Today in Hip Hop History: Whodini

Whodini (1983)

July 8, 1983

Brooklyn, New York hip hop group Whodini released their self titled debut album through J Records/Arista in 1983. Whodini is a hip hop trio consisting of vocalist and main lyricist Jalil Hutchins; co-vocalist Ecstasy and turntable artist DJ Drew Carter, aka Grandmaster Dee. Whodini was among the first hip hop groups to garner a high-profile national following for their music, and made significant appearances on urban radio.

Previous to their album, the group signed with London-based independent record label Jive Records in 1982; they produced radio hits for several years, charting on urban and R&B radio stations. The group was managed by Russell Simmons, brother of Run from Run-DMC.

Whodini’s first single, titled “Haunted House of Rock”, was a Halloween-themed song with well-known synths and rhymes that still are played in clubs to this day. Their electro-hip hop vibe mixes 80’s music with an early conception of hip hop music.

Listen to “Haunted House of Rock” below and let us know what you think of the retro hit!

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