Gifted 4 – Sounds Of The Mic / Temper

Variety Recording Service (US) [Acetate] 1984 The Gifted 4 consisted of MC Mr. J aka Ricardo James, MC Mighty Mike aka Michael McCormick, Guy Master aka Guy Reuben, Chris Cross aka Chris White and DJ Amin. This was their first recording as a group and featured the tracks from their only 2 officially released singles, produced by Di’Mon Brown. They […]

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Mike Gee – Rappers Revenge

Streetwise (US) [SWRL 2226] 1984 This is the debut release from Mike Gee, real name Michael Goodhope, and was produced by Gregory Marius aka Greg G (R.I.P.) of the Disco Four and the legendary Leroy Burgess. Side A Rappers Revenge (Vocal) [5:45] Side B Rappers Revenge (Instrumental) [5:45] Rappers Revenge (Bonus Beats) [5:00]

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Cold Crush Brothers – Fresh, Wild, Fly And Bold

Tuff City (US) [PAL-7056] 1984 This was the third single from the Cold Crush Brothers and featured Caz and the crew bragging about their rhyme skills. It was mixed and engineered by Charlie Chase and the legendary Elai Tubo. There are a variety of labels for this release which are pictured below. Following a distribution deal with Profile Records it […]

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Davy DMX – One For The Treble (Fresh)

Tuff City / CBS (US) [4Z9 04955] 1984 After moving to Hollis, Queens at a young age, David Reeves aka Davy DMX taught himself to play the guitar, bass, drums and keyboards before perfecting his turntable skills and replacing DJ Run as Kurtis Blow‘s DJ. He formed the group Orange Krush with bassist Larry Smith (R.I.P.) and drummer Trevor Gale. […]

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Afrika Bambaataa & James Brown – Unity

Tommy Boy (US) [TB 847] 1984 The Godfather of hip hop, Afrika Bambaataa, and the Godfather of soul, James Brown, join forces to spread a message of worldwide peace with this 6 part hip hop/funk collaboration. Music is courtesy of Doug Wimbish (Bass), Keith LeBlanc (Drums), Skip McDonald (Guitar), Chops (Horns) and Anthony Marinelli, Brian Banks & Robin Halpin (Synthesizer). […]

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Double Dee & Steinski – Lessons

Tommy Boy (US) [TB 867] 1985 In 1983 Tommy Boy launched a competition officially titled ‘Hey Mr. DJ Play That Beat Down By Law Switch The Licks Mastermix Contest’ to find new remixes of G.L.O.B.E. & Whiz Kid’s “Play That Beat” which would hopefully boost sales. The prize was the complete Tommy Boy catalogue of releases to date, a t-shirt, $100 and […]

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T La Rock & Jazzy Jay – It’s Yours

Partytime Records / Def Jam Recordings (US) [PT 104] 1984 Clarence “Terry” Keaton aka T La Rock is the brother of Special K from The Treacherous Three and Tony Tone aka T.O.N.E.-z from Style [“Assassinator (1990)”]. Rick Rubin, founder of Def Jam Recordings, already had a couple of punk releases to his name by Hose for which he played guitar but […]

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Captain Rock – Capt. Rock To The Future Shock

NIA Records (US) [NI 1240] 1984 This was the follow-up to the classic ‘Return Of Capt. Rock’ and featured production from the Aleems once again. The lyrics were written by Alonzo Brown aka Mr. Hyde and the track was mixed by Marley Marl and Mr. Magic aka John Rivas. The track was featured on the Street Sounds Electro 5 compilation. […]

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