Saturday, 21 September 2013

Gappa G & Hyper Hypa - Feel Like A King

Gappa G & Hyper Hypa - Feel Like A King (Ruff Kut! Records, 1993)

The Meters, whose 'Just Kissed My Baby' was sampled on Congo Natty's 'Junglist', are a New Orleans funk band who formed in the mid-sixties and have also have backed other musicians such as Lee Dorsey and Allen Toussaint. Although they were not hugely successful commercially they are considered to be one of the originators of funk music and have influenced many others. The guitar lick from the beginning of 'Just Kissed My Baby', a 1974 cut from their Rejuvenation album, was sampled on a number of hip-hop tracks including 'Timebomb' by Public Enemy and is also used on 'Feel Like A King' by Gappa G & Hyper Hypa.

The Luton duo are best known for 'Information Centre' and this cut appeared on the same 12" in 1993. A shared love of hip-hop, rare groove, jazz, reggae and soul brought Gappa G AKA Givan Forrest and Hyper Hypa together with Gappa telling Blaze magazine in 1993: "I live, eat and breathe music, that’s my way of relaxing". They signed to Ruff Kut! Records, a label based in Stevenage and run by Jim Ryan AKA The Good 2 Bad and Hugly / Chuck E. 'Feel Like A King' opens with a vocodered vocal before bringing in the guitar lick from The Meters track along with the "Feel like a king, yeah, cause I just kissed my baby" vocal and the Assembly Line break. A reggae vocal brings in a dub influenced bassline for a track that shows the pair's influences - it also samples the "Watch me!" vocal from James Brown's 'Super Bad'.

Gappa G (so named because of the gap between his front teeth) is now based in Brighton and producing again. You can check his Soundcloud page here.

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