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Rock It... Don't Stop It!: Rapping to the Boogie Beat in Brooklyn, Boston and Beyon 1979-1983

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Lovingly brought together by the great groove archivist Sean P., Rock It... Don't Stop It! finds the compiler of BBE's Disco Spectrum series trading his dancing shoes for Adidas, and those feather boas for fitted Kangol caps. Lost singles from the golden age of rap, 1979-1983, are rounded up here, most of them living in the shadow of "Rapper's Delight" although Terry Lewis' epic 13-minute joint "The People's Message, Take Two" is actually an authorized sequel to Grandmaster Flash's signature song, while Kevin Fleetwood and his "Sweat" prefer the Kraftwerk-borrowing robot rap of "Planet Rock." Tracks like "At the Place to Be" and "Rock It, Don't Stop It" are as unoriginal as their titles, and yet so full of charm and heart that they fall into the categories of "dope," "fresh," and "fly" with ease. Then there's the weird, dubby thud of Hardkore's "Boom," plus other various outsider touches that could only come from the land of ambitious amateurs. It's best to adopt a b-boy stance and let these early era wonders work their boombox magic, because Rock It... Don't Stop It! is filled with a (virtual) crate crawler's delights.

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