Hasan Salaam’s new album; Life in Black & White.
Kenn Starr sees his career at square one, despite being regarded among the elite of the DMV scene, and being in the inner circle of producers Oddisee and Kev Brown, and having his newest album signed to Mello Music Group. Eight years since his debut, Starr Status, Kenn Starr is baggage free on his sophomore album, Square One. Largely produced by Kev Brown with a nice block of production by Black Milk, and additional work by 14KT, Roddy Rod, and Kaimbr, Square One is Kenn Starr getting back to his foundation to begin anew. The laid back flow remains intact—complementary to the Kev Brown’s vintage soul-crate production—but the perspective is written with a wisdom earned through seeing opportunities that overpassed his doorstep. On “Cigarettes & Whiskey“ he addresses his history with passing fancy and a buried hatchet, “please pardon my view points / Starr Status wasn’t a classic but had a few joints,” and makes no qualms about his hiatus. Square One is the only album Kenn Starr could write in order to bid farewell to days past and move forward. With the firmest of grips on reality, Kenn Starr has kept his Low Budget Crew ties in toe, including Sean Born who makes appearances on “Product Of The Basement” and album closer, “Farewell”. Kenn also enlists Mello Music standout yU, and long time compatriot Wordsworth, as well as the lush voice of singing star Melanie Rutherford. Square One is built from the underground-up as Starr still writes from the mindset of being a product of the basement.
Cold Busted takes a step outside what one might expect from the label with a new self-titled release from Moodprint. Then again, it’s really nothing unusual from a label that’s never ever easy to pin. Taken in the context of beats with complex rhythms and samples derived from soul, funk, and the like, Moodprint fits right in; they just approach things from a more futuristic slant. An innovative crossover between electronic, hip-hop, bass, funk, and ambient sounds. Made up of nine tracks, Moodprint’s eponymous album is syrupy. Bright melodies, heavily sweetened synths, well-sourced vocals, and no-stone-left-unturned rhythms make it a treat to digest. Opener “Storyboard” quickly sets the pace with a folk-like -- but totally electronic -- neuroticism. “Prophet” follows with intergalactic funk swagger, only hitting the brakes for dramatic effect. The subdued maturity showed on the elegant, future R&B / hip-hop cut “Flash” is a particularly shining moment for the release. “'96 JuKnow!” and “McElove” are bubbly and emphatically chord-heavy, tip-toeing towards the beloved early post-garage work of Mount Kimbie. By the end, an impression is made as Moodprint embraces and cements their name in sound.
Legendary Brownsville duo M.O.P. released their first album back in 1994, and have spent the past twenty years building a reputation as one of the most important groups in hip-hop history. They've been signed to iconic labels like Roc-A-Fella and G-Unit, released one of the biggest rap singles ever in "Ante Up", and did it without compromising their sound or integrity. Now, Lil Fame and Billy Danze are back with their new CD Street Certified. Executive produced by DJ Premier, Street Certified is full of the raw, unfiltered hip-hop that fans have come to expect from the Mash Out Posse. Featuring Maino, Busta Rhymes, and Mobb Deep, Street Certified defines classic New York hip-hop at its finest.
“Lavender AM is the first time that I have ever released selections this close to my heart. This is a mix that represents the inner peace that I have found through my time of healing & meditation. I share it with you now, with the hope that it will bring you all the same peace that it has brought me.” – GLK
Skyzoo & Antman Wonder present the collabo EP “An Ode To Reasonable Doubt”. In honor of Jay-Z’s 44th birthday, we present the orchestral remake of Jay’s finest moment. The 9 song EP shows Philly composer Antman Wonder recreating the original beats with live string sections, horns, etc, while lyrically its written from the perspective of Sky placing himself in the emotions that Jay displayed on the original, but from his point of view, as opposed to reinterpreting Jay’s life.
Joey Badass is a 19-year old rapper from Brooklyn, NY. He burst onto the scene in 2012 with the release of his 1999 MIXTAPE, which was downloaded over 2 million times. Since then Joey has gone on several worldwide tours, performing with the likes of Wiz Khalifa, B.O.B., Disclosure, Kendrick Lamar, Schoolboy Q, A$AP Rocky, Big K.R.I.T & more. Joey Badass is now preparing to release his debut album, B4.DA.SS on January 20th, which also happens to be his 20th birthday. The album has production from Hit-Boy, DJ Premier, J Dilla, Statik Selektah, Kirk Knight, Chuck Strangers, and more. B4.DA.SS also features tracks with Kiesza, Action Bronson, Chronixx, Elle Varner, Maverick Sabre, BJ The Chicago Kid, & more.
