Big Apple Rappin': The Early Days of Hip-Hop Culture in New York City 1979–1982

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Big Apple Rappin': The Early Days of Hip-Hop Culture in New York City 1979-1982
Compilation album by Soul Jazz Records
Released 2006
Recorded 1979-1982
Genre Hip hop
Label Soul Jazz

Big Apple Rappin': The Early Days of Hip-Hop Culture in New York City 1979–1982 is a compilation released on Soul Jazz Records. As the title suggests, it contains songs by various artists from the early days of New York hip hop.


Big Apple Rappin was released in 2006 by Soul Jazz Records.[1]


Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4.5/5 stars"[1]
Pitchfork Media(7.0/10)[2]
Spin5/5 stars[3]

Andy Kellman of AllMusic gave the album a four and a half star rating out of five, noting that the album only contained a few well known singles, specifically "Spoonin' Rap" by Spoonie Gee and "Weekend" by the Cold Crush Brothers. Kellman commented that the album will "appeal most to hip-hop fans who have only the basics. For hip-hop neophytes and younger listeners who were born too late, it might be like jumping into an advanced class, but the whole thing is too fun to make you feel lost."[1] Kellmany commented that some songs "might sound archaic and practically novelty-like" while noting that "the infectious exuberance on display through the whole thing, along with the knowledge of how this culture would continue to develop, more than makes up for whatever misgivings you might have toward the simplicity of it all."[1] Peter Macia of Pitchfork Media commented that "songs here are more than rose-tinted artifacts. While they do convey the blitheness before "The Message", they also dispel myths about hip-hop's natal innocence, naiveté, and homogeneity. Most importantly though, for songs built specifically not-to-last, some still sound pretty fresh."[2] Jon Dolan of Spin referred to the album as "euphoric" and awarded it five stars.[3] Dolan again listed it among the best reissues of the year at tenth place in the January 2007 issue of Spin.[4]

Track listing[edit]

Disc 1

  1. Spoonin’ Rap - Spoonie Gee
  2. Sure Shot - Xanadu
  3. How We Gonna Make The Black Nation Rise - Brother D
  4. Rapping Dub Style - General Echo
  5. Catch The Beat - T Ski Valley
  6. Dancing Heart - Universal 2
  7. Funkbox Party - Masterdon Committee
  8. Weekend - Cold Crush Brothers

Disc 2

  1. Big Apple Rappin’ - Spyder D
  2. DJ Style - Mr Q
  3. Fly Guys Rap - The Fly Guys
  4. Get The Party Jumping - Solo Sound
  5. Rock The Beat - The Jamaica Girls
  6. Standing On The Top - Super 3
  7. Are You Ready - TJ Swann, Peewee Mel & Barry B
  8. Ultimate Rap - Nice & Nasty 3


  1. ^ a b c d Kellman, Andy. "Big Apple Rappin'". AllMusic. Retrieved 29 June 2018.
  2. ^ a b Macia, Peter (2 March 2006). "Various Artists Big Apple Rappin'". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 29 June 2018.
  3. ^ a b Dolan, Jon (July 2006). "Reissues". Spin. Vol. 22 no. 7. SPIN Media LLC. p. 87.
  4. ^ Dolan, Jon (January 2007). "10 Best Reissues". Spin. Vol. 23 no. 1. SPIN Media LLC. p. 58.