A deep dive into the Chicago movement that birthed an ecstatic combination of hip-hop and house, from Fast Eddie to Tyree.
In the late ’80s, a Chicago house producer named Fast Eddie decided to take two isolated strains of black youth culture in his city and combine them into something new. Hip-house, which took its name from a track he released on D.J. International Records in 1988, was fast-paced, ecstatic party music that brought together hip-hop’s lyrical wordplay and sampling of soul and funk music with the propulsive rhythms and melodic synth lines of house. Within a matter of months, other artists started doing it too — first in his native Chicago, and then in New York, DC and London. After the major labels took notice, the genre flamed out about as quickly as it appeared, though pioneers like Fast Eddie, Tyree, Kool Rock Steady, Doug Lazy and Mr. Lee produced some pretty amazing tracks along the way. To celebrate Red Bull Music Festival in Chicago this month, Todd Osborn has put together a mix of every single one of his favorites.