Imperial Brothers – Live It Up

Cutting Records (US) [CR-204] 1985 This was the follow-up to the hugely successful ‘We Come To Rock’ and was the final release on Cutting for the group. It was produced by Hashim with percussion from Soul Supreme Mean Gene and chorus vocals courtesy of Joyce Simpson. Joyce also lent her vocal and writing skills to two further Hashim produced tracks […]

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Gary Byrd & The G.B. Experience – The Crown

WonDirection Records (US) [4507WG] 1983 Gary Byrd was born in 1954 in Buffalo NY and began his DJ career there at the age of 15 at WUFO. From there he was hired on soul station WWRL-AM and launched his show, The GBE: The Gary Byrd Experience, which went on to become the longest running black radio show in NYC. He […]

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Imperial Brothers – We Come To Rock

Cutting Records (US) [CR-201] 1984 South Bronx natives, The Imperial Brothers, began in the early 80’s performing at shows and park parties with the likes of Afrika Bambaataa, Doug E. Fresh, Whiz Kid, Kool Herc, etc. Originally known as the Imperial 5, the members were Mark Ski and Mr. Ice, who were friends from their early teens, Soul Supreme Mean […]

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Gifted 4 – Sounds Of The Mic / Temper

Variety Recording Service (US) [Acetate] 1984 The Gifted 4 consisted of MC Mr. J aka Ricardo James, MC Mighty Mike aka Michael McCormick, Guy Master aka Guy Reuben, Chris Cross aka Chris White and DJ Amin. This was their first recording as a group and featured the tracks from their only 2 officially released singles, produced by Di’Mon Brown. They […]

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Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five – The Birthday Party

Sugar Hill Records (US) [SH-555] 1981 This was the groups second release for Sugar Hill and included elements which would be used on the future Grandmaster Flash hit ‘Adventures On The Wheels Of Steel’. There are a couple of slight label variations pictured but there is also one not pictured which has the additional text Sugarhill Music Publ. Ltd. (BMI) […]

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MC Connection – Burnin’ For Another Shot

Next Plateau Records (US) [NP 50013] 1983 MC Connection are MC Lonestar aka Franky D (Frank Robinson) & MC Money aka Mr. Slick (Steven Randolph) aka The Beat Boys. In a similar style to ‘Be Bop Rock’ this track features the group rapping over C-Bank’s ‘One More Shot’ which was produced by John Robie and is featured on the B […]

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Mantronix – Fresh Is The Word

Sleeping Bag Records (US) [SLX-00014] 1985 Jamaican born Kurtis Khaleel (Kurtis Mantronik) began as an in-store DJ for Downtown Records in Manhattan. It was there that he met Haitian born Toure Embden (MC Tee). The two became good friends and decided to produce a demo which led to them signing with Sleeping Bag Records and releasing this, their debut release, […]

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Rickey G & The Everloving Five – To The Max

Capo Records (US) [763] 1983 Produced by Cliff Branch and label owner Glen ‘Capo’ Adams, this was the only release by Rickey G & The Everloving Five. I can’t find out much information on Rickey G but the Everloving Five were Shorty G, Easy Rock, Cool AC, Chiefrocker Jay and Rozell Brown aka Rahzel, formerly of The Roots. Side A […]

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Afrika Bambaataa & The Jazzy 5 / Kryptic Krew – Jazzy Sensation

Tommy Boy (US) [TB 812] 1981 MC Sundance, Master Bee and Charlie Choo began as MC’s for the legendary Disco King Mario before leaving with Mario’s DJ, DJ Jazzy Jay, to join Afrika Bambaataa and the Zulu Nation. They were later joined by Master Ice and formed part of the Soul Sonic Force, however, due to the large size of […]

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