Joe Bataan - Subway Joe

(Fania Records, 1968)

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"'Subway Joe' is classic Joe Bataan, combining traditional R&B with Latin boogaloo to create something new. Bataan signed with Fania Records in 1967 and released a string of successful albums into the early '70s. He founded the legendary Salsoul Records and stuck around long enough to record one of the earliest rap songs in 1979 — 'Rap-O Clap-O.'  But he never forgot where he came from, as depicted in the cover art for albums like Poor BoyMr. New York & the East Side Kids, and Riot!, which feature his old neighborhood haunts. - Derek John for WNYC