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Davy DMX

Member of:

Orange Krush

Real name:

David Reeves Jr.

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 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 subsiduary 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 seems to be an original demo for ‘Have You Seen Davy’ which was issued on Def Jam Recordings in 1987.
Davy DMX - One For The Treble Record Store Day 2014 reissue 7", side A label
Davy DMX - The DMX Will Rock, B side to One For The Treble Record Store Day 2014 reissue 7" , side B label

Also of note are two seperate 7″ reissues of ‘One For The Treble.

The first was issued for Record Store Day 2014 and featured ‘The DMX Will Rock’ on the flip. It was also issued in a 7″ Tuff City company sleeve.

The second was issued for Record Store Day 2019 and featured edited versions of the vocal and instrumental. It was also pressed on blue vinyl.

Davy DMX - One For The Treble Record Store Day 2014 reissue 7" in Tuff City sleeve
Davy DMX - One For The Treble Record Store Day 2019 reissue 7" on blue vinyl

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]

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