U.T.F.O. – Hanging Out / Roxanne, Roxanne

Select Records (US) [FMS 62254] 1984 This is the second release from UTFO and is in a similar style to Beats and Rhymes with fast raps and a singing chorus but was very much overshadowed by the B side. ‘Roxanne Roxanne’ was based on a recreation of Billy Squier’s ‘The Big Beat’ and was about dissing a fictitious girl called […]

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U.T.F.O. – Beats And Rhymes

Select Records (US) [FMS 62241/FMS 62253] 1984 U.T.F.O. (UnTouchable Force Organisation) consisted of Kangol Kid (Shiller Shaun Fequiere), Doctor Ice (Fred Reeves), Educated Rapper aka E.M.D. (Jeffrey Campbell – R.I.P.) and Mixmaster Ice aka DJ Ice (Maurice Bailey). Kangol Kid and Doctor Ice were originally a dance duet called The Keystone Dancers and DJ Ice and the Educated Rapper began […]

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The Source – The Ghetto

Enjoy Records (US) [6034] 1984 Following a dispute with Sugar Hill Records the Funky Four split up in 1983 and went their seperate ways. Jazzy Jeff (Jeff Miree) returned to Bobby Robinson’s Enjoy Records and released this debut solo track as The Source. Side A The Ghetto [5:30] Side B The Ghetto (Instrumental) [5:30]

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Grandmaster Richie Rich – Check It Out

Spin Offs (UK) [12 OFF 1] 1984 This is the debut release by one of the UK’s finest DJ’s off the time, Richard Morgan aka Grandmaster Richie Rich and one of only two on the short-lived Spin Offs label which was the natural addition to the hugely successful retailer, ‘Spin Offs – The one stop DJ shop’, in Hammersmith started […]

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4 Killer MC’s – Killer Rap

Bee Pee Records (US) [BP 251] 1984 This is the only release by 4 Killer MC’s and features Lil Monsky. It is produced by Bernard Thomas and Lewis West. There are a couple of label variations for this release which are both pictured. One version just has the telephone number but no address on the label and has the featured […]

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C-Jam & Kid Frost – Commando Rock

Baja Records (US) [B-52] 1984 Another classic West Coast electro track, this time courtesy of C-Jam and Kid Frost featuring Dr. Rock, formerly a DJ for the World Class Wreckin Cru before they ventured into recording, and The 3 C’s. Production is by Allen Perada aka Lefty and David Storrs aka The Alien Wizard. Side A Commando Rock (Battle Mix) […]

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Awesome Foursome – Funky Breakdown

Partytime Records (US) [PT 107] 1984 The Awesome Foursome are DJ Gizmo, Mike Master, Milk Dee and Sugar K. After appearing on the Streetwise release, Funky Soul Makossa, in 1982 with Nairobi, this is the groups┬ásecond release and was again produced by Arthur Baker and engineered by Chris Lord-Alge. It also appeared, although misspelt, in 1993 as a Canadian double […]

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C.O.D. – Uphill (Peace Of Mind)

Emergency Records (US) [EMDS 6545] 1984 This is the second cover version from C.O.D. and was their final release as this group. The track was originally written by Frederick Knight and recorded by The Gospel Truth followed by Knight himself but was made famous by the Kid Dynamite version that appears on the legendary Ultimate Breaks And Beats series. Side […]

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Knights Of The Turntables – Techno Scratch

JDC Records (US) [JDC0034] 1984 The Knights Of The Turntables were a DJ collective based around Gerard ‘Lil’ Rockin G’ Burton, Curtis ‘C-Brez’ Harvey Jr. and Mad Mixer RMG. They never intended to release their own tracks but C-Brez worked for JDC at the time and Jim Callon, the label owner, was interested in making hip hop. C-Brez suggested The […]

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