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Newcleus

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The origins of Newcleus lay in a 1976 Brooklyn DJ collective known as Jam-On Productions, which included Ben "Cozmo D" Cenac, his best friend David 'Dr. Freeze' St. Louis, and Ben's cousins Monique 'Niqu D' Angevin and her brother Pete 'Master Quadro' Angevin (all teenagers and still in high school).
Many members (MCs as well as DJs) came and went as Jam-On rocked parks and block parties all over the borough.
In 1981 Cozmo decided to create a recording group as an extension of Jam-On.
The group included Cozmo, his wife Yvette ('Lady E'), Niqu D, and her future husband Bob 'Chilly B' Crafton.

The foursome originally took on the name Positive Messenger, but would later name their group Newcleus as a result of the coming together of their families.

By this time, Cozmo had begun to accumulate a collection of electronic recording equipment, and the quartet recorded a demo tape of material.
With several minutes left at the end of the tape, Newcleus recorded a favorite from their block parties, with the vocals sped up to sound like munchkins.
The track, "Jam-On's Revenge', immediately impressed producer Joe Webb, and it became the group's first single, released as 'Jam-On Revenge' by Newcleus featuring Cozmo & The Jam-On Production Crew in 1983 on Mayhew Records.
A huge street success, the track became known unofficially as the 'Wikki-Wikki song' (after the refrain) when it was re-released later that year on Sunnyview Records, it had become "Jam on Revenge (The Wikki-Wikki Song).

In 1984 Newcleus topped themselves with the all-time Hip Hop and Electro classic 'Jam On It'.

They also established themselves as the first Hip Hop band, playing all the instruments themselves live.
They toured nationally with Cameo through 1983 and 1984, and then were part of the 1st national Hip-Hop tour in history, The Fresh Festival, with Run DMC, Kurtis Blow, Whodini and The Fat Boys.

Adding another all-time classic Electro song with 'Computer Age (Push The Button)' and with 'Automan', Newcleus has solidified their place in Hip Hop and Electro history as true innovators and pioneers in the genres.

In 1990 Ben Cenac releases as Dream 2 Science - Dream 2 Science and Push/Pull - Bang The Drums 2 Deep House LPs

Sites:jamonproductions.com , oldschoolhiphop.com , hiphopbebop.com , Facebook , Wikipedia , Who Sampled
Aliases:The Move (2)
Members:Ben Cenac, Bob Crafton, Monique Crafton, Tracy Greene, Yvette Cenac
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