Limited copies available on gold vinyl at Roc's webstore. Fourth Studio Album from the venerable New York emcee and producer. Includes features from Ka and production from Knxwledge, Arch Druids and Roc Marci himself. Time waits for no man, but venerable New York emcee and producer Roc Marci remains a rare exception to the rule. Enchanting listeners with his dexterous lyricism, methodically soulful beats, and steely persona on releases like 2010's critically-acclaimed Marcberg, and his revered 2012 effort, Reloaded, the pride of Hempstead, Long Island emerges from the shadows after a three-year hiatus with the equally spellbinding Rosebudd's Revenge. This is the rapper's fourth studio album. Aside from appearances on landmark releases, including De La Soul's Grammy-nominated And the Anonymous Nobody, and Ka's Days With Dr. Yen Lo, Roc Marci's presence has been scarce, making Rosebudd's Revenge one of the more anticipated hip-hop releases of 2017. Enlisting his band of collaborators to join him on every song on his last release, Roc Marci flips the script on his latest offering. Rosebudd’s Revenge’s lone features are frequent collaborators: Brownsville emcee Ka on the epic sparring session "Marksmen," and Knowledge The Pirate on "No Smoke." This uncluttered lineup gives Roc Marci ample space to deliver his tales from the strip. Key selections from Rosebudd's Revenge include the suave, keyboard-laden affair "Better Know," "Killing Time," "Pig Knuckles," and the hard-boiled title-track, and boasts musings that rank among the best of Roc Marci's tenured run. Spilling his fluid flow over production from the likes of Grammy-nominated producer Knxwledge, as well as George Paulin, Animoss, Don C, Modus Op, and himself, Roc Marci reaffirms his placement on the musical avant garde and standing as one of hip-hop's preeminent lyricists on Rosebudd's Revenge, a defining effort that will leave fans salivating for more.
This 4x10" box set comprising four red vinyl 10”s housed in 3mm spined sleeves with artworked inners. Photography by Eddie Alcazar, artwork by Zack Fox and art direction by Adam Stover. Thundercat presents “Drunk”- a 23-track epic journey into the often hilarious, sometimes dark mind of the Grammy-Winning singer/bassist - featuring a few of his friends joining him along the way including: Kendrick Lamar, Pharrell, Michael McDonald, Kenny Loggins, Wiz Khalifa, Kamasi Washington and Brainfeeder mastermind Flying Lotus.
Three 6 Mafia’s biggest album “Most Known Unknown” has sold over 1 million copies in the US alone but has never been commercially available on vinyl until now. Remastered specifically for the format, this will be the best the record has ever sounded. Featuring the original track listing as well as four bonus tracks. Omerta Inc. is proud to present a deluxe vinyl version, limited to 300 copies on 180gm purple splatter vinyl all individually hand numbered in gold pen, housed in a high quality matte finished sleeve with original artwork and insert.
Deluxe, Will Sessions’ debut LP of original material, contains tracks previously available as limited press 7" records, freshly remastered for a full length album. The album contains guest appearances from Detroit legends Allan Barnes (Blackbyrds) and Amp Fiddler (Parliament/Funkadelic), as well as Florida’s own 'King of Funk' Rickey Calloway, and relative new-comer Coko (Funk Night Records). The album is a collection of singles reminiscent of classic funk and soul with deep breaks, tight rhythm section, blazing horns, and raw vocal performances.
Grab Sean Price's celebrated Monkey Barz, Jesus Price Superstar and Mic Tyson albums, all available on standard 2xLP vinyl for the first time in years. Monkey BarzBoth Hip-Hop and Boot Camp Click purists alike have long recognized and appreciated Sean’s commanding delivery, powerful voice and clever verses (exemplified by Monkey Barz playful leadsingle Onion Head). With Ayatollah, Agallah, 9th Wonder, Nottz, & Khrysis contributing beats as well as guest appearances from the Boot Camp Click’s core members (Black Moon’s Buckshot & 5FT, Smif N Wesson’s Tek & Steele, O.G.C.’s Louieville Sluggah and Starang Wondah, Rustee Juxx and Sean’s Heltah Skeltah cohort Rock makes two cameo’s) the BCC collective was fully in-tact and operational for Sean Price’s 2005 solo-debut. Monkey Barz was named Independent Album of the Year by AllHipHop.com and was the first release from Duck Down Records 2005 “Triple Threat Campaign”, followed by Buckshot & 9th Wonder’s Chemistry, and Smif-N-Wessun’s Smif ‘N’ Wessun: Reloaded, with many believing it was the most acclaimed of the three. Jesus Price Supastar Sean Price is aka Ruck, 1/2 of the successful rap group Heltah Skeltah, and one of the lead and most popular rappers from the mighty Boot Camp Clik. In 2005 Sean Price released his first solo album Monkey Barz which earned him critical acclaim, and independent album and artist of the year honors from the Source Magazine and AllHipHop.com. Here in his sophomore follow up, Sean P ups the antee by combining his distinctive eccentric style and flow along with comedic religious references to God and Jesus, in only a way Sean P can. Mic TysonSean Price fans anticipated this album for 5 years. Mic Tyson debuted at number 58 on the Billboard 200 and was Prices’ highest charting solo album, as well as his first to chart in the top 100 since Magnum Force with Heltah Sketlah in 1998. Mic Tyson features production from The Alchemist (5 songs), 9th Wonder, Evidence, Team Demo, Beat Butcher, Khrysis & more. The cover artwork was illustrated by Marc Ecko’s lead designer, who also created the cover art for Monkey Barz. Sean Price tragically passed away in August, 2015 at the age of 43. Sean was a popular rapper, hailing from Brooklyn, NY. He was celebrated for his work as ½ of the group, Heltah Skeltah, and 1/8 of the supergroup, Boot Camp Clik. However, his solo albums were what truly set him apart.
