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Though our retail locations have since closed, Fat Beats; as a distributor, record label and online storefront, continues to thrive. Despite market fluctuations, technological innovations and stylistic revolutions, we remain steadfast in our commitment to the timeless vinyl format and the loyal community who keeps it spinning.
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!
English singer/songwriter/guitarist Lianne La Havas's 2012 debut album Is Your Love Big Enough? provided more highlights in its life-cycle than many artists experience in their entire career. The Los Angeles Times said, "Artists like Lianne La Havas remind us of the power of the artful lyric, the soulful (nonhistrionic) reading of said lyric, and the importance of smart, understated production. With Is Your Love Big Enough?, Miss La Havas vaults right to the big leagues. Repeated listenings only prove how strong and artful this collection is," and the New York Times praised her "voice that hints at Alicia Keys, Amy Winehouse and Erykah Badu but is fully her own…It's rhythm as resilience and life force, an innate sense of confidence that makes even her bitter songs somehow reassuring." That album led to a journey that encompassed more than 120 shows across Europe, North America, and Japan—including two sold-out London shows at the O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire. Artists who Lianne had admired soon admired her, to the point where she can call the likes of Prince and Bon Iver friends. La Havas has recently made a succession of guest appearances. There's been another recording with Matt Hales on recent Aqualung track "Egg Shells"; guest vocal on Alt-J's "Warm Foothills" and Tourist's "Patterns"; and even an appearance as a female approximation of her friend in the video for "Where Is My Sex?" by The Kenneths. Most notable of all was La Havas's contribution to Prince's Art Official Age album, which were recorded over the course of a heady weekend at Paisley Park.Blood is an album that was inspired by Lianne’s family heritage, which is part Jamaican and part Greek. Once touring for her debut album came to a close, she headed to Jamaica with her mother for a holiday which evolved into an experience of self-discovery. Lianne enjoyed emotional reunions with long-lost relatives; embraced Kingston’s clubs; and even jammed in front of her family for the first time during a session with legendary dancehall/reggae producer Stephen McGregor.
The music of Grimace Federation reaching the ears of the masses was never a forethought in its creation. Founded on a self-gratifying need to shift sound with friends, vast musical influences and jam sessions that had no boundaries, the ever-evolving Philly unit has always been armed with an arsenal of multi-layered, hallucinogenic beats. Their sonic collages create a symphonic, cinematic, and immense sound. With all their complexities, no words are needed to stir emotions, like a Robert Rauschenberg painting, a scene from a Jodorowsky film, or a drive down Mulholland with David Lynch. Early on as a sextet, which included dueling drums and guitars, bass, keys, and a vibraphone, the band’s musical foundation could be discovered in the grooves of records from post-rock legends such as Jaga Jazzist, Tortoise, and Stereolab. And with the addition of a horn section later on, David Axelrod and Steve Reich became major influences. Like most bands, Grimace Federation has experienced some serious growing pains along the way, having lost two of its members to mental breakdowns with continual reconfigurations of the lineup. Now, solidified as a three-piece with core members Wes Schwartz bending sound on his laptop/electronic toys and Chris Wood leaving his drum kit bruised and battered, while Jim Calvarese lays down an ominous low-end, you can feel the increased weight of their music as latter day influences, like Mogwai and Black Sabbath, and a lifetime of collecting obscure underground hip-hop records seep into their symbiotic chaos. It’s been an honor for Grimace Federation to continue to shift sound for nearly a decade and a half, finding themselves working alongside renowned artists, such as Aesop Rock and Circa Survive, and landing opening slots with longtime musical inspirations Tortoise and Battles. The band is currently set to drop its new EP The Measure In Mixture, via lauded hip-hop label Rhymesayers. Combining spastic krautrock beats with the grandeur of an Ennio Morricone soundtrack on a Boards of Canada sonic landscape, the album features two new tracks along with superbly badass, bass-heavy remixes from Aesop Rock. It’s a must-have for crate-diggers all over the world.
