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Continued from* Page 8
eclecticism here is astonishing.
Flute solos and trumpet arrangements
flow freely next to scratches and
samples. The production'is surpris-
ingly clean and smooth; on
"Tweakin'," with Public Enemy,
rapper Flavor Flav delivers some of
the funniest, cleverest lines of his ca-
But that seems to be the overall
mode on The Cinderella Theory,
one of maximum improvement. Over
the span of ten cuts, (twelve on CD),
George has produced a great, great
record, perhaps the best of his solo
career. On some of his earlier
records, it seemed like George was
riding a wave, hanging in for the
ride; or stranger still, pressing his
mental trips onto wax. This time,
the father of funk has elevated the
form to its proper place, where past
and present come together, pointing
out the future. I highly recommend it
for anyone who jammed to
"Flashlight" or "Atomic Dog," or
anyone who likes a concept and a
groove, as well.
-Forrest Green
Cookie Crew
Born This Way
FFRR records
Born This Way is another testa-
ment to the wonderful bastard nature
of hip hop, the funkiest musical
form since James Brown found Africa
and the GROOVE. Now there are
some misguided people who insist
that hip hop/rap is only the real

Thursday, September 14, 1989- The Michigan Daily - Pace 9
McCoy if performed by Americans, fits into the gaps of the storming
and that the Cookie Crew are ridicu- "Got To Keep On" makes it as funky
lous Black British pretenders. Of as George Clinton's guitar plectruto.1
course, anyone who understands his- Production by Daddy-O and DBC ,f
tory will refute this at once, having Stetsasonic is lean and to the point.,
realized that hip hop is never pure, The rapping is sharp and crispy,
but a veritable cornucopia of musical though a touch whiny on occasion,,
texts - a mixture of African, but the Cookies' upbeat manifesto is'
American, Latin American, and Euro always clear.
beats; arguably the first hip hop As well as proclaiming that
record, "Planet Rock" by Afrika they're the deffest and safest in the;
Bambaataa & the Soul Sonic Force, house, the two women preach a pow-
used Kraftwerk's "Numbers" as the erful sense of Black solidarity and-
backing beat. female pride. The single "Born This-
The Cookie Crew gain respect Way", "Feelin' Proud" and the slow!
with a cool British dialect, hurtling burning "Black is the Word" make ito
from one groove to the next, sam- bones about where the Cookie Crew:
pling discreetly, and never missing a stand. They aren't as militant as the'
beat. British hip hop has tended brilliant She Rockers and not as
unimaginatively to overuse particular poppy as the Wee Papa Girls, but,
samples but The Cookie Crew pilfer like these fellow British women rap-
more adventurously. The way Edwin pers they know how to do the Right
Stan's classic soul belter "25 Miles" Thing on vinyl.
-Nabeel Zuberi


The Opossums (above and left to
right, Marty Fletcher, Tom Dunham,
Mark Neff, and Randy Sabo) have
released marsupial eruptus, a
likeable record that unfortunately
does nothing to release them from
the "bar band' image. Well-dressed
British hip hop group Cookie Crew
(left, Debbie "M. C. Remedee" Pryce
and Susan "Suzy Q" Banfield) prove
adept on their latest release, Born
This Way.

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