Captain Rock – The Return Of Capt. Rock

NIA Records (US) [NI 1236] 1983 Following his debut release the previous year, Captain Rock returned in 1983 with a whole new sound that would cement his place in hip hop history. Lyrics were once again written by Dr. Jeckyll & Mr. Hyde but The Aleems opted for a more electronic sound this time. There are a few label variations […]

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CD III – Get Tough

Prelude Records (US) [PRL D672] 1983 Debut release for CD III on classic disco label Prelude. The group, consisting of Carlos Savory, George “Dash” Watford & Howard Thompson only released 3 tracks as CD III, two of them on Prelude. I can’t seem to find anything else that George Watford was involved in but Carlos Savory went on to produce […]

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Cold Crush Brothers – Punk Rock Rap

Label: Tuff City / CBS RecordsReleased: 1983Format: 12″Country of Origin: US Artist Bio click here Following their single ‘Weekend’ for Elite, the Cold Crush Brothers signed to Tuff City and released this far more commercial single which featured the lyrics “Oh My God” as used by Doug E. Fresh on his single ‘The Show’. There are a couple of label variations for […]

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Cosmic Touch – Nothing Ever Changes

Serious Gold (US) [SG 1009] 1983 Classic piece of vocoder electro rap and the sole release by Cosmic Touch, written by Ronnie Gee, reggae artist Johnny Clark and jazz trombonist Craig Harris and released on Serious Gold which was a sub label of S.M.I. The track was mixed and arranged by Ronnie Gee, engineered by Steve Breck and produced by reggae […]

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Cybotron – Clear

Fantasy (US) [D-216] 1983 This was the groups second release for Fantasy and really propelled them into the hip hop/electro limelight courtesy of the Jose “Animal” Diaz remix which featured on many compilations, most notably on the UK’s own Street Sounds Electro series. Industrial Lies on the B side was a more Kraftwerk style track similar to their previous releases […]

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Dimples D – Sucker DJ’s (I Will Survive)

Partytime (US) [PT-101] 1983 Debut and only solo release from Queensbridge native Dimples D aka Crystal Smith. It was also the debut production from her boyfriend of the time, Marley Marl and was a response to Run DMC’s “Sucker MC’s”. Many of the vocals were then sampled & scratched on future Marley releases. She went on to form the all-female hip […]

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Disco 3 – Reality

Sutra Records (US) [SUD 018] 1983 Prince Markie Dee, Kool Rock-Ski and Buff Love aka The Human Beat Box (R.I.P.), collectively known as the Disco 3 were discovered after entering a talent show at Radio City Music Hall in New York City in 1983. After gaining the attention of Charles Stettler, who became the group’s manager, they released their debut […]

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Disco Daddy – Zodiac Rhymes

California Gold (US) [MJ 5028] 1983 Disco Daddy began as a DJ and party promoter in the mid to late 1970’s. He used to have DJ battles with DJ Tracy aka Ice T hosted by Unique Dream Entertainment aka Uncle Jamm’s Army and went on to form the LA Breakers who performed at the 1984 Summer Olympics. The crew featured […]

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DJ Afrika Bambaataa – Death Mix – Live!!

Paul Winley Records (US) [12X33-10] 1983 Kevin Donovan aka Afrika Bambaataa was a former member of the Bronx street gang, The Black Spades. He earned a trip to Africa as a result of winning an essay competition and was extremely impressed with the sense of community in the towns he visited. He was also a huge fan of the film Zulu […]

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DST – Crazy Cuts

Island Records / Celluloid (US) [0-96972] 1983 Second release from Grandmixer D.St. featuring a little help on production from Material and the added vocals of Bernard Fowler. The first pressing was released in a die cut company sleeve and after successful sales the second pressing included a full picture sleeve. The only label variations I know of are to do […]

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