**The phone rings at Traffic Entertainment Group’s headquarters**
“Hey young man, it’s Jack.”
“BIG JACK! Everrrrybody knows Big Jack!”
For some reason, just by the tone in “Big Jack’s” friendly (yet confident)
voice, I instantly came to the revelation that I was speaking with Jack Allen, co-founder of the legendary Hip Hop label, B-Boy Records. He didn’t have to say it. It was an honor to come into contact with the man “you just can’t trust”, to loosely quote KRS.
If indeed it is true, that everybody knows Big Jack, the same certainly can’t be said about his and Bill Kamarra’s B-Boy Records. Even the most thorough vinyl aficionado would have a troubling time attempting to induce what went on day-to-day at the label’s offices. Little to nothing has been documented, save for a few non-linear stories told energetically by Jack, or another B-Boy affiliate, Freddy Fresh.
The label’s releases alone can be perplexing. For every “Criminal Minded” there is a “Hardcore X-Mas.” For every Levi 167 “Something Fresh To Swing To” there is a Frozen Explosion “Iwo Jima.” Some may say that all the label had was the genius of Boogie Down Productions… but those people are dummies. B-Boy had a string of releases that may have gone unnoticed by the mass Hip Hop crowd, but were revered by fans who were seeking out the gritty New York drum sound and the brilliantly rough mix that made cult favorites like Busy Boys’ “Classical” and The Brothers “You Can’t Win” highly sought out releases to this day.
Here at Traffic Entertainment Group’s offices we have been tediously going through the B-Boy master reels to pull together a collection of rarities and alternates for your listening pleasure. Highlights include the previously unreleased, and some may argue superior, original version of J.V.C. F.O.R.C.E.’s “Doin’ Damage,” as well as a masterful edit of “The Bridge Is Over” by the modern-day Latin Rascals, The Bladerunners. Throw in some unreleased a capellas, a never before released Kool Moe Dee dis track, and the absolute best the label had to offer that you couldn’t get your hands on, and you got yourself some musical rock candy. B-Boy Records and Traffic Entertainment Group proudly present “B-Boy Records: The Archives (Rare & Unreleased).”
FRESH… for 2008… you SUCKERSssssss! (That will NEVER get old)