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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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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Bobby & Demo – Do It Right (Rap)

Scorpio (Canada) [DK 46] 1980 Debut release by the Canadian duo of Bob Boyer and Demo Cates aka Demetrius Cates. Demo Cates was originally in the soul funk group The Fabulous Counts aka The Counts and released the classic funk, soul album Jan Jan in 1969 and also released a few rap singles previously as Barry & Demo. This was […]

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Bobby & Demo – More Ounce (Rap)

Scorpio (Canada) [DK 47] 1980 Second single for Bobby & Demo on the Scorpio label. This time it was a disco rap over a replayed More Bounce To The Ounce by Zapp. Please note that the track times printed on the label are not accurate. There are a couple of label variations for this release which are pictured below and […]

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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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Family Four – Rap Attack

Tyson Records (US) [No cat #] 1980 Following the release of “Family Rap”, Mike C and Toney Tone are joined by Kid K.C. and Kid Vicious B.J. to form the Family Four. There are a few variations for this release which are pictured below, all of which play the same on both sides. The original release is the one pictured […]

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Funky 4+1 – That’s The Joint

Sugar Hill Records (US) [SH-554] 1980 Follow up to “Rappin And Rocking The House” and their debut on Sugarhill. This is a classic old school track and replays the music of Taste Of Honey’s “Rescue Me”. There are a few label variations as pictured below. The first pressings have a large press ring, one with dark blue text and the […]

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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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Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five – Super Rappin’ No.2

Enjoy Records (US) [ER-6011] 1980 This is the second release from Flash and the group and is just a shorter re-vocalled version of Superappin’ with slightly cleaner and more polished music. The original pressing had a red label but there are also 3 silver label reissues with the same catalogue number but different text layouts, one of which also has […]

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Harlem World Crew – Rappers Convention

Tayster Records (US) [TS 5400] 1980 Debut release by Harlem World Crew members Dr. Jeckyll & Mr. Hyde, Charlie Rock and Son Of Sam based around the music of The Fantastic Aleems “Hooked On Your Love”. There are some copies that have Side A labels on both sides but the record itself is exactly the same. They all have a […]

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