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Boombox 1 (Early Independent Hip Hop, Electro And Disco Rap 1979-82) – Various

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Ships from: Melbourne


The rhythmic speaking or singing of rhymed lyrics to a beat was a big thing among New York's African-American youth in the late 1970s. Sprechgesang also became popular outside the Bronx and Harlems following the sales hit "Rapper's Delight", with which the Sugarhill Gang shot the new hip-hop music genre through the ceiling in 1979.

Those were the days when Grandmaster Flash, Kool Herc and Afrika Bambaataa became icons and shaped a sound that purists today appreciate as old school. The compilation "Boombox", which is lovingly compiled by Soul Jazz as usual and comes with a thick booklet, delves into this period with 17 innovative recordings from the years 1979-82.

At that time, the songs were released by small, Harlem-based labels such as Enjoy, Winley, Delmar or Rojac and Tayster, which until then had specialized in Rhythm & Blues. They were the first to recognize the commercial potential of hip-hop and produced tracks with Mr. Sweety G, Super 3, Bon-Rock & The Rhythm Rebellion, Sugar Daddy, Master Jay, Harlem World Crew, Black Bird & Kevski, Spoonie Gee, Mistafide or Count Coolout. A selection of their tracks can be found on "Boombox".

Release details

Label: Soul Jazz Records
Format: Vinyl, LP, Compilation
Units: 3
Country: UK
Released: 2016
Style: Disco


A1 At The Place To Be
A2 Positive Life
A3 Body Rock
B1 Philosophy Rappin' Spree
B2 Move Your Body
C1 On The Go
C2 Rappers Convention
C3 Willie Rap
D1 Searching Rap
D2 One More Time
D3 The New Rap Language
E1 And You Know That
E2 Cop Bop
E3 We Are People Too
F1 Boogie Feelin' Rap
F2 Equidity Funk