Snoop Dogg's new album is BUSH. The album is entirely produced by friend, fellow-innovator, and Grammy Award-winner Pharrell Williams, and is the latest offering from one of music's most prolific and revered trendsetters. The historic pairing between longtime friends Snoop Dogg and Pharrell Williams came after multiple successful collaborations in the studio, which started over a decade ago. As noted by Snoop Dogg, the duo made a pact with each other to restore the 'missing' vibe in today's music by creating songs dedicated to a "better present and an ideal future." Channeling retro-futuristic funk topped with a feel-good mix of R&B and pop, BUSH blossoms with "a funkadelic glow," says Snoop Dogg, "totally different than anything either of us has ever done." Anchored by Pharrell's effervescent production and Snoop's smooth vocals and delivery, the album features a number of surprise collaborations. Snoop Dogg has sold more than 35 million albums worldwide, reigning for more than two decades as one of the most recognizable giants in music. Snoop's successful incarnations within music, film & TV, his Snoop Youth Football League, fashion, brands and technology continues to set him apart as the consummate cultural icon, entrepreneur and philanthropist.
In the past five years Valid has hit the Hip-Hop scene strong, putting out mixtapes and EP's over the years to showcase his progression as an artist. With the help of Titan Records, as of April 28th, 2015, Valid's debut album is finally here and available to the world! "Reach High" carries all of Valid's latest videos/singles such as Validation, New Nasty, EZ2c, There It Is, and the title track of the project Reach High.
You can hear the Wu-Tang Clan’s influence in almost everything the Low Budget crew records. On 2011’s The Alexander Green Project, in particular, members Kaimbr and Kev Brown flipped a series of Al Green samples, the same approach used by Wu-Tang leader the RZA. So while Maryland hip-hop artist Kaimbr’s new album isn’t surprising, it’s still a nice tribute to Low Budget’s influences. On Bronze Horse, he reconstructs various Wu samples into his own collage of muffled riffs, some of which you’ll recognize quickly if you’ve followed the clan. And while Kaimbr pulls graciously from the group, Bronze Horse doesn’t feel like a retread. He reshapes the sounds into efficient, lo-fi vignettes that speak equally to 1990s New York and current P.G. County, Maryland. Technically, Bronze Horse shouldn’t work; it’s muddy and hard to hear in certain spots. But there’s something about the dirty mix that works well for the album. It sounds like a cassette. It reminds me of bike rides to Willie’s Records and Tapes to buy Ghostface Killah’s Ironman and the GZA’s Liquid Swords. Of course, Kaimbr has a ways to go to reach those heights, but Bronze Horse is a good start.
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.
Fundamentals, Parisian producer Onra’s third solo LP with All City Records, is a paean to 90s hip-hop and R&B long players, an album that wears its Golden Era inspirations proudly on its sleeve. Far more than the sum of its influences, it’s a retro-futuristic sound, looking back but thinking forward. A collaborative project with a busy line up, which has taken a while to cook up, the features run the gamut from back-in-the-day heads to fresh up-and-comers. Taking the production levels up a notch with a more crafted, polished sound across the whole LP, the album was produced entirely on an MPC with no computer software used. Young Harlem MC Perrion kicks off proceedings, making the step up from mixtapes to vinyl effortlessly.Chuck Inglish flies solo on “So Long” and long time Onra friend Olivier Daysoul pairs up with Daz Dillinger of Dogg Pounder on one for the Lowriders – “We Ridin”. Cult Chicago rap group Do or Die also team up with a soul singer – their old collaborator Johnny P – “Over & Over” has the whole Rap-A-Lot crew in action and the soulful theme continues with a Suzi Analogue slow jam and Dutch MC Melodee on a Love Tip. KC of bubbling up London collective Last Night in Paris shows why he can count Pharrell among his devotees and other guests include rap crew the Doppelgangaz and Black Milk, who brings it to a close, ending a very personal project for the French producer, built on hip-hop and R&B foundations and flipped in his own signature style.
