The first Hip-Hop movie “Wildstyle” doesn’t need an introduction. Most of you on this site know about the classic video from the early 80′s featuring early examples of MC’ing, DJ’ing, breaking, and graffiti. The soundtrack has been sampled many a time, which features live performances and scratching. However, the instrumentals used in the movie are much harder to come by.
Digging legend has it, that a few copies of the break beats used during the live performances and DJ sets were limited to those involved in the film. They were thought to be “unreleased”. The LP pictured above was released in 1998 from the UK. The LP claimed to be the “first” official release of the instrumentals from the film. However, some of the breaks (not from the soundtrack) were sampled before 1998. This includes the “Aight Chill” interlude on GangStarr’s Hard to Earn and frequent freestyles over “Down By Law“. My guess is, either a bootleg of the instrumentals existed or someone is a digging legend and actually tracked down one of the copies from the film.
The man behind the instrumentals is Chris Stein. Stein was co-founder and guitarist of the famous punk/new wave band Blondie who was cool with Fab 5 Freddy, also involved in the film. I’m assuming they all met while recording “The Rapture“. His track “Gangbusters” has been sampled by both Common (featuring De La Soul) and AZ featuring Ghostface and Raekwon. Check it out.