U.S.A. Breakers ‎– This Beat Is Hard

4 Sight Records ‎– FS-5-86-12
Vinyl, 12", 33 ⅓ RPM


A1 This Beat Is Hard (Vocal) 5:37
A2 This Beat Is Hard (Inst.) 5:37
B1 Hard Rockin (Vocal) 6:27
B2 Hard Rockin (Inst.) 6:27

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Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (A-side label): FS-586-12-A
  • Matrix / Runout (B-side label): FS-586-12-B
  • Matrix / Runout (A-side runout): FS-586-12-A Criteria MF
  • Matrix / Runout (B-side runout): FS-586-12-B Criteria MF
  • Rights Society: BMI


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November 23, 2017

PappaWheelie describes this 12" accurately below. Took me around 20 years to find a copy without purchasing one online. Certified early trunk knocker that I heard on mix tapes while growing up in Hollywood, FL. Hard Rockin' is the reason I love this 12" so the B-Side wins again. Shout-out goes to the Jam Pony Express for teaching me the ways of South Florida underground Hip Hop.


January 26, 2012

Amazing record,cool electro bass with hard rhymes.


August 12, 2003
This was South Florida in 1986, so cut it some slack. If Miami Bass formed in 1985, then OF COURSE most of the 1986 records won't be solid. It is true that Rick Rubin's blueprint for 808 boom + T La Rock/LL Cool J/Beastie Boys was the inspiration behind much of the mid-tempo early Miami Bass records, but it took a couple of years for most artists/producers to figure out their own voice. This record is typical of the many "below the radar" 1985-1987 Bass records, such as JD Krush, Fresh Girls Mandigos, Freshy 2, Crush II, Krush 2/Cool Will, Chill C, BPS, Bass Dominators, or 2 Tough MC's. even the first two 2 Live Crew 12"s followed this formula and found equally shakey results ("Revolution b/w It's Gotta Be Fresh" and "What I Like"). I wouldn't run out and buy the USA Breakers one and only 12" under this moniker unless you are a fanatic about documenting the history of Miami Bass...such as myself.


June 22, 2003

This starts with a really cheesy keyboard and a human beat box, reminds me a lot of the Skinny Boys. The beat kicks in in a very Def Jam, slow and low fashion, and the vocals are extremely Beastie Boys influenced. The flip side adds some corny metal guitar to round out the whole 3rd rate Def Jam thing.

This is far from great, pretty much an inferior Skinny Boys, but it so perfectly represents this particular period and style of "hardcore" that I have to give it a 4. It's no "This Beat is Def", but I'm glad I have it.