Bama The Village Poet – Ghettos of The Mind

Ghettos-of-The-MindEarlier this year, FMF fam Freqnik & WDRE put out a banger of a remix of Pete Rock and CL Smooth’s “Ghettos of the Mind”. The original contained a sample from this the LP by George McCord aka Bama The Village Poet. Backed up by musicians Bernard Purdie, Richard Tee, and Cornell Dupree among others, Bama The Village Poet spits spoken word over these musicians. If not for them, would make this record lukewarm. Let’s not get it twisted, Bama is a great poet, but the music really elevates his art. While it does not have the fire of a Last Poets record, it is definitely a must have for us here at Flea Market Funk. More along the Gil Scott-Heron tip, this political poetry is set to some funky jazz with Pretty Purdie doing his things on the skins while Richard Tee’s keyboard just kills it. I wish someone would just release the instrumentals on this record, because they just plain smoke. Let me tell you good people, this is not a record to pass up if you come across it in the field or at your local. I’d classify it as an important spoken word record, up there with the Poets and Sarah Webster Fabio (which just went for huge money not too long ago). This LP is for sure essential, it’s a great spin, and if you listen closely, you’ll hear the struggles Bama was talking about in the early 70’s, is not too far off of the struggles people are facing today. In other words, if you find it, don’t let go of it. It was originally put out on Chess, with another pressing on Aware a few years later, and ultimately reissued in 2011. File this under funky political spoken word, or just under P, for Pretty Purdie. The guy has claimed to play on everything from the Beach Boys to the Beatles, but there is one thing for sure, he is definitely on this record. So sit back, dim the lights, grab some of your favorite cheer and listen to Bama The Village preach people.

“Social Narcotics”

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