Record Label: Fat Beats Records
There’s a lot to be learned from Large Professor – how to produce, how to rhyme, how to cultivate new talent, how to stay creative and consistent for decades. The passing years only increase his legendary status – as a major collaborator with Main Source, Nas, A Tribe Called Quest, Kool G Rap & DJ Polo, etc. – while re-confirming his originality with each new project. So what’s on the syllabus for the Professor’s latest class? In his own words: “taking it back to the B-boy uprock style.”
His latest masterwork Professor @ Large drops June 26 on Fat Beats Records. Large’s impeccable craftsmanship shines on each of the 15 songs, many of them at upbeat park jam tempos. Whether he’s spitting hard with MOP’s Lil Fame, dropping an ill instrumental, or casting his wizened gaze out of the kaleidoscopic cover art, Large Pro is always smooth, on point and uniquely himself.
In addition to Lil Fame, the album features a connoisseur’s selection of fine MCs: Busta Rhymes reminiscing in double-time on “Straight from the Golden”; Cormega and Tragedy Khaddafi bringing the streets on “Focused Up”; Mic Geronimo and Grand Daddy IU keeping cool on “Mack Don Illz”; and Cormega, Saigon, Roc Marciano and Action Bronson comprising the stunning “M.A.R.S” – easily the best posse cut of 2012. In a classy move, Large Pro gives Marco Polo the album’s only production guest spot on the title track.
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.