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Various Artists / Soul Jazz Records Presents

BOOMBOX 3: Early Independent Hip Hop, Electro And Disco Rap 1979-83

Soul Jazz Records


Released: 1st Jun 2018


heavyweight 3lp + download

Released: 1st Jun 2018


Soul Jazz Records’ impeccable series delves even deeper into the overlooked cuts that formed the dawn of hip-hop; coops cites this as “the best volume yet!”, which is high praise indeed.

After the explosion of hip hop in the parks and clubs of The Bronx in the mid-1970s, it was in Harlem where the first rap records emerged at the end of 1979 - an avalanche of superb rap tracks released on small independent labels all trying to capitalise on the success of ‘Rapper’s Delight’. The extensive sleevenotes discuss hip hop’s trajectory from the first wave of Bronx creativity - the legendary DJs Kool Herc, Grandmaster Flash and Afrika Bambaataa - through to its arrival in Harlem via the entrepreneurism of old-school African-American rhythm and blues producers and émigré Jamaican producers all living in New York.

BOOMBOX 3: Early Independent Hip Hop, Electro And Disco Rap 1979-83


  1. Majestics - Class A
  2. Brother's Disco - Thumpi
  3. Mifflin Ensemble - On The Move
  4. Sherod - Schooling (Put Your Mind To The Message)
  5. Sugar Daddy - Another One Bites The Dust
  6. Family Four - Rap Attack
  7. She - Ms D.J. Rap It Up!
  8. The Caution Crew - Rhythm Rock (Part 1)
  9. Poor Boy Rappers - The D.J. Rap
  10. Family - Family Rap
  11. Bobby Deemo - Bugs-B-Skate Rap
  12. Teen-Machine - Teen-Machine Rap
  13. T.J. Swann & Company - Get Fly
  14. Poor Boy Rappers - Low Rider Rap
  15. Sicle Cell & Rhapazooty - Rhapazooty In Blue
  16. Mr. Fox - Smooth Talk
  17. Solid C, Bobby D & Kool Drop - Wack Ra
  18. Disco Daddy & Capt. Rapp - The Gigolo Rapp