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    Space Funk - Afro Futurist Electro Funk In Space 1976-84Soul Jazz Records

    ‘Space Funk – Afro Futurist Electro Funk in Space 1976-84’, is an intergalactic journey into black space, fuelled by funk, powered by computers.

    ‘Space Funk’ is a lovingly compiled collection of superb, rare and off-the-wall space funk and electro releases mostly released on small independent labels in the late 1970s and 1980s.

    Reactors are reacting, boosters are boosting, pack your funk and shake your booty! Computer funk … makes you jump! This is the space funk program!

    The album comes in deluxe artwork and three formats – digipack + slipcase CD, a very limited deluxe 2xLP + bonus 7” single + download vinyl version, and a standard 2xLP + download standard vinyl version.

    Features music by Jamie Jupitor, Solaris, Robotron 4, Juju & the Space Rangers and many more intergalactic space warriors!

    The shuttle program has been altered – there is no Star Wars only electro funk jam joyriders in Space – hold tight!


    • L E O – Fee Fi Fo Fum
    • The Sonarphonic – Super Breaker
    • Santiago – Bionic Funk
    • Frank Cornilius – Computer Games
    • JUJU & The Space Rangers – Plastic
    • Jamie Jupitor – Computer Power
    • Solaris – Space Invaders
    • Copperfield – Make It Good To Me Baby
    • Robotron 4 – Electro-?
    • Ernest Flippin II – Supersonic Space Lady
    • Funk Machine – Funk Machine
    • Ramsey 2C-3D – Fly Guy and The Unemployed
    • Osé – Computer Funk
    • 7 Below Zero Band – Seven (We Are)
    • Rodney Stepp – Break-Out
    Keith HaringThe World Of Keith HaringSoul Jazz Records

    In collaboration with Tate Liverpool, Soul Jazz Records release this stunning new collection entitled The World of Keith Haring featuring music influential to the artist Keith Haring including Fab 5 Freddy, Yoko Ono, Gray (Jean-Michel Basquiat’s group), The Jonzun Crew, Larry Levan, Talking Heads, Sylvester, Johnny Dynell and many others.

    The World of Keith Haring coincides with the presentation of the first major exhibition in the UK of Keith Haring’s work at Tate Liverpool on now.

    The album comes in deluxe artwork and three formats: Double CD + 48-page book; 3xLP + download vinyl version. All formats of the album feature original photography, extensive sleevenotes and interviews.

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    Haring’s many friends and collaborators included Jean-Michel Basquiat, Andy Warhol, Madonna, Fab 5 Freddy, William Burroughs, Jenny Holzer, Yoko Ono, Bill T Jones, Larry Levan, Timothy Leary, Futura 2000. If you were looking for a person to guide you through the wide variety of nightclub scenes of downtown New York in the 1980s, then Keith Haring would have been your man.

    Keith Haring was diagnosed as HIV-positive in 1988 and died at the age of 31 on February 16, 1990. During his short time on the planet his work featured in over 100 solo and group exhibitions across the world and was seen on subways, in public spaces, on club flyers and consumer products.

    Keith Haring was one of the key members of a group of New York-based artists who redefined the boundaries of modern art in the 1980s. Like his friends, including the artist Jean-Michel Basquiat and graffiti artists Fab 5 Freddy, Lee Quiñones and LA II, Haring helped first bring the aesthetics of graffiti and street art to New York’s downtown; into both the fine art world, with his own shows at the Shafrazi Gallery and Patti Astor’s Fun Gallery, as well as into the alternative punk and new wave club scene, curating art shows at spaces like Club 57 and the infamous Mudd Club.

    During this time the art and music worlds of downtown New York, especially that of the East Village, were colliding as the musical boundary lines between punk rock, dance music and hip-hop also blurred. Musicians were also artists, film-makers or actors. Artists formed bands and music was art. This was the world of Keith Haring’s New York; a collaborative world where the numerous artists he worked with were also friends, all inhabiting the same fertile, febrile and creative world of New York City in the 1980s.

    Music played a central role in the creation of Haring’s art. In 1981 Keith Haring, Fab 5 Freddy and Futura 2000 organised ‘Beyond Words,’ the first downtown graffiti show on the top floor of the Mudd Clubb, with Afrika Bambaataa DJing at the opening, while downstairs the sounds of spiky punk/dance music played to a dancefloor populated with New York’s new punk and no wave glitterati – David Byrne, Deborah Harry, The Contortions et al – who mixed with poor East Village aspiring artists and Studio 54 celebrities like Andy Warhol, Grace Jones and David Bowie.

