Hip Hop Be Bop

Davy DMX

Member of:

Orange Krush

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’.

Prior to his debut solo release Davy also provided backing vocals for a number of releases from Kurtis Blow and produced tracks by Spoonie Gee, Spyder C and Output.

Black & white image of Davy DMX

One For The Treble (Fresh) [1984]

Label: Tuff City / CBS Records
Catalogue #: 4Z9 04955
Year: 1984
Format: 12″
Country of Origin: US

 Side A
One For The Treble (Fresh) (Vocal Mix) [6:32]

Side B
One For The Treble (Fresh) (Instrumental) [5:46]
Bonus Beats [1:48]

Label: Ol’ Skool Flava / Tuff City Records
Catalogue #: OSF 121007
Year: 1995
Format: 12″
Country of Origin: US

Side A
One For The Treble

Side B
Davy’s Scratch

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 Records
Catalogue #: TUF 45 0903
Year: 2014
Format: 7″
Country of Origin: US

Side A
One For The Treble (Fresh) [4:35]

Side B
The DMX Will Rock [4:32]

NOTES: Released for Record Store Day 2014 and issued in a Tuff City 7″ company sleeve.

Label: Tuff City Records
Catalogue #: ZS4 04355P
Year: 2019
Format: 7″
Country of Origin: UK/Europe

Side A
One For The Treble (Fresh) (Vocal Mix) [4:31]

Side B
One For The Treble (Fresh) (Instrumental Mix – Edit) [4:30]

NOTES: Reissued on blue vinyl for Record Store Day 2019

The DMX Will Rock [1985]

This was the highly successful follow-up to ‘One For The Treble’ and included 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 which, one of which has the ‘Scratch Mix’ and one which doesn’t. Despite this, musically, both pressings are exactly the same. Both pressings, however, have different track times to those printed on the labels. The actual track times are:

A1 = 4:32
A2 = 5:32
A3 = 2:05
B1 = 4:32
B2 = 3:45

Label: Tuff City Records
Catalogue #: TUF 120003
Year: 1985
Format: 12″
Country of Origin: US

Side A
The DMX Will Rock (Scratch Mix) [4:32]
The DMX Will Rock (Rap Mix featuring Leonie J & Sweet Tee) [4:32]
Bonus Beats [1:43]

Side B
The DMX Will Rock (Scratch Instrumental) [4:32]
The DMX Will Rock (Rap Instrumental) [4:32]

Label: Tuff City Records
Catalogue #: TUF 120003
Year: 1985
Format: 12″
Country of Origin: US

Side A
The DMX Will Rock [4:06]
The DMX Will Rock (Rap Mix featuring Leonie J & Sweet Tee) [3:52]
Bonus Beats [1:07]

Side B
The DMX Will Rock (Instrumental) [4:06]
The DMX Will Rock (Rap Instrumental) [3:52]