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Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel
Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel
early hip hop

Crash Crew was an early hip-hop/electro group who recorded for Sugar Hill Records. The group, based in New York City, consisted of members DJ Daryll C. (who died in 1999 due to diabetes), G. Man, La Shubee, Barry Bistro, Ek Mike C., and Reggie Reg. According to, the six met at a talent show sometime in 1977. In 1980, they recorded their first single under the moniker "Force of the 5". The single, "High Powered Rap", was released on Mike & Dave Records. That same year, the group signed to Sugar Hill Records and released several classic electro singles like "We Wanna Rock", "Breaking Bells", and "On the Radio".



In the summer of 1977, hip hop was just starting to take off throughout the urban communities of New York City. Beginning in the Bronx and moving swiftly through Harlem, the Crash Crew was one of the first groups from that area to put their legacy on hip hop. Beginning as party promoters, along with Mike & Dave Productions, the Crash Crew held events at the local Police Athletic League (PAL) and various neighborhood venues. These hip hop legends pressed, promoted and sold their first single, High Powered Rap” from the back of a car trunk. “High Powered Rap” put the Crash Crew on the charts. This smashing single also got the attention of Sugarhill Records, who at the time was the only major recording label for hip hop.

The Crash Crew signed to Sugarhill Records in 1981 and released “We Want to Rock.” And, even after signing with Sugarhill Records, the Crash Crew stayed true to Harlem and Uptown. They continued to promote parties throughout the five boroughs at venues like Broadway International, The Original Harlem World and Harlem’s own Celebrity Club while booking acts with The Treacherous 3, The Cold Crush Brothers, Kool DJ AJ, and the Fearless Four. DJ Afrika Bambaata welcomed the Crash Crew with open arms to perform alongside the Zulu Nation at the T-Connection, the Ecstasy Garage and the Disco Fever.

In 1982, another Crash Crew hit “Breaking Bells” was released. Touring with the Sugarhill Gang along with Grand Master Flash & the Furious 5, in 1983, the Crash Crew released “On the Radio.”

Reggie Reg

Reggie Reg, an original member of the Crash Crew, was born and raised in Harlem, New York City. Growing up, Reggie Reg’s early music influences were 70’s R&B and Funk groups like Earth, Wind & Fire, The Jacksons, BT Express, Lakeside, The Isley Brothers, and the BarKays, just to name a few. Reggie Reg got his inspiration to emcee from early hip hop groups like Grand Master Flash and the Furious Five, and the Funky Four. At 16 years old, Reggie Reg joined Mike & Dave Productions, helping to promote neighborhood parties, deejaying and emceeing. And like most hip hop pioneers at the time, Reggie Reg had no idea that his contribution to this new culture would soon turn the world upside down. Reggie Reg was instrumental in coming up with the name of his group after realizing they were constantly using the sound effect of a car crashing in the mix tapes that the Crash Crew sold. He was also the brainchild behind the hit songs, “Breaking Bells,” “On the Radio,” and “We are Known as Emcees.”

Today, Reggie Reg is the President of Tru Skool Rep Entertainment, an entertainment company that promotes and provides venues for up and coming artists.

Independent projects have been produced with Noble Drew Entertainment with several releases on Threat Records. Reggie Reg also works closely with On Track Productions running the New York City wide Safe Night Party Series.

Reggie Reg has been featured on various works with Grand Master Caz, Rahiem of the Furious 5, DJ Run of Run DMC, and CL Smooth.



The Crash Crew (Sugar Hill Records, 1984)
1. Breaking Bells
2. On the Radio
3. We Are Known As Emcees (We Turn Party's Out)
4. We Want To Rock
5. Scratching
High Powered Rappers (Tuff City, 1996)
1. On the Radio
2. High Power Rap (1986 Remix)
3. Crash Crew is Back – Produced by Teddy Riley
4. 2468 Here We Are
5. On the Radio (Instrumental)
6. High Power Rap (1986 Remix- Instrumental)
7. Crash Crew is Back (Instrumental)
8. 2468 Here We Are (Instrumental)
We Are Emcees (Sequel Records, 2001)
1. Breaking Bells (Take Me To the Mardi Gras)
2. We Are Known As MC's (We Turn Party's Out)
3. On the Radio
4. We Want To Rock
5. 2-4-6-8 (Here We Are Waiting For You)
6. MC Wars
7. We Want You To Dance
8. Scratching (Instrumental)
9. Ice Cream
10. Reggae Scratch
11. Charlie Brown
12. High Powered Rap (Demo)
13. On The Radio (Instrumental)
14. 2-4-6-8 (Here We Are Waiting For You - Instr.)
15. All Alone


High Power Rap:
1. High Power Rap
(Mike & Dave Records, 1980)
We Want To Rock
1. We Want To Rock
2. We Want To Rock (Instrumental)
(Sugar Hill Records, 1981)
Breaking Bells (Take Me To the Mardi Gras):
1. Breaking Bells (Take Me To the Mardi Gras)
2. Breaking Bells (Take Me To the Mardi Gras - Instrumental)
(Sugar Hill Records, 1982)
On the Radio:
1. On the Radio
2. On the Radio (Instrumental)
(Bay City Records, 1983)
On the Radio:
1. On the Radio
2. On the Radio (Instrumental)
(Sugar Hill Records, 1983)
We Are Known As MC's (We Turn Party's Out):
1. We Are Known As MC's (We Turn Party's Out)
2. We Are Known As MC's (We Turn Party's Out) (Instrumental)
(Sugar Hill Records, 1983)
Here We Are (Waiting For You):
1. Here We Are (Waiting For You)
(Sugar Hill Records, 1984)
2-4-6-8 Here We Are:
1. 2-4-6-8 Here We Are
2. 2-4-6-8 Here We Are (Instrumental)
(Sugar Hill Records, 1985)
The Crash Crew Is Back:
1. The Crash Crew Is Back (Vocal)
2. The Crash Crew Is Back (Instrumental)
DJ Small
3. Summer Fun (Vocal)
4. Summer Fun (Instrumental)
(Tuff City, 1995)
The Real Hip Hop:
1. The Real Hip Hop
2. The Real Hip Hop (Radio Edit - Clean Edit)
3. Champagne Flights (Radio Edit)
4. Champagne Flights (Street)
(Mind Bending Music, 1996)
High Powered Rappers:
1. High Power Rappers (Original Version)
2. High Power Rappers (Instrumental)
(Flashback Records, 1998)

Crash Crew Guest Spots

DJ Parker Lee Presents Grandmaster Caz w/ Rahiem "Not Tonight" (Jazz Child Records, 1999)

Legends of Hip Hop w/ Ice-T, Flava Flav, Cheeks, Special K, Bambaataa, Smooth Approach, Sha-Rock, Whodini, Busy Bee, Grandmaster Caz, DLB, LA Sunshine, Grand Puba, Pete DJ Jones, Kurtis Blow, Hollywood, Eddie Cheeba, Dano, Ceelo, Waterbed Kev, Speech, Grand Wizard Theodore, Dota Rock, Rakim & DJ Kool Herc "Legends of Hip Hop" (Absolut Records - 2002)

Legends of Hip Hop w/ Doc Ice, Whodini & Skeeta Ranks "Shake Them Hips" (Absolut Records, 2002)

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