Posts Tagged ‘Harlem World Crew’
Winter of 2011
FORWARD: If, in fact, the Bronx is considered to be the birthplace of hip hop, then certainly Manhattan would be the place where this art form came of age before being thrust out into the big bad (corporate) world. There can be no better parallel of this transition from inner city to industry than that of one Alonzo Brown a/k/a Lonnie Love a/k/a Mr. Hyde. As one half of the infamous duo known as Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Brown graduated from essentially playing records at the local skating rink to becoming a regular personality at the legendary Harlem World night club and on to a successful recording career before making his mark in the often cutthroat music and movie industry.
DJ Julio (Steven Santiago)
Jimmy Mac (James Mclean)
Mr. Nice (Jose Semprit)
Mr. Schick (Daniel Rivera)
The Mean Machine went through a few members in the late 70s, before settling to the final four members at the end of 1979.
About a year and a half later, they were knocking on the doors of Sugar Hill Records and auditioning for Sylvia Robinson and her crew.
They rapped in both English and in Spanish making them one of the first bilingual rap groups around. Sylvia loved the idea of making a bilingual rap record and released their first single “Disco Dream” in the summer of 1981. Many of the lyrics used on the track were actually borrowed from Son of Sam of the Harlem World Crew with his permission.
Hispanics all over the country went crazy over the group when they heard Spanish rap for the first time. This of course lead to the opening of doors to Latin America.
The group was shelved by Sugar Hill following a radio interview they did with Frankie Crocker at New York’s WBLS. One of the members said something about the label that didn’t sit well.
The recorded for Honey Hush Recordings in 1986 with the single “At the Party”.
The group split up and hasn’t recorded since.
Info submitted by DANNYRAPS AKA MR.SCHICK and Charlie Rock
MC Charlie Rock (Charles Leake)
MC Son of Sam (Sam Blocker)
DJ Randy (Randy Sanders)
DJ Kool D (Darryl Brown)
Dr. Jeckyll (Andre Harrell)
Mr. Hyde (Alonzo Brown)
DJ Ronnie Green (unofficial member)
The original members of the Harlem World Crew were Charlie Rock (Charles Leake), Son of Sam(Sam Blocker), DJ Randy (Randy Sanders), and DJ Kool D (Darryl Brown). Jeckyl & Hyde were members for the for the Tayster Record label, but not for the club harlem World. DJ Ronnie Green was never an official member of the HWC, but he was a very close friend of all of them.
Their first records include “Doin the Do”, “Rapper’s Convention” and “Love Rap” all recorded on Tayster in 1980.
The original members of HWC remain together until the club closed in 1985.
Check out “Rapper’s Convention”
Info submitted by FreddieFresh and Mr Ed and BBWSSH and Charlie Rock