Man Parrish – Hip Hop, Be Bop (Don’t Stop)

Importe/12 records (US) [MP-321] 1982 After headlining Andy Warhol’s Studio 54 club and having a then unknown Madonna as his warm up act, legendary producer Manuel “Manny” Parrish finally released one of the all-time classic electro releases “Hip Hop Be Bop”, produced by himself and Raul Rodriguez (R.I.P.). He actually debuted before this with some production for his good friend […]

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Micronawts – Smurph Across The Surf

Label: Tuff City RecordsReleased: 1982Format: 12″Country of Origin: USStyle: Electro Following his debut release as Teletron in 1981 and his production for Maximus III ‘Rock It Out’ in 1982, Barry Michael Cooper joined forces with Aaron Fuchs to produce Tuff City’s debut release ‘Beach Boy’ by Verticle Lines. I haven’t included it here as it’s not really hip hop/electro. His friendship with Aaron […]

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Nairobi and the Awesome Foursome – Funky Soul Makossa

Streetwise (US) [SWRL-2205] 1982   This is the first and only release by Nairobi and is a cover version of the classic Manu Dibango track from 1972. It was produced by Arthur Baker and John Robie and features the Awesome Foursome on the rap mix. There are a couple of label variations for this release which are pictured below. The […]

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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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Portable Patrol – Cop Bop

Aerial Records (US) [1983-1984] 1982 Disco rap track produced by Terry Gholson and Craig Boyd featuring The Disco Cop and one of only two releases on the short-lived Aerial records label. There are a couple of label variations as pictured, both with the same track listing. The Disco Cop aka Craig Boyd was a traffic cop stationed at a busy […]

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Tyrone Brunson – The Smurf

Believe In A Dream Records (US) [4Z9 03166] 1982 Tyrone Brunson (R.I.P.) 1956-2013. Hailing from Washington, DC, Tyrone Brunson was a singer, songwriter, producer and bass player and played in several bands including The Family and Osiris. He released several singles during his 3 album career but this, his debut, is probably his most well known and was mixed by […]

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Warp 9 – Nunk

Prism (US) [PDS 450] 1982 Warp 9 began as the production duo of Lotti Golden and Richard Scher and evolved into a group after Prism became interested in their experimental electro funk instrumental, “Nunk”, a blend of New wave and fUNK. The duo recruited Milton ‘Boe’ Brown, former drummer for disco group The Strikers on Prelude Records and Chuck Wansley […]

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