DOOM's most recent solo album following 2004's MM..FOOD Guests include Ghostface, Raekwon, Bumpy Knuckles, Charles Bukowski with beats from J Dilla, Jake One, Madlib and the supervillain himself.
At long last, Coalmine Records is pleased to release Guilty Simpson and Small Professor’s highly acclaimed collaborative LP, ‘Highway Robbery,’ in vinyl format. Weighing in at 11 tracks, which includes the vinyl-only bonus track of Zilla Rocca’s Remix of “Go,” the album places the listener in a seemingly post apocalyptic Detroit where the mentality is feast or famine. The LP plays as one long narrative of Guilty’s day-to-day survival in Detroit’s concrete jungle, all set to the tone of Small Professor’s foreboding, percussion heavy production. Featuring guest appearances from Detroit’s Boldy James, AG (of D.I.T.C.), Elucid, and Castle, with both Statik Selektah and DJ Revolution handling the Technic 1200s, the vinyl format of 'Highway Robbery' is limited to 500 Units in a color-in-color configuration, equipped with a digital download card.
Swarvy is dope. We all saw this when "Scotch" dropped last year to high acclaim. Stunts picks up where Scotch left off. Stunts is a four volume journey with a wide range of sonics, from live instrumentation, to beaten up samples. The 2xLP offers 40 tracks, 10 as of yet unheard by the world, and exclusive to the vinyl.
The 20th Anniversary Edition Of Labcabincalifornia is pressed on limited edition Gold Vinyl. The Pharcyde’s landmark Labcabincalifornia just hit its 20th anniversary, having originally been released on November 14th, 1995. The Bicycle Music Company celebrates with an all new pressing of the double gatefold LP. The Pharcyde released Labcabincalifornia, their follow up to their legendary debut Bizarre Ride II The Pharcyde (itself released on November 24th, 1992) with the album ultimately launching three singles, “Runnin’”, “She Said” and “Drop” (which would go on to massive MTV music video fame due to it’s first ever entirely backwards filmed video directed by Spike Jonze). Over the next 20 years, the legacy of The Pharcyde and Labcabincalifornia has continued to rise. In the case of Labcabincalifornia, that’s in no small part due to the production work on the project from the legendary Jay Dee, aka J Dilla.
20th Anniversary edition released in collaboration with Raekwon, who designed the set’s look & feel A Purple Cassette of Only Built 4 Cuban Linx is housed in a premium, “Watch Box” display case with white stitching, an embossed silver-on-black Raekwon logo, and a “The Purple Tape” silver placard on front Full color outer box with wrap-around original cover artwork Cassette only: repressing of the original famed “Purple Tape,” with full audio from 1995 album 118-page hardcover book, featuring lyrics to all songs and liner notes by Chris Faraone and Raekwon, plus photos and other visuals pertaining to album’s 1995 release Limited to 1995 copies worldwide! Hip-hop fans who will salivate at this reissue likely already know some of the backstory: in 1995, worldwide Wu-Tang frenzy was at an all-time high. First, of course, there had been the Wu-Tang’s epic 1993 debut Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers), which changed the shape of hip-hop to come, with ripples that still resonate today. Then the solo albums, all produced by Wu patriarch RZA: first was Method Man’s Tical (late 1994), then Ol’ Dirty Bastard’s Return to the 36 Chambers: The Dirty Version (spring 1995). By the time Raekwon’s debut was ready, fans were knocking each other over on album release day. And so, on August 1, 1995 as the legend goes, the first 10,000 cassette buyers ran home and opened their plastic cases to discover that the tape itself was an unexpected, stunning shade of lavender. The rest, as they say, is history… and limited-edition history at that. After the initial purple versions, RCA Records switched to the usual clear plastic to house the legendary tape. The Purple Tape became an instant collector’s item, a Holy Grail for Wu-Tang disciples, coveted by those who could claim to be the earliest devotees of Raekwon’s lyrical genius. The album is still called “The Purple Tape” to this day, by Raekwon and other Wu-Tang members. Colors aside, though, let’s