Gossamer is Evan Reiner, a relatively new artist who wears his heart on his sleeve through chill electronic chopscapes. Having only released a couple of EPs so far, his first full length has emerged from Innovative Leisure, a label that are storming the musical earth with releases from BadBadNotGood, Nosaj Thing and Allah-Las. Inspired by sci-fi gaming and Steve Reich, Automaton is a gently swaying record showcasing some imaginative sampling/recording and some very personal themes. It sounds like Reiner has sorted his life out according to the press release. Good on ya. Restrained kick drums play out hypnotic, slow grooves, joined by all sorts of shakers, hand drums, clicks and delicious plucked things and synths. It’s a palette similar to Gold Panda, but arranged closer to Four Tet, Kutmah or Contact Field Orchestra. In fact, second track ‘Print’ bears a strong rhythmical resemblance to ‘Parallel Jalebi’ by the ‘Tet. Breathy syllabic vocals join on tracks 1 and 6, backed by some brooding synths on the latter. I’ve just realised that this is actually a fantastic debut.
Let's Get It: Thug Motivation 101 is the third studio album from Young Jeezy. Four singles were released from the album: "And Then What," "Soul Survivor," "Go Crazy," and "My Hood." The version of "Go Crazy" most frequently heard is the remix featuring Jay-Z. In celebration of the 10 year anniversary of this classic, Def Jam will be reissuing this out of print 3LP set on a limited edition white vinyl.
Jessy Lanza meets the Teklife crew on this sultry EP, with DJ Spinn and Taso's first-released RnB track, and a Teklife footwork remix with assistance from the late DJ Rashad. The main mix is a dejected confessional slow jam with Jessy's plaintive vocal sitting in the middle of spiralling drums and teardrop-like chords, a gentle guitar refrain dropping in at the end like a comforting hand on the shoulder. Following an instrumental version, the Teklife mix doubles the tempo, switching the gentleness to deliver an interpretation that touches on tense anger, with the sweeping chords the track is built on snapping into shivering shapes, as strings simmer in the background, building the tension. Also included is Bambounou's remix of 'Fuck Diamond', a track on Jessy's ‘Pull My Hair Back’ debut album, which appears here on vinyl for the first time after an initial CD-only release last year on the ‘Hyperdub 10.4’ compilation). Bambounou transforms it into a rough drum machine workout, leaving sparse elements of the original in place - a splash of vocal and a held chord - building a dynamic trance that slips and slides in and out of different patterns.
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.
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.
English singer/songwriter/guitarist Lianne La Havas's 2012 debut album Is Your Love Big Enough? provided more highlights in its life-cycle than many artists experience in their entire career. The Los Angeles Times said, "Artists like Lianne La Havas remind us of the power of the artful lyric, the soulful (nonhistrionic) reading of said lyric, and the importance of smart, understated production. With Is Your Love Big Enough?, Miss La Havas vaults right to the big leagues. Repeated listenings only prove how strong and artful this collection is," and the New York Times praised her "voice that hints at Alicia Keys, Amy Winehouse and Erykah Badu but is fully her own…It's rhythm as resilience and life force, an innate sense of confidence that makes even her bitter songs somehow reassuring." That album led to a journey that encompassed more than 120 shows across Europe, North America, and Japan—including two sold-out London shows at the O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire. Artists who Lianne had admired soon admired her, to the point where she can call the likes of Prince and Bon Iver friends. La Havas has recently made a succession of guest appearances. There's been another recording with Matt Hales on recent Aqualung track "Egg Shells"; guest vocal on Alt-J's "Warm Foothills" and Tourist's "Patterns"; and even an appearance as a female approximation of her friend in the video for "Where Is My Sex?" by The Kenneths. Most notable of all was La Havas's contribution to Prince's Art Official Age album, which were recorded over the course of a heady weekend at Paisley Park.Blood is an album that was inspired by Lianne’s family heritage, which is part Jamaican and part Greek. Once touring for her debut album came to a close, she headed to Jamaica with her mother for a holiday which evolved into an experience of self-discovery. Lianne enjoyed emotional reunions with long-lost relatives; embraced Kingston’s clubs; and even jammed in front of her family for the first time during a session with legendary dancehall / reggae producer Stephen McGregor.
