Planet Rock: The Album

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Planet Rock
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Studio album by Afrika Bambaataa & Soulsonic Force
Released December 1, 1986
Recorded 1982–1986
Genre Old school hip hop
Length 46:09
Label Tommy Boy/Warner Bros. Records
Producer Arthur Baker
John Robie
Fats Comet Productions: Keith LeBlanc, Doug Wimbish, Skip McDonald
Afrika Bambaataa & Soulsonic Force chronology
Death Mix
Planet Rock: The Album
Beware (The Funk Is Everywhere)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars [1]
Robert Christgau A− [2]
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Planet Rock: The Album is an old school hip hop album by Afrika Bambaataa & Soulsonic Force, released in 1986 as a collection of previous singles. The song "Planet Rock" was one of the earliest hits of the hip hop music genre and remains one of its pioneering recordings. The single's liner notes include members of Kraftwerk with the songwriting credits. In creating the track, portions of Kraftwerk's "Numbers" and "Trans-Europe Express" were interpolated (re-recorded in the studio, rather than through the use of a digital sampler), along with portions of songs by Captain Sky and Ennio Morricone. It was ranked by Rolling Stone magazine at #240 on its list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time,[3] and went on to become the first gold-certified vinyl 12-inch single. Slant Magazine listed the album at #84 on its list of "Best Albums of the 1980s".[4]

"Renegades of Funk" was covered by Rage Against the Machine on its Renegades album.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Producer(s) Length
1. "Planet Rock"     7:31
2. "Looking for the Perfect Beat"     6:51
3. "Renegades of Funk"     6:45
4. "Frantic Situation" (Frantic Mix) (featuring Melle Mel)   5:07
5. "Who You Funkin' With?"     6:23
6. "Go-Go Pop" (featuring Trouble Funk)   6:00
7. "They Made a Mistake"     5:30


  • Arthur Baker - Producer, Mixing
  • Keith LeBlanc - Producer
  • Herb Powers Jr. - Mastering
  • Latin Rascals - Remixing
  • Afrika Bambaataa - Producer, Mixing
  • John Aquilino - Illustrations, Hand Lettering
  • Jay Burnett - Mixing
  • Albert Cabrera - Remixing
  • Skip McDonald - Producer
  • Tony Moran - Remixing
  • John Robie - Producer, Mixing
  • LeRoi Evans - Producer, Mixing
  • Rae Serrano - Producer, Composer
  • Adrian Sherwood - Mixing
  • Andy Wallace - Mixing
  • Doug Wimbish - Producer
  • Monica Lynch - Art Direction
  • Steven Miglio - Artwork, Design
  • Fats Comet - Producer, Mixing
  • M.C. G.L.O.B.E. - Additional Vocals