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VA / Soul Jazz Records presents

BOOMBOX 2: Early Independent Hip Hop, Electro And Disco Rap 1979-83

Soul Jazz Records


Released: 2nd Jun 2017


3LP + download

Released: 2nd Jun 2017


a fitting follow up to one of our favourite soul jazz comps (and with their catalogue, that’s really saying something…) that features a glut of talent cherry picked from some the earliest hip hop records that came out of New York City.

following the enormous commercial success of the first ever rap record, ‘Rapper’s Delight’ by the Sugarhill Gang, in September 1979 Artists and producers alike tried to jump aboard the new commercial possibilities of hip hop. By the end of the year there were 30 hip hop singles, all released by independent New York labels. ‘Boombox 2’ tells the story of how hip hop went from its evolutionary roots in the Bronx through DJs Kool Herc, Grandmaster Flash and Afrika Bambaataa through to its second phase where veteran music producers - Paul Winley, Peter Brown, Joe Robinson and others - all based in Harlem, began to put rap on vinyl for the first time.

BOOMBOX 2: Early Independent Hip Hop, Electro And Disco Rap 1979-83


  1. Harlem World Crew - Let’s Rock
  2. Lonnie Love - Young Ladies
  3. Kool DJ A.J. - Ah, That’s The Joint
  4. Terry Lewis & Wild Flower - The Peoples Message Take Two
  5. Rappers Rapp Group - Rappin’ Partee Groove (Club Version)
  6. Eddie Cheba - Lookin’ Good
  7. MC Rock Lovely - One Time Two Time Blow Your Mind
  8. Little Starsky - Dancin’ Party People
  9. Manujothi - Shake Your Body
  10. Busy Bee - School Days
  11. T.J. Swann, Pee Wee Mel & Swann Controllers - Maximus Party
  12. Margo’s Kool Out Crew - Death Rap
  13. Grand Master Chilly T & Stevie G - Rock The Message Rap
  14. Zoot II - Dr. Ice Rap