Album Preview: Darkest Light: The Best of Lafayette Afro-Rock Band

by Winston "Stone" Ford

I’ve always been a fan of Strut Records re-releases, and this current one might be my favorite of all time. If you’re not familiar with the Lafayette Afro-Rock Band then you are definitely familiar with the songs that they have spawned: Jay-Z’s “Show Me What You Got,” Montell Jordan’s “This is How We Do It,” and most notably, Wreckx-N-Effect’s “Rump Shaker.” Even though the French-based collective of US musicians aren’t a household name, their imprint on hip-hop has been huge.

Darkest Light is a re-release of the 1999 Strut records compilation covers not only Lafyette but their beginnings as Ice as well includes 2 new songs not previously included on CD as well as a 12 page collectors booklet. This music should definitely be in any crate digger’s collection!

Darkest Light: The Best Of Lafayette Afro-Rock Band drops on February 3rd.