New York: Party Times Unlimited, 1981. Item #5651
Flyer advertising an early hip-hop show at Harlem World, one of the first recorded rap battles, re-enacted in the groundbreaking film, Wild Style.
Billed as a competition between the Cold Crush Brothers and the Fantastic Five with a $1000 cash prize. Also featuring Charley Chase, Toney Tone, Grandmaster Flash, Starski, Master D, and Devastating2MCs.
This show was particularly historic as one of the first recorded rap battles ever. As tapes of the battle circulated around the city, it became urban legend and hip-hop lore, with street level adjudications and debates heightening each group’s fame. The following year, the battle was restaged on a basketball court in Charlie Ahearn’s Wild Style.
An exceptionally rare early hip-hop artifact, generally considered the most important and desirable flyer from the period.