Record Label: Soul Temple Entertainment
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Ghostface Killah's 12 Reasons to Die may be just a few months old but it's already considered one of his best releases to date. Many say the project, featuring production from Adrian Younge, is Ghost's best album since Fishscale. So good that it gets a second look and a whole new sound with the Apollo Brown version 12 Reasons to Die: The Brown Tape.
Apollo Brown was asked by Soul Temple Records to record an alternate to the Ghostface Killah and Adrian Younge album. To date it has only been released as a bonus cassette version (Hence The Brown Tape tag). Keep in mind, the up and coming Detroit producer did not create a remix album, Brown was in fact given access to Ghostface Killah's acapellas and constructed beats around GFK's work. This made the project one of the budding producer’s most challenging projects to date. That hard work has paid of as The Brown Tape is also one of Brown’s best works to date and certainly an indication of the quality body of work still to come from Apollo Brown.
01. Beware Of The Stare
02. Rise Of The Black Suits
03. I Declare War
04. Blood On The Cobblestones
05. The Center Of Attraction
06. Enemies All Around Me
01. An Unexpected Call (The Set Up)
02. The Rise Of The Ghostface Killah
03. The Catastrophe
04. Murder Spree
05. The Sure Shot (Parts One & Two)
Sides C & D:
Full Instrumental Versions
Brookyn-based Hip-Hop indie, Coalmine Records, gets set for the limited edition 7-inch pressing of Blu’s “”Kiss the Sky”” single, produced by M-Phazes, b/w the Large Professor Remix, featuring DJ Revolution. The A-side version, originally released digitally in May of 2012, has been revered as one of Blu’s strongest solo effort singles to date, reminiscent of his sound akin to 2007’s, ‘Below the Heavens.’ This 7-inch is to be released in conjunction with Coalmine Records’ forthcoming compilation LP, ‘Remineded: A Collection of New & Old Remixes,’ and will be packaged with a free album download card of the compilation. “The title ‘Kiss The Sky’ is very defining to myself holding the name Blu…” -Blu
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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".