Record Label: Fat Beats Records
On September 4, Southern California’s Blu & Exile return to their collaborative origins with the release of Give Me My Flowers While I Can Still Smell Them, the long-anticipated followup to the duo’s landmark debut, Below the Heavens.
Featuring Fashawn, Homeboy Sandman, Johaz of Dag Savage, Black Spade of Hawthorne Headhunters, and ADAD, the new album on Fat Beats / Dirty Science is both an evolution from and complement to their first: a cohesive, kicked back collection of hip-hop buoyed by Blu’s gymnastic wordplay and Exile’s soulful, sample-driven beats. While Blu’s penchant for introspection and analysis remains intact, his perspective ebbs from the sun-soaked nostalgia of Below the Heavens to a more playful realm where raps about lost love and forgotten dreams find equal footing with those about Gondry films and delivery cheesecake. Together Blu & Exile have taken the raw materials of rap and crafted charmingly idiosyncratic, album-minded mu- sic that transcends coasts and continents alike.
As with Dilla & Common, Hi-Tek & Talib Kweli, and Pete Rock & CL Smooth, there’s a kindred understanding between Blu and Exile that invites instant ease and empathy. Although Exile has produced tracks for Snoop Dogg, Wiz Khalifa, Big Sean, Akon, Aloe Blacc, Jurassic 5, Kardinal Offishall, and Mobb Deep, it is with Blu that his production feels most at home. Give Me My Flowers While I Can Still Smell Them, though undoubtedly a logical progression in both sound and scope, defies all the hype, precedents, and expectations to reaffirm the duo’s position at the forefront of LA’s burgeoning beat scene.
EVENIFUDONTBELIEVE we are pleased to say it's true, the third album from Rustie is here. Arriving with little warning, this surprise new full-length offering is the sound of Rustie going back to basics and doing what he does best; stadium-sized euphoric tunez that will have you reaching for the lazers with a sugar rush smile. Following last year's Green Language LP where he enlisted various guest vocalists he departs that formula on EVENIF... by going on a solo tip for fifteen absolute belters. Highlights include recent fan favourite First Mythz which is a culmination of all he has produced before and a perfect pill-sized tab that sums up Rustie's sound to the T. A neon mixture of glowstick trance and happy hardcore trap shot all with a hazy 7 am glow, recent single Big Catzz finds itself a new home with its liquid synths perfectly sliding up against the rest of the album while tracks like Morning Starr 's glacial end-of-the-night glow are sure to be future classics. EVENIFUDONTBELIEVE is possibly the most realized vision of Rustie's sound yet and an utterly essential listen for anyone who has Glass Swords on rotation.
At long last, Coalmine Records is pleased to release Guilty Simpson and Small Professor’s highly acclaimed collaborative LP, ‘Highway Robbery,’ in vinyl format. Weighing in at 11 tracks, which includes the vinyl-only bonus track of Zilla Rocca’s Remix of “Go,” the album places the listener in a seemingly post apocalyptic Detroit where the mentality is feast or famine. The LP plays as one long narrative of Guilty’s day-to-day survival in Detroit’s concrete jungle, all set to the tone of Small Professor’s foreboding, percussion heavy production. Featuring guest appearances from Detroit’s Boldy James, AG (of D.I.T.C.), Elucid, and Castle, with both Statik Selektah and DJ Revolution handling the Technic 1200s, the vinyl format of 'Highway Robbery' is limited to 500 Units in a color-in-color configuration, equipped with a digital download card.
War & Peace Volume 2 (The Peace Disc) is the sixth studio album from Ice Cube. It is the second part from the two album project War & Peace. The album contains the singles "Hello" which features former N.W.A bandmates Dr. Dre and MC Ren and the club smash "You Can Do It." Continuing with its Respect The Classics campaign, UMe will be reissuing this album back on vinyl for the first time in over 10 years.