Afrika & The Zulu Kings – Cars

Posse Records (US) [POS-1221] 1986 Afrika Islam learnt the art of mixing and producing under the guidance of Afrika Bambaataa. He was a DJ and MC for the legendary Rock Steady Crew and was also a brief member of the World Famous Supreme Team before moving to Los Angeles where he became good friends with Ice T. They teamed up […]

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Afrika & The Zulu Kings – The Beach

Posse Records (US) [POS-1222] 1986 This was the more uptempo follow-up to “Cars”, an idea put together by Vansilk using replayed elements from Eric Clapton’s “Layla”. The track was once again produced by the artists and was mixed by Afrika Islam and Grandmaster Caz. There are a couple of Japanese reissues of this track complete with additional dance remixes plus […]

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Afrika Bambaataa & Family – Who Do You Think You’re Funking With? (Test Pressing)

Tommy Boy (US) [TB 865] 1985 Unreleased track from the “Planet Rock” album produced by Fats Comet and featuring Melle Mel with the addition of Busy Bee & Ikey C on the B side. This only ever made it to the test pressing stage and was never released. Side A Who Do You Think You’re Funking With? (featuring Melle Mel) […]

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Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five – Superappin’

Enjoy Records (US) [6001] 1979 Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five were formed in the Bronx. Flash honed his skills alongside the L Brothers before recruiting Cowboy, Melle Mel & Kidd Creole as emcee’s. They were originally known as the Three MC’s but were joined shortly after by Rahiem, formerly of the Funky Four, and Mr. Ness aka Scorpio at […]

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Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five – Super Rappin’ No.2

Enjoy Records (US) [ER-6011] 1980 This is the second release from Flash and the group and is just a shorter re-vocalled version of Superappin’ with slightly cleaner and more polished music. The original pressing had a red label but there are also 3 silver label reissues with the same catalogue number but different text layouts, one of which also has […]

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Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five – The Message

Sugar Hill Records (US) [SH-584] 1982 This is probably the most well known track by Grandmaster Flash and The Furious Five and was a break from the usual party anthems. It was slower than other records of the time and had a synthesized hook with lyrics that told of the hardships of urban life. The main track only featured Melle […]

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The Younger Generation – We Rap More Mellow

Brass Records (US) [BRDS 2504] 1979 The Younger Generation consisted of Grandmaster Flash, Melle Mel, The Kidd Creole, Rahiem, Mr. Ness aka Scorpio & Keef Cowboy otherwise collectively known as Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five. Based around the disco jam “Every Way But Loose” by Oneness Of Juju, the track was produced by Terry Lewis who released it without […]

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