The Unknown D.J.* ‎– 808 Beats (Eight Hundred And Eight Beats)

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Techno Hop Records ‎– THR-2
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Vinyl, 12", 33 ⅓ RPM
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A 808 Beats (Eight Hundred And Eight Beats) (Radio Mix) 5:10
B 808 Beats (Eight Hundred And Eight Beats) (Club Mix) 6:23

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Grandma's Hands Music (BMI)

Written and Produced by Andre Manuel for BIG BEAT Productions
Starring The Unknown D.J. as Master of the 808
Daniel "Perfect Tommy" Sofer as The Oberheim Wizard
and introducing Velvet Smooth as The Sexy Chick

This record is dedicated first and foremost to my "Gramps" Vernell Wallace, whose faith was strong enough to carry me when I was unable to carry myself. To Cindy Gregory for love and to all the pioneers and supporters of the west coast dance music movement, Rich Cason, The Wreckin' Cru, Uncle Jamm's Army, The Egyptian Lover, Ice Tea, Russ Parr, JDC Records, Magic Disc records, Michael Moore, Tony Joseph, Greg Mack, D.J.'s coast to coast, and to GOD for creation.
Unknown

Mixed at Trax Studio, Santa Monica, CA
Mfg. & Dist. by Macola Records

126 BPM

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Etchings A): L-10248 - THR 2-A
  • Matrix / Runout (Etchings B): L-10249 - THR 2-B
  • Matrix / Runout (Etchings A): L.A. DJ'S ROCK THE HOUSE
  • Matrix / Runout (Etchings A): DRE CUT IT FRESH
  • Matrix / Runout (Etchings A): UNKNOWN
  • Matrix / Runout (Etchings B): N.Y. DJ'S MOTIVATE + BOOGIE DOWN BRONX
  • Matrix / Runout (Etchings B): ISLAM CUT IT FRESH

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REENO

REENO

February 15, 2017
Nice track, but the title is quite misleading. There are no TR-808 sounds anywhere in this production. The drum kit is clearly an Oberheim DMX with some triggered resonant "zaps" mixed in.
HANKYDJ

HANKYDJ

August 26, 2015
Must have electro. simple as that
Sum1

Sum1

July 20, 2014

Correct vocals from Unknown:

Beat by beat baby, rhyme by rhyme
My body’s shaking, heart is aching, just to make you mine
So as you dance to my music and your body drips sweat
Here are the words you should never forget
I am the prince of desire, the King of your dream
And there will never be another in your life like me
Cause I’m so tall, dark and handsome and claiming to be
The hardest lover undercover of the M.I.C.
From New York to London, from Watts to Rome
My beat is thumping, feet are jumping for DJ Unknown
Computerized musician with the futuristic beat
The bass in your face, the chord’s so unique
I am the music of the future, the sound of the street
Chosen leader, supersceder of the humdrum beat
Though the music’s devastating it was simple to create
Cause I am the master of the 808........so beat this!"
DJ-Da_Freak

DJ-Da_Freak

April 11, 2012
edited over 5 years ago
Why should they talk about 808 and using another machine. It costs US$1,195 upon its release, which was considerably more affordable than the US$5,000 for the LM-1 or US$2,895 for DMX. Check Wikipedia for Roland_TR-808, Oberheim_DMX and Linn_LM-1. (...scroll down to...Notable artists and songs that feature... ;) Kind Regards
moogacid

moogacid

February 25, 2012
Dope record, dope cover illustration [as usual] by Darryl A Davis
tripple33

tripple33

January 21, 2011
808 Beats - Super Cool from start to finish. After many listens I hear something that sounds like Sexomatic by The Bar Kays, if you listen to the Sexomatic 12" and listen close especially the Dub Version, there is a familiar melody. If you like this then check out Def Momentum by DEF featuring DJ Three D.
zarcon

zarcon

January 14, 2010
edited over 6 years ago
fits in every mix, still works on any floor, and it's very strange in terms of:

contrary to it's title and record cover, i just can't hear NO 808, but a DMX with the same sounds wreckin'cru (world class), arabian prince (let's hit the beach), pet shop boys(opportunities) and dozens of other 80's artists used...most famous is it's fantastic backwards-handclap and unknowns archetypical rap ....and thx 2 djinsomnia for typing in the lyrics...there were a few words i never really got right when hearing it (LOL!)
schtel

schtel

August 23, 2003
This is definately one of the best Old-Skool Electro tunes ever made. 808 beats riddled with Kraftwerk and about a dozen other samples. A timeless classic; simply brilliant!
djinsomnia

djinsomnia

April 9, 2003
This is definately one of my favourite old skool electro/hiphop tracks... Unfortunately I only recently heard this track a few years ago on Dave Clarke - Electro Boogie Volume 2!

I wish I knew about all this stuff much earlier...

I love it so much I had to type up the lyrics, this guy really knows how to throw down a rhyme. :)

The way that the voice is filtered or vocoded sounds great as well. It's really catchy.

"Beat by beat baby, rhyme by rhyme
My body’s shaking, body’s aching, just to make you mine
So as you dance to my music and your body will sweat
Here are the words you should never forget
I am the prince of desire, the King of your dreams
And there will never be another in your life like me
Cause I’m so tall, dark and handsome and claiming to be
The hardest lover undercover of the M.I.C.
From New York to London, from Watts to Rome
My beat is thumping, feet are jumping for DJ Unknown
Computerized musician with the futuristic beat
The bass in your face, the chord’s so unique
I am the music of the future, the sound of the street
Chosen me the supersceder of the untrod beat
Though the music’s devastating it was simple to create
Cause I am the master of the 808........so be there!"