Afrika Bambaataa & The Soul Sonic Force – Planet Rock

Tommy Boy (US) [TB 823] 1982 Although electronic music was nothing new, this is the track that really kick-started the whole electro sound. The music is by labelmates Planet Patrol who re-used it for their own release “Play At Your Own Risk” and uses elements of Kraftwerk’s “Numbers” and “Trans Europe Express”. It features Bambaataa and Jazzy Jay plus the […]

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Captain Rock – Cosmic Glide

NIA Records (US) [NI 1234] 1982 Captain Rock aka Ronald Greene originally began his career in hip hop as DJ Ronnie Green and was the live DJ for Dr. Jeckyll & Mr. Hyde. Although not a member of the Harlem World Crew he lived across the street from the club and was familiar with everyone involved. The Aleems (Taharqa and […]

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Carver Area High School Seniors – Get Live ’83

Challenger Records (US) [CH-1000] 1982 Carver Area High School was a US public high school in Chicago, Illinois, full name George Washington Carver Area High School. As a way of fundraising, the school issued several releases organised by Earl ‘Teddy ‘ Thomas on their own Challenger Records label, including this disco rap track. The school is now a military academy. […]

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Cold Crush Brothers – Weekend

Elite Records (US) [EL 100] 1982   One word….”Legends”. Founded by the Original DJ Tony Tone and honing their skills alongside Bambaataa & Soul Sonic Force, Funky Four, etc, Cold Crush grew to be a force on the rap scene and were well known for their synchronized routines. DJ Tony Tone was originally a member of The Brothers Disco alongside […]

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Cybotron – Cosmic Cars

Deep Space Records (US) [203053X] 1982 Follow-up to the Detroit hit, Alleys Of The Mind, this track was heading in a more hip hop/electro direction and was released on their own label also as a 7″. As a result of this track, later the same year the group signed to Fantasy and issued a slightly longer 12″ version. It was then […]

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Dizzy Heights – Christmas Rapping

Polydor (UK) [WRAPX 1] 1982 Former member of DJ Newtrament’s band The Krew, this is Dizzy’s debut release and is one of the earliest UK hip hop releases. It was very similar to the disco rap style of Kurtis Blow’s “Christmas Rapping” and was issued in a couple of different sleeves. One was plain with details printed on the top right […]

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DJ Magic Ray & The Undefeated Three – Unity Rap

Apexton Records (US) [AP-114] 1982 Prior to recording as a group, The Undefeated Three were Funkmaster Wizard Wiz, T La Rock & female MC, Vicious T. Former b-boy Wiz was the only member that was motivated to maintain studio dates, etc so he recruited Gerald Stevens aka Easy G and Joe McDonald aka Supreme as replacements for the others and along […]

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Drum Machine – Drum Machine

Jayco Records (US) [JC-001] 1982 Jay Burnett aka Burzootie aka Drum Machine recorded this track for his very own label, Jayco Records in 1982. It was the only release on the label. He’d previously worked with Arthur Baker as an engineer on Bambaataa’s “Planet Rock” and it’s his vocals you hear saying “Rock, rock the planet rock, don’t stop”. This […]

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Extra T’s – E.T. Boogie

Sunnyview (US) [SUN 404] 1982 The Extra T’s were a duo consisting of Freddy Stonewall and Sunnyview Records founder, Henry Stone. Henry Stone founded many labels during his life, most notably in the 1970’s he started T.K.Disco until it went bankrupt in 1980. A couple of years later he founded Sunnyview with Morris Levey. This was the first of 3 […]

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