New York: Celluloid, 1982. Vinyl LP. 12" One song per side. Black vinyl, metallic-silver paper center. Graffiti-style titles in black. Plain white paper record jacket. Photo-pictorial album cover depicts the Grand Mixer himself. Verso artwork is by subway and graffiti artist, Futura 2000. Vinyl record is fine and fresh. Album cover with some modest rubbing to edges and spine, all else bright and vibrant. Overall, Fine. Item #42
In 1982, New Yorker, Derek Showard, known then as Grand Mixer D.St., toured Europe with Afrika Bambaataa and much of the Zulu Nation crew which included, Fab 5 Freddy, the Rock Steady Crew, the Double Dutch Girls and graffiti artist, Futura 2000. This was the first Hip Hop tour to Europe and introduced a new wave of American musical influence that had not been seen since African-American WWI band troupes played Jazz to astounded Europeans. This 12" recording includes his work with "The Infinity Rappers" who are made up of King Pin Shahiem, Godfather KC and the Flyest Boo-Ski, the latter being a childhood friend of Showard. Showard's original group, "The Infinity Four Mc's" also included one of the first female rappers, the legendary, Kimba. Showard (Grand Mixer D.St.) also worked with Herbie Hancock and is the "scratcher" on the song, "Rockit" (1983). Showard, who appears in the seminal hip hop/graffiti movie "Wild Style" (1983), eventually changed his stage name to Grand Mixer DXT. (The original "D.St." stood for Manhattan's, Delancy Street.) He is regarded as a Hip Hop Pioneer and one of the first to use the turntable as a musical instrument.