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|Genres|| Hip hop |
Soulsonic Force (also referred to as Afrika Bambaataa & Soulsonic Force) is an American electro-funk and hip hop ensemble led by Afrika Bambaataa who helped establish hip-hop in the early 1980s with songs such as "Planet Rock". They were also influential in the birth of the electro movement in America and helped pave the way for modern dance music styles such as electro-funk as well as the entire Miami bass scene.
In 1982, Soulsonic Force and Afrika Bambaataa released a single "Planet Rock". The song borrowed musical motifs from German electro-pop, British rock and African-American disco rap. All the different elements and musical styles were blended together; and in doing so, offered hip hop as a new vision for global harmony. The song became an immediate hit and stormed the music charts worldwide.
Their most well-known songs are "Planet Rock", "Looking for the Perfect Beat" and "Renegades of Funk" (which is one of the earliest political-conscious rap songs, alongside Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five's "The Message").
Soulsonic Force features on the title track of the Freestylers' debut album, We Rock Hard .
| US ||US Dance|| UK |
|1982||"Planet Rock"||48||3||53||Planet Rock - The Album|
|1983||"Looking for the Perfect Beat"||—||18||86|
|1984||"Renegades of Funk"||—||26||30|
|1989||"Return To Planet Rock (The Second Coming)" (feat. Jungle Brothers)(US only)||—||—||—|
|1992||"Don't Stop... Planet Rock (The Remix EP)"||—||30||—|
|1996||"Planet Rock '96" (US only)||—||—||—||Lost Generation|
|1998||"Looking For The Perfect Beat '98" (US only)||—||36||—|
|"Planet Rock '98" (Europe only)||—||—||—|
|1999||"Who's In The House" (UK only)||—||—||—|
|2001||"Planet Rock (Remixes) '01" (as Paul Oakenfold presents Afrika Bambaataa & The Soulsonic Force)||—||—||47|
|"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released.|
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"Planet Rock" is a song by the American hip hop artists Afrika Bambaataa and the Soul Sonic Force. The song was produced by Arthur Baker and released by Tommy Boy Records in 1982. The recording came together after DJ and producer Baker met with Bambaataa and the two bonded over the idea of creating a song about their mutual appreciation for the band Kraftwerk. Baker and Bambaataa had worked together previously on the song "Jazzy Sensation," and decided to compose a more electronic based version of the hip hop song, as opposed to the more disco-oriented work popular at the time. Along with musician John Robie, the group recorded the single at Intergalactic Studios in New York. Robie duplicated the sound on the record and had Bambaataa's rappers in the Soul Sonic Force rap over it. To create the raps, the lyricist of the group, Emcee G.L.O.B.E., had to develop a style he called "mc popping", which involved rapping off time, an unusual style at the time.
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