Boombox 2 Early Independent Hip Hop, Electro and Disco Rap 1979 - 83

Soul Jazz Records
  • 3×LP + Download Code + Free Poster SJRLP370£19.99
    In stockAdd to Bag
  • 2×CD + Free Badge + Free Sticker SJRCD370£11.99
    In stockAdd to Bag
  • MP3 Release SJRD370£7.99
    In stockAdd to Bag
  • 1. Harlem World – Let's Rock
  • 2. Lonnie Love – Young Ladies
  • 3. Kool DJ A.J. – Ah, That's The Joint
  • 4. Terry Lewis and Wild Flower – The Peoples Message Take Two
  • 5. Rappers Rapp Group – Rappin' Partee Groove (Club Version)
  • 6. Eddie Cheba – Lookin' Good
  • 7. MC Rock Lovely – One Time Two Time Blow Your Mind
  • 8. Little Starsky – Dancin' Party People
  • 9. Manujothi – Shake Your Body
  • 10. Busy Bee – School Days
  • 11. TJ Swann, Pee Wee Mel and Swann Controllers – Maximus Party
  • 12. Margo's Kool Out Crew – Death Rap
  • 13. Grand Master Chilly T and Stevie G – Rock The Message Rap
  • 14. Zoot II – Dr. Ice Rap

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

Related Products

BoomboxEarly Independent Hip Hop, Electro and Disco Rap 79 - 82Soul Jazz Records
Out now! Soul Jazz Records’ new ‘Boombox’ features some of the many innovative underground first-wave of rap records made in New York in the period...
Boombox Early Independent Hip Hop, Electro and Disco Rap 79 - 82Poster
Oh yes! 50 x 70cm KILLER poster!!Choose "Poster Freepost" if you want this poster sent with any other item at NO extra postage charge (poster...

