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LP includes 12" x 12" poster insert and a CD copy of Mr. WonderfulHe may sound like Wu-Tang Clan’s Ghostface Killah, but when rapper Action Bronson calls upon his past life as a chef and spits heavy culinary knowledge in his songs, you certainly won’t confuse the two. After studying at the Art Institute of New York City’s culinary program, Action went on to join the restaurant business as a chef. He slipped in the kitchen breaking his leg, was out of work, and decided to become a rapper. His mixtapes gained him popularity on the web and his performances intrigued the masses landing him a major label deal.
At long last, the instrumentals to Blu and Exile's modern classic Give Me My Flowers While I Can Still Smell Them. Available for the very first time on vinyl.
The Ownerz is the sixth and final studio album by the hip-hop duo Gang Starr, recorded two years before the duo broke up. It was well-received critically and boasts four singles, "Skills," "Rite Where U Stand," "Nice Girl, Wrong Place," and "Same Team, No Games." Continuing with the Respect The Classics campaign, UMe will be reissuing this classic album back on vinyl for the first time in over 10 years!
Big Pun remains on the best rappers ever list to this day. Reasons for this weigh largely on his debut Capital Punishment. His commanding voice and rapid fire delivery make it clear there will never be another Big Pun. Pun was New York. His confidence on the mic made him stand out among his contemporaries. Similarly, the production -- by a cast of many – remains ever so New York loyal. The close cousins "I'm Not a Player" and "Still Not a Player,” may have been the hits off this album but it is packed with so many more that show Pun’s true abilities. “Beware” and “Dream Shatterer” are great examples of Big Pun at his best, dark cinematic production with just enough room to let him breathe fire. On “Twinz (Deep Cover)” Big Pun is trading bars with his mentor Fat Joe over a remake of Dr. Dre’s classic beat. Here Pun delivers one of his most quoted verses that contains among others “Dead in the middle of Little Italy little did we know that we riddled some middlemen who didn't do diddly”. There are numerous guest appearances, the best of which include afore mentioned Fat Joe (on several tracks), the Roots' Black Thought on the MC showcase "Super Lyrical," Prodigy and Inspectah Deck on "Tres Leches (Triboro Trilogy)," and an extra-insane Busta Rhymes on "Parental Discretion."
From time to time a DJ or producer comes along who transcends a particular scene, bridges the gap between disparate movements and unites tribal music fans. Seven has that talismanic quality. His productions have a rawness…a loose-knit, lolloping grove that seduces even the most steadfastly stubborn of hips. Seven is a unifying force and the well of support for his endeavors runs deep, from Mos Def to Four Tet to Julio Bashmore and way beyond. As an intergalactic soul record Universes delivered on all front, admirably showcasing the breadth and depth of SDJR’s productions and the honesty and humour that makes his music so instantly recognizable. Catch him in this cosmos before he jets off to another time and space.
Japan’s Pigeondust brings us his first album for Cold Busted titled Moon, Wisdom & Slackness. 17 hip hop instrumentals from this beatmaker with features from Hakobune & Sugarloaf.
Seasoned professionals in the world of RAP MUSIC, the Brooklyn duo of rapper M.I. and producer DJ Cutt, prove themselves very much at the top of their game on ‘Avant Garde’. Their new album, is like a boomerang, ricocheting from twenty years ago, coming back to scoop up some more right-minded cats. Of course, there’s the boom-bap drum foundation sensibility - the main ingredient, but Constant Deviants constantly surprise on how they ice their production cake. Tracks such as the title one, “Standards” and “It’s like That” have intricately laced melodies that gives the tracks a multi-dimensional dynamic. They also make for compelling listening. Subjects such as their relationship to the media (‘Side B’) a day in the life of Constant Deviants (‘It’s like That’), a setting goals and aspirations (‘Standards’), are complemented by production that conjures up a multitude of vibes and moods. The sitting on the dock of the bay, blunts and booze anthem ‘Breathin’ ‘ recalls calm, closed eyes, running through a memory bank of memorable moments. ‘Whatever You Call It’ is a jazzy ode to the Constant Deviant way of living, way of approaching things. Lovely scratching of (BDP’s ‘My Philosophy’) ‘U Know What’ rasps over an uptempo beat. ‘I’m Still Up’ is an ode to ghetto death, a life cut far too short. It’s the album’s most reflective moment. It’s also the most simplified, but effective use of drums, with a discorded xylophone mournfully criss-crossing the record’s sad lament. Avant Garde is a street-crafted solid slab of GOLDEN ERA substance. Maintaining one foot in the past and one in the present/future, they keep their relevance because they understand their genre’s legacy, not to mention their own contribution to the art form.