FKA's stunning debut comes to vinyl for the first time since 2012 -- for real this time. FKA twigs self-released debut EP is now available via Young Turks. An original super-limited run of 500 units was pressed back in 2012. Fans have been clamouring to get a hold of this release ever since and we can now finally satisfy demand.
Includes custom-printed PACKs matchbook, while supplies last. After seemingly coming out of nowhere, Your Old set the internet aflame in 2014 with his self-titled debut EP, catching the attention of bloggers all over the web from New York Magazine’s Vulture to NahRight.com. Before long, conspiracy theories started and people began to posit that Droog was another older, legendary New York rapper in disguise. Profiled in The New Yorker, Droog (meaning “friend” in Russian) set the record straight about who he was: a twenty-something Ukrainian immigrant who fell in love with hip-hop when he arrived in South Brooklyn as a small child. The timbre of his voice resembled that of a hip-hop legend but Droog’s content had more to it than street dreams or observations from a project window. His music reflected his own unique life experience as he referenced everything from sports, to crime, to Seinfeld and C-Span in his rhymes. He was an intelligent hoodlum with a stand-up comedian’s sense of humor—unafraid to be as self-deprecating as he was self-aggrandizing. On his critically-acclaimed debut, the Your Old Droog LP, he vowed to “bring back storytelling” and now on his sophomore album, PACKS, Droog delivers on that promise. In addition to the raw rhyme displays on songs like the Alchemist-produced, “Winston Red” Droog flexes his narrative muscles both comically (“My Girl Is A Boy”) and dramatically (“G.K.A.C”) on this new album. For instance, the single “You Can Do It (Give Up)” is an ode to practicality over fantasy told in three vignettes. Co-produced by Edan, and Y.O.D. himself “You Can Do It (Give Up)” is almost the bizarro version of Biz Markie’s “Vapors.” The reclusive Edan also produces and appears on the raucous posse cut “Help” with Ratking frontman Wiki.The three MC’s trade bars over an explosive beat that is as inspired psychedelic rock as it is hip-hop. Droog also shares mic duties with fellow rap iconoclasts Danny Brown (“Grandma Hips”) and Heems (“Bangladesh”) and, for good measure, comedian Anthony Jeselnik lends his dark humor to skits between songs. Besides the return of Droog’s go-to production partner El RTNC, PACKS also features production from platinum producers ID Labs (Wiz Khalifa, Mac Miller) and 88 Keys (Watch The Throne, Action Bronson, Mos Def). The sum of it all is an album that stands out from the predictable offerings of mainstream rappers today. PACKS is a project for fans of hip-hop’s fundamentals and those who are interested in the progress of the art form. Finally, an album from a new artist that rap fans can truly believe in.
Deluxe vinyl with gatefold sleeve with three 24”x12” prints & printed inner sleeve On the 7th of April, Arca will release his third full-length album. Released via XL Recordings, the self-titled record is the first to feature the Venezuela-born, London-based producer’s untreated singing voice. He sings in Spanish – the language of his childhood home, Venezuela. It stands as a defiant, delicate statement of intent, and cements his position as one of this turbulent decade’s defining musicians. Previous work has incorporated snatches of song and Arca’s rapping, but on Arca, his voice is front-and-centre on eight of the album’s 13 tracks. Frequently, he has used his first-takes, untreated and without post-production: clicks of saliva and burrs of the throat carry melodies of staggering richness and delicacy. His masterful production knits together vocal tracks like “Sin Rumbo” and first single “Anoche” with instrumentals like “Whip” and “Urchin”, each as extreme as the other. Across the album, the tectonics of pure digital sound, his own piano playing and his voice combine, weaving the album together like folds of skin, or wounds healing post-trauma. Arca has made some of most brazenly forward-thinking music of recent years, both on his previous solo albums Xen (2014) and Mutant (2015), and in collaboration with fellow futurists Björk (Vulnicura), Kanye West (Yeezus), and fashion collective Hood By Air. Arca represents a stunning step forward in his celebrated catalog, one that will excite his long time fans and find him many new ones.
