So as many of you know, I use to frequent the hip-hop thread back in the day and have listened almost exclusively to hip-hop since I was a wee lad.
A few years back, when no decent hip-hop was really being released, I had a bit of a revelation. I have Mr Bongo to thank for it, a mate linked me to their Mixcloud account and I was hooked. It also led me to a guy called DJ Timber. I can't really explain what I'm about to say but Salsa/Guaguanco/Mambo/Guaracha/Son gives me the same feeling that a good hip-hop record would. Actually, probably even better. To the point where I now actually own more Salsa records than hip-hop (and that is no mean feat!)
For people who may recognise artists; think Ray Barretto, Tito Puente, Gran Combo, Willie Colón, Bobby Valentine.
For people who stick to record labels think: Fania, Cotique, Tico
Anyway, just a bit of background incase you thought my account had been hacked!
What better way to start than this absolute classic. I do not use that term lightly.