Roxanne Shante – Roxanne’s Revenge

Pop Art Records (US) [PA-1406] 1984 Roxanne Shante aka Lolita Shante Gooden was only 14 years old when she first appeared on wax. Hailing from Queens, New York, she became a member of the legendary Juice Crew and went on to release a couple of albums for Cold Chillin’ Records. Her career began with this diss at UT.F.O. in response […]

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Roxanne with U.T.F.O. – The Real Roxanne

Select Records (US) [FMS 62256] 1984 Following Roxanne Shante’s scathing reply to ‘Roxanne, Roxanne’, U.T.F.O. sensed an opportunity and released this response to ‘Roxanne’s Revenge’. They hired a female rapper named Elease Jacks and crafted the persona of The Real Roxanne. As a bit of a twist they wrote the lyrics for Elease but actually dissed themselves. Elease was uncredited […]

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Miraj – In The Pocket

Broccoli Rabe Records (US) [BR-14-1-2051] 1984 This track was written and produced by Charles (Chuck) McPherson Jr. aka Miraj with some help from Brian Drago, Jimmy Bralower and Lee Shapiro (The Four Seasons) aka The Broc Team. Charles is the son of alto jazz saxophonist Charles McPherson who recorded many albums for Prestige, Mainstream Records, etc and has been a […]

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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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