The Force M.D.'s
Often neglected next to the adventures of Afrika Bambaataa or Grandmaster Flash, Force M.D.s (from Staten Island, New York City) were nevertheless a vital component in the early 80s in raps development. They were originally titled the LDs, working as a street-corner act in the manner of the Jackson Five, with Antoine TCD Lundy, Stevie D, Trisco Pearson and Charles Mercury Nelson holding the reigns. Alongside Planet Patrol, they were the first to instigate doo-wop hip-hop, before changing tack to largely soul-based harmonies, which were an early influence on the swingbeat outfits of the late 80s and early 90s. They employed formation steps alongside breakdance routines as visual inducement, adding impersonations of television theme tunes and popular stars of the day, often performing on the Staten Island ferry. They became Dr. Rock And The MCs when they were joined by a DJ of that title, introducing scratching into their nascent...