Many wonder: “Whatever happened to Ilyas of Tanya Morgan?”, “Why’d he leave the group?” “What went wrong?” Around the time of the Tanya Morgan breakup, Ilyas started recording an album venting about the struggles and emotions he was dealing with at the time. That album is Transformation. Broken into two separate albums, Transformation answers many questions. Produced by Quintessence James, the album harkens back to Tanya Morgan’s original sound from their Moonlighting and Brooklynati days, but just a tad darker and more insightful than the carefree Tanya Morgan music fans all know and love. Transformation listens as an audio diary of sorts as Ilyas speaks of his breakup with the group, breakup with his girlfriend of 6 years, and struggles dealing with substance abuse, fatherhood, and the world in general. Transformation 1 & 2 document his struggle from depression to joy, inadequacy to fulfillment, and ego to 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.
C-44 min ferric tape in red "Elmo", blue "Cookie Monster", green "Oscar the Grouch" and yellow "Big Bird cassette shells (pick your favorite one!), with a beautiful custom cardboard box printed on both sides, inside hand-drawn artwork by Keon Ching (Vingthor's 6 years old son), outside artwork comes with wiggly eyes, every cassette comes with free stickers! A Day on Sesame Street... This tape takes you on audio journey through a day in the lives of the residents of Sesame Street. You start your journey by waking up with Bob Johnson, having breakfast with Cookie Monster, housekeeping with Bert and Ernie, eating lunch with Big Bird, counting with Farley, after spending time at the playground its time to take a nap, dancing with Big Bird, bath time with Ernie, and then it's finally time to go to bed. You even find out that the residents of Sesame Street are fans of Wu-Tang. This is the type of album that can be enjoyed by both adults and children. It's the nostalgia of your childhood with the hip-hop beats that you have grown to enjoy. This is a tape that you can easily share with your children without having to worry about the content of the music. Vingthor is one of the few artists that puts this much time and energy into each of his releases. This release is a great example of his work ethic. All the drums heard on this album were sampled exclusively from a variety of tapes. All of the Sesame Street samples are taken directly from vinyl records. Everything that can be heard on this album was sampled, chopped, and sequenced on a Roland SP-606. Then all of tracks were mixed on a Tascam PortaStudio 424 MKII to give it that great analog sound. All of the tracks were bounced to Protools LE Ver. 8.0.5 and for final touches the tracks were mastered using Logic Pro X. Not only did Vingthor put this much effort into the making of the beats, he also puts a ton of effort into the presentation of the tape that you will receive. He designs the tape labels and j-cards himself. Once he received the tape cases and boxes from the manufacturer he then records the tapes and packages everything on his own. His attention to detail is even carried over into the color of the cassette casings. This release comes in four different colors: red, yellow, blue, and green. Each of these colors were chosen because they correspond to the color of characters on Sesame Street. Red is Elmo, Yellow is Big Bird, Blue is Cookie Monster, and Green is Oscar the Grouch. He is the epitome of DIY and puts a great amount of care into every tape that he makes. So, do yourself a favor and pick up a copy of this tape, you will not be disappointed. We highly recommend this album to anyone that is a true hip-hop head and wants to reminiscence about something that they know and love from their childhood. Vingthor is for the children.
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.
Following the success of his major label debut, good kid, m.A.A.d. city, in 2012, the rapper Kendrick Lamar's long-awaited follow-up, To Pimp a Butterfly (TDE/Aftermath/Interscope) is about carrying the weight of that clarity: What happens when you speak out, spiritually and politically, and people actually start to listen? And what of the world you left behind?
Never one to follow a popular trend or path, Brooklyn legend Talib Kweli released a surprise album of rarities, B-Sides and unheard tracks to further his already extensive catalog. With features from Kanye West, Killer Mike, Mos Def, Common and more, the LP is represents an opening of the vaults with an all star lineup.
“Dats That Shit is a collection of beats I made that went on to became hits for various artists. These beats came straight from the Akai mpc 2000 and Akai 950 directly recorded to the Dat Tapes...Nothing was mixed or mastered and the beats appear in the form the artists heard them originally before we went into full productions....Enjoy the rawness and grittiness” - Diamond D
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