Heavy bass, speaker knock, rearview shake, trunk rattle, these are all components of any true hip hop car audio experience, and fans love it cause it feels good.
And like many great rhythmic forces in music, it came from the Magic City.
Don’t get it twisted, hip hop was invented in NYC. South Bronx to be exact. And a great majority of its early listeners got around on busses and subways. While they surely banged their tunes through big speakers at night clubs, in rec rooms, and at block parties, Miami was the first market where booming hip hop through car stereos became a significant aspect of the culture.
That this city fed the idea bazooka speakers, triple amps, subwoofers, and gutted interiors to make more room for hardware is no surprise, and that its moniker took our city’s name and most salient feature into its own genre is no surprise either.
But Miami Bass, at its thumping core, is true hip hop, and Rolling Stone knows it’s important enough, its stars big enough, their contributions influential enough, for two of its brightest rappers to lead off their 100 Greatest Hip Hop Songs of All Time List with it.
And that’s why it’s no surprise that pop-charting duo L’Trimm and their crucial conquest of the charts in “Cars With The Boom” is critically considered one of the greatest of all time.
The track originally dropped on Time-X Records, a division of HOT Productions founded and presided over by the great Henry Stone.
But the group was discovered, named, written for, and recorded by Joe Louis Stone, Henry’s Son, whose myriad contributions to the Miami Bass, electronic dance, and parody genres have been covered pretty extensively in the media.
As Joe says, “I was sittin’ in the studio over by Bird Road and The Palmetto when these two beautiful teenage girls walk in and say they want to record. I called their mothers immediately, signed them to a recording contract, named them L’Trimm, wrote them a hit, released it locally, got the reaction, and got them on Atlantic Records. The rest is history.”