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Dr Jeckyl & Mr Hyde

Dr Jeckyl & Mr Hyde

"The year was 1980. Tunde-Ra and I were busy promoting and distributing our new hit dance record, "Hooked on Your Love." We were also deeply involved with the everyday activities of our new record label, "Nia." Nevertheless, we made sure to make our annual trek to Harlem World to visit Fatman. Fats had just lost one of his legs from complications due to diabetes. Fats still managed the duties of his club, Harlem World; however, he was growing weaker by the day and couldn't do all the things that he wanted to do.
Fats sensed that his time was coming to an end and was forced to put his beloved record label, Rojac, to the side. Fatman revealed to Tunde and me a production formula that was passed on to him by Joe Robinson, the owner of Sugar Hill Records.
It was the same method that Joe used for the Sugar Hill Gang's new hit record called "Rapper's Delight." He insisted that we execute the same formula on a group he called "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde." Jekyll and Hyde were two young rappers who hung around Harlem World looking for a record deal. So we diligently followed Fatman's directions and took the two boys under our wings. We brought them to our label, Nia Records, and taught them the record business. Their given names were Andre Harrell and Alonzo Brown."

For additional details, please visit the Nia store to acquire our book titled "Jimi Hendrix & the Ghettofighters in Harlem World."