The 411 On The 313: A Brief History of Detroit Hip-Hop Image via Discogs / Quality

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Detroit's earliest relatively successful rappers were probably the Jheri-curled duo Felix & Jarvis, who had a local hit with their 1982 single "Flamethrower Rap" (co-produced by Don Was), which borrowed its music wholesale from the J. Geils Band's "Flamethrower" (itself a staple of Mojo's WGPR-FM sets). Further cementing their local fame, the pair provided the theme song for the daily dance-party TV show The Scene on African-American-owned UHF station Channel 62: "It's 6 o'clock and it's time to rock/We rock non-stop til 7 o'clock . . ."

Felix & Jarvis The Scene theme song/"Flamethrower Rap,"WGPR-TV (1983)

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