Spyder D
Jan07

Spyder D

Hailing from Hollis Queens, Spyder-D (Duane Hughes) took the Eddie Murphy Saturday Night Live Buckwheat skit to wax with his track “Buckwheat Beat.”  He raps on the track as both Buckwheat and as Spyder-D. In the song, he refers to Sparky D, a female emcee who he had a hand in producing. He was also under the management of Russell Simmons during the early 80’s where he recorded a track called “Rollerskating...

Read More
Sugarhill Gang
Jan07

Sugarhill Gang

Members Wonder Mike (Mike Wright) Big Bank Hank (Henry Jackson) Master Gee (Guy O’Brien) Kory O The story of the Sugarhill Gang is perhaps one of the most controversial among old school hip hop and hip hop on a whole for that matter. A woman named Sylvia Robinson, who herself was involved in the music industry, heard this new underground sound called rap and felt that there was market there for the taking.  She began to put...

Read More

Spoonie Gee

Spoonie Gee, born Gabriel Jackson, had something a lot of other old school hip hoppers didn’t have- an uncle in the music industry. Bobby Robinson was already an accomplished producer when he decided to sign Spoonie to Enjoy! Records. Although Spoonie originally wanted to be an R&B singer, he knew he didn’t have the voice for it.  So he took to rapping instead.  His uncle helped him get his first recording...

Read More
Sparky D
Jan07

Sparky D

Sparky, born Doreen Broadnax, grew up in the Bronx, NYC. Sparky first recorded with Brooklyn crew The Playgirls who were on Sutra records. In 1984, Sparky appeared in a cameo on her boyfriend Spyder D’s “Placin the Beat” on Profile. Her first solo effort was “Sparky’s Turn (Roxanne You’re Through)” on NIA records produced Spyder D. This was one of the first answer records in the infamous...

Read More
Run DMC
Jan07

Run DMC

Members Run (Joseph Simmons) b. 11/15/64 DMC (Darryl McDaniels) b. 5/31/64 Jam Master Jay (Jason Mizell) b. 1/21/65 d. 10/30/02 “Two years ago a friend of mine asked me to say some emcee rhymes So I said this rhyme I’m about to say, the rhyme was def and it went this way: Took a test to become an emcee, and Orange Krush became amazed at me So Larry put me inside his Cadillac, the chauffeur drove off and we never came back...

Read More