    At his early solo art shows Haring hired break-dancers and DJs (including his partner Juan Dubose) to play at gallery openings. As hip-hop and electro exploded into the world, body-popping and electro boogie-ing characters also populated Haring’s paintings with much of the kinetic energy of his work part inspired by the dancefloor and street moves of B-Boys and B-Girls.

    But the decisive moment in creating Haring’s musical tastes and inspiration came with a chance discovering of the Paradise Garage one night in 1984 while walking through the streets of the West Village with his friend Fab 5 Freddy. As Haring told biographer John Gruen:

    ‘I have never been the same since I walked into Paradise Garage … The music was phenomenal – Larry Levan was the DJ there and he was like a god in the DJ booth. I was totally mesmerized.’

    Haring fell in love with the Paradise Garage, creating large scale artworks and flyers for the club, flying home from his exhibitions around the world to religiously attend Saturday nights there. Haring became friends with Larry Levan and in 1984 he put on his own Party of Life at the Garage with DJs Levan and Juan Dubose, and live appearances from his friends John Sex and the then-unknown singer Madonna.

    By the second half of the 1980s Haring was spending more and more time away from New York and working in Europe. Despite this he remained connected to New York’s dance culture at all times through a constant stream of cassette mixtapes that he would listen to while working. These mixtapes were supplied by friends and lovers such as Jean Dubose and Gil Vazquez and playlists from the likes of Larry Levan, Frankie Knuckles and Junior Vasquez.

    About the music:

    The music collected on The World of Keith Haring is a combination of rare disco, early electro and New York punk/dance tracks reflecting the vibrant and hybrid world of downtown New York in the 1980s.

    Here you will find early electro from The Jonzun Crew, Adiche and The Extra T’s alongside angular jerky crossover punk/dance and disco/not disco tracks like Pylon’s ‘Danger,’ John Sex’s ‘Bump and Grind’, Yoko Ono’s ‘Walking on Thin Ice’ and Mudd Club DJ Johnny Dynell’s ‘Jam Hot.’

    The music of some of Haring’s favourite visual artists (and friends) also feature heavily including Jean-Michel Basquiat’s experimental group Gray, George Condo’s art rock group The Girls (produced by David Thomas of Pere Ubu) and early rap from Fab Five Freddy.

    Paradise Garage soul and disco classics here include Sylvester’s seminal ‘Over and Over’; London DJ Tony Williams’ fusion of Jamaican dub and New York dance music as The Funk Masters, Damon Harris’s uplifting ‘It’s Music’ and disco producers extraordinaire Peter Brown and Patrick Adams’ homage to the new phenomenon of the day – The Guardian Angels of the New York subway system.

    Together these are some of the tracks first heard in New York’s prolific underground club scene of the 1980s – including Club 57, The Mudd Club, Danceteria, Hurrah, Area, The Fun Club, Tier 3, The Palladium, Roxy, Pyramid and Paradise Garage. Haring was a regular face at many of these clubs, often a creative participant, both shaping and defining the cultural identity of downtown New York.

    Also included is a track by the long-standing French experimental group Art Zoyd. ‘Sortie 134’ made as part of the music for ‘Le Mariage du Ciel et de L’Enfer’ (‘The Marriage of Heaven and Hell’), a ballet created by Roland Petit, choreographer at the National Ballet of Marseille, based upon a collection of pose and poetry by William Blake. As one of many works that Haring took on in Europe at the time, Petit commissioned the artist to create a massive 100-square metre backdrop painting for this show.

    The selection of music on this collection is itself like a mixtape that reflects Haring’s wide-ranging musical influences and connections. And for someone who neither DJ’d nor played in a band he had impeccable musical tastes, with music playing a pivotal part in both his life and work, and functioning as an essential and always present soundtrack to both.