The third album from Outkast, released in 1998 on LaFace Records. Features: Big Gipp (of Goodie Mob); Cee-Lo (of Goodie Mob); George Clinton; Khujo (of Goodie Mob); Raekwon (of Wu-Tang Clan); T-Mo (of Goodie Mob). Production: Donny Mathis; Mr. DJ; Organized Noize; Outkast
The 2nd studio album from Outkast, released in 1996 on LaFace Records. Featuring production from Organized Noize Productions and Outkast.
Deluxe Edition includes three additional tracks. 2012 release from the Compton-based Hip Hop artist. Currently signed to Top Dawg, Aftermath and lnterscope. Lamar is a member of Hip Hop supergroup Black Hippy, along with fellow West Coast rappers and label mates Jay Rock. Schoolboy Q and Ab-Soul. He first gained major attention after being mentioned by Dr. Dre resulting in a buzz for the, then upcoming. release of his fourth mixtape. Early in his career, Lamar amassed a large internet following, and had already worked with Snoop Dogg, Dr. Dre, Wiz Khalifa, Game, Drake, Rick Ross, Meek Mill, Talib Kweli, Lady Gaga, Kid Cudi, Busta Rhymes, E-40, Warren G, Bun B, Tech N9ne and Lil Wayne among other popular artists.
Legendary soul and funk singles from Atlanta guitarist/singer/songwriter Richard Marks. Includes previously unreleased tracks. The release comes as a 56 page, 8.5 x 5.5” saddle stitched book with the CD inserted into back sleeve, with full annotation, extensive liner notes and essays and never-before-published photos. Seven years in the making, Never Satisfied is our collection of legendary soul and funk singles by Atlanta Guitarist/Singer/Songwriter Richard Marks. This 21 track anthology follows Marks' stylistic development, from his earliest work for the legendary Tuska label, from 1968 until approximately 1972, through his more mature releases on the Shout label and smaller regional labels like Note, Free Spirit and RSC. It also includes two tracks never released in any form, found on reels Marks had maintained in his Atlanta home. Marks' story is that on an unsung soul and funk hero; a guitarist, vocalist and songwriter whose number was in Al Green's, Barry White's and Eddie Kendricks' rolodexes, but whose talents have only been heard in sporadic bursts since his 45s were released and disappeared into Atlanta's urban expanse. This is the story of a father and husband who managed to keep his family together as he gigged the third shift six nights a week. The story of a man who wished for more and whose talent is overdue for reassessment. He and his music are unknown to the majority, but to an obsessive minority, he is a lightning rod, that singular point at which numerous Southern soul and funk musicians converged and exploded, spreading wondrous music in all directions. Marks’ impeccable run of 7” singles, released largely on tiny, local labels, are the stuff of legend, and are hen’s-teeth-rare. Marks died of cancer in May of 2006, never having issued an album, either in the ‘60s and ‘70s, when many of his peers were able to find a way to issue an LP, or in anthology form in his later years. He never granted an interview. Given the caliber of his recordings and the near complete lack of information available about him before the issue of this anthology, Marks stands out as the most mysterious talent to originate from Atlanta, a city that birthed no shortage of genius, from acclaimed worldwide (the Mighty Hannibal), obscure yet celebrated (Lee Moses) and local, but well documented (Tommy Stewart). The CD is packaged in a 56 page, saddle stitched book. The book contains extensive essays on Marks' career and is full of never-before-seen photos and ephemera from this crucial Southern soul and funk epoch.
LIMITED EDITION of 100. Artwork by Fred Lozano. O†ion is an indie-ambient duo made up of vocalist Savannah Moreau and producer Fa†e, who are both from California. The two have worked together under this name after their collaboration on Fa†e’s album, The Night Bus Home, on “Void of Love.” Broken Bones is O†ion's debut album, and it’s a journey through their spiraling, open world. Through 10 tracks, Fa†e spawns open soundscapes that change from somber-ridden to uplifting and adventurous with attacking percussions and echoing, warped samples while Savannah frees her mind and sails gracefully through the environments with topics of love, inner-struggle and more.
This new 78-minute mix by KUTMAH [HNR51] was created in March 2015 and pressed on a limited run of 500qty cds to be sold exclusively during his mini-European tour with Flying Lotus. The cd comes shrink-wrapped in a slimline cd wallet featuring cover photo by Zackey Force Funk.
