More than just a doc of an indestructible pop act, Wham! offers an instructive look at how early rap penetrated the mainstream.
The year brought classics like “Planet Rock” and “The Message,” and hip-hop seemed to grow out of its prepubescent phase overnight.
Wayne Garland and Charlie Chucks’ parody of Kurtis Blow’s “The Breaks” is largely notable for Jigsaw Inc.’s monster boogie-funk groove.
The Treacherous Three’s single finds Clifton “Jiggs” Chase’s Jigsaw crew turning the Pointer Sisters’ 70s chestnut into an electro groove.
With Sugar Hill-style raps from soul singer Shelly Richard, this may be the first rap record to emerge from New Orleans.
This single finds Master Don and Frank Heller capitalizing on the first wave of video arcade madness with an impressive vocoder hook.
Today, Masterdon Committee is best known for a chant that Master P later made famous with “Make ‘ Em Say Uhh.”
As the “queen” of Sugar Hill Records, Sylvia’s sense of musicality makes this disco-fried parody of Mel Brooks superior to the original.
“We Want to Get Down” is a product of Queens artist Glenn “Sweety G” Toby’s alliance with famed Harlem promoters Mike & Dave.
Before he earned fame for coining the phrase “New Jack Swing,” Barry Michael Cooper made this entry in the Smurf hip-hop canon.
This classic single by Malcolm McLaren and the World Famous Supreme Team blends British pop and B-boy style.
This post-disco curio from Gary Davis has appeared on numerous DJ mixes as well as Traffic Entertainment and Stones Throw compilations.