Track #2 "Beat Street Breakdown" by Grandmaster Melle Mel & The Furious 5
“Christians killed Muslims, and Germans killed Jews
And everybody's bodies are used and abused, Huh!
Minds are poisoned and souls are polluted
Superiority complex is deep rooted”
Warning my musings may end up being a study stream of consciousness, nostalgic, and honest.
"Well a picture can express a thousand words to describe all the beauty of life you give
And if the world was yours to do over, I know you'd paint a better place to live."
After a few simple lines, Melle Mel or someone in that group utters something that has stayed with me every time I see art or artist trying to paint a better world for us, and I wanted to draw and tag like Beat Street the Movie tragic character Ramon. "Beat Street" is a gritty New York film not corny and colorful like Breakin ( bad ) or Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo (worst), this was the New York hip-hop scene before the culture vultures , Yo MTV Raps, and Jay-Z.
Wanda and I couldn't afford tickets to "Beat Street" because of our group home allowance added up to 5 bucks. Since Wanda was the brains in our young love bizarre and two years older than me, she hatched a plan to walk from Brentwood, Long Island to the next multiplex which was about an hour walk, and sneak into the movie.
I learned what an MC is, gangs, breakdancing, and beatboxing ( the world premiere of Doug E. Fresh ), Beat Street translated into education in music and a way of life, expended my tastes beyond listening to the Beatles and Queen. We went home, and I started to beatbox something awful no musical abilities and my art was copying cartoons, I haven't discovered my talent yet. Wanda went to Sam Goody's Music Store scored two copies of the soundtrack on cassette with her five finger discount. Her favorite track was "Us Girls" by Sharon Green, Lisa Counts & Debbie D; I had two favorites "Baptise The Beat" by The System and "Beat Street Breakdown."
"A newspaper burns in the sand, and the headlines say 'Man destroys Man!'
Extra! Extra! Read all the bad news on the war for peace that everybody would lose
The rise and fall, the last great empire, the sound of the whole world caught on fire
The ruthless struggle, the desperate gamble
The game that left the whole world in shambles"
The lyrical latter part of "Beat Street Breakdown" planted the seed for me to be more socially conscious, cemented later by Public Enemy and Boogie Down Productions. Let the church bells at the beginning of "Beat Street" give you a moment to get ready to hear a song that starts with simple ideas later a social commentary of the greedy and heartless 80s.
"Beat Street Breakdown" by Grandmaster Melle Mel & The Furious 5 5 Stars out of 5