MF Doom’s first group and their controversial sophomore release Bl_ck B_st_rds reissued for Record Store Day 2015 in the format of a children’s book. Included are the full album on CD and a second disc of bonus material. The back cover of the book houses a full color 7” picture disc featuring the group’s iconic mascot. The words “lost classic” get thrown around from time to time, but KMD’s sophomore album, Black Bastards, truly fits the bill. Originally scheduled for release in the spring of 1994, Elektra Records unceremoniously shelved it at the eleventh hour due to controversy over the provocative cover art. Surviving group member MF Doom (then known as Zev Love X) – as fans know, his younger brother Subroc was killed in 1993 – tried to release the album on other labels, but met more dead ends. Sadly, it languished in hip-hop purgatory until six years later. Even then, the album had only a limited release via small indie labels. Beyond the fact that the controversy surrounding the cover – featuring the group’s long-standing mascot being hanged by a makeshift gallows – was unfair, the group’s fans being denied access to this album only compounded the injustice. Because musically and lyrically, it was a truly amazing record, full of youthful creativity, tinged with the stress of growing up as Black men in urban America. Unlike on the group’s 1991 debut, Mr. Hood, Subroc had fully come into his own as both a producer and an MC on Black Bastards, and his untimely death made the album’s shelving that much more tragic. Heavily influenced by the mind-bending spoken word album Blue Guerrilla by Gylan Kain (from 1970), songs like “What A Nigga Know” (the only single released of the album), the slippery, bass-driven “Get U Now” and the album’s title track explore black consciousness viewed through young-but-experienced eyes. Musically alternating between bouncy and raw – many times both concurrently – the tracks gave both MCs the springboard they needed to express themselves clearly, whether on the catchy, more lighthearted “Sweet Premium Wine,” the psychedelic, abstract “Suspended Animation” or the intricate mash-up of television samples heard on the instrumental “Garbage Day #3.” Finally given deluxe treatment more than two decades after its completion (and 15 years after its first release), this special Record Store Day 2015 set features 2 CDs containing all 14 of the album’s original vocal tracks, with a second “bonuses and instrumentals” CD, which features rare cuts and remixes. The set also contains a 7-inch picture disc of the single “What A Nigga Know.” It is all encased in a truly unique hard-page Children’s Book package with pop-up. You have never seen anything like this before!
Second album by the rapper, producer and member of the Los Angeles-based hip hop collective Odd Future. Includes collaborations with Dash, Wiki, Na'kel and Vince Staples.
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.
‘The Jacob Theology – Book 1’ is a collage of creative license that borders on entropy. It is the initial entry in a series of releases that will chronicle the journey of Jacob (Fla-Fla) on the way to himself. The Jacob Theology is a peak into the psyche of a modern day Jacob. Love, war, gratitude, friendship, self-defense, among other things, is all jumbled up in the mind of Jacob and the tracks on this album. But do not confuse the biblical reference with any sort of Christian or Gospel rap. Although this album is deluged in Sparrow the Movement’s beliefs, it is Hip-Hop to the core. Fla-Fla says, “Chuck D didn’t make Muslim rap, he made Hip-Hop music.” The Jacob Theology is a testament to Sparrow the Movement’s Hip-Hop, as well as, religious convictions. The album’s lead track ‘Amazing’, produced by Switzerland’s best kept secret SWC (Supreme War Clique), is reminiscent of the 90’s but more like 2015. The instrumentation and drum programming make this track a smooth and attractive calamity; executed perfectly. The album’s musical landscape is fused with Jazz, Rock, R&B and hard-core Boom Bap. Rarely are hip-hop artists recognized as songwriters in the true sense of the term. But Fla-Fla’s songwriting truly rivals the likes of folk rock music artists; Dylan and all. Don’t call it a comeback or debut, Sparrow the Movement has been here for years. Fla-Fla and Dre, members of Sparrow the Movement, have been creating great music since 1996. Fortunately it was their brethren overseas that were paying close attention. Sparrow has toured in Europe the past two years and is now ready to bring their act to the Americas kicking it off with a more than solid release. The Jacob Theology – Book 1 will prove to be a musical landmark and will state their claim as one of the great rap acts of our time. If you love Hip-Hop you will love this album. It is what Beats, Rhymes and Life should sound like in 2015.
