Boombox 2 tells the story of how hip-hop went from its evolutionary roots in the Bronx through DJs Kool Herc, Grandmaster Flash and Afrika Bambaataa through to this second phase where veteran music producers – Paul Winley, Peter Brown, Joe Robinson and others – all based in Harlem, began to put rap on vinyl for the first time.
Harlem is also where the separate worlds of disco and hip-hop met through the styles and influence of earlier ‘uptown’ DJs - DJ Hollywood and Eddie Cheba. In similar fashion these veteran Harlem-based producers instinctively tapped into a long lineage of African-American rhythm and blues, soul and disco.
The album features many early and rare cuts from the first generation of early rap artists including Lovebug Starski (as Little Starsky), Busy Bee, Eddie Cheba, Kool DJ AJ as well as many other little known artists.
Boombox 2 is a triple-vinyl set that features extensive text, exclusive interviews and stunning photography by Jamel Shabazz, Martha Cooper and others.
A2 Lonnie Love – Young Ladies
A3 Busy Bee – School Days
B1 Kool DJ A.J. – Ah, That's The Joint
B2 Little Starsky – Dancin' Party People
C1 Eddie Cheba – Lookin' Good
C2 MC Rock Lovely – One Time Two Time Blow Your Mind
D1 Terry Lewis And Wild Flower – The Peoples Message Take Two
D2 Rappers Rapp Group – Rappin' Partee Groove
E1 Margo's Kool Out Crew – Death Rap
E2 Manujothi – Shake Your Body
E3 T.J. Swann, Pee Wee Mel And Swann Controllers – Maximus Party
F1 Grand Master Chilly T And Stevie G – Rock The Message Rap
F2 Zoot II – Dr. Ice Rap