A History of the "Apache" Breakbeat

Kool Moe Dee "Way Way Back" (1987)

Album: How Ya Like Me Now
Label: Jive, RCA
Producer: Kool Moe Dee

Speaking of taunts, the cover of hip-hop veteran Kool Moe Dee's 1987 album, How Ya Like Me Now, features a familiar-looking Kangol crushed under the front wheel of a Jeep, and contains the notorious "No Respect," a direct challenge to L.L. Cool J's boasts the latter would shut down entirely with 1989's "Jack the Ripper." They agreed about one thing, though, and that was "Apache": Moe Dee utilized it on this number, a deliberate throwback to rap's club-based birth that added echoing atmosphere to the sparely utilized bongo clop. Call it the beginning of "Apache" signifying not just hip-hop, but old-school hip-hop.

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