Afrika Bambaataa & Family – Kick Out The Jams (Promo)

Tommy Boy (US) [TB 880] 1986 Third and final single from Bambaataa’s second album but this was a promotional only issue and was never officially released. The title track is a cover version of infamous 1969 track by MC5 (Motor City Five) with Bam on vocals and goes to showcase his very diverse taste in music. “Funk Jam Party” is […]

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Afrika Bambaataa & The Soul Sonic Force – Planet Rock

Tommy Boy (US) [TB 823] 1982 Although electronic music was nothing new, this is the track that really kick-started the whole electro sound. The music is by labelmates Planet Patrol who re-used it for their own release “Play At Your Own Risk” and uses elements of Kraftwerk’s “Numbers” and “Trans Europe Express”. It features Bambaataa and Jazzy Jay plus the […]

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Bon Rock & The Rythem Rebellion – Searching Rap

Reelin & Rockin Records (US) [1001/1002] 1981 This is the debut release for Bon Rock (Keith Rodgers) and was the first for Reelin & Rockin Records based in Staten Island. He was a DJ at the time and had his own show called Bon Rock Live on W.H.B.I. 105.9FM. The track used the classic disco track “Searching To Find The […]

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Choice MC’s / Fresh Gordon – Beat Of The Street b/w Gordy’s Groove

Tommy Boy (US) [TB 871] 1985 Second release by Choice MC’s and the first to feature Gordon Pickett aka Fresh Gordon as a solo artist. Gordon went on to release a couple more records for Tommy Boy before choosing to remain on the production side where he felt his talent really was. “Gordy’s Groove” was a last minute record put […]

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Cybotron – Clear

Fantasy (US) [D-216] 1983 This was the groups second release for Fantasy and really propelled them into the hip hop/electro limelight courtesy of the Jose “Animal” Diaz remix which featured on many compilations, most notably on the UK’s own Street Sounds Electro series. Industrial Lies on the B side was a more Kraftwerk style track similar to their previous releases […]

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Rammellzee vs K. Rob – Beat Bop

Tartown Record Co. (US) [TT001] 1983 Born in 1960 in Queens, New York, Rammellzee (R.I.P.) was an artist who began bombing the subway trains with the likes of legendary graffiti artist, Dondi (R.I.P.). He was well known for his artwork and futuristic masks and costumes which he would regularly wear. Imagine the hip hop equivalent of Sun-Ra and you have […]

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Roxanne with U.T.F.O. – The Real Roxanne

Select Records (US) [FMS 62256] 1984 Following Roxanne Shante’s scathing reply to ‘Roxanne, Roxanne’, U.T.F.O. sensed an opportunity and released this response to ‘Roxanne’s Revenge’. They hired a female rapper named Elease Jacks and crafted the persona of The Real Roxanne. As a bit of a twist they wrote the lyrics for Elease but actually dissed themselves. Elease was uncredited […]

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Schoolly D – C.I.A…. (Crime In Action)

Schoolly-D Records (US) [SD 666222] 1985 Second release from Schoolly D and what seems to be the first on his own label. The track features scratching from DJ D.L.B. and was supposed to appear on a forthcoming album entitled “C.I.A.” but this was never released. The record had a limited reissue in 2013 on Canadian label Roots Forward Records with […]

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T-Ski Valley – Catch The Beat

Grand Groove Records (US) [GG 7701] 1981 Bronx native, T-Ski Valley began his music career as a DJ with his MC partner Disco Prince under the group name, The Erotic Disco Brothers before joining with DJ Kool Herc & The Herculords as an MC in Fly Force with Shambu & Mercury (R.I.P.) of the Jazzy 4 MC’s plus Mr. Bee. […]

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U.T.F.O. – Hanging Out / Roxanne, Roxanne

Select Records (US) [FMS 62254] 1984 This is the second release from UTFO and is in a similar style to Beats and Rhymes with fast raps and a singing chorus but was very much overshadowed by the B side. ‘Roxanne Roxanne’ was based on a recreation of Billy Squier’s ‘The Big Beat’ and was about dissing a fictitious girl called […]

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