The Skinny Boys – Jockbox Rap Attack World Premiere Feb 1986

Listening back to these Rap Attack World Premiere power-plays is precisely what RRR is all about. The excitement of hearing ‘World Premiere’ or ‘Exclusive’ stings and drops has stained our brains to the point that a chosen few of us remember the placement of those drops to this day when we hear the original tracks. That’s some pretty powerful shit that the FCC couldn’t regulate. Just tuning in and hearing them in the knowledge that whatever was played was brand new, was exciting enough. Thousands of people tuned into these weekly shows religiously, and globally, whether it was a DJ Red Alert show on WBLS in NY, a Westwood show from London or a Rap Attack with Super-Producer Marley Marl alongside the first Rap radio presenter, Mr Magic.


This example is a double-header, it’s crazy short, and raw like sushi but it’s so so dope. Marleys’ near-perfect mixing was great, so inventive, and in terms of creating a soundtrack for so many of us, an absolute blessing to be able to share again. The opener is from a group called The Skinny Boys, in particular, the track Jockbox. Members included the memorably named Shockin’ Shawn, Superman Jay and The Human Jock Box ! The tape is dated 1985, but also has some other bits on there too. As far as we can tell, the World Premiere dates back to February 1986.It was taken from an alblum called Weightless [Partly produced by another superstar of Rap radio, DJ Chuck Chillout] and even though the groups name was a straight response to The Fat Boys [arguably the most popular and ahem, biggest beatbox crew from the period], Weightless was big time within the Hip-Hop community, and considered far from novelty.

If pre-1990 beatbox singles on independant labels outta Bridgeport, Connecticut are not your specialised subject, don’t sweat it. Alotta people will recognise the track from the Comedy Central hit show Workaholics. To series creator Blake Anderson we say thank you, and also, if you didn’t pick this, and assuming that your Music Supervisors [Who dont look like their in their 40s either] didnt choose it, how come such a powerful chunk of the tune ended up in the credits ?
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As well as the World Premiere, Marley takes it upon himself to tease the listeners with a back & forth ‘Mastermix’ of the seminal MC Shan track The Bridge, and The Honey Drippers Impeach the President, just doublin up for the hell of it. As casual as it was, hearing these specials in 2015 allows us to vibe off these dusty classic sounds all over again.

HUMUNGANOID propers go out to both the 2015, and the 14 year old Eric Johnson for having the prescience to record the show, and for hooking us up with the tape.

Happy Birthday Run

Joey Simmons, DJ Run, Joseph Simmons, Run or Run Love, it made no difference what the name was, the first time you heard this cat, alongside the late great JMJ and the devastating mic controller DMC, you knew he meant business. In celebration of this Rap icons birthday, Random Rap Radio are sharing a couple of treats for the first time outside of the tight-lipped trade channels of tape swaps. As way of a thank you to one of the greatest [most energetic and possibly the loudest] that ever did it, we wanted to divvy up a few bits that you might not have heard before.

The live set is from an after-hours show in London during the Krush Groove Tour in 1986,  its made up of two sections of Westwood broadcasts, one from the time, and another culled from another section of the ‘8 Hour after party’. Simply hearing Run beatbox, or hearing DMC drop a rhyme about droppin a deuce in a hotel bathroom is folly enough, but some of the wide-eyed freestyle rhymes on here are beyond expectations. Also featured on the set are DJ Hurricane who rhymes his ass off, Grandmaster Dee from Whodini, LL & the Beastie Boys.

Mike Allen was the pre-cursor to Tim Westwood on Capital Radio, bringing an eccentric twist to Hip Hop airwaves way-back-when, and the Together Forever Tour ad is just a Florida based bonus.

There are true classics and lots of seriously good music on the Mike Allen tape, so check the Soundcloud for tracklisting.

Huge propage to Ev Boogie from UpNorthTrips, Complex Lee & Simmo from Mike Allen Capital Radio

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