Double Dee & Steinski – Lessons

Tommy Boy (US) [TB 867] 1985 In 1983 Tommy Boy launched a competition officially titled ‘Hey Mr. DJ Play That Beat Down By Law Switch The Licks Mastermix Contest’ to find new remixes of G.L.O.B.E. & Whiz Kid’s “Play That Beat”. The prize was the complete Tommy Boy catalogue of releases to date, a t-shirt, $100 and the possibility of club […]

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G.L.O.B.E. & Whiz Kid – Play That Beat

Tommy Boy (US) [TB 836] 1983 One of the all-time classic hip hop/electro jams featuring MC G.L.O.B.E. from Soul Sonic Force on vocals and Whiz Kid (R.I.P.) on the cut. The track was also the focus of a competition run by Tommy Boy at the time where people had to remix the track and it lead to another all-time classic cut-n-paste […]

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Shango – Shango Message

Celluloid (US) [CEL 164] 1983 This is the follow-up to “Zulu Groove”. There are a couple of label variations for this release, one of which was released in a picture sleeve with upper case plain text and the other which was released in a company sleeve and had graffiti style text with a Zulu Nation symbol at the bottom of side […]

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Shango – Zulu Groove

Celluloid (US) [CEL 163] 1983 Shango was a group formed by Afrika Bambaataa and included Bambaataa, Bill Laswell, Amad Henderson, Bernard Fowler and Wilfred Fowler. It was one of a number of groups that Bambaataa was invloved in which also included Time Zone. They released 3 singles and an album for Celluloid and this was their debut single. Side A […]

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T La Rock & Jazzy Jay – It’s Yours

Partytime Records / Def Jam Recordings (US) [PT 104] 1984 Clarence “Terry” Keaton aka T La Rock is the brother of Special K from The Treacherous Three and Tony Tone aka T.O.N.E.-z from Style [“Assassinator (1990)”]. Rick Rubin, founder of Def Jam Recordings, already had a couple of punk releases to his name by Hose for which he played guitar but […]

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