J-Dilla's Donuts began simply enough, in summer 2005, as an idea to turn a particularly good demo beat tape into a full-length release. We think we can safely say it has since became a classic hip-hop album, one of the defining works of the artist's life. This box set includes the album on seven 45s and a bonus 45 with "Signs" from the long out-of-print Donuts 'Fan Club 45' b/w DOOM & Ghostface's "Sniper Elite & Murder Goons" - two tracks over Donuts beats which were recorded in late 2005 prior to the original release of the album. These two tracks were released digitally in 2008, but have never before appeared on vinyl. Side D contains the "Donuts Outro/Intro" appearing as an interlude at the beginning of "The Diff'rence" which dates back to the first, original sequence of the album. Completed during a year in which J Dilla spent mostly in a hospital bed at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, Donuts would gain particular poignancy when, only three days after it's release, February 10, 2006, the artist passed away, losing his battle with a rare blood disease. Announced in Fall 2005, the concept of a “rap album without rappers” struck some critics as either a novelty, or a minor break beat album - but Donuts would prove to transcend the rigid definitions of what a hip-hop album could be. It plays part like a DJ mix, and part like a hip-hop beat-maker at work, sounding like a producer turning the dial on an imaginary radio station. But it's an unmistakably modern album, and one which perfectly encapsulated the J Dilla's reputation among his peers and fans as the definitive architect of soulful hip-hop.
In anticipation of his forthcoming release Album of the Year, Black Milk has responded to the demand of his fans to bring several of his acclaimed online-only tracks to vinyl format. A predictably diverse selection of tracks grace this limited edition 7" single, with the synth-driven tracks "Dreams" and "In the A.M." joined by the sample-based showcases "Don Cornelius," "Mo Power," and "Set Go." No matter the mood, tempo, or time signature of the beat, Black Milk the emcee again proves that he can more than hold his own on the mic. This Limited Edition 7" single comes in a full color sleeve, and is both written and produced by Black Milk.
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
Brookyn-based Hip-Hop indie, Coalmine Records, gets set for the limited edition 7-inch pressing of Blu’s “”Kiss the Sky”” single, produced by M-Phazes, b/w the Large Professor Remix, featuring DJ Revolution. The A-side version, originally released digitally in May of 2012, has been revered as one of Blu’s strongest solo effort singles to date, reminiscent of his sound akin to 2007’s, ‘Below the Heavens.’ This 7-inch is to be released in conjunction with Coalmine Records’ forthcoming compilation LP, ‘Remineded: A Collection of New & Old Remixes,’ and will be packaged with a free album download card of the compilation. “The title ‘Kiss The Sky’ is very defining to myself holding the name Blu…” -Blu
Hailed as the world’s best club DJ, J.ROCC continues to capture music enthusiasts around the globe. In 1992, Jason Jackson, internationally known as J.Rocc, launched his vision of forming a DJ crew comprised of talented musicians, by introducing to the world Southern California’s first turntable band - the Beat Junkies. A prized accomplishment enthusiastically received by worldwide audiences, J.Rocc continues to invent musical styles that display his creative expertise. Highly recognized for his funky showcases and original arrangements, J.Rocc has clearly distinguished his place in music history. Funky President Edits, Vol. 2 is the second installment of J Rocc’s 7” edit series featuring “Boogie Blamin'" & “Jingles”, two party sureshots familiar to the discerning listener and edited with precision.
Street Corner Music, in association with 180 Proof Records, is proud to bring you one of the greatest records in the history of Detroit to the 7" circuit. Joy Road, from the Lyman Woodard Organization’s holy grail LP, Saturday Night Special, will be released on 45 with permission from Amir Abdullah, head of 180 Proof, and 'Shoes original rep at Fat Beats when he was ordering records for Street Corner Music in the mid 90's. Amir secured the rights to the entire Strata catalog a few years back and has been releasing beautifully packaged reissues. Joy Road is backed by two crunchy flips courtesy of Grammy Award winning producer NOTTZ. Street Corner Music is not playing with y'all. Stay tuned for more.
The second release from boutique Australian label, We Play! Records. With their first release featuring O.C selling out completely, the label is back with their follow up featuring the almighty Apathy (Demigodz/AOTP). The release is limited to 500 copies world wide and is being released on blue vinyl. A must have for all heads.
K-Def is back with another quality release on Redefinition Records. This 7” EP features “Back To Basics,” a collaboration with the legendary MC and fellow NJ resident, El Da Sensei (of the Artifacts), along with 3 instrumentals. The record is packaged inside a custom printed heavyweight paper sleeve.
Detroit MC/Producer, Magnif brings out not one, but TWO exclusive and unheard J.DILLA beats for his first official solo release. Both instrumentals are exclusive to this vinyl release. Mag first worked with Dilla back in 2003, while still part of Lawless Element. Both songs are recorded and mixed by “Young RJ” Rice (Slum Village). “The Shining PT.2” features cuts from DJ TJ the King (Jay Electronica, Royce Da 5’9”, more) “The Last” features live keys from Vernon Da German (J. Dilla, Dwele, Ess Band, more) The original cover images for each song were done by Detroit artist Michelle Tanguay.
