Enjoy Records' Founder Bobby Robinson Dies, Leaves Legacy In Hip Hop & R&B

The producer for early Hip Hop records by Treacherous Three, Fearless Four and Spoonie Gee passed away last week, leaving a deep impact on Hip Hop.

Last week, Harlem, New York native Bobby Robinson was confirmed dead at 93 years old, according to The New York Daily News. The store-owner and independent record label founder had been reportedly ill for several years before his death on January 7. Although Robinson's legacy includes the first black-owned business on Harlem's famed 125th Street, Hip Hop fans know the man through one of his several imprints - Enjoy Records.

Launched in the early 1960s from Robinson's Bobby's Happy House, Enjoy Records released early singles from the likes of Spoonie Gee, Treacherous Three, Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five and more. While Robinson maintained other labels such as Fire, Fury and Front Page Records, Enjoy is known for being an early home to Hip Hop albums. Catalog hits include The Furious Five's "Superrappin'," The Treacherous Three's "Feel The Heartbeat" and The Fearless Four's "Rockin' It," which reached younger generations through Jay-Z's 1997 hit "Sunshine." Robinson was credited as the producer for the original.

Although Enjoy stopped releasing albums by the mid-1980s, several compilations have released, celebrating the label (and Bobby Robinson's achievements).

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  • SERELL BLAKEY

    DEAR ROBINSON FAMILY, ARE BLACK OWNED BUSINESSES PLAYING OUT WITH HITS THAT LAST ONLY FOR THE TIMES?. WE MUST POSSESS THAT ETERNAL SOUND THAT LAST FOREVER. A MUSIC THAT DOES NOT GO OUT OF STYLE NO MATTER WHAT AGE OF GENERATION HAS COME INTO LIFE. THE POTIENCY OF THIS NEW SOUND OF MUSIC MUST BE SO DIVINELY INTOXICATING,THAT JUST BY HEARING IT OR LISTENING TO IT,IT IMMEDIATLEY DRUNKINS THE MIND,SOUL,AND HEARTFUL EMOTIONS OF THE LISTENER INTO AN MENTAL HIGH MORE DRUGLIKE ENDUCED BEYOND WHAT ANY PHYSICAL DRUG OF MARIJUANA,COCAINE,ICE,OR HERION COULD PRODUCE UPON THE HUMAN BODY. THIS CANNOT BE MORTALY INVENTED,BUT SPIRITUALY CREATED BY AN IMMORTAL FORCE OF EXONERATIVE GODLIKE INTELLIGENCE PHENOMINALY IN DIVINE CONSCIENCIALITY BEYOND THE HEIGHTS OF ORACLED NATURAL LIMITATIONS. THIS IS NOT IMPOSSIBLE,FOR WITH GOD ARE ALL THINGS POSSIBLE. THIS ACHIEVEMENT WILL RE-ORGANIZE THE BLACK COMMUNITIES INTO A MORE INDEPENDENT PROSPEROUS HUMANTIVE,WHERE URBAN BLACK NEIGHBORHOODS WILL THRIVE WITH FLOURISHING PROFESSIONS OF INDEPENDENT BUSINESS ESTABLISHMENTS. GOD BE AS YOU, SERELL A. BLAKEY I AM

  • Philip "Senistar" Muhammad

    RIP Bobby! I cut my first record on Enjoy Records it was called "Kik It In Your Crib" by Project Demolition formerly known as DJMC's of Harlem. You can listen to it here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cd_me_WwCVM I pray that your family gets through this time in remembrance of what good you brought to Harlem and the world. May Allah (God) be the judge of us all, naturally. Rest in Peace brother.

  • GEE DEE FOLKS

    #1, see ur slo. dem iz skreet nuguhz, gucci, wakka o.j, yall be like fuk them but they respect new york, thats all of us around the world listened to ny @ a time till we start(ed) making our own shyt. them niggas can rap and they freestyle, i lived there and witness that. d boyz sit in da trap , make money, blow kush and rap ALL GOT DAMN DAY till its time to go to the strip club, namtalkinbout? ok , them niggas jus rap southern tho, doin they own thang, and u doin that bogus txtin u wudnt say that 2 them niggas so stop blanket bitchin pussy ass nuguh, them niggas is hood as a mufucka real talk, sunvalley /texaco/flat sholes bvld burrr nigga!!!

  • nascareerisrelevant

    man nas career is alive ! new york niggas are very known outside new york ! fuck you haters ! lupe's music is da shit and is so popular and when it comes in the club makes me crunk ! royce da 5'9 is such a succesful rapper ! fuck lil wayne , waka , and gucci, they are not hood and are not popular !

    • GEE DEE FOLKS

      first of all, BOBBY ROBINSON, u will be greatly missed. he basically opened a portal for hip hop. he opened so many doors for artists i.e, m.c.'s who WERE rapping, not rappers. i am teaching young artists about the REAL dynamics of hip hop and its sub-culture of underground artists who really respect old school hip hop and how it evolved into the ahem.. "state" that it is in now. U WILL BE MISSED MR. ROBINSON,.. young catz, do your research, hip hop lives in the younger generation. the future is in u. fuk peace, im outta here.

  • junMaf*ckn

    Good piece of HipHop Knowledge right there! Beat on Rockin It is tough! Camp Lo bodied that beat on a remix too. Rise In Power Homie

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