Golden Voice, C.J. & Kid Bee Rock – Mix Master

Shevone’s (US) [404] 1981 This was the groups debut, now highy sought after release before naming themselves Chapter III/Chapter Three and was backed with the disco funk track ‘Squivatch’ by Magnum. It was produced by Bullwackie aka Lloyd Barnes and released on Shevone’s, a label named after one if his daughters. Lloyd Barnes is a reggae dub producer and was […]

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Jocko – Rhythm Talk

Philadelphia International Records (US) [4Z8 3739] 1979 Douglas ‘Jocko’ Henderson followed up ‘The Rocketship’ with his second release for Philadelphia International. The backing music was the McFadden & Whitehead produced ‘Ain’t No Stoppin Us Now’. and it became an instant hit. It also included the instrumental on the B side. I think this was the only way to get the instrumental […]

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Jocko – The Rocketship

Spaced Out Records (US) [FW 17817] 1979 Philadelphia International Records (US) [2Z8 3677] 1979 Douglas ‘Jocko’ Henderson (R.I.P.) was a DJ from Baltimore who began his broadcasting career at WSID before moving to WHAT in Philadelhia where he further developed his distinct rhyming style, a style he learned from fellow Baltimore DJ Maurice ‘Hot Rod’ Hulbert. In the early 1960’s […]

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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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Sparky D – Sparky’s Turn (Roxanne You’re Through)

NIA Records (US) [NI 1245] 1985 Following her release as a member of The Playgirls the previous year, Doreen Broadnax aka Sparky D joined the Roxanne Saga by recording this diss aimed at Roxanne Shante as her first solo release. The track was written by Sparky D and Spyder D and produced by The Aleems. There are a couple of […]

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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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Mr. Magic – Rappin’ With Mr. Magic

Magic Records (US) [CX347ABS] 1980 Mr. Magic aka Tony Pearson from Connecticut (Not to be confused with Mr. Magic aka John Rivas of WBLS Rap Attack fame) was a record store owner and promoter in the 1970’s. It was after hearing Kurtis Blow’s ‘Christmas Rap’ that he decided to record his own track and came up with ‘Rappin With Mr. […]

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