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Grandmaster & Melle Mel: 'White Lines (Don't Do It)' (Sugar Hill 12-inch); Mutabaruka: 'Ode To Johnny Drughead' (Alligator 12-inch)

J.D. Considine, Musician, January 1984

ALTHOUGH IT'S doubtful Nancy Reagan listens to either rap or reggae records (or anything more soulful than Ray Anthony, for that matter), she ought to be cheered by the fact that two of the most respected wordslingers in these genres have just put out antidrug records. Anti-cocaine records, to be exact, although Mutabaruka is a little vague on whatever else Johnny Drughead might have been up to in New York.

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