Mr. Magic & Pookie Blow – Earth Break

Stones Throw Records (US) [STH2056] 2003 Fresh out of Connecticut is this old school rap track by Mr. Magic (Tony Pearson) and his nephew Pookie Blow. It was originally recorded in 1983 at Presence Studios, West Haven and released on the Tri-State Records release ‘Mr. Magic’s Be-Bop Convention’ EP. It was released as a single by Stones Throw in 2003 […]

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DJ Afrika Bambaataa – Death Mix – Live!!

Paul Winley Records (US) [12X33-10] 1983 Kevin Donovan aka Afrika Bambaataa was a former member of the Bronx street gang, The Black Spades. He earned a trip to Africa as a result of winning an essay competition and was extremely impressed with the sense of community in the towns he visited. He was also a huge fan of the film Zulu […]

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G-Force – Feel The Force

SMI (US) [SM-12-4061] 1983 Great release from G-Force and one that helped kick start the whole Street Sounds Electro series of albums. The track was produced by and featured Ronnie Gee of Raptivity fame and 70’s disco producer Will Crittendon aka Captain Cee who had his own Willpower Records as a subsiduary of S.M.I. There are a two variations for […]

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C.O.D. – In The Bottle

Emergency Records (US) [EMDS 6535] 1983 Although pictured as a trio on some European sleeves, C.O.D. was actually the production duo of Man Parrish and Raul Rodriguez (R.I.P.)…again! (Two Sisters, Rama, etc). Tired of being ripped off by record labels they created C.O.D. (Cash On Delivery) with the idea to be paid once a track was finished instead of waiting for […]

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Whodini – Nasty Lady

Jive (US) [JD1-9169] 1983   Fourth US release for Whodini this time produced by legendary German producer Conny Plank (RIP) who was responsible for Kraftwerk’s early releases. The only label variations that I know of are the slightly different layouts of the promo and general release versions. Side A Nasty Lady [5:52] Side B Underground (Street Version) [4:40] Nasty Lady […]

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Whodini – Yours For A Night

Jive (US) [JD 1-9114] 1983 Third US release to be taken from Whodini’s debut album. The track was produced by Roy Carter and the Willesden Dodgers and features vocals from R&B artist Tashan who later debuted as a solo artist on Def Jam in 1986. The only label variation that I know of is a slightly different layout between the […]

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Boo-Dah Bliss Crew – Pass The Boo-Dah

Top Flight Records (US) [TOP-003] 1983 The Boo-Dah Bliss Crew were DJ Spivey, Doug E. Fresh and Spoonie Gee and this was their only release as a group. In fact this was the first appearance on wax by Doug E. Fresh. It is an electro, hip hop, reggae track based around Musical Youth’s “Pass The Dutchie” and was produced and […]

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Sugar Hill All-Stars – Malcolm X No Sell Out

Sugar Hill Records (US) [SH-469] 1983 After Sugar Hill’s acquisition of the Chess Records label, in-house drummer Keith LeBlanc approached Marshall Chess regarding funding an idea he had for a record. Marshall agreed and so with help from Reggie Griffin and a little input from Grandmaster Flash, Keith went on to produce “Malcolm X No Sell Out” which is credited […]

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