Run the Jewels released their sophomore album Run The Jewels 2 in October 2014, which went onto universal critical acclaim. The album went on to receive multiple year end accolades including: 2014’s #1 Album of the Year (Pitchfork, Stereogum, USA Today, Complex, London Evening Standard, etc), Album of the Year List (Billboard, Consequence of Sound, Rolling Stone, NME, NPR, Entertainment Weekly, Spin, Newsweek, etc), Song of the Year List (Spin, NME, Time, etc) and more! Their press coverage has extended to far beyond just music publications, with features running in Slate, Gizmodo, Fast Company, CNN, US Weekly, Huffington Post, etc. Since the album release, the duo has gone to finish a nearly sold out 45+ date Wolrld Tour. Furthermore, a kickstarter project based off of remixing the album with cat sounds, entitled “Meow the Jewels” went viral and raised over $65,000; this project is set to release later this summer. Due to an overwhelming high demand, the group will be re-issuing a physical version of their now-classic first album, Run The Jewels, for the first time since 2013. CD and Vinyl releases will include a cool, new iron-on Run The Jewels patch. This album was named Pitchfork’s “Best New Music” upon release and features Big Boi, Prince Paul and Until the Ribbon Breaks. Run The Jewels continue to support their album this year and will bemaking several major festival appearances including Coachella, Bonnaroo and Pitchfork Festival, amongst others.
Jesse Medina was born in San Jose, California and is your modern day renaissance man. His sporadic upbringing saw him move from place-to-place, raised by various family members, taking on board what both the surroundings and environments had on offer. From his hanging out with skaters, stoners, hippies, and punk rockers Jesse collated an abundance of experiences, which would double up as the ultimate thought board for an aspiring MC. Acknowledging the vast array of lifestyles he has been a part of during his lifetime, Jesse gives these credit for his wider perspective on life and his ability to break the norm when it comes to his mic skills. With an upbringing such as this nothing is generic about Jesse Medina. His adoration of acts spanning multiple genres and eras has given him a solid introduction to what artistry entails. Boasting a multidirectional approach to music Jesse shies away from predictability. Able to plan and conceptualize, as well as work spontaneously, he is about going against the grain. The ability to imagine beyond the generic expectations of a Hip-Hop track is what puts Jesse Medina in a higher realm. With sounds from a myriad of musicians and entertainers including Jim Morrison, De La Soul, Nirvana, Dr. Dre and Metallica coursing through his veins, the music Jesse has added his own personal stamp to is uniquely diverse, in a rather understated way. The residual mark on Northern California, left by the sixties movement, is acknowledged and embraced by Jesse. The ‘diverse subculture’ which the Bay Area is synonymous for has given him a creative backbone which translates beyond the confines of music. A recognition of visual art is duly noted which undeniably influences his own personal style and attire as well as the imagery attached to his cache of music. His debut single, “Riddims” from the album, Meet Jesse Medina, saw a collaboration with Black Hippy and TDE member, Ab-Soul. The song premiered on Hypetrak and made its way on to the most notable and frequented Hip-Hop and Urban sites on the web. The album features production from Jake One, Nottz and fellow Bay Area brethren, Dan the Automator. “For this album I got to work with people I really respect,” Jesse explains. “This project is about real down to earth, quality Hip-Hop and as cliched as it may sound, I think there is something on their to suit all tastes and there is plenty more where that came from.” A composite of the colorful surroundings he rose up through fused with his innate understanding of creating timeless music, Jesse Medina is truly rocking the necessary armor to be one to watch for years to come.
This story-telling, Washington Heights-bred rapper shines through the many trials and tribulations outlining A Star In A Broken Sky. A provocative blend of East Coast rap and trancelike melodies help Pearl Gates guide the listener through his neighborhood, shedding light on the brightest and darkest experiences it has to offer. Highlighted by the percussion driven track "Murder," Gates depicts the various consequences of outgrowing a clouded past.