not forget the album itself. Backed by arguably RZA’s most wide-ranging, hard-hitting and at-times lush beats on any Wu-Tang family album before or since, Raekwon and co-MC Ghost Face Killer run the lyrical gamut, introducing “Wu-Gambinos” slang, dishing out “Ice Cream”, and melting “Glaciers of Ice” along the way to influencing just about every MC who followed in their wake. Beyond Ghostface (who shines on 12 out of the album’s 17 tracks), guest appearances from Nas, Method Man, Inspectah Deck, Master Killa, RZA and the debut of Cappadonna (aka Cappachino) locked the album as an undisputed classic. It’s a record that hit hard in 1995 and continues to resonate with new fans to this day. As Raekwon explained in the original “Purple Tape Cassette Box” liner notes book (and in Brian Coleman’s Check the Technique Volume 2): “A lot of rappers wasn’t being creative [at that time] and we came with a potion that just shocked the game. We introduced shoes, we brought about different names and aliases. That record inspired maybe 95% of the game’s lyrics [afterwards], and integrity on just making music, period. People from our era know how real it is. It’s timeless.” 20 years later, celebrate the majesty of Only Built 4 Cuban Linx with Get On Down’s “Purple Tape Watch Box,” a release you are sure to proudly display in your collection for decades to come.
180g heavyweight black vinyl LP housed in a special die-cut cover art gatefold jacket. Includes 16 page color booklet with special varnish. LP package is a gatefold with die-cut star cover which you ‘look through’ to see the vinyl inside. ★ (pronounced “Blackstar”) is David Bowie’s 28th studio album and his first since stunning the world in 2013 with the critically acclaimed The Next Day. The release date for ★ coincides with David’s birthday. The album’s title track is the first single, and is accompanied by a short film visual directed by the acclaimed Johan Renck. Music from the ★ single has been featured in the opening title credits and trailers for the new TV series The Last Panthers. The series, also directed by Johan Renck, began airing across Europe in late-October and will premiere in the U.S. on SundanceTV in Spring 2016.
The holy grail for Sun Ra collectors and fans, his original album previously released on Impulse. No interplanetary orders accepted.
Geidi Primes is Grimes' debut LP. Originally available as a free download, and a limited release of cassettes, it's now available worldwide on CD/LP/Digital. It has a strange air of being created unconsciously while the artist herself was asleep. It is a vastly intriguing set of pop tunes highlighted by its amazing fifth and sixth songs: "Avi" and "Feyd Rautha Dark Heart", which are each frighteningly reminiscent of an unaccountable psychic experience you may have never had.It seems like an album made for very tall people about what it's like to be very small. It calls to mind the glowering of a child king amidst the many vestments and decorations of his coronation. Listening to Geidi Primes is what its like to suddenly realize you are being watched while taking a cold shower... on the moon.
Egyptian Lover is a legendary west coast hip-hop pioneer from the days before Gangsta Rap. We're reissuing his groundbreaking "Egypt, Egypt" single as a custom-made pyramid, to be followed by an Egyptian Lover anthology. Born Greg Broussard, Egyptian Lover was a rapper, DJ, producer and record label owner who was hugely influenced by the New York electro scene, as well as by the electro-funk of Zapp. He made flat-out party music backed with a Roland 808: dynamite for the dance-floor. He began with Uncle Jamm's Army – rocking dance parties of 10,000 people at the L.A. Sports Arena – then made his own impact as a solo artist. "Egypt, Egypt," his first single, released in 1984, was an L.A. anthem. It is backed with "Girls," taken from On The Nile, one of the first full length hip-hop albums from the left coast, released on his own label Egyptian Empire Records. These early works have become staples of electro sets across the world. Stones Throw has collected these and other recordings, many from the original 2-inch master tapes, for the vinyl anthology Egyptian Lover 1983-1988, coming in 2016.
