Kurtis Blow – Christmas Rappin’

Mercury (US) [MDS-4009] 1979 Kurtis Walker began his hip hop career in the late 70’s when he used to DJ under the name Kool DJ Kurt. He eventually began rapping with the Son Of Kurtis Blow aka Run of Run DMC on the turntables and under the management of Russell Simmons landed a deal with Mercury Records where he released […]

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Kurtis Blow – Rappin’ Blow

Mercury (US) [MDS-4009] 1979 This was released just after “Christmas Rappin’” and as mentioned previously, was the second part of one longer track. It was even released with the same catalogue number. A full write up can be found here at Werner’s Humble Little Hip Hop Blog. There are a few variations on the label including one which is just titled […]

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Little Starsky – Gangster Rock

Golden Flamingo Records (US) [10000 / 11000] 1979   Little Starsky aka Lovebug Starski, real name Kevin Smith, grew up in the Bronx and became the in-house DJ at the Disco Fever and also deejayed at the Harlem World. This classic Peter Brown production with the instrumental by the Land Of Hits Orchestra on the flip was his debut release […]

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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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Solid C, Bobby D & Kool Drop – Wack Rap

Wackie’s (US) [SENTA 766-226] 1979 Typical early disco rap track with music by Wackie’s Disco Rock Band which appears to be the only release by Solid C (Charles Burrell), Bobby D (Bobby Daley) and Kool Drop (James Redden). The track was produced by label owner Lloyd Barnes aka Bullwackie. The ‘Version’ was reissued in 2003 on Dis-Joint Records as a […]

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Spoonie Gee – Spoonin Rap

Sound Of New York (US) [QC 708] 1979 After the death of his mother at a young age, Gabriel Jackson aka Spoonie Gee, or Spoonin Gee as he was called on this release, moved in with his uncle Bobby Robinson, owner of Enjoy Records. It was in Bobby’s apartment that he began rapping and was eventually suggested to Peter Brown […]

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Sugarhill Gang – Rapper’s Delight

Sugar Hill Records (US) [SH-542] 1979 Debut release by Master Gee, Wonder Mike and Big Bank Hank (R.I.P.), a group manufactured by label owner Sylvia Robinson. Sugarhill Gang’s “Rapper’s Delight” is widely known as the first rap record record released on vinyl and was based around an interpretation of Chic’s “Good Times” bassline replayed by Chip Searin. It contained those infamous […]

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