180 gram black vinyl in a double gatefold jacket.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?
Restocked! All orders due to ship BY Monday, November 30th. 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.
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Immortal Technique, the most radical revolutionary rap lyricist to hit wax, combines with Green Lantern and a gang of like-minded MCs to produce THE 3RD WORLD, a furious mixtape which is perhaps Immortal Technique’s best work to date. The title track is a compelling summary of all the Harlem rapper has proclaimed in his past verses, as he reworks Jay-Z’s “Where I’m From” into a scathing diagnosis of the state of the world in the 21st century. Tech also breaks down the power structures behind NYC gentrification on “Harlem Renaissance,” deconstructs accepted understandings of “pimp” on “Reverse Pimpology,” and examines corporate privatization on “Open Your Eyes.” Violent, angry, and unabashedly challenging, THE 3RD WORLD is everything hardcore hip-hop should be.
In 1995, fresh off the success of Nas's landmark debut album Illmatic the year prior, Columbia Records released Lifestylez Ov Da Poor & Dangerouz, the first LP by a relatively unknown Harlem MC named Big L. Few at the time would realize that Lifestylez — which was only a modest commercial success at the time — would go on to be considered a true classic of the era, comparable to Illmatic itself. Armed with a cocky Uptown attitude, a sharp wit and production from the likes of Lord Finesse, Buckwild and Showbiz, Big L established himself as one of New York's Hip Hop heavyweights with an album that balanced radio appeal with uncompromising hardcore lyricism. From the smooth sounds of "M.V.P." to raw posse cuts like "8 Iz Enuff" and "Da Graveyard" (which featured a rookie MC from Brooklyn by the name of Jay-Z), Lifestylez Ov Da Poor & Dangerouz solidified Big L's status as a Hip Hop legend despite being the only studio album released prior to his tragic death in 1999. Traffic Entertainment is proud to release Big L's classic debut album in a double-LP pressing for the first time ever.
Giraffage’s signature remixes of R&B favorites quickly took him from blogs to Boiler Room and beyond, as he won over dancefloors worldwide with lush, bass-driven sets. No Reason marks another new turning point for this artist, who has grown from flipping Janet Jackson songs to crafting indelible slow jams of his own. The chopped vocals and bubble wrap riffs of “Tell Me” combine for a Tumblr-era love ballad like none other, and the entire EP is as heartfelt as it is head-nodding.
The prodigal son of the soul and funk canon, D'Angelo, is back! His ever-awaited third studio album, Black Messiah, is his first album since the critically acclaimed Voodoo, bringing to an end a 14-year hiatus. The album blends 70's jazz-funk and neo-soul. Anyone who's been keeping up should be keen to the fact that the long-lusted over project was recorded in full analog, so the liner notes' PSA “For best results, listen at maximum volume” should be taken as a direct order for fervent D'lievers. And what better way to experience the gritty greatness of the release than a heavy-bodied vinyl pressing for the audio junkies? The album features tracks co-penned by Kendra Foster (Parliament/Funkadelic) and Q-Tip (A Tribe Called Quest). It's also co-produced by Questlove (The Roots), bassist Pino Palladino (John Mayer Trio, The RH Factor), and drummer James Gadson (Bill Withers, Temptations, Beck, Jamie Lidell).
Talk of LIBERATION began to circulate around the industry after Kweli posted a short but significant blog about it on his Myspace page back in September of 2006 along with the first release from the album, "Funny Money". Since then, Kweli and Madlib fans flooded messageboards and blog pages, anxious for the impending release. With both halves known to have been members of some of the best collaborations in hip hop, the expectations for this project were, in effect, set far above the bar. When the 9-track project hit the web on January 1st, it was evident from the buzz and press reviews that these two masters of music delivered to everyone's approval. The cohesion of Kweli's sharp, quick spitting lyrics and Madlib's progressive beat production made for a much sought after product. Since then, Blacksmith has disabled the free download and is making LIBERATION available for purchase.
Originally released in 1994, re-issued on Stones Throw in 2001.
Fresh off the presses! Previously available exclusively at the Fat Beats' L.A. Beat Swap booth, Fat Beats tote bags are available for purchase online for a limited time only. Individually screenprinted onto high-grade canvas tote bags, they're perfect for carrying records, headphones or just repping your favorite record store. Get 'em while they're hot!
