Kenny "Dope" Gonzalez

Kenny Dope vs. P&P Records

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Counterpoint's Disco Juice compilations (later combined by Landspeed as Super Disco) and disciple-like support from most major disco/house DJs born before 1970 have ensured that Patrick Adams and Peter Brown have maintained their status as cult superheroes. Adams surfaced in the mainstream with Musique's "In the Bush," worked as an engineer on several Eric B. & Rakim albums, and put in extensive time with larger labels like Salsoul and Prelude, and Brown can lay claim to the production on some of Spoonie Gee's earliest releases. But the two also operated a series of Harlem-based labels, often organized for the sake of convenience under the P&P umbrella, that released a plentiful number of rap and disco singles. Many of them stand as Adams' and Brown's most imaginative, inspiring, and flat-out wild works, involving their input as songwriters, arrangers, producers, musicians, talent spotters, and businessmen. Few DJs could summarize the best of the duo's labels as well as Masters at Work's Kenny Dope, who provides an unsurprisingly educated and skillful mixed set on the first disc of this package. Starting with a handful of early rap tracks, Kenny Dope's tour allows a couple minutes for most of the selections, with a little added emphasis on the P&P basics -- Clyde Alexander's "Gotta Get Your Love," Cloud One's "Disco Juice" and "Atmosphere Strut" -- and a nearly full, nine-minute airing of Lanier's constantly unfolding "25 Hours." The unmixed second disc, billed as a rarities and re-edits affair, features four tracks that haven't before appeared on CD; most of the others can also be found on the Disco Juice comps. Out of the previously rare-vinyl-only tracks, Wayne Ford's 13-minute "Dance to the Beat Freakout" sticks out most, resembling a loose, extended mix of Atmosphear's "Dancing in Outer Space." Marta Acuna's "Dance, Dance, Dance," another rarity, is also worth singling out for Adams' sweeping Moog runs. While never made with a recording budget on the level of the Chic Organization, these songs are as musical and intricately arranged as anything produced by Nile Rodgers and Bernard Edwards, and even when it's apparent that the singers and musicians don't possess slick professionalism (or when the pressings don't provide the cleanest of sounds), the spirit, feeling, and bliss-injecting qualities are more-than-fair trade-offs. P&P's elegant grit remains powerful enough to withstand any disco demolition, especially Dope's trademark detonations that assist the track transitions on disc one.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1
feat: Fly Guy
02:39 Amazon
2
01:36 Amazon
3
00:29 Amazon
4
feat: Licky
03:31 Amazon
5
feat: Queen Yahna
02:55 Amazon
6
01:20 Amazon
7
01:57 Amazon
8
02:02 Amazon
9
feat: Paper Dolls
03:27 Amazon
10
03:40 Amazon
11
feat: Gary Davis
05:16 Amazon
12
04:14 Amazon
13
feat: Ahzz
03:46 Amazon
14
03:29 Amazon
15
00:42 Amazon
16
feat: Troy Rainey
00:07 Amazon
17
feat: Family
01:25 Amazon
18
feat: Cloud One
00:33 Amazon
19
feat: Shift
03:10 Amazon
20
02:41 Amazon
21
feat: Lanier
09:14 Amazon
22
feat: Cloud One
03:37 Amazon
23
feat: Jesse Gould
02:29 Amazon
24
feat: Caress
03:12 Amazon
25
feat: Cloud One
04:04 Amazon
26
feat: Cloud One
04:17 Amazon
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