Funky Constellation – Street Talk (Madam Rapper)

Funky Constellation (US) [369] 1979 Another track that I can’t find much info on. It was engineered by Claude Watts who also mixed ‘The Micstro’ by Radiance and featured on the Ultimate Breaks & Beats series, Volume 7. There are a couple of label variations for this release which are pictured below. The original release was on Funky Constellation and had no […]

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Family – Family Rap

Sound Of New York (US) [702] 1979 This is the one and only release by Family aka (Mighty) Mike C & Toney Tone and like other tracks by the likes of Scoopy and Spoonie Gee, utilizes Cloud One’s “Patty Duke”. The track features production from Peter Brown. The track lengths are incorrectly printed as 10:00 minutes but they are actually […]

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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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Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five – Superappin’

Enjoy Records (US) [6001] 1979 Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five were formed in the Bronx. Flash honed his skills alongside the L Brothers before recruiting Cowboy, Melle Mel & Kidd Creole as emcee’s. They were originally known as the Three MC’s but were joined shortly after by Rahiem, formerly of the Funky Four, and Mr. Ness aka Scorpio at […]

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The Younger Generation – We Rap More Mellow

Brass Records (US) [BRDS 2504] 1979 The Younger Generation consisted of Grandmaster Flash, Melle Mel, The Kidd Creole, Rahiem, Mr. Ness aka Scorpio & Keef Cowboy otherwise collectively known as Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five. Based around the disco jam “Every Way But Loose” by Oneness Of Juju, the track was produced by Terry Lewis who released it without […]

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Paulette & Tanya Winley – Rhymin’ And Rappin’

Paul Winley Records (US) [12×45-5] 1979   This was the debut release by Paulette and Tanya Winley, daughters of label and shop owner Paul and his wife Ann. Following a recording session with the Harlem Underground Band, label owner, Paul Winley requested that the band play while his daughters rhymed. As a result of this session, “Rhymin’ And Rappin’” was […]

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Little Starsky – Gangster Rock

Golden Flamingo Records (US) [10000 / 11000] 1979   Little Starsky aka Lovebug Starski, real name Kevin Smith, grew up in the Bronx and became the in-house DJ at the Disco Fever and also deejayed at the Harlem World. This classic Peter Brown production with the instrumental by the Land Of Hits Orchestra on the flip was his debut release […]

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Fatback – King Tim III (Personality Jock)

Spring Records (US) [SP-D-402] 1979 Widely regarded as the first rap record on vinyl, soul funk group Fatback Band released “King Tim III” a few weeks prior to the Sugarhill Gang’s debut as a B side track although according to some people “Rapper’s Delight” was first. Who knows exactly? Either way it contributed to the birth of hip hop on […]

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