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 rock it dont stop it rapping to the boogie beat in brooklyn boston beyond 1979 1983
 rock it dont stop it rapping to the boogie beat in brooklyn boston beyond 1979 1983 rock it dont stop it rapping to the boogie beat in brooklyn boston beyond 1979 1983

Various Artists (Compiled By: Sean P): Rock It... Don't Stop It! Rapping To The Boogie Beat In Brooklyn, Boston & Beyond, 1979-1983

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Without doubt, funk is the father of hip-hop - and although disco is sometimes viewed as somewhat anathematic to that movement, it's worth remembering that for a while at least, it provided the vehicle that brought rap out of New York and presented it to the world - and the results of these divergent musical styles crossing paths still resonate around the globe.

It's easy to forget or play down the importance of the Sugarhill Gang's 'Rapper's Delight' - an unusual, clever novelty record that was cocksure and playful, which burned up the commercial airwaves in 1979. It was followed swiftly by Kurtis Blow's 'Christmas Rapping', which also charted and gave Top Of The Pops its first on-stage rapper in early 1980. Although it wasn't yet referred to as hip-hop in the UK, rap had already made itself known to the record-buying public at large - and as the rap 12-inch single was barely a year old, this was an incredible feat for such a nascent scene.

The largely independent rap releases which had been slowly but steadily trickling out of the US would occasionally, like Sugarhill's appropriation of Chic's 'Good Times', take their musical cues from popular club tracks of the day - and disco-derived rap records were plenty. 'Rock It... Don't Stop It!' features a selection of forgotten or relatively obscure rap singles from the '79-'83 period, universally known as 'old school', which fall into this category. Inspiration for these vignettes from hip-hop's evolution range from classic party rockers by Cheryl Lynn, through to Yazoo (and, no doubt, 'Rapper's Delight') and the featured MCs give it their best shot with humour, earnestness and everything in-between. Although most of these hail from New York state, the under-represented Massachusetts shines alongside a prominent player which at the time had yet to find its own distinctive voice - Los Angeles.

Hip hop and rap are now a dominant force in contemporary music and have constantly adapted to stay relevant, drawing on and absorbing all around them. 'Rock It... Don't Stop It!' goes back over 30 years to their collective big bang moment.

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1. Hardkore - 'Boom'
Producers: K. Tepel; D. Scott; M. Serrette
Year: 1982
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2. Cat Claw And The Better Love Crew - 'The Golden Rule'
Producers: Sir Charles Matthews
Year: 1981
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3. Jazzy 4 MCs - 'MC Rock'
Producers: Novelty-Two Productions; MJ-Dee Jay
Year: 1979
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4. Terry Lewis And Wildflower - 'The People's Message, Take Two'
Producers: Terry Lewis
Year: 1983
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5. Mr Sweet "G" - 'At The Place To Be'
Producers: New Star Productions
Year: 1981
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6. Rappers Rapp Group - 'Rappin' Partee Groove'
Producers: Jerry Robinson; Richard Shaw; Jerry Hooks, Sr.
Year: 1982
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7. Rickey G. & The Everloving Five - 'To The Max'
Producers: Cliff Branch; Glen Adams
Year: 1983
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8. Sinister Two - 'Rock It, Don't Stop It'
Producers: Preston Lassic; Bernard Thomas
Year: 1981
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9. The Jackson Two - 'Oh, Yeah'
Producers: Mel Jackson; Bill Moore
Year: 1980
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10. Kevin Fleetwood And The Cadillacs Of Sound feat. Mark K., L7, Grandmaster C, Therez - 'Sweat (The B Side)'
Producers: Tony Rose
Year: 1983
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Comment: This is loaded with random rap grails that are expensive and hard to find. The only thing that can make a compilation like this better is releasing it in a gatefold sleeve and pressing it on black vinyl. I almost slept on this one and think it's going to be one of my favorite purchases this year.
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