“The elixir is the essence of being able to control your future with elements of both the past and present. I live through my music only to progress towards a better day.”—Aaron Rose After shedding his former pseudonym of A La $ole, Pro Era member Aaron Rose dropped a number of noteworthy singles and killed every guest feature. But with the release of his new EP, ‘Elixir,’ the Brooklyn rapper has never sounded more focused or motivated, and it’s only a taste of what’s to come from the young artist. His tenacity becomes clear as soon as opener “The Root of Sole” hits your ear with its mad-scientist samples and production from J57 (he produced five of the EP’s seven tracks). And then in comes Rose to bring it all together, flexing his breathless flow and dizzying wordplay. From there, the BK native continues to rip apart the instrumentals, including the jazzier “Break It Down,” featuring Domo Genesis and the more militant “Parkside Ave.” More than just a rapper with incredible chops, Rose also reveals pieces of his personality and background on those same tracks. Like on “Break It Down” when he rhymes, ”’A black man who knows what his worth is, I’m off the circuits/ From this American horror story, we in the circus” Elsewhere, he eviscerates his critics on standouts “The Art of Sole” and “Swank Corleone,” the latter of which is produced by Latrell James. Rose also gets an opportunity to stunt alongside fellow Pro Era member Dirty Sanchez on “The Shift,” a slapper produced by The Audible Doctor. Amidst the variety in sounds, the project remains distinctly the work of its host emcee. And he drives that point home when speaking on ‘Elixir,’ saying succinctly: “I am Aaron Rose and this is my elixir.” ‘Elixir’ becomes available on December 16th through all major digital retailers and streaming platforms, and can be purchased on CD, via Coalmine Records.
To celebrate this year’s Record Store Day, Coalmine Records is pleased to release a special-edition 7-inch version of Heltah Skeltah’s previously digital-only slapper, “Midnight Madness,” featuring DJ Revolution. As fans of the duo already know, the circa-2009 track is pure flames, and brimming with hilarious bad-guy lyricism from Ruck (aka the late Sean Price), and his partner in rhyme, Rock. The two absolutely let loose over Shuko’s funky instrumental, as Ruck drops concrete flows while Rock communicates with animals. And that’s just the A-Side. On the B-Side, you’ll find the haunting remix produced by the Grammy-winning, M-Phazes. Fans of his work may recognize this joint from Coalmine’s 2012 remix compilation, 'Phazed Out.' The record itself will be sold in a plain 45 sleeve, but the donut contains the work of acclaimed designer, Joe Buck, who embraced the 1980 released cult movie of the same title, which also serves as the track’s theme. On each side, you’ll find references and illustrations central to both the film, and the track, from the sketch of Leon the Game Master on Side-A, to M-Phazes ‘Good Gracious’ tagline on Side-B. Both tracks are now available for stream and download, while the limited-edition 45 will be available as a record store day exclusive, via Coalmine Records. Let the madness begin…again.
Just in time for Cassette Store Day, 2016, Coalmine Records is pleased to release a limited edition run of ‘Land of the Crooks’; the collaborative extended play release from the late Sean Price and Melbourne’s go to producer, M-Phazes. The project finds the longtime underground legend lending his distinctive, Brownsville- bred grimy vocals over Phazes’ rich tracks full of dramatic pianos, thunderous basslines, swinging horns and bold drums. Side-A includes the main passes, comprised of four original tracks with the addition of the Small Professor Remix for ”Murdah Type Thinkin” (feat. Guilty Simpson), while the B-Side includes all of the instrumental passes. Additional features on LOTC include Roc Marciano, Billy Danze (of M.O.P.), Maffew Ragazino, Loudmouf Choir and the Dilated Junky, DJ Babu. Cassettes are manufactured on black matte shells with red leaders, and comes complete with the Andres Guzman designed artwork, inspired by the vintage ‘80s movie, ‘Crocodile Dundee.’ Sean Price was Hip-Hop’s Gray Hulk, a barbarian with the pen, with the sharpest of wits. A true Brooklyn legend...riP! If you’d like to make a donation to directly assist Sean’s family, please refer to his CrowdRise fundraiser: https://www.crowdrise.com/seanp
