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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Drum Machine – Drum Machine

Jayco Records (US) [JC-001] 1982 Jay Burnett aka Burzootie aka Drum Machine recorded this track for his very own label, Jayco Records in 1982. It was the only release on the label. He’d previously worked with Arthur Baker as an engineer on Bambaataa’s “Planet Rock” and it’s his vocals you hear saying “Rock, rock the planet rock, don’t stop”. This […]

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The Russell Brothers – Party Scene

Portrait (US) [4R9-04086] 1983 Bronx natives, The Russell Brothers were members of the Zulu Nation and were introduced to Larry Joseph by their brother-in-law. Soon after, Larry managed to get them a single deal with Portrait and went on to write, produce and play all the instruments on their only general release, although they did release a special promo only […]

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Sugarhill Gang – Rapper’s Reprise (Jam-Jam)

Sugar Hill Records (US) [SH-545] 1980   Commercially unreleased second offering from Master Gee, Wonder Mike & Big Bank Hank (R.I.P.) in the US. “Rapper’s Reprise” is a nice disco boogie rap follow up to “Rapper’s Delight” and The Sequence while the flip has a slightly harder sound and also contains a nice drum break which has been sampled by […]

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