Fatback – King Tim III (Personality Jock)

Spring Records (US) [SP-D-402] 1979 Widely regarded as the first rap record on vinyl, soul funk group Fatback Band released “King Tim III” a few weeks prior to the Sugarhill Gang’s debut as a B side track although according to some people “Rapper’s Delight” was first. Who knows exactly? Either way it contributed to the birth of hip hop on […]

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Kool DJ A.J. – Ah, That’s The Joint

White Diamond Records (US) [102729] 1980 Although Kool DJ A.J. aka A.J. Scratch (R.I.P.) appeared as part of the Marvelous Three alongside Chief Rocker Busy Bee & DJ Small on the track “Rappin’ All Over” with the Younger Generation in the same year, this is his debut solo release and was produced by Terry Lewis. There is no date on […]

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Fresh Gordon – Fresh Commandments

Tommy Boy (US) [TB 882] 1986 Nice vocoder hip hop from Fresh Gordon featuring assistant producers The Jazz and Mark Morales aka Prince Markie Dee of the Fat Boys. “My Fila”, featuring The Jazz, was a response to Run DMC’s “My Adidas”. This was to be his penultimate release. He also released “Feelin’ James” in 1987 before settling into his […]

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Schoolly D – Gangster Boogie b/w Maniac

Cut Masters Records (US) [DM 84008] 1984 Debut release from one of the original gangster rappers, Jesse B. Weaver Jr. aka Pimp Pretty aka Schoolly D from Philadelphia with some DJ skills from Q.S.T. “The first 12” I ever did was in 1984. It was called ‘Gangster Boogie.’ It got played here in Philly, Jersey en New York. Eddie B […]

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Schoolly D – C.I.A…. (Crime In Action)

Schoolly-D Records (US) [SD 666222] 1985 Second release from Schoolly D and what seems to be the first on his own label. The track features scratching from DJ D.L.B. and was supposed to appear on a forthcoming album entitled “C.I.A.” but this was never released. The record had a limited reissue in 2013 on Canadian label Roots Forward Records with […]

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Afrika Bambaataa & Family – Who Do You Think You’re Funking With? (Test Pressing)

Tommy Boy (US) [TB 865] 1985 Unreleased track from the “Planet Rock” album produced by Fats Comet and featuring Melle Mel with the addition of Busy Bee & Ikey C on the B side. This only ever made it to the test pressing stage and was never released. Side A Who Do You Think You’re Funking With? (featuring Melle Mel) […]

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Afrika Bambaataa & Family – Funk You!

Tommy Boy (US) [TB 870] 1985 First release taken from Bambaataa’s second album “Beware (The Funk Is Everywhere)” with production from Fats Comet and featuring vocals from Double Cross MC’s, Dynamic Force, Shango, Soul Sonic Force and more. There is a standard release with 5 tracks which includes a hidden track on side A and also a hard to find […]

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Afrika Bambaataa & Family – Bambaataa’s Theme (Assault On Precinct 13)

Tommy Boy (US) [TB 879] 1986 Second release from “Beware (The Funk Is Everywhere)” and another musical masterpiece from Bambaataa with a little help from legendary house music producer “Little Louie” Vega from Masters At Work, Gail “Sky” King, Joey Gardner, Craig Bevan from Kartoon Krew, etc. The B side is a more downtempo electro soul track and features backing […]

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