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Month: October 2017

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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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’ …

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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 …

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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. …

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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 …

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