Brookyn-based Hip-Hop indie, Coalmine Records, gets set for the limited edition, 7-inch pressing of their acclaimed single, 'One for the Money, which unites veteran emcees, Royce da' 5'9", Skillz and Diamond D, over the anthemic, string heavy production supplied by Beantown's deejay/producer, G-Squared (formerly of The Kreators). First released in September of 2012 in a digital-only format, and later included as part of the label's decennary compilation LP, Unearthed, (May 13, 2014), the limited edition 7-inch will be pressed on money green vinyl, and packaged with a free album download card of Unearthed, exclusively for Black Friday.
Celebrating the 30th Anniversary of SCHOOLLY-D’s landmark single “P.S.K. What Does It Mean?” / “Gucci Time” Split Yellow we have a Clear Vinyl Deluxe 12-Inch with Custom Sleeve, 4-page Liner Notes insert (featuring input from Schoolly-D) and Sticker Sheet with images drawn by Schoolly-D. 30 years ago, a booming sound was heard rumbling out of Philadelphia, PA. Starting with a trebled-out but thunderous TR-909 drum pattern and galloping forward with little more than a young man’s nasal, arrogant flow, that blast was Schoolly-D’s “P.S.K. What Does It Mean?” Self-released on Schoolly-D Records in 1985, the song was – and still is – too powerful and unique to ignore. It took the rap world by storm that year, presenting a counterpoint to the “reality rap” voiced by Melle Mel on the socially-conscious smash hit, “The Message.” “P.S.K.” showed a different approach to urban reality, and in the process literally invented what would be known as “Gangsta Rap.” Schoolly was a musician, drum-programming wizard and force of nature, and he would go on to shock the world with his in-your-face approach to making music – as bombastic lyrically as he was musically. He simply gave no f*cks, and listeners were drawn into his street-influenced vortex of "b-boy rhyme and riddle." As noted in the liner notes to this special release: "The demand [for "P.S.K."] was so large that nationwide bootlegging was a major distribution avenue, albeit an unpaid one. 'Those bootleggers made me big because, when it came down to it, I didn't have the money to get the records out there,' Schoolly says. 'The person who helped me figure that sh*t out was Luke [Luther Campbell of 2 Live Crew and Luke Skyywalker Records]. He took me all over Miami and showed me all the different bootlegged versions of my own records. It was crazy.'" On the flipside of "P.S.K.," Schoolly gave the world another classic: "Gucci Time." Flexing brutal brag muscles, it was another gangsta masterpiece, furthering his legend and bringing even more 909 boom to the still expanding rap world. The opening lines are still quoted by scholars of the game today: "Lookin' at my Gucci / It's about that time." Get On Down presents this classic for the first time in deluxe form, which is also fully Schoolly approved: a custom 12-inch sleeve adorned with Schoolly-D's famed artwork; unique split clear & yellow vinyl; a liner notes insert featuring Schoolly's own look back on the year 1985 as told to author Brian Coleman; and a unique sticker sheet with 8 images taken from the artwork on this 12-inch cover (which was first seen on his early 12-inches, as well as his 1985 Schoolly-D EP and 1986's Saturday Night: The Album.
Limited to 1000 units. Mr. Len (Company Flow/Dirty Disco Squares) and Natasha Diggs (Mobile Mondays) collaborate to curate a 10 record box set of 45s for the hallowed Brunswick label. Fueled by the soul and disco jams by the likes of Exit 9, The Chi-Lites, and Vaughan Mason & Crew, the duo compile tunes to keep dancers grooving, skaters rolling, and beat lovers bopping. The limited edition box set slated for a November release include: Barbara Acklin Sidney Joe Qualls Boobie Knight The Chi-Lites Exit 9 The Lost Generation Johnny Jones Tyrone Davis Vaughan Mason & Crew Young and Company Willie Henderson Young Holt Unlimited
Step right up ladies and gentleman, now hear this, the one, the only, Nigeria's answer to Motown, Stax, Blue Note and Warp Records. We are proud to present, direct from the studios in Enugu, Nigeria, lord Jesus Christ's own emissary, Mr. William Onyeabor and his complete opus, one record at a time. Boom!!
