This is a Random Album Generator.
One album a day.
From the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.

Planet Rock: The Album

Afrika Bambaataa

The Soulsonic Force

1986

Planet Rock: The Album

Album Summary

Planet Rock: The Album is an old school hip hop album by Afrika Bambaataa & Soulsonic Force, released in 1986 as a collection of previous singles. The song "Planet Rock" was one of the earliest hits of the hip hop music genre and remains one of its pioneering recordings. The single's liner notes include members of Kraftwerk with the songwriting credits. In creating the track, portions of Kraftwerk's "Numbers" and "Trans-Europe Express" were interpolated (re-recorded in the studio, rather than through the use of a digital sampler), along with portions of songs by Captain Sky and Ennio Morricone.

Wikipedia

Rating

2.87

Votes

3349

Genres

  • Hip Hop
Reviews
Like a review? Give it a thumb up to help us display relevant reviews!
View Author
3

I enjoyed this one. The hip hop and electronica fusion works. Of interest is that I'm not sure I would have enjoyed it in 1986. I'll say my music taste has progressed although some might say the opposite.

👍
View Author
3

Genre: Electro 3/5 An interesting exploration in electro instrumentals with the addition of hip hop vocals, with the song Planet Rock being one of the first singles to truly synthesize the two sounds, this compilation based around that single is a time capsule, showcasing some of the earliest rap singles around. The unfortunate context behind this album, that Afrika Bambaataa (Lance Taylor) is an all-but-jailed, quite prolific sexual offender, does sour some of what's going on. It's always difficult to look beyond sex crimes in art, especially when it deals with minors, so unfortunately this project is stained. However, the music that lies within is some of the most influential and important hip hop music ever produced, and is an essential listen in that regard. Planet Rock, the aforementioned, very important song, is now viewed and listened to as an "old-school hip hop" track, but that does it a disservice. It's essentially one of the earliest songs that set the instrumental template for what would be a whole decade's worth of rap music. The rest of the songs play out pretty much as you'd expect, break beats with the occasional verse and hook, with nothing from the back half sounding particularly exciting. What was exciting, though, was listening to the OG Renegades of Funk, and becoming more and more impressed with Rage Against the Machine's near perfect cover of it. Other than those two big tracks, this album is rather forgettable, unfortunately tainted with nonce behavior, but it's not offensive sonically. This will probably do wonders for those who truly love instrumental hip hop and are interested in its earliest fossils.

👍
View Author
2

2.5/5

👍
View Author
2

Weird record, def not rock

👍
View Author
2

I don't want to live on this planet any more.

👍
View Author
5

é bronca

👍
View Author
5

Honestly if I were rating purely off enjoyment I might not give it 5 stars, but it's impossible to separate this music from how hugely important and influential it was to the early years of hip hop.

👍
View Author
5

Intergalactic paedo-ing. Hyperspace kiddy fiddling. Absolute nonce-sense.

👍
View Author
5

This record will make your dick bleed so much, that it will force you to tear it off and feed it to a baby chimpanzee for supper.

👍
View Author
5

afrikaaaaaaa

👍
View Author
4

Cool to see the proto-Chicago house AND proto-hip hop here all mixed together. This album rules. Definitely a bit dated feeling but in a "Seinfeld is unfunny" way to a degree.

👍
View Author
4

Big banger

👍
View Author
4

A really fun album. It is old school hip hop so it's great.

👍
View Author
4

Bizarrely, I was listening to the Swordfish soundtrack earlier today for the first time in absolute years - it has a version of Planet Rock on it, a song I am very familiar with. I was not however, familiar with any of the other songs on this album and it turned out to be startingly inventive, groovy and totally rocking in parts. Wish I could have gotten hold of this way back when I discovered electro for the first time.