Limited to 500 copies on "Easter Yellow" colored vinyl, includes vinyl-exclusive instrumentals and acapella versions. In 2013, underground rap heavyweights Blu and Nottz teamed up for 'Gods In The Spirit,' one of the year’s most critically adored EPs. And upon its release, the duo made it clear they weren’t done there, but they also weren’t about to rush their follow-up. As much as fans clamored for its release, Blu and Nottz earned the ability to take their time with their sophomore effort. And that's evident throughout 'Titans In The Flesh,' which builds on its predecessor and proudly stands on its shoulders. Like 'Gods,' 'Titans' finds the Ca-Va connection keeping things concise and cohesive. They’ve delivered six tracks of original, brand-new material that slaps and bumps as much as it pours over with lyrical brilliance. Of course, that won’t surprise any longtime fans of either artist, both of whom have been steadily making their mark since first emerging on the scene (2003 for Blu, and 1998 for Nottz). Blu and Nottz are two of the most prolific and valued cultural contributors of their respective trades, and it’s while working together that the two make some of their most triumphant and powerful music. You hear that immediately on chest-pounding opener "The Truth," the pure funk of "Heaven on Earth," and the beyond-slick rhyming and crazy drums of "The Man." Speaking of “The Man,” Nottz steps to the mic as he closes out the track following a clever verse from Blu’s day one beat conductor, Exile. Elsewhere, Blu is joined on the mic by hard-hitting trio Bishop Lamont, Torae, and Skyzoo on “Giant Steps,” which boasts cuts from the remarkable DJ Revolution, while singer Shateish appears on soulful opener “The Truth.” Blu then sits it out on “To The East,” as he lets Definite, TriState, Mickey Factz, and Johaz command the bruising track. And as a bonus, the EP boasts a colossal flip of “Atlantis,” courtesy of J57 on production, with Akie Bermiss belting out a fiery hook. 'Titans In The Flesh' becomes available in limited supply on Easter-yellow vinyl on July 15, via Coalmine Records. Vinyl edition comes equipped with the instrumental and acapella passes of “The Man,” and the instrumental for “Heaven on Earth.”
Coalmine Records is proud to release a Record Store Day exclusive version of “Perfect Timing” in limited-edition blue vinyl. The track is led by hip-hop architect C.L. Smooth, who delivers his mission statement as soon as he touches the mic: “I’m here to hit ‘em with that sure-to-be-a-classic.” He drives that point home with sincere, sharp rhymes about both his legacy in the game and his future plans to keep creating. Given that this is the man who released Mecca And The Soul Brother and The Main Ingredient alongside boom-bap pioneer Pete Rock, it’s safe to say hip-hop needs C.L. Smooth. Riding shotgun is Brooklyn-based indie-rap stalwart Skyzoo, who complements his host with poignant and passionate bars. The two prove to be a formidable team, especially with Australian producer M-Phazes behind the boards. His warm, sample-fueled instrumental adds depth to what’s proven to be one of the finest cuts in Coalmine’s library of sometimes-slept-on gems. The artwork was crafted by Frank “DJ Concept” DeMaria, who delivers a strong shot of nostalgia with his design. On the cover, you have a piece that call to mind CL Smooth & Pete Rock’s classic Mecca And The Soul Brother, while the donuts pay homage to the old-school Elektra Records layout.
Since debuting nearly 20 years ago, Planet Asia has continued to cement himself as one of the best to ever touch the mic. And that’s become especially apparent these past few years as the Fresno, Calif. rapper has dropped one distinguished project after the next. That trend only continues with ‘Seventy Nine,’ a tightly constructed and ambitious new concept album from Planet Asia and Long Island producer, DJ Concept. Their collective effort helped structure the framework heard throughout ‘Seventy Nine,’ which is that of a classic ‘79 Seville that narrates their journey. Each track crackles and fades into the next like you’re moving the radio dial, which allows for the smooth transitions within the album. The LP also demonstrates a balance of science and soul; “79” being the scientific number for gold (which has played an integral part of PA’s brand over the years), and Concept’s soulful production style. Both play a significant role in shaping the record, which also boasts an impressive lineup of guest features which include TriState, Marvelous Mag, Sean Price, Blu, Agallah, John Robinson, SmooVth, DJ Revolution, DJ Pain 1, and DJ Devastate. ‘Seventy Nine’ will be available in both vinyl and CD/Digipak formats in limited quantities on March 25, 2016, courtesy of Coalmine Records. Compact Discs are now available for pre-order.