Marco Polo's classic Port Authority has long been out of print in all formats and is finally seeing a Deluxe Redux re-release. The Deluxe Edition 2CD includes fully remastered audio and the previously unreleased Instrumental Versions on a separate disc. Even the original artwork has been updated and expanded over a deluxe gatefold style package, including a quality Silver Foil finish for all text. Limited to 1,000 copies. Though he's Toronto born and bred, the producer known as Marco Polo deftly and assuredly steps into the second-generation Rawkus lineup with his solo-produced 18-track effort, PORT AUTHORITY. Known for his work with Brooklyn MCs Pumpkinhead and Masta Ace, among others, Marco Polo recruited the most respected artists on the East Coast to bless his butter beats, which echo the best of the late-1990s underground era. O.C., Masta Ace, Kool G Rap, Wordsworth, Large Professor, A.G., Buckshot, Jo Jo Pellegrino, Roc Marciano, Sadat X, and Ju Ju of the Beatnuts are just a few of the MCs featured.
Cultures of Soul is proud to release the highly anticpated follow-up to the widely successful Tropical Disco Hustle, an album full of rare disco tunes that exude a Caribbean flavor. This volume takes us back to Trinidad and Jamaica and sends us on a few new adventures in St. Lucia and Guadeloupe. Three tracks by Wild Fire including "The Dealer," as well as two other classic disco tracks, "Dance With Me" and "Try Making Love," can be heard on this new compilation. The album also features two killer disco workouts by the Tru Tones, "Dancing" and "Let's Party," with the latter having been heavily influenced by the Jacksons. Both tracks are rare and in demand by DJs and record collectors alike. Also featured here is an excellent cover of Chanson's "Don't Hold Back" by reggae legend Derrick Harriott, and the under-the-radar, African-influenced disco tune "Caribean People" by Camille Hildevert. This album was compiled and researched by Deano Sounds, with edits by french DJ-extraordinary Waxist Selecta and legendary UK disco DJ Al Kent.
Tokyo-born, Berkeley-bred rapper/producer Lyrics Born, who played a major role in creating the blueprint for independent rap labels as we know them today, will release his eighth album, Real People via his Mobile Home Recordings label on May 5th. Following the album he released as one-half of Latyrx, which NPR dubbed "hands-down, the best alt-rap album of the year," Lyrics Born continues to forge new territory with Real People. Enamored with New Orleans' history and musicians from all the years of touring and playing shows there, Lyrics Born uprooted his digs in The Bay Area to The Big Easy for two weeks to recruit the city's most talented musicians. Recorded entirely in The Big Easy by Galactic's Robert Mercurio and Ben Ellman, the album follows the ethos Lyrics Born has maintained for his 20+ year career: doing things that neither he nor anyone else has done yet. Enlisting the talents of Trombone Shorty, Ivan Neville, Galactic, Corey Henry, and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, along with guest stars Corey Glover (Living Colour), David Shaw (The Revivalists), Billy Martin (Medeski, Martin & Wood), and more, Lyrics Born occupies a space rarely seen in rap. No other non-NOLA rapper has dedicated a whole album working with all New Orleans funk musicians. "It might be the last true 'music town' in America, maybe in the world," states Lyrics Born. "As an artist and a person, I identify with the culture, the sensibilities, the lifestyle, and the people. I wanted to do something really soulful, organic, earthy, and with an honest, unpretentious funk feel. That's basically New Orleans." Lyrics Born balances his trademark mix of clever, good-time party ethos with a strong dose of funk with Real People as an honest body of work about the human race. Sharing personal experiences such as emigrating from Japan as a kid, fatherhood, and the direction society has turned in post-great-recession America, Lyrics Born also celebrates adulthood and the pains and joys of growing older. As he explains it, "I talk a lot of foolish shit and cuss my ass off and explore my darker side on certain songs. Hopefully we get a good cross-section of ourselves to explore on this album." With the upcoming release of the album, Lyrics Born has arrived at a well-rounded sound that is classic and yet futuristic. He hasn't forgotten his humble beginnings, but he's never been afraid to look to the future, either.