Originally self-released in 2002, the plain-spoken politics (the title of this album is not to be taken lightly) and barebones production of Revolutionary, Vol. 1 missed MTV and Rap City entirely, surprise surprise. However, the album built enough underground buzz, helped by the more widely distributed Revolutionary, Vol. 2 the following year, that it was reissued in 2004, sounding as up-to-date as ever. Immortal Technique works the same political side of the street as Dead Prez and the Coup, but much like Chuck D, the godfather of the political rap scene, the Peruvian-born rapper never lets his ideas get in the way of his flow, and manages to express complex and reasoned opinions, only occasionally devolving into simple sloganeering. Those who found beats on Revolutionary, Vol. 2 too skeletal for their likes, however, will likely find it’s predecessor even tougher sledding; however, the homemade-sounding productions perfectly suitable for the non-corporate sentiments of Immortal Technique’s lyrics, and has a smilier rough-edged charm. For the first time, this classic underground title will be available on double vinyl. Viva La Revolucion!
This exclusive bundle includes a cassette of the album's instrumentals, unavailable in any other format and exclusive to Fatbeats.com. Theme Music is the soundtrack to a street guy from the neighborhood named AF. In the early 1980’s, AF was well known for hustling, women and having local enemies. The music J. Rocc and MED provide on Theme Music sonically captures the emotions and attitude of AF. reflected dealing with the ups and downs of the streets. Based on a true story.
"There are few musicians – let alone beat–makers - in the world whose output in its raw form provides his listener with a full on musical experience before anything is added. Madlib is such a talent. Hip hop is his canvas, but he creates the most wondrous things with it. Before a microphone is switched on, before a rhyme even uttered, a Madlib beat stands alone as a complete thing. Since the issue of the collaborative album with rapper Freddie Gibbs - Piñata, already being hailed as contender for rap album of the year - we’ve been asked countless times to issue the beats Madlib created for the project as instrumentals. And we've conceded. Piñata put Gibbs in the spotlight, one that a growing audience is finally acknowledging that he deserves. On Piñata Beats, though, it’s Madlib, quietly spinning on the center stage. Through seventeen cuts of arcane film snippets, dusted funk and soul, psych and prog rock musical diversions, Madlib proves to live up to what Gibbs once said of him: “Madlib quite simply, is music.”"
Ridin' Dirty is the third studio album by dirty south legends Bun B and Pimp C – together known as UGK. It is easily considered one of the greatest southern hip hop albums ever made, but let’s drop all the labels this is just pure good rap music, for any region. It's all right there, everything that people have come to expect from Houston rap: candy-painted cars, wood-grained steering wheels, flashy jewelry, late-night odes to lean and weed, passing references to DJ Screw tapes, those warm funk synthesizers that sound like radio oldies. All of Ridin' Dirty feels iconic now— among other reasons, because so many of its lyrics have since been cribbed by everyone from Slim Thug to Jay Z. There's the laid-back badassery of ""Diamonds and Wood,"" the zoned-out celebration of ""3 in the Morning,"" the ridiculous boasting of ""Fuck My Car."" Everything here is essential. Ridin’ Dirty was produced entirely by Pimp C and features start to finish bangers such as “One Day”, “Murder”, “Hi Lif” and of course the title track “Ridin’ Dirty.” Pimp C’s makes use of perfectly chosen Soul, Funk and Gospel samples to create a perfect soundscape for he and Bun B to trade verse over. Despite there being no singles or videos released from the album, the set went on to be a pivotal moment in southern hip hop as well as UGK's best-selling and most critically acclaimed release.
15 year anniversary edition vinyl of D’Angelo's classic sophomore album, "Voodoo". The album features an extensive line-up of musicians associated with the Soulquarians musical collective. Produced primarily by D'Angelo, “Voodoo” features a loose, groove-based funk sound and serves as a departure from the more conventional song structure of his debut album, Brown Sugar. In celebration of the album’s 15 year anniversary, UMe will be reissue a deluxe vinyl version of "Voodoo" on colored vinyl.
