Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five – Freedom

Sugar Hill Records (US) [SH-549] 1980 Although originally intended for the Crash Crew, this was the Sugarhill debut for Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five. The Crash Crew had already recorded “High Power Rap” on Mike & Dave Records which used the original beat from Freedom’s “Get Up And Dance”. Sugarhill wanted to do their own version over a replayed […]

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Super-Wolf – Super-Wolf Can Do It

Big Bad Wolf Records (US) [C 1950] 1980 This was the debut release by James Wolf aka Super-Wolf and was produced by blues and soul artist Denise LaSalle. The track was originally released on Big Bad Wolf Records but was licensed and reissued later the same year by Sugar Hill Records with the inclusion of a short version. The track […]

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Brother D with Collective Effort – Dib-Be-Dib-Be-Dize / How We Gonna Make The Black Nation Rise?

Clappers (US) [CL-0001] 1980 This was one of the earliest socially conscious rap tracks and was the first single for reggae label Clappers. It was also the debut release for math teacher Daryl Aamaa Nubyahn aka Brother D. The disco rap track was based around a replayed version of Cheryl Lynn’s ‘Got To Be Real’ but with vocals singing ‘Let’s […]

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Nuri – Let’s Vote

Tryon Park Records (US) [TPR 1002] 1980 Disco rap track by Erik Nuri trying to promote voting. The track was originally released in 1980 but was reissued on Ballot Box Records in 1982 as an official voter registration song. Erik Nuri went on to write and produced tracks for artists such as Krystol, New Kids On The Block, Surface, Stanley […]

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Family Four – Rap Attack

Tyson Records (US) [No cat #] 1980 Following the release of “Family Rap”, Mike C and Toney Tone are joined by Kid K.C. and Kid Vicious B.J. to form the Family Four. There are a few variations for this release which are pictured below, all of which play the same on both sides. The original release is the one pictured […]

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Jimmy Spicer – Adventures Of Super Rhyme (Rap)

Dazz Records (US) [DA 1001] 1980   This is the debut release from one of the original story tellers, Jimmy Spicer, and there are a few label variations which are pictured below all with the same catalogue number. It was reissued by Tuff City in 1988 with a track by Maximus Three on the B side and had a couple […]

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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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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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