Dense with rhymes and intriguing beats, Jonwayne is Retired is fresh with purpose – an updated glimpse into the sound of the LA beatmaker and MC. Each track is an interactive playground of deep-cutting production and Jonwayne’s magnetic rap style. "Beacon" merges grainy, distorted sounds with thoughtful clarity and sharp vocals. Riddled with hooks and fire, "Minerals & Gems" feels light yet submerged. ""Dirty Dan"" is a movement-inducing flip that sways, while "Green Light (feat. Anderson Paak)" lines up the planets ahead of everyone. "30,000" closes the EP with curious synths, a minimal beat showcase that reveals Jonwayne at his low-key best. Mixed by Daddy Kev on his new SSL console at Cosmic Zoo, Jonwayne is Retired is arguably the best sounding Jonwayne record to date. Zone out with the flow, or pay attention and get inspired. Choose your adventure. Jonwayne is Retired.
Do You Want More?!!!??! is the second studio album by the hip hop band The Roots. It's the band's major label-debut, coming two years after their independent debut album, Organix (1993). Do You Want More?!!!??! is considered by critics as a classic of hip hop jazz. In 1998, the album was selected as one of The Source's 100 Best Rap Albums. Continuing with its Respect The Classics campaign, UMe will be reissuing this title back on blue vinyl for its 20th Anniversary.
Four Tet's brilliant 2012 collection finally available on vinyl. Half-speed mastered for audiophile-quality reproduction. Double LP packaged in a stunning heavyweight spot-color jacket.
Low End Theory resident & veteran Los Angeles DJ Nobody creates the crucially timed full-length Vivid Green via Alpha Pup Records. Embracing the flux within LA underground musical movements of the last fifteen years, Elvin Estela has been on the studio grind while touring internationally refining chops in bass heavy beats, electronic bangers and psychedelic rock. Since debuting with one of Los Angeles' first instrumental hip-hop full lengths with 2000's Soulmates, Estela has gone on to remain relevant within the shape-shifting scenes of LA's multicultural artistic climate. Nobody utilizes the same signature mood, melody, and diversity that identified him in 2000, but with an unmistakable modern upgrade - no doubt influenced by Low End Theory, the club he co-founded in 2006. Vivid Green is expanding on the repertoire that has kept Nobody standing as a strong symbol for open ears. Vivid Green is strongly instrumental, but boasts the vocal collaborations of The Mars Volta's Cedric Bixler-Zavala, electronic songwriter Baths, laid-back SoCal rapper Nocando, freak-soul Kendrick Lamar collaborator Anna Wise (Sonnymoon), and Teri Gender Bender of Les Butcherettes/Bosnian Rainbows.
"Mindblowing Warp debut for Bibio, destined to sit in the canon as one of the loveliest records in the catalogue. A hushed crackle ushers in Ambivalence... the lo-fi noise soon gives way to chiming guitars and the hazy hue of a lost 70s folk record. Gorgeous. Then the swift drop as Bibio stays in the 70s but with 'Jealous of Roses' lifts it up to the funk, where wah-wah guitar dust sounds like a blue-eyed Sly Stone. From here he runs through these irresistible flavours but also finds space to explore cut-n-paste-post Dilla beat science ('Fire Ant', 'S'Vive) euphoric, sun kissed highlife ('Lovers Carvings') and thick-n-hazy B.O.C broken psychedelia. A dizzying album, one of the best Bleep has heard in '09." - Bleep
The Nickel EP marks Red Apples 45's five year anniversary. It's only right for AG & Ray West to celebrate the label in the spirit it started. The Nickel showcases the duo's chemistry and growth while keeping to their essence. Special guests appearances that include Roc Marciano, L Fudge, John Robinson and Red Apples' own Superstar Dave Dar. With original water color art by world renown artist & Graffiti writer Cern1 of the Ymi crew. To all that have supported us: The red apples movement has been about the music from its inception and will continue to be. Our only goals are quality pieces and culture preservation. Thanks to all the great artists whom have contributed their various talents and energy to our projects along the way. Thank you to all the people who have listened, shared, purchased, blogged, downloaded, interviewed, wrote about & help spread the word of our movement. This EP is dedicated to the late Party Arty.
