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Afro-Rican is a popular bi-racial Miami Bass and Hip-Hop group, most famous for their genre shaping 1987 hit Give it All You Got (Doggy Style), as well as their 1995 hit All of Puerto Rico. The group is the brainchild of Derrick Rahming, and the remainder of the lineup has changed over the years. Most fans consider the classic lineip to be Rahming, Juan Arroyo, and M.D. Rock.

From We Down Express to The Afro-Rican Connection

Afro-Rican grew out of the open air mobile DJ crew We Down Express. Like other DJ crews of South Florida during the mid-1980’s, their local fame eclipsed that of regional recording artists, and labels made an attempt to cash in. As ‘We Down Express’, they recorded the song Bass Attack for Pandisc Records in 1986, which failed to make much of a mark (Pandisc PD-017). Later that year, they rechristened themselves The Afro-Rican Connection to highlight their bi-racial makeup, possibly as a way to maximize marketability. As The Afro-Rican Connection, they released the single It’s Live b/w Ragina single for Pandisc (Pandisc PD-020) also in 1986, which made a bit more of an impact, but still failed to gain them lasting fame.

Shaping the Genre: Give it All You Got

Come 1987, the Miami Bass scene had begun to realize the potential of uptempo Club-Bass records, so Derrick Rahming began production on his perception of this sound with his brand new E-mu SP1200 drum sampler.


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