Debuting on Adult Swim, two of the most conceptual and unusual alternative artists in underground hiphop have joined forces to tell an absurdist story of culture, art and oppression, set in a lighthearted dystopian future. As adventurous as the concept sounds, the album is musically grounded in hiphop fundamentals and off the wall lyricism. Joining the duo are artists like DJ QBert, Gonjasufi and Akrobatik. Wyatt Cenac (Daily Show, Bojack Horseman) lends his voice as the narrator of our story.
"He is unmatchable in flow, delivery, and voice. Danny Brown has all the tools to be the greatest working rapper." -PITCHFORK Atrocity Exhibition is one of the freshest and boldest-sounding rap albums in recent memory, a sonic swirl inspired by the work of Talking Heads and Joy Division that nonetheless sounds like nothing else from the past or present. Featuring contributions from producers like Evian Christ, Petite Noir (who also lends vocals to the world-weary clang of “Rolling Stone”), Black Milk, the Alchemist and frequent collaborator Paul White, the album is full of laser-beam guitars, gym-teacher whistles, creaking vocal samples, and air-raid drones. It is the most intriguing take on hallucinatory rap since the heady heights of Cold Vein or Madvillainy. Known for his wide range of collaborations, including everyone from Purity Ring, the Avalanches and Rustie to Schoolboy Q, E-40, and Ghostface Killah, Atrocity Exhibition sees a continuation of this carefully curated mix. Kelela lends her snaking vocals to the intriguingly murky “From the Ground,” Cypress Hill’s B-Real delivers “Get Hi”’s languid hook, and Earl Sweatshirt, Kendrick Lamar, and Ab-Soul all convene for the twinkling ominousness of album standout “Really Doe.” “When XXX came out, all of us were peers, and those were the three rappers who were the best,” Brown explains on having the star-packed trio appear on the track. “I felt like we were competitors, they made me want to step my game up. I wanted to put the hottest rappers in the game on there.” This album is a highly personal take on Brown’s ruminations on life and the changes that have occurred -and those that didn't - following the ups and downs of career success. Atrocity Exhibition makes for a thrilling third installment in the Danny Brown biopic, one not to be missed.
A-F-R-O is a breakthrough artist born and raised in Los Angeles, CA, who was first discovered by legendary rapper, R.A. The Rugged Man. Marco Polo is a Brooklyn based producer, raised in Toronto, Canada, who has produced music for artists such as Talib Kweli, Pharoahe Monch, Boot Camp Clik, Royce Da 5’9 & more.
SmooVth, of the supergroup #TheWinners, releases his highly anticipated LP "SS96J : Smoothest Since 96 J" exclusively via FatBeats! SmooVth pays homage to the Brooklyn MC, Jay-Z, while taking the listener through a journey of his own life, living in Hempstead New York, being a father, being a husband and being an all around hustler! Featuring appearances by Kev Brown, Planet Asia, Killer Ben, Big Twins and #TheWinners crew! #SS96J
With many new roads traveled over the last few years, The Gaslamp Killer is back with the full-length LP Instrumentalepathy. Releasing on vinyl, CD and digital formats, GLK will initiate his new imprint Cuss Records with Instrumentalepathy. French surrealism artist Albane Simon designed the cover, supplying an array of psychedelic imagery that contains a brilliant sense of connection to GLK’s music & the chaos he’s survived. Instrumentalepathy features an impressive cast of artists tied closely to GLK over his music career with Brainfeeder, Low End Theory and beyond. Guests include Gonjasufi, Miguel Atwood Ferguson, Niki Randa, Kid Moxie, Mophono, Amir Yaghmai and The Heliocentrics. It’s been over a decade since GLK and Gonjasufi have collaborated on new music, bringing the two natives of San Diego back together for something truly special. As many know, GLK used the triumphs of battling a near death experience three years ago when shaping his debut Cuss Records album. A handful of the tracks were even captured from his bed, unable to walk, with morphine running through his veins and staples in his body. A musical illumination that one could argue helped save his life and steered him towards the achievements he has accumulated with his live band The Gaslamp Killer Experience. Instrumentalepathy marks the catalyst point of an important road for GLK and the electronic community at large. Instrumentelephy, like his latest releases, continues down the rabbit hole of his debut full length Breakthrough (Brainfeeder) and the recent live record with his band The Gaslamp Killer Experience. Molding psychedelic ethos and heavy drum breaks with the traditional music language of his ancestors and the futuristic landscapes of modern electronica, GLK continues to push the boundaries of contemporary music. Vinyl & cassette coming soon!
