Dust Bin Coke Rap, ’60s Style
posted by February 28 at 9:50 AMon
I’m putting the finishing touches on my piece on Clipse and coke rap for next week’s paper, thinking back to all the MCs who’ve rapped about street hustling and glorified criminality, and I hit a revelation.
The first coke rapper was Lightnin’ Rod, one of the famed Last Poets crew, who, sometime in the late ’60s, recorded the track “Doriella Du Fontaine.” The song is an nine-minute story about a New York hustler and his partner in crime, the unscrupulous Doriella Du Fontaine:
She said, “You be my man.
And together we’ll trick the land,
And I’ll be your true-blue bitch.
Although you’ll have to show me to those other squares,
I’ll take their dough and make you rich.”
And on the coke tip:
So next Saturday
I got real fly.
And I went to see Miss Du Fontaine.
I stopped off at my main man Joe’s,
Dude deals in snow,
And I copped me some cocaine.
Rod’s cadence and flow would decades later be mimicked by Butterfly of Digable Planets in his pro-choice track “La Femme Fetal.”
But what makes the track a super-standout and a pot of gold for diggers and serious rock devotees is the backup band.
That would be none other than Buddy Miles and Jimi Hendrix.
It’s a killer: one of the first-ever proto-hip-hop tracks about a coke-dealing, fly-dressing, booty-chasing hustler with Hendrix playing funky wah-wah rhythm guitar.
No YouTube, unfortch, but well worth seeking out.