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Rap by Jukebox

I'm dressed in blue
so I can do
all the things
i've been hired to.
I carry a badge
and a big old gun.
Man I'm serious,
it's not for fun.
You're looking at me
and thinking I'm strange.
I can stop on a dime
and give you nine cents change.
My stuff is fresh
and it's awful good.
Check me out sister
I'm going to Hollywood.
When I arrive
I'll send you a card,
cause I land soft,
but I bite hard.
When I was young
it was a chilly world,
I fell in love
with a Spanish girl.
It didn't last long,
word is bond,
so I took another lady
as time went on.
I tasted brown sugar
and I'm here to say,
I still got a sweet tooth
with no decay.
It's a fact Jack, that
the threads on my back
don't come off
no clothing rack.
I got three sisters
laying up in the shade,
cause all my stuff
is custom made.
Now I was rapping
before it was cool.
I started my stuff
back in grammer school.
The ladies said
'he's so cute',
that's where I got
my attribute.
They call me Sweet Raheim,
the young ladies dream.
I've been the joint
since I was a teen.
Heard the MC-5
just doing their jive,
Grandmaster Flash
was talking his trash.
Decided I
should give it a try,
because my rap
is really fly.
One night I was out
on routine patrol,
with my partner John,
who's got a little bit of Soul.
Somewhere late
in the middle of the night,
they gave us a call
of a great big fight.
I tell you all
it was a crying sin.
When we pulled up,
there was a brother breaking in.
I threw him on the ground
and he began to holler,
I said 'what's the deal',
he said 'It's all about a dollar'.
Put him in the car
and took him off to jail,
the brother started crying
when the judge said 'no bail'.
Now if you think
that my rap is nice,
I'd like to leave you all
with a piece of advice.
Stay in school
and get that knowledge.
Just chill out
till you get through college.
Top or bottom,
it's up to you,
whether people call you mister,
or just plain fool.

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Cracker Rapper - It's a Bust

Edward W. Pasterczyk aka 'Jukebox' aka 'Cracker Rapper' was a New Jersey cop. He released the 12" single 'It's a Bust' in 1984 on Broccoli Rabe records performing a self penned rap over a heavy Disco number. In 1985 he released an Electro version with the same rap on Fresh Records.

We came across a sealed copy of the '84 version of 'It's a Bust' a few years ago - Inside was a double sided press release from which the following information and photos were taken... make of it what you will...

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Cracker Rapper with young break dancer image

The Story of 'Jukebox' Pasterczyk:
Irvington's Singing Police Officer

Over 30 years ago in the ironbound section of Newark, a six-year-old boy fell under the spell that was to last his lifetime. Smitten by the siren of song, Edward W. Pasterczyk devoted his time to singing along with rock 'n roll records, the just emerging American phenomenon. He learned lyrics and practiced the melodies. His passion for pop music earned him the nickname 'Jukebox'.

Still steeped in pop culture, Jukebox is a well-known personality in Mayfair's Irvington Store (61), where he has been a part-time uniformed security officer since May 1981. "Whatever the fad or the current craze, I get involved," says Jukebox. His interest has kept him ageless in spirit. He says, "I can have as much fun with a person 65, listening to Glenn Miller, as with someone 10 years old, who has just discovered the hoola-hoop."

The Early Years

During his years in the Newark School system, Jukebox learned to survive without fighting. "I found out that music was the happy medium," he says. It became his universal language. Through it, he communicated peaceably. "Music has no racial or financial limitations," he asserts.

One day in 1961 Jukebox was vocalising on a street corner with an informal group. Tommy Falcone, a New York record producer, caught in a traffic jam, stopped to listen. He gave the boys his business card, and they went to see him in Hazlet. "He gave us our start." says Jukebox. At ages 16 and 17, under the name 'The Reminiscents', the boys had a hit record called 'For Your Love'. The group toured the country giving personal appearances.

When they separated after high school graduation, several members joined other name pop groups. One worked with The Critters, another with The Association. Now one is with The Four Seasons and one with Frank Zappa.

Jukebox teamed up with The Four J's. Their song 'Here I Am Brokenhearted' was a hit on Jamie Records. With another group he recorded a comedy album 'Buck and Box - Live At The Men's Room'.

During his musical career, Jukebox appeared on Steve Allen and Merv Griffin Shows. He worked with Sammy Davis Jr., Soupy sales and The Temptations. On the West Coast he was part of the KRLA Cavalcade of Stars with The Beach Boys. He worked with local groups in California and partied with Jan and Dean. "Finally", says Jukebox, he "had to face reality and come back to New Jersey to work."

The Man

In 1972 Jukebox passed the civil service exam and joined Irvington Police Department. The nonviolent philosophy he developed at high school is the key to his style as a police officer. He is a peacemaker. He has smoothed disturbances, he says, with patience, quiet conversation and respect for humanity.

A year ago ~Jukebox began moonlighting with Foodtown. Joe Spina, acting security supervisor in Division II, says Jukebox is "a personable guy. He has many friends."
Jukebox says, "My average day is 16 hours, 7 days a week. My first married year I had one day off. My wife never complained."

Jukebox met his wife Debra Lee when he was on duty in Irvington Center. While he was directing traffic, she was stopping it. Debra holds ten beauty titles. To earn her degree in classical music, she had to sing in four languages. She teaches music at Jackson Academy in East Orange. Her formal training and polish keep me going," says Jukebox. Her constructive criticism of his music, he says, "pushes me to go out there and do better."
On September 2, 1982, their first child, Veronica Pasterczyk, was born.

The Humanitarian

Jukebox sings lead on his latest effort, a 12-inch disco record called 'Chill Out Girl'. Just released (1983?) on the Golly label, the studio project required nine musicians, three background singers and a female vocalist. The group is named 'Raheem, Jukebox and Splice Incorporated. Jukebox says the group "took ethnic terms and put them onto a danceable record."

Benefit shows are planned in conjunction with the record's release. Jukebox is scheduled to perform in October with Connie Francis, Imus and other celebrities. Charity appearances are part of the Jukebox way of life. "It gives me a good feeling because those people truly appreciate our shows," he says. Flamboyant in his custom-made, three-piece, gold lame suit, Jukebox is known for his work as an emcee. Even though he has played a saxophone and base, Jukebox considers himself "strictly a front man."

On 'Chill Out Girl' he says, "The pieces just fell into place on this project." Since Jukebox did the musical arranging, he says, "Hopefully, the song will take off and give me some credence for writing, arranging and producing."

He does not, however, foresee a career as a top singer for himself. "I hear a lot of talent I feel is more gifted than I am." he admits. To contribute to the career successes of those people, he plans to attend Kean College for the formal training he needs to write arrangements for other performers.

The artist he would most like to write for is Barbara Streisand. "For a laid-back performer with a spotlight and a microphone," he says he admires Sinatra or Tony Bennett. His favorite group is The Miracles.

Able to appreciate all music, from gospel to classical, Jukebox particularly enjoys the voice of Luciano Pavarotti. His fantasy is to see Pavarotti record "a piece the kids could relate to. A song like 'More', 'I Believe', or 'I'm In The Mood For Love'," he suggests, would be the medium to expose young people to sophisticated technique.

Jukebox has a generous heart that beats in harmony with the pulse of the American people. He loves pop music because it is an expression of life from the melting pot. He wants to return this gift with an exchange of music. "I am looking to open that door to musical connections," he says. With just one break he could do it.

Jukebox. An American classic.

Cracker Rapper in Police uniform