The Expanded Edition CD of The SP1200 Project: A Re-Awakening contains an incredible 9 bonus tracks of Lord Finesse Production not found on the original 2014 2xLP vinyl release. All the tracks from this album have been taken from the original floppy disks of unused early 90’s beats. Lord Finesse transferred sequenced the tracks using an E-mu Systems SP1200 and Akai S950, which were mixed by Eddie Sancho and mastered by Tony Dawsey to give them that authentic and classic boom bap sound.
Musical Meltdown, the 1996 debut album by veteran New Jersey MC Young Zee, has long been considered a lost classic. For many years, fans have had to put up with terrible sounding 10th generation bootlegs which only hinted at the album’s real quality. Finally, ‘Musical Meltdown’ is being released in full quality on CD and tape formats. Featuring 18 tracks showcasing Zee’s unique delivery and punchlines accompanied by classic mid-90s production by Ski, Prestige, KRS-One and more, the album is a must-own for fans of 90’s hip hop. The CD format features full liner notes about the making of and re-discovery of the album, while the cassette format is limited to 100 copies and comes on a beautiful clear green tape.
Issued in 1975, this is the articulation of Zambia’s Zamrock ethos. While other albums - Rikki Ililonga’s Zambia, WITCH’s Lazy Bones!! - are competitors, it’s hard to best this album as it covers each major quadrant of the Zamrock whole: it came from the mines; its musicians were anti-colonial freedom fighters, it envelops Zambian folk music traditions, and it rocks - hard. Amanaz were serious, and they made a serious stab at an album. They titled their album Africa, according to original band member Keith Kabwe, “because of how it was shared and how its inhabitants were butchered and enslaved, its resources stolen… all the atrocities slave drivers committed. “ Thus, their “Kale,” a blues sung in Nyanja, that traced the continent’s arc from slavery to Zambia’s independence closes the album. Kabwe and rhythm guitarist John Kanyepa have a winsome softness to their vocals, which sit politely aside the feral growl of drummer Watson Baldwin Lungu, bassist Jerry Mausala and bandleader/lead guitarist Isaac Mpofu. Africa’s vibe ranges from anxious (“Amanaz”) to escapist (“Easy Street”) to straight-up pissed-off. On the “History of Man,” his voice whiskey-burned, his distorted guitar buzzing like swarming hornets, Mpofu indicts his species. There’s a darkness to Africa not found on any other Zamrock records, and a melancholy drifts throughout, specifically on Mpofu’s more restrained “Khala My Friend,” which stands as an effective, bleak situation for the Zambian everyman, the average citizen of a struggling, new nation, who might have had relatives in conflict-torn countries on the horizon, who might have been struggling to find his next meal, who might have seen a bleaker future than his president promised. Then there’s the clear Velvet Underground-influence on the nostalgic “Sunday Morning,” which, as Kabwe recalls, was the first song written for the album, back in 1968, when Velvet Undergound and Nico was a new release - and the underground funk of “Making The Scene.” The album also tackles traditional Zambian music and early-‘60s rock – punctuated, of course by Kanyepa’s wah-wah and Mpofu’s fuzz guitars. But every time Amanaz get too deep, too violent, they come back with an accessible song and woo their listener back to the groove. “Green Apple” is a civil song, featuring Kanyepa’s sighing guitar. It is a perfectly arranged album, from the dichotomy of Mpofu’s and Kanyepa’s lead and rhythm guitars, to the vocal harmonies, to the rhythm section’s sense of space and time, which allows Africa’s funk to build. Inexplicably, Africa was given two separate mixes and two separate presses: one version is dry, with the vocals and drums mixed loud, the other slathered in reverb, with the vocals and drums disappearing into the mix, and with the guitar solos mixed much louder. We’ve presented them both here as they each have their appeal: it’s up to the listener to pick the one he or she prefers. This is a highpoint of the Zamrock scene and we hope that this can be seen as its definitive reissue.
