May 17, 2009

Coke La Rock & RC La Rock

I think a good majority of DJ's or turntablists are aware of (and correct me if I'm wrong) Cool Herc being the pioneer of hip hop and hip hop DJ'ing circa 1973, and Grand Wizard Theodore inventing the scratch, but what about the first MC? Who was the first?

Apparently, the answer to that is Coke La Rock, down with Cool Herc. For more insight into the history, check the youtube video below for words from the man himself.






Speaking of La Rock's, I had a beat up original copy of RC La Rock's record under the name Radiance called 'Micstro', which is amazing. It's got a disco/party vibe and a really good energy. RC La Rock kills it with no hook for like 5 minutes until a bridge comes in. The Ego Trip compilations featured this one on singles from 1982, and then a reissue was going around, seen here. If you've never heard this I urge you to check it out.




Radiance - Micstro


Despite some of my posts here where I might sound like I know what I'm talking about, I'm not really going to pretend like I know anything about hip hop or the history of hip hop. The truth is, as a young kid grabbing my older brother's cassettes back in the late 1980's, listening to albums like Rasin' Hell, Liscence to Ill, Paid In Full, etc., I wasn't even 10 years old, and we're talking about some fifteen odd years of hip hop being around. I don't really mind the era I grew up in but I completely missed a lot of good hip hop years and a lot of good records like this one I'll probably never know about. Anyone who actually remembered this song when it came out or knows more about Coke La Rock or RC LA Rock I'd love to hear about it..

*update.. peace to DJ RC LaRock

DJ RCLaROCK said...

THANK YOU ALL ...the original DJ RC LaROCK...THE MICSTRO .
.STILL SPINNING..FLOWIN CRAZY..NO CHANGE
.PARTY BOOKINGS.. 
646 387 8129..
VEGAS/ 702 463 2918

13 comments:

  1. Nice up on Coke La Rock! I never knew what he looked like until now. I could be wrong but the "Micstro" record is by RC La Rock. A lot of people put that "La Rock" at the end of their name back in the days because of Coke La Rock. I believe RC La Rock was from Brooklyn. That Micstro record is a classic and a must have if you DJ any adult parties in Philly. One Love

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  2. man I need to get my shit together if that's right.

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  3. Chris,
    you are indeed right about RC La Rock and I've fixed the post. Thanks for setting me straight on that, just shows how foolish some of us younger folk can be lol.

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  4. No problem Nes! It's good to see younger cats like yourself taking an interest in Old School Hip Hop. You've got a nice blog going here with some unique finds. Keep it going bra! One Love

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  5. hey young fella, lol...nice blog. i'm old school philly dj who started with 2 different turntable, no mixer, used phono and aux on stereo receiver with pops good speakers to do my first basement party. this had to be 1979 or 80, i graduated from UCHS in 82.
    the micstro has always been a top jam for me, even now. i almost paid $50 for a copy in my thirties, it was that rare. i end up getting it for $30.
    i had to put it on youtube with a blessing from RC Larock.
    i will make sure he see this.
    if anybody is looking for that old school and not on youtube, holla @ me.

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  6. hey Kevin, you got the same name as I do ...If you were DJ'ing in '79 you get major props and thanks for the info on RC, this record literally gave me the chills when I first it.

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  7. hey, no problem for sharin info. thx for major props but not necessary, i was part of it, just enjoyin the times. rc larock has a page on myspace, do a search on him if you curious.
    thanks for that anyway, PEACE
    www.imdabear.net

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  8. There were several conversations raised on RC La Rock over at Old School Hip Hop.com in fact I was one who asked where was he!!Well there was tons of answers but TG over at Old School hip hop radio gave us this: http://osrh.blogspot.com/search?q=RC+La+Rock

    I remember this album well and almost paid a fortune to get it back myself!!! If you are from Philly this is a classic a must play!! I can't explain it but it was huge in Philly and just another record in New York, most New Yorkers can't even remember it!!This was a Block party anthem and party killer!! Yeah R.C. was killin it for what we felt like was an eternity of straight rap non stop!! He gets theone breather!!!Thanks for recognizing man this record was hot nuff said hgh!!!

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  9. this record deserves recognition for sure. Not only he doesn't take a breather but the tempo is so fast, amazing. Im about to check that interview good looks on the link.

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  10. A Philly classic indeed. That record was hot. I'm digging in my crates now looking for that joint. Funny that it never caught on anywhere else.

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  12. THANK YOU ALL ...the original DJ RC LaROCK...THE MICSTRO .
    .STILL SPINNING..FLOWIN CRAZY..NO CHANGE
    .PARTY BOOKINGS..
    646 387 8129..
    VEGAS/ 702 463 2918

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  13. definitely, much respect DJ RC LaRock,
    micstro is the joint, keep doin your thing

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