The Stark Reality’s legendary album, ...Discovers Hoagy Carmichael’s Music Shop, is a funky, jazzy, fuzz-toned cult classic, consists of very original interpretations of a children’s album written by Hoagy Carmichael and was originally released on Ahmad Jamal’s boutique label, AJP Records. For years, the album made the rounds in underground hip-hop circles (being sampled along the way by the likes of Large Professor, J-Live, Madlib, and Black Eyed Peas), trading hands for ridiculous sums on the second-hand market -- even after it saw a reissue on Now Again as part of the Acting, Thinking, Feeling 6xLP boxset which gathered other recently discovered, previously unreleased material from the band’s career. Now, ...Discovers Hoagy Carmichael’s Music Shop is available on vinyl for the very first time since its initial 1970 release in a deluxe 3-LP release including 56 page booklet with never before seen photos, extensive liner notes by Egon of Now Again Records with commentary by AJP founder Ahmad Jamal and annotation and an interview with Monty Stark, the band’s frontman. “The music of the Stark Reality is as playful as it is wild... as fantastic as it is frazzled.” - Rolling Stone “One of the most prized ‘funk’ artifacts of all time, Stark’s project allies Hendrix-stoned guitars, heavily-fuzzed vibraphone and Bitches Brew rhythms...” - Mojo Magazine
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After the messy dissolution of Death Row Records, Dr. Dre found himself adrift in an unfamiliar world. By the mid '90s, the once formidable west coast hip-hop scene was fragmented and weakened by years of overindulgence. By the time 2001 emerged at the beginning of the new millennium, many still doubted that Dre was capable of creating anything that could rival the sheer majesty of his work with Death Row. The brashly titled and unapologetically confrontational 2001 laid those doubts to rest with a series of radio-ready singles that blended the crisp G-Funk of Dre's past with a newfound sense of symphonic grandeur. The real gems here are a series of guest-laden album cuts—like “The Next Episode”—that find a veritable who’s who of Los Angeles rap royalty spitting fire over some of Dre’s sparest, fiercest beats. The Chronic 2001 is the equal of its illustrious predecessor in almost every respect; a hip-hop classic from one of the greatest producers to ever approach the boards.
Sour Soul is the collaborative album from Toronto jazz/hip-hop band BADBADNOTGOOD and Staten Island rap champ Ghostface Killah. Inspired by 1960s and 70s music - taking inspiration from the recording techniques and production of that era, and eschewing sampling in favour of live instrumentation, BBNG with producer Frank Dukes have created a dramatic, cinematic musical staging for Ghostface's vivid storytelling. Sour Soul also features guest spots from MF DOOM, Elzhi (Slum Village/J Dilla), Danny Brown and prodigal new rapper Tree (Project Mayhem).
During the 1990s, the line between jazz and hip-hop had crossed numerous times, leaving the perfect opening for the legendary Philadelphia upstarts The Roots to release their self-produced debut, Organix. The album generated significant enough industry buzz that they were signed to a major-label soon after. Long before one of the greatest live hip-hop groups of all-time was entertaining audiences of thousands on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Organix was the band at its' loosest and most playful, and a pinnacle in the development of the group, which would culminate with their landmark release "Do You Want More?!?." An important part of any fan of The Roots, or funk-inflected rap music in general, featuring the smooth basslines of Leonard Hubbard, the sinuous organ-work of an early Scott Storch, and the jazzy beats and esoteric rhymes of the band's longest-serving members, ?uestlove and Black Thought.
Bells and Whistles, the new double LP from acclaimed independent musician Blockhead, provides more of the explosive beats and pulsating rhythms his fans have come to expect over the last decade. Rich in texture and eclectic in composition, this album will serve as the perfect soundtrack to 2015 and beyond. Check it.
First time on vinyl since 2010! From Philadelphia beatmaker Knxwledge has been bubbling beneath the surface in the virtual world. Making his name via Myspace, global mixes spinning around the world and with a Mary Anne Hobbs mix & plays from Benji B already under his belt he's ready to step up to the plate in 2010 with his first solo release. 15 tracks here of varying rhythmic structures, lengths and speeds which go way further than mere beats and snippets. Sloppy, on beat and off its all thrown in the beat blender. Artwork comes via Teebs (My Hollow Drum / Brainfeeder).
