Chris Read Discography

Chris Read Discography

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‘History of Hip Hop: 1980s (Live at Big Chill London)’

  • Release date: 2012-01-06
  • Label: N/A

Generally speaking I’m not a massive fan of posting mixes recorded live at club nights – it’s just never possible to convey the atmosphere of the night to someone sitting listening at home and it’s inevitable that something won’t come off quite as clean as you would have liked to have done.

I feel much that way about this mix, but Mixcloud’s History of Hip Hop night at Big Chill last year was such a fun night that I felt like I had to post this despite the odd imperfection. Over the night, 6 DJs (Vadim, MK, Blakey, Disorda, Breakin Bread and I) each played one hour of music from a specific era of hip hop history. I handled the 80s element with plenty of classics, a few less well known cuts, some disco rap and a few relevant breaks. Dylan Sage on mic duties – the hosting is kept to a tasteful minimum and gives you a little feel for the crowd.


1. Eric B & Rakim – I Know You Got Soul (Double Trouble Remix)
2. Eric B & Rakim – Paid In Full (Coldcut Seven Minutes of Madness Mix)
3. NWA – Express Yourself (Bonus Beats)
4. Charles Wright and The Watts 103rd Street Band – Express Yourself
5. NWA – Express Yourself
6. Public Enemy – Don’t Believe The Hype
7. James Brown – Funky Drummer (Bonus Beats)
8. Kev E Kev & Ak B – Listen To The Man
9. Danny Krivit – Feelin’ James
10. Kool G Rap & DJ Polo – It’s a Demo
11. The JBs – The Grunt
12. Public Enemy – Rebel Without A Pause
13. The Emotions – Blind Alley
14. Big Daddy Kane – Ain’t No Half Steppin
15. Poor Righteous Teachers – Time To Say Peace
16. EPMD – The Big Payback
17. EPMD – So Watcha Sayin
18. Stezo – It’s My Turn
19. Heavy D & The Boyz – More Bounce
20. X Clan – Heed The Word of a Brother
21. Bobby Demo – More Ounce Rap
22. Busy Bee – Making Cash Money
23. Spoonie Gee – Spoonie Is Back
24. Sweet G – A Heartbeat Rap
25. Treacherous Three – Feel The Heartbeat
26. Afrika Bambaataa & Jazzy 5 – Jazzy Sensation
27. T-Ski Valley – Catch The Beat
28. Dr Jeckyll & Mr Hyde – Genius Rap
29. Trouble Funk – Pump Me Up
30. Blondie – Rapture
31. Grandmaster Flash – The Adventures of Grandmaster Flash on the Wheels of Steel
32. Chic – Good Times
33. Michael Viner’s Incredible Bongo Band – Apache