Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Rodney Dangerfield - Rappin' Rodney

November marked the thirtieth anniversary of Rappin’ Rodney, the fourth comedy album by Rodney Dangerfield. It had been three years since his last release, a time period he spent working on films like Caddyshack and Easy Money. Sparked by his new found popularity, the record spent twenty weeks on the US Billboard Album chart, peaking at number 36.

Side one is an eighteen minute track of comedy called “Rodney Rappin’” which had been recorded live at Catch a Rising Star, in New York City.

Side two begins with the novelty musical number called “Rappin’ Rodney”. It was co-written with J.B. Moore and Robert Ford Jr. who had worked with Kurtis Blow on his break-thru hit “The Breaks”. The single spent eight weeks on the US Billboard Hot 100, peaking at number 83. On it, Dangerfield cycles through a number of one-liners with female background singers chiming in constantly “no respect no respect”, his comedy catch-phrase.

The rest of side two is made up of sixteen and a half more minutes of stand-up on the track “Rodney Continues Rappin’”, also recorded at Catch a Rising Star.

Rappin’ Rodney has only been released on vinyl to date, so if you are a comedy fan you will have to hunt for this one.

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