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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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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West Street Mob – Break Dance-Electric Boogie

Sugar Hill Records (US) [SH-460] 1983 West Street Mob began as a boogie, funk & soul group featuring Bill McGee, Sabrina Gillison & Warren Moore plus producers (and Sylvia Robinson’s sons), Joey Robinson Jr. & Leland Robinson. Their first album in 1981 included a nice cover version of the classic breakbeat “Get Up And Dance” by Freedom and they also […]

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Toddy Tee – Batterram

Evejim Records (US) [EJ 1979] 1985 Debut release by pioneering West Coast hip hop artist Todd Howard aka Toddy Tee and credited as one of the first West Coast gangster rap releases. The track itself tells of how the LAPD used to raid crack houses by driving a batterram into them. This release is produced by and features on the […]

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Family Quest – Sleepwalking

Streetwave (UK) [MKHAN 74] 1986 Established in 1983, Family Quest were one of the earliest UK rap groups but had only ever featured on 1984’s “Outer Space ’84 Rap” by Automation. The group Dirty Harry, E=Mix, Cheeko MC aka Daddy Hip Hop & Mystery were regular hosts alongside Tim Westwood & DJ Fingers at Spats club in London’s Oxford Street […]

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