Six Boys in Trouble – ‘Street and Gangland Rhythms: Beats and Improvisations’ LP

While digging in the crates, we found a rare but not forgotten gem. Originally released in 1959, Six Boys in Trouble’s ‘Street and Gangland Rhythms: Beats and ImprovisationsLP, featured jams on homemade percussion instruments by six pre-teens, 11- and 12-year-old African American boys living in New York City public housing projects/Harlem high-rises. The LP was heralded as an early precursor to hip-hop music, and an important document of post-WWII urban black America.

Six Boys in Trouble

Six Boys in Trouble: Designed & Photographed by Stephen Dwoskin

“These young, untrained musicians improvise the tunes and tales of their upbringing on this rhythmic release and draw inspiration from family folk traditions and popular radio and juke box hits of the era. The group’s enjoyment is apparent in their school yard musical expressions, as is their self-identification with the community in which they live. The album is divided into three parts: Percussion Ensembles, Rhythms with Voices, and Rhythms with Verses. The liner notes provide a deeper look into each section, as well as a subsequent transcription of the lyrics.” – Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural heritage

FUN FACT: Folkways Records was founded in 1948 by Moses Asch (1905-1986), and they were acquired by the Smithsonian Institution in 1987. Folkways released 2,168 titles include traditional and contemporary music from around the world, spoken word in many languages, and documentary recordings of individuals, communities, and current events.


Six Boys in Trouble

Title: Six Boys in Trouble – ‘Street and Gangland Rhythms: Beats and Improvisations

Genres: Hip-Hop/Rap, Music, World, Afro-Pop

Released: Jan 01, 1959

Label: ℗ 1959 Folkways Records

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