Amos Larkins II on Miami Bass, "Ghetto Jump," and Who Left Luke's Name Off the Sunnyview Label

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Amos Larkins II in the Sunnyview Records studio.
Amos Larkins II invented Miami Bass production.

As an in-house artist/producer/engineer for Henry Stone and Morris Levy's Sunnyview Records label, he came up with regional and international hits on a signature style of party rap with sustained 808 kicks that dropped like no others. They became the prototype for a distinct style of music that still reverberates today.

Working under a litany of aliases, he produced hits and underground gems alike. And in the case of "Ghetto Jump," he set in motion a chain of events that led to the foundation of Uncle Luke's empire. Here's what Amos Larkins has to say about all this in his own words.

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Amos says, "I produced, wrote, engineered, and did the beats and music to some real Miami Bass classics like 'Ghetto Jump.'

"Uncle Luke, who was called Luke Skyywalker back in the day, suggested that I produce a track on this and came up with the concept; and Joe Stone claims I didn't give Uncle Luke his credit.

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"That's not how that went down. I mean I love Joe, but Joe Stone is coming out of left field with that silly, make-believe dream shit that he's making up in his little dream world head to twist up history. And he's trying to save face and make his self-look like he played some big important pioneering part in that era (and that in itself is total bullshit) because it was the other way around.

"And I'm gonna straighten this shit out once and for all and tell how the shit really went down. But before I do that, I have to briefly explain to you how we used to hustle records back in the day to paint a picture and to put you right there with us.

"You see back in the day (1984 -1986) I was Henry Stone's hit man for Sunnyview Records. That was his big label. He also had a bunch of small labels to release and regionally distribute records for the purpose of testing the reaction before releasing them on the big label, Sunnyview. Some of the small labels were On Records, Nezz Records, and Prime Choice, to name a few.

"Anyways, back in those days, I was allowed to produce and release five records a week. I was so hot back then that if I released five records in a week, at least three of them would be local and regional hits. So once a week, I would go to Luke when he and the Ghetto Style DJs would be performing in dance halls and skating rinks up in Liberty City and Carol City places like the Pac Jam and Studio 183 and Super Star Roller Tech.

"Luke had and still has platinum ears, meaning he could pick a hit like it wasn't shit. I mean, Luke knew his market, he knew what they liked, and what they didn't like and that muthafucka was never wrong, he could pick 'em, man.

"I would show up either when the show was just starting up or when they were setting up the sound check. I would always bring all five of my productions for the week with me in hand and would ask Luke to take a listen to them all. Luke would put them on the turntable right then and start evaluating them right there and give me a yea or a nay.

"One time I took him a record and he said to me, 'What the fuck you doin' with them toms man? Them toms is fuckin up the beat man, nobody can't dance to that shit. Take them toms out.' Hahaha, but 90% of the time Luke was feeling my shit. That's how Luke was. He was straight up like that, and I valued his friendship more than any red-headed stepchild would ever come close to doing."

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galilee316
galilee316


This is a lie Sam and me wrote ghetto jump look at the record in the picture my name first w. Paytee. I’m one of the rappers on the song. You don’t believe that contact bmi they tell you. Amos is the best beat maker I ever work with sky walker gets know credit except he was called ghetto style dj’s . Sam and me are the first rapper to go national out of Miami Dade County. You want truth interview me. That’s real.

redrabbitiam4
redrabbitiam4

Luke Never wrote anything it says in the article that Luke suggested to him to write a song on it which means lu7ke gave him the idea to wright it thus giving him the concept . and as far Amos Larkins Getting the Idea From Kraft Work or who ever styles always drive from something or some where they just don't pop out of thin air you act  a perfect example is luke he use  dolomite Bruce Springsteen and a bunch of others and added a fast beat to it with some bass and created booty music and there is nothing wrong with it he still created booty. like he was trying to do something wrong to luke . i think you read the article wrong because first the song Ghetto Jump was on the label NEZZ that's where Luke credit shows up and then on Sunnyiew Luke Name Disappeared and it says in the article why that happened so wtf you dammed if you do and dammed if you don't. what i wanna know is what have you done Headbobbers to justify your creditability?

headbobbers
headbobbers

This dude's talking mad shit. First off, he was just biting Kraftwerk and Afrika Bambaataa, second he's acting like putting some b.s. at the bottom of a record like "extra special appreciation goes out to Luke" means anything. The fact is Luke gave him the idea and then somehow if you look at the SONGWRITING credits that he put on there himself it's him and two other dudes, where is Luke? So yeah they left off the b.s. thank you to Luke on the next pressing but this dude here is the one who took Luke's idea and didn't give him songwriting credit - that's where the cash is. This dude ripped off Luke and now he's trying to flimflam ignorant people like he was giving Luke credit haha

redrabbitiam4
redrabbitiam4

@headbobbers Luke Never wrote anything it says in the article that Luke suggested to him to write a song on it which means lu7ke gave him the idea to wright it thus giving him the concept . and as far Amos Larkins Getting the Idea From Kraft Work or who ever styles always drive from something or some where they just don't pop out of thin air you act like he was trying to do something wrong to luke . i think you read the article wrong because first the song Ghetto Jump was on the label NEZZ that's where Luke credit shows up and then on Sunnyiew Luke Name Disappeared and it says in the article why that happened so wtf you dammed if you do and dammed if you don't

redrabbitiam4
redrabbitiam4

@headbobbers Luke Never wrote anything it says in the article that Luke suggested to him to write a song on it which means lu7ke gave him the idea to wright it thus giving him the concept . and as far Amos Larkins Getting the Idea From Kraft Work or who ever styles always drive from something or some where they just don't pop out of thin air you act  a perfect example is luke he use  dolomite Bruce Springsteen and a bunch of others and added a fast beat to it with some bass and created booty music and there is nothing wrong with it he still created booty. like he was trying to do something wrong to luke . i think you read the article wrong because first the song Ghetto Jump was on the label NEZZ that's where Luke credit shows up and then on Sunnyiew Luke Name Disappeared and it says in the article why that happened so wtf you dammed if you do and dammed if you don't. what i wanna know is what have you done Headbobbers to justify your creditability?

headbobbers
headbobbers

P.S. Newcleus was the number one record maker on Sunnyview, this dude's tripping ten different ways to Sunday.

headbobbers
headbobbers

I don't know why you wrote that reply 3 times but ok. Any way you wanna put it, this guy ripped off Luke then is trying to act like it's not his fault. The whole point of credit on a song isn't to have your name mentioned as a special thank you somewhere, it's to be named as a writer and get a piece of the songwriting publishing. The idea was Luke's and somehow even on the little label version this guy and two other names appear as writers BUT NOT LUKE.

How come if this guy did everything by himself and he's this genius then there's two other guys listed as writers on the first and second pressing but not Luke? Who are those other two guys and how come they get left out of his story? It's like if I told Jay-Z hey you should do a song called Empire State of Mind and then he does a song called that and two other people are listed as writers but I'm not. I don't want a special big shot out, I want my writer credit and my publishing because it was my idea!

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