PRODUCT complies the A and AA sides of Sophie's first two EPs on Numbers, with the contents of the brand new "MSMSMSM b/w Vyzee" and "L.O.V.E. b/w Just Like We Never Said Goodbye" singles.
Kurtis Mantronik and MC Tee formed the group Mantronix In the early 80s. Their Sleeping Bag Records debut - Mantronix: The Album shot to commercial success with the wildly futuristic sound that is summed up perfectly with the 2 songs featured on this 7". Side A features "Needle To The Groove" which is classic Mantronik production; pounding 808, pulsing bass, lots of scratching all accompanied by MC Tee's signature voice. Side B features the equally amazing (and the first single from the group) "Fresh Is The Word". While encompassing the same trademark style of "Needle..", "Fresh Is The Word" is a little more stripped down putting more focus on the beats and rhymes. Both these songs are essential to the foundation of Hip Hop which was starting to push the envelope of technology and sampling during this time putting Mantronik at the forefront of this movement.
"Cold Gettin' Dumb" remains one of the most exhilarating tracks from an era when hip-hop was inventing itself day by day. Mantronik's production was so ahead of its time, and when coupled with Just Ice the combination was pure fire. This song still to this day might be one of the hardest beats ever made in Hip Hop. 10 years after its release Redman tried to recreate the beat for his single "It's Like That (My Big Brother) but the fact that Mantronik had programmed and sequenced "Cold Gettin' Dumb" live you can hear the difference which makes the original beat unmatched.
Composed in the aftershadow of SUNN O)))'s most recent successes in immersive collaboration -- the group having worked with Scott Walker on Soused, and Ulver on Terrestrials in 2013 and 2014 -- and also from the broad and influential wake of their epitomic Monoliths & , Kannon emerged both independently as a conceptual entity and with roots in the legacies of those projects, yet was fully realized years later in 2015. The album consists of three pieces of a triadic whole: "Kannon 1, 2 and 3." The album celebrates many SUNN O))) traditions; Kannon was recorded and mixed with SUNN O)))'s close colleague and co-producer Randall Dunn in Seattle, in Studio Litho, Aleph and Avast!, and the LP includes performances by long term allies and collaborators Attila Csihar, Oren Ambarchi, Rex Ritter, and Steve Moore to name a few. At the core, the composition centers around the dynamic and intense guitar and bass interplay of SUNN O)))'s founders: Stephen O'Malley & Greg Anderson. It is possibly the most figurative album SUNN O))) has created, which is unusual as they usually dwell in layers of abstraction and subjectivity. On the other hand the album is the most outright "metal" in years, drawing personal associations and memories of cherished albums like Panzerfaust and Twilight Of The Gods again to the forefront of consciousness. Kannon is also very close to the cyclical character of mantra which the band has evolved into as a living creature, the enormity of intense sensate detail and manifestation of the live in concert element of SUNN O))), the organism that has flourished, metamorphosed and transcended tremendously over the past ten years. The literal representation of Kannon is as an aspect of Buddha: specifically "goddess of mercy" or "Perceiving the Sounds (or Cries) of the World." She is also sometimes commonly known as the Guanyin Bodhisattva (Chinese: 觀音菩薩) amongst a plurality of other forms. There is a rich lineage behind this idea tracing back through many Asian belief systems, with as many names and cultural personifications of the idea. SUNN O))) commissioned critical theorist Aliza Shvartz to write text and liner notes around these ideas and topics. She also explores the relations and perceptions to their approach to these ideas via the metonym of music and SUNN O)))'s place/approach within the framework of music and metal overall. The band also enlisted Swiss designer/artist Angela LaFont Bollinger to create the cover artwork, an abstracted sculpture of vision of Kannon. French photographer Estelle Hanania captures portraits of the core trio (Csihar, Anderson, O'Malley) in the impressive and obscurant Emanuel Vingeland mausoleum in Oslo.
