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Super Bad Super Black: Can Y'All Dig That?

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Compiling 54 original radio spots encompassing the breadth of blaxploitation cinema, Super Bad Super Black: Can Y'All Dig That? is an invaluable artifact of its time -- featuring ads that promote movies both legendary (Shaft, The Mack, and Coffy) and obscure (e.g., Black Street Fighter, Ghetto Freaks, and Blackgunn), the disc is a godsend for film geeks, funk connoisseurs, and amateur anthropologists alike. The formula is simple: combine a silky-smooth baritone radio voice-over with dialogue and special effects from the film, and top it all off with some incendiary funk licks from the soundtrack LP -- in fact, as a vivid mosaic of audio samples, rhythmic narration, and street-savvy language, this stuff is something of a precursor to rap. Most of the spots seem narrated by the same anonymous voice-over pro, but every now and then a more distinctive patter breaks through the din -- one particular highlight is an appearance by Dolemite (aka the legendary Rudy Ray Moore) himself.

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