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The Weird World of Blowfly
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The Weird World of Blowfly

The self-proclaimed maker of the very first rap song. The “original nasty rapper, porno freak and inventor of the Miami Sound.” The first black president. The “porno funk” by parodist and cultural icon Blowfly is full of wild claims, and even raunchier references. With a catalog full of sex, filth & fuckery.

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Blowfly is a persona of the late Clarence Reid, who was an R&B/soul singer and—believe it or not—devout Christian. Reid wrote numerous Billboard hits in the 60s and 70s for artists such as Betty Wright ("Girls Can’t Do What Guys Do”, later sampled for Beyoncé’s “Upgrade U”), Gwen McCrae, and KC & the Sunshine Band. In 1971 he spread his wings as Blowfly, shaping his very own Weird World of funk, rap & comedy. With the track “Blowfly’s Rapp” allegedly being the very first rap song ever, released in 1965. As far as someone in a wrestling mask and glittery cape who makes covers such as “Shitting On The Dock Of The Bay” and “My Baby Keeps Farting In My Face” can be trusted…

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Blowfly’s funky and child-unfriendly “Sesame Street” is by far his most-sampled track. Hundreds of artists—mostly in hip-hop and drum and bass—including Masta Acce, The Prodigy, The Beatnuts & Dillinja sample the drum break from the track, right before Blowfly turns A-B-C into XXX with Ass, Bastard, Cunt, Dickhead, Eatin' Pussy… A decade and a half later, the heavily sampled track from 1974 got the 80s treatment with electronic drums, part of his Blowfly For President album.

Blowfly has been sampled by Wu-Tang Clan, Jurassic 5, Eazy-E, The Pharcyde, DJ Quik, DJ Shadow, Masta Ace & many more

That Blowfly was way more than just an adults-only clown and X-rated rapper, shows in all artists who have shown their love for his music throughout the years, and after his passing in 2016. Flying Lotus, El-P (of Run The Jewels), Just Blaze, DJ Premier, and Flea (of Red Hot Chili Peppers) all previously expressed how Blowfly had an impact on their work. Not just for laughs, but also through seriously good music.

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