2015 album from critically acclaimed rapper, Freddie Gibbs. Fresh off the heels of his successful album, Pinata with prolific producer, Madlib, Freddie returns with Shadow of A Doubt. Includes 16 page booklet.
Digitally remastered and expanded edition housed in jewel case with special silver foil cover to commemorate the 25th Anniversary of this release. In celebration of the 25th anniversary of People's Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm, hip hop pioneers A Tribe Called Quest release the original album remastered from the original tapes by Grammy-Award winning engineer Bob Power with three exclusive new remixes by a few of today's biggest hip hop artists who have credited A Tribe Called Quest as a major creative influence. Featuring remastered versions of classic cuts like "Bonita Applebum", "I Left My Wallet in El Segundo", "Can I Kick It?" and more.
Le1f, the artist moniker of Khalif Diouf, is one of the most hyped rappers in the underground hip-hop scene. His debut record Riot Boi, to be released by XL Recordings this fall, features some of the hottest electronic producers —SOPHIE, Evian Christ, Dubbel Dutch— while tackling issues such as black racial justice, transgender rights, and access to clean water.
PRODUCT complies the A and AA sides of Sophie's first two EPs on Numbers, with the contents of the forthcoming "MSMSMSM b/w Vyzee" and "L.O.V.E. b/w Just Like We Never Said Goodbye" singles.
The album throws horror soundtracks, sampled library and j-pop records into a no mans land between grime, early dubstep and Chicago footwork. Mostly instrumental, it zigzags between hypnotic, downcast loops, growling drones, jagged cut-ups of androids gone haywire, threaded through twitchy, transatlantic rhythms and sub-bass inaudible through your laptop speakers. Building slowly, but more upbeat than previous albums, many of these tracks have more in common with Kode9's recent singles from the last few years than they do with his two previous albums with collaborator The Spaceape 'Memories of the Future' (2006) and 'Black Sun' (2012) Yet 'Nothing' is haunted both by The Spaceape's presence (he died in 2014 after a prolonged battle with cancer), on 'Third Ear Transmission', a communiqué from a zone of digital immortality, and his absence, on 'Void', whose spaces were originally intended for the vocalist, and 'Nothing Lasts Forever' which closes the album with a 9 minute silence. In 2016, in collaboration with simulation artist Lawrence Lek, Kode9 will tour a live A/V set which revolves around a evacuated, fully automated, luxury hotel known as the ‘Nøtel', whose corporate logo features on the album’s cover. The project explores a post-scarcity world in which the only thing in short supply is humans. The performance guides the audience on a first-person tour through the uncanny architecture of the Nøtel. In sprawling chambers deep within slick glass corridors, they encounter warped spaces, quantum clouds, gravitational pools, dancing voids and holograms of the dead.
The issues of police brutality, corporate greed and racial inequality continue to fuel a powerful movement in America today. Never one to mince words, Legendary New York rapper Talib Kweli's voice has become a prominent one across not only social media platforms, but through television appearances and his music as well. His latest surprise effort, Fuck The Money, sees Kweli take politicians, bankers and the entire capitalist system head on.
