Bon Rock & The Rythem Rebellion – Searching Rap

Reelin & Rockin Records (US) [1001/1002] 1981 This is the debut release for Bon Rock (Keith Rodgers) and was the first for Reelin & Rockin Records based in Staten Island. He was a DJ at the time and had his own show called Bon Rock Live on W.H.B.I. 105.9FM. The track used the classic disco track “Searching To Find The […]

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Ikim & Bacardi – Funk Rap

Land Of Hits (US) [802] 1980 This is the only release from Ikim & Bacardi and is produced by Bernard Thomas and Peter Brown. It is a classic disco rap track of the time but more importantly it is also the debut vinyl release by Cutmaster DC. The track features male rapper Ikim aka Cutmaster DC, trading verses with female […]

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Whodini – Nasty Lady

Jive (US) [JD1-9169] 1983   Fourth US release for Whodini this time produced by legendary German producer Conny Plank (RIP) who was responsible for Kraftwerk’s early releases. The only label variations that I know of are the slightly different layouts of the promo and general release versions. Side A Nasty Lady [5:52] Side B Underground (Street Version) [4:40] Nasty Lady […]

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Der Mer – Fall Out

Tashamba (US) [KON 3032] 1984 This is the debut release by Der-Mer aka Lawrence P. Dermer, a Miami based producer, songwriter, singer and keyboard (synthesizer) player. It was produced, arranged and written by Noel Williams, best known for co-writing Bob Marley’s “Buffalo soldier”, and released on Noel’s Tashamba Records. Noel also recorded under the alias King Sporty. There are a few […]

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Unknown & Three D – Beatronic

Techno Hop Records (US) [THR-1] 1984 “Beatronic” was the product of a collaboration between West Coast hip hop pioneers The Unknown DJ aka Andre Manuel, Louis King aka DJ Three D (R.I.P.) and Daniel ‘Perfect Tommy’ Sofer and was the debut release for Techno Hop Records. I contracted Daniel who was at the time a local studio musician and Oberheim […]

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Unknown DJ – 808 Beats

Techno Hop Records (US) [THR-2] 1984 Second release for Unknown’s Techno Hop label and this is the track that really blew up worldwide and stamped Unknown’s arrival on the electro scene. It was produced by Unknown and another West Coast legend, Darryll ‘Lyrrad’ Davis aka DJ Illrad who, following on from drawing up flyers and t-shirts for the likes of […]

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Unknown DJ – Let’s Jam

Techno Hop Records (US) [THR-3] 1985 Excellent follow-up to 808 Beats and with an awesome cover courtesy of Darryll Davis once again featuring a Police DMX Anti Graffiti Missile crashing into a brick wall with an interpretation of the Los Angeles skyline in the background. The track features a guest appearance from DJ 3D Master Of The Beat aka Louis King […]

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