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Original Concept

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Original Concept was an American NYC hip-hop group from the 80’s. They started out as the Concept Crew, a group who had a popular college radio show on 90.3 WBAU-FM back in the early 1980s. Their show “the Operating Room” was broadcast on Monday nights from Adelphi University on the same station which featured the Spectrum City DJs (Chuck D and Flavor Flav) who later went on to form Public Enemy. The Concept Crew included Andre Brown who went by the moniker “Doctor Dre” (who later went on to DJ for the Beastie Boys), as well as Tyrone “T-Money” Kelsie, Rapper G, Easy G, and Wildman Steve. The June/July 2006 issue of the magazine Wax Poetics contains the definitive written work on WBAU-FM’s disc jockeys.

Although not a lot has been written about Original Concept, the group is probably best known for the song “Can You Feel It.” Bill Adler, who was once the director of publicity for Rush Artist Management, explained it best in the liner notes for the Def Jam Classics Vol. 1 album. “Original Concepts first record “Can You Feel It?” was the B-side of Knowledge Me” which was released in February of 1986. A very dense and funky production, the tune was a kind of hip-hop answer to The Art of Noise’s “Close To the Edit,” and has since become one of the most sampled source records in rap.”

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