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Tom is the “Tommy” in Tommy Boy Records—he founded the label in 1981. After several early hip-hop and dance records, the label found success with “Planet Rock.” But it was in hip-hop’s Golden Age of the late 1980s and early 90s that the label would really blow up, signing acts like Queen Latifah, Digital Underground, House of Pain, Coolio, Naughty by Nature, and De La Soul.

Silverman also founded the New Music Seminar, the influential and long-running music conference whose annual rap and DJ battles would become the stuff of legend. His latest project is Tracklib, a whole new way of dealing with sampling.

Tracks featured in this episode:

  1. Digital Underground, “Sex Packets”
  2. Donna summer, “Bad girls - 12” Version”
  3. CHIC, “Le Freak”
  4. Rod Stewart, “Do You Think I’m Sexy (45 Version)”
  5. Gloria Gaynor, “I Will Survive”
  6. The Village People, “Y.M.C.A.”
  7. Donna Summer, “Hot Stuff”
  8. Anita Ward, “Ring My Bell”
  9. Herman Kelly & Life, “Dance to the Drummer’s Beat”
  10. The Incredible Bongo Band, “Apache”
  11. The Eagles, “Those Shoes”
  12. Billy Squier, “The Big Beat”
  13. Kraftwerk, “Trans-Europe Express”
  14. The Monkees, “Mary Mary”
  15. Cerrone, “Rocket in the Pocket (live)”
  16. Gwen McCrae, “Funky Sensation”
  17. Afrika Bambaataa & the Jazzy 5, “Jazzy Sensation”
  18. Cotton Candy f/Donna Trollinger, “Having Fun”
  19. Jonzun Crew, “Pack Jam - 12” Remix Remastered”
  20. Pressure Drop, “Rock The House (You’ll Never Be) - Remastered 12” Vocal Version”
  21. Afrika Bambaataa, Zulu Nation, and the Cosmic Force, “Zulu Nation Throw Down”
  22. Madonna, “Holiday”
  23. Nuri, “Let’s Vote”
  24. Afrika Bambaata & the Soul Sonic Force, “Planet Rock”
  25. Mr.Magic’s Disco Showcase 1981
  26. Mtume, “Juicy Fruit”
  27. Force MDs full interview - RIP Trisco - R&B Legends for WHO?MAG TV
  28. Fat Boys and Force M.D.s - The Fat Boys meet the Force M.D.s (Gilligan’s Island)
  29. Joeski Love, “Pee Wee’s Dance”
  30. DJ Whiz Kid Live Bootleg 1983? (Audio only)
  31. G.L.O.B.E. & Whiz Kid, “Play That Beat Mr. D.J.”
  32. Grandmaster Melle Mel, “Step Off - Extended Mix””
  33. De La Soul, “Pass the Plugs”
  34. Gravediggaz, “360 Questions”
  35. Gravediggaz, “Here Comes the Gravediggaz”
  36. GZA, “Labels”
  37. The Cipher 98: Prince Paul Pt. 1
  38. Prince Paul f/Dave Chappelle, “A Day In The Life”
  39. Naughty By Nature, “O.P.P.”
  40. 95 South & Tag Team, “Whoomp! There It Is”
  41. Almighty RSO, “One in the Chamba”
  42. Paris, “Coffee, Donuts, & Death”
  43. Paris, “Break the Grip of Shame”
  44. Paris, “The Devil Made Me Do It”
  45. Digital Underground, “The Humpty Dance,”
  46. House of Pain, “Jump Around”
  47. Naughty By Nature, “Hip Hop Hooray”
  48. Digital Underground, “The Humpty Dance,”
  49. Everlast, “What It’s Like”
  50. Coolio f/ L.V., “Gangsta’s Paradise”
  51. Gary Glitter, “Rock and Roll, Pt. 2”
  52. Queen, “We Will Rock You”
  53. Malcolm X & Keith LeBlanc, “No Sell Out”
  54. Jean Knight, “Mr. Big Stuff”
  55. Heavy D & The Boyz f/Marley Marl, “Mr. Big Stuff (Remix)”
  56. Stetsasonic, “Talkin’ All That Jazz”
  57. Lonnie Liston Smith and the Cosmic Echoes, “Expansion”

Show notes:

  1. Ann Arbor News, July 23, 1983, “Whiz Kid”
  2. The UNTOLD story of KRS One Battling Melle Mel at the Latin Quarter NYC
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