The vinyl issue of Enta Da Stage: The Complete Edition is limited to 1,000 copies, and comes enclosed in a deluxe hard case box set featuring the original album, Da Beatminerz instrumentals and remixes across six LPs, an 18-page booklet with new interviews, extensive liner notes, and unreleased photos from the original Enta Da Stage photo shoot and additional visual ephemera. Composed of members Buckshot, 5ft, and DJ Evil Dee, Black Moon simultaneously kicked off and defined the rap renaissance of New York with the release of Enta Da Stage in 1993. Whereas plenty of earlier groups had spit rage-filled rhymes to tear down the world’s unjust establishments, no one had evoked brooding pathos or introspective anger quite like Black Moon. Underground hip-hop might have been dominated by the sunny sound of G-Funk when Enta Da Stage dropped, but from then on the scene turned to the dark side. Black Moon was rising. Working closely with the original members, Fat Beats Records is proud to present the definitive Enta Da Stage box set. Reissued for the first time across three formats – 6xLP, 3xCD, and 3xCassette – this album is the complete encapsulation of an era for anyone seeking to understand the origin and the essence of New York’s Golden Age. All formats include the Da Beatminerz (Evil Dee and Mr. Walt) instrumentals and remixes, plus extensive liner notes by David Ma (Pitchfork, Wax Poetics) with rare and unreleased visual ephemera in an 18 page booklet. The story of Black Moon, alongside their peers Biggie, Big L, Nas, Kool G Rap, and Wu Tang, reminds us that the bleakest times produce the most profound agents of cultural change. And as we stand at the precipice of a new age of anxiety, Enta Da Stage has never been more relevant… or more necessary. Although Black Moon would go on to release three more albums – and its members would go on to greatness with Da Beatminerz, Boot Camp Klik, and various solo projects – Enta Da Stage remains the perfect distillation of tight lyrical menace, rowdy crew hooks, stripped down breaks, and deep basslines on all of its fourteen tracks. Although Enta Da Stage might stand in the shadow of East Coast albums such as Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers), Illmatic, Liquid Swords, Ready to Die, Only Built 4 Cuban Linx, and The Infamous, history will remember that Enta da Stage preceded those releases. To understand Enta Da Stage is to understand the origin and the spirit of New York hip-hop once and for all.
Limited to 500 hand-numbered copies on red vinyl. New full-length album from veteran MC ILL BILL, including production from MoSS, DJ Skizz, ILL BILL and features from Slaine, Goretex, Q-Unique and more. ILL BILL released solo projects as well as albums with his groups Non Phixion and La Coka Nostra. "I'm a huge exploitation and grindhouse cinema fan...I made "Septagram" in the same spirit as those obscure and cultish movies me and my brothers used to watch when we were kids. That mid-70s - mid 80s times square double feature scumbag shit." - ILL BILL
Remastered & pressed onto 180gm vinyl. Limited to 500 copies, pressed onto blue, purple & white tie-dye vinyl. Individually hand numbered in gold pen. Housed in a silver reflective sleeve with original artwork & insert in shrinkwrap. Future’s breakthrough album Pluto is now available on vinyl for the first time ever.
Best known as a jazz drummer and hip-hop producer, Karriem Riggins returns with Headnod Suite. The album is the follow up to 2012’s critically acclaimed debut Alone Together. With 29 instrumental hip-hop tracks, Headnod Suite places Riggins’ beatmaking chops front and center. It’s a testament to why Riggins is the producer of choice for artists like Kanye West, Common, Erykah Badu, and The Roots.
The Baker's Dozen series kicks off in 2017 with its fifth volume. Baker's Dozen, an exclusive vinyl series that shines a light on the best minds of instrumental hip-hop, ambient, and electronic music offers each artist carte blanche to capture their signature sound. This edition features Los Angeles based producer Daedelus. Every volume features one artist and twelve tracks, and comes equipped with a 5x7” postcard insert that features a photo of the artist’s workspace along with the equipment used in their music-making process as well as a personal narrative of how they got into beat making in the first place. Visually cohesive and packaged with the utmost attention to detail, Baker’s Dozen is a series that speaks up for artists whose craft renders voices superfluous, whose instrumentals alone suffice to make a statement."...Of course that's my intention here. A collection of beat inventions from my now about 16 years of plumbing into crates, purchasing pawnshop drum machines, and even crafting noise makers of my own." - Daedelus
On the heels of his recent brand new album Vignettes, Redefinition is repackaging and reissuing Damu the Fudgemunk’s critically acclaimed debut EP that has long been out of print. Updated with new artwork, the project includes all 5 vocal tracks that feature MC, Raw Poetic in their entirety with selected instrumentals, bonus outtakes and previously unreleased material all presented on one disc of vinyl. The title, “The Essential Kilawatt Sessions” is more than adequate being that numerous bits and pieces of Kilawatt related tracks have been shared with fans over the years. This latest installment definitively ties all of the essentials across 2 sides and gives fans the opportunity to own a quality piece that has been out of circulation for almost 8 years since its original release (Import) on Kilawatt Music UK (Thanks Simon!). The music packaged in the project is some of the finest hip hop crafted in the last 2 decades. All fundamental characteristics are timelessly executed at a very high level from Raw Poetic’s lyrics and rapping to Damu the Fudgemunk’s production and scratching. A visual example of the chemistry between the artists is showcased in the popular video for the single “Hole up,” which captures both Damu and Poetic in an energetic b-boy inspired vamp, complete with flawless rapid fire rapping and cuts. This is quintessential for Damu and/or Raw Poetic fans alike. Make sure this music is your collection.
