Davy DMX – One For The Treble (Fresh)

Tuff City / CBS (US) [4Z9 04955] 1984 After moving to Hollis, Queens at a young age, David Reeves aka Davy DMX taught himself to play the guitar, bass, drums and keyboards before perfecting his turntable skills and replacing DJ Run as Kurtis Blow‘s DJ. He formed the group Orange Krush with bassist Larry Smith (R.I.P.) and drummer Trevor Gale. […]

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Afrika Bambaataa & James Brown – Unity

Tommy Boy (US) [TB 847] 1984 The Godfather of hip hop, Afrika Bambaataa, and the Godfather of soul, James Brown, join forces to spread a message of worldwide peace with this 6 part hip hop/funk collaboration. Music is courtesy of Doug Wimbish (Bass), Keith LeBlanc (Drums), Skip McDonald (Guitar), Chops (Horns) and Anthony Marinelli, Brian Banks & Robin Halpin (Synthesizer). […]

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Double Dee & Steinski – Lessons

Tommy Boy (US) [TB 867] 1985 In 1983 Tommy Boy launched a competition officially titled ‘Hey Mr. DJ Play That Beat Down By Law Switch The Licks Mastermix Contest’ to find new remixes of G.L.O.B.E. & Whiz Kid’s “Play That Beat” which would hopefully boost sales. The prize was the complete Tommy Boy catalogue of releases to date, a t-shirt, $100 and […]

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T La Rock & Jazzy Jay – It’s Yours

Partytime Records / Def Jam Recordings (US) [PT 104] 1984 Clarence “Terry” Keaton aka T La Rock is the brother of Special K from The Treacherous Three and Tony Tone aka T.O.N.E.-z from Style [“Assassinator (1990)”]. Rick Rubin, founder of Def Jam Recordings, already had a couple of punk releases to his name by Hose for which he played guitar but […]

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Captain Rock – Capt. Rock To The Future Shock

NIA Records (US) [NI 1240] 1984 This was the follow-up to the classic ‘Return Of Capt. Rock’ and featured production from the Aleems once again. The lyrics were written by Alonzo Brown aka Mr. Hyde and the track was mixed by Marley Marl and Mr. Magic aka John Rivas. The track was featured on the Street Sounds Electro 5 compilation. […]

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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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