Other Releases on Soul Jazz Records

Ernie and The Top NotesDap Walk / Things Are BetterSoul Jazz Records
NEW SUPER LTD. first edition of 300 copies. Only available EXCLUSIVELY to customers at Soul Jazz Records/Sounds of the Universe.KILLER NEW ORLEANS FUNK PARTY BOMB!!One...
Boombox 2Early Independent Hip Hop, Electro and Disco Rap 1979 - 83Soul 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...
  • 3×LP + Download Code + Free Poster£19.99
    In stockAdd to Bag
  • 2×CD + Free Badge + Free Sticker£11.99
    In stockAdd to Bag
  • MP3 Release£7.99
    In stockAdd to Bag
The SkatalitesIndependence Ska and The Far East Sound - Original Ska Sounds From The Skatalites 1963 - 65Soul Jazz Records
Fantastic new collection of rare and classic killer ska from the legendary Skatalites, one of the most important groups in the history of Reggae.This...
Lloyd McNeill QuartetAsha (1969)Soul Jazz Records
New edition of this very rare deep spiritual jazz album, the debut release from flautist Lloyd McNeill released on his private-press Asha...
Soul 70Record Store Day 7" Box SetSoul Jazz Records
AVIALABLE NOW Soul Jazz Records’ Record Store Exclusive Limited-Edition Soul 7” Box Set comprising five fantastic 70s soul seven-inch singles...
Freddie McGregor / Dub SpecialistBobby Bobylon / Hi Fashion DubSoul Jazz Records
Stone-cold classic Studio One on limited-edition brand new 7" - loud, clean, boom!Classic party tune + wicked dub
The AbyssiniansDeclaration Of RightsSoul Jazz Records
Stone-cold classic Studio One on limited-edition brand new 7" - loud, clean, boom!ALL TIME ROOTS ANTHEM!
Lord Tanamo / Jackie MittooKeep On Moving / Totally TogetherSoul Jazz Records
Stone-cold classic Studio One on limited-edition brand new 7" - loud, clean, boom!Jackie Mittoo classic + the wicked vocal cut by Lord Tanamo. Unmissable!
Carlton and The ShoesLove Me Forever / Never Let GoSoul Jazz Records
Stone-cold classic Studio One on limited-edition brand new 7" - loud, clean, boom!SEMINAL rocksteady lovers anthem
Sound DimensionSoulful Strut / Time Is TightSoul Jazz Records
Stone-cold classic Studio One on limited-edition brand new 7" - loud, clean, boom!Back to back two KILLER soul to reggae instrumental monsters!
Lloyd McNeill QuartetWashington Suite (1970)Soul Jazz Records
New edition of this very rare deep spiritual jazz album (currently £400 on Discogs for an original!) first released as a private-press album in 1970 on...
Vodou Drums in Haiti 2The Living Gods Of Haiti : 21st Century Ritual Drums & Spirit PossessionDrummers Of The Societe Absolument GuininSoul Jazz Records
Soul Jazz Records’ new album features the truly intense, hypnotic and fascinating Vodou drums of Haiti, a stunning collection of trance-like rhythms...
Hustle! Reggae Disco (Expanded 2017 Edition)Kingston-London-New YorkSoul Jazz Records
Soul Jazz Records’ are releasing their long-out-of-print album ‘Hustle! Reggae Disco’ in a new expanded 2017 edition which now features five extra...
  • 1. Blood Sisters – Ring My Bell
  • 2. Derrick Laro and Trinity – Don't Stop Til You Get Enough
  • 3. Chariot Riders – Do It Nice & Easy
  • View full info and tracklisting
KaS ProductBlack & Noir: Mutant Synth-Punk from France 1980-83Soul Jazz Records
Soul Jazz Records are releasing a collection of lost recordings by French mutant experimental synth group Kas Product, all originally recorded in the period...
Laraaji (formerly Edward Larry Gordon)Celestial VibrationSoul Jazz Records
This is the stunning debut album from Laraaji. ‘Celestial Vibrations’ was originally released in 1978 under the name Edward Larry Gordon, and then...
Miss Red (Prod. by THE BUG)Under Attack EPSoul Jazz Records
Massive new digital dancehall wickedness from THE BUG/MISS RED-  exclusive on our own Sounds of the Universe/Soul Jazz Records...
Studio One Rocksteady 2Rocksteady, Soul and Early Reggae at Studio One: The Soul of Young JamaicaSoul Jazz Records
