Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Return To The Rock House: A Phone Conversation With Tony M.F. Rock (Part 1)

By Scott Tre

At a time when Atlanta hip-hop was mostly known for "booty shake", Tony M.F. Rock was perfecting an entirely different template for his fellow ATLiens to follow.  His 1990 debut Let Me Take You To The Rock House had the requisite amount of uptempo club bangers, but also showed considerable artistic range.  Its influence begot super lyricists like Andre 3000.  Tony also exerted a certain level of influence on the emerging Miami bass scene, having contributed verses to the 2 Live Crew's infamous classic As Nasty As They Wanna Be.