    Exhibition details:

    Keith Haring exhibition at Tate Liverpool 14th June 2019 - 10th November 2019

    In 2020 the show then travels to:

    Centre for Fine Arts (BOZAR), Brussels, Belgium: 5th December 2019 - 20th April 2020

    Folkwang, Essen, Germany: 22nd May 2020 - 20th September 2020

    Formats: Tr 10 CD/D only, Tr 8,14 on deluxe 3xLP/CD/D only

    Reviews:

    "★★★★★ Soul Jazz compilations make an excellent argument for the physical album purchase in the age of Spotify: substantial liner notes, great photos, collections put together to tell a story. The label has outdone itself with this one, released to coincide with Tate Liverpool’s retrospective of Eighties New York’s foremost creator of blocky, stylised pop art." The TIMES


    • B Beat Girls – For The Same Man
    • Damon Harris – It's Music
    • Pylon – Danger
    • The Jonzun Crew – Pak Man (Look Out For The OVC)
    • Funk Masters – Love Money
    • John Sex – Bump and Grind It
    • Sylvester – Over And Over (12" Disco Mix)
    • The Girls – Jeffrey I Hear You
    • Johnny Dynell and New York 88 – Jam Hot (Rhumba Rock)
    • Talking Heads – I Zimbra (on CD version only)
    • Art Zoyd – Sortie 134 (Part 2)
    • Class Action – Weekend (Larry Levan Mix)
    • Adiche – Chuka-Ja (Get Ready)
    • The Girls – The Elephant Man
    • The Golden Flamingo Orchestra – The Guardian Angel Is Watching Over Us
    • Gray – Cut It Up High Priest
    • Extra T’s – E.T. Boogie
    • Convertion – Let's Do It
    • Yoko Ono – Walking On Thin Ice
    • Fab 5 Freddy – Change The Beat
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    Poor Boy RappersThe D.J. RapSoul Jazz Records

    NEW!!!! Bumpin' old school hip-hop BOMB!

    This is second of two KILLER LA private press low-rider original electro rap groovers from the early 80s rap group Poor Boy Rappers

    MASSIVE tune + seriously hip twisted electro instrumental courtesy of the great Rich Cason. BUMPIN!

    SUPER-RARE Originally released in Phoenix, Arizona 1982, new edition LOUD 12" on Soul Jazz Records.

    Limited edition, one-off pressing!!!


    • Poor Boy Rappers – The D.J. Rap
    • Poor Boy Rappers – The D.J. Rap (Instrumental)
    Poor Boy RappersLow Rider RapSoul Jazz Records

    NEW £1000+ KILLER LA low-rider electro rap groover.

    MASSIVE tune + seriously hip twisted electro instrumental courtesy of the great Rich Cason. BUMPIN!

    SUPER-RARE Originally released in Phoenix, Arizona 1982, new edition LOUD 12" on Soul Jazz Records.

    Limited edition, one-off pressing, ONLY AVAILABLE DIRECT FOR 2 MONTHS!

    This is one of two KILLER Poor Boy Rappers 12" - next one coming soon!

    • Poor Boy Rappers – Low Rider Rap
    • Poor Boy Rappers – Low Rider Rap (Instrumental)
    The MajesticsClass A / Key To LoveSoul Jazz Records

    Unbelievably rare old-school party rap 45 single - recently sold for £600 on discogs!

    NEW LTD. edition of 300 copies.

    Only available EXCLUSIVELY to customers at Soul Jazz Records/Sounds of the Universe.


    The Majestics were the first rap group ever to record out of Milwaukee, Wisconsin and the flipside shows off their funk/R&B roots with an incredible sweet soul tune.

    THIS 7-inch can ONLY be bought directly here from Soul Jazz Records or Sounds of the Universe websites and shop and you need to buy this 7" now!

    See all the EXCLUSIVE 45s titles only available here!

    • The Majestics – Class A
    • The Majestics – Key To Love
    • 7"£10.00
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    Boombox 3Soul Jazz Records

    Soul Jazz Records’ new Boombox 3 continues the story of the first rap records to be put onto vinyl. It is a jam-packed collection of original independent ‘old-school’ hip-hop, created with just one thing in mind – to get this party jumping!

    After the explosion of hip hop in the parks and clubs of The Bronx in the mid-1970s, it was in Harlem where the first rap records emerged at the end of 1979 - an avalanche of superb rap tracks released on small independent labels all trying to capitalise on the success of ‘Rappers Delight.’

    Like hip hop culture itself, these first rap singles are the product of their own unique set of aesthetics – exciting and innovative rap performed with Bronx block party B-Boy funk breaks, disco jams and Jamaican sound system culture.