Soul samples and hard drums. Crispy snares and vinyl pops. All the DNA involved in making a cold boom bap album. But if music is a language, then what JSOUL is saying speaks volumes. As JSOUL explains, "Each Track I make represents what I love and want to hear inside the culture I was raised in. It expresses the sentiments I believe in without having to say a word." While the core of The Purple Symphony lies in the head nod, the underlying message is "let's make something and say something real". From beginning to end, the message is clear; all you gotta do is listen. Coming from Baltimore the harsh realities mixed with the club culture and strong hip hop scene makes it easy to translate. Working with wordsmiths like Substantial, Greenspan, Mathematics, Eze Jackson & Sean Armstrong adds to the depth of the album's message. “As a visual artist I've always seen colors and shapes when listening to music. That's the reason I called it The Purple Symphony. Different Colors have an effect on our psychological imprints. When I made the album I saw the color purple; which is a strong color, but can be used in many different ways to convey many different things.” - JSOUL
New and expanded CD version of Shlohmo’s top-selling ‘Shlomoshun Deluxe’ LP, adding a further seven tracks which were first released on June’s download-only ‘Camping’ EP. While working an internship at dublab.com, 19 year old LA native Shlohmo made a free online release of his original ‘Shlomoshun EP’. Being part of the dublab community, it didn’t take long for the EP reach the ears of Friends Of Friends, who immediately approached him to combine new and old tracks with an assortment of remixes to create ‘Shlomoshun Deluxe’. First released digitally at the start of 2010, the eight original tracks and four remixes have generated huge interest among the low-end beat-heads and abstract boom-bap-strumentalists searching for their latest fix of post-modern deconstructivist thunk, with the young producer finding his sounds aligned with luminaries like FlyLo, Nosaj Thing, Ras G and Samiyam, and lauded for a diversity of sound from the overloaded synths usually sported by Starkey and Joker, to the 8bit melodies of Disrupt or Ikonika.
Koka Mass Jazz is the solo-project-turned-party from Konstantin Katsarski and a band of musicians. Their sound is that of a drunken funk brigade … fun and full of embellishments. Listeners can expect this talented group’s work to cover styles ranging across funky breaks, nu jazz, funk, soul, and even a bit of afro-beat. After a warm reception for their first single “Smile”, they continue the party in true, feel-good funk fashion on their new twelve track album Groovy Jam Shoes. Highlights include the limb-liberating cut “Freedom”, the fierce percussive workout “Rhythm By Rhythm”, a commandingly delivered “Keep The Groove”, and the introspective cool down of “You Will Be Done” to finish things off.
Raised amid the rich musical culture and history of the San Francisco Bay Area, Monophonics proudly carry the torch through the generations into today’s musical landscape. Holding on to tradition, but by no means purists of any kind, they play their own brand of music known as “Psychedelic Soul.” The 2012 release of Monophonics' last album In Your Brain saw the band pulling influences from such acts as early Funkadelic, Sly and The Family Stone and the The Temptation’s Norman Whitfield produced records. With the new album, Sound of Sinning (April 1, 2015 on Transistor Sound Records), the band has grown in all areas of record making and felt a need to explore other important influences. While the group has come to cherish these inspirations, with Sound of Sinning they started venturing beyond, to the groups that were inspiring those soul acts to embrace the psychedelic sound of the 60’s and 70’s. Bands such as The Zombies, The Beatles, Beach Boys and Pink Floyd. Even with the experimentation of new musical territory, they display the sound that people know and love about Monophonics. Touching on Northern soul, doo-wop, rock and roll, Psych pop, and cinematic music, Monophonics show off their diversity while remaining true to their roots. Overall it’s heartfelt music and old school vibes, without losing sight of the present. This is music steeped in that timeless feeling when people could write and produce songs that you could listen to over and over again. Sound of Sinning was produced by Kelly Finnigan & Ian McDonald and recorded on an old Tascam eight-track 1/4” tape machine.
