Mr. Magic with Cuzz Band – Magic Life Coast To Coast (Edit)

Stones Throw Records (US) [STH4009] 2003 Originally the B side Mr. Magic’s ‘Potential 1980’ this track was edited by Edan and released as Stones Throw Fan Club 45 #9 and given away free with some copies of their Connecticut hip hop compilation The Third Unheard. The Cuzz Band are percussionist Augustine Cerrino, bassist Eddie Cloud, guitarist Perry Mobley, horns players […]

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Mr. Magic – Potential 1980

Magic Records (US) [KF 3102] 1980 Following the success of ‘Rappin’ With Mr. Magic’ Tony Pearson released his second single. ‘Potential 1980’ was written by Ellwood Henderson, a songwriter and drummer with The Jimmy Castor Bunch. Once again it was released as a 7″ followed by a 12″ with the additional track ‘Magic Life Coast To Coast’ on the B […]

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Mr. Magic – Rappin’ With Mr. Magic

Magic Records (US) [CX347ABS] 1980 Mr. Magic aka Tony Pearson from Connecticut (Not to be confused with Mr. Magic aka John Rivas of WBLS Rap Attack fame) was a record store owner and promoter in the 1970’s. It was after hearing Kurtis Blow’s ‘Christmas Rap’ that he decided to record his own track and came up with ‘Rappin With Mr. […]

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Bambaataa, Zulu Nation, Soul Sonic Force – Zulu Nation Throw Down #2

Paul Winley Records (US) [12×33-9] 1980 Classic laidback disco rap track arranged by Afrika Bambaataa and the Harlem Underground Band with raps by Mr. Biggs, Pow Wow & G.L.O.B.E. aka Soul Sonic Force. There are a few of label variations for this release. Originally issued in 1980 as Zulu Nation Throwdown, it was reissued in 1982 as just Throw Down. […]

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Afrika Bambaataa, Zulu Nation, Cosmic Force – Zulu Nation Throw Down #1

Paul Winley Records (US) [12×33-8] 1980 The original Zulu Nation Throwdown over a laidback disco beat performed by the Harlem Underground Band. This version features The Cosmic Force. The group didn’t really have set members, it was whoever Bambaataa wanted to rap at the time. This Cosmic Force featured Chubby Chubb, Ice Ice, Ikey C & Lisa Lee. There are […]

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Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five – Freedom

Sugar Hill Records (US) [SH-549] 1980 Although originally intended for the Crash Crew, this was the Sugarhill debut for Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five. The Crash Crew had already recorded “High Power Rap” on Mike & Dave Records which used the original beat from Freedom’s “Get Up And Dance”. Sugarhill wanted to do their own version over a replayed […]

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Super-Wolf – Super-Wolf Can Do It

Big Bad Wolf Records (US) [C 1950] 1980 This was the debut release by James Wolf aka Super-Wolf and was produced by blues and soul artist Denise LaSalle. The track was originally released on Big Bad Wolf Records but was licensed and reissued later the same year by Sugar Hill Records with the inclusion of a short version. The track […]

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Brother D with Collective Effort – Dib-Be-Dib-Be-Dize / How We Gonna Make The Black Nation Rise?

Clappers (US) [CL-0001] 1980 This was one of the earliest socially conscious rap tracks and was the first single for reggae label Clappers. It was also the debut release for math teacher Daryl Aamaa Nubyahn aka Brother D. The disco rap track was based around a replayed version of Cheryl Lynn’s ‘Got To Be Real’ but with vocals singing ‘Let’s […]

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Nuri – Let’s Vote

Tryon Park Records (US) [TPR 1002] 1980 Disco rap track by Erik Nuri trying to promote voting. The track was originally released in 1980 but was reissued on Ballot Box Records in 1982 as an official voter registration song. Erik Nuri went on to write and produced tracks for artists such as Krystol, New Kids On The Block, Surface, Stanley […]

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