Limited to 250. If there’s anyone who lives up to the concept of “Supply and Demand,” its veteran producer, K-Def. With 4 full length projects and an EP with rapper K.A.A.N. all released in 2016, he’s back with his first offering for 2017; In The Moment. So much has been and can be said about K over 2 plus decades in the industry as one of hip-hop’s elite producers. What else is left? Well, honestly K is not stuck on the accolades of his past and he prefers to look at his art as “his best work is yet to come”, even after so many monumental career accomplishments. Recently, he was featured in Mass Appeal’s viral web series, Rhythm Roulette, to great appreciation from longtime fans and newfound acclaim reaching a younger audience previously unaware of his brand. Capitalizing on buzz, K realizes that mass abundance is never a bad thing as long as your product is good. So he continuously assembles project after project, adding new chapters to his legacy. A man of many tricks who guards his secrets, peers and record nerds are often dumbfounded by many of the techniques K-Def exhibits in his well constructed tracks. Never one to shun new technology, many of his latest works show what can be done with sound when software and a complex mind meet. However, as advanced as K-Def evolves, he’s never abandoned his fundamental approaches to beat production no matter what tools he applies. He’d rather make room for both. With the invention of Akai’s MPC Renaissance, as advertised, it put K in a tactile headspace of hardware before the software it controls. Why stop there when K had bags of diskettes he accumulated from his work on the classic MPC 60ii and the MPC 3000? The nostalgic process inspired K to incorporate all this weapons to make timeless current day music regardless of perceived limitations. Creatives often refer to their optimal stride in coined terms like ”The magic hour” or ”In the zone”. Using all the tools and experience at his disposal (mainly MPC’s), K captured his stride documented in these generous 23 tracks. When asked about the album’s background and composition, he said simply, (he) “was in the moment”. It resonated and there you have it. K-Def’s new LP is titled “In the Moment” so you’re “in luck” if you’re “in the know.”
G Perico's critically-acclaimed release Shit Don't Stop also gets its first vinyl release via Omertà Inc. Limited to 500 copies on split blue and white vinyl. Each copy will be individually hand numbered. Pitchfork, 7.5/10“In a crowded year for West Coast hip hop, G Perico stands out as one of the most promising newcomers.” LA Weekly“Perico's gift for mythmaking is fully formed. He's already among the most popular L.A. street rappers to emerge in the last two years.” FACT“G Perico offers a flawless and fresh take on gangsta rap.” FACT#18 Fact’s rap albums of the year"One of the stars of the new class is G Perico, a Jheri-curled Los Angeleno whose piercing, nasal flow recalls Cali legends like Too $hort, DJ Quik and Eazy-E." Noisey“One of the most promising mixtapes out of LA this year, drenched-in-g-tales Shit Don’t Stop.”
Sleeve notes by film critic Mark Kermode (approved by David Lynch and Angelo Badalamenti). 2 × 180G Cherry Pie vinyl, packaged in a 425gsm Gatefold sleeve housed inside a bespoke black die cut outer jacket with black spot varnish finish, complete with obi strip. Fire Walk With Me is an altogether more brooding affair than the Twin Peaks series soundtrack. Badalamenti won a Grammy for the title track of this LP and it’s not hard to see why- it’s dangerous, and bursting with smokey jazz thanks to Jimmy Scott. We went back to the master tapes in the Warner Archives and had this recut to fit across two LPs as the score clocks in at 51 minutes. It sounds incredible and punchy, but super nuanced too.
