Soulsonic Force

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Soulsonic Force
OriginNew York
GenresHip hop
Years active1980-present
LabelsTommy Boy

Soulsonic Force (also referred to as Afrika Bambaataa & Soulsonic Force) is an American electro-funk and hip hop ensemble led by Afrika Bambaataa who helped establish hip-hop in the early 1980s with songs such as "Planet Rock." They were also influential in the birth of the electro movement in America and helped pave the way for modern dance music styles such as electro-funk as well as the entire Miami bass scene.

In 1982, Soulsonic Force and Afrika Bambaataa released a single "Planet Rock." The song borrowed musical motifs from German electro-pop, British rock and African-American disco rap. All the different elements and musical styles were blended together; and in doing so, offered hip hop as a new vision for global harmony. The song became an immediate hit and stormed the music charts worldwide.[1]

Their most well-known songs are "Planet Rock," "Looking for the Perfect Beat" and "Renegades of Funk" (which is one of the earliest political-conscious rap songs, alongside Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five's "The Message").

Soulsonic Force features on the title track of the Freestylers' debut album, We Rock Hard.


  • Afrika Bambaataa
  • Mr. Biggs (real name: Ellis Williams)
  • Pow Wow (real name: Robert Darrell Allen)
  • The G.L.O.B.E (real name: John Miller)
  • DJ Jazzy Jay (real name: John Byas)



Year Single Peak positions Album
US Dance UK
1982 "Planet Rock" 48 3 53 Planet Rock - The Album
1983 "Looking for the Perfect Beat" 18 86
1984 "Renegades of Funk" 26 30
"Frantic Situation" 89
1989 "Return To Planet Rock (The Second Coming)" (feat. Jungle Brothers) (US only)
1992 "Don't Stop... Planet Rock (The Remix EP)" 30
1996 "Planet Rock '96" (US only) Lost Generation
1998 "Looking For The Perfect Beat '98" (US only) 36
"Planet Rock '98" (Europe only)
1999 "Who's In The House" (UK only)
2001 "Planet Rock (Remixes) '01" (as Paul Oakenfold presents Afrika Bambaataa & The Soulsonic Force) 47
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released.


  1. ^ Chang, Jeff. “It’s a Hip-hop World.” Foreign Policy 163, Nov/Dec 2007, 58-65.
  2. ^ "Afrika Bambaataa & Soulsonic Force - US Hot 100". Retrieved 26 August 2014.
  3. ^ "Official Charts Company: Afrika Bambaataa & Soulsonic Force". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 26 August 2014.