With Torae’s constant presence on the music scene it’s hard to believe that “For The Record” is his debut album. Since dropping 2008’s “Daily Conversation” mixtape & 2009’s “Double Barrel” with producer Marco Polo he has been an underground mainstay. Much like “Daily,” Torae enlists the best of the best producers to provide the soundtrack to his narrative. When asked about having no other MC’s featured on the project Torae replied, “No one can tell my story like me.” The intro paints a picture you can visualize of Torae at his high school graduation ceremony, choosing a career in music over heading to college. He thinks to himself, “In two years when I’m double platinum, they’ll get it.” From that moment you experience all of his ups & downs on the road to becoming one of hip hop’s elite. The rugged grit of “Shakedown” shows Torae is playing for keeps boasting witty wordplay over one of 9th Wonder’s hardest tracks, while the melodic “Panorama” gives us a glimpse of Torae’s more personal side.
With over 8 years in and appearing on over 30 vinyl releases, Damu the Fudgemunk has built a modest following and a collectible catalog. With his latest release, Public Assembly (cover photo shot at the legendary Fat Beats record store in NYC), his label Redefinition Records decided to empower fans with a role in the selection process. Is this a greatest hits? Not quite, but a highlight reel of sorts influenced by carefully analyzed comments in Redef's social networking community, hence the LP title. Many consider, "The Greatest Hits Album" overdue, but for a man who considers "his best work has yet to be released", Public Assembly is the Fudgemunk's artist statement that brings things to date full circle. 10 full length instrumentals from various projects are consolidated into one album. Over half the featured tracks were either never released on vinyl (Hole Up and Streamline instrumentals) or released in limited quantities (Supply Intro). For newcomers, Public Assembly is the full course introduction into Damu the Fudgemunk's vast catalog. For those who have been on board over the years the record connects the dots in one sitting. Either way, with the growing expansions of Damu and Redefinition records, it's safe to assume this won't be last of their projects rallied by the people.
This 12-inch was released leading up to the full-length Further Adventures of Lord Quas. Cover by Jeff Jank showing the night view of Quasimoto's building where who-the-hell-knows-what goes on at all hours of the night.
Lord Quas, Madlib and Melvin Van Peebles on some fantastic, nightmarish planet, tripping hard. As hallucinatory a hip hop experience as you can possibly hope to experience without mushrooms. For some reason, the remix was featured first, and, as a result was the version featured on The Unseen album. So peep the original version – available only on this 12".
Lord Quas’ first solo 12” on Stones Throw Records! Features three songs also available on Quas’s The Unseen, but get ‘em here with artwork by DJ Design. Instrumentals too.