Soul Jazz Records’ new journey into the mighty vaults of Clement Dodd’s Studio One steps once more into the fertile musical environment of Jamaican...
Richard BrownSweet and Kind / Don't Listen To The GrapevineSoul Jazz Records
CHECK THIS OUT!!! SUPERB sweet, sweet rare uplifting soul 45! ONLY  available EXCLUSIVELY to customers at Soul Jazz...
Geraldo PinoShake Hands / Power To The PeopleSoul Jazz Records
Hold tight for the second of two killer heavyweight Afro-Funk bomb 45s from Sierra Leone legend Geraldo Pino. THIS 7-inch can ONLY...
New Orleans Funk Vol. 4Voodoo Fire In New Orleans 1951-77Soul Jazz Records
Soul Jazz Records’ latest excursion into the Crescent City vaults delves deep into the roots and history of the Voodoo world of New Orleans Funk. Packed...
  • 1. Eldridge Holmes – Pop, Popcorn Children
  • 2. Gus 'The Groove' Lewis – Let The Groove Move You
  • 3. Dave Bartholomew – The Monkey
  • View full info and tracklisting
PUNK 45: Les Punks : The French ConnectionThe First Wave Of French Punk 1977-80Soul Jazz Records
Soul Jazz Records’ new Punk 45 release documents the first radical underground punk bands to come out of France including Metal Urbain (the first group...
The Bobby Williams GroupBoogaloo Mardi GrasSoul Jazz Records
EXCLUSIVE NEW 45rpm - ONLY available direct from Soul Jazz Records or Sounds of the Universe. This is another killer EDDIE BO...
Untouchable Machine ShopMachine Shop Part 1 / Part 2Soul Jazz Records
EXCLUSIVE NEW 45rpm - ONLY available direct from Soul Jazz Records or Sounds of the Universe. KILLER rare groove funk bomb! This...
Joseph Hill / Tommy McCook and The SkatalitesBehold The Land / Full DreadSoul Jazz Records
RARE CUTS! Very Limited edition bespoke Studio One Collector's 45 ONLY AVAILABLE DIRECT FROM SOUL JAZZ RECORDS...
Roland Alphonso / Tommy McCook and The New EstablishmentDrums Of Fue Man Tru / Blues For ISoul Jazz Records
RARE CUTS! Very Limited edition bespoke Studio One Collector's 45ONLY AVAILABLE DIRECT FROM SOUL JAZZ RECORDS &...
Larry Marshall / The SkatalitesI've Got To Make It / Coconut RockSoul Jazz Records
RARE CUTS! Very Limited edition bespoke Studio One Collector's 45ONLY AVAILABLE DIRECT FROM SOUL JAZZ RECORDS &...
The Magnificent Seven / Dobby DobsonJack Johnson / Seems To Me I'm Losing youSoul Jazz Records
RARE CUTS! Very Limited edition bespoke Studio One Collector's 45 ONLY AVAILABLE DIRECT FROM SOUL JAZZ RECORDS...
Don D Jr. / Jackie Mittoo, Bagga Walker & Pablove BlackHeavenless / After ChristmasSoul Jazz Records
Killer Studio One 12" bomb!
Michigan and Smiley / Brentford Disco SetJah A De Creator ('No,No,No')/ Rebel DiscoSoul Jazz Records
Killer Studio One 12" bomb!
Johnny Osbourne / The HeptonesTime A Run Out / Got To Fight OnSoul Jazz Records
Killer Studio One 12" bomb!
Johnny Osbourne / Otis GayleWe Need Love / I'll Be AroundSoul Jazz Records
Killer Studio One 12" bomb!
Arnold BlairTrying To Get Next To YouSoul Jazz Records
NEW LTD. 300 copies. Only available EXCLUSIVELY to customers at Soul Jazz Records/Sounds of the Universe. Stone-cold...
Betty HarrisThe Lost Queen Of New Orleans SoulSoul Jazz Records
Betty Harris’ The Lost Queen of New Orleans Soul features all of her classic deep soul, sister funk and northern soul songs recorded in New Orleans in...
Tee MacNight Illusion (1980)Soul Jazz Records
Soul Jazz Records’ are releasing Tee Mac’s ‘Night Illusion’, a lost classic Nigerian Afro soul meets disco boogie funk album originally released...
Nigeria Soul FeverAfro Funk, Disco and Boogie - West African Disco Mayhem!Soul Jazz Records
Soul Jazz Records’ new Nigeria Soul Fever is their first release to explore the vast wealth of Nigerian music recorded in the 1970s. The new album comes...
  • 1. Joni Haastrup – Free My People
  • 2. Christy Essien – You Can't Change A Man
  • 3. Akin Richards & The Executives – Afrikana Disco
  • View full info and tracklisting

