After moving to Hollis, Queens at a young age, Davy DMX (David Reeves Jr.) 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 took his name from the Oberheim Drum Machine.
He formed the group, Orange Krush, with bassist Larry Smith (R.I.P.) and drummer Trevor Gale. The group only had one release, “Action”, which featured R&B vocalist Alyson Williams but they also played a major role in some of hip hop’s early releases, most notably by providing the music for Run DMC‘s first albums, Run DMC and King Of Rock.
There are also a couple of notable Record Store Day 7″ reissues that aren’t pictured: RSD 2014 saw the release of One For The Treble plus The DMX Will Rock and RSD 2019 saw edits of One For The Treble issued on blue vinyl.
Label: Ol’ Skool Flava / Tuff City
Notes: Reissued on Tuff City’s subsidiary label, One For The Treble, is slightly shorter than the original release. It is backed with the previously unreleased Davy’s Scratch which doesn’t have the best sound quality but is possibly the original demo for Have You Seen Davy which was released on Def Jam in 1987.
Label: Tuff City
Notes: This release features an electro instrumental plus alternative rap version which featured Queens natives, Leonie J and Sweet Tee. Leonie was the female counterpart to Jerome Prister in Output before appearing on this track rapping in a British accent and Sweet Tee went on to sign with Profile Records and release a number of singles and an album.
There are two label variations for this release, one of which has the Scratch Mix and one which doesn’t. Despite this, musically, both pressings are the same. Both pressings, however, have different track times to those printed on the labels, therefore, I’ve noted the actual times in the tracklist above.