The Radio Crew – Breaking And Entering

Rainbow Television Workshop Inc. (US) [No Catalogue #] 1983 The Radio Club opened in 1980 and was a legendary west coast hip hop spot run by Super A.J. It closed for a while in 1983 but reopened as the Radiotron and appeared as the focal point in the hit movie Breakin’ aka Breakdance. It was closed down in 1985 due […]

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The Russell Brothers – Party Scene

Portrait (US) [4R9-04086] 1983 Bronx natives, The Russell Brothers were members of the Zulu Nation and were introduced to Larry Joseph by their brother-in-law. Soon after, Larry managed to get them a single deal with Portrait and went on to write, produce and play all the instruments on their only general release, although they did release a special promo only […]

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Rammellzee vs K. Rob – Beat Bop

Tartown Record Co. (US) [TT001] 1983 Born in 1960 in Queens, New York, Rammellzee (R.I.P.) was an artist who began bombing the subway trains with the likes of legendary graffiti artist, Dondi (R.I.P.). He was well known for his artwork and futuristic masks and costumes which he would regularly wear. Imagine the hip hop equivalent of Sun-Ra and you have […]

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Run DMC – It’s Like That b/w Sucker MC’s

Profile Records (US) [PRO-7019] 1983 Hailing from Hollis, Queens, Run DMC are legends of hip hop and are well known for combining rock and rap. They all started out as DJ’s. Joseph Simmons aka Run was introduced to hip hop by his older brother, Russell, who was an up and coming promoter and would eventually go on to form Def Jam […]

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Run DMC – Hard Times

Profile Records (US) [PRO-7036] 1983 This was Run DMC’s second single and was a cover version of the 1980 recording by Kurtis Blow but with a more up-to-date, harder edge. It also featured the bonus track “Jam Master Jay” mixed by DJ A.J. (R.I.P.) which was an ode to their DJ, a format copied many times since. Both tracks featured featured music […]

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