The Audible Doctor has produced records for 50 Cent, Smoke DZA, Joell Ortiz (Slaughterhouse), Consequence & John Legend, Onyx, Astro, Fredro Starr, Bumpy Knuckles, Sadat X & A.G., EMC (Masta Ace, Punchline, Wordsworth & Stricklin), REKS, Tragedy Khadafi, Evitan (Dres of Black Sheep & Jarobi of A Tribe Called Quest), Neek The Exotic, Homeboy Sandman, Blacastan, J-Live & many more. This CD (produced entirely by The Audible Doctor) features Astro, Hassaan Mackey, Consequence, Bumpy Knuckles, Guilty Simpson & John Robinson and included the instrumentals (exclusively available on the CD).
End of year surprise - D'Angelo drops his long long awaited new album, his first for 14 years. 12 tracks, 16 page insert. Includes tracks co-written by Q Tip, and session work from Questlove, along with D'Angelo's band, The Vanguard. In the words of D'Angelo: "Black Messiah is a hell of a name for an album. It can be easily misunderstood. Many will think it's about religion. Some will jump to the conclusion that I'm calling myself a Black Messiah. For me, the title is about all of us. It's about the world. It's about an idea we can all aspire to. We should all aspire to be a Black Messiah. It's about people rising up in Ferguson and in Egypt and in Occupy Wall Street and in every place where a community has had enough and decides to make change happen. It's not about praising one charismatic leader but celebrating thousands of them. Not every song on this album is politically charged (though many are), but calling this album Black Messiah creates a landscape where these songs can live to the fullest. Black Messiah is not one man, it's a feeling that, collectively, we are all that leader."
The Puzzle, Episode 1: The BIG Game was the first vinyl release in KingUnderground’s catalogue and is now available on a Jewel Case CD. 12 solid tracks all produced by Lewis Parker with features from Steele of Smif n Wesson, Tah Born, Dynas and Ace Lover.
“Never Left” is an album that celebrates Sadat X’ illustrious 25 year career. It is a cohesive collection of songs that make it a well-crafted, adult contemporary Hip-Hop album. Listeners are offered a sonic ride that feels familiar without being dated. “Never Left” Captures the feeling of New York’s Golden Era, carried forward 25 years by a man who has lived the culture to the fullest. Along the way Sadat stays in pockets with notable features by contemporaries like Black Rob, Cormega, King T, Skyzoo, Dres, Craig G & Chi-Ali. Overall, Never Left promises to surprise even the most loyal of fans while finding it’s way to new ones.
Can you move the crowd? You either can, or you can’t… No gimmicks, no glamour and no glitz, no kickstarters--just “Shut Up And Rap”! That’s exactly what Termanology is doing on his upcoming new album; letting his music do the talking. A lot has changed since Term initially cut his teeth with several highly acclaimed 12" singles and a debut album, Politics As Usual (2008), that included a Mt. Rushmore like array of producers (DJ Premier, Pete Rock, Large Professor, Havoc, Alchemist, Hi-Tek, Buckwild & Nottz) which garnered tons of praise landing him in The Source's "Unsigned Hype" and XXL's "Show and Prove" columns. Since, he has released a collaborative effort with M.O.P.’s Lil Fame (Fizzyology) and two-projects under the moniker 1982 with his brother from another mother Statik Selektah. Term has been included on BET and MTV, and spent a ton of time in 2014 touring, promoting the albums 'GOYA' and 'MAS GOYA', in over twenty European countries on the Rap Mayhem Tour which featured Step Brothers Madchild, and DJ Revolution, and recent dates in Japan with DJ Tony Touch. However, the one constant throughout has always been Term’s ability to spit. Shut Up And Rap boasts sixteen-tracks and features guest appearances from the legendary INS Deck, M.O.P.’s Lil Fame, Skyzoo, Torae, Slaine, Willie The Kid, DJ Doo Wop and REKS. Billy Loman supplies the majority of the soundscape for Shut Up And Rap, but Term continues to show his diversity and flexes his production muscle for one track and Alchemist and Statik Selektah join forces to co-produce the super-banger “El Wave.” Term says: "A big part of this album is breaking new talent... a lot of times in the past I was focused on getting the biggest names on my albums, but this one was less about status and more about dudes who can just plain spit, regardless of their fame..."
