Typically any white suburban kid's entry into hip hop begins with "Rapper's delight." I wish I could claim that I fell in love with hip hop by listening to Cool Herc, Afrika Bambaataa, Fab Five Freddy or the Treacherous Three but that simply would not be the truth. Sure I heard 2 Pac, Biggie, Snoop and N.W.A. in middle school but "gangster rap" (if that is what you wan't to call it) just was not for me. It was when I heard "Rapper's delight" on the radio as my dad drove me to my friend's house that I knew there was more to hip hop than rap. Long story short, I feel in love with the sound and haven't looked back.
Daniel M. Nakamura aka Dan the Automator has been making fantastic hip hop since 1989. His 1999 record with Prince Paul, So How's Your Girl? remains one of my favorite hip hop records of all time. Here it is Dan the Automator has a fresh take on "Rapper's Delight" and then that take has been remixed by some top notch talent. This 2009 version features Dan the Automator on the beat with Chali2na, along with Casual and Domino from the Hieroglyphics Crew. Check out a remix of the song. If you can't get into this then there is something wrong with you. Check it out:
Mp3: Dan the Automator - "Rapper's Delight" (Van She Remix)