Artwork by Jeff Jank featuring an original illustration by Ashkahn. In late 2011, producer Madlib and rapper Freddie Gibbs announced their forthcoming album with their debut EP Thuggin'/Deep. The 6-track record - released on Madlib's Madlib Invazion label - was hailed by the LA Times as "inspired:" - they said Madlib's "hypnotic samples warped by an underground hero" were "demolished by one of the best rappers breathing..." The duo's Shame/Terrorist EP follows where Thuggin'/Deep left off: with Gibbs effectively spooling street stories onto the Beat Konducta's wax. Shame, featuring singer B.J. The Chicago Kid, is Gibbs' honest appraisal of a one night stand; Terrorist is all killer, no filler - a short, terrifying rap offset by a cheeky fusion jazz sample. The duo's STILL as-of-yet untitled album is planned for release in the third quarter 2012. For Madlib, this marks another entry in an exciting series of collaborative albums that he has created with the likes of DOOM (Madvillainy), the late J Dilla (Jaylib) and Strong Arm Steady (In Search Of Stoney Jackson). For Gibbs, the album serves as somewhat of a departure: coming off the heels of his acclaimed Cold Day In Hell album, and before the release of the album he's finishing for Young Jeezy's CTE imprint, this project gives the Gary, Indiana-bred, LA-based rapper a chance to stretch out over the Beat Konducta's lush musical tapestry.
The Estate of James Yancey revived J Dilla’s PayJay Productions as a functioning imprint and announced its release of Dilla's long lost vocal album, The Diary. Thus far, two limited edition EPs - "Anthem" b/w “Trucks” and “Diamonds” b/w “Ice” – have seen release. “Give Them What They Want” is the last EP that will be released before The Diary is unleashed in full. “Give Them What They Want” is a special treat – an unheard J Dilla-produced vocal track that has never before been released. It is paired on this release with the Super Dave West version, entitled “The Doe,” and a second West-produced track, “No One’s Home.” “Give Them What They Want” was mixed by Dilla himself, and its component instrumental was mixed down to match Dilla’s vocal version by Dave Cooley, from Dilla’s original multi-track sessions. The first press of this 12” features clear vinyl atop a Jeff Jank-altered photograph by James T. & Karla L. Murray from their lauded book Store Front – The Disappearing Face of New York (Gingko Press) and an original label illustration by Denise Nestor. Subsequent runs will not have the clear vinyl or the fold-over plastic sleeve.X
At the San Francisco Madlib Medicine Show tour stop, the producer announced a collaborative project with the rapper Freddie Gibbs and debuted songs from this EP: "Thuggin'" and "Deep." This 6-track record is released on Madlib's Madlib Invazion label - the imprint the producer founded to release his 13 Madlib Medicine Show volumes. The duo's as-of-yet untitled album is planned for release in first quarter 2012. For Madlib, this marks another entry in an exciting series of collaborative albums that he has created with the likes of DOOM (Madvillainy), the late J Dilla (Jaylib) and Strong Arm Steady (In Search Of Stoney Jackson). For Gibbs, the album serves as somewhat of a departure: coming off the heels of his acclaimed Cold Day In Hell album, and before the release of the album he's finishing for Young Jeezy's CTE imprint, this project gives the Gary, Indiana-bred, LA-based rapper a chance to stretch out over the Beat Konducta's lush musical tapestry. If the first release is any indication, this collaboration will find Gibbs' rough-hewn raps landing atop smoldering soul and jagged psychedelia.
Grab this to pick up some quality nightmarish hip hop not available on Quasimoto’s The Unseen album. And don’t forget about the Dino-Brain Beat on Side B, also only available on this 12".
Following up Freddie Gibbs & Madlib’s Pinata – this EP contains exclusive tracks not available on the album. “Knicks,” in remixed form, now features a new verse by Gibbs alongside Action Bronson, Joey Bada$$ and Ransom. The b-side, “Home,” features BJ The Chicago Kid – the velvet voiced vocalist from the duo’s earlier “Shame” – and Madlib’s two-part soul-flip carries Gibb’s narrative about a traveling man’s disregard for his woman at home. Both sides are completed by previously unheard Madlib instrumentals.
First release for MF DOOM & Madlib's Madvillain.
A vinyl exclusive mega mix of 70s/80s Afrika Bambaataa/Zulu Nation dub plates and acetates. HOUSED IN A HAND SILK-SCREENED JACKET FROM ANTIDESIGNS. Compiled by DJ Shadow and Cut Chemist in commemoration of their Renegades Of Rhythm tour, this exclusive mega-mix is culled from previously unheard Afrika Bambaataa acetates and celebrates the legendary group's artistry.
Lord Quas, Madlib and Melvin Van Peebles on some fantastic, nightmarish planet, tripping hard. As hallucinatory a hip hop experience as you can possibly hope to experience without mushrooms. For some reason, the remix was featured first, and, as a result was the version featured on The Unseen album. So peep the original version – available only on this 12".
This 12-inch was released leading up to the full-length Further Adventures of Lord Quas. Cover by Jeff Jank showing the night view of Quasimoto's building where who-the-hell-knows-what goes on at all hours of the night.
In anticipation of Large Professor’s forthcoming fifth solo LP Re:Living, Fat Beats Records presents the album’s first single, In The Scrolls. Featuring a guest verse from G-Wiz (of Bravehearts fame), “In The Scrolls” finds Large Pro in top form, nodding to Nas’ seminal classic Illmatic over a booming, self-produced beat.