👍
View Author
4

Very spacy, not my cup of tea though

👍
View Author
4

-4 might be a bit high, probably a low 4, but it's been my favorite hip hop album so far, I think -Pretty cool instrumentals overall I like the use of stereo in quite a few of the tracks -Fun fast rhyme on "Renegades of Funk - The Latin Remix" -Great bass lines in "Who You Funkin' With?" and "They made A Mistake"

👍
View Author
4

Even if I heard this album many years ago, listening to it today was a total discovery. As I checked the site and was about to play it I was readying myself for an old school rap record. To my surprise I was met by something much more rewarding.  First of, all the songs here kind of sound like Rockit by Herbie Hancock, which is not a bad thing at all. They also have a lively feeling to them, as if they were actually played and not sampled. Further research revealed that indeed, many parts were re-recorded rather than sampled from the original recordings Then I am reading that this is the first electro album ever made, a genre I am not really familiar with and that I will explore in the next few days.  And that's exactly what is interesting in this process: either you get a chance to discover something that you had never heard about, or you get a chance to listen again to some classics you hadn't heard in a while. And then there is the possibility of experiencing an album you already knew as if it were your first time ever, rediscovering aspects that weren't there before. Because we too are like musical instruments: the more you listen, with curiosity and open mind, the more you are fine tuned into a better understanding. 

👍
View Author
4

A little slow for my taste

👍
View Author
4

Didn't Mr. Bambaataa get Me-Too'd? Not that it would matter too much- Michael will never be dropped from GOAT status, so why not keep this on? This is pretty fun, but like a lot of early hip-hop, it doesn't have a whole lot of shelf life for me. I appreciate the beats and some of the production choices, but it's not one that I'll ever put on regularly. Still, when I do, it's terrific background noise. B-

👍
View Author
4

Muito bom.

👍
View Author
4

It screams "the 80's"

👍
View Author
4

This was old school, break dancing cool. I really enjoyed the beats they were putting down. Very enjoyable and I say I was initially put off but the album cover.

👍
View Author
4

I'm sorry, but an average of below 3 stars is criminal here. I'm not even a hip-hop fan!

👍
View Author
4

This stuff has been sampled and mapped over so many times, it's hard to think of what this must've felt like, hearing it for the first time. Great party energy, though it did fall into the background. Thought that's probably because of repetition - it alll already sounds so familiar. I'll give it an extra star since, when I was a kid, I thought Afrika Bambaataa and Mr. T were the same person and that seems wrong.

👍
View Author
4

Another album that you can see throughout music and culture.

👍
View Author
3

A historically essential record, very groovy if somewhat aged

👍
View Author
3

The title track has me curious. Looking For The Perfect Beat has a great intro. Renegades Of Funk is one of those great covers that couldn't be more different in its original version. The album leans in as hard into the new electronic production techniques of the time like on Go Go Pop. It sounds dated to modern ears but has a charm in its unabashed big boom hip hop styling.

👍
View Author
3

I've never heard of these guys before and had high hopes, based on the album cover alone. This was fine, but very of its time. Unfortunately the 80s aren't a time that I particularly love so it wasn't as enjoyable for me as I'd hoped.

👍
View Author
3

Pretty interesting. I didn't like it as much as I hoped but I can see how it was influential. Probably one of the first hip hop albums?

👍
View Author
3

Fun album but I'm unlikely to play it again

👍
View Author
3

not bad. not something i'd listen to often.

👍
View Author
3

Harter Brocken, wenn man bedenkt, was der Typ verbrochen hat. Aber die Kunst soll ja über dem Künstler stehen, auch wenn es schwer fällt. Ich mag auf jeden Fall die Beats und den Sound an sich, jedoch ist mir hier bisschen wenig Abwechslung. Irgendwas zwischen 3 und 4. Ich gebe 3 aus Gründen.

👍
View Author
3

This record is very culturally important for fans of hip-hop/house/electronics genres. Would recommend. As of right now this is an extremely solid 3.5/5 and might be a 4/5 whenever I listen to it again.

👍
View Author
3

Best Song: Looking for the Perfect Beat. That perfect level of retro-futuristic sound. Worst Song: Really weird that they chose this as the leadoff song (let alone named the album after it), because I found it by far the most annoying on the album. Part of it is just that this style of hip hop has aged really poorly, so this track sounds a bit like the DK rap. Overall: Today I learned that RATM's 'Renegades of Funk' is actually a cover. Although I think this is one of those cases wherein the cover really elevated the song.

