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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Funky Constellation – Street Talk (Madam Rapper)

Funky Constellation (US) [369] 1979 Funky Constellation was a group put together by producer Ted Osaze aka Teddy Hayes. It was engineered by Claude Watts who also mixed ‘The Micstro’ by Radiance and featured on the Ultimate Breaks & Beats series, Volume 7. There are a couple of label variations for this release which are pictured below. The original release was on […]

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Family – Family Rap

Sound Of New York (US) [702] 1979 This is the one and only release by Family aka (Mighty) Mike C & Toney Tone and like other tracks by the likes of Scoopy and Spoonie Gee, utilizes Cloud One’s “Patty Duke”. The track features production from Peter Brown. The track lengths are incorrectly printed as 10:00 minutes but they are actually […]

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Joe Bataan – Rap-O Clap-O

Salsoul Records (US) [SG 315] 1979 Bataan Nitollano aka Joe Bataan grew up in East Harlem where he became the leader of a local street gang. After serving time for theft he focused his attention on music. He signed to the legendary Latin music label Fania Records where he went on to release several albums. After disagreements over money he […]

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Eddie Cheba – Lookin’ Good (Shake Your Body)

Tree Line (US) [3711] 1979 This is the only release by Eddie Cheba and is a great disco rap track out of NYC. It was originally pressed on Tree Line Records with the original green label design but due to heavy demand it was pressed again and manufactured and distributed by Pete Brown’s Queen Constance label. The second pressing featured […]

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Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five – Superappin’

Enjoy Records (US) [6001] 1979 Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five were formed in the Bronx. Flash honed his skills alongside the L Brothers before recruiting Cowboy, Melle Mel & Kidd Creole as emcee’s. They were originally known as the Three MC’s but were joined shortly after by Rahiem, formerly of the Funky Four, and Mr. Ness aka Scorpio at […]

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The Younger Generation – We Rap More Mellow

Brass Records (US) [BRDS 2504] 1979 The Younger Generation consisted of Grandmaster Flash, Melle Mel, The Kidd Creole, Rahiem, Mr. Ness aka Scorpio & Keef Cowboy otherwise collectively known as Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five. Based around the disco jam “Every Way But Loose” by Oneness Of Juju, the track was produced by Terry Lewis who released it without […]

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Paulette & Tanya Winley – Rhymin’ And Rappin’

Paul Winley Records (US) [12×45-5] 1979   This was the debut release by Paulette and Tanya Winley, daughters of label and shop owner Paul and his wife Ann. Following a recording session with the Harlem Underground Band, label owner, Paul Winley requested that the band play while his daughters rhymed. As a result of this session, “Rhymin’ And Rappin’” was […]

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