The Beat Junkies and DJ Platurn and Agent 45 down south and the guys in Chicago, it’s all enlightening to me because the true attribute of a true DJ is how he keeps that crowd happy.

The skill factor is dope but if you please that crowd, that’s it. Like I said, a memory and sore feet. If I can’t leave you with that then I’m not doing my job. I’m the type of dude that can still rock James Brown on a 45 like I’ll rock a Pharrell record on a 45, or Eric B & Rakim on 45 and an Outkast 45, Justin Timberlake on 45. I got that whole spectrum. I can play that. The same way I might play Marvin Gaye I might play White Stripes or Guns N’ Roses and Nirvana.”

Read the rest of the interview here: http://www.passionweiss.com/2014/11/21/amen-brother-breakbeat-lou-and-the-legacy-of-ultimate-breaks-and-beats/

The Ultimate Breaks and Beats party with Biz Markie, Peanut Butter Wolf, J.Rocc, & Breakbeat Lou this Sunday, November 23rd at The Echoplex.

STONES THROW PODCAST #87 w/ BREAKBEAT LOU

Our good friends at Stones Throw released a new podcast featuring our other good friend, the co-creator of the Ultimate Breaks & Beats series….the legendary Breakbeat Lou.  Here, Lou plays the classic breakbeats that all of the legendary Hip Hop producers used in their songs. If you don’t know about Breakbeat Lou….peep:

“Breakbeat Lou” Flores has been Djing in his hometown of The Bronx since 1974, 5 years before the first hip hop record was ever released. He’s from the same old school that bred Kool Herc, Afrika Bambaataa, and Grandmaster Flash, but his contribution to hip hop history came a few years later when in 1986 he, along with Lenny Roberts (RIP), created the Ultimate Breaks and Beats vinyl compilation series. Long considered the main catalyst and common thread of the golden era of hip hop, UBB was originally compiled of rare songs from 1966 to 1984 for hip hop DJs to integrate in their sets in a time when there was no internet, Serato, or even sampling in hip hop yet.

Even though the series was originally created for party/club DJs, after the introduction of sampling in hip hop in the late 80’s, it was soon used in the recording studio as well, becoming as important as the SP1200 drum machine sampler for producers to create what’s now considered the golden age of hip hop from the late 80’s til the early 90’s. This series of 25 records has been sampled by hip-hop’s elite producers like DJ Premier, Pete Rock, Dr. Dre, RZA, Q-Tip, and Marley Marl and has been instrumental in the production of countless classic recordings over the years. Eventually, more contemporary producers such as J Dilla, Madlib, Swizz Beats, and Just Blaze went back to using songs from Lou’s UBB series in a new way to give their modern works that “classic, hip hop sound”. This podcast mix was made by Lou using some of his personal favorite breaks of all time that were originally in his series that forever changed the face of hip hop.  

Breakbeat Lou will be making his official debut in LA on Sunday, November 23rd with Biz Markie, Peanut Butter Wolf, & our very own J.Rocc at The Echoplex.

For now, go to ITunes & download ST Podcast #87 for FREE! https://itunes.apple.com/podcast/stones-throw-podcast/id128983846?mt=2

SUN. NOV. 23: ULTIMATE BREAKS & BEATS 45 VINYL PARTY w/ BIZ MARKIE, BREAKBEAT LOU, PEANUT BUTTER WOLF, & J.ROCC

Sunday, November 23rd is the Ultimate Breaks & Beats 45 Vinyl Party at The Echoplex w/ Biz Markie, Breakbeat Lou, Peanut Butter Wolf, & our own J.Rocc. This event is special because it will mark the first time ALL 4 DJs will be spinning together and this is also to celebrate the legendary UBB compilation series to every Hip Hop Djs grew up with & swear by when getting into the history of the Breaks! This is something that you do not want to miss! Brought to you by ArtDontSleep

For tickets & info: http://www.theecho.com/event/708433-ultimatebreaksbeatslos-angeles/ 

SATURDAY – SEPT. 20: J.ROCC & BREAKBEAT LOU AT DOUBLE DOOR (CHICAGO)

Saturday, September 20, the Funky President, J.Rocc and the Original Beat Junkie, Breakbeat Lou, will be spinning together at The Double Door in Chicago. The event is presented by the Soul Summit.  Come thru & watch/listen to these 2 heavyweights get down with the sound.  Free All Night!