Visible Cloaks’ Reassemblage is a collection of delicately rendered passages of silence and sound that invokes – and invites - consciousness. The foundation of the duo’s second album is gently poured upon the ground their musical predecessors explored, using the materials of chance operations, MIDI “translation,” and other generative principles that favor inclusive musical environments over the narrowly constrained. In 2010, Spencer Doran, one part of Visible Cloaks alongside Ryan Carlile, prepared the first volume of Fairlights, Mallets, and Bamboo, a mixtape indicated by Doran as “an investigation into fourth-world undercurrents in Japanese ambient and pop music, years 1980 - 1986.” These mixes contextualized the outré orbit of Yellow Magic Orchestra-related solo projects and their abstract, radiant forays as forever futuristic modes of music. Reassemblage evokes similar musical futures celebrated on the Fairlights mixes, but does so observantly rather than reverently. The title Reassemblage, for example, is taken from a film essay by Trinh T. Minh-ha, which explores the impossibility of ascribing meaning to ethnographic images. The author aims to “speak nearby” rather than “speak about.” In other words, to embrace lapses of understanding, and realize that the impulse to map direct meaning across a cultural gap often results in further disconnect. In an effort to “speak nearby” rather than “speak about,” Visible Cloaks filters and forms source material to become young again. Often the duo strip tonal elements of their specificity or randomize melodies so they become stirring and lucid. Essential patterns emerge, conscious experience heightens. In these moments, the musical language of Reassemblage finds unlimited resonance and presents a path to uninhabited realities. The origin of this language could be described as translingual or polyglottal, working within the eastern / western feedback loop of influence, Fourth World ambiguity, and the universality of human emotion. Incorporating an international array of virtual instruments to advance the idea of panglobalism through digital simulation, tones and colors cohere into a living, breathing pool of sensorial experience in Visible Cloaks’ environs. Beyond embracing the fluidity of worldly musical influences, Visible Cloaks works fluently between mediums. The contribution of stalwart digital and installation artist Brenna Murphy’s dream dimensions to Reassemblage’s cover artwork and surrounding videos extends the album’s exploration of global headspace into a visual, visceral reality.
Moody club R&B debut album from the Fade To Mind labelhead, featuring SZA and Syd. Caught somewhere between the clouds and the depths of the underground club scene, Kingdom's music embodies moments of both tears of joy and anxious suspension. Tears in the Club is his debut album and features collaborations with SZA, Syd from The Internet, and Shacar, is an 11-track collection of left-field pop songs and Kingdom's most complete vision of his club R&B microverse yet. The music is a journey through Kingdom's psyche- enchanted, darkly atmospheric instrumentals and a crystalline femme sound scape - simultaneously erotic, melancholy and resilient. Recorded and mixed entirely by Kingdom himself, the sonics of Tears in the Club establish a mix of polished R&B and sample-based DIY production Kingdom pioneered on previous releases on Fools Gold, Night Slugs and his own imprint Fade to Mind. After the success of those projects as well as in producing records for alt-R&B mainstays Kelela and DWN he was able to strike a balance with collaborators that matches his unique tone and vision. Tears in the Club features two collaborations with TDEs rising star singer SZA, the angular uptempo banger "Down 4 Whatever" and pillowy companion song "What is Love". Tears in the Club includes two mixes of "Nothin", featuring The Internet's Syd. The original mix is an intimate confession of inadequacy floating over digital west coast R&B, while the East Coast Club Mix moves on from regret to celebration, referencing the booty bass aesthetic of So So Def club mixes from the late 90s.
Dirty Projectors, the beloved, decade-plus-long recording pursuit of producer, multi-instrumentalist, and vocalist David Longstreth, presents the eighth full-length album in the band’s wildly varied and fascinating discography. As with previous Dirty Projectors albums, the forthcoming release sees Longstreth lead a group of hugely talented contributors, including Solange Knowles, Tyondai Braxton, Mauro Refosco (Atoms For Peace, Red Hot Chili Peppers), and Dawn Richard (D∆WN and Danity Kane), in realizing his creative vision.
