Record Label: Redefinition Records
The Clean Hand is a monumental collaboration between everyone’s favorite mc, Blu (of Blu & Exile) and legendary producer Pete Rock!
Also featuring the thirst-quenching hit, “Lemonade,” with cuts by Exile. This 12” EP includes instrumentals and acapellas of both songs. A modern day masterpiece.
Since hip hop's golden era, a cycle repeats every few years when a new rapper emerges with a presence and skill so undeniable, the artform and its participants adapt to it's latest contributor. Titans like Rakim, Nas, Snoop, Tupac, Biggie, DMX, and recently pop stars like Kanye, Drake and Kendrick Lamar each reconstructed expectations and trends associated with MCing following their emergence. 25 year old, Howard County, Maryland native, Brandon Perry also known as K.A.A.N. (pronounced Kon) has the talent and qualities to once again write a new chapter in the rap instruction manual. Everyday, innovations in the tech realm bring us one step closer to digital perfection. Throughout centuries philosophers, scientists, physicists and doctors alike have built upon the discoveries of their predecessors, helping mankind evolve and "know-it-all. When your moniker is an acronym for "Knowledge Above All Nonsense" (K.A.A.N.), hip hop is going to hold you accountable. Accountability and credibility are not only evident in K.A.A.N.'s music, but equally obvious in his work ethic and output. In a short time span, as he has been honing and developing his craft in real time, the rapper has organically amassed tens of thousands of followers across numerous social media platforms and consistently generated hundreds of thousands of plays via soundcloud and youtube from his multiple projects. Those statistics are only increasing daily. Some of the biggest names in the industry have extended admiration and support of K.A.A.N.'s movement. Cosigns from Chuck D, features on NPR, and regular performances on both US coasts are among the many stripes the newcomer has earned. His vinyl debut entitled Uncommon Knowledge on Redefinition Records adds another notch to his belt, in that K.A.A.N. had the honor of working exclusively with legendary music producer K-Def (Real Live, LL Cool J, Ghostface, Diddy) for an entire EP. Connecting the dots to K-Def's opus, 1993's "Chief Rocka" (by Lords of the Underground), a personal favorite of the young rapper, was the icing on the cake while collaborating (he realized the man he was working with produced one of his favorite songs from his youth). K-Def felt equally humbled to once again work with emerging talent, especially when considering K.A.A.N.'s unique, shock-and-awe approach to song structure and lyrical composition, as well as his appreciation for 90's production. While he's far from a simple throwback revivalist, and his catalog to date shows him effortlessly experimenting with various and emerging production styles, K.A.A.N. admits he holds a "soft spot for the 90's and boom bap." Listening to him rhyme may remind an experienced hip hop head of rap's greats and while K.A.A.N. respectfully gives credit where due when speaking of his influential mc's, he attributes just as much of his inspiration to his fandom and study of artists from other genres including Nirvana and Johnny Cash. The old saying goes, "Knowledge is Power", yet for such a popular catchphrase, common sense is still arguably uncommon. Leave it up to K.A.A.N. to take intelligence from rarity to readily available for the masses.
"I just want to do hip-hop the way I hear it in my head. It’s about a mood and what records I find: I love digging and finding things that I want people to hear. That’s the beauty of this art form to me. I have a bit of every great producer rolled into me and it’s their approach to manipulating drum breaks and samples that really opened up my ear. I really don’t consider my sound a throwback; I consider it a method of production, a distinct approach to making music." - Damu The Fudgemunk Redefinition Records is proud to present these timeless instrumentals from Washington D.C.’s finest, Damu The Fudgemunk. Produced mostly between 2004 and 2007, ""How It Should Sound"" brings together archived material that as yet has only existed on floppy disks stacked in between an oft-frequented MPC and an ever-expanding library of vintage vinyl. Don’t get it twisted though: What you now have in your possession is far more than a collection of sketches. HISS represent a body of lovingly crafted material that bears all the hallmarks of Damu’s signature aesthetic. Crunchy drums bolster intricately woven narratives of soul-infused samples in compositions that thump and groove all at the same time. Horns appear from nowhere before dissolving sumptuously into the mix. Layers are steadily unveiled only to gradually fold back in on themselves. But hey, you knew that already, right? Welcome. In case you hadn’t noticed, this is how it should sound.
Since the invention of Serato, creating the perfect break record is a lost art form. In the twenty teens break record releases are few and far between for vinyl purists. DJ’s and producers alike rely on instant access to curated sound libraries bypassing all the junk. Breaks For Hire is the immediate tool for the job. If you’re a DJ looking to build a potent battle routine for the recent wave of 45 only nights or the producer in search of the ideal break exclusive to vinyl, this record will keep the productivity seamless. Carefully assembled by DJ Mekalek, this 7” scratch/break record (plays at 33RPM) is packed full of phrases, skipless kits and even a side of ultra-rare drumbreaks supplied by legendary rap producer K-Def. Breaks for hire is ready to work for you.
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