ANGELS DUST is vocalist FLAVIA CIAMPI and producer DAVID LAMPLEY, both originally hailing from San Diego, CA. Their bewitching, hypnotizing yet soulful debut summons the same heaviness and somber darkness of Portishead & Mazzy Star. Ciampi's almost-whispered vocals are front and center, anchored by loose swinging beats that are as unnerving as they are catchy. Lampley (also known as Psychopop, one half of San Diego instrumental noise legends SKRAPEZ, as well as a frequent GONJASUFI collaborator) handles the gritty lo-fi production duties.
If there’s a secret to time travel, Kool Keith owns the patent. Even a flying DeLorean seems too conventional for the Bronx legend. He’d more logically orbit throughout the galaxy in a gleaming chrome spaceship, teaching the stars and aliens new forms of originality. He is too weird to live, too rare to die, too uniquely ultra-magnetic to be accurately mimicked. Released on Mello Music Group, Time? Astonishing! is the latest dimensional warp from hip-hop’s premiere astral traveler. His union with MMG producer L’ Orange finds him exploring uncharted terrain: choppy volcanic rock planets, ice glacier moons, new surgical procedures, and fresh rappers to toss into the ether. The scalpel remains eternally sharp. The themes aren’t dissimilar from his past opuses as Dr. Octagon and Black Elvis. But L’ Orange’s production appropriately coaxes the most appealingly baffling gonzo vision from Keith since his days collaborating with Dan “The Automator” Nakamura. This isn’t the noir-rap of L’Orange’s previous work, but something atmospheric, ethereal, and absurd. Yet there’s a sense of tradition within the playfulness. The beats glow with radioactive grit. Hard enough to knock from your car speakers, cinematic and plutonium-propelled enough to transport you to strange terra firma. Buck Rodgers movie serials meet boom-bap. And along for the odyssey are a cast of the best underground MC’s of the last decade: Blu, Open Mike Eagle, Mr. Lif, J-Live, and more. But the star is Keith Thornton, offering more ammunition for his spot as the most creative rapper of all-time, offering more amazing adventures in the future. While other veterans often look back, Keith always knew that space ships don’t come equipped with rear view mirrors. Every thought is a different action. He’s easing into new zones, encountering polygonic time travelers, surrounded by enemies, blasting them with radioactive wave forms. L’Orange is the gunner on the flank, lacing the legend with synthesizers set to stun, great wheeling humid organs, and sad exotic jazz riffs. These are space symphonies and occult odysseys, fuel for wanderers, wonderers, and all the a-likes. Welcome to the new world, even more sinister and suspenseful than the last one. We live in astonishing times: abstract, absurd, and indelibly Kool.
Long Beach, Cali rapper Vince Staples debuted his seven-song EP, HELL CAN WAIT late last year. The release of HELL CAN WAIT followed Vince s 3-week, 13-city Paisley Summer Tour headlining stint, which wrapped up at Hard Rock Live in Las Vegas. Vince has contributed tracks to dozens of today's hottest artists, including Earl Sweatshirt's first and second albums to Dilated Peoples' Directors Of Photography to Jhené Aiko's The Vapors (on her Sail Out debut, the biggest-selling EP in Def Jam history) and Common's latest album, Nobody's Smiling, on his single Kingdom, performed live by Common with Vince at his side on Jimmy Kimmel Live and at the 2014 BET Hip Hop Awards. As Common stated in XXL, "He's cold on the mic... This dude can really rhyme. It made me want to write." With HELL CAN WAIT, Vince turned the microscope on himself and his family for some of hip-hop s most remarkable music. Ain't nothing realer than the truth, he explains. Ain't nothing better than the truth, like I really did all that. I really seen all that. I really been around that my whole life. Vince's debut album, Summertime 06, set to drop this summer, will be no different. Vince describes Summertime 2006 as the summer that started it all. He looks back in time to tell a story of how his budding career came to be; this album will provide insight into who Vince is and why he does what he does. The countdown to Summertime 06 is on!
Joell Ortiz is 1/4 of the legendary crew, Slaughterhouse which is signed to Eminem's Shady Records. As a solo artist Joell has made his name by being one of NY's and Hip-Hop's top MCs. !llmind is a seasoned producer and has worked with the likes of Kanye West, 50 Cent, Erykah Badu, Ludacris, Lloyd Banks, and more. He gained notoriety by releasing a remix album to Jay-Z's Black album called, The Black and Tan Album. Joining forces, Joell Ortiz and !llmind deliver a project that will have rap heads snapping their necks and reciting the lyrics.