You may not know the name STS at first glance, but you have surely heard him: his fingerprints are on Ciara's "Oh", the Roots "How I Got Over" LP, & tracks from Jill Scott to Jazzy Jeff and more. RJD2, the man behind the "Mad Men" theme, "Ghostwriter, and many more tracks on tv and film has likely crossed your ears as well. Together, the two formed a unit and cut a full-length album of beautiful, soulful, poetic, and fluid music that is both timeless, and like nothing else in rap today. Heavily melodic and still able to rattle a trunk, this debut album takes nods from the Impressions to Ludacris to Wu-Tang, all the while holding originality, razor sharp lyricism, and a deep pocket in the highest regard. Philly's finest are shining.
At the beginning of November in 2013, a rather special event took place one night at the Mayan Theater here in Los Angeles. The Gaslamp Killer,with the aid of 14 immensely talented musicians, unveiled an incomparable live music experience, much to the mind blowing delight of those in attendance. This event was known as The Gaslamp Killer Experience. Electronics, strings, brass and percussion all came together to illuminate original productions of GLK, in a collaborative musical event that surely burrowed itself into the fiber of every person in attendance. For those of us not fortunate enough to have witnessed this special occasion in the flesh, GLK has compiled the sounds of that evening into an amazing live album.
We are back again with the defining funky and soulful downtempo beat series Street Bangerz , welcoming in Volume 8 with a body of work by Akshin Alizadeh, the man from Azerbaijan. Taking his cue from his native country, this album sits at a crossroad between East and West incorporating the producer’s strong funk and nu jazz influences as well as his ability to combine funky groves with punchy hip-hop beats. Expect exotic flutes, sidewinding strings, and hypnotic horns accompanied by groovy guitar riffs and slick percussion from hi-hats, snares, claps, and sometimes castanets. Vocal chops and scratching accent select cuts. Like a set of sensational spices, this release is certain to leave a lasting trail of sweet aromatic memories in its wake.
Broken Bone Ballads, the fourth LP from New Haven, Connecticut's Ceschi Ramos, was written from the perspective of a man battling in court for over three years and anticipating a prison sentence while trying to maintain an indie record label and pay bills as a working musician out on bond. The album draws its title from a 2007 arm wrestling match with a Marine at a house party in Hawaii that left Ceschi with a spiral fracture of the humerus. Accentuated by Saskatoon producer Factor's first foray into acoustic minimalism and a host of talented background players and vocalists, including a powerful guest verse from Sage Francis on "Barely Alive," Ceschi's narratives explore the plight of the modern working musician, the drop-in-the-ocean nature of pouring one's life into art in a disposable digital age, and the eternal tug-of-war between despair and hope. With a sound largely eschewing the contemporary standards of drum machines and trap rap, Broken Bone Ballads relies on manipulated live instrumentation, analog synths, and samples as it moves seamlessly from breathless bars to acoustic punk-influenced folk. The 12-track album was inspired by community, mothers, girlfriends, fellow musicians, the writings of Xosé Tarrio González, Mayan artwork at the Yale Art Gallery, the loss of some of the most important people in Ceschi's life, and a dehumanizing prison stint on dubious marijuana charges. With lyrics channeling Jeff Magnum ("Bite Through Stone") and a delivery reminiscent of Freestyle Fellowship ("Forever 33"), Ceschi voices his frustration with a rigged system that ensures a life of groveling servitude for most and greedy excess for a few ("If a CEO can make billions/ Then the world we know is filth ridden") while holding out hope that through solidarity we can prevail ("All these tiny teeth together can bite through stone"). Ceschi meditates on the suffering he has experienced personally and witnessed on the road and in his community from junkies detoxing in jail cells, undocumented worker wage slaves, and corner boys running the 4AM New Haven streets. Broken Bone Ballads is simultaneously Ceschi's most personal effort to date and a collection of stories and sketches that parallel the broader concepts of human suffering, failure, uncertainty, and perseverance.