The CD issue of Enta Da Stage: The Complete Edition is enclosed in a deluxe hard case box set featuring the original album, Da Beatminerz instrumentals and remixes across 3 CDs, an 18-page booklet with new interviews, extensive liner notes, and unreleased photos from the original Enta Da Stage photo shoot and additional visual ephemera. Composed of members Buckshot, 5ft, and DJ Evil Dee, Black Moon simultaneously kicked off and defined the rap renaissance of New York with the release of Enta Da Stage in 1993. Whereas plenty of earlier groups had spit rage-filled rhymes to tear down the world’s unjust establishments, no one had evoked brooding pathos or introspective anger quite like Black Moon. Underground hip-hop might have been dominated by the sunny sound of G-Funk when Enta Da Stage dropped, but from then on the scene turned to the dark side. Black Moon was rising. Working closely with the original members, Fat Beats Records is proud to present the definitive Enta Da Stage box set. Reissued for the first time across three formats – 6xLP, 3xCD, and 3xCassette – this album is the complete encapsulation of an era for anyone seeking to understand the origin and the essence of New York’s Golden Age. All formats include the Da Beatminerz (Evil Dee and Mr. Walt) instrumentals and remixes, plus extensive liner notes by David Ma (Pitchfork, Wax Poetics) with rare and unreleased visual ephemera in an 18 page booklet. The story of Black Moon, alongside their peers Biggie, Big L, Nas, Kool G Rap, and Wu Tang, reminds us that the bleakest times produce the most profound agents of cultural change. And as we stand at the precipice of a new age of anxiety, Enta Da Stage has never been more relevant… or more necessary. Although Black Moon would go on to release three more albums – and its members would go on to greatness with Da Beatminerz, Boot Camp Klik, and various solo projects – Enta Da Stage remains the perfect distillation of tight lyrical menace, rowdy crew hooks, stripped down breaks, and deep basslines on all of its fourteen tracks. Although Enta Da Stage might stand in the shadow of East Coast albums such as Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers), Illmatic, Liquid Swords, Ready to Die, Only Built 4 Cuban Linx, and The Infamous, history will remember that Enta da Stage preceded those releases. To understand Enta Da Stage is to understand the origin and the spirit of New York hip-hop once and for all.
Thundercat presents “Drunk”- a 23-track epic journey into the often hilarious, sometimes dark mind of the Grammy-Winning singer/bassist - featuring a few of his friends joining him along the way including: Kendrick Lamar, Pharrell, Michael McDonald, Kenny Loggins, Wiz Khalifa, Kamasi Washington and Brainfeeder mastermind Flying Lotus.
Fourteen years after debuting with the classic white label ‘Eskimo’ the legendary grime figurehead Wiley is set to reaffirm his status as the pioneer of the genre with the release of ‘Godfather’. Wiley has carved his own niche through a career that has moved from influential underground tracks such as ‘Ice Rink’, ‘Wot Do You Call It?’ and ‘Pies’ through to massive crossover hits including ‘Wearing My Rolex’, ‘Heatwave’ and ‘Can You Hear Me? (Ayayay)’. As a founding father of grime, Wiley’s mission statement with the ‘Godfather’ album is to deliver the genre’s defining masterpiece at a time when it’s bigger than ever before.
New full-length album from veteran MC ILL BILL, including production from MoSS, DJ Skizz, ILL BILL and features from Slaine, Goretex, Q-Unique and more. ILL BILL released solo projects as well as albums with his groups Non Phixion and La Coka Nostra. "I'm a huge exploitation and grindhouse cinema fan...I made "Septagram" in the same spirit as those obscure and cultish movies me and my brothers used to watch when we were kids. That mid-70s - mid 80s times square double feature scumbag shit." - ILL BILL
Lupe Fiasco will drop his new studio album “DROGAS Light” via this own label 1st & 15th/Thirty Tigers. The record features Rick Ross, Ty Dolla $ign, BIG K.R.I.T and more.
P.O.S., Minneapolis rapper and founding member of Doomtree, releases his first solo album since 2012's "We Don't Even Live Here" (23k scanned RTD). Album marks the rapper's return to form following a 2014 kidney transplant. Features Justin Vernon, Astronautalis, Kathleen Hanna, Lizzo, Allan Kingdom, Busdriver and Open Mike Eagle and many more.
Intimate and laid back, this newly released contemporary hip-hop gem features visceral beats and cunning lyrics that enlighten and inspire. New songs and new arrangements of earlier songs from his recent EPs, taking listeners on a journey through the past, present and future. The Past Is Always Present In The Future cements Substantial’s musical legacy as one of Maryland’s proudest and most prolific sons. TPIAPITF includes production from DC producer, Oddisee, Seattle producer and 1/2 of Bop Alloy, Marcus D, Mello Music Group producer, Gensu Dean, label mates The Other Guys & JSOUL, Algorythm of The Stuyvesants and Good Compny Drummer, Jon Laine. Substantial’s fourth solo album also features guest appearances by QN5 Music’s Tonedeff, fellow Nujabes collaborators Cise Starr of CYNE and Uyama Hiroto, GRAMMY nominated singer/ songwriter Wayna and more.
Includes sticker sheet and poster Killer Mike and El-P's third Run The Jewels album featuring Danny Brown, Kamasi Washington, TV on the Radio’s Tunde Adebimpe, Trina, Boots, and more.