Debut full-length from acclaimed German funk band, the Polyversal Souls, produced by Max Weissenfeldt (Now Again, the Heliocentrics, Karl Hector and the Malcouns, Poets of Rhythm) at Berlin's legendary Ru-Ting Clan Sound Lab studio. With their debut album Invisible Joy, the Polyversal Souls are ready to take off. Produced at the Berlin based Ru- Ting Clan Sound Lab by Max Weissenfeldt (Whitefield Brothers, Poets of Rhythm), the band invited artists from all around the world to join their musical journey: from N.Y.C., Africa Baby Bam (Jungle Brothers), from Ethopia, Hailu Mergia (Walias Band) and from West Africa's beautiful Ghana, the award-winning griot Guy One, Ebo Taylor's son Roy X and freedom poet Y-Bayani. The result is a unique piece of global raw soul.
He may sound like Wu-Tang Clan’s Ghostface Killah, but when rapper Action Bronson calls upon his past life as a chef and spits heavy culinary knowledge in his songs, you certainly won’t confuse the two. After studying at the Art Institute of New York City’s culinary program, Action went on to join the restaurant business as a chef. He slipped in the kitchen breaking his leg, was out of work, and decided to become a rapper. His mixtapes gained him popularity on the web and his performances intrigued the masses landing him a major label deal.
This is the first cassette reissue of Dwight Spitz since its original release on Metal Face Records in 2002. Thrash Flow’s Deluxe Edition is a Double LP containing six bonus tracks. This album is an iconic crown jewel in Count Bass D’s extensive discography. Many consider Dwight Spitz to be his best lyrical and production work to date. Dwight Spitz contains two features by MF DOOM (Count produced and rhymed on the track "Potholderz" from DOOM's album MM..FOOD). This album also has additional production by J.Rawls and DJ Pocket.
Wu-Tang founding MC Inspectah Deck and veteran Boston duo 7L & Esoteric – isn’t concerned with the glitz and the B.S. that modern consumer culture is pushing. And neither are the group’s fans. In 2013, the trio appeared relatively unassumingly with their self-titled debut, which was chiefly produced by DJ 7L and included guests ranging from Ghostface Killah and Cappadonna to Vinnie Paz, Action Bronson and Roc Marciano. The soon-to-be acclaimed group found out quickly that there was a groundswell of hip-hop fanatics thirsting for the lunchpail, lyrics-above-all-else rap they fell in love with in the ‘90s. Several pressings of the album on CD, 2-LP and even cassette later, they are back and ready to up the ante. This time around the group is the same, but it’s fair to say that all three men have stepped up their game. “We knew how we felt about the last album, but weren’t sure how it would be received by listeners,” explains MC Esoteric. “But people really responded to it, even more than we had hoped. That gave us the confidence to really spread our wings and let loose on this one. The chemistry is even tighter this time around. We know exactly what lanes we are cruising in and what weight class we are fighting in for Round 2.” Inspectah Deck adds, “Czarface is like the Danger Room for the X-Men, I can use all my weapons on there. When I’m in Wu-Tang, I have to come a certain way because we have a certain style of fan, when I’m here doing the Czarface projects, it allows me to actually be an MC, it allows me to actually just spit…I love that. I love when i can just spit freely and just be an MC.” The fighting analogy – whether drawn from pugilism or ‘80s wrestling, both which figure into Every Hero Needs A Villain – is an apt one, considering the unrelenting lyrical attacks that Deck and Esoteric unleash on track after track, each trying to one-up the previous verse. Best of all, it is friendly camaraderie, based around a loose theme of renegade mutant MC talents running wild. DJ 7L explains, “All three of us are influenced by comics, sci-fi movies, TV, wrestling. Czarface encompasses all of that, and it helps with the visuals as well.” On the production side, 7L shows yet again – as he did with the group’s debut – that he remains a formidable yet underappreciated musical force, constantly providing hard, funky and alternatingly ominous backdrops for the assembled MCs to use as lyrical luge paths. Standard, jewel case issue of Czarface's new album.
Currently California based, Virginia & Brooklyn bred producer High Chief created his first official release, 'Super Ape Shit', with records strictly bought from a single thrift store in New York. Smoky samples and dialogue snippets are strung together to form a cohesive work that pays homage to drums & percussion as well as the album's namesake, the Lee Perry produced Dub classic 'Super Ape'.
