Classic UK hip-hop gem. Paul Hardcastle in here is teaming up with old school rappers Universal Funk aka Rapologists.
Steve Huey@allmusic: ”A producer and keyboardist from London, Paul Hardcastle debuted as a solo artist in 1984 and scored the following year with “19,” an electro-oriented record featuring news reports and other sources on Vietnam. It became a major hit in his native country; in the U.S., it topped Billboard’s club chart. Later, he produced and did remixes for artists such as Ian Dury and Phil Lynott. He continued to sell well in the specialty dance market and occasionally released records as part of the duo Kiss the Sky (with Jaki Graham) while also operating under names like the Def Boys, Beeps International, and Jazzmasters. Zero One (1985), Jazzmasters II (1994), and Hardcastle 2 (1996) were among his most popular releases through the ’90s, while the two-disc Cover to Cover (1997) assembled his greatest hits, along with a bonus record of newly recorded cover versions. Hardcastle kept the Jazzmasters series running through 2010, the year the sixth volume was issued, and he also continued his Hardcastle series of smooth jazz-oriented affairs through its own sixth volume, released in 2011.”
Originally recorded in 1985 but releasead and repressed in 1987.
Gregory Heaney@allmusic: ”Released in 1985, the Russell Simmons written and produced Krush Groove is like a snapshot of the old-school rap scene at its peak. Featuring Run-D.M.C., the Beastie Boys, Kurtis Blow, and L.L. Cool J, the film’s soundtrack contains some of the heaviest hitters from an era when the genre was breaking into the mainstream. And while the album doesn’t contain anything approaching these artists’ most important work, Krush Groove documents a genre on the rise and about to head into what’s widely regarded as its golden age, making it an essential piece of rap history.”
One more from Krush Groove movie!
Here’s a comment from a discogs page of this release: ”Although this song and the movie it came from (“Krush Groove”) weren’t huge hits, the one thing that both the song and the movie did were to establish Sheila E. in her own right. Not only did she step out of Prince’s shadow with this release, she was one of the first women to be taken seriously in rap (a then primarily ‘men-only’ genre) and it lead to other non-Prince related projects (Blackout All Stars being the most notable.) Sheila continued to work with Prince, but she, more than any of Prince’s other “proteges”, is known as an artist in her own right, as well she should.” ~djrichmatthews