Brain Rot: Hip Hop Family Tree, Jonzun Crew and Beyond

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  1. Hell yes. One of the best ones yet, Ed.

    Jonzun Crew is amazing – early Vocoder pioneers, and straight up crazy guys who knew how to capitalize on the trends (space/Pac Man/etc.). 

    There’s a lot of fun info on them in Dave Tompkins’ book How to Wreck a Nice Beach, which is a fantastic account of the history of the Vocoder and its predecessors back to its use as a military communication device and up through modern music.

      1. wow.  fourth grade nostalgia bomb. 
        I don’t think I’ve ever played any of them at a gig, but whenever I came across a New Edition record on a dig, I couldn’t *not* buy it, you know?

  2. 2 questions.  Who placed first in the talent competition over New Edition?

    And, I’ve heard rumors that there was alleged molestation of members of New Edition, was Maurice Starr involved?  

  3. I find it kind of fascinating that Starr put New Kids on the Block together in 1984, but they didn’t really make a dent in pop culture until 1988 or 1989. It’s astounding to me that such a manufactured group would stay together and keep turning out music for four years without success. I’d have thought that everyone involved would have gotten bored or started looking for the next new thing in that time. 

    1. That was interesting for me to find out too. It gives me the impression that NKOTB just handled it like it was a paper route for a few years. Then things got nuts.

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