Classic Boom Bap sound with great lyrical emcees
Includes 6 bonus remixes available for the first time in physical form. Introducing singer, composer, multi-instrumentalist and native New Yorker Gabriel Garzón-Montano. Born to a Colombian father and a French mother, Gabriel spent his early years mastering the violin, guitar, and drums, before turning to the piano and bass guitar to better complete his compositions. By the time he graduated from SUNY Purchase’s Music Conservatory, the foundations for his debut EP, Bishouné: Alma del Huila, were already laid. A heartfelt tribute to the role of family, love, and the City's unavoidable lifestyle, Bishouné: Alma del Huila collects six songs performed and recorded at Henry Hirsch's famed Waterfront Studios. Renovated from an old church, Henry's home provided Gabriel with the right tools and environs needed to realize his demos to the songs included on this EP. Every clap, breath, harmony, and note was performed by Gabriel direct to 2" tape through a Helios console in real time. Aside from dip into Pro Tools to loop the 25 overdubs that build the claps & stomps of "6 8" and drum programming on “Me Alone” and “Pour Maman”, computers had little place in Gabriel's world. Not to imply Bishouné is a product of vintage fetishism; rather, the songs are a humble and urgent bout of self-expression guided by the natural limitations of a solo performer. Gabriel's compositions revel in such unabashed personhood. "Everything Is Everything" captures the carefree nature of young summers in stark contrast to the inevitable maturity and subservience to life's rat race in "Keep On Running". Those thick grooves give way to slinky, bittersweet ballads and psychotropic-addled burners in "Naeja" and "Me Alone", the latter decorated with tongue-in-cheek lyricism. The CD edition features new artwork and includes remixes by Lord Raja (Ghostly), Archie Pelago, Brendon Moeller (Prologue), Baebro, Gut Nose, Patrick Russell (Interdimensional Transmissions).
The 5th volume in the HIT+RUN Presents "ROAD KILL" compilation series. "ROAD KILL Vol. 5" contains 27 exclusive & unreleased songs from the HIT+RUN global family representing musicians and producers from Los Angeles, New York, London, San Diego, Long Beach, Chicago, Adelaide & Tucson including the IZWID, BLACK JUNGLE SQUAD, ONE HANDED MUSIC, BRAINFEEDER, A1R, NINJA TUNE, DRUMETRICS, BUTTER MADE, ALPHA PUP, MY HOLLOW DRUM, 92 POINTS, MACHINA MUERTE, LEAVING RECORDS, FACES and CREV LABS Crews. Available on a limited-edition slimline digipak CD.
Warner Bros. Records has signed a global recording contract with legendary rap group Wu-Tang Clan, including RZA, GZA, Method Man, Raekwon, Ghostface Killah, Inspectah Deck, U-God, Masta Killa, and Cappadonna. The group's first release on the label will be the highly-anticipated 20th anniversary album, A Better Tomorrow, which will be available December 2nd. This will be the 1st release from the legendary group in 7 years.
The Deluxe Edition of Fear of a Black Planet includes the original album, produced by the Bomb Squad and featuring the hit singles, 'Fight the Power,' 'Welcome to the Terrordome' and Flavor Flav's '911 Is a Joke.' The second disc includes 18 rare bonus mixes, among them, the almost 10 minute-long 'Enemy Assault Vehicle Mixx (Medley),' three separate remixes of 'Can't Do Nuttin' For Ya Man!;' an uncensored and extended version of 'Anti-Ni***r Machine'; instrumental takes on '911 Is a Joke,' 'Power to the People,' 'Revolutionary Generation' and 'War at 33 1/3,' in addition to three separate mixes of 'Fight the Power,' including the 'Flavor Flav Meets Spike Lee' take, featuring Branford Marsalis on sax. Fear of a Black Planet, which celebrates its 25th anniversary in 2015, finished #300 on Rolling Stone's list of the '500 Greatest Albums of All Time' and was added to the Library of Congress' National Recording Registry in 2005. The album is certified platinum by the RIAA for more than one million shipped, peaking at No. 10 on the Billboard 200. Writes Wax Poetics editor-in-chief Torres in the liner notes, 'Though it sits in the shadow of It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold us Back, Fear of a Black Planet is a formidable contender for one of the finest hip-hop albums ever recorded.'
2014 2CD/DVD Deluxe edition reissue which includes the original album, executive produced by Rick Rubin, & produced by Hank Shocklee and Carl Ryder (aka Chuck D.), better known as the Bomb Squad. It features the classic tracks, "Bring the Noise," "Don't Believe the Hype," "Louder Than a Bomb" and "Rebel Without a Pause." The second disc includes 13 rare bonus mixes, among them the original "No Noise" version of "Bring the Noise," instrumental versions of "Rebel Without a Pause," "Night of the Living Baseheads" and "Black Steel in the Hour of Chaos," as well as the soundtrack version of "Fight the Power" from Spike Lee's groundbreaking Do the Right Thing movie. The third disc is a DVD of the 1989 VHS release Fight the Power.. Live, directed by Hart Perry and long unavailable for sale. It includes the original videos for "Fight the Power," "Black Steel in the Hour of Chaos" and "Night of the Living Baseheads" along with several live performances.
