Gary Byrd & The G.B. Experience – The Crown

WonDirection Records (US) [4507WG] 1983 Gary Byrd was born in 1954 in Buffalo NY and began his DJ career there at the age of 15 at WUFO. From there he was hired on soul station WWRL-AM and launched his show, The GBE: The Gary Byrd Experience, which went on to become the longest running black radio show in NYC. He […]

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MC Connection – Burnin’ For Another Shot

Next Plateau Records (US) [NP 50013] 1983 MC Connection are MC Lonestar aka Franky D (Frank Robinson) & MC Money aka Mr. Slick (Steven Randolph) aka The Beat Boys. In a similar style to ‘Be Bop Rock’ this track features the group rapping over C-Bank’s ‘One More Shot’ which was produced by John Robie and is featured on the B […]

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Rickey G & The Everloving Five – To The Max

Capo Records (US) [763] 1983 Produced by Cliff Branch and label owner Glen ‘Capo’ Adams, this was the only release by Rickey G & The Everloving Five. I can’t find out much information on Rickey G but the Everloving Five were Shorty G, Easy Rock, Cool AC, Chiefrocker Jay and Rozell Brown aka Rahzel, formerly of The Roots. Side A […]

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The Beat Boys – Be Bop Rock

Sugarscoop Records (US) [SS-423] 1983 The Beat Boys were Franky D (Frank Robinson) and Mr. Slick (Steven Randolph). The simple story here is that the group submitted a rap using ‘Hip Hop Be Bop’ by Man Parrish as the music and Sugarscoop liked it so much that they decided to release it. The group also recorded as MC Connection for […]

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Cold Crush Brothers – Punk Rock Rap

Tuff City / CBS (US) [4Z9 03898] 1983 Following their single ‘Weekend’ for Elite, the Cold Crush Brothers signed to Tuff City and released this far more commercial single which featured the lyrics “Oh My God” as used by Doug E. Fresh on his single ‘The Show’. There are a couple of label variations for this, one of which features […]

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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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