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Five classic Hip Hop joints from the eighties that you might have forgotten

Five classic Hip Hop joints from the eighties that you might have forgotten

With my fiorthcoming trip to Brisbane on the Horizon, my good friend DJ Katch asked me to pick five tracks from the 80s. Now, considering I'm a huge eighties Hip hop fan this was an incredibly hard choice. That decade turned out so many classic joints that I couldn't even begin to pick my top five. So instead, here are five joints that I undoutedlly love. Are they my favourites? Well, they are somewhere in my top fifty from the decade.

 If you're in the Brisbane area at the end of the month, you could do a lot worse than to head on down to Rumpus Room where Katch, Seany B, and myself re-unite for a night of classic oldschool joints - And I say oldschool in the loosest of terms. When Katch first proposed the party to me, his instructions were "Nothing beyond 1999", and I am of couse only too happy to oblige.

 


Word of Mouth  feat DJ Cheese - King Kut (1985 Beauty And The Beat Records)
produced by the legendary Duke Bootee who was one of the inhouse musicians for the Sugarhill label, and also wrote “The Message”.  After that period he was involved with this label  BATBR, where he produced a series of really hard hitting street records, most of them edited by The Latin Rascals which makes them even more dope.

 


Whodini - Funky Beats (1986 Jive)
Before RUN DMC redefined Hip Hop, Whodini were one of the biggest groups in the game, and were produced by Larry Smith who was pretty much Hip Hop first super producer. A huge street record with menacing stabs and subtle machine gun edits.

 


MC Mitchski - Brooklyn Blew Up The Bridge (1987 Ski Records)
A lot of people hate on this record, but for me it holds a real special place that takes me back to the Bridge war feud between Boogie Down Productions and The Juice Crew. I don’t even think Mitchski was even affiliated with BDP. I think he just wanted to be down. The B Side has another dope track called “Red Alert Is A Great Man”, which might just be pushing the bandwagon a little too far but it’s equally as dope in my opinion. I was so happy when I found the original in Brooklyn a few years back.

 


Kool Chip - Jazz It Up (1978 4th & Broadway)
Kool Chip was a collaborator with New York radio DJ Chuck Chillout, but on this release he hooks up with eighties songstress Toni Smith for something that sounds reminiscent of Chaka Khan with huge DMX beats and a infectious synth groove. It’s a club track but sublime none the less.

 


Mikey D & The LA Posse - Go For It (1987 Elite records)
Produced by my all time favourite producer Paul C who samples The Eagles and turns it into a rugged street record. Mikey D doesn’t let up on the microphone proving that he was worthy of standing up with some of the greatest lyricists of the era.

Shan Frenzie

Shan Frenzie

Australian based deejay, radio presenter for 2SER FM, record collector, and chief rocker of Hip Hop, Soul, Funk, Disco and everything inbetween.

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