Various Artists YO! BOOMBOX: Early Independent Hip Hop, Electro And Disco Rap 1979-83

Soul Jazz Records
19th May 2023

Format Info

3LP + 7" - Deluxe Edition
* Deluxe triple LP * 3x full inner sleeves of extensive sleeve notes * Exclusive photography and original label artwork * Bonus super-rare 7” single of ‘Magic’s Rap’ by Magic’s Trick

Yo! Boombox is the new instalment of Soul Jazz Records’ Boombox series on the early days of hip-hop on vinyl and features some of the many innovative underground first-wave of early rap and disco rap records made in the USA in the period 1979-83.

The album includes the first releases of seminal groups such as Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five and The Funky Four Plus One More through to a host of rarities and little-known obscurities such as the Carver Area High School band’s ‘Get Live 83’, an awesome record made at a Chicago high school.

These 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 first took place in the Bronx in the mid-1970s. Where the first DJs – Flash, Kool Herc and Bambaataa – were back-spinning, mixing and scratching together now classic breakbeat records like The Incredible Bongo Band – Apache or Babe RuthThe Mexican, these first pre-sampling rap records were all made using live bands, often replaying then current disco tunes. As Chic’s ‘Good Times’ was to ‘RappersDelight’, the songs here feature then-current dancefloor hits such as the Tom Tom Club’sGenius of Love’, Cheryl Lynn’sTo Be Real’, MFSB’sLove Is the Message’ while MCs rapped over the top, creating a unique new sound. In fact, the links between disco and rap date back earlier to the ‘party style’ MCing of figures such as the legendary DJ Hollywood or radio DJs like Frankie Crocker.

This new Soul Jazz Records collection celebrates these first old-school rap records, bringing together rare, classic and obscure tracks released in the early days of rap.

Deluxe Edition with exclusive photography, original label artwork and bonus super-rare 7” single of ‘Magic’s Rap’ by Magic’s Trick.

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