2 Live Crew – The Revelation

Fresh Beat Records (US) [FBR-001] 1984 Treach DJ Mr. Mixx and Fresh Kid Ice originally rapped together as the Rock On Crew before joining forces with Amazing Vee and renaming the group the 2 Live Crew. This is their debut release and features much more socially conscious lyrics than their later sexually explicit releases which they are famous for. There […]

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2 Live Crew – What I Like

Fresh Beat Records (US) [FBR-002] 1985 This is the second release from original 2 Live Crew members and the final release for short-lived Fresh Beat Records. The scratch version featuring the beatbox solo by MC Jammin C was made famous here in the UK by the likes of Mike Allen. Amazing Vee left the group following this release. There is […]

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C-Jam & Kid Frost – Commando Rock

Baja Records (US) [B-52] 1984 Another classic West Coast electro track, this time courtesy of C-Jam and Kid Frost featuring Dr. Rock, formerly a DJ for the World Class Wreckin Cru before they ventured into recording, and The 3 C’s. Production is by Allen Perada aka Lefty and David Storrs aka The Alien Wizard. Side A Commando Rock (Battle Mix) […]

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Captain Rapp – Bad Times (I Can’t Stand It)

Saturn Records (US) [SAT-2003] 1983 Two years after “The Gigolo Rap” Captain Rapp returns with a West Coast politically conscious response to Grandmaster Flash’s “The Message” arranged by the legendary production duo of Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis and Rich Cason and featuring the vocal talents of Kimberly Ball. Part 2 on the B side is actually just Kimberly without […]

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Daniel Sofer – One Hundred Speakers

Saturn Records (US) [SAT-2008] 1984 Daniel Sofer was a producer and keyboard player from the West Coast. He worked for Oberheim Electronics where he wrote the manual and recorded the drum samples for the DMX drum machine and in 1982 also released an experimental 7″. Around the same time he had a meeting with Cletus Anderson from Saturn Records resulting […]

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Facade – The Groove

Techno Hop Records (US) [THR-4] 1985 Following the death of Louis King, Andre ‘Unknown DJ’ Manuel and Darryll ‘Lyrrad’ Davis formed the group Facade and released this electro funk instrumental. There are a few label variations which are pictured below. Side A The Groove [4:52] Bonus Groove – Drumapella [4:52] Side B The Groove (Drive To Hollywood Version) [7:02]

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Ice T – Cold Wind Madness b/w The Coldest Rap

Saturn Records (US) [SAT-1002] 1983   East Coast born and West Coast raised, Tracy Marrow aka Ice T is one of the West Coast hip hop legends. After school he served in the US military and had plans on pursuing a career as a DJ and club promoter but despite his attempts to stay on the straight and narrow he found […]

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Ice T – Killers b/w Body Rock

Electrobeat Records (US) [EB002] 1985   Second release on Electrobeat Records, this time by West Coast hip hop pioneer Ice T. The track is produced by and features The Alien Wizard aka David Storrs on the chorus. There are a couple of label colour variations plus a mid 2000’s repress. As you can see from the images, the repress is […]

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L.A. Dream Team – Calling On The Dream Team

Dream Team Records (US) [DTR-629] 1985 This is the debut release from West Coast group L.A. Dream Team. The group was formed by Chris “Snake Puppy” Wilson and Rudy Pardee (R.I.P.) and was the first release on their own label, Dream Team Records. There a a few label variations for this release as pictured below and all have the same […]

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L.A. Dream Team – The Dream Team Is In The House!

Dream Team Records (US) [DTR-631] 1985 This was the final release as a group on their own label before getting a major label deal with MCA. Once again there are a few label variations. The original release had a full picture sleeve with a red label and had the artist name L.A. Dream Team on the label but The Dream […]

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