Yo! Boombox - Early Independent Hip Hop, Electro and Disco Rap 1979-83




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The eternally trustworthy Soul Jazz Records return, dishing up three incredible LPs worth of tunes that celebrate the sweet spot where disco met rap, then bowed down and gave way to it. It's a funky celebration through and through, with tracks you won't find on the beaten track or your Spotify algorithm. Featuring old school goodness from Sinister Two to Funky Constellation, Eye Beta Rock to Kool Kyle The Starchild... you know you need this! - Flying Out

Yo! Boombox is the new instalment of Soul Jazz Records’ Boombox series on the early days of hip-hop on vinyl and features some of the many innovative underground first-wave of early rap and disco rap records made in the USA in the period 1979-83.

The album includes the first releases of seminal groups such as Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five and The Funky Four Plus One through to a host of rarities and little-known obscurities such as the Carver Area High School band’s Get Live 83, an awesome record made at a Chicago high school.

The album is released as a deluxe triple LP complete with 3x full inner sleeves of extensive sleeve notes, exclusive photography and original label artwork. The album also comes as a deluxe double CD pack with 30-page booklet and slipcase.

These first exuberant wave of innocent, upbeat, party-on-the-block rap records were the first to try and create the sounds heard in community centres, block parties and street jams that first took place in the Bronx in the mid-1970s. 

This new Soul Jazz Records collection celebrates these first old-school rap records, bringing together rare, classic and obscure tracks released in the early days of rap.


1. Carver Area High School – Get Live '83
2. Mike T – Do It Any Way You Wanna
3. Chapter III – Real Rocking Groove (Rap & Breaks)
4. Sinister Two – Rock It, Don't Stop It
5. Sangria – To The Beat Y'all
6. Funky Four Plus One More – Rappin' and Rocking The House
7. The Just Four – Girls Of The World (Genius Rap & Breaks)
8. Eye Beta Rock – Super Rock Body Shock
9. Funky Constellation – Street Talk (Madam Rapper)
10. Kool Kyle The Starchild – Do You Like That Funky Beat (Ahh Beat, Beat)
11. The Just Four – Jam To Remember
12. Grandmaster Flash and The Furious Five – Super Rappin' No. 2
13. Silver Star – Eei Eei O
14. Magic's Trick – Magic's Rap