Miami Bass: An Abbreviated History, According to Joe Stone
Luke Skyywalker, AKA Luther "Uncle Luke" Campbell.
Bass parties were invented when people started stretching animal skins, beating them with sticks, and dancing around the fire back in the Flintstones days.
In Miami during the 1980s, that beat became electronic and it was called bass music. The style has spawned global phenomenons, like Gucci Crew's Cabbage Patch dance and Uncle Luke's "Go, it's your birthday!" chant
And here is a brief history, according to Joe Stone, an engineer/producer/artist/label guy who helped make it happen.
"Let's break it on down," Joe says.
"My history is this: I was working out of Henry Stone's studio with Amos Larkins and Luke Skkywalker, and Sam Latimore, and I was distributing records made by Billy Hines and MC A.D.E., and then we had Gucci Crew II join the label, and so there was this whole scene of new music being recorded with 808 drums.
"I remember being in the studio, fiddling wth the DBX-160 and DBX-165 compressors, and getting the 808 bass to hum. The kids in the studio, when they heard the bass drum humming, they went crazy. They were all jumping around, so we started making records with it.
"Luke would spin these records at the Pac Jam in Liberty City, and Cookie on the Disco would play them on WEDR. And the kids from Liberty City were going crazy over these records like the Krush 2's 'Ghetto Jump' and the 'Cabbage Patch' from Gucci Crew II, and then it started to evolve."
"I remember going to a music seminar in New York with these bass records from Miami and these elitist rappers from New York were looking down on us with our 'bullshit bass records.'
"And I would say, 'Bullshit? This bullshit sells like crazy on brand new artists.'
"The next year, all the New Yorkers were putting bass in their records. At the same time, in parts of California and Texas they were getting into the same thing."