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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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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Fatback – King Tim III (Personality Jock)

Spring Records (US) [SP-D-402] 1979 Widely regarded as the first rap record on vinyl, soul funk group Fatback Band released “King Tim III” a few weeks prior to the Sugarhill Gang’s debut as a B side track although according to some people “Rapper’s Delight” was first. Who knows exactly? Either way it contributed to the birth of hip hop on […]

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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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Funky Four Plus One More – Rappin And Rocking The House

Enjoy Records (US) [6000] 1979 Consisting of K.K. Rockwell, Keith Keith, Li’l Rodney C, (MC) Jazzy Jeff & Sha Rock, this is the debut release from the Funky Four Plus One More. Although the label had been releasing tracks since 1962 this was the first rap record they released and their first record on a 12″ single. There are a […]

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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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Jazzy 4 MC’s – MC Rock

Razzberri Rainbow Records (US) [RRR 1] 1979 MC’s Mercury (R.I.P.), Shambu, Sha Rock (Not to be confused with the Funky 4+1) and Frankie J trade verses on this Jazzy 4 MC’s debut track and their only release to date. It was released around the same time as “Rapper’s Delight” and featured the debut production talents of Mark James aka DJ […]

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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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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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