People have been chopping up recordings and sticking them back together since the invention of tape recording, but bootlegs, as in "mash-ups" were everywhere after Missy Elliot released Get Your Freak On complete with an accapella in 2001. One of the first to make it onto vinyl was Erol Alkan's mix of Missy with George Michael's Faith which sort of set the tone for hundreds of kitsch bootlegs. More often than not the meshing of the two track titles in question was vaguely amusing, but the resulting music was usually far less than the sum of the parts.
But the racks in HMV were stuffed with white label releases that came in the back door, and people were paying £8.99 for a 1 sided 12". There was suddenly a market and the shops were grabbing it and splitting it with the bootleggers. Within months the bootleggers were being bootlegged, a couple of gentlemen from a second hand record shop put together the best bootleg album in the world... ever on CD and cleaned up.
If you over-looked all the drivel, and believe me there's lots, , there were some "boots" that sounded great in their own right, especially the Girls On Top stuff (i wanna dance with numbers being a personal favourite). Within a year Richard X went from releasing a limited edition 7" to having the very same bootleg covered by the Sugababes, and ended up in the producers chair for a bona fide No.1 UK smash hit...
MC Blackpower is the other side of white label Cant Get You Out Of My 24 Hour Party by Compact Disc Jockey. It features Ice-T rapping about Nelson Mandella from the accapella prepared to die (which is on the OG album), and the music is taken from a Leena Conquest track called boundaries (who had already sampled it from the Average White Band). The AWB funk is right on it and Ice T drops the "science with defiance".
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(Richard X interview here)