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  • "That's the Joint" [Sugarhill 12-inch, 1981] A

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"That's the Joint" [Sugarhill 12-inch, 1981]
"Rappin and Rocking the House," this young crew's Enjoy debut, is a real charmer, 16 minutes of fast talk over drum-dominated rhythms. But here's the joint. The instrumental track, carried by Sugarhill bassist Doug Wimbish, is so compelling that for a while I listened to it alone on its B-side version. And the rapping is the peak of the form, not verbally--the debut has funnier words--but rhythmically. Quick tradeoffs and clamorous breaks vary the steady-flow rhyming of the individual MCs, and when it comes to Sha-Rock, Miss Plus One herself, who needs variation? I'm rooting for "Get the point?" to join "Get down!" in the fly lexicon. A