The Beat Boys – Be Bop Rock

Sugarscoop Records (US) [SS-423] 1983 The Beat Boys were Franky D (Frank Robinson) and Mr. Slick (Steven Randolph). The simple story here is that the group submitted a rap using ‘Hip Hop Be Bop’ by Man Parrish as the music and Sugarscoop liked it so much that they decided to release it. The group also recorded as MC Connection for […]

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C.O.D. – In The Bottle

Emergency Records (US) [EMDS 6535] 1983 Although pictured as a trio on some European sleeves, C.O.D. was actually the production duo of Man Parrish and Raul Rodriguez (R.I.P.)…again! (Two Sisters, Rama, etc). Tired of being ripped off by record labels they created C.O.D. (Cash On Delivery) with the idea to be paid once a track was finished instead of waiting for […]

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C.O.D. – Uphill (Peace Of Mind)

Emergency Records (US) [EMDS 6545] 1984 This is the second cover version from C.O.D. and was their final release as this group. The track was originally written by Frederick Knight and recorded by The Gospel Truth followed by Knight himself but was made famous by the Kid Dynamite version that appears on the legendary Ultimate Breaks And Beats series. Side […]

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Double Dee & Steinski – Lessons

Tommy Boy (US) [TB 867] 1985 In 1983 Tommy Boy launched a competition officially titled ‘Hey Mr. DJ Play That Beat Down By Law Switch The Licks Mastermix Contest’ to find new remixes of G.L.O.B.E. & Whiz Kid’s “Play That Beat” which would hopefully boost sales. The prize was the complete Tommy Boy catalogue of releases to date, a t-shirt, $100 and […]

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Man Parrish – Boogie Down (Bronx)

Sugarscoop Records (US) [SS-430] 1984 Another classic track from the production duo of Parrish & Rodriguez, this time featuring the vocal talents of John Carter aka MC Cool Johnski. Although not exactly an answer version, it was made with a response to Afrika Bambaataa’s “Looking For The Perfect Beat” and has one of the most memorable basslines of all the […]

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Man Parrish – Hey There, Homeboys

Sugarscoop Records (US) [SS-433] 1985 Although this is by far the last track from Man Parrish it’s the last hip hop/electro track of the period covered. It features a vocoder intro then the vocal talents of the same two receptionists, Theresa and Tracey, that appeared on the Two Sisters releases and worked at Sugarscoop. Manny & Raul wrote the lyrics and […]

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Man Parrish – Hip Hop, Be Bop (Don’t Stop)

Importe/12 records (US) [MP-321] 1982 After headlining Andy Warhol’s Studio 54 club and having a then unknown Madonna as his warm up act, legendary producer Manuel “Manny” Parrish finally released one of the all-time classic electro releases “Hip Hop Be Bop”, produced by himself and Raul Rodriguez (R.I.P.). He actually debuted before this with some production for his good friend […]

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Tim Greene – The Facts Of Life

Sugarscoop Records (US) [SS-431] 1985 Second track by Tim Greene, produced by Raul Rodriguez (R.I.P.) and featuring Baby T and the debut appearance of Lady Crush. The track was recorded in 1984 but wasn’t released until 1985 after “The Dub Of Life” was added. Side A The Facts Of Life [5:00] Side B The Dub Of Life [6:50]

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Two Sisters – B-Boys Beware

Sugarscoop Records (US) [SS-426 / SS-427] 1983 Great follow-up to “High Noon” and probably the most memorable track featuring Emcee Popper G.L.O.B.E. aka MC G.L.O.B.E. of Soul Sonic Force. It appeared on the Street Sounds Electro Series amongst others. There are a couple of different versions for this release. There is a standard release with three versions of the title […]

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