Ego Trip's Rap Singles 1981

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spotify (quite a few jams missing, bring out your collector's items)

previously on Rap Singles:
Ego Trip's Rap Singles 1979
Ego Trip's Rap Singles 1980

Poll Results

OptionVotes
4. Funky 4 + 1: "That's the Joint" (Sugarhill) 11
3. Grandmaster Flash & the Furious 5: "The Adventures of Grandmaster Flash on the Wheels of Steel" (Sugarhill)4
1. Afrika Bambaataa & the Jazzy 5: "Jazzy Sensation" (Tommy Boy) 1
20. Lovebug Starski & the Harlem World Crew: "Positive Life" (Tay-ster) 1
37. Sugarhill Gang: "Apache" (Sugarhill) 1
29. Troy Rainey: "Tricky Tee Rap" (Heavenly Star) 0
28. Margo's Kool Out Crew: "Death Rap" (Heavenly Star) 0
27. T Ski Valley: "Never Let Go" (Grand Groove) 0
26. Spanish Fly & the Terrible Two: "Spanglish" (Enjoy) 0
25. Disco Four: "Do It, Do It" (Enjoy) 0
24. Chapter Three: "Real Rocking Groove" (Grand Groove) 0
30. Doctor Love & Sister Love: "Doctor Love & Sister Love Rap" (Heavenly Star) 0
31. Land of Hits Orchestra: "Gangster Rock" (Golden Flamingo) 0
32. T.J. Swann & Company: "Get Fly" (Express) 0
33. Busy Bee: "School Days" (Master Five) 0
34. Chapter Three: "Smurf Trek" (Grand Groove) 0
35. Sweet G: "A Heartbeat Rap" (West End) 0
36. Doctor Ice: "Calling Doctor Ice" (Enjoy) 0
38. Blondie: "Rapture" (Chrysalis) 0
39. Super Jay: "Super Jay Love Theme" (Hitmakers of America) 0
23. Kool Kyle the Starchild: "It's Rockin' Time" (Enjoy) 0
22. Grandmaster Chilly T & Stevie G: "Rock the Message Rap" (12 Star) 0
21. South Bronx: "The Big Throwdown" (Dakar) 0
2. Fearless Four: "Feel the Heartbeat" (Enjoy) 0
5. T Ski Valley: "Catch the Beat" (Grand Groove) 0
6. Dr. Jeckyll & Mr. Hyde: "Genius Rap" (Profile) 0
7. Boogie Boys featuring Kool Ski, Kid Delight & Disco Dave: "Rappin'Ain't No Thang" (Mike & Dave) 0
8. Grand Wizard Theodore & the Fantastic Five: "Can I Get a Soul Clap,Fresh Out the Pack" (Soul Wax) 0
9. Grandmaster Flash & the Furious 5: "It's Nasty" (Sugarhill) 0
10. Trouble Funk: "Pump Me Up" (Jam) 0
11. Spoonie Gee: "Spoonie is Back" (Sugarhill) 0
12. Just Four: "Girls of the World" (Grand Groove) 0
13. Mean Machine: "Disco Dream" (Sugarhill) 0
14. Treacherous Three: "Put the Boogie in Your Body" (Enjoy) 0
15. Grandmaster Flash & the Furious 5: "Birthday Party" (Sugarhill) 0
16. Pee Wee Mel & Barry B: "Life on Planet Earth" (12 Star) 0
17. T.J. Swann, Pee Wee Mel & Swann Controllers: "Maximus Party" (Express) 0
18. Crash Crew: "We Want to Rock" (Sugarhill) 0
19. Solo Sound: "Get the Party Jumpin'" (Express) 0
40. Sangria: "To the Beat Y'all" (Reel to Reel) 0


corrs unplugged, Monday, 1 August 2022 11:01 (two weeks ago) link

"The Adventures of Grandmaster Flash on the Wheels of Steel" seems the obvious choice here, must have been wild hearing that in 1981

"That's the Joint" a great jam too

T Ski Valley dropping some serious knowledge on "Never Let Go"

Hey, well it's T-Ski Valley and I want you to know
That prices are high, wherever you go
The price of food is at its all time high
I like to travel, can't afford to fly
You get up early and lose some sleep
To get to work, you can't get a seat
The busses are crowded and the trains are packed
The Guardian Angels are trying to fight back
Things are hard and I want you to know
But just hang on and never let go

and at least two tracks sample Genius of Love, dope, Rapture also a good showcase for the xover of disco/(post)punk/rap (Magnificent Seven could have been on as well)

I have a weak spot for Apache (JUMP ON IT)

corrs unplugged, Monday, 1 August 2022 13:48 (two weeks ago) link

First look, Funky 4 +1, but of course "The Adventures of Grandmaster Flash on the Wheels of Steel" is all-time. Trouble Funk is always a sentimental favorite, and they and Lovebug Starski have more good things to come. I'm also a fan of "Apache" in literally any context.

Josh in Chicago, Monday, 1 August 2022 13:58 (two weeks ago) link

“that’s the joint” is one of the best songs ever, any genre

in places all over the world, real stuff be happening (voodoo chili), Monday, 1 August 2022 14:33 (two weeks ago) link

I've always enjoyed this video of some kid jamming along to 'That's The Joint' on a cheap bass that's almost the height of him.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SlIMAPJmlek

MaresNest, Monday, 1 August 2022 14:34 (two weeks ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jOfYjKI2ytw
Universal Two - Dancing Heart

Nabozo, Monday, 1 August 2022 15:04 (two weeks ago) link

I used to have a comp with Positive Life on it, absolutely loved it. Shame it’s not on streaming.

a hoy hoy, Monday, 1 August 2022 19:57 (two weeks ago) link

I used to have a comp with Positive Life on it, absolutely loved it. Shame it’s not on streaming.

a hoy hoy, Monday, 1 August 2022 19:57 (two weeks ago) link

xp love that bass cover!

corrs unplugged, Tuesday, 2 August 2022 10:46 (two weeks ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

System, Monday, 8 August 2022 00:01 (one week ago) link

I really don’t see what people find so amazing about “That’s the Joint”. I mean, the song’s great and all, but so are a lot of other songs on this list. Voting “Adventures of Grandmaster Flash on the Wheels of Steel”.

Mr. Snrub, Monday, 8 August 2022 01:33 (one week ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll's results are now in.

System, Tuesday, 9 August 2022 00:01 (one week ago) link

37. Sugarhill Gang: "Apache" (Sugarhill) 1
good work, singular voter

fair winner, great song, rather unanimous

corrs unplugged, Tuesday, 9 August 2022 07:59 (one week ago) link

and the beat goes on Ego Trip's Rap Singles 1982

corrs unplugged, Tuesday, 9 August 2022 09:11 (one week ago) link

Obviously "Ant Rap" and "Der Kommissar" were too good for the list. Of the two my vote would have gone to both of them. Adam Ant pioneered a hip-hop / world beat crossover approach that could so easily have been an alternative future for hip-hop and Falco of course invented gangster rap.

Ashley Pomeroy, Tuesday, 9 August 2022 18:34 (one week ago) link


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