In Spring 2012, producer MONO/POLY self-released a FREE 5-song EP through his website entitled "KILLER B's". These previously-unreleased tracks were raw, unmastered bangers to be digitally unleashed in between 2011's "Manifestations" EP (Brainfeeder) & his forthcoming 2013 full-length opus "Golden Skies" (Rodriguez Lopez Productions). HIT+RUN longed to give these songs an official home, and have recently collaborated with MONO/POLY to release the "KILLER B's" Deluxe edition (HNR22) available worldwide on Tuesday, February 26th, 2013. The classic 5-track EP was remastered and supplemented with 7 additional unreleased songs, mostly unearthed from that fruitful period in late 2011. 'Ill Deal' & 'Boxing Gloves' made brief appearances on "The Age Of the Soul" (HNR14), the otherworldly hour-long mix cd crafted exclusively for H+R by MONO/POLY in Fall 2011. "Crew" is MONO/POLY's stand-out contribution from "Hit+Run Presents: Road Kill Vol. 1" (HNR19), and was be featured in an February 2013 episode of "WORKAHOLICS" on Comedy Central. Alongside these 5 unreleased gems are two very special and exclusive remixes by Los Angeles luminaries Daedelus and Ras_G. These inventive remixes were created in January 2013, showcasing the ethereal and visionary genius of each producer.
MoSS may be a new name to some in the music game, but his production credits are instantly recognizable. Ghostface Killah’s smash hit “Kilos”, Raekwon’s “”Have Mercy””, Obie Trice’s entire “”Special Reserve”” album and most recently a collaborative album with Eternia “”At Last”” released on Fatbeats. The Canadian-born, Toronto area resident has been bubbling just below the surface of worldwide notoriety for quite some time, and is now preparing the release of his debut production album featuring the likes of: Joell Ortiz, Slum Village, Ill Bill, AZ, DJ Premier & Joe Budden. MoSS got his first taste of notoriety by working with Obie Trice (Shady Records) around 2000. Moss was producing records for Obie – including both his independent singles “”Well Known”” and the 12” “Mr. Trice” – which created the buzz that eventually led to Obie’s major label deal. Since then, MoSS has produced for a long list of “who’s who” in the Hip Hop world, including: Joell Ortiz, Ghostface, Papoose, Peedi Crack, The Game, Slum Village, Boot Camp Clik, Red Cafe, Mr Easy, AZ, Bounty Killa, D-Block (Styles P and Sheek Louch), Termanology, Big Shug, M.O.P., Kool G. Rap, Ras Kass, Omilio Sparks, Proof of D12, and the list goes on. A former member of DJ Premier’s production label, “Works of Mart”, as Premier’s first ever production signee, MoSS is not only an emcee’s producer, but a producer’s producer as well. Recognized by an elite group in his field, he is known by many as a record digger. Having assisted on price guides, rare record books and various musical anthologies, MoSS eventually started his own reissue label ‘Strawberry Rain’ that specializes in re-releasing rare psychedelic music from around the world, including countries like Indonesia, Iran, France and even Zambia where he travelled to find records and artists. His label has gained recognition across the globe and his releases have been reviewed in everything from Guitar Player magazine to an Indonesian division of Rolling Stone Magazine. A record collector in the truest sense of the word. MoSS has been recognized in publications such as Rollingstone, SPIN, Scratch, People Magazine, Pound, Fadeout, and more. Production credits combined, the talented producer has sold over 2 million records worldwide.
"Wise words are like water. Crystal clear and essential for life. Without music, life would be a mistake.” - Friedrich Nietzsche. J-Live’s twelfth studio album, “How Much Is Water?” challenges listeners to consider how much music is worth in today’s landscape. J-live experiments with various modern styles of production and enlists double time rhyme schemes that he hasn’t incorporated since the days of the classic single “Them That’s Not” from his debut album “The Best Part”. J-Live maintains the balance with his signature boom-bap ethic, jazzy eclectic samples, and thought-provoking lyrics.
