This is one super sick track that defined the true meaning of techno-electro hiphop. Drum machine tight beats, rolling mechanical techno bassline, synth zip-zaps, reverse-then-slap-forward claps, synth pads, vocal erotic samples, synthetic scratching samples, really sweet processed orchestra stabs/hits, and serious rhymes. 808 Beats stands on its own plateau. Although The Unknown DJ raps about his 808 drum machine, but the drum machine sounds in this track aren’t from a Roland TR-808 at all …. not even close; but my best guess would be that they come from Oberheim DX or DMX.

The Unknown DJ – “808 Beats”…

Artist: The Unkown DJ
Title: 808 Beats
Year: 1984
Label: Techno Hop
Media Source: Recorded straight from 12-inch record to enhanced digital.

The Unknown DJ – “808 Beats” (mp3)

 

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I am so glad that I bought this 12-inch record back in 1985. It was purely accidental. I had no idea that I was buying a gem, but the cover, colors and the names of the label and artist were enough to convince me to make the purchase. Such a killer track. Both versions of this track are completely different and distinct from each other, as if not remixes at all. At that time, I was really into electro hiphop and finding a lot of 12-inch singles of that genre (in England of all places) was really hard, whereas most tracks were easy enough to find on compilation albums & cassettes like the Electro series released through UK’s renowned Streetsounds label. For the record, Davy’s “DMX” last name is derived from a very popular drum machine at that time — the Oberheim DMX (see picture caption somewhere below).

Davy DMX – “The DMX Will Rock” (Rap Mix)…

Artist: Davy DMX
Title: The DMX Will Rock (Rap Mix)
Year: 1985
Media Source: Recorded straight from 12-inch record to enhanced digital.

Davy DMX – “The DMX Will Rock” (Rap Mix) (mp3)

 

Davy DMX – “The DMX Will Rock” (Scratch Mix)…

Artist: Davy DMX
Title: The DMX Will Rock (Scratch Mix)
Year: 1985
Media Source: Recorded straight from 12-inch record to enhanced digital.

Davy DMX – “The DMX Will Rock” (Scratch Mix) (mp3)

 

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Davy DMX himself

Davy DMX, circa 1984/85

Oberheim DMX drum machine.

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