The winter of 1996 gave us one of the most prolific albums from one of the most talented emcees to ever touch a microphone...Oh, and it just so happens to be a woman. When Philadelphia's own Bahamadia partnered with Gang Starr's Keith "Guru" Elam, and DJ Premier to produce her debut album Kollage, the energy was incredible, creating a body of work capable of standing the test of time. 20 years later it's done just that, and the Queen's masterwork Kollage is being reissued back where it belongs, on vinyl.
Some albums define an era, a place, a certain time in one's life. The Beastie Boys Check Your Head practically defined the summer of 1992 for those who were wary of the mainstreaming of rap and the insurgency of grunge. It was here that MCA, Adrock and Mike D. created a musical montage that defied genre, one with the swagger of punk and the rootsy earthiness of early-'70s soul-jazz, all layered with a hip-hop consciousness. Lo-fi, garagy, guitar-riff-loaded tracks like "Pass Da Mic" and "Gratitude" made it clear that the Beasties could be taken as serious musical forces, even innovators. Yet they still brilliantly tempered the proceedings with romps like "Professor Booty" and "Funky Boss." One of the best albums of the '90's, Check Your Head was a turning point for the band and the genesis of a new musical hybrid. Reissued here on Limited Edition Double 180g Vinyl.
Paul's Boutique wasn't the instant smash that its predecessor, Licensed to Ill, had been. Still, the impact of its dense, Dust Brothers-produced tracks and voluble raps is such that every buried sample, every reference is pored over even today on numerous websites. Fearlessly crate-digging, the music remains funky and adds layers of idiosyncrasy and non sequitur that few would have predicted. And the stories often tweak the Boys' outlaw image. "Egg Man" is about attacking with just that ovoid, "Shadrach" cast them as Robin Hoods and the protagonist of"High Plains Drifter" shoplifts from Kmart. In the end, their most daring move was putting the Beatles to use on "The Sounds of Science." Its that kind of vision that helped keep the Beasties on the cultural radar, even if it took years for Paul's to go platinum. Our men had the last laugh. You can share in it.
Having been around for 24 years now, which could make you feel depressingly old, depending on when you first heard the three kids from New York fight for their right or sabotage samples like no one else. Ostensibly to celebrate the Beastie's longevity, Capitol Records has released Solid Gold Hits, a collection of the trio's best. The 2 LPs span the entire Beasties history, from 'No Sleep 'Til Brooklyn' to 'Sabotage' and recent hits like 'An Open Letter to NYC.'
A startlingly diverse effort, the Beasties' fifth LP saw the welcome addition of a new DJ, the abundantly skilled Mix Master Mike of the Invizibl Skratch Picklz. a quirky but effective combination of old school fundamentals ("Three MC's and One DJ") and futuristic trickery ("Intergalactic"), this album successfully conveys their energy, originality, and spark. This 2 LP set is remastered and pressed on 180 gram vinyl.
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By 1994 the Beasties had settled into their cultural role as the grand arbiters of cool, and Ill Communication is pretty much a catalog of coolness: live funk, a bit of hardcore, ingenious samples of obscure records, keyboards by analogue master Money Mark, guest shots by Q-Tip and Biz Markie, MCA's cop-show metal number "Sabotage," and the inevitable cascade of witty old-school rhymes. But it's also a surprisingly mature record from a band that had, after all, been at it for 12 years already. The original jazz-funk instrumentals hold their own with the group's favorite sample sources. Their voices are modestly buried in the mix, and they've tempered their old snottiness with lyrical compassion: check out "Bodhisattva Vow," a salute to Buddhist spirituality.
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Computer Games is the debut solo album by funk musician George Clinton. Conceived in the aftermath of a period marked by financial and personal struggles for Clinton, "Computer Games" restored his popularity. The single "Loopzilla" hit the Top 20 R&B charts, followed by "Atomic Dog" which reached #1. Continuing with its Respect The Classics campaign UMe will be reissuing this classic back on vinyl with a limited edition 3D cover that's mind blowing!
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Blue Lines is the debut album by Bristol trio, Massive Attack. A critically acclaimed masterpiece that takes American Hip Hop and filters it through British club culture. It’s a slow burner of an album that encompasses elements of house, dub, and hip hop to form what years later the UK press coined “Trip Hop”. Featuring legendary vocalists such as Horace Andy, Neneh Cherry, Shara Nelson, and a young Tricky who would go on to have huge success within the genre. Pressed on 180G vinyl.
Country Grammar is the debut studio album from rapper Nelly. Country Grammar has sold 8.6 million copies, ranking it as the ninth best-selling rap album of all time in the United States. It was certified nine times platinum, making it one of the highest certified albums in the US history. Continuing with its Respect The Classics campaign, UMe will be reissuing this classic back on standard weight vinyl for its 15 years anniversary.
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Street Songs stands tall as one of the definitive R&B/Funk album of the 80s. A triple-platinum hit, All Music.com calls it “defiant, in-your-face funk… This was not only [Rick James’] best-selling album ever, it was also his best, period, and certainly the most exciting album released in 1981.” Street Songs stayed at #1 on the R&B chart for 5 months upon its release, peaking at #3 on the Pop chart. Even today, the album’s hits, “Super Freak” and “Give It To Me Baby,” are heard everywhere.
Soundtrack to Spike Lee's 1988 film School Daze. The soundtrack peaked to No. 14 on Billboard's Top R&B Albums chart and features the popular tune "Be Alone Tonight". Continuing with its Respect The Classics campaign, UMe will be reissuing this classic soundtrack back on vinyl for the first time in over 20 years.
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Standard weight, black vinyl in a gatefold jacket. Universal Music Enterprises is proud to announce the release of Straight Outta Compton: The Soundtrack, featuring classic tracks from gangsta rap pioneers N.W.A, Eazy-E, Ice Cube, and Dr. Dre & Snoop Dogg, along with some old school cuts by funk and soul legends Parliament, Funkadelic, Steve Arrington's Hall of Fame, and Roy Ayers Ubiquity.
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Joseph Abajian (DJ Jab) founded Fat Beats in 1994 with nothing more than a shoestring budget and an earnest obsession with the music, the culture, and the brotherhood of New York’s burgeoning rap scene. What began as a simple vinyl shop in Manhattan’s Lower East Side quickly became an integral hub for artists, both aspiring and established, to convene and collaborate on new projects. Joseph’s timing couldn’t have been more impeccable. When the 90’s cultural zeitgeist – and, in turn, the music industry establishment – chose hip-hop as its new arbiter of cool.
International tourists and touring artists alike flocked to Fat Beats for rare vinyl, kindred spirits, and exclusive in-store performances from Jay Z, Eminem, Gang Starr, Outkast, Slum Village, Mos Def, and more. One thing was clear: the Fat Beats phenomenon could no longer be contained in a single basement shop.
In the late nineties, Abajian proceeded to open new stores in Amsterdam, Tokyo, Los Angeles, and Atlanta. He further expanded the company’s profile to include global distribution and record label branches. Distribution has since proven to be the company’s strongest and most enduring enterprise. Today Fat Beats Distribution stands poised as one of the country’s pre-eminent distributors of vinyl & specialty item records: a proud survivor in an industry now famous for its mortality rate. Despite market fluctuations, technology innovations, and stylistic revolutions, Fat Beats has remained steadfast in its commitment to the timeless vinyl format and to the loyal community who keeps it spinning.
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