The Get Down & Can

I recently watched the Netflix series ‘The Get Down’ which is based in the South Bronx, New York in 1977 around the birth of Hip-Hop, Rap and DJ-ing. I was immediately and repeatedly struck by the inclusion of the track ‘Vitamin C’ by Can from the album Ege Bamyasi, which I think was released around 1972.

I didn’t have a copy on vinyl, although I’d heard it a lot, so last week I got one. Maybe I’ll talk about it more another time but for now I just wanted to share the track.

3 thoughts on “The Get Down & Can”

  1. There were a lot of obscure influences in the early days of Hip-Hop, things I mostly discovered later along the way as a record collector, Kraftwerk of course but I remember hearing everything from Can to Gong to YMO to George Kranz to Manu Dibango back in the early-mid 80’s not to mention the gazillions of little samples that I still have yet to discover. Those early DJ’s were wide open minded when it came to discovery and repurposing sounds.
    I tell a story about this when I come across so called ‘Heads” when they limit themselves. It’s from an old boss I worked for in a record store in Buffalo in the early 90’s. One day he told me about the time KRS came into his store sometime in the mid-late 80’s. He gave him the store layout…all the Funk/Soul is here…Jazz over there…Hip-Hop and 12 inch stuff, remix plates here etc. KRS waved his hand over the entire floor and said ‘I Got All That! where’s the ‘Rock Room!’ and he proceeded to go down into the back room where all the rock stuff was and came up with all sorts of stuff that was probably pretty obscure to most Rock Heads! Stuff like BeBop Deluxe and other 70’s progressive stuff. Some of it he even used on his records. At the time everyone else was still messing with James Brown and it was a lesson in going against the grain to stay innovative and ahead of the curve. Something that is missing from most of modern Hip-Hop sadly.
    Of course sampling laws made it harder for this particular approach to evolve back then but eventually guys like DJ Shadow and Madlib and a few others came along to really keep that flame of discovery alive.


  2. I’ve no doubt that you know way more about this subject than I do but for me this is all good info, thanks. It ties in with some vids I was watching recently around sampled songs and a documentary about J Dilla. It also made me pull out my copy of Entroducing.., never a bad thing.

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  3. Yes! Endtroducing was a landmark record.I missed Dilla cause I kinda drifted from Hip-Hop in th 90’s but from what I know, I appreciate him though I don’t know his work intimately. Thanks for responding, enjoy the music! 1!


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