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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Rodney Stepp – Break-Out

Chique Records (US) [CQ 1084] 1984 Jazz, R&B performer Rodney Stepp emerged onto the music in the early 1960’s as part of the high school ensemble, The Diplomatics. They released an obscure dance track called “Hum Bug” which has been sample fodder for various hip hop producers. The track was also re-released on Egon’s Now-Again Records in 2003. After serving […]

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Run DMC – Rock Box

Profile Records (US) [PRO-7045] 1984 This was the groups third release and featured guitar from Eddie Martinez. The rock/hip hop sound would go on to become Run DMC’s signature. There are a few label variations for this release including a couple of official reissues and an unofficial release. You can tell the difference between an original and an unofficial release […]

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