After finding gold and platinum success providing guitar heavy, adrenaline laced productions for the likes of 50 Cent, Busta Rhymes, Jim Jones and the late Proof of D12, BIG K.O. unites a legendary cast of hip hop Avengers on "Hellraisers", the first single on his Phantom Zone imprint. This monumental single features three Rock and Roll Hall of Fame members and contributions from the most legendary hip hop groups of all time. DMC of RUN DMC, PMD of EPMD, MC SERCH OF 3rd BASS, TERMINATOR X and CHUCK D Of PUBLIC ENEMY, and DJ ECLIPSE of NON PHIXION all provide newly recorded performances for this project, that will go down as one of the most important Hip-Hop collaborations of all time. The video for Hellraisers, directed by Rob Martin of PawnShop films will follow shortly after the single's release, and features legendary NY television personality Ralph McDaniels, as well as art from New York Times best-selling author/artist Ed Piskor's Hip Hop Family Tree comic series.
ÁLALA Records is Bobbito Garcia’s current vinyl-only label, and third imprint in his 20 years of releasing forward thinking music on wax. His newest release “Park Pick-Up Player” features “Kool Bob Love” himself doing a spoken word piece inspired by DOIN’ IT IN THE PARK, the basketball documentary he co-directed. Accomplished producer Mark de Clive-Lowe’s remix gave the tune a Latin Jazz uptempo flavor.“Park Pick-Up Player” has received airplay on eastvillageradio.com and massive club support from DJs Rich Medina (NYC), Sake 1 (San Francisco), and Suce Smash (NYC-Puerto Rico). Enjoy the track on the dancefloor, in your headphones, or on the sideline of a basketball court near you!
House Shoes recently started his quarterly “Flip Sessions” series where he selects a sample and producers get the opportunity to create their own interpretation. This time around Shoes picked his personal favorite 3 tracks submitted. The winning entries were pressed up on a VERY limited run of 45’s. House Shoes Presents: Flip Sessions Volume Two featuring Dert Beats b/w Chanes & Juicy The Emissary.
Camp Lo’s late-‘90s hip-hop classic “Luchini aka (This Is it)” is, to put it simply, a sure-shot head-nodder. Upon making its way through any public-facing speaker system, then and now, it drives revelers to one of two important places – the dancefloor or the bar. It’s a feel-good rap track of the highest order, and sounds as good today as when it hit two decades ago. Featuring Bronx MCs Sonny Cheeba and Geechi Suede and produced by then up-and-comer Ski Beatz (who, during the same era, helped a young Jay-Z begin his steady and triumphant ascent), the cut oozes warmth and MC bravado. Sonny and Geechi are both technically top-shelf, but not backpacker stiff. Riding over an inventive chop of Dynasty’s electro-soul groover, “Adventures In The World Of Music,” they made it look very easy. The song would go on to create a stir on the Billboard charts in 1997, not only on the expected “Hot Rap Singles” list, but also well up the pop rankings of the “Hot 100” (peaking at #50). As with a few tracks from the era, it stretched beyond the rap world, as the group and their peers helped push hip-hop to the no-turning-back point, making the music into a true global phenomenon. The hit we know and love on the A-Side is complemented here with the 12-inch’s original B-side, “Swing”: a pimp-strutting, stuttering groove (also produced by Ski Beatz), with faster, more aggressive flows from both MCs. If “Luchini” was for popping bottles at the club, “Swing” was meant for the late night afterparty cipher. It even features a cameo by one of the crew’s lyrical idols: Butterfly of Digable Planets.
On the crime-infested east side of Lost Gates CA, there is a vinyl pressing plant whose brochure says, “we will do anything for a price.” Back in the 70s & 80s, they specialized in private press porno soundtracks, but these days Madlib is their only customer. Stones Throw took them a couple Quasimoto tracks and a drawing or two, and here’s what we got: a custom-shaped record, half picture disc, half clear, thick vinyl. One side is Quasimoto’s “Planned Attack” from the album Yessir Whatever, and the flip side is the previously unreleased “Talkin’ Shit,” a short track with Lord Quas doing what he does best. Both tracks are produced-by and featuring Madlib. Pictured below is the front, family-friendly side of the vinyl. The backside of the record, the “x-ray” portion, show’s Quasimoto disgusting insides. Artwork by Jeff Jank.
“Shottas” b/w “Come Again” is the debut 7-inch release from Brooklyn’s DJ Prince. Having toured the world as Skyzoo’s DJ, Prince has amassed his debut compilation LP, Test My Sound, which was released in May of 2014. Building off the momentum of this release, Prince is pleased to release the limited edition pressing of two of the project’s standouts, “Shottas,” featuring Sean Price, and “Come Again,” both of which are produced by Boston’s Cyrus the Great. Conceptually, “Shottas” builds off the notion of protecting what you love, which in this instance is the music. To lyrically murder the competition, while extending a hand to the one’s who’ve paved the way. The flip side, “Come Again” is the LP’s debut single; a slick, braggadocios track that showcase’s DJ Prince’s lyrical aptitude…a prince in his prime.