Afrika Bambaataa & The Cosmic Force – Cosmic Punk Jam

Tommy Boy (Unofficial) (Japan) [TB001] 1981 As explained in the Zulu Nation Throwdown post, The Cosmic Force weren’t exactly a set group. For this track they were Sabu, Baby Biggs (RIP) & Lisa Lee. The track was recorded in 1981 and was a hybrid of disco rap and early electro, pre-dating the more polished sound of Planet Rock. Coming out […]

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Afrika Bambaataa & The Jazzy 5 / Kryptic Krew – Jazzy Sensation

Tommy Boy (US) [TB 812] 1981 MC Sundance, Master Bee and Charlie Choo began as MC’s for the legendary Disco King Mario before leaving with Mario’s DJ, DJ Jazzy Jay, to join Afrika Bambaataa and the Zulu Nation. They were later joined by Master Ice and formed part of the Soul Sonic Force, however, due to the large size of […]

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Bobby Deemo – Party Rap

Amherst Records (US) [AMHD-7] 1981 Disco rap 2 tracker from Canadian duo Bobby Deemo aka Bob Boyer & Demo Cates, taken from their only album, “Rap The Night Away With The Bobby Deemo Band”. This single seems to have been their last release and unlike their previous singles, was only a US release. Side A Party Rap [4:40] Side B Bugs-B-Skate Rap […]

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Bon Rock & The Rythem Rebellion – Searching Rap

Reelin & Rockin Records (US) [1001/1002] 1981 This is the debut release for Bon Rock (Keith Rodgers) and was the first for Reelin & Rockin Records based in Staten Island. He was a DJ at the time and had his own show called Bon Rock Live on W.H.B.I. 105.9FM. The track used the classic disco track “Searching To Find The […]

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Boogie Boys – Rappin’ Aint No Thing

Mike & Dave Records (US) [MD 2000] 1981 This was the debut release by the original Boogie Boys, a duo consisting of William Stroman (RIP) aka Kid Delight aka Boogie Knight and Keith Short aka Kool Ski. The record was mixed live by DJ Darryl C of the Crash Crew using breakbeats from “Those shoes” by The Eagles, “Johnny The […]

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Busy Bee – School Days

Master Five (US) [01000] 1981   By the time David Parker aka Busy Bee released his debut solo release he was already a veteran of the hip hop scene having worked with many of hip hop’s founding fathers such as Afrika Bambaataa, Disco King Mario, Kool Herc, DJ Breakout, the L Brothers, Casanova Gang, etc. He began as Star Ski […]

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Cybotron – Alleys Of Your Mind

Deep Space Records (US) [107043X] 1981 Cybotron were formed in 1980 and were an early and influential electronic group consisting of Juan Atkins, Richard Davis aka 3070 and John Housley aka Jon 5. Influenced by the likes of Kraftwerk and the Yellow Magic Orchestra, they released their debut single, Alleys Of The Mind, on their own Deep Space Records label […]

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Disco Daddy & Capt. Rapp – The Gigolo Rapp

Rappers Rapp Disco Co. (US) [RR-1989] 1981 Labelled as the ‘first authentic west coast hip hop track’, this was the very first release for Rappers Rapp Disco Co. out of Hollywood, California. It also served as the debut release for both Disco Daddy (Michael Khalfani) and Captain Rapp (Larry Glenn) and used the music from ‘Give It To Me Baby’ […]

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Dr. Jeckyll & Mr. Hyde – Jeckyll And Hyde Dance

Rojac Records (US) [RJ 6200] 1981 After appearing as part of the Harlem World Crew in 1980 this was Andre Harrell and Alonzo Brown’s debut release as a group. “Jeckyll And Hyde Dance” is a fairly forgettable rap track with a 60’s soul sounding backing but the main reason to purchase this is the old school disco rap track “Doing […]

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Fabulous 3 MC’s – Rub A Dub Dub

Numero (US) [NUM+004] 2007 Disco rap track originally recorded in 1981 and intended for release on producer Jeremiah Yisrael’s TAP Records but due to a track by Missy Dee & The melody Crew being more well received in the studio, this remained on the shelf until it was discovered by the Numero Group in 2007 and released as part of […]

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