Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Black History Month: FAST EDDIE

Fast Eddie
Edwin “Fast Eddie” Smith was born in Chicago in 1969. He is known as one of the premier DJs of the early Chicago house movement. In the 80s, his reputation earned him a place on WGCI and WBMX mixing on the airwaves. He made his debut as a producer in 1986 with one of his first records, “Can You Dance” with Kenny “Jammin” Jason. He followed up that release with “The Whop” in 1987 and in 1988 the acclaimed “Acid Thunder” on DJ International Records. 

Fast Eddie really became an established producer after releasing “Hip House,” a tune that became a staple among house DJs in the U.S. This helped him popularize hip-house as a genre, combining the new house sound with rap lyrics. His 1988 single “Let’s Go (Don’t U Want Some More)” is a mainstay with many house DJs still to this day. He even reached number one on U.S. Billboard in 1989 with his tune “Git On Up’ featuring Sundance. In the early ‘90s, Eddie dropped the “Straight Jackin” LP (1991) and a series of 12” singles. However, in 1995, he teamed up with DJ Sneak and dropped “Booty Call,” a tune considered to be within the genre of Ghetto House and followed that up with a collaboration with DJ Funk called “Pump It.” Both were massive songs, gaining a lot of airplay in Chicago on the radio and clubs.

In more recent years, Fast Eddie has been featured on tracks with the likes of Andrew Friendly, Jason Nevins, Phil Jay, and Robbie Rivera among others.

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