Dimples D & Marley Marl | Sucker DJ [Genie Mix] | 1990
Dimples D, whose real name is Crystal Smith, was one of Marley Marl’s first successes before his breakthrough on Roxanne Shante’s ”Roxanne, Roxanne” the following year. ”Sucker DJ” was not a big hit when it first came out in 1983, but charted across Europe in 1990 when this remix that lifts the American sitcom ”I Dream Of Jeannie” theme song came out.
MC Rell & The House Rockers | Into The Future | 1988
With the sudden emergence of Rakim Allah that revolutionised the rap artform during the last years of the golden era of hip-hop, many record companies pushed hard to find among their artists the new Rakim to add to their roster, although all of these would eventually prove to be - in the best case- just a Rakim sound alike. That was the case of MC Rell, a Philly-born, NYC-based rapper, signed to PolyGram in the late 80s alongside his crew of DJs The House Rockers. They only got to put out one album titled ”Into The Future” in 1989, and two promotional videos, ”Life Of An Entertainer” and the self-titled single the year before. ”Into The Future” features Cutmaster D.C. on the scratches and Chuck Chillout in the mixing.
One of the greatest songs of 1985 came by hand of The Treacherous Three, the hip-hop supergroup formed by Kool Moe Dee, LA Sunshine, Special K, and DJ Easy Lee (also was Spoonie Gee, but left in the late 70s). ”Gotta Rock” was released in the spring of 1985, as the b-side of the famous ”Turn It Up” song that led to the definite breakup of the group and the rise to Kool Moe Dee’s solo career. Curiously enough, that record almost didn’t happen: In 1985, Special K and LA Sunshine got so frustrated with the financial situation at Sugarhill Records they decided they didn’t want to keep making any more records with them, so the group had a fallout. They had already recorded ”Gotta Rock” and had planned to record ”Turn It Up”, but only Kool Moe Dee showed up to do the vocals, so he recorded it alone but under the name Treacherous Three.
Three years after her death, The Hollywood Reporter has recently reported that producer Paula Wagner has acquired the rights to the life story of the influential rap pioneer and producer Sylvia Vanderpool-Robinson, sometimes known as Little Sylvia, but widely known as ”The Mother Of Hip Hop”, founder and CEO of legendary Hip Hop label Sugar Hill Records alongside her husband Joe Robinson, and driving force behind two landmark singles in the genre: ”Rapper’s Delight” by The Sugarhill Gang, and ”The Message” by Grandmaster Flash and The Furious Five. Her legacy in music is immensely rich and varied: she played all types of music genre, Blues, Rhythm And Blues, Rock-N-Roll, Soul, Funk, Disco, Hip-Hop…The influence she had on an entire genre and generation of music lovers is an undisputed fact, as it is the fact that without her, Hip Hop wouldn’t be where it is today.
NYC duo Young And Da Resless dropped their latest 12” single back in 1993 on Philadelphia-based label Major Flavor Records. The prior year they had released their first 12” single ”Boom Boom Bap” independently on their own label Res’Less Records. The group was due to release a debut album titled ”Frummalandownuda” but it never came out.
Before their big breakthrough with the ”Danger” 12” in 1995, Blahzay Blahzay’s DJ PF Cuttin’ and MC Outloud first started producing for other Brooklyn artists like Masta Ace and Craig G. Their first single as a rap group was in 1992, under their original name Hostile Takeover. The a-side, ”Good Cop, Bad Cop” was later included in their debut album ”Blah Blah Blah” from 1996, but with a different beat.
O.C.M. (Organized Criminal Minds) consists of rapper Rasheem ‘Kilo’ Pugh and producer The Vada Nobles. They hail from Newark, NJ, although most people tend to believe they’re from California due to the remarkable g-funk-ish sound of most of their songs. The group first featured on Papa Chuk’s posse cut ”Flip The Shit” in 1993, which got them a deal with Quest/Warner. They next dropped a series of singles and one video for their song ”Watch How You Slang” to promote their debut album ”The Next Level” which never came out, most probably due to internal conflicts inside the Quest Records office.
Crucial D & The Pacemaker | I’m A Gangsta But I Ain’t Yo Bitch | 1993
Answer record to the 1992’s monster hit ”Gangsta Bitch” of Flavor Unit’s member Apache. Crucial D, whose real name is Shavonna Jordan, hails from Harlem and at present time is a business owner and author. She published the book ”The Joy Of Pain: An Inspirational Real Life Story Of Optimism And The Wisdome To Never Give Up” in 2010.