👍
View Author
3

Back in the day when this came out I was wow'ed that they sampled the iconic melody from Trans Europe Express. They also gave sly nods to YMO and Ennio Morricone so they scored some major points in my book. So although this is arguably one of the most influential proto-rap and hip hop records, the rest of the album doesn't quite hold up well today. The cheesy lyrics, drum beats and scratching sound pretty antiquated. So this is a 2 but +1 for having the audacity to sample Kraftwerk.

👍
View Author
3

Stellar old school hip hop, it should be no surprise how this got hella sampled. It’s retro-futuristic but still kinda modern some 40 years later? Weird, cool stuff. 3.5

👍
View Author
3

Cool old-school hip hop with some interesting production choices and sampling. Don't know why there are so many 6+ minute tracks though when they could've easily been shorter.

👍
View Author
3

weird album, but enjoyable enough. I would almost definitely never choose to listen to this again, however. I respect it for what it is, and it was neat to hear the source of Renegades of Funk from RATM covers album.

👍
View Author
3

This was the genesis of hip house and electro. I can hear herbie Hancock and grandmaster flash in this album, I’m guessing this album influenced them rather than the other way round. Very dated today but enjoyable to listen to just to see how it all began. It’s b bit like watching a planet form, this is the Big Bang moment, from here it Improves and develops and sadly that moment of creation becomes a distant memory

👍
View Author
3

Goddamn, the production of this album is just fucking amazing. I know that I said production didn't really get crazy until Dr. Dre released The Chronic, but I was mostly talking about the gangsta rap scene. The cover art is kind of cheesy. If they just removed the people on the top, it could have been a good cover. At least the font is cool looking. Favourite track would be the second one (I forgot the name lmfao) The production on it is so satisfying, with the beat peddling in your left ear. Also, all the vocalists sounded like they were having fun. 7/10

👍
View Author
3

This was TU2 electric boogaloo.

👍
View Author
3

Meh. Good music

👍
View Author
3

Wow. Old school. Blast from the past. Loved it.

👍
View Author
3

Great outer space noncing. Textbook.

👍
View Author
3

interessante, hip hop das antiga

👍
View Author
3

I've noticed that the 1001 albums list seems to comprise of two different types of albums. The first type are those that are those that are timeless, regardless of when they were released and can be enjoyed by multiple generations of music listeners. The other type are those that are historically significant but may not stand the test of time. I feel like this album is in the second category. It might be important to the development of hip-hop and I'm sure that if I grew up with it, the album would hold a special place for me. Listening to it the first time decades after it was released, it only sounds dated. There are some decent ideas on here and it's a pretty upbeat album from start to finish but there's other 80s rap that is far stronger.

👍
View Author
3

Ugh. The music / electronica on this album is such 80's garbage. It really is terribly cheesy. Which is a shame because the lyrics are pretty solid most of the time. It's not just these guys, all classic hip hop had this problem of really insightful, political lyrics and just tragic recordings to go with it. I love Rage's version of Renegades of Funk and I had no idea this was the original. But it is almost unlistenable. Planet Rock is tolerable, at times, but again over the top in all the sound effects. Frantic Situation is the only song worth listening to more than once - great lyrics and a cool beat that fits. Go Go Pop and They Made a Mistake had decent beats but lyrics were sort of meaningless. I'm giving it a mercy 3, for its lyrics (most of the time) and pioneering of hip hop. But I will never listen to it again.

👍
View Author
3

This is a solid old school album. The title track anticipates Run DMC and the rise of new school to the point where I assumed this was a new school album before I did some reading. This album ranges from more minimalist moments that are more electronic driven to some really great funk/rock inspired moments which incorporate more instrumentation. I would say that this album sits between hip hop at the cusp of old school/new school and electronica. My biggest critique is that this album sounds very dated now. However, songs like 'Go Go Pop' would sound at home in a 90s club and as a whole, I can see how this album would be very influential in hip hop at a critical time in its development.

👍
View Author
3

great beats funky

👍
View Author
3

I’ll start by saying it’d probably be a 2.5 if I could give partial scores, but it’s a decent funk album that’s easy to listen to. Didn’t move the needle much, but hard not to enjoy.