Since debuting nearly 20 years ago, Planet Asia has continued to cement himself as one of the best to ever touch the mic. And that’s become especially apparent these past few years as the Fresno, Calif. rapper has dropped one distinguished project after the next. That trend only continues with ‘Seventy Nine,’ a tightly constructed and ambitious new concept album from Planet Asia and Long Island producer, DJ Concept. Their collective effort helped structure the framework heard throughout ‘Seventy Nine,’ which is that of a classic ‘79 Seville that narrates their journey. Each track crackles and fades into the next like you’re moving the radio dial, which allows for the smooth transitions within the album. The LP also demonstrates a balance of science and soul; “79” being the scientific number for gold (which has played an integral part of PA’s brand over the years), and Concept’s soulful production style. Both play a significant role in shaping the record, which also boasts an impressive lineup of guest features which include TriState, Marvelous Mag, Sean Price, Blu, Agallah, John Robinson, SmooVth, DJ Revolution, DJ Pain 1, and DJ Devastate. ‘Seventy Nine’ will be available in limited quantities on gold vinyl, courtesy of Coalmine Records. *Album download card and 12” insert included.
In lieu of Cassette Store Day, 2015, Coalmine Records is pleased to release a limited edition run of their previously released remix compilation, Phazed Out. The project, which was first released on CD and available for digital download, is a compilation of select singles taken from the boutique label’s catalog, remixed by the Grammy Award winning M-Phazes, and blended to a seamless perfection by the former DMC West Coast Champion, Rhettmatic. Phazed Out breathes new life into many of the boutique label’s previously released material, showcasing M-Phazes signature use of soulful melodies, coupled with loose, smacking drums. This fast-paced mix includes an impressive roster of guest features that epitomize the climate of today’s underground hip-hop scene, such as Heltah Skeltah, Saigon, Inspectah Deck, CL Smooth, Emilio Rojas, Skyzoo, Sadat X, El Da Sensei, Termanology, Bekay, DJ Babu, Torae, Brown Bag AllStars, Chubb Rock, DJ Revolution, Mela Machinko, Krondon, Phil The Agony, Mista Sinista, J-Live and more. The album is reminiscent of the mixtape-style album, circa both the Soundbombing volumes (Rawkus Records) and Beat Junkie’s mixtape series that reigned supreme during the late 90’s. With this release, M-Phazes continues to prove why he is one of the most burgeoning and versatile producer’s on the scene today, boasting a discography that includes track placements with the likes of Eminem, Kimbra, Sean Price, Pharoahe Monch, Amerie, Talib Kweli, Mann, Slaughterhouse, Redman, Bliss n Eso and more. The former champion of Sha Money’s 2008 One Stop Shop Producer’s Champion proves that no matter where you’re from, you can make an impact on the rest of the world… good gracious!
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In lieu of the one year anniversary of Coalmine Records' decennary compilation album, 'Unearthed,' mixed by DJ Revolution, the Brooklyn-based indie is pleased to release a limited edition run of their label compilation, on cassette. Dubbed the 'Green Slimes' for being pressed on green shells, the hour long mix serves as a who's who of today's independent Hip-Hop scene, packed with features from both veteran and burgeoning emcees such as Pharoahe Monch, Kool G Rap, Large Professor, The Artifacts, Blu, Sean Price, Billy Danze (of M.O.P.), Big Noyd, One Dae, Skillz, Guilty Simpson, Rah DIgga, Maffew Ragazino, El Da Sensei, and Fashawn, among others. Producers tapped include the Australian Aria Award Winning M-Phazes, Marco Polo, Ayatollah, Diamond D, Nottz, Khrysis, and more. "Coalmine Records have been keeping Hip-Hop alive for 10 years with their bombastic sounds, and this compilation only adds fuel to that fire. This is an instant classic for any real Hip-Hop head. Be careful while listening, you might break your neck." -Mass Appeal "'Unearthed' is a fitting update on the label's fabled formula." -SPIN "This compilation is a party, it's a good time, it's just really solid, track-for-track-for track, really badass, teeth gnashed, hard-nosed, Boom bap Hip-Hop." -Anthony Fantano, The Needle Drop "A formidable drop from a hip-hop preservationist’s kind of label." -Okayplayer "In celebration of a decade in the game, Coalmine has released Unearthed...mixed by the dextrous hands of DJ Revolution and acts as the label's vital Soundbombing moment." -Village Voice
