The Shadow Knows
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The Shadow Knows

Interview: Beside / B-Side

B-Side photographed by Alain Bizos (c1981)

In 1982 French record label Celluloid released five hip hop singles, including Fab Five Freddy’s Change The Beat. The song became famous as the source of the “ahhhh this stuff is really fresh!” vocal sample, but it also stands out as one of the earliest recordings of rapping in French.

This was provided by an American, Ann Marie Boyle. The story goes that the label wanted Freddy to rap in French, and they had written…

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James Gaunt

James Gaunt

An Australian writer with a passion for research. James edits music fanzine The Shadow Knows and writes regularly about Mo’ Wax Records. www.jamesgaunt.com