Talk about a banger, one of the biggest party anthems from the '90s is now on 7" thanks to All City Records. The first time I heard this track was probably on Funk Flex's The Mix Tape Vol. 1: 60 Minutes of Funk (wish I could say it was at some party in NY or that I had access to Hot 97), and when I was able to get my hands on the 12" many years later, mostly likely through Turntable Lab, I felt pretty good because no matter what the ethnic makeup of a party, "Puerto Rico" hit hard: talk about music bringing people together. And the song STILL SHUT DOWN, trust me daddy (Drake voice)! I recently saw a party boat sail by on the East River, and when the DJ dropped this song, the crowd erupted, I mean, they really went nuts since I wasn't even on the boat, and I was able to hear them. It's a brilliantly simple record, really, built on a vocal snippet from DJ Grand Wizard Theodore's Live Convention '82 (side a), and the b-side features the street classic, "Boriquas On Da Set." It would make a lot of sense to drop these songs one after another ("100%" would be another solid choice) or just to cut the record up like Flex does on aforementioned tape, so make sure to cop doubles!
- first time on 7"
- music label: Hoody Records 1993 / 2016
reviewed by kanim 12/2016
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