After teaming up with The Other Guys on their hit summer single “Blow My Mind”, Von Pea (of Tanya Morgan) enlists the DMV duo to produce his latest solo album, To:You. Laced with the soulful, smooth production of The Other Guys, To:You is a gift from Von Pea to... you. Speaking directly to the fans, Von’s raps are some of his best in recent Tanya Morgan history. Features on the album include Substantial, Kooley High, and the whole Lessondary crew on the posse cut “Connect Four aka Lessondary >>>”.
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J-Live’s 10th release and 6th full length album, “Around The Sun” marks yet another growth spurt for the indie hip hop veteran. Around The Sun features a smooth yet gritty OG boom bap New York sound. It’s a cohesive work of art, but still an eclectic listen with a wide range of production by Oddisee, Korede, DJ Spinna, DJ Numark of Jurassic 5, The Audible Doctor, Illastrate and J-Live. “Around the Sun also features Homeboy Sandman, Tanya Morgan, Boog Brown, Ekundayo and Rome Supreme.
When it comes to making great music, sometimes you have to take a leap of faith. Today’s 140-character absorbed music lover may not be used to the experience of sitting through an entire album, but that is about to change. The first full-length collaboration from Royce Da 5’9” and DJ Premier will be celebrated for its true Hip-Hop makeup and its overall purpose. This is one of the reasons they started making music in the first place, and this is why they formed the group PRhyme. Individually, DJ Premier and Royce Da 5’9” have long been established in hip-hop culture. PRhyme is the first full-length record from the duo and is comprised of nine tracks featuring the likes of today’s most prolific artists in the industry, including Common, Jay Electronica, Killer Mike, Ab-Soul, ScHoolboy Q, Mac Miller and Dwele. Sprinkled with classic hip-hop elements, the album is refreshingly contemporary, featuring the slick spitting of Royce Da 5’9 and vivid cuts and scratched hooks that have long been DJ Premier’s calling card. With the entire album composed of samples courtesy of psychedelic soul composer and producer Adrian Younge (Jay-Z and Ghostface Killah), the record stands apart, sounding like nothing else in the hip hop market today. With PRhyme, Royce Da 5’9 and DJ Premier raise the bar and present an unprecedented work of art, reminding listeners what hip-hop is supposed to sound like.
Two of the biggest pillars in the Detroit Hip-Hop community have come together to bring out a brand new LP for lovers of the culture across the world! DJ Butter & The World Famous DJ Dez Andres have released their joint album entitled “A Piece Of The Action” featuring guest appearances from artist such as Kool G. Rap, Elzhi, Pacewon, Guilty Simpson, Kurupt, Hell Rell, Phat Kat, Kokane, Boldy James, Fuzz Scoota, BO$$, Big Rube, Street Lord Juan, Syruz Grizm & Lady Syruz, Mu, Dogmatic, Wesley Valentine, Big Tone, Seven The General, Loe Louis, VStylez, Supa Emcee, Strike & Journalist 103 (Mountain Climbaz), KonPhlict over Dj Butter & Dj Dez productions.
Party Supplies are a one-of-a-kind New York duo. They mash Stratocaster riffs over vaporized drum machine beats to write love songs you’d think were beamed straight from classic rock radio, then lend that same denim jacket soulfulness to collaborations with Action Bronson, Danny Brown and other new school rap heroes. On their debut album Tough Love, PS showcased their knack for postmodern pop songcraft under a haze of lo-fi samples and distortion, but these new remixes go full 1080p HD courtesy of club masters The Knocks and Lazerdisk. “Going Back To New York” gets the fist-pump treatment it deserves, while “Beautiful Girl” is reinvented as a poolside nu-disco stomper. Turn up the hi-fi and zone out...
The first installment of the One-derful! Collection focuses on the namesake imprint of this legendary Chicago label group – to be followed by compilations of the Mar-V-Lus, M-Pac!, Halo, Midas, and Toddlin’ Town sub-labels. It marks the first in-depth study of what was once one of Chicago’s most prominent African-American run labels. One-derful! Records is available in 2xLP and CD formats, and within the grooves of these 25 tracks lie orchestrated soul classics from McKinley Mitchell and Betty Everett, raucous mid-1960s R&B dancers from the Five Du-Tones which shake every bone, superb deep soul ballads from Otis Clay, and extraordinary group harmony sides from The Sharpees and The Admirations, plus 12 tracks that have never been issued! 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.