Million dollar smiles, lattes & police brutality.Excess and fiscal ambiguity.Media violence & Lamborghini dreams, all under one surveillance video texture. The desert landscape, like tupperware housing digital smog.K9’s and glistening acid rain,wash away the sentient blood that stains the palm tree city.An Escalade® burns on the freeway.The drone of helicopters hum above head, in a desert backdrop commuters in traffic requite a speed of 20 mph pass the gleaming semiotic debris.the sushi elite & the poor all anonymous in an unforgiving freeway fatality,an undiscerning system. Man on the highway, through a walkie talkie speaker, barefoot on the slick asphalt.As the sunsets, the sky burns a fusion of metal and silhouetted palms.and a hyper real civilization is rendered by it’s idealism, at war with the gravity of reality..Rendered by it’s traffic culture, it’s culture of police brutality and gang violence, media saturation and racism, it’s glamorization and solipsism, rendered by the tabloid of it self. "Skid Row started as a collection of poems, it came first as words, then grew into becoming the lyrics of Skid Row.. I was writing about the state of the world around me, living on what feels like the brink of societal collapse while also seeing high excess everywhere.. all the sounds of the streets crept in, the blood and tears on the street, the echoing sirens in the early morning fog, soaked into the poetry and it became evident that LA is a hyper America. a place where violence (media and real life), excess and poverty, police exceptionalism & brutality, racism interact daily.. racism is a war on reason, so in my state of animosity I wrote Skid Row, I’m a disciple of the streets my spoken word and music on Skid Row mirror these conflicts that spill out over the western landscape like a painting of America frozen in a state of hyper real war “ - JAMES FERRARO
Available on metallic silver colored 12" vinyl distinctly housed inside a hand-screenprinted jacket by HIT+RUN Crew (a strict edition of 500qty) featuring the cover art of UK graffiti legend SheOne. The enigma known as ZACKEY FORCE FUNK returns to the electro stratosphere with his latest musical treasure “CHROME STEEL TIGER”[HNR54]. Nine new tales of blissed out boogie & modern funk-influenced beats featuring Zackey’s hauntingly sly vocals, guide the listener into a parallel universe of love, celebration, wisdom & heartache. Album highlights include a crowning collaboration with West Coast legend The Egyptian Lover on b-boy uprock “ON THE 1”, plus Zackey’s heartfelt homage to Eric Garner on “I CAN’T BREATHE”, which struggles for peaceful reconciliation in an otherworldly resting place. Production duties are laced by Tom Noble, Josh Jetson, Brian Ellis, plus Loos Shus, RND1 and Zackey’s most recent collaboration with XL Middleton & Eddy Funkster on the single “HEARTS ON FIRE”. First discovered by Kutmah back in the golden era of Myspace, Zackey's signature "Force Funk Sound" swiftly grabbed the attention of a number of formidable producers. Collaborations followed shortly after with the likes ofSalva, Lazer Sword, Lorn, Mike Gao, Inkswel, Jellphonic, Daedelus and B. Bravo, as well as forming the group DEMON QUEEN with Tobacco. As these tunes were scattered across various labels, finding their homes on their respective collaborator's projects, ZFF continued to hone his style, delving deeper into the psychedelic future funk realm of which he has created for himself. “CHROME STEEL TIGER” is the follow-up to Zackey’s debut LP “Money Green Viper” [HNR40], a scrapbook of late night joyrides, fast women, demonic visions, real rap rituals and the ever-present pursuit of infinite paper, released to worldwide acclaim last summer on HIT+RUN. This new future funk classic is destined to rocket Zackey’s Force Funk Sound into the global spotlight. **Don’t miss the Official “CHROME STEEL TIGER” Record Release Party taking place at The Echo in Los Angeles on October 27th featuring live performance by Zackey & Friends.
Gian Scott (better known as Jincallo) is a talented young musician and unnecessarily well kept secret. Residing in the 818, we have long enjoyed Jincallo's vivid releases from over the hills. The dreamy nature and animate percussion in his instrumentals make for some of the smoothest cuts in the city. He's graced the stages of Low End Theory and has played with the best of them. After years of following his sound, we're proud to be able to release one of his projects. Wish You The Best is Jincallo's fourth official LP and is made entirely of 2014 experiences. We found it to be the type of project we got lost in as we worked ourselves into those Monday nights. After suffering the dreaded case of a fried MacBook, some of his favorite tracks were recovered and luckily ended up on his newest album. This full-length beat memoir can be purchased digitally on his Bandcamp right now. It features Gian's brother Dreadfro, as well as Kat Khaleel, and long-time collaborator/friend, ELOS.