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Dream Warriors define ‘boombastic’

The Story

"What does boombastic mean?" asks CBC host Tina Srebotnjak in this 1991 interview with King Lou and Capital Q of the Canadian rap group Dream Warriors. "Boombastic," which is used in some of the Dream Warriors' lyrics, is "one step above your best word," explains King Lou. "That means brilliant, fantastic, def, fresh, dope -- whatever it is, it's one step above that word." In this interview, the humble rappers also get philosophical about the nature of stardom, success and respect for their mothers.

Medium: Television
Program: Midday
Broadcast Date: April 10, 1991
Guest(s): Frank Allert, Louis Robinson
Interviewer: Tina Srebotnjak
Duration: 5:53

Did You know?

• The Urban Dictionary defines boombastic as "fantastic, extremely attractive, sexually arousing." Well-known Jamaican rap artist Shaggy has also used the word prominently in his lyrics. He even titled his third album, recorded in 1995, Boombastic.

• King Lou's real name is Louis Robinson, and Capital Q's name is Frank Allert. The Toronto men formed Dream Warriors together in 1988.

• They released their debut album ...And Now the Legacy Begins in 1991. The album featured three hit singles: Wash Your Face in My Sink, My Definition of a Boombastic Jazz Style and Ludi. The first two singles hit the Top 20 chart in the U.K., and the album sold very well across Europe. In Canada, the album went gold (which means more than 50,000 units sold). The song My Definition of a Boombastic Jazz Style won a Juno Award in 1992.

• They released three more albums over the next decade before disbanding in 2002: Subliminal Simulation (1994), The Master Plan (1996), Anthology: A Decade of Hits 1988-1998 (a greatest hits album released in 1999) and The Legacy Continues... (2002). All of these enjoyed moderate success, but none achieved the same level of success as the Dream Warriors' debut album did in 1991.




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