👍
View Author
3

First time of Listening to this and quietly impressed. Good Old Skool Hip Hop here, Interesting fusion of Kraftwerk/Krautrock Loved "Planet Rock" 12" Version" & "They Made A Mistake". A good choice historically.

👍
View Author
3

Fun beats. Had a little dance party in the kitchen while doing dishes.

👍
View Author
3

I only really liked one song, but none of it was terrible... Just not really my deal

👍
View Author
3

Might have been a bit much to listen to first thing on a Monday morning. Still, it was alright.

👍
View Author
3

This feels like an album that would work best either played loudly in a dance club or softly as background music while working/doing other things. Unfortunately, I listened to it in my car. Road music this is not. That said, man I really love some of the drum machine sounds on display here. There were moments in “Renegades” and a few others where I thought you could probably take these drum sounds a slightly different direction and you’d land squarely in the industrial genre. Throw a Trent Reznor or Al Jourgensen vocal over some of this stuff and voila: road music. Pretty clear this had a big influence on a lot of things. Oddly, never once did it sound anything like my expectations going in. Is this funk music?

👍
View Author
3

An interesting listening experience, but one I'm not in a rush to repeat. That said, stuff like 'Go Go Pop' - featuring Trouble Funk - adds some nice shading to the proceedings. The guitar break in 'Who You Funkin' With?' is superb. I still get a kick out of the afrofuturist 'Planet Rock' too, which grafts the icy synths of Kraftwerk onto a hip-hop track to good effect.

👍
View Author
2

Ja inte vet jag... jag hatar hur trummorna låter, plastiga, tomma och torra. Fick inte särskilt mycket av skivan och musiken låter väldigt föråldrad, men fattar förstås hur inflytelserikt det är.

👍
View Author
2

So 'Planet Rock' was just a name, huh? At least 'Go Go Pop' and 'Renegades of Funk' weren't lying to me. Like Grandmaster Flash, this sounds pretty dated now, but the artwork is great, so: 2.5 stars. I hope they find that perfect beat one day.

👍
View Author
2

2/5 not anything special

👍
View Author
2

been digging the old rap, there was some good here, but overall, not a fan.

👍
View Author
2

I’ve always poo-pooed Afrika Bambaataa and said that without Kraftwerk, no one would have ever heard of him. But this LP makes me appreciate that he was the creator or at least one of the creators of electro and Miami beat – both cheesy, but long-lasting club genres. As good as that looks on a resume, I still find the vocals beyond annoying. It’s more bearable knowing that Kraftwerk got $1 for each single sold. That’s $1 million in the US alone.

👍
View Author
2

Not my jam, but I admire these early-hip-hop/funk experiments.

👍
View Author
2

In historical context this album is very important for electro and hip-hop, but that doesn't necessarily mean it's still interesting to actually listen to today. One of the problems of being the genre-definer is that once everything you do has been imitated, you end up looking pretty generic. A higher rating for significance, but for my personal enjoyment I can't go above a 2.

👍
View Author
2

Planet rock Searching for the perfect beat

👍
View Author
2

unusual fusion of oldschool hiphop and electronic, but it wasn't very enjoyable for me. First two tracks were remarkable, but that's all

👍
View Author
2

The first track was fun. The charm wears off quickly due to how dated it sounds. I wouldn't recommend a whole album of this, but in small doses it's a good time. Cheesy as hell, but fun.

👍
View Author
2

I dunno. Maybe 1986 proto-hip hop isn't my thing.

