Z-3 MC’s – Triple Threat

Beauty And The Beat Records (US) [BAB 103] 1985 Hailing from Baltimore the Z-3 MC’s, originally named Triple Threat, were put together by the We Rock Crew and consisted of Marvin C, Romey Z and Sean Nice who was sadly shot and killed in 1993. The track was produced by Duke Bootee with scratches by DJ Cheese, edited by Latin […]

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The Honeyrappers – Honeybear Rap

Rainbow Bridge Records (US) [RB1985] 1985 The Honeyrappers were Cheryl Burton, Kim Armstrong and Trina Green. They were cheerleaders for the Chicago Bears called the Chicago Honey Bear Cheerleaders and recorded this record for fun as a demo to share with their friends. It was a rallying cry for the Bears and was based around the bassline of Harold Faltermeyer’s […]

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DJ Magic Ray & The Undefeated Three – Unity Rap

Apexton Records (US) [AP-114] 1982 Prior to recording as a group, The Undefeated Three were Funkmaster Wizard Wiz, T La Rock & female MC, Vicious T. Former b-boy Wiz was the only member that was motivated to maintain studio dates, etc so he┬árecruited Gerald Stevens aka Easy G and Joe McDonald aka Supreme as replacements for the others and along […]

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Bambaataa, Zulu Nation, Soul Sonic Force – Zulu Nation Throw Down #2

Paul Winley Records (US) [12×33-9] 1980 Classic laidback disco rap track arranged by Afrika Bambaataa and the Harlem Underground Band with raps by Mr. Biggs, Pow Wow & G.L.O.B.E. aka Soul Sonic Force. There are a few of label variations for this release. Originally issued in 1980 as Zulu Nation Throwdown, it was reissued in 1982 as just Throw Down. […]

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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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Cybotron – Clear

Fantasy (US) [D-216] 1983 This was the groups second release for Fantasy and really propelled them into the hip hop/electro limelight courtesy of the Jose “Animal” Diaz remix which featured on many compilations, most notably on the UK’s own Street Sounds Electro series. Industrial Lies on the B side was a more Kraftwerk style track similar to their previous releases […]

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