The First Female Pioneer Luminary MC! YES… You heard right! Sha-Rock… Funky Four plus ONE! Lets’ get down to business! ZINGGGGGGG!!!!

Funky Four Plus 1(courtesy of Wikipedia):

Funky Four Plus One (also known as Funky 4 + 1) was the first Hip-Hop/Rap group from The BronxNew YorkUnited States to receive a recording deal. They were notable for having a female MC, and were the first rap group to perform live on a national television broadcast. Jazzy Jeff from Funky Four Plus One is not the same artist as DJ Jazzy Jeff from DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince. When Jazzy Jeff was setting up a solo career after the (3rd) Funky 4 split up around 1983 he sued Jive Records (who had subsequently signed DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince) and he won a lawsuit over the rights to the name “Jazzy Jeff”.

History:

Formed in 1976, the group was the first hip hop group to have a female MC, Sha Rock. Their most significant hit was the nine-minute “That’s the Joint,” which was sampled by the Beastie Boys on the song “Shake Your Rump.” “That’s the Joint” was sampled from A Taste of Honey’s “Rescue Me”. Their other notable recordings included the almost sixteen-minute “Rappin’ and Rockin’ The House”, and Jazzy Jeff’s recording of “King Heroin”, from which a beat was sampled for use in the theme of the “The Apprentice” which taken from the O’Jays’ “Money”. The group never recorded a full studio album.

They were the first hip hop group to appear on a national television show, Saturday Night Live, in a season six episode hosted by Blondie’s Deborah Harry (some have mistakenly reported that Run-DMC was the first rap group to appear on SNL – in fact, Run-DMC were first rappers to perform on MTV some years later).

The original members were The Voice of K.K. aka K.K. Rockwell (Kevin Smith), Keith Keith (Keith Caesar), Sha Rock (Sharon Green), Rahiem (Guy Todd Williams). Rahiem later left the group to join Grandmaster Flash and The Furious Five. Sha Rock temporarily left as well, and they were replaced by Lil’ Rodney C! and Jazzy Jeff, who became the ‘New’ Funky Four and with the return of Sha Rock who became the Plus One More.

Career:

With the addition of Lil` Rodney C! and Jazzy Jeff, the group became the “New” Funky Four, with D.J. Breakout and D.J. Baron. None of the Emcees were older than 17 when they signed with the Enjoy label, with “Rappin’ And Rockin’ The House”. This utilized elements of Cheryl Lynn‘s “Got To Be Real“, over which a 16-minute rap commentary was placed. The tracks were recorded by a live band led by drummer Pumpkin, arguably rap’s first production hero, and it was an impressive overall introduction.

Shortly afterwards they switched to Sugarhill Records, losing the “Plus One More” and adding 4 + 1 suffix. Prior to this cast D.J. Mark The 45 King would act as Breakout’s record boy after Pookie D, locating and passing records up to the decks as Breakout requested them. They made their debut for Sugarhill in 1980 with “That’s The Joint”, a song arranged by jazz-funk organist Clifton Jiggs Chase. Their performances at Bronx Club parties included full blown dance routines.

After a dispute with Sugarhill, Lil` Rodney C! and KK Rockwell left the group and started The Original Double Trouble, at which time Rodney C! would marry Angela (Angie B) Brown of The Sequence fame aka (Grammy Nominated) Angie Stone. Jazzy Jeff went on to have a solo career.

In 2008, their song “That’s The Joint” was ranked number 41 on VH1’s 100 Greatest Songs of Hip Hop.

From Sha-Rocks Mouth(via myspace):

Let me say, First of all… I am not one to get on the internet and speak my business, but since every body and their mothers is on my space; let me holla @ you. Don’t beleive the hype, don’t get it twisted, forget what you heard ,and no it didn’t start with Salt and Pepper… 30 something years ago a multi-billion dollar business was created we call Hip Hop. And yes… Right hear right now… you are witnessing the writings of the 1st Female Pioneer Luminary MC on the mic ever.. SHA-ROCK YALL… I am going to keep this thang short. Young SHA-ROCK use to live in the Bronx, but then move to Harlem USA. And that is where it started for me. I was introduced to artist’s such as James Brown, Nickki Giovanni and Sylvia to name a few. To all you older cats who may know who Sylvia is , but to all the young cats , let me break it down to you… She is CEO of Sugar Hill Records. The same record label that is still trying to rob me of my royalty checks after 25 years. Aint that a bitch.

Anyway I moved back to the Bronx. Back in the 70’s i use to sneak out of the house to go to Kool Herc’s parties who is the Father of Hip Hop. He had no Female MC’S at that time. So there was no one to set standards for me. I became a b/girl. I waited just like the fella’s did for that certain break beat of James Brown’s Sex Machine to began to hit the floor. I then became the 1st Pioneer Female Luminary MC ever to set the standards for any other female that came after me.. 1st Pioneer Female MC to be apart of a all male Hip Hop group/The Funky Four Plus One More… 1st Pioneer Female MC from the streets of the Bronx to go full circle in a MC battle mode… 1st Female Pioneer MC to use the echo chamber behind her voice, and every one followed… 1st Female Pioneer MC to have a record deal world wide… 1st Female Pioneer MC to introduce Hip Hop to other cultures and nationalities besides the Bronx… 1st Female Pioneer MC to be on national tv/Saturday Night Live with Blondie/aka Deborah Harry “1981”… 1st Female to be apart of the 1st organized/sychronized group… The Funky Four Plus One who set the standards for what Hip Hop is today… Know Your History…. SHA-ROCK 1ST Female Pioneer Luminary MC.

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