“Unity” is a song recorded by Afrika Bambaataa and James Brown as a duet in 1984. It was the first recording in which Brown collaborated with a performer associated with hip hop, a then-new idiom heavily influenced by Brown’s own funk music. The record’s title and its cover showing the two performers clasping hands express solidarity between the two styles. The song’s music is similar in its structure to Brown’s own funk songs of the late 1960s and 1970s, but uses the drum machine and keyboard-generated timbres of electro. The song’s rapped lyrics are on the themes of “Peace, unity, love, and having fun”. The single charted #87 R&B.
“Unity” contains several references to Brown’s earlier recordings. The song’s a cappella opening paraphrases the beginning of his 1970 song “Get Up, Get Into It and Get Involved”, and an instrumental passage in the middle of part 1 is borrowed from his 1969 hit “Give It Up or Turnit a Loose”
Greg Prato@allmusic: ”The ’80s electro outfit Twilight 22 was led by computer/synth-wiz Gordon Bahary, but also featured contributions from lead singer and co-songwriter Joseph Saulter. Bahary got his start when he was invited to assist the great Stevie Wonder during the recording of his 1976 classic Songs in the Key of Life (Bahary was only 16 years old at the time). Wonder invited Bahary to help out on his next recording, 1979’s Journey Through the Secret of Plants, for which the teenager produced and programmed synthesizers. It was around this time that Bahary met Saulter through a mutual acquaintance (Herbie Hancock), while Bahary was working on Hancock’s Feets Don’t Fail Me Now. Although Saulter was originally a drummer (playing in an Los Angeles-based outfit called Rhythm Ignition), it was his vocal skills that drew the most attention, leading to the formation of Twilight 22 in the early ’80s. Their lone single, “Electric Kingdom,” was one of the seminal moments for electro, but their 1984 self-titled full-length for Vanguard was their last label before splitting up shortly thereafter. Both Bahary and Saulter went on to play on other artist’s records, as well as production.”
Also known as MC Chief and Ervin German.
“I Wonder If I Take You Home” is a song recorded by Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam with Full Force in 1984. Record Producer Kenny Beck discovered the song in a “discard bin” at Personal Records while looking for songs to include on his debut album with the label. He was so impressed that he created a compilation break-dancing album named CBS/SuzyQ just so he could include the song. He released CBS/SuzyQ in Europe on CBS Records and it immediately gained popularity as a dance hit with club DJ’s in Europe . Soon American DJs’ began playing the song in the United States on Columbia Records. After the song received heavy play from club DJs who had imported the album, “I Wonder If I Take You Home” reached #1 on the Billboard Hot Dance Club Play chart for one week in June 1985. On other US charts, it peaked at #6 on the R&B chart; and it reached #34 on the Hot 100. The single was certified as gold in the U.S. Overseas, it also charted at #12 on the UK Singles Chart.
Old school rap group from Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, New York. Under the names DJ Mike Music, Disco Ritchie and Shelton D, they hit the scenes in 1984 with “What People Do For Money”.
Before Divine Sounds made it into the recording studio, DJ Mike Music was frequently seen playing music in Bedford Stuyvesant Lafayette park where he brought funk into hip-hop. DJ Mike Music is also claimed to be the first DJ ever to rap on a record.