👍
View Author
2

mehhhh

👍
View Author
2

crazy stuff, not for me

👍
View Author
2

The founder of the Zulu nation, Afrika Bambaataa. The dude was batshit insane. Just look at these lyrics, then his beliefs, and finally his conviction for child trafficking. But let's ignore that for now. Here we have an old-school hip-hop record heavily tied with electronica, no doubt influenced by the rise of synthpop (and of course Kraftwerk). The title track is one of the most iconic tracks from the period. Reminds me a lot of Mothership Connection, with its strong ties to p-funk, silly and fun lines, sound affects, and alien-themed dance-craze subject matter. Note that the title track was released two years before they even had the idea to make an album named after it... that's how BIG this song was in clubs. "Looking for the Perfect Beat" is nothing more than an attempt to follow up on "Planet Rock" and, hey it worked out. It's more of the same, except more fun and suited for clubbing, but it was also super successful, and pushed for this album to be made. This track has my favorite electronica. Just like the previous there's plenty of diversity and wildness to keep me going for the full 7 minutes. It's crazy how Ratm managed to reinvent "Renegades of Funk." The lyrics are a near-perfect match, but Ratm is twice as fast and mindblowing. For that, I have to compliment the writing, but besides the clapping and belching part in the middle, it felt repetitive and dull. "Frantic Situation" was alright, fortunately the shortest, but has nothing new, and the lyrics suck. "Who You Funkin With?" whips out the guitar. Raps are tight, and it's loud and exciting. "Go Go Pop" mostly sucks, but I do like the cool stylistic shift in the instrumental and the distant female vocals. "They Made a Mistake" oh yeah they made a mistake alright leaving this irredeemable track on the album. 2 stars for 2 great tracks, 2 decent ones, and 3 bad ones.

👍
View Author
2

Meh. Very dated party hip hop that just wasn't for me. Favourites: "Renegades Of Funk"

👍
View Author
2

Afrika Bambaataa nous propose ici une pâle copie de Grandmaster Flash. Seulement, ses senegalaiseries n'arrivent pas à la cheville de celles offertes par Grandmaster Flash. Afrika Bambaataa ferait mieux de retourner a ses cahiers de funk hip-hop.

👍
View Author
2

Référez-vous à la critique d'Àfrica Brasil même si elle n'a rien à voir.

👍
View Author
2

electrohip hop from around this time must have blown peoples minds. however now it just sounds like a casio keyboard turned to the hip hop setting and a teenager just jabbing away at it. this has not aged well.

👍
View Author
2

It can be really difficult to separate the person from the music. This is one of those cases. I first became aware of Afrika Bambaataa in high school. A friend of mine put "World Destruction" on a mix tape. It's a good song, him and John Lydon going round and round, their vocals. I hadn't heard the song in 20 years. It popped up on the PiL box set I picked up and brought me back to my teen years in an instant. So I was surprised to hear his work on this album, a very different context. Anyway, this album seems so... dated. At the time, I'm sure it seemed very much ahead of its time, but I listen to it, and compare it to some of the other rap hits of the era, and a lot of them still hold up, while this just... doesn't. Then "Renegades of Funk" came on. I was unaware that this is where Rage Against The Machine covered it from. I knew it was a cover, but didn't realize that this was the original. The cover is better, way better. So then I looked up in wikipedia about Afrika Bambaataa. Do your rating of this album or any of his work, then look him up. Because once I read it (not going to summarize), it really colored my feelings toward any of his work. I know it shouldn't, but it's like looking at a painting, critiquing it, and THEN finding out it was Hitler's. Do you still give it the same regard? _CAN_ you?

👍
View Author
2

Goofy and definitely not timeless.

👍
View Author
2

Probably groundbreaking at the time, but now sounds like less than the sum of its parts. It's OK

👍
View Author
2

Urgh, what am I listening to? This is dated in the worst way; it just doesn't hold up. The vocals are weird and all over the place. There's no depth to the lyrics besides 'rock the party,' which gets old and tedious quickly. The instrumentals are boring and uninspired. Overall, this was not an impressive album.

👍
View Author
1

Er lopen dus mensen op aarde rond die vinden dat iedereen dit album geluisterd MOET hebben. Ik vond er precies niets aan.

👍
View Author
1

Nee!

👍
View Author
1

Dit zal best wel baandoorbrekend zijn geweest voor de hiphop, maar dit is echt niet om aan te horen.

👍
View Author
1

blegh

👍
View Author
1

-Renegades of Funk is a banger, but RATM did a better version -Turns out this guy has been accused of sexually assaulting a bunch of boys, so 0/5, I guess.

👍
View Author
1

Guess I’m not with the funk

👍
View Author
1

Tedious and headache-inducing.

👍
View Author
1

This is fucking stupid :)) 1

👍
View Author
1

Bla. Erreicht mich in keinster Weise. Ich kann diesen Achtziger-Hip-Hop einfach nicht hören. Blub.

👍