The Egyptian Lover (born Greg Broussard) is the “West Coast Godfather of Electro” an American electro hop artist, one of the best known performers of the underground West Coast dance scene.
As one of the most innovative producers of the old-school/electro era, he recorded a parade of singles during the mid-’80s that proved influential for decades. Comparable in influence to Soul Sonic Force’s “Planet Rock”,Man Parrish’s “Hip-Hop Be Bop (Don’t Stop)” and Pretty Tony’s “Jam the Box”, Egyptian Lover singles such as “Egypt, Egypt”, “My Beat Goes Boom”, “Dance” and “What is a DJ If He Can’t Scratch?” combined the abstract electronics of Kraftwerk and the Art of Noise with the emerging beat-heavy sound of electro and the vocal approach of rap.
Also a member of Uncle Jamm’s Army (with Bobby ‘Bobcat’ Ervin, DJ Pooh and Roger Clayton) and the Radio Crew (with Chris ‘The Glove’ Taylor and Ice-T) and the force behind a half dozen labels including Freak Beat and Egyptian Empire, Greg Broussard also released the old-school classic “Computer Power” under the name Jamie Jupitor.
Similar in style and feel to those other artists, Egyptian Lover and related West Coast electro groups and producers such as: World Class Wrecking Cru (Dr. Dre, Cli-N-Tel, Lonzo, Michel’Le, Mona Lisa Young, Yella), Chris “The Glove” Taylor and the Unknown DJ took beatbox manipulation to new levels, fusing signature loops with ample syncopation, darker, modal melodies and impressive turntable tricks.
Early cuts such as “Computer Love” and “Dance” were among Egyptian Lover’s most experimental, with the material appearing through the latter half of the ’80s increasingly flirting with full-blown rap by adding more vocals and melodic hooks. While more of his material dates from the latter phase, it’s his earlier releases that remain his most accomplished, and they’re routinely namechecked by a new generation of producers such as Autechre and I-F inspired by electro’s first wave.
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