ICE-T & Rhyme $yndicate
EAZY-E & MC REN
ABOVE THE LAW
SNOOP DOGG, WARREN G , DR.DRE
BONE THUGS N HARMONY
EAZY -E (ON SET OF VIDEO REAL COMPTON CITY G’S)
On this day in music history: April 16, 1983 - “Atomic Dog” by George Clinton hits #1 on the Billboard R&B singles chart for 4 weeks, also Bubbling Under the Hot 100 at #101 on the same date. Written by George Clinton, Garry Shider, and David Spradley, it is the biggest solo hit for the R&B/Funk music icon. Following the disbanding of Parliament/Funkadelic at the beginning of the 80’s, and mired in various lawsuits and entanglements with the numerous record and publishing companies associated with the band, George Clinton will find himself at a career crossroads. In early 1982, he will sign a deal with Capitol Records to release his first solo album. Enlisting the assistance of several former P-Funk musicians, they will record at their usual home base, United Sound Studios in Detroit, MI. Working with a track written by keyboardist David Spradley (aka “David Lee Chong”, birth name Lee Seung Chang) and guitarist Garry Shider, Clinton will step behind the microphone and improvise the lyrics for “Atomic Dog” right on the spot. Issued as the follow up to the top twenty R&B hit “Loopzilla”, it is the second single from Clinton’s “Computer Games” album. Capitol will initially put no promotional support behind it, thwarted by Clinton’s virtual blacklisting within the music industry, and the general consensus by many that he is well past the peak of his career. However, it will develop a huge groundswell of support from the street, which turn into large sales for the single without any radio airplay. Public support will force the record on to radio, building upward momentum as the weeks pass. The song’s innovative and imaginative music video directed by Peter Conn will put it over the top, knocking Michael Jackson’s “Billie Jean” from the top of the R&B chart. “Atomic Dog” will also become a cornerstone of Hip Hop music, becoming one of the most widely sampled tracks in history.
Something we should take a moment to read and understand as an important moment musical history
Underrated classic from the 90’s to kickstart your week the proper way! Sunshine, reminiscence, larger than life tier beat LV’s chill vocals on top and that demon voice @ 2.55, this has it all.