    The extensive sleevenotes discuss hip-hop’s trajectory from the first wave of Bronx creativity – the legendary DJs Kool Herc, Grandmaster Flash and Afrika Bambaataa – through to its arrival in Harlem via the entrepreneurism of old-school African-American rhythm and blues producers and émigré Jamaican producers all living in New York. Along the way the notes discuss everything from the New York power blackout of 1977, the Italian mafia involvement in the music industry, the links between rap and Jamaican dancehall and more besides!

    Boombox 3 features a line-up of stunning, near unknown New York rap artists, classic disco breaks (including Chic’s omnipotent Good Times, MFSB’s Love Is the Message, Queen’s Another One Bites The Dust etc.), proto-electro and more. And by the early 1980s the first rap records outside New York began to emerge – Los Angeles, Houston, Milwaukee, Phoenix – and the first of these are also featured here in this new collection.

    This Soul Jazz Records album is released on heavyweight triple vinyl (+ download code) with full notes, double CD pack with 44-page outsize booklet and slipcase, and digital album.

    Reviews of Boombox series:

    ‘The vital launch pad between hip-hop’s birth and its worldwide impact’ THE WIRE

    ‘This compilation of early rap is a legit party in a box, one of the best Soul Jazz Records releases in years.’ FACT

    • Majestics – Class A
    • Brother's Disco – Thumpin'
    • Mifflin Ensemble – On The Move
    • Sherod – Schooling (Put Your Mind To The Message)
    • Sugar Daddy – Another One Bites The Dust
    • Family Four – Rap Attack
    • She – Ms D.J. Rap It Up !
    • The Caution Crew – Rhythm Rock (Part 1)
    • Poor Boy Rappers – The DJ Rap
    • Family – Family Rap
    • Bobby Deemo – Bugs-B-Skate Rap
    • Teen-Machine – Teen-Machine Rap
    • T.J. Swann & Company – Get Fly
    • Poor Boy Rappers – Low Rider Rap
    • Sicle Cell & Rhapazooty – Rhapazooty In Blue
    • Mr. Fox – Smooth Talk
    • Solid C, Bobby D & Kool Drop – Wack Rap
    • Disco Daddy & Capt. Rapp – The Gigolo Rapp
    Soul Jazz Records presents Boombox 45 Box Set: Early Independent Hip Hop, Electro and Disco RapBOX SETSoul Jazz Records

    Soul Jazz Records’ fantastic new collection of early rap on this unique seven-inch box set comprises five independent, super-rare and collectors’ early hip-hop 45s housed together in bespoke thick card box, all fully re-mastered and presented in their own separate exact replica original artwork, complete with original B-sides for the first time ever.

    This is a stunning selection of old-school party rap meets disco from the early days of hip-hop. Artists include Lady B, Bransam, Manujhoti, TJ Swann, PeeWee Mel and Barry B.

    This box set is a one-off pressing exclusively for Record Store Day.


    • The Majestics – Class A
    • The Majestics – Key To Love
    • Lady B – To The Beat Y'all (Part 1)
    • Lady B – To The Beat Y'all (Part 2)
    • Bramsam – Move Your Body
    • Bramsam – Get Up And Dance Now
    • TJ Swann, Pee Wee Mel and Barry B – Are You Ready (Part 1)
    • TJ Swann, Pee Wee Mel and Barry B – Are You Ready (Part 2)
    • Manujothi – Shake Your Body
    • Manujothi – Shake Your Body (Instrumental)
    • 5×7" Boxset£35.00
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    Boombox 3POSTERSoul Jazz Records

    Oh yes! 50 x 70cm KILLER poster!!

    Choose "Poster Freepost" if you want this poster sent with any other vinyl order item (LP/12" vinyl only) at NO extra postage charge (poster will be folded into six parts)

    Choose "Poster+Tube" if you want the poster rolled up and sent in a customised, protective tube (more expensive to cover postage)

    THIS ALSO means if you want more than one poster then you should only put 'Poster+Tube' for one of the posters and select 'Poster freepost' for any others as the rest will be free shipping.

      Boombox 2Soul Jazz Records

      Soul Jazz Records’ new Boombox 2 is a new selection of early rap music from the period 1979-83, with barely a household name in sight. Featured here are some the earliest hip-hop records that came out of New York City following the enormous commercial success of the first ever rap record, ‘Rapper’s Delight’ by the Sugarhill Gang, in September 1979. Artists and producers alike tried to jump aboard the new commercial possibilities of hip-hop. By the end of the year there were 30 hip-hop singles, all released by independent New York labels. The following year there were over 100 more, and so on.

