Newcleus' Robert "Chilly B" Crafton — who features in the electro classic "Jam On It," above — passed away this Tuesday, February 23rd following a stroke, Newcleus' MySpace page solemnly writes (via Pitchfork). He was 47. As "Jam On It" is one of our favorite jams, this week's Rock List looks back at Newcleus and other icons of '80s hip-hop. All styles, genres and subgenres are fair game, as long as they were recorded between 1980 and 1989. Leave your picks in the comments, and on Monday we'll tally the votes. Until then, here's a small sampling of our faves below:
• Slick Rick - "Children's Story"
• Boogie Down Production - "The Bridge Is Over"
• Run-DMC - "My Adidas"
• Newcleus - "Jam On It"
• The Beastie Boys - "Paul Revere"