Remember Dem???…STETSASONIC!!!

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Originally, the group was known as The Stetson Brothers, after Stetson hats. There were 3 MCs, the Human Mix Machine, and Prince Paul. The Stetson Brothers changed its name and style to Stetsasonic the Hip-Hop Band and clinched a deal with Tommy Boy Records when DBC came up with and played the funky bassline for its debut single “If You Can’t Say It All Just Say STET”, live for Tom Silverman, owner of Tommy Boy Records. After a few months of the single being in regular rotation on radio stations everywhere, they released their first album On Fire (1986). The album received mixed reviews, though the follow-ups, In Full Gear and Blood, Sweat & No Tears were critically acclaimed. A 1988 New York Times article said that the group mirrored the rise of artistic, profound rap music: “While pop’s political commentary often seems secondary to catchy melodies and commercial acceptability, rap’s tough sound sharpens its commentary”. As a “hip hop band”, dependent on instruments as well as turntables, the group was also known for live shows, though sometimes the “rap-show format prevented Stetsasonic from employing the band instrumentation and studio layering that make their records so distinctive

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