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Newcleus

Newcleus contributed a true electro classic in "Jam on It," a Top Ten R&B hit that has been immortalized on hundreds of hip-hop mixtapes and often included in even techno DJs' sets. The origins of the group lay in a 1977 Brooklyn DJ collective known as Jam-On Productions, which included Ben "Cozmo D" Cenac, his cousin Monique Angevin, and her brother Pete (all of whom were teenagers and still in high school). Many members -- MCs as well as DJs -- came and went as the group played block parties all over the borough, and by 1979, the group centered around Cenac, his future wife Yvette "Lady E" Cook, Monique Angevin, and her future husband, Bob "Chilly B" Crafton. The foursome named their group Newcleus as a result of the coming together of their families.

By this time, Cenac 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 each member's vocals sped up to resemble the Chipmunks. The track, "Jam-On Revenge," impressed producer Joe Webb more than the other Newcleus material, and it became the group's first single, released 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, it had become "Jam On Revenge (The Wikki-Wikki Song)."

The single hit Top 40 on the Billboard R&B chart in 1983, and its follow-up, the more popular "Jam on It," reached the Top Ten and crossed into the Hot 100, where it peaked at number 56. "Computer Age (Push the Button)" was a more mature single, with accomplished rapping and better synthesizer effects, and it also hit the R&B Top 40. The first Newcleus LP, Jam on Revenge, was a bit of a disappointment, and their second album, Space Is the Place, did even more poorly upon release in 1984. Without a single as noteworthy as "Jam On Revenge" or "Computer Age," and with the advent of Run-D.M.C.'s organic, rock-influenced approach to rap music, Newcleus faded quickly, though the group sporadically recorded and performed, and compilations such as Destination: Earth - The Definitive Newcleus Recordings kept their output in circulation. Chilly B died of a stroke in 2010. ~ John Bush
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Destination: Earth

1. Destination Earth (1999)

2. Why

3. Computer Age (Push The Button)

4. Jam On Revenge (The Wikki Wikki Song)

5. Automan

6. Jam On It

7. Space Is The Place

8. Cyborg Dance

9. Teknology

11. Jam On This (Old School's Back In Session)

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Track List: Jam On This! The Best Of Newcleus

1. Jam On Revenge (The Wikki Wikki Song)

2. Jam On It

3. Computer Age (Push The Button)

4. Automan

5. Destination Earth (1999)

6. Space Is The Place

7. Why

8. Let's Jam

9. I Wanna Be A B-Boy

10. Na Na Beat

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Track List: Wikki Wikki 1994

1. Jam On Revenge (The Wikki Wikki Song)

2. Jam On It

3. Jam On This

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Track List: The Next Generation

1. Baby I Love You (I'm On A Roll, Roll With Me Baby)

2. Trigger

3. She's So Fine

4. 50 Ways To Get Funky

5. Keep Dancing

6. Jam For The 90's

7. Jam On It

8. Jam On This

9. Jam On This 1994

10. Jam On This 1994 1/2

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Track List: Space Is The Place

1. Cyborg Dance

2. I Wanna Be A B-Boy

3. Let's Jam

4. Let's Jam (12 Inch Dub)

5. Make It Live

6. Na Na Beat

7. Space Is The Place

8. Teknology

9. Why

10. Why (12 Track "Definitive" Version)

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msilvermerli n
old SKOOL 80's
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Chilly B RIP your contribution s to tha Hip Hop game doesn't go unrecognized ! ! !
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Omg, these songs were my jams in 1980's, also Grand Master Flash,and Soul Sonic Force, they were great for dancing at the clubs, still love them, best music in the 80's!!!
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Jam Jam on it,this was real muzic back then . Bring back old Dayz!
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wikkiwikkiwi k k i w i k k i w i k k i w i k k i w i k k i w i k k i w i k k i w i k k i w i k k i w i k k i w i k k i w i k k i w i k k i w i k k i w i k k i w i k k i W H A C K !
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Yeah yeah i know
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Love the music bring it back Brooklyn East N.Y. 80 90
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Never get tired of the old school keep them coming
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Old school never sounded better. Keep on planet rockn
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Hip-hop and blues will never die
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cherryamore9 2
Fresh!
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Love it....��
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❤❤❤❤❤
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challengecon v i c t i o n
I popped and break danced to this song! Memories...
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sjsherman18
Awesome jam.....bles s e d to have this in our time ;-)
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Jam on it is the s**t old school song brings me back memories.
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THIS ONE WAS THE BEST PARTY JAMS TO GET THE CLUB STARTED
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We had pure fun back then.
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Projman62 is funny������
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Dam don't play that song
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You don't like this u don't like old skool
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We use too Breakdance to Jam On it Eygpt Eygpt Planet Rock and other Songs that sounded like they where From Outter Space lol Those where the days when everybody Had Big a** Boom Boxes in the Back of people backyards or up at the local park you would see crowds of ppl just watching the younger kids and Teens Breakdance Man and everybody had so much fun you didnt have to worry about anybody getting killed or anything like that it was a different time in life Man i miss those times1984'' 85''.
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Just Like in The Movie Boyz n Da Hood When Tre Ricky and his friends was walking home from School you heard Sucka M.C.s playing in the background. That Scene was me in real Life i was 8years old in 1983'' when i would be walkin home from school it was just like that i would be walkin Pass O.G.s in the hood Wearing Durags Bumpin Music or people would Have Big a** 12'' Speakers on there porches and Jam On it was 1 of those songs Playing. The Scene was just like Boyz N Da Hood movie To Me as a kid!
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Know that's what i call music everyone partied with fun to bad they don't have a radio station that play's only that kind of music
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projman62
Wiki Wiki Wiki Pedia?
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Boyz N The Hood. Pop Lock Breakkkk.
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Block party classic in Miami.
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Them were the good old days Chicago new breed black gangster pride
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toneonly1trg
Wiki wiki shut up
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Wow..this song seemed like it was the most requested song at the club's. Awesome song. Great memories.
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emphatically love this jam...
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Oldie but a goodie.....l o v e it, brings back so many memories !!!
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Old skool classic..bri n g s back memories
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Rip Chilly B
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Boogie down bronks
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My jam
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Ha Ho!! Here we go.
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Jam On It....yeah wicky wicky wicky......t h i s was a HOUSE PARTY bumper back in the day.....ever y b o d y dancing getting their party on nothing but LOVE....what fond memories~Pro u d to be OldSchool!!
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REST N PEACE CHILLY 'B' JAM ON IT IM BOUT TO BUST SOME OL SKOOL MOVES....NOL A BOYZ...
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reginaldderr i c k d o b b i n s
Nothing but love
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Don't read this post it actually works you will be kissed on the next closest Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life however if you don't post this you will dies in two days now that you started reading this don't stop post this on five songs in the next 143minutes once your done press f6 ur lovers name will pop up in letters on ur screen. This is so scary it actually works
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Love jam brings back good time in Brooklyn East N Y was the best year 80 90
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Love It, Makes Me Wanna Break Out The Card Board And Bust Some Moves
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This is my jam. ��
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Reminds me of my bro in law chino.

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Old school jams
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Jam on it Original Pop Lock Song .
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josh.moreno2 5
Old Skool babe!
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vodni13
Havent danced in years. Itz time yo!!!!
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So much fun
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