A few weeks back, a faithful reader of this blog asked me a seemingly simple question:“What are your top 5 Latin Funk tracks of all time?” I put some serious thought into this question, revisited many worthy records in my collection, and came up with my top five as of this moment. I tried my best to remove the rarity of certain records from my decisions and focus exclusively on the musical qualities of the songs in question, but as you can imagine sometimes the rarest shit is the best. I will be posting each of my top fives picks individually in the coming weeks, so make sure to stay tuned! Continuing on, here is my #3 pick:
3.) Ghetto Brothers: “Got This Happy Feeling” (Salsa, NYC, 197?)
This legendary LP by the Ghetto Brothers from the Bronx, NYC, contains so much heat that it was actually difficult to pick a track to highlight here. “Got This Happy Feeling” ended up edging out all the rest due to its undeniable emotional power. A feeling of happiness for lead singer Benny Melendez’ soon-to-be-born son outshone all the rubble and street violence of the Bronx at the time, and thus this song was conceived. I’ll let the music do the talking on this one!
“This is Ghetto Brothers Power baby, from the Bronx.”
Note: the above mp3 is a 128 kbps rip, in order to discourage bootlegging and sucker-ass Serato DJ’s from rocking it (I see you).