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Stones Throw’s Vex Ruffin and legendary Yo! MTV Raps host and visual artist Fab 5 Freddy have teamed up to create new track “The Balance.” Fab’s first musical project in 30 years since “Change the Beat,” the 12-inch includes original vocal, instrumental, and two remixes. Fab 5 Freddy on creating “The Balance”: “I liked the way this idea organically developed and I began to see my involvement as a sort of art performance piece. The track reminded me of cool dance records that downtown NY DJ’s played back then in the 80’s at places like The Mudd Club, The Garage, Area, Danceteria and Nells where I hung out so I put myself in that mindset when working on my lyrics for this song.”
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Limited edition of 500 copies. The Ill Adrenaline Records camp continues to push forward with pure unapologetic boom bap hip-hop. In 2012 Beneficence and AG (of D.I.T.C.) released the now classic collabo track/video for “All Real”, the strongest cut off Benef's much sought after underground smash album "Concrete Soul". The duo veterans are back at it once again with visuals and a limited edition 12” for the Jazz Spastiks produced track “Smooth Hardcore”, taken off the critically acclaimed LP "Basement Chemistry” (2016). The single contains the original album version plus a 90’s ultra-jazzy remix from legendary producer K-Def (Real Live, LL Cool J, Tragedy, Lords of the Underground, Ghostface Killah, etc.), and a Latin flavor remix from up-and-coming beatsmith Brous One.
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Limited Texas-shaped vinyl pressing! "Int'l Players Anthem (I Choose You)" by U.G.K. is one of the most recognizable Hip Hop songs of the 2000s. This is the kind of record that can be heard anywhere, from car shows in Texas to basement parties in Brooklyn, maybe even at your cousin's wedding. This song is so good that at the 2007 BET Hip Hop Awards Kanye West famously gave his Video Of The Year award to U.G.K. after "Stronger" beat "Int'l Players Anthem". Let's also not forget it's Grammy Nomination. Yes, it's that good. U.G.K.'s celebratory anthem also features Outkast and the groups combine as one over a very hypnotic Three 6 Mafia produced beat. The sample used is Willie Hutch's "I Choose You" from the movie The Mack, which is the perfect backdrop for Andre 3000, Pimp C (R.I.P.), Bun B and Big Boi to spit tales of women, money, and marriage. The song starts off with Andre 3000 rhyming over the elegant doo-wop vocal harmonies until a stuttered drum kick changes the mood for Pimp C to spit fire. This beat change/mood switch happens each verse, fitting each rapper's personality and tone, kudos to DJ Paul and Juicy J for expertly crafting this record. For Black Friday Record Store Day, Get On Down presents "International Players Anthem" as a special collectible vinyl release shaped like U.G.K.'s home state of Texas!
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After spending 13 years in Queens, New York, Lewis Parker returned to London in early 2015. Release The Stress is the first new material released since his return. The topic of the song is fairly self explanatory dealing with the everyday pressure of living, in a fast pace modern city environment. Lewis speaks on he's production and how he balances this with day to day life. The production captures the feel of the classic 90's hip hop but with a polished and very musical feel to it. Phat gritty SP drums, deep hypnotic bass lines, lush strings, catchy flutes, a dope late night sax, ill synths and wah guitars make this production up there with Lewis's best work.
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Limited edition 12” from The Funky Technician!
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Hip Hop has never seen another album quite like Ol’ Dirty Bastard's 1995 solo debut Return to the 36 Chambers. With RZA guiding production, the album allowed Dirty the creative license to make one of the most bizarre, entertaining and original LPs in the history of the genre. Return became an instant hit, selling over 1 million copies and earning a Grammy Award nomination for Best Rap Album. The album stands as a high water mark in the Wu-Tang Clan's collective creative output and was selected as one of the Best 100 Rap Albums by The Source. In honoring the legacy of one of hip-hop's most innovative releases, Get On Down is proud to present this incredible shaped picture disc. The vinyl features the first two singles, Brooklyn Zoo & Shimmy Shimmy Ya, released from this seminal full-length and is a recreation of the iconic “food stamp card” that serves as the album’s cover art.
Real hip hop wouldn’t be the same without that classic boom bap 12” single, with alternate versions and instrumentals.This record doesn’t disappoint as it takes two of the best tracks from the new, DITC Studios, album and includes the previously unavailable OG Version of “Connect 3” and instrumentals for all 3 tracks. Limited edition and pressed to heavy 180 gram wax.
One of the stand out tracks from First Divisions debut album, Overworked & Underpaid, was the DJ Premier produced, “This Iz Tha Time”. As we’re dealing with authentic hip hop we figured we’d put out a proper 12” release, including Instrumental, A Cappella and Bonus Track!
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12" Single of the Iconic theme song from "The Fresh Prince Of Bel Air". Released as a limited edition 12" single featuring the 45rpm Radio Mix & the B-Side track of "Parent's Just Don't Understand" also by Dj Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince.
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The bubbling beanie wearing beat producer, Kaytranada, pops up on XL. Anderson .Paak guests on Glowed Up and the combination is fire. Limited edition 12" of album tracks "GLOWED UP" with "LITE SPOTS" as the b-side.
A four tracker of brash footwork, stretched to it's limits and rippling with colour. Starting with 'I Don't Give A Fuck', a vicious nihilistic vocal sample is looped over a banging bass drum and a startling bleeping melody, while drums pound and scissor in response.