      Boombox 2 tells the story of how hip-hop went from its evolutionary roots in the Bronx through DJs Kool Herc, Grandmaster Flash and Afrika Bambaataa through to this second phase where veteran music producers – Paul Winley, Peter Brown, Joe Robinson and others – all based in Harlem, began to put rap on vinyl for the first time.

      Harlem is also where the separate worlds of disco and hip-hop met through the styles and influence of earlier ‘uptown’ DJs - DJ Hollywood and Eddie Cheba. In similar fashion these veteran Harlem-based producers instinctively tapped into a long lineage of African-American rhythm and blues, soul and disco.

      The album features many early and rare cuts from the first generation of early rap artists including Lovebug Starski (as Little Starsky), Busy Bee, Eddie Cheba, Kool DJ AJ as well as many other little known artists.

      Boombox 2 is a triple-vinyl set (+ download code) LP and double CD pack that features extensive text, exclusive interviews and stunning photography by Jamel Shabazz, Martha Cooper and others.

      Reviews of Boombox 1:

      ‘The vital launch pad between hip-hop’s birth and its worldwide impact’   THE WIRE

      ‘This compilation of early rap is a legit party in a box, one of the best Soul Jazz Records releases in years.’   FACT

      ‘A brilliant compilation of first wave underground rap records made in New York circa 1979-83'   TWISTED SOUL

      • Harlem World – Let's Rock
      • Lonnie Love – Young Ladies
      • Kool DJ A.J. – Ah, That's The Joint
      • Terry Lewis and Wild Flower – The Peoples Message Take Two
      • Rappers Rapp Group – Rappin' Partee Groove (Club Version)
      • Eddie Cheba – Lookin' Good
      • MC Rock Lovely – One Time Two Time Blow Your Mind
      • Little Starsky – Dancin' Party People
      • Manujothi – Shake Your Body
      • Busy Bee – School Days
      • TJ Swann, Pee Wee Mel and Swann Controllers – Maximus Party
      • Margo's Kool Out Crew – Death Rap
      • Grand Master Chilly T and Stevie G – Rock The Message Rap
      • Zoot II – Dr. Ice Rap
      Boombox Early Independent Hip Hop, Electro and Disco Rap 79 - 82PosterSoul Jazz Records

      Oh yes! 50 x 70cm KILLER poster!!

      Choose "Poster Freepost" if you want this poster sent with any other vinyl order item (LP/12" vinyl only) at NO extra postage charge (poster will be folded into six parts)

      Choose "Poster+Tube" if you want the poster rolled up and sent in a customised, protective tube (more expensive to cover postage)

      THIS ALSO means if you want more than one poster then you should only put 'Poster+Tube' for one of the posters and select 'Poster freepost' for any others as the rest will be free shipping.

        ManujothiShake Your BodySoul Jazz Records

        SORRY SOLD OUT!

        NEW LTD. first edition of 300 copies. Only available EXCLUSIVELY to customers at Soul Jazz Records/Sounds of the Universe.

        Unbelievably rare early modern soulful disco boogie rap 45 single - this is a bomb tune! Currently one original for sale on Discogs for £600!

        Johnny Haywood aka Manujothi wrote, performed and produced this truly rare gem on his own Manujothi Records in South Carolina, USA in 1980 and Soul Jazz Records' are issuing it as a taster for their forthcoming Boombox 2.

        THIS 7-inch can ONLY be bought directly here from Soul Jazz Records or Sounds of the Universe websites and shop.  It is a very limited first edition 300-copies pressing, comes with a free funky Manujothi postcard and you need to buy this 7" now!


        See all the EXCLUSIVE 45s titles only available here!


        • Manujothi – Shake Your Body
        • Manujothi – Shake Your Body (Instrumental)
        • 7"£9.99
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        BoomboxSoul Jazz Records

        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 first 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.


        Deluxe double CD-pack comes with slipcase, 40-page outsize perfect-bound booklet, extensive notes, exclusive photography and original label artwork. Triple-vinyl heavyweight vinyl includes full artwork, text and notes as well as free download code.


        REVIEWS:

        Soul Jazz has a reputation for top-notch compilations that offer crash courses in a variety of styles and genres both beloved and obscure; they are, in essence, the K-Tel of the millennial generation.