People also bought

BoomboxEarly Independent Hip Hop, Electro and Disco Rap 79 - 82Soul Jazz Records
Out now! Soul Jazz Records’ new ‘Boombox’ features some of the many innovative underground first-wave of rap records made in New York in the period...
Ernie and The Top NotesDap Walk / Things Are BetterSoul Jazz Records
NEW SUPER LTD. first edition of 300 copies. Only available EXCLUSIVELY to customers at Soul Jazz Records/Sounds of the Universe.KILLER NEW ORLEANS FUNK PARTY BOMB!!One...
Four Below ZeroE.S.P.Soul Jazz Records
NEW SUPER LTD. first edition of 300 copies. Only available EXCLUSIVELY to customers at Soul Jazz Records/Sounds of the Universe.ABSOLUTELY SEMINAL SOUL DISCO RARITY...
New Orleans Funk Vol. 4Voodoo Fire In New Orleans 1951-77Soul Jazz Records
Soul Jazz Records’ latest excursion into the Crescent City vaults delves deep into the roots and history of the Voodoo world of New Orleans Funk. Packed...
  • 1. Eldridge Holmes – Pop, Popcorn Children
  • 2. Gus 'The Groove' Lewis – Let The Groove Move You
  • 3. Dave Bartholomew – The Monkey
  • View full info and tracklisting
Everyday PeopleSuper BlackAOE
One of the rarest funk 45s in existence and the rarest 45 on Ellis Taylor's Forte label flipped with a previously unreleased acetate. Both tracks...
Coldcut x On-U SoundOutside The Echo ChamberAhead Of Our Time
Coldcut revive their Ninja Tune offshoot, Ahead Of Our Time for this collaborative album release with the one and only, On-U Sound founder, Adrian...
Vodou Drums in Haiti 2The Living Gods Of Haiti : 21st Century Ritual Drums & Spirit PossessionDrummers Of The Societe Absolument GuininSoul Jazz Records
Soul Jazz Records’ new album features the truly intense, hypnotic and fascinating Vodou drums of Haiti, a stunning collection of trance-like rhythms...
Brief EncounterHuman/Total SatisfactionSounds Of The Universe
NEW LTD. 300 copies (2nd Press, yellow label)Only available EXCLUSIVELY to customers at Soul Jazz Records/Sounds of the Universe.Stone-cold CLASSIC...
Saga and Thelonious MartinMolotovCoalmine Records
Potent rhymes and beats from Brooklyn rapper Saga and, Chicago-based producer, Thelonious Martin - dropping their LP debut for Coalmine...
The Bobby Williams GroupBoogaloo Mardi GrasSoul Jazz Records
EXCLUSIVE NEW 45rpm - ONLY available direct from Soul Jazz Records or Sounds of the Universe. This is another killer EDDIE BO...
The Brasileiro Treasure Box Of Funk & SoulRare Brazilian Funk, Soul & Psych: Compiled by Greg Caz and Deano SoundsCultures Of Soul
Greg Caz and Deano Sounds have teamed to compile this fine package of vintage Brazilian music. Included are tracks across the scope of funk, soul, and...
  • 7×7"£43.99
    Out of stock
  • CD£13.99
    Out of stock
Gladys Knight & The PipsLove Is Always on Your Mind / Bourgie BourgieBuddah
Official reissue of this rare, disco 12" from Gladys Knight & The Pips. Arguably the greatest disco record ever made (some of us here would be inclined...
The PretendersJust Be Yourself (Kon Remix) / Just Be Yourself (Extended Version)Family Groove Records
The Pretenders "Just Be Yourself" is a highly in demand and hard to find Modern Soul track originally found on Carnival Records. The excellent Family...
Hustle! Reggae Disco (Expanded 2017 Edition)Kingston-London-New YorkSoul Jazz Records
Soul Jazz Records’ are releasing their long-out-of-print album ‘Hustle! Reggae Disco’ in a new expanded 2017 edition which now features five extra...
  • 1. Blood Sisters – Ring My Bell
  • 2. Derrick Laro and Trinity – Don't Stop Til You Get Enough
  • 3. Chariot Riders – Do It Nice & Easy
  • View full info and tracklisting
MinaSentahEnchufada
Following her success in 2016, hotly tipped bass producer Mina makes her return with a brand new EP influenced by her travels in Africa. Straight...
Pop Makossa: The Invasive Dance Beat Of Cameroon 1976-84Various ArtistsAnalog Africa
Analog Africa release 'Pop Makossa: The Invasive Dance Beat Of Cameroon 1976-84' an explosive compilation highlighting the period when funk and disco...
The Orchestra SoledadVamonos / Let's Go!Futuro Records
Originally released in 1970 by little-known Chicago imprint Futuro, 'Vamonos / Lets Go!' is the first and only album recorded by Brooklyn neighbourhood...
  • LP£19.99
    In stockAdd to Bag
  • CD£10.99
    Out of stock
Melba MooreStanding Right Here / Make Me Believe in YouBuddah
Two Melba Moore anthems on one official and remastered 12". 'Standing Right Here' and the never-before-released-on-a-12" cover of Curtis...
Airto FogoAirto FogoPharaway Sounds
Euro-funk rarity reissued! Featuring superb drummer Sylvain Krief, Airto Fogo's sole album from 1976 is one of the best instrumental jazz-funk / rare-groove...
Susana EstradaThe Sexadelic Disco Funk Sound Of Susana EstradaEspacial Discos
A collection of super-camp, high gloss and Hi-NRG disco tracks from Spanish model, singer, actress and sexual counsellor, Susana Estrada! 
  • LP£22.99
    Out of stock
Kosuke Mine QuintetMineLe Tres Jazz Club
Essential Japanese jazz rarity!  Sublime debut album from The Kosuke Mine Quintet, released in 1970 on the legendary Three blind mice...
BadBadNotGoodLavender feat. Kaytranada and Snoop Dogg (inc. Night Fall remixes)Innovative Leisure
Limited, single-sided (etched b-side) 12" issue of this Nightfall remix of one of the key tracks from BadBadNotGood's incredible 'IV' album -...
Boombox Early Independent Hip Hop, Electro and Disco Rap 79 - 82Poster
Oh yes! 50 x 70cm KILLER poster!!Choose "Poster Freepost" if you want this poster sent with any other item at NO extra postage charge (poster...
Studio One KingsStudio One KingsSoul Jazz Records
BACK IN PRINT!!!!!!! 2xLP now with bonus download code! Studio One’s list of singers launched at the famous label reads like a roll...
  • 2xLP (+ Download Code)£18.99
    In stockAdd to Bag
  • CD£11.99
    Out of stock
  • MP3 Release£7.99
    In stockAdd to Bag
Nigeria Soul Power 70Record Store Day 7" Box Set​ Afro-Funk Afro-Disco Afro-RockSoul Jazz Records
AVAILABLE NOW Soul Jazz Records’ Record Store Exclusive Limited-Edition Soul 7” Box Set comprising five heavyweight 70s Afro-Funk, Afro-Disco...
  • 5×7" Boxset£35.00
    Out of stock