2 Live Crew – The Revelation

Fresh Beat Records (US) [FBR-001] 1984 Treach DJ Mr. Mixx and Fresh Kid Ice originally rapped together as the Rock On Crew before joining forces with Amazing Vee and renaming the group the 2 Live Crew. This is their debut release and features much more socially conscious lyrics than their later sexually explicit releases which they are famous for. There […]

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4 Killer MC’s – Killer Rap

Bee Pee Records (US) [BP 251] 1984 This is the only release by 4 Killer MC’s and features Lil Monsky. It is produced by Bernard Thomas and Lewis West. There are a couple of label variations for this release which are both pictured. One version just has the telephone number but no address on the label and has the featured […]

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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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Afrika Bambaataa & Soul Sonic Force – Frantic Situation

Tommy Boy (US) [TB 849] 1984   Another banging release this time featuring Shango, another group formed by Bam. This is the fourth release from Bambaataa’s “Planet Rock” album and was also featured in the movie Beat Street. It was released in a full picture cover showing a scene from the movie. A later reissue was released in the new […]

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Arthur Baker – Breaker’s Revenge

Atlantic (US) [0-86931] 1984 The ultimate b-boy anthem from one of the most iconic moment in hip hop movie history when New York City Breakers battled Rock Steady Crew at the Roxy in the cult movie Beat Street. Produced by the legendary Arthur Baker and edited by fellow legends, The Latin Rascals with vocals courtesy of Gavin Christopher (R.I.P.), brother […]

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Automation – Dancing In Outer Space

Jungle Rhythm (UK) [SWE-T 2] 1984 One of only two releases by Automation. This is a great electro funk cover version of the classic 1979 UK jazz funk track by Atmosfear produced by Garry Hughes and Peter Hinds. The group was really a session group consisting of some of the original members of Atmosfear plus other lesser known musicians. The flip features […]

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Awesome Foursome – Funky Breakdown

Partytime Records (US) [PT 107] 1984 The Awesome Foursome are DJ Gizmo, Mike Master, Milk Dee and Sugar K. After appearing on the Streetwise release, Funky Soul Makossa, in 1982 with Nairobi, this is the groups second release and was again produced by Arthur Baker and engineered by Chris Lord-Alge. It also appeared, although misspelt, in 1993 as a Canadian double […]

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Barone – Shake It Up (‘Til Ya Drop)

Silver Blue Records (US) [4Z9 05114] 1984 Marcus Barone released one album as a member of electronic, disco band The Ring before releasing this electro pop track in 1984 with a little help from legendary 80’s producer & remixer Shep Pettibone. After a career as a studio musician in the 80’s, writing tracks such as “Right There” by Two Sisters, […]

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Boogie Boys – Zodiac

Capitol Records (US) [V-8578] 1984 Following the success of ‘Rappin’ Aint No Thing’, the Boogie Boys became hot property on the Manhattan club scene and they eventually landed a deal with Capitol Records. The group’s first release on a major label was Zodiac/Breakdancer produced by Ted Currier and led to an album deal. Unfortunately, following the single, Kool Ski left […]

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Broken Glass – Style Of The Street

Streetwave (UK) [MKHAN 17] 1984 Hailing from Manchester, Broken Glass were one of the UK’s best known breakdance crews in 1984 and appeared on several TV shows such as The Tube and CBTV. They danced at Manchester’s Hacienda nightclub where they would regularly take to the stage while DJ Greg Wilson played the latest electro tunes. Two of the crews […]

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