Whodini – The Haunted House Of Rock

Jive (US) [VJ 12015 / JD-1-9026] 1983   Great Halloween rap and second release from Whodini, produced by the UK’s Willesden Dodgers with an excellent vocoder mix on the flip. There are a few label variations for this release which are pictured below. The first pressing had a VJ… catalogue number with the artist name incorrectly spelt Whodoni and was […]

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Jalil – Smirfathon U.S.A.

Charlie Rock (US) [CR-3001] 1982   This is the debut and only solo release from Jalil aka Jalil Hutchins and was the male version of Cory’s “The Smirf”. Soon after this releases Jalil teamed up with John Fletcher aka Ecstacy and the rap group Whodini was born. Side A Smirfathon U.S.A. [5:00] Side B Your Smirf (Instrumental) [6:20]

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Divine – Divine Madness

Memo Records (US) [MEMO 8] 1984   Great release by drag queen Divine (R.I.P.) produced by Danny Weiss of disco group, The Players Association, and Bobby Orlando. The track was aimed at the hip hop/electro market and used vocal samples from his previous releases instead of being a stand alone song. There are no label variations that I know of. Side […]

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Whodini – Magic’s Wand

Jive (US) [VJ 12008] 1982   After releasing the solo track “Smirfathon U.S.A.” earlier in the year, Jalil Hutchins teamed up with John “Ecstacy” Fletcher to form the group Whodini. This track was originally conceived as just an idea for a radio promo for the legendary Mr. Magic on WBLS but lead to it being their debut single. Written by Jalil […]

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Rammellzee vs K. Rob – Beat Bop

Tartown Record Co. (US) [TT001] 1983 Born in 1960 in Queens, New York, Rammellzee (R.I.P.) was an artist who began bombing the subway trains with the likes of legendary graffiti artist, Dondi (R.I.P.). He was well known for his artwork and futuristic masks and costumes which he would regularly wear. Imagine the hip hop equivalent of Sun-Ra and you have […]

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Disco 3 – Fat Boys

Sutra Records (US) [SUD 024] 1984 Second and final release from the Disco 3 and this was the track that really got them noticed. The track poked fun at themselves and was a massive hit at the time, prompting them to rename themselves the Fat Boys and continue in a similar style for their future releases. It was also the […]

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Disco 3 – Reality

Sutra Records (US) [SUD 018] 1983 Prince Markie Dee, Kool Rock-Ski and Buff Love aka The Human Beat Box (R.I.P.), collectively known as the Disco 3 were discovered after entering a talent show at Radio City Music Hall in New York City in 1983. After gaining the attention of Charles Stettler, who became the group’s manager, they released their debut […]

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Triple Threat Three – Scratch Motion

Saturn Records (US) [SAT-2007] 1984 This is the first of only 2 releases from Captain K (Bruce Knight), Mike C (Mike Carraway) and DC Ray (Ray Haskins) collectively known as the Triple Threat Three from Sacramento and features scratching from DJ Darryl Dee (Darryl Dennis). There are a couple of label variations of note. First pressings were independent and have Saturn […]

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D.E.F. featuring DJ Three D – D.E.F. Momentum

Rapsur Records (US) [RP-10010] 1985 Classic track from 1985 and the only release from the Digital Electronic Funk Band. The track features Chill C & Jazzy J.R. Jackson with a little help from Daniel Sofer. It was released on Russ Parr’s label and appears to have no other label variations. Side A D.E.F. Momentum (Hip Hop Mix) [5:50] Side B D.E.F. […]

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Triple Threat Three – M.P.G. Rap

Saturn Records (US) [SAT-2010] 1985 This is the second and final release from the Triple Threat Three and was a tribute to the late soul legend, Marvin Gaye, who was shot dead by his father the previous year. The track featured Daniel Sofer on keyboards, a guest appearance from Andre Manuel aka the Unknown DJ and additional production from Lonzo (Alonzo) Williams […]

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