Malcolm X ‎– No Sell Out

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Initial pressing for the US: 16,000 copies. US promo release 11 Nov 1983; US retail release 14 Nov 1983. 11% of retail sales were split between the Malcolm X estate and Keith LeBlanc, as a settlement for a lawsuit initiated by Sugar Hill Records, which claimed a stake in the record because the principal musicians were their employees (LeBlanc was a session musician, and producer Chess was a consultant). The settlement granted Tommy Boy the exclusive right to the song; Sugar Hill's version (Malcolm X No Sell Out) was limited to 15,000 copies. [source: Billboard, 1983-12-17]

Tracklist

No Sell Out (Vocal) 5:34
No Sell Out (Instrumental) 6:47

Versions (17)

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
TB 840 Malcolm X No Sell Out(12", Pic) Tommy Boy TB 840 US 1984 Sell This Version
311050 Malcolm X No Sell Out(12") Vogue Productions, Tommy Boy 311050 France 1983 Sell This Version
TB 840 Malcolm X No Sell Out(12", Com) Tommy Boy TB 840 US 1983 Sell This Version
TB 840 Malcolm X No Sell Out(12", Com) Tommy Boy TB 840 US 1983 Sell This Version
TB 840 Malcolm X No Sell Out(12", Promo) Tommy Boy TB 840 US 1983 Sell This Version
TB 840 Malcolm X No Sell Out(12", Promo) Tommy Boy TB 840 US 1983 Sell This Version
TB 840 Malcolm X No Sell Out(12", Promo) Tommy Boy TB 840 US 1983 Sell This Version
TB 840 Malcolm X No Sell Out(12", Whi) Tommy Boy TB 840 US 1983 Sell This Version
101908 Malcolm X No Sell Out(7") Tommy Boy, Vogue 101908 France 1983 Sell This Version
TB 840-7 Malcolm X No Sell Out(7", Promo) Tommy Boy TB 840-7 US 1983 Sell This Version
12 Rek 058 Malcolm X No Sell Out (12", Maxi, TP) Stranded Rekords 12 Rek 058 Sweden 1984 Sell This Version
12 IS 165, 12IS165 Malcolm X No Sell Out(12") Tommy Boy, Tommy Boy 12 IS 165, 12IS165 UK 1984 Sell This Version
91 101 Malcolm X No Sell Out(12") Nuevos Medios 91 101 Spain 1984 Sell This Version
12 Rek 058 Malcolm X No Sell Out(12", Maxi) Stranded Rekords 12 Rek 058 Sweden 1984 Sell This Version
IS 165 Malcolm X No Sell Out(7") Tommy Boy IS 165 UK 1984 Sell This Version
Rek 058 Malcolm X No Sell Out(7", Single) Stranded Rekords Rek 058 Sweden 1984 Sell This Version
TBCD 840 Malcolm X No Sell Out(CD, Maxi) Tommy Boy TBCD 840 US 1993 Sell This Version

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mixt

mixt

May 20, 2020
referencing No Sell Out , 12", Maxi, TP, 12 Rek 058
Why on earth is this one so expensive when there seems be the same track as on the original?
sacsayhuaman

sacsayhuaman

August 1, 2019
referencing No Sell Out, 12", Pic, TB 840
music sampling started with Halim El-Dabh in 1943 in Cairo, Egypt with a wire recorder.
Look it up!!
rock-ranger

rock-ranger

January 13, 2016
edited about 1 year ago
referencing No Sell Out, CD, Maxi, TBCD 840
The Vocal CD mix is slightly different as found on the Tommy Boy Promo vinyl. There is also another pressing on Sugar Hill Records (Sugar Hill All Stars/Malcolm X) which contains two more versions.
DirtyDisco

DirtyDisco

January 8, 2010
referencing No Sell Out, 12", Pic, TB 840
Not a particularly exciting record in my opinion, just as boring as all those Martin Luther King Jr. sampling acid house records from a few years later. And to remark on a previous comment, this is not the first "sampling" record ever, electronic music has been sampling since the 1960s that I know of, if that what was meant by "sampling record". Steve Reich, Throbbing Gristle, Cabaret Voltaire, The Sugarhill Gang, hundreds more I don't care to type out or may even be aware of...
raveboy23

raveboy23

September 2, 2007
edited over 14 years ago
referencing No Sell Out, 12", Pic, TB 840

This is maybe the most essential moment for electronic dance music and truly masterpiece in itself. It's considered to be the first tune ever to use the DMX drum programming, and the first ever sampling record. There's everything in it - musical quality, technical innovation, message breaking the borders, excellent record cover... Top.
genet

genet

January 30, 2005
edited over 17 years ago
referencing No Sell Out, 12", 12 IS 165, 12IS165
Not only is this a demonstration of the drum & percussion genius of Keith LeBlanc, it has more political, rhetorical power than most of Malcolm's recorded speeches. Sadly, the superb black & white cover photograph was not used when the 12" was released by Tommy Boy in the U.S.. LeBlanc *still* remains unacknowledged for his towering body of work and massive influence. And Malcolm X, were he not cut down in the prime of his life, would have gone on to exert political power and create social change that one can only imagine-and the possibilities are extraordinary.