Uplift Mofo Party Music
by Justin Farrar | April 24, 2013
The intersection of hip-hop, funk and rock that defines both nü metal and rapcore, as well as their myriad offshoots, can in part be traced back to the late 1980s and early '90s; that's when what I like to call "uplift mofo party music," named after the Red Hot Chili Peppers' 1987 album The Uplift Mofo Party Plan, reigned supreme. R.H.C.P. were, of course, prime movers when it came to dressing the part (painters caps, violently garish colors à la Christian Hosoi, skyscraping mohawks, stuffed-animal pants) while infusing their alternative rock with slap bass and skate-punk sass. But so, too, were Jane's Addiction, Faith No More, Fishbone, 24-7 Spyz, Infectious Grooves and prog-leaning Primus.
On my playlist, I have also included a cross section of the hip-hop outfits who made vital contributions to this era of freewheeling (if at times nonsensical) cross-pollination. These include Urban Dance Squad (do-rags, turntable scratching and skaters litter their "Deeper Shade of Soul" video), Funkdoobiest and, obviously, the iconic Beastie Boys, whose ability to melt NYHC into rap into such up-in-smoke bong jammers as "Gratitude" played a profoundly pivotal role in the evolution of uplift mofo party music.