The cassette issue of Enta Da Stage: The Complete Edition is enclosed in a deluxe hard case box set featuring the original album, Da Beatminerz instrumentals and remixes across 3 cassettes, a booklet with new interviews, extensive liner notes, and unreleased photos from the original Enta Da Stage photo shoot and additional visual ephemera. Composed of members Buckshot, 5ft, and DJ Evil Dee, Black Moon simultaneously kicked off and defined the rap renaissance of New York with the release of Enta Da Stage in 1993. Whereas plenty of earlier groups had spit rage-filled rhymes to tear down the world’s unjust establishments, no one had evoked brooding pathos or introspective anger quite like Black Moon. Underground hip-hop might have been dominated by the sunny sound of G-Funk when Enta Da Stage dropped, but from then on the scene turned to the dark side. Black Moon was rising. Working closely with the original members, Fat Beats Records is proud to present the definitive Enta Da Stage box set. Reissued for the first time across three formats – 6xLP, 3xCD, and 3xCassette – this album is the complete encapsulation of an era for anyone seeking to understand the origin and the essence of New York’s Golden Age. All formats include the Da Beatminerz (Evil Dee and Mr. Walt) instrumentals and remixes, plus extensive liner notes by David Ma (Pitchfork, Wax Poetics) with rare and unreleased visual ephemera in an 18 page booklet. The story of Black Moon, alongside their peers Biggie, Big L, Nas, Kool G Rap, and Wu Tang, reminds us that the bleakest times produce the most profound agents of cultural change. And as we stand at the precipice of a new age of anxiety, Enta Da Stage has never been more relevant… or more necessary. Although Black Moon would go on to release three more albums – and its members would go on to greatness with Da Beatminerz, Boot Camp Klik, and various solo projects – Enta Da Stage remains the perfect distillation of tight lyrical menace, rowdy crew hooks, stripped down breaks, and deep basslines on all of its fourteen tracks. Although Enta Da Stage might stand in the shadow of East Coast albums such as Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers), Illmatic, Liquid Swords, Ready to Die, Only Built 4 Cuban Linx, and The Infamous, history will remember that Enta da Stage preceded those releases. To understand Enta Da Stage is to understand the origin and the spirit of New York hip-hop once and for all.
Raime deliver one of thee baddest dancehall mixtapes you’ll hear for time. Already well known for their selection skills, this one's a proper, heavyweight education... Give man a mixtape brief, they’ll inevitably take ages. Ply ‘em with vanilla kush and it’s yours - as happened with Raime’s knockout dancehall mix Our Versions of Their Versions: relinquishing an all killer/no filler, seamlessly-licked selek that’s been slow cooking for the last ten years in their warehouse laboratory. Bubbling up after the duo’s achingly tight 2nd LP, Tooth (2016), the selection cannily asserts the key, if overlooked, influence of late ‘80s and ‘90s dancehall over Raime’s stripped down templates, rugged torque and rooted sense of futurism just as strongly as their now-classic jungle mix for Fact or their garage/grime rinse-out for RA. Running 28 riddims - all listed alphabetically on the insert, just to frustrate the spotters - with vox by Papa San, Sister P, Supercat, Supervisor, and Terror Fabulous popping off across the mix, the play-it-again factor is ratchet high on this one. We can detect Rambo’s chopper blades at the intro, and a bit of Slam Productions and Lenky in there, too, but what the fuck is that one with the rave stabs toward the start? Or the one with screeching car tyres, or that Timba-sounding belter at the end? We hardly need to stress it, but this tape is a lot. Endless bless-ups to Raime. Summer just came very early.
The lean & compact effort featured production by Denmark himself (who has produced for the likes of Danny Brown, Elzhi, Quelle Chris and more), as well as Dirty Science's Exile, Azarias,and T-White with vocal contributions by Guilty Simpson, Black Milk, Tanya Morgan and more. As a special addition, the 2XLP vinyl includes the album's instrumentals plus two bonus tracks "Katt Williams" and "Snowing in LA" produced by Odd Future's Earl Sweartshirt. The cassette also includes the two bonus tracks.
Thomas Jefferson once wrote that “a little rebellion now and then is a good thing.” While one of our founding fathers was probably referring to our government and what could be America in 2017, Jansport J subconsciously ended up taking the adage to heart in the studio for his new album p h a r a o h. During a visit to the Rotten Apple one January in 2016, one of hip hop’s founding fathers--Rakim--and an intangible magnetism in the city brought on a break from his familiar narrative-driven album structure in favor of raw, gut feelings. Taking a page out of J Dilla’s book, he shirked care for track listing order to give the listener a bumpy, immersive trip with no sense of direction like a tourist caught in the morning rush on the L train. You’re not supposed to ever get too comfortable while you listen to p h a r a o h. It reflects the unforgiving hustle and bustle of New York City as the crowd takes you one way or pushes you in another just as quickly.There are familiar roadmarks on the trip like news clips referring to the death of the gorilla Harambe at the Cincinnati Zoo and familiar vocal samples. But the rest is an interpretation of classic East Coast production, namely by Eric B. and RZA, as told to you by Jansport J. And just as New York City is a colorful mixing of personalities and backgrounds, so is p h a r a o h. The California producer allowed himself to experiment with nontraditional samples and ideas like triggering different clips of ODB shouting at the same time (“The Dirty II”) or having one of the most moving melodies play over a X-rated Facetime call (“ShowMeUMissMe”). To listen to p h a r a o h straight through is to wake up in Jansport J’s body that one cold January and relive his whole visit as he trekked to shows, listened to Paid in Full, and hit the reset button on his production habits. All in about 42 minutes, as he tells that story, you’ll hear hints of Madlib’s singular rhythms, Eric B.’s knock in the percussion, and J Dilla’s attention to sound design. But the change of pace for the creation of p h a r a o h wasn’t always so comfortable to live with for Jansport. Instead of letting the anxiety get to him, he reminded himself of one particular picture of Eric B. and Rakim standing in front of a red brick wall, and the resolute, silent confidence in Rakim’s eyes.This was Jansport J’s Rakim moment. While Jansport was still in the thick of completing this album, he told himself, “This is your weird, raw gritty album. Who cares if it sounds not super mixed? This is your fuckin’ album.” He owned it and because of it he has been able to find a new passion in working off of a clean slate. But before we get ahead of ourselves, sit down, hit play, and show respect to the Pharaoh.
