Friday, January 13, 2012

Whodini - "Five Minutes of Funk"

Five Minutes of Funk - Funky Beat: The Best of Whodini

(Debuted January 5, 1985, Peaked #83, 3 Weeks on the Chart)

They say you can't judge a book by its cover, but you don't need to be psychic to know what a song called "Five Minutes of Funk" might sound like. All you need to know is what year it was recorded. Actually, the song clocks in at five minutes and twenty-five seconds, but complaining about getting more than you're promised on the label is just silly.

The song was the opening cut to the group's Escape LP and a B-side to their single "Friends." The album was on of the first to use a synclavier in the rap genre, which helped artists take a leap toward sampling as a digital medium, rather than needing records or tape loops to achieve the effect. Not surprisingly, much of their music ended up getting sampled for other songs later on.

Whodini was a Brooklyn-based group that is considered a pioneering force among hip-hop groups. However, as the rap movement they helped push forward began to get really hot, the group was beginning a hiatus due to record company problems as well as the members settling down with families. Although they are given their due as trailblazers, they were surpassed during their downtime.

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