Soul Jazz Records Present - Boombox 1
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 initially 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.
Triple heavyweight vinyl includes full artwork, text and notes as well as free download code.
Mr. Sweety G - At The Place To Be
Love Bug Star-Ski & The Harlem World Crew - Positive Life
Neil B - Body Rock
Super 3 - Philosophy Rappin’ Spree
Bramsam - Move Your Body
Black Bird & Kevski - On The Go
Count Coolout - Rhythm Rap Rock
Harlem World Crew - Rappers Convention
Willie Wood & The Willie Wood Crew - Willie Rap
Bon-Rock & The Rhythm
Rebellion - Searching Rap
Sugar Daddy - One More Time
Spoonie Gee & The Treacherous Three - The New Rap Language
TJ Swan - And You Know That
Portable Patrol - Cop Bop
Master Jay - We Are People Too
Sweet G - Boogie Feelin’ Rap
Mistafide - Equidity Funk