Guest artists include Kendrick Lamar, Ariana Grande, Ty Dolla Sign and more. This is an album about women and for women.
Diggin’ In The Crates crew are back in the studio, their own studio at that, and the result is their first new album in 15 years. 15 tracks deep, this album features lyrics and production by all members of the crew, including a few new affiliates. Highlights include a return to the microphone by Lord Finesse on the banger “Rock Shyt”, Fat Joe returning to this legendary Bronx crew and DJ Premier production on “Connect 3”. This album was designed to be the first of many new releases coming out of their new headquarters and label, DITC Studios.
Madlib Medicine Show is a music series the producer began in late 2009 as the official launch of his label Madlib Invazion. The original idea was simple: 12 releases, one per month, alternating between original works and mixtapes spanning different genres. It took a little longer than planned to hit number 12 – so a bonus, No. 13 was added to the mix. Now that the individual CD offerings are increasingly hard to locate, the Madlib Invazion crew has decide to collect the entire series into a single release. We call this collection Medicine Show: The Brick. All Medicine Show releases revolve around the Beat Konducta’s 4-ton stack of vinyl. Get a glimpse of that motherlode with Medicine Show: The Brick. THE MEDICINE SHOW BRICK CONTAINS THE FOLLOWING DISCS:1. Madlib Medicine Show No. 1: Before the Verdict - Hip-hop Album feat. Guilty Simpson. Full-length, 17-tracks, combining new material and remixes.2. Madlib Medicine Show No. 2: Flight to Brazil - Mixtape. 80-minutes of Brazilian psyche, folk and jazz.3. Madlib Medicine Show No. 3: Beat Konducta in Africa - Hip-hop Album. Inspired by and based on African records of the early 1970s – obscure &independent vinyl gems from afro-beat, funk, psych-rock, garage-rock & soul movements from Africa.4. Madlib Medicine Show No. 4: 420 Chalice All-Stars - Mixtape. All Jamaican sounds, 80 minutes. Complete with Los Angeles medicinal marijuana guide.5. Madlib Medicine Show No. 5: History of the Loop Digga - Hip-Hop Album. Madlib’s early years, 1990-2000, from beat cassettes produced for local rap crew Crate Digga’s Palace.6. Madlib Medicine Show No. 6: The Brain Wreck Show - Mixtape. Psych-prog-avante-freak-out-funk rock mix CD.7. Madlib Medicine Show No. 7: High Jazz - Jazz Album. All new Madlib productions from his collective of jazz groups and musicians known as Yesterdays Universe.8. Madlib Medicine Show No. 8: Advanced Jazz - Mixtape. A jazz music course with no grades, lecturer or tests – just a room of dusty jazz vinyl and Madlib at the turntable.9. Madlib Medicine Show No. 9: Channel 85 Presents Nittyville - Hip-Hop Album feat. Frank Nitt. Loosely-based concept album around an obscure TV show, Nittyville, running on Channel 85. Full-length, 14 tracks.10. Madlib Medicine Show No. 10: Black Soul - Mixtape. The Disco era, 80 mins, mixed by Madlib.11. Madlib Medicine Show No. 11: Low Budget Hi-Fi - Hip-Hop Album. Dirty Demos produced by Madlib, with The Professionals (Madlib+Oh No), MED, Strong Arm Steady, AG, Guilty Simpson, J. Rocc, Supreme Team (Madlib+Karriem Riggins), and Jaylib.12. Madlib Medicine Show No. 12: Raw Medicine - Hip-Hop Remixes. Part mixtape, part beat tape, featuring a host of un-suspecting collaborators that run the gamut from thugs, street poets, star emcees and underdogs. The show runs 60 minute with 30+ tracks.13. Madlib Medicine Show: No. 13: Black Tape - Hip-Hop Remixes. The previously-unannounced encore to the Medicine Show series, and continuation of number 12. 60 minutes, 35 tracks.
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