I Wish I Could Do The Beat Box
Posted by Mitch Mitchell on May 11, 2008
How many folks remember the early days of rap when one of the most popular members of rap group was the guy who could do the beat box?
For those of you who don’t remember, or aren’t hip to this, the beat box guy was the one who made all the sounds that sounded like, well, whatever he wanted them to sound like. Some guys could make themselves sound like record scratching; some sounded just like drums. Some could sound like other instruments; it really didn’t matter. They helped keep the beat when music wasn’t available, and then they would carry it over when there was some music later on. These guys were essential for adding a whole heap of flavor to the beat, and it probably made some groups like The Fat Boys viable in the industry.
Well, a blog post from The Assimilated Negro titled More Beatbox Assimilation; Where Da Ladies At has captured a nice cross section of current masters and challengers to the throne. I thought it was better to link to his blog rather than post them all here.
And, though I once referenced the song in another post on this blog, why not share the real thing, right? So, below, here’s Push It: