Stetsasonic was formed in Brooklyn in 1982 by friends, Daddy-O (Glen Bolton) & MC Delite (Marvin Wright) and were originally named The Stetson Brothers. Their deejay, DJ Bushon, introduced them to Crown Supreme (S. Mitchell), after which, they renamed themselves The Stetsasonic 3 MC’s and in the same year recorded two dubplates, ‘It’s New (Fresh Rap)’ and ‘Children Learn What They Live’.
Things went quiet and Crown Supreme left the group and went on to become an accomplished DJ, while at the same time, a larger collective formed, consisting of Daddy-O, MC Delite, DBC (Marvin Nemley), Wise aka The Human Mix Machine (Leonardo Roman), Prince Paul (Paul Huston) and Fruitkwan (Arnold Hamilton). The group’s drummer, Bobby Simmons, also joined the collective but it was just after the release of their debut album.
The group won a rap contest for WBLS in 1984 which lead to a recording contract with Sylvia Robinson‘s Sugarhill Records, however, the extremely poor contract was rejected by the group in favour of the 2nd place prize, a deal with Tommy Boy Music. The rest, as they say, is history.
In 1985 they released their debut single, Just Say Stet, for Tommy Boy followed by an album the following year. The second single, Go Stetsa I, was released in 1987, therefore, in keeping with the rest of the site, I have only listed the first single.
Label: Tommy Boy
Notes: When released the single came with a free Stet sticker under the shrink wrap. The instrumental features a locked groove at the end so it continues to repeat ‘Stet’ until you remove the arm.