Twit reimagined Blu’s Pete Rock produced “The Clean Hand” with his trademark Cool Bap sound and added 4 bonus beats plus the instrumental version to complete the exclusive “Clean Hand Remix EP”. This 10” is the first collab between the good folks at Redefiniton Records & hhv.de and hopefully as special to you as it is to us!
Thanks to such bone-crushing songs as "L.A., L.A.," "Bloody Money" and "T.O.N.Y. (Top Of New York)," Capone-N-Noreaga established itself on The War Report with a signature blend of gangsterism, lyricism and humor, as well as its own distinctive Middle-Eastern inspired vocabulary and military-heavy lyrics and imagery. This innovative combination, as well as the balance between Capone's gruff, no-nonsense rap style and Noreaga's unorthodox lyrics and flow, made the Queens, New York, duo one of the premier rap groups to emerge in the late 1990s. In an unfortunate turn of events, Capone was incarcerated as The War Report enjoyed commercial and critical success upon its release in 1997. Upon Capone's release, he and Noreaga combined for three more group albums - The Reunion in 2000, Channel 10 in 2009 and The War Report 2: Report The War in 2010 - and enjoyed successful solo careers. Now, almost 20 years later, the group is back on the label where they began their career. Lessons is the first album with Tragedy being back in the CNN fold and helps bring continuity along with his clever style that fans have been anticipating. With features ranging from The Lox, Raekwon, Sadat X, Large Professor and Royal Flush this is a New York street classic album. But beyond the music, Capone-N-Noreaga feels that its bond with Penalty is deeper than rap. With Lessons, CNN proves that being home is the best place to be.
Brand new project by Didaflo in which he made everything in the concept of collage, going through the whole process of re-using lots of materials to create new textures and give new life to obscure and for most forgotten bits of the American Pop culture. This is the 2nd album by Didaflo but his first ever on vinyl! This album is a real piece of art that comes in a very exclusive collector gatefolder edition with many printed parts done by the ever mystic man himself Sir Froderick. We like to think of this one as an extra special release as it exhibit the art of Sir Froderick like never before. Once opened the album takes you to his universe and is pretty much like entering a fresh dimension of beats, samples & visual graphics.
Masta Ace, Wordsworth & Stricklin are back on the set as eMC with "The Tonite Show", the follow-up to the 2008 debut album "The Show". Actress Rosie Perez and comedians Russell Peters and Tony Rock lend their voices in various skits throughout the album while songs include guest features and productions by Sadat X, B-Real, Diamond D, Xzibit, Koolade, Tonedeff, Dion, Pav Bundy, The Are of K-otix and many more. This one's definitely one of the Hip Hop highlights in 2015!
Limited edition of 300 copies of Sach's "Ignorance My Enemy" album on proper vinyl. Another lo-fi affair by one of the most talented MC's from the west. Artwork is once again provided by the one and only Ian Johnson.
Limited deluxe edition of 500 copies in gatefold sleeve with all instrumentals. Finally "Seven Days To Engineer" gets a proper vinyl release through hhv.de. The entire project was made in 7 days back in 1998 and marked the first solo joint by one half of the legendary Westcoast crew The Nonce. 2 tracks with Yusef are included as well as features by Aceyalone and The Oracle Jayne Doe.
Limited edition of 500 copies of Sene’s collaborative effort from 2009 with Blu behind the boards providing beats for the entire album. Brooklyn's Sene and Los Angeles' Blu have collaborated for a true transcontinental classic, A Day Late & A Dollar Short. Sene's lyrics and east coast swagger delivery compliments the melodic musical backdrop that Blu produces. In a time where albums are released like fast food, Sene and Blu took their time and have delivered a true masterpiece. Lead by the single "QuarterWaterSupporter", A Day Late & A Dollar Short proved to be one of the most complete musical experiences of the year 2009.
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