19 new tracks featuring The Barrell Brothers (Skyzoo and Torae), Oddisee, M.O.P., Chino XL, Finale, Evidence, Rasheed Chappell, Saga, Ty Farris, Rapper Big Pooh, Dynasty, Ras Kass, Vinnie Paz, Blacastan, Your Old Droog, Masta Ace, Wordsworth, Maffew Ragazino, Freddie Gibbs, OC, Westside Gunn, Planet Asia, Eternia, Sean Price, Reks, Ugly Heroes. All Songs Produced by Apollo Brown
Deluxe vinyl package includes the album on 3xLP white vinyl, download card and a gorgeous, reflective silver triple gatefold jacket. Damon "Dam-Funk" Riddick is the epitome of funk. Ever since debuting with Stones Throw in 2008, Dam-Funk has become one of the genres most passionate proselytizers. In 2013, he released his celebrated partnership with hip-hop's Snoop Dogg titled 7 DAYS OF FUNK. Fresh for '15, Dam returns with a solo project nearly six years in the making: Invite the Light. Dam's partnership with Stones Throw includes everything from his 2009 LP Toeachizown, to an anthology of early productions, Adolescent Funk (2010), to 2013's 7 Days of Funk. As always, Dam flexes his multi-instrumentalist talents by handling all the production but still makes time for guests including rapper Q-Tip, the father-son duo of LEON SYLVERS III & IV, and funk giant Junie Morrison of the OHIO PLAYERS, who opens and closes the album with dire warnings of what could happen in a world without funk. Rest assured, Dam is here to make sure that never comes to pass. As he puts it, "funk is the underdog, the black sheep of black music," and if that's true, Dam-Funk is its shepherd.
Ever since he first appeared in 2011 with his three independent online offerings House of Balloons, Thursday, and Echoes of Silence, which subsequently turned into the chart-topping platinum-selling 2012 epic, Trilogy, Toronto alternative R&B mystic Abel Tesfaye aka The Weeknd has become one of the go-to voices in music. Everyone from Wiz Khalifa to Juicy J has enlisted his talents for singles. Meanwhile, he became a live draw, joining both early champion Drake and Florence + the Machine for full tours. Now, the Polaris Music Prize-nominated House Of Balloons, part one of the Grammy-nominated trendsetter's critically acclaimed Trilogy series makes its official vinyl debut in 2015. Featuring production from Doc McKinney, Illangelo, and Zodiac plus samples of songs by such diverse artists as Beach House, Aaliyah, Siouxsie and the Banshees, Cocteau Twins and Nine Inch Nails.
Original soundtrack to the highly anticipated 2010 motion picture, composed by the multi-platinum Electronic duo Daft Punk. It's no accident that the group's two visionary musicians, Guy-Manuel de Homen-Christo and Thomas Bangalter, are Tron fans too. Having grown up with an admiration for the ground-breaking Tron film in the 80s, Daft Punk took on the scoring of the next chapter of the story with extraordinary thought and precision. The critically acclaimed French duo composed and produced the album. The Duo assembled a symphony of one hundred world class musicians in London and recorded the orchestra at AIR Lyndhurst Studios, Britain's premier scoring facility. From Daft Punk's first single release in 1993, Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and Thomas Bangalter were hailed as a new breed of electronic music innovators. Following their seminal debut in 1997 (Homework), the band went on to release two more studio albums (Discovery-2001, Human After All-2005) and two live albums (Alive 1997, Alive 2007), winning them both critical and popular acclaim throughout the world. Daft Punk are known as much for their music and technical innovation as their groundbreaking and elaborate visual universe, which centers around their irrepressible and mysterious Robot personas. In 2006, their directorial art house film debut, ''Daft Punk's Electroma,'' premiered at the Cannes Film Festival and in 2007 they toured internationally with a jaw-dropping live show that was an awe-inspiring combination of their musical and visual prowess. Their collaboration with Kanye West on his #1 hit single ''Stronger'' was hailed as ''The Song of the Year'' by SPIN Magazine (January 2008 issue), which also saw Daft sharing the cover with Kanye, having been awarded ''Tour of the Year'' by the magazine. Daft Punk performed with West on the Grammy Awards in 2008, marking the mercurial duo's first and only television appearance anywhere in the world. ''TRON: Legacy'' marks Daft Punk's first film score.