        This is one of the best Soul Jazz sets in ages, a legitimate party in a box, overflowing with underground deep cuts that have seldom — if ever — been spotted on other collections - FACT

         ROLLING STONE Best Rap Albums of 2016

        • Mr Sweety G – At The Place To Be
        • Love Bug Star-Ski and 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 (CD only)
        • 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 and 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
        100% Dynamite! NYCDancehall Reggae Meets Rap In New York CitySoul Jazz Records

        An essential guide to the Dancehall Reggae/Hip-Hop clash that ruled New York in the early 1990s as Shinehead, Supercat, Mad Lion, Bobby Konders and many more rewrote the rules of Dancehall, Reggae and Rap. Killer heavyweight tracks, non-stop. Essential!

        From Kool Herc onwards, Jamaicans who grew up in New York City have played pivotal roles in the development of the city’s musical identity. Hip-Hop, born in the Bronx, was always hot-wired to Jamaica and in the 1990s the two became inextricably joined when reggae met rap in New York City. Dynamite NYC brings together the many artists who created this unique scene, linking together two of the world’s most important musical cultures – hip-hop and reggae.?In the early 1990s, Jamaican dancehall - including artists from this home-grown New York scene - became the subject of close scrutiny by the US major record industry who, having made vast profits from hip-hop, searched out Jamaican or Jamaican-descended artists who could potentially crossover into the vast US hip-hop market. Jamaican dancehall artists were signed to big US contracts (Yellowman, Supercat, Capleton, Shabba Ranks). And New York, previously a satellite town of Kingston for visiting Jamaican artists, but now with its own unique dancehall scene became a focal point as artists such as Shinehead, Red Foxx, Jamal-Ski, Mad Lion, and others were quickly signed up to major record companies.??

        100%Dynamite NYC features these and many other New York reggae/hip-hop crossover artists in this first album to feature the music from this scene.


        REVIEWS

        “100%Dynamite NYC is a proper block party selection. What moves this from wicked to essential is its documentation of the cross-pollination between reggae and hip-hop.” FACT

        “ Soul Jazz gives proof that Yankee-Caribbean fusions run deep and they also make it an enjoyable lesson.” The INDEPENDENT

        SUPER-LOUD VINYL IS IN 2 VOLUMES:
        Volume 1 is tracks 1-11. Volume 2 is tracks 12-22.

        • Supercat – Don Dada (Bobby Konders Mix)
        • Yankee B – The Original
        • Shinehead – Know how Fe Chat
        • Fu Schnickens – Ring The Alarm
        • Born Jamericans – Informer
        • Shaggy – Mattress Jockey (Siren Remix)
        • Jah Batta and Skatee – Style and Fashion
        • Rayvon – Girls Fresh
        • Red Fox – Dem A Murderer
        • Nikey Fungus – Zig Zag Stitch
        • Bobby Konders – Mack Daddy
        • Louie Rankin – Typewriter
        • Mad Lion – Double Trouble (Original Mix)
        • Super C – The Rat
        • Lady Apache – Rock and Comeen
        • Jamalski – Texas Rumpus
        • Ken Albert – Gunshot
        • Shinehead – Rough and Rugged
        • Ugly Man – DJ De Yah
        • Rankin' Don – Real McCoy
        • Mad Lion – Love Woman So
        • Terror Fabulous – Woman Say So
        • Deluxe 2×CD£12.00
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        Fly Girls!Soul Jazz Records

        ‘Fly Girls!’ celebrates the 30th anniversary of female rap on record

        This double-CD (and limited edition two volumes of super-loud double-vinyl) narrates the story of female rap from its birth in the tenement block parties in New York City’s outer boroughs through to the dizzying career heights of Queen Latifah, Missy Elliott and other modern day power brokers. ‘Fly Girls!’ also discusses the influence of an earlier generation of black female poets whose ideals (both in their art and how they established career paths) helped lay the foundations for birth of the genre.

        The history of female rap on record begins in 1979 in New York City as the clamour of the city’s artists, record companies and producers strove to make it onto vinyl in the wake of The Sugarhill Gang’s squillion-selling hit, ‘Rappers Delight’ – released that year on the former soul singer Sylvia Robinson’s Sugarhill Records. It would be the Winley family - comprising sisters Tanya, Paulette - who made the first female rap record produced by their mother Ann and released on their father’s label, Paul Winley Records.