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After initially being released on January 20th, Coalmine Records is pleased to offer their ten track remix compilation, 'Remineded: A Collection of New & Old Remixes,' on cassette. Pressed in limited quantities, 'Remineded,' offers a new spin to their decade deep history. From the GMJ Remix of Supernatural's ""Altitude,"" first produced by Marco Polo and released in 2005, to more contemporary remixes featuring the likes of Sean Price, Blu & Guilty Simpson, among others, the Brooklyn-based indie has been dedicated in supplying a new wave of Boom bap packed tracks for listeners' worldwide. 'Remineded' features remixes from Hip-Hop's most coveted acts, including Q-Borough's emcee, and famed Golden Era producer, Large Professor (Nas, Big Daddy Kane, Mobb Deep, AZ, Cormega,), D.I.T.C.'s Diamond D (KRS-One, Dilated Peoples, Pharoahe Monch, Sean Price), Spanish heavyweights Cookin' Soul (Nipsey Hustle, Don Cannon, Smif-n-Wessun), Australia's Grammy nominated M-Phazes (Eminem, Lupe Fiasco, Logic, Sean Price) and Brown Bag All Stars' rapper and producer, The Audible Doctor (50 Cent, Smoke DZA, Fredro Starr, Tragedy Khadafi), amongst others. "Coalmine Records loves a remix. The Brooklyn, New York-based independent label mined their catalog, including joints from Blu, Heltah Skeltah, El Da Sensei, Guilty Simpson, Kool G Rap, Royce Da 5’9″, Skillz, and more, and issued up some new remixes." -Ambrosia for Heads "You can hear golden-era cats like Heltah Skeltah, Kool G Rap, Big Noyd, Diamond D, Large Professor, and M.O.P.’s Billy Danze, as well as some of hip-hop’s new blood, like Blu, who kills “Kiss the Sky,” remixed by none other than Large Pro himself." -Wax Poetics "The aptly titled project revives a number of both old and new hits throughout the label's legacy for a proper reexamination." -Earmilk "The 10-track project is both a reflection of Coalmine's noteworthy catalog and a taste of what's to come." -DJBooth "The real question is simple; does this comp revitalize Coalmine standards with fresh perspective in production. Hell yeah, it does." -New Noise Magazine
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
It's next to impossible to put down the creative genius that is Cookin' Soul. With nearly a decade of remixes, and mashups under their belts, the Spanish duo have proven to the world that they have a knack for bringing out the best in any artist they decide to sonically reconstruct. But what would happen if they took a direct flight to Queens? On the Big Noyd, Large Professor and Kool G Rap featured street banger, "Naturally Born," that's exactly what happens. After recently appearing on Coalmine Records' decennary compilation LP, Unearthed, the original Ayatollah produced head nodder, provided a nostalgic backdrop for the trio to do their thing; this time around, Cookin' Soul have taken the track to new heights by giving an Uprock-themed overhaul to the original, connecting more to the era of Shell Toes and dookie rope chains, than the time when Timbos and gold medallions reigned supreme. Both versions are now available through Coalmine Records as a limited edition 7-inch 45, exclusively for Black Friday. For more hard hitting, innovative remixes, make sure to check out Coalmine's forthcoming remix compilation, Remineded: A Collection of New & Old Remixes, which includes features from the likes of Blu, Royce da 5'9", Heltah Skeltah and Guilty Simpson, and includes remixes from Large Professor, Diamond D, M-Phazes, Audible Doctor, and more!
L.A. spitkicker Blu and VA’s super producer Nottz Raw are pleased to release their collaborative extended play release, ‘Gods In The Spirit,’ for the first time on both CD and vinyl. The deluxe edition EP consists of the six original tracks previously released exclusively via digital download, in addition to the Diamond D Remix and instrumental of “Boyz II Men,” as well as the instrumental and acapella for both “End of the World” and “God Shit,” respectively. Gods In The Spirit boasts guest appearances from ANTHM, Homeboy Sandman, Sene, Johaz, Aloe Blacc, Co$$, Versis & Scienze, Definite Mass and Rashad, and showcases the chemistry among two of the industries most creative forces.Boyz II Men (feat. Nitty Scott)
Brooklyn-based Indie Hip-Hop label Coalmine Records celebrates ten years of independence with their heavy hitting compilation album, 'Unearthed.' Released as a double disc set, containing both a mixed version, arranged by DJ Revolution of The World Famous Wake Up Show, and an 'Untagged Deluxe Edition,' which includes three bonus cuts, 'Unearthed' epitomizes the boutique label's commitment to delivering quality Hip-Hop. The tracklist serves as a who's who of today's independent Hip-Hop scene, packed with features from both veteran and burgeoning up-and-comers such as Pharoahe Monch, Kool G Rap, Large Professor, The Artifacts, Blu, Sean Price, Billy Danze (of M.O.P.), Big Noyd, One Dae, Skillz, Guilty Simpson, Rah DIgga, Maffew Ragazino, El Da Sensei, and Fashawn, among others. Producers tapped include the Australian Aria Award Winning M-Phazes, Marco Polo, Ayatollah, Diamond D, Nottz, Khrysis, and more.
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