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Published on Jul 25, 2011
Freedom - From the Album "Farther Than Imagination" 1979
This is FREEDOM!
FREEDOM first arrived on the scene in 1978 with their hit song "Get Up and Dance". This song exploded in New York, NY and was a hit in every major market from Philadelphia to Miami and from Houston to Los Angeles, and is considered a rite of passage for any artist in the early Hip Hop days that wanted to rock a mic.
It's equipped with a clever kazoo line over a funky bass and drum rhythm and a trumpet riff that is still being sampled to this very day. FREEDOM went on to record three CD's with MALACO Records scoring with other hit songs such as "Dance Sing Along" and "Freedom Funk it Up".
However, it was Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five along with Sugar Hill Records who quickly snatched the "Get up and Dance" hit and remade it entitling the song after the band calling it "FREEDOM" which earned them a gold record in 1980. They also performed this song at their induction ceremony as the first Hip-Hop artist inducted into the Rock-n-Roll Hall of Fame.
This song is considered an R&B, Funk, Hip-Hop classic and was used by virtually every 80's and 90's artist in the business. It was recorded for the movie "New Jack City" by ESSENCE and titled "Rhythm to the Lyrics", also recorded by SWV for the movie "Above the Rim" and titled "Anything" and by a host of other well known artists. Stay tuned for the new Freedom website, tour schedule and book detailing how a band from Jackson, MS wrote and recorded a song that helped fuel the Hip Hop movement.