Rodney Stepp – Break-Out

Chique Records (US) [CQ 1084] 1984 Jazz, R&B performer Rodney Stepp emerged onto the music in the early 1960’s as part of the high school ensemble, The Diplomatics. They released an obscure dance track called “Hum Bug” which has been sample fodder for various hip hop producers. The track was also re-released on Egon’s Now-Again Records in 2003. After serving […]

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Arthur Baker – Breaker’s Revenge

Atlantic (US) [0-86931] 1984 The ultimate b-boy anthem from one of the most iconic moment in hip hop movie history when New York City Breakers battled Rock Steady Crew at the Roxy in the cult movie Beat Street. Produced by the legendary Arthur Baker and edited by fellow legends, The Latin Rascals with vocals courtesy of Gavin Christopher (R.I.P.), brother […]

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Whodini – Yours For A Night

Jive (US) [JD 1-9114] 1983 Third US release to be taken from Whodini’s debut album. The track was produced by Roy Carter and the Willesden Dodgers and features vocals from R&B artist Tashan who later debuted as a solo artist on Def Jam in 1986. The only label variation that I know of is a slightly different layout between the […]

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Dr. Jeckyll & Mr. Hyde – Jeckyll And Hyde Dance

Rojac Records (US) [RJ 6200] 1981 After appearing as part of the Harlem World Crew in 1980 this was Andre Harrell and Alonzo Brown’s debut release as a group. “Jeckyll And Hyde Dance” is a fairly forgettable rap track with a 60’s soul sounding backing but the main reason to purchase this is the old school disco rap track “Doing […]

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Boo-Dah Bliss Crew – Pass The Boo-Dah

Top Flight Records (US) [TOP-003] 1983 The Boo-Dah Bliss Crew were DJ Spivey, Doug E. Fresh and Spoonie Gee and this was their only release as a group. In fact this was the first appearance on wax by Doug E. Fresh. It is an electro, hip hop, reggae track based around Musical Youth’s “Pass The Dutchie” and was produced and […]

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Word Of Mouth featuring DJ Cheese – King Kut

Beauty And The Beat Records (US) [BAB 100] 1985 New Jersey rappers Ali-G aka Original G and KMC debuted as Word Of Mouth in 1985 and released the first single on Duke Bootee’s Beauty And The Beat Records with and ode to their DJ, King Kut aka DJ Cheese. The track was produced by Duke Bootee and DJ Cheese, although […]

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Joe Bataan – Rap-O Clap-O

Salsoul Records (US) [SG 315] 1979 Bataan Nitollano aka Joe Bataan grew up in East Harlem where he became the leader of a local street gang. After serving time for theft he focused his attention on music. He signed to the legendary Latin music label Fania Records where he went on to release several albums. After disagreements over money he […]

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Eddie Cheba – Lookin’ Good (Shake Your Body)

Tree Line (US) [3711] 1979 This is the only release by Eddie Cheba and is a great disco rap track out of NYC. It was originally pressed on Tree Line Records with the original green label design but due to heavy demand it was pressed again and manufactured and distributed by Pete Brown’s Queen Constance label. The second pressing featured […]

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Bobby & Demo – Do It Right (Rap)

Scorpio (Canada) [DK 46] 1980 Debut release by the Canadian duo of Bob Boyer and Demo Cates aka Demetrius Cates. Demo Cates was originally in the soul funk group The Fabulous Counts aka The Counts and released the classic funk, soul album Jan Jan in 1969 and also released a few rap singles previously as Barry & Demo. This was […]

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