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Hashim

If someone in the middle of a group of people discussing classic electro tracks suddenly blurted out, "It's tiiiiiiiiiime!" or "Just feel it!" in a quasi-cyborg voice, odds are everyone in that group would instantly know what that person was going on about. They might not know the title of the song or the artist behind it, however; "Al Naafiysh (The Soul)" is the title, and Hashim is the artist. Like Man Parrish's "Hip-Hop Be Bop," Afrika Bambaataa's "Planet Rock," Cybotron's "Clear," and Newcleus' "Jam on It," "Al Naafiysh (The Soul)" is an exemplary slice of early-'80s electro-funk. Had it been titled "It's Time," there's no denying that it would be wider recognized as such.

Hashim was the work of Jerry Calliste Jr.. He became involved with music as a teenager; he was DJ'ing at the age of 12, and in the early '80s, while still a teenager, he promoted parties. Just a little later on, his graffiti work on a banner for Tommy Boy helped him attain a part-time gig doing custodial work at that label's offices. Having taught himself how to play keyboard on a cheap Casio, he produced "Al Naafiysh" and released it with the help of Aldo and Amado Marin. 99's Ed Bahlman initially wanted to release the single, but Calliste negotiated a deal with Aldo Marin, who was starting a label called Cutting. "Al Naafiysh" became Cutting's first release in November of 1983, and Calliste became the label's vice president. Thanks in great part to Hashim's popularity and his in-house production work, the label became one of the most prominent dance independents in the U.S., with releases from 2 in a Room ("Wiggle It"), Nitro Deluxe, and Masters at Work sustaining its heft.

Calliste eventually left Cutting and continued working as a promoter. He also went on to start Bassmint Music, an online label and shop based in Ohio. Sporadically, he continued to work on his own music. Throughout the years, his tracks have been sampled many times over. Tommy Boy, the same label that said no to releasing "Al Naafiysh" originally, included the song on their definitive Perfect Beats series in 1995. ~ Andy Kellman
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This song is so full, reminds me of the early 80s. Hanging out with the local dj s that mixed hip hop and r&b and alternative , dj Malcolm x and cb music mix. Takes me way back. Good times
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I am 58 and make move on
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Big Ned / Grenada Ms
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Big Will from Detroit, man I use to love to skate off clear. Not to mention mix it with other cuts at house parties. Those were the days in the hood, making money and smoking bud.
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I'm 52 and still can pop LOL
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U don't hear music like this anymore. 2days music is mess
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tatenco5
takes me way back to my b boy days. still dig that beat.
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freemonray
creative freedom
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This will always be in our hearts forever.
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Back in the days, my crew and I use to break dance and pop lock to this.
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paulroscoe25
Pop and lock at 50 I still have my pop move and New move
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paulroscoe25
Old school freestyle music 80s
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JVC Boombox worthy!!!!
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Makes me wanna bust out my ole T i jogging suit and piece of cardboard & start breakn for change!! Damn I miss my huge boombox!!
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Yes yes that beat
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mattyt2100
Fun house baby! Where's my clown shirt!
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Yah !
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Time to bust out the Lasonic!
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Pop. Lock. Drop.
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I was born in 81 but I f**kin love break beats
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Still rock this on my mixes
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You mean 1580kday
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R malone love the planet rock tempo!!!

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Dam kday 1680am back on the days
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O hell can't stop pop locking o kno im moon walking now oooooooweeee e e
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Always bust a free style when i hear this. Can't help it. Nah, mean!?
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oldie but goodie!
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Those beat box machines were off da chain!!
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Circle bingo bobby roscoe will be rocking this jam
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Chicago! Hypnotic rockers. Tore som a** up! Went all over the city battling anybody and everybody! Couldn't mess with hypnotic rockers back then. South west side of Chicago. Little village for those of you who know!!
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Music today just don't have the soul like before... ;)
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Damn! Still bumping-
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47 and can still bus a windmill roseland days hip hop crew otb...
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junior20930
Damn that's some old school s**t!!
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Phatt beat! Love it
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D batteries and cardboard
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angel.prince s s . s o r i a 1 2 3
music takes me way back......lo v e it wish i was still a kid......... . .
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westcoast poplock baby cali
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I'm an ol skool b-boy...stra i g h t up battle music!!
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Bring it back old school... Getting the cardboard out...
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213
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The huevo dance with the huevo bootd
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O s**t its on break!!!!!!
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This is my s**t. I have to go find some linoleum and bust one out : )
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addisonhayde n
Pop it, lock it, pop it , lock it. Pop it , lock it, moon walk , moon walk and I'm out.
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Allgoof
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Classic! Love it!
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Back in the days
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rdawson36
I love this BEAT!
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tone828
This is a jam!
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