To Pimp a Butterfly is the upcoming third studio album by American rapper Kendrick Lamar. The album is scheduled to be released on March 23, 2015, by Top Dawg Entertainment, Aftermath Entertainment, and distributed by Interscope Records.
A juxtaposition of sounds spanning the last five decades, this conscious work, that nods to KRS-One and Public Enemy, offers a message in a time where mainstream rap fails to even scratch the surface. "The Dark Realities of the Moment" puts a magnifying glass up to todays climate and asks relevant questions. With the influence of Gang Starr, DJ Shadow, A Tribe Called Quest and other Golden Era Hip-Hop artists, this debut album incorporates funk, rock, jazz and world styles. Armed with an MPC, turntables and a room full of vinyl, Professor Brian Oblivion formed his first full length release. Question: First, we must ask, who Professor Brian Oblivion is, then we can continue to outline his method. With a sense of dystopia, he thought to himself, "What can I contribute to society"? Disproportion of wealth continuously polarizing communities, decade-plus-long war, economies destined for failure; those who turn a blind eye to these issues may just hear the sound of alarm pulsing through these 10 tracks. Oblivion presents his contribution as a collage of sounds from the past that are relevant to the discontent of the present state. Research: As a musicologist compiles data on the field, recording and documenting song, Professor Oblivion researched various libraries in the thick underbelly of vinyl habitats: flea markets, garage sales, thrift stores and hoarders' caves. He dropped a needle to countless grooves of hundreds of pounds of records, in search of anything that resonates the dissent of society's condition.
The third installment of the One-derful! Collection focuses M-Pac!, the blues and hard soul imprint of this legendary R&B label group. M-Pac! is preceded by the One-derful! and Mar-V-Lus compilations and will be followed by releases of the Halo, Midas, and Toddlin’ Town sub-labels. This series marks the first in-depth study of what was once one of Chicago’s most prominent African-American run labels. M-Pac! Records is available in 2xLP and CD formats, and within the grooves of these 24 tracks lie superb group harmonies from The Ringleaders and The Accents, gritty hard soul leads from Willie Parker and Stacy Johnson, and songs from one of Chicago’s most under-appreciated soul shouters in Harold Burrage, plus 10 tracks that were never issued! Central to M-Pac! is the Leaner family. By 1962 when brothers George and Ernie Leaner added M-Pac! as a sub-label to their One-derful! label, they were revered figures on Chicago’s Record Row and beyond. They distributed material from labels like Motown and Stax and they attracted top talent. It wasn’t uncommon for a WVON DJ to help the Leaners sign their newest discovery, or for their singers, musicians, songwriters, or producers to have Chess or Motown on their resumes. The Leaner family were among the most important black businessmen of music’s golden era, yet much of their history has only been superficially documented until now. Between 1962 and 1971, the One-derful! family of labels released 180+ 45s of stunning soul, funk, and gospel. Over two years of painstaking research and work, including countless hours spent cataloging, transferring, and mastering 250 of the label’s tapes, has contributed to an amazingly extensive reissue collection. In addition, some of the world’s leading experts have contributed liner notes and interviewed virtually every known surviving artist, producer, and otherwise involved party. In total, the six volumes of the One-derful! Collection include 12 LPs/6 CDs with 147 tracks, 57 which were never issued, and 144 pages of 12” x 12” liner notes stuffed full of rare and never before seen photos and memorabilia. Spanning 1962 to 1971, these compilations bring forth a wealth of overlooked and never before heard recordings and history.
