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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Afrika Bambaataa & The Cosmic Force – Cosmic Punk Jam

Tommy Boy (Unofficial) (Japan) [TB001] 1981 As explained in the Zulu Nation Throwdown post, The Cosmic Force weren’t exactly a set group. For this track they were Sabu, Baby Biggs (RIP) & Lisa Lee. The track was recorded in 1981 and was a hybrid of disco rap and early electro, pre-dating the more polished sound of Planet Rock. Coming out […]

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Alfonso – Time Bomb

Prism (US) [PS 2006] 1986 Alfonso Ribeiro first gained recognition when he played the lead roll in the Broadway musical The Tap Dance Kid. He also appeared as a dancer in Pepsi’s 1984 commercial featuring Michael Jackson and then landed a role in the TV series Silver Spoons. In 1985 he wrote a dance instruction book called Breakin’ And Poppin’ […]

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Bambaataa, Zulu Nation, Soul Sonic Force – Zulu Nation Throw Down #2

Paul Winley Records (US) [12×33-9] 1980 Classic laidback disco rap track arranged by Afrika Bambaataa and the Harlem Underground Band with raps by Mr. Biggs, Pow Wow & G.L.O.B.E. aka Soul Sonic Force. There are a few of label variations for this release. Originally issued in 1980 as Zulu Nation Throwdown, it was reissued in 1982 as just Throw Down. […]

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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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Captain Rock – The Return Of Capt. Rock

NIA Records (US) [NI 1236] 1983 Following his debut release the previous year, Captain Rock returned in 1983 with a whole new sound that would cement his place in hip hop history. Lyrics were once again written by Dr. Jeckyll & Mr. Hyde but The Aleems opted for a more electronic sound this time. There are a few label variations […]

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Cazal Boys – Snatchin’ Cazals

Tempre Records (US) [T1837] 1985 This is the one and only release by the Cazal Boys and features an uncredited DJ Jazzy Jeff in his vinyl debut. Jeff actually used some of the lyrics for ‘The Magnificent Jazzy Jeff’ – ‘So check out Jazzy Jeff on the cold cut scratch’. The track was reissued in 2016 on Dusty Donuts as […]

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Cold Crush Brothers – Punk Rock Rap

Tuff City / CBS (US) [4Z9 03898] 1983 Following their single ‘Weekend’ for Elite, the Cold Crush Brothers signed to Tuff City and released this far more commercial single which featured the lyrics “Oh My God” as used by Doug E. Fresh on his single ‘The Show’. There are a couple of label variations for this, one of which features […]

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Cybotron – Alleys Of Your Mind

Deep Space Records (US) [107043X] 1981 Cybotron were formed in 1980 and were an early and influential electronic group consisting of Juan Atkins, Richard Davis aka 3070 and John Housley aka Jon 5. Influenced by the likes of Kraftwerk and the Yellow Magic Orchestra, they released their debut single, Alleys Of The Mind, on their own Deep Space Records label […]

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