Rivington Não Rio revels in the kind of compassionate complexity that marks Prefuse 73's greatest works, with a profound new element added to the mix: Patience. Herren's ability to marry the manic to the melodic has always been uncanny, but here it feels downright magical as the songs inhale with his trademark sense of urgency…then exhale in longer, more revealing breaths. The prismatic textures that have long been a staple of Prefuse 73 are bound to beats and melodies with the spirit of hip-hop and the subtlety of modern minimalism. The album's guests treat the material with a hushed respect: Roc Nation songwriter and Jessie Ware collaborator Sam Dew turns "Infrared" into a sublimely soulful, dimly-lit portrait of inverted R&B; Milo & Busdriver's vicious, rapid-fire verses contrast a pastoral downbeat to brilliant effect; and elsewhere, Pinback's Rob Crow and Latin electronic-folk crooner Helado Negro navigate splintered tropics with passive grace. As a stand-alone album, Rivington Não Rio ranks extraordinarily high in the Prefuse 73 canon. As a centerpiece to an epic triptych that includes the Forsyth Gardens and Every Color of Darkness EPs, it's a new peak from a pioneer who appears to only just now be hitting his prime. For an artist who has played an undeniably integral role in the careers of so many influential artists, it's not just refreshing to hear him return to top form...it's revelatory.
Exactly one year after Volume 1, Damu answers the people with Public Assembly Volume 2, a second installment of quality instrumentals in his signature style. What started as a collection of music curated with the help on his fanbase via social media has turned into another franchise title for Redefinition Records. Over the last 6 years, Damu and his Redef label have released numerous projects big & small across every major format. The music heard on Public Assembly Volume 2 is more like a family reunion than a collection. The release unites sought after rarities, unreleased compositions, archived demos and fan favorites, all gathered on 2 variations of LP in gold (limited) or black vinyl. These instrumentals will not come as a surprise to long time fans of the DC native. However, with the consistent demand of his music in the vinyl market and tracks sourced from rare, out of print titles featured on the release, listeners will have the opportunity to own some of the music missing from their record collections. The Public Assembly series is certainly about providing sounds the fans first. For recent fans and newcomers, Volume 2 is a great introductory title into the vast catalog of Damu the Fudgemunk and will serve as the roadmap to discovering more of his music. Designer and visual artist Joe Buck provides the cover art continuing his long standing partnership with Redef records. *: The CD version includes bonus tracks. Public Assembly Volume 2 is Damu the Fudgemunk's first full release of 2015. The album is the launch of many long awaited and brand new full length titles to follow throughout the year on Redefinition Records.
Past is prologue. The sins of the father are visited on sons and daughters. The madness of the world only abates when you stop the cycle—when you seek something beyond the mono-cultural and the corporeal. Georgia Anne Muldrow is a seeker and truth-teller. The words on her first rap album—produced entirely by Chris Keys—balance a beautiful delivery with brutal honesty. These are the honest confessions of a mother who refuses to turn a blind eye to immediate and ancestral misdeeds. Her rhymes are conscious, but more importantly, they speak to our deeper conscience. The prophetic soul artist offers a singular voice, yet belongs to a storied lineage. Listening to this record, you can hear the echoes of past oracles: Billie Holiday, Alice Coltrane, Erykah Badu, and Lauryn Hill. But the wisdom and narrative reflect Muldrow’s most personal revelations.From the album’s inception, we find her analyzing the patterns of her life in the constellations, rambling down dusty trails, pledging to jot down these crystalline thoughts in her mind as a north star for the misguided youth. She holds her head high, not in the vein of superiority, but as someone who “used to roam wild on a one-way street.” The evils of the world are given no quarter. She indicts corporate thugs and warmongers, the shamelessly materialistic and musicians who refuse to offer a modicum of substance. Her motivation isn’t to brow beat, but to challenge you to do better—it’s the type of record that can trigger resolutions on any day of the year. It’s a document of racial solidarity and pride, but one that offers an olive branch to anyone down for the cause. The beats are dusty and suffused with warmth so overwhelming it practically radiates Vitamin D. The gritty drums and hypnotic loops are minimal enough to let Muldrow’s mineral-rich voice fill in the gaps. There’s a timelessness in it’s questioning of age-old human problems, yet it tailors the inquiries towards the issues we currently grapple with on a diurnal basis. Muldrow uses music as a vessel to inspire hope and propel people towards a better future. Beyond identifying worldly inequities, this record details one woman’s quest to improve things for herself, her children, and everyone else. It’s about finding universal truths, while staying true to one’s essence—transcending the hate and slowly starting to heal.