In today’s hip-hop landscape true virtuosity on the mic is rare. So rare that when even when it’s apparent it can be quite literally unbelievable. Rapper Your Old Droog knows this first hand. In June 2014 the 25-year-old Brooklyn native released his first official project, the Your Old Droog EP, a 10-track project he cooked up in about a month with producers El RTNC and DJ Skizz. The project was good—really good. So good it got the attention of bloggers all over the web from New York Magazine’s Vulture to NahRight. The problem however, was that Droog seemingly came out of nowhere. No pictures, no YouTube videos, no Instagram account, no Twitter—no way for the entitled, deep-diving rap fan of 2014 to see what this guy was all about. All they had to go on was the music. Befuddled by Y.O.D.’s high skill level yet low profile, rap fans’ imaginations ran wild. Before long the conspiracy theories started and people began to posit that Droog was another older, legendary New York rapper in disguise. People argued about it on Reddit and made YouTube documentaries about him, while fans of his EP waited for the mysterious MC to show himself. Profiled in the New Yorker, Droog set the record straight about who he was and followed up with the first video of him rapping at his DJ’s makeshift Brooklyn studio, all before making his debut to a sold out crowd in NYC in September of that year. Given a rave review in the New York Times, the performance proved that though his identity had been mistaken by some his talent was unmistakable and his impact on hip-hop was undeniable. Droog has extended the EP for a deluxe retail version including eight new songs. The debut has already made New York Times music critic Jon Caramanica's 10 Best Albums of 2014 list and landed at No. 13 on Rolling Stone's 40 Best Rap Albums of 2014 list. See him live with legends DJ Premier and Royce Da 5' 9" (PRhyme) on their 26-date North American tour.
Features guest vocals from: Celph Titled, Vinnie Paz, C-Rayz Walz, Louis Logic, Esoteric, Lexicon, Rise, Open Mic, Alius, Punchline, Wordsworth and many many many more... A founding member and unofficial leader of the Demigodz crew, one part of the super-group Army of the Pharaohs and down with the Connecticut crew Doe$Rakers, Apathy is a highly skilled and versatile lyricist able to spit verses on nearly any topic from girls, to battling, to chess. He is also known for his freestyle ability which is often the highlight of his live performances. This double CD collection of Apathy tracks has 45 tracks and is a full 160 minutes long. That’s just under 3 hours! All the songs are from the original masters and everything has been digitally remastered to professional standards, including the old classics like “Compatible”, “Smackdown”, “Ain’t Nuthin’ Nice”, and “Just Begun”. You’ll never find a collection of all these songs in perfect quality anywhere else. A lot of tracks have never before been released on CD, and many are super rare. Every track is the full length version, nothing has been cut or faded out early. There’s even three new, previously unreleased heaters: “Y’All Ain’t Good Enough”, “Public Execution (Demigodz Mix)” and “Don’t Talk To Me”. A must for any Apathy, Demigodz, Army of the Pharaohs or Doe$rakers fan!
Featuring Styles of Beyond, Celph Titled, Esoteric, J-Live, Blue Raspberry (of Wu-Tang) & the entire Demigodz family, and production by Mike Shinoda (Linkin Park), Celph Titled, J.J. Brown, DJ Cheapshot, Vin Skully, Megahertz, Snowgoons, 8th, Chum the Skrilla Guerilla and more! Following up last year's widely successful "Eastern Philosophy" on Babygrande, a tour with Mike Shinoda's Fort Minor, and a buzzstirring "Baptism By Fire" mixtape, Apathy returns with the highly anticipated 2nd installment of his popular "It's the Bootleg, Muthafuckas!" series. Just like 2003's "Volume 1", this compilation continues in the tradition of being a chock-full double disc (2CD) limited edition set. 38 digitally mastered tracks in all, this eye-opening collection includes mostly unreleased vaulted material spanning the earlier years of his career up to his Atlantic Records recording sessions. In addition, there are 12" only songs, collaborations, freestyles and remixes never previously released in CD format. Apathy, the fron man of his highly respected Demigodz crew, is an underground veteran who has been making and appearing on timeless indie hip hop records since 1997, beginning with Jedi Mind Tricks' "Psycho-Social" album and following up with countless classic 12" vinyl singles from the now defunct but legendary late 90's indie label, Bronx Science. "Hell's Lost & Found" represents a strong staple in the underground hip hop genre and will be a must-have item for all Apathy, Fort Minor and Demigodz associated fans worldwide.