JJ DOOM is a joint project bringing together the abstract, gruff rhymes of DOOM (formerly known as MF Doom) and the shape shifting hip-hop beats of highly revered producer JNEIRO JAREL. DOOM has reinvented himself as a variety of different alter egos in the past, but as metal masked figure MF Doom he undertook an un-matched musical work ethic as a solo and collaborative artist. DOOM has previously collaborated with DANGER MOUSE, MADLIB GHOSTFACE, GORILLAZ, RADIOHEAD'S THOM YORKE and JONNY GREENWOOD and, most recently, Brooklyn-born, New Orleans-based producer, rapper and vocalist JJ (JNEIRO JAREL). JJ who has had similarly alias-orientated adventures, consisting of instrumental beat journeys as Dr Who Dat? Also not shy of collaboration, JJ has worked on past projects with WILLIE ISZ and KHUJO GOODIE, and produced remixes for RADIOHEAD, TV ON THE RADIO and BJORK. 'Key to the Kuffs' is the debut collaborative album for JJ DOOM released on genre-bending label, LEX RECORDS. 'Key to the Kuffs' is a twisted journey into hip-hop, electronica and warped beats featuring BLUR and GORILLAZ main man DAMON ALBARN, OUTKAST associate KHUJO GOODIE and PORTISHEAD'S BETH GIBBONS. Loaded with UK-inspired rhymes and references, the album covers everything from Cockney rhyming slang, the WHITE CLIFFS OF DOVER and even British doco series, MY BIG FAT GYPSY WEDDING.
LP version. Rids the World of the Curse of the Vampires (1981) not only ably displays Scientist's varied approach, but also clocks in as one of his best outings. Scientist keeps things lively with plenty of reverb and echo-treated percussion, ghostly piano parts, video game sound effects, and other wobbly interjections from the mixing board. The record's expert evocation of the Halloween spirit also includes some fiendishly-voiced intros, the cover art's cartoon potpourri of horror film characters, and the dubious claim made in the liner notes that Scientist mixed it all at midnight on Friday the 13th. Along with Keith Hudson's Pick a Dub (1974) and Lee Perry's Blackboard Jungle Dub (1973), this is one of the essential dub albums.
New pressing on blue/white splatter vinyl ships week of 11/13. Gravitas, Talib Kweli's sixth solo album, began to take shape in May, during the weeks following the release of Kweli's fifth solo album, Prisoner of Conscious. Loaded with guests, Prisoner of Conscious was well received and reviewed, and gained Talib many new fans to add to his already large following. However, Kweli soon found himself wanting to record more personal material and really document his journey thru music. When singer Ryan Leslie, who created the platform that Kweli is using to sell Gravitas, approached him with the idea of selling direct to fan, songs that were just rough ideas began to fully form in Kweli's head. "One of my favorite things about today's hip hop is the honesty," says Kweli. Today's most popular rappers aren't always politically correct or deep, but the best are unflinchingly honest. While my story may be documented, I have never truly told my story thru music. My true fans have heard bits and pieces thru the years, but Gravitas sums up my experience until now."The new songs reflect a continued determination and drive in Talib Kweli, impressive because of the fact that Prisoner of Conscious was released less than six months ago. Considered one of the top tier lyricist of all time and name dropped in songs by everyone from Jay-Z to 2 Chainz, Talib Kweli has defied the odds and remained relevant while never compromising his art, quite a feat in today's music business. The respect he is given is evident when Raekwon from the Wu Tang Clan drops by to spit on Violations. Talib Kweli has also showcased new artists throughout his storied career, giving breaks to people like Kanye West, Kendrick Lamar and J. Cole long before they were embraced by the mainstream. This streak continues with Brooklyn's own UnderAchievers, who pop up on the Statik Selektah produced New Leaders. The OhNo produced Art Imitates Life features classic lyricism from Kweli, Rah Digga and Black Thought from the legendary Roots, and Austin's guitar prodigy Gary Clark Jr. shows up for Demonology. All of this leads up to Gravitas' final track, Colors of You, featuring Mike Posner and produced by the late, great J Dilla of Slum Village fame.
Fresh off of the success of 2003's Visions of Gandhi, Jedi Mind Tricks returned to the studio for their anticipated follow-up release, Legacy of Blood. Legacy of Blood features heavyweight guest appearances from GZA/Genius (Wu-Tang Clan), Sean Price, Killah Priest, among others. This album showcases the group's commercially-minded artistic maturation, without foregoing the unbridled intensity that has come to define their aggressively stylized hip-hop. Legacy of Blood is a defining statement by a group surging towards their creative peak, poised on the verge of crossover success. Babygrande Records is proud to announce that after years of being out of print, Legacy Of Blood will once again be available on wax in a digitally remastered limited orange vinyl double LP set.