Afrika Bambaataa & The Cosmic Force – Cosmic Punk Jam

Tommy Boy (Unofficial) (Japan) [TB001] 1981 As explained in the Zulu Nation Throwdown post, The Cosmic Force weren’t exactly a set group. For this track they were Sabu, Baby Biggs (RIP) & Lisa Lee. The track was recorded in 1981 and was a hybrid of disco rap and early electro, pre-dating the more polished sound of Planet Rock. Coming out […]

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Afrika Bambaataa, Zulu Nation, Cosmic Force – Zulu Nation Throw Down #1

Paul Winley Records (US) [12×33-8] 1980 The original Zulu Nation Throwdown over a laidback disco beat performed by the Harlem Underground Band. This version features The Cosmic Force. The group didn’t really have set members, it was whoever Bambaataa wanted to rap at the time. This Cosmic Force featured Chubby Chubb, Ice Ice, Ikey C & Lisa Lee. There are […]

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Roxanne Shante – Roxanne’s Revenge

Pop Art Records (US) [PA-1406] 1984 Roxanne Shante aka Lolita Shante Gooden was only 14 years old when she first appeared on wax. Hailing from Queens, New York, she became a member of the legendary Juice Crew and went on to release a couple of albums for Cold Chillin’ Records. Her career began with this diss at UT.F.O. in response […]

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Roxanne with U.T.F.O. – The Real Roxanne

Select Records (US) [FMS 62256] 1984 Following Roxanne Shante’s scathing reply to ‘Roxanne, Roxanne’, U.T.F.O. sensed an opportunity and released this response to ‘Roxanne’s Revenge’. They hired a female rapper named Elease Jacks and crafted the persona of The Real Roxanne. As a bit of a twist they wrote the lyrics for Elease but actually dissed themselves. Elease was uncredited […]

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Miraj – In The Pocket

Broccoli Rabe Records (US) [BR-14-1-2051] 1984 This track was written and produced by Charles (Chuck) McPherson Jr. aka Miraj with some help from Brian Drago, Jimmy Bralower and Lee Shapiro (The Four Seasons) aka The Broc Team. Charles is the son of alto jazz saxophonist Charles McPherson who recorded many albums for Prestige, Mainstream Records, etc and has been a […]

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Captain Rock – The Return Of Capt. Rock

NIA Records (US) [NI 1236] 1983 Following his debut release the previous year, Captain Rock returned in 1983 with a whole new sound that would cement his place in hip hop history. Lyrics were once again written by Dr. Jeckyll & Mr. Hyde but The Aleems opted for a more electronic sound this time. There are a few label variations […]

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Lovebug Starski – You’ve Gotta Believe

Fever Records (US) [TFR-003] 1983 This was Lovebug Starski aka Kevin Smith’s first release for Sal Abbatiello’s Fever Records which was an extension of his nightclub called The Fever in NYC. The track was written by William ‘Billy Bill’ Waring with adlibs by Starski and produced by Kurtis Blow, Larry Smith and Russell Simmons with music by Orange Krush (Larry […]

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