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HashimAl-Naafiysh (The Soul)

Label:Cutting Records – CR-200
Vinyl, 12", 33 ⅓ RPM
Genre:Electronic, Hip Hop


A1Al-Naafiysh (The Soul)6:06
B1Al-Naafiysh (The Soul)5:26

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Sure Force Productions
Sure Shot Edit by Aldo
℗ © 1983 Cutting Records
111 Dyckman Street
NY NY 10040 (212) 569-4589

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  • Rights Society: ASCAP
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A etched/stamped): MASTERING BY FRANKFORD/WAYNE NEW YORK HERbiE JR :v) ANgiE ✬ "DEdiCATED To DORIAN MARTiNEZ" "P.S." "HEY BRO." A-1 ⟷ CR - 200 - A
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B etched/stamped): MASTERING BY FRANKFORD/WAYNE NEW YORK HERbiE JR :v) Hi KEllY!! "CONgRAdulATioNs PAPA Whiz KID" A-1 ⟷ CR- 200 -B

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Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
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Al-Naafiysh (The Soul) (12", 45 RPM, Stereo)Streetwave, Arista, West End RecordsMKHAN 4UK1983
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Al-Naafiysh (The Soul) (12")ZYX RecordsZYX 5134Germany1983
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Al-Naafiysh (The Soul) (12", 45 RPM)StreetwaveMKHAN 4UK1983
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Al-Naafiysh (The Soul) (12", 33 ⅓ RPM, Dark blue)Cutting RecordsCR-200US1983
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Al-Naafiysh (12", 33 ⅓ RPM, Test Pressing)Cutting RecordsCR-200US1983
BumpnGrind's avatar
All the comments, memories equate an important piece of art. Big up to all involved.
Did Hashim do the Scratchin in this song? If not who did? Even more important what is the Original source of the Scratch sound being cut up?
defendergroove's avatar
i remember how at the end of 1984 a buddy had a 30 second snippet on tape of this song.the rest had been overdubbed.we really wanted to know the name of the song to have it complete.only when i bought the streetsounds crucial with the flat knob in 1985 the mystery was solved
REENO's avatar
Easily in the top 10 all time electro records. Doesn't get better than this.
freddyfresh's avatar
Hanging out at Cutting Records in New York in 1987 Aldo showed me the keyboard that Hashim used to make this masterpiece and also the many Imperial Brothers killers like Dub to Scratch which is a killer record and one of y all time faves.. great memories
Mellowiz's avatar
Maybe number one breakdance record. The tuff attitude in this record made it a favorit for a lot of breakdancers.
Obsidian's avatar
A clever interpolation of one of the synth lines from Duran Duran's "New Religion", released just one year before.
ConsciousRythmZ's avatar
Record was a breakthrough in the days, was a favorite for breakdancing in Washington Square Park New York, You would most definitely find me any day in the week battling! What great memories!
bobrkg's avatar
Love the comments, label.aside. im still wondering what was the inspiration behind the track. Why would you make this vocal? What does it mean ?
ruderoy121's avatar
Edited 4 years ago
This was one of the tracks that opened doors that were closed to rap music, Also it helped break the Electro sound into the mainstream as clubs and radio stations refused to play rap, because pop and disco were the main agenda.
Rap music would get very little air play and you may hear some during the late night shows but not in the day time.
The public could not get enough of the bassline and synths, it was a brand new sound, the DJs had no choice but to play this and all hell broke loose.
This track not only helped lay the foundations but also set the benchmark for Electro and Electronic music, that could be listenable and danced too by the general public.
All music has its defining moment this is once of them.