Restless AdventuresOn Restless Adventures, the beloved East Coast aesthetic of his influences are inverted somewhat with what seems to be a preoccupation with the sublimity of the organic green world. The effects are minute, subtle, and highly effectual. The ambient sounds of nature that Klaus organically weaves between layers of snappy drums and warped samples could be described as both psychedelic and organic ... unfamiliar, yet strangely comforting.Kudos to Klaus for delivering a brave and experimental album to be enjoyed on numerous levels; it swings right for Hip-Hop heads, has layers of exotic instrumentation on top, and potentially something else in-between for listeners who like to look for narratives in their music. Perhaps most impressively, it does all of this a lot more cohesively than the title would have you think. The (Restless) Adventures of Captain Crook continue. For The People Like UsFor The People Like Us is the latest journey into Klaus Layer’s sound; a cross-section of his musical psyche. Like any true journey there is both the harsh and the calm, with beat structures and melodical backdrops ranging from the serene to the straight-villainous, and a personal motive - these are defining beats crafted atop the shoulders of Klaus’ inspirations, and he’s inviting the like-minded to listen.
Enter those bloody alleys blocked off with yellow tape and chalk outlines. Secret backrooms riddled with sly crooks and blunt smoke. Slink into the underworld, the seedy shadowland owned by Jeremiah Jae and L’Orange on their noir-hop opus, "The Night Took Us In Like Family." Consider it the alchemy of Madvillain and "The Maltese Falcon": a five-part fable of tangled crimes, narrow escapes, and raining lead. The door busts open with “A Conspicuous Man.” L’Orange’s carefully severed cinematic clips hold the frame steady. The Windy City-raised Jae muscles the narrative forward—the hitman creeping. Beats bend sinister with imagery aiming for the temples. Jae invokes dark clouds, crowns of thorns and LSD eyes. Bars written in dirt. Samples are disembodied and ethereal. It’s like a grand jury indictment doubling as a Greek chorus. A song title like “Ice Obsidian” says it all. This is frozen lava, black and white celluloid, the spoils won by sinners. Watch your back rap. Or maybe it’s the hip-hop version of the gangster flicks made before the Hays Code—raw and uncensored, deeply artful without pretension. Pitchfork once described Jae as: “a lot of people talk loud and say nothing; Jeremiah Jae finds strength in the inverse." On "The Night Took Us In Like Family," he inhabits both eulogizer and executioner. He triumphantly looms over the corpses and explains how this all came to be. L’Orange supplies concrete requiems of dusted soul: beats to crack safes, soundtracks to stealth assassinations. If gangsta rap remains one of the genre’s most well worn tropes, Jae and L’Orange take inspiration from the rarely tapped roots of the tradition. This isn’t riffing on Oliver Stone’s "Scarface" like popular cliché, but rather the original Al Capone exploitation flick from the early 30s. Jae conjures a villain who vaporizes. Run-the-Jewels-raw but still sophisticated. Cuban cigars stuffed with California chronic. The picture unfolds wide frame. Guest stars include New York poison dart-thrower, Homeboy Sandman and Blackalicious’ Gift of Gab. The chapters flesh out the story: The Conspicuous Man skulks into “God Complex,” “The Damning,” “Revenge and Escape.” Jae and L’ Orange build their world as a catacomb and find a way to escape just as the walls feel like they’re closing in. It fades out as “A Macabre Instrumental” plays. The funeral is closed casket. The memories aren’t easily disposed.
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Limited to 200 copies. Project MK Ultra; sometimes referred to as the CIA’s mind control program — was the code name given to an illegal and clandestine program of experiments on human subjects, designed and undertaken by the CIA. MK Ultra: Operation Hypnosis is a timeless piece which musically is influenced heavily on the jazz/library record side of things. Each beat that Lewis Parker put forth, Eastkoast has poured his thoughts into with passion. The record describes the inner city struggles of a black man in the modern day. Guest fea- tures from El De Sensei (Artifacts), Shabaam Sahdeeq, John Robinson, Ade Something, King Malachi, & Sam Hill. Artwork by Bee. If you have some 3D glasses, stick them on!
