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Boombox – Early Independent Hip Hop, Electro and Disco Rap 1979-82

SOUL JAZZ RECORDS

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New release on Soul Jazz Records released 3 June 2016

Distributed in USA by RED EYE

Soul Jazz Records’ new ‘Boombox’ features some of the many innovative underground first-wave of rap records made in New York in the period 1979-82, all released on small, independent, often family-concern record companies, at a time when hip-hop music still remained under the radar.

This first exuberant wave of innocent, upbeat, ‘party on the block’ rap records were the first to try and create the sounds heard in community centres, block parties and street jams that first took place in the Bronx in the mid-1970s. But where Flash, Kool Herc and Bambaataa were back-spinning, mixing and scratching together now classic breakbeat records like The Incredible Bongo Band’s ‘Apache’ or Babe Ruth’s ‘The Mexican’, these first rap records were all made using live bands, often replaying then current disco tunes, whilst MCs rapped over the top, creating a unique sound that later became known derisively as ‘old school’.

And while hip-hop started in the Bronx, rap on vinyl began in Harlem where long-time established rhythm and blues producer-owned record companies such as Joe Robinson’s Enjoy Records, Paul Winley’s Winley Records, Delmar Donnel’s Delmar International and Jack ‘Fatman’ Taylor’s Rojac and Tayster were the first off the mark to realise the commercial potential of rap music – releasing early ground-breaking records that all quickly followed in the wake of the first rap record, The Sugarhill Gang’s Rappers Delight, a million-selling worldwide hit.

This collection celebrates these first old-school rap records, bringing together rare, classic and obscure tracks released in the early days of rap.

Deluxe double CD-pack comes with slipcase, 40-page outsize perfect-bound booklet, extensive notes, exclusive photography and original label artwork. Triple-vinyl heavyweight vinyl includes full artwork, text and notes as well as free download code.

Release Date
03 June 2016

3×LP
Cat. No.: SJRLP334
Barcode: 5026328003344
2×CD
Cat. No.: SJRCD334
Barcode: 5026328203348
MP3 Release
Cat. No.: SJRD334
Barcode: 5026328403342
Tracklisting
1 Mr Sweety G – At The Place To Be
2 Love Bug Star-Ski and The Harlem World Crew – Positive Life
3 Neil B – Body Rock
4 Super 3 – Philosophy Rappin’ Spree
5 Bramsam – Move Your Body
6 Black Bird & Kevski – On The Go
7 Count Coolout – Rhythm Rap Rock (CD only)
8 Harlem World Crew – Rappers Convention
9 Willie Wood & The Willie Wood Crew – Willie Rap
10 Bon-Rock & The Rhythm Rebellion – Searching Rap
11 Sugar Daddy – One More Time
12 Spoonie Gee and The Treacherous Three – The New Rap Language
13 TJ Swan – And You Know That
14 Portable Patrol – Cop Bop
15 Master Jay – We Are People Too
16 Sweet G – Boogie Feelin’ Rap
17 Mistafide – Equidity Funk

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