        Aside from the singing/rap styles that earlier soul artists such as Aretha Franklin, Shirley Ellis, Millie Jackson and Laura Lee would occasionally adopt in their songs, female rap (like rap itself) had its antecedents in the groundbreaking black poetry of the 60s and 70s with radical, free-thinking poets such as Nikki Giovanni, Camille Yarborough and Sarah Webster Fabio - all of whom are included here – vocalising hitherto unheard expressions of female and black self-determination in their work. These strong, educated, political women not only led the way stylistically but also helped define how a female artist could make their own career path - weaving creativity, politics and family in a way that Missy Elliott, Queen Latifah and others have since followed - establishing the boundary-breaking career paths of many female artists in rap. Hip-hop is a culture of which music is only a part; nowadays (and to an extent from the very beginning) the most successful female hip-hop artist is often singer, DJ, actress, manager, political and social agitator and more in multiple combinations.

        Hip-hop’s story begins in the tenement blocks and community centres of the South Bronx. In the first three years-or-so history of hip-hop (1976-9) - before the first rap records were made - aspiring female artists could watch onstage the early female MC role models of Sha-Rock (the first female MC in the group The Funky Four plus One) or the Mercedes Ladies (the first female MC and DJ crew). With Tanya and Paulette Winley’s ‘Rappin and Rhymin’ on vinyl by 1979 it would not be until the following year that the first all-female crew made it onto vinyl when Sequence (featuring a then unknown Angie Stone) was astutely signed, once again, by Sylvia Robinson to Sugarhill Records.

        Robinson was not the only woman on the business side of hip-hop. There was Kool Lady Blue who first brought rap out of the Bronx and into downtown NYC at the Roxy nightclub and also later managed The Rocksteady Crew. Monica Lynch who rose to head of A and R and president of Tommy Boy Records, and later vice-president of Warners, comments that because hip-hop was new it did not have the hierarchy of the traditional music industry and women were thus able to move more easily into executive roles. Later, as we shall see, many of the artists moved into the business themselves taking control of their careers and aiding others.

        Roxanne Shante is certainly the first female rapper to make a career out of her music. Shante and fellow Queens-resident and producer Marley Marl fought their corner for both their borough (taking on Boogie Down Productions and the Bronx) and anyone else who dared call themselves ‘Roxanne’ in a slanging-match known as ‘The Roxanne Wars’. This verbal jousting had its antecedents dating back to the ‘dozens’ of the playground and tower-block (‘Your mother is a …’, ‘No, your mother is a …’) and to the Griot storytellers of Africa. Roxanne Shante, and many others here, effortlessly subverted this - and many other - male-dominated traditions to create and re-write new histories.


        Female rap is thirty years old (yes, thirty) and it just don’t stop. Here is a snapshot of that history. The album includes so many firsts – first solo record, first crew on record, first number one, first grammy winner, that it would be easier to list the few records featured here that are not historical landmarks in the ongoing tale of female hip-hop.

        REVIEWS:
        "An incredibly entertaining selection of trailblazers that consistently hits the right note" OBSERVER

        "Soul Jazz provide the ultimate sourcebook" TIME OUT

        "It's not easy to imagine a more enjoyable survey of female MCs" THE GUARDIAN

        "An excellent album that is quite simply tons of fun" THE WIRE

        "This is the sort of thing Soul Jazz does best: a history of an under-anthologised corner of the musical world. 'Fly Girls!' collects many of the major names from the first wave of female rappers. INDEPENDENT

        French Reviews:

        LES INROCKS

        TELERAMA

        The Vinyl is in two double-album editions:

        VOLUME 1 - Tracks 1-10

        VOLUME 2 - Tracks 11-20

        • JJ Fad – Ya Goin' Down
        • Princess MC – Pump Up The Funk
        • Tanya Winley – Vicious Rap
        • Sweet Tee – I Got Da Feelin'
        • Nikki Giovanni – Ego Tripping
        • MC Lyte – Cha Cha Cha
        • Two Sisters – B-Boys Beware
        • Cookie Crew – Secrets of Success
        • Sequence – Simon Says
        • Bahamadia – Paper Thin
        • Sparky D – I Can't Stop
        • Queen Latifah Featuring Monie Love – Ladies First
        • Lady B – To The Beat Y'All
        • Camille Yarbrough – Take Yo' Praise
        • Missy Elliot – The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly)
        • Dimples D – Sucker DJ
        • She Rockers – Give It A Rest
        • Sarah Webster Fabio – Glimpses
        • The Kryptic Krew featuring Tina B – Jazzy Sensation
        • Roxanne Shanté – Bite This
        • Deluxe 2×CD£12.00
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