Detroit’s Ilajide, E-Fav, Noveliss & L.A.Z. (aka Clear Soul Forces) armed with an arsenal of thunderous beats from rising producer NAMELESS combine to form the Fab Five. The group’s vision – combining Golden Era rhymes with a contemporary style – is as clear as ever here, heightened by their collective synergy with Nameless, who handles the majority of the production on the LP, reprising his role as producer to Clear Soul Forces from “Unlimited Bounce”, a highlight off of their last full-length, Gold PP7s. Fab Five ushers in a new era for Detroit’s storied musical tradition – the city that produced Motown, Jay Dee and Eminem has seen a revival of late, with the likes of Black Milk, Danny Brown and Royce Da 5’9” weaving the city’s rich history into their work in increasingly inventive ways. Clear Soul Forces & NAMELESS continue the tradition nodding to the Motor City’s artistic legacy while carving their own path. With production by NAMELESS and raps by the four Detroit emcees, the Fab Five are here to save Hip Hop the only way possible, with quality rhymes over quality beats.
Mr. Wonderful is the upcoming second studio album by American hip hop recording artist Action Bronson, scheduled to be released on March 24, 2015, by Atlantic Records and Vice Records. The album is Bronson's first for a major label after signing to Atlantic and Vice in August 2012. It was preceded by several mixtapes and EPs, including the Blue Chips series and Saaab Stories (2013). The album, recorded throughout 2014, was produced by several high-profile record producers, such as The Alchemist, Mark Ronson and Noah "40" Shebib. The album has guest appearances by Big Body Bes, Meyhem Lauren, Chauncy Sherod, Chance the Rapper and Party Supplies. It was supported by three singles, "Easy Rider", "Actin Crazy", and "Terry".
Another Time, DJ EFN’s first all original studio album is an ode to his mixtape past. Featuring production from the likes of DJ Premier, Buckwild and more - EFN assembles an impressive cast of legendary pioneers, buzz-worthy new school spitters and new comers on the rise. “Miami’s Mixtape King” DJ EFN and his company Crazy Hood Productions has been a pillar in Miami for the better part of twenty years. A fan of the mixtapes emanating from New York City, DJ EFN began producing mixtapes of his own because no one else in Miami was doing so. “There was no consistent mixtape DJ in Miami, no one who ever really played the music from Miami,” he said in an interview with Julia Beverly of Ozone magazine. “Everybody listened to DJ Clue or Tony Touch. It was good music, but I didn’t want to hear shouts to Brooklyn or the Bronx. I wanted to shout out Miami and help to put on the local cats.” EFN’s first Crazy Hood mixtape was issued in 1993. During the next two decades he produced 42 volumes, featuring not only Miami- based artists, but national stars. E’s particular mission has always been to represent a strain of gritty local hip-hop music that has more in common with the Boom-Bap sound than with the party music for which Miami is best known. Another Time features Royce the 5'9", Inspectah Deck, Ras Kass, Scarface, Masta Ace, Your Old Droog, David Banner, Kurupt, Sean Price, Smif N Wessun, Black Milk, Talib Kweli, Redman, Crooked I, MC Eight, Stalley, Chris Rivers (Big Pun’s son), Keith Murray, Juvenile, Troy Ave, Fashawn, O.C., Reks, Dead Prez, Cormega, Defari, Blu, MOP, Guilty Simpson, King Tee, original artwork by Skam2? (Tribe Called Quest) and more.
"Everyone can relate to being good and evil," states Nutso, who explains how his alliance with Divided Souls Ent. & DJ Pain 1, "Played on this duality by guiding the stories and topics that meshed with the overall vibe of the project." To expand on the creative process, Chris Moss of Divided Souls Entertainment details Nutso's creative process: "What's special about Nutso is that he is overflowing with ideas, and he's open-minded to suggestions to maximize the end result. This just makes it easier on us to push our own limits as well." With seven tracks that exemplify the struggle to stay on the right path while being tempted by sin, Divided Soul crafts a relatable project that captures a universal daily plight.