Regularly cited as one of the pioneers of House, Chicago native Tyree Cooper got his break through dropping a demo tape at the behest of Vince Lawrence from former Dance Mania head Jesse Saunders’ Jesse’s Gang band. This would lead to him signing to popular underground label DJ International – on which he released a string of early day anthems, with late 80′s tracks such as ‘Let’s Get Hyped’ and ‘Let The Music Take Control’ bringing about the dawn of the Hip-Hop, Acid and House fusing hybrid of Hip-House. After overseas success (including an appearance on Top of the Pops), he’d eventually grow disillusioned with DJ International – and in the mid 90′s he landed on Dance Mania, where he would join Parris Mitchell in driving the label through a golden age. With Cooper continuing to churn out tracks into the present day, his influence endures – a fact evidenced by the appearance of his chugging anthem ‘Nuthin Wrong’ on Ben Klock’s acclaimed ‘Berghain 04′ mix in 2010.
Parris Mitchell Vs. Tyree Cooper
Two of Chicago’s finest look back on the Dance Mania’s jacking legacy…