Various Artists – Pandisc, Rap Miami Style

Jess Harvell

By Jess Harvell

on 04.22.11 in Reviews

The terminus point of Kraftwerk's Trans-Europe Express, Miami bass uses the showroom dummies'robo-funk to voice the bass-est, squishiest urges of the human body. (In other words, they talk about butts a lot.) The secret ingredient was the booming systems of the souped-up muscle cars that forever cruise Miami's downtown drag. MC ADE's 1985 anthem “Bass Rock Express” gave the genre a name, and it's survived, in one form or another, for twenty years. Miami bass is the primordial DNA of all southern rap music, from bounce to crunk.