Soul Jazz RecordsŠ—È new Š—…BoomboxŠ—È features some of the many innovative underground firstŠ—?wave of rap records made in New York in the period 1979Š—?82, all released on small, independent, of ten familyŠ—?concern record companies, at a time when hipŠ—?hop music still remained under the radar. This first exuberant wave of innocent, upbeat,Š—…party on the blockŠ—È rap records were the first totry and create the sounds heard in community centres, block parties and street jams that initially took place in the Bronx in the midŠ—?1970s.
But where Flash, Kool Herc and Bambaataa were backŠ—?spinning, mixing and scratching together now classic breakbeat records like The Incredible Bongo BandŠ—Ès Š—…ApacheŠ—È or Babe RuthŠ—Ès Š—…The MexicanŠ—È, 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 Š—…oldschoolŠ—È.
And while hipŠ—?hop started in the Bronx, rap on vinyl began in Harlem where longŠ—?time established rhythm and blues producerŠ—?owned record companies such as Joe RobinsonŠ—Ès Enjoy Records, Paul WinleyŠ—Ès Winley Records, Delmar DonnelŠ—Ès Delmar International and Jack Š—…FatmanŠ—È TaylorŠ—Ès Rojac and Tayster were the first off the mark to realise the commercial potential of rap musicŠ—?releasing early groundŠ—?breaking records that all quickly followed in the wake of the first rap record, The Sugarhill GangŠ—Ès Š—…Rappers DelightŠ—È, a millionŠ—?selling worldwide hit.
This collection celebrates these first oldŠ—?school rap records, bringing together rare, classic and obscure tracks released in the early days of rap. Triple heavy weight vinyl includes full artwork, text and notes as well as free download code.