According to Merriam-Webster, Vignettes means, a short descriptive literary sketch/brief incident or scene (as in a play or movie). The album is aptly titled where 15 musical scenes, each with their own unique settings, are stitched harmoniously together to provide a universal message to the audience in which they use the gift of their own interpretation. At just over 2 hours long, the listener is given an unfiltered front row performance into the heart, mind and soul of the the artist. This latest effort from Damu the Fudgemunk is of typical and unorthodox proportions. Musically, it’s what you should expect from the man who brought you the How it Should Sound franchise, Supply for Demand and The Spur Momento Trailer. Intellectually, it’s his most vulnerable piece of work to date. Hoping to challenge and inspire the listener through a musical narrative, it’s content is open ended.Any resulting opinion that provokes thinking is encouraged given the message in this Vignettes album. Even the art direction is intentionally abstract and undefined to welcome the attention of all people. The album is completely instrumental except for “Openings,” the lone vocal track which features Raw Poetic. With a “Quality over Quantity” slogan, Redefinition Records adds Vignettes to it’s legacy and marks their first 3LP vinyl release which is exclusive to redefinitionrecords. com/vignettes, while double cd’s (in Mini Lp style packaging with printed inner sleeves) and double cassettes (in a unique side by side case instead of the standard double cassette box) are available everywhere. Though the word vignettes may refer to something brief, Damu the Fudgemunk’s new album “Vignettes” has a long future ahead for years to come. “Vignettes is a true example of ‘art imitating life.’ All the commentary/ music is a collection of my personal experiences and those reflections applied to music to document an honest depiction of my current perspective on life and the world we share.” - Damu The Fudgemunk
Limited to 150 copies, CSD 2016 Exclusive You want to hear some real dope soul and funk influenced music? Then please check out the brilliant release “Pleasure Palette” by Flamingosis, a young producer from New Jersey, USA. Terrific grooves, electronic funk meets BoomBap with an excellent sample selection. “A collection of instrumentals for you to warm up to. They come straight from the heart. Much love to my friends BeRod, Macross 82- 99, Beatmachinearon for collaborating on the album with me. And a big thank you to everyone else who supports my work. You’re the real mvp’s.”
Atlantic Records has announced the highly-anticipated release of The Hamilton Mixtape, an unprecedented musical companion to the landmark Broadway musical by Tony, GRAMMY® and Emmy Award-winner Lin-Manuel Miranda. Executive produced by The Roots’ Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson and Tarik “Black Thought” Trotter, The Hamilton Mixtape sees songs from the Pulitzer Prize-winning musical covered and remixed by a remarkable cast of contemporary artists. Superstars contributing to the one of its kind collection include Sia, Usher, Kelly Clarkson, The Roots, Alicia Keys, Nas, Wiz Khalifa, Chance The Rapper, John Legend, Regina Spektor, Ashanti, Ja Rule, Miguel, Queen Latifah, Common, Ben Folds, Andra Day, Jill Scott, Jimmy Fallon & more. The Hamilton Mixtape also includes three previously unreleased HAMILTON demos.
Limited to 150 copies. Volume 3 of the Clean Plate Club beat tape series features the work of long time collaborator & Full Plate Family member, Batsauce (Member/Producer for The Smile Rays, Duct Tape, Lady Daisey, Mr. Lif, Akrobatik, Qwaazar, Dillon and many more! ) Always flying in his own direction, Bat's background as a bassist and avant garde jazz musician shines through in this collection of instrumentals ranging from the far left field to on-the-one funk. Perhaps a more subtle influence are his world travels which can be heard throughout the album in the form of obscure samples, regional percussive patterns & international instrumentation. When Batsauce isn't making banging beats, he's making coffee for his wife, the ever lovely, Lady Daisey. Also, ask him about his George Clinton stories...
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