Schoolly D – Gangster Boogie b/w Maniac

Cut Masters Records (US) [DM 84008] 1984

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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 recorded before me in 1983 or 1984. I think Lady B was the first rapper from Philly to record. That was on the Sugarhill label. I went to lady B with my ‘Gangster Boogie’ and she said nobody wanted to hear it. ‘Gangster boogie’ was about getting over, smoking jays and pulling out 8’s and all that.
I sat in her office at WHAT (radio station) and we listened to it. She was kind enough to me. I went to her to see if she would play it, get the exposure. On the flipside is the song called, ‘Maniac.’ It’s more instrumental all the way through. It was like ‘Rockit,’ it got airplay. There was a rap at the end about me and this girl going to bed…. That piece was a hit in the streets even before I released it on wax. We used to make tapes.” [Schoolly D – Hip Hop Connection 1994]

The record was released originally in 1984 on Cut Masters Records and then World Famous Records with the sides switched. It was then released again in 1986 with the addition of a radio edit.


First Press – Cut Masters Records 1984 [DM 84008]

Side A

Gangster Boogie (MC, MC’s)

Side B

Maniac

Second Press – World Famous Records 1984 [2323]

Side A

Maniac

Side B

Gangster Boogie

Third Press – Place To Be Records 1986 [P# 1414]

Side A

Gangster Boogie (MC, MC’s) (Street Version) [3:53]
Gangster Boogie (MC, MC’s) (Radio Version) [3:29]

Side B

Maniac [5:19]



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