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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Cybotron – Alleys Of Your Mind

Deep Space Records (US) [107043X] 1981 Cybotron were formed in 1980 and were an early and influential electronic group consisting of Juan Atkins, Richard Davis aka 3070 and John Housley aka Jon 5. Influenced by the likes of Kraftwerk and the Yellow Magic Orchestra, they released their debut single, Alleys Of The Mind, on their own Deep Space Records label […]

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Disco Daddy & Capt. Rapp – The Gigolo Rapp

Rappers Rapp Disco Co. (US) [RR-1989] 1981 Labelled as the ‘first authentic west coast hip hop track’, this was the very first release for Rappers Rapp Disco Co. out of Hollywood, California. It also served as the debut release for both Disco Daddy (Michael Khalfani) and Captain Rapp (Larry Glenn) and used the music from ‘Give It To Me Baby’ […]

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Rockin’ Rob & The Fabulous 4 MC Connection – The Original Mean Machine

Fraternity Music Group (US) [F-5406] 2016 Originally recorded in 1981 at J&J Studios but never released. The track was produced for release by Jimi Hazel, Rockin Rob & Victor Piagneri aka The Undercover Brother. The Fabulous 4 MC Connection were¬†Lil Bit, Crazy Eddie, Barry B & Lil’ Rich. Side A The Original Mean Machine (Extended Mix) [8:40] Side B The […]

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Fabulous 3 MC’s – Rub A Dub Dub

Numero (US) [NUM+004] 2007 Disco rap track originally recorded in 1981 and intended for release on producer Jeremiah Yisrael’s TAP Records but due to a track by Missy Dee & The melody Crew being more well received in the studio, this remained on the shelf until it was discovered by the Numero Group in 2007 and released as part of […]

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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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Dr. Jeckyll & Mr. Hyde – Jeckyll And Hyde Dance

Rojac Records (US) [RJ 6200] 1981 After appearing as part of the Harlem World Crew in 1980 this was Andre Harrell and Alonzo Brown’s debut release as a group. “Jeckyll And Hyde Dance” is a fairly forgettable rap track with a 60’s soul sounding backing but the main reason to purchase this is the old school disco rap track “Doing […]

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Love Bug Star-Ski & The Harlem World Crew – Positive Life

Tay-Ster Records (US) [TS 5700] 1981 Following the two releases as Little Starsky, this was the debut release as Love Bug Star-Ski before he changed the spelling slightly to Lovebug Starsky. It was a classic disco rap utilising replayed elements of Teena Marie’s “I Need Your Lovin’” for the main part and the riff from “Voices Inside My Head” by […]

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