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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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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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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