KutMasta Kurt Digs deep into his archives to put together this compelling 6 track EP of previously unreleased recordings he and Keith recorded in 1996-1997. This Post Sex Style and Pre Dr. Dooom material helps further illustrate why they are one of Hip-Hop's favorite collaborators from the 90’s and beyond. Only 100 tapes pressed. 50 with Blue and 50 with Yellow colored shells.
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.
Los Angeles based label Cold Busted readies the second volume of a ten part series. This series covers the best Funk and Jazz inspired tracks found only on Cold Busted. Each release is hand-picked with many of the songs available on CD for the first time including cuts by Akshin Alizadeh, Mister T, Singularis, and Bloody Tadi. If you haven’t heard of Cold Busted then this is the compilation series you should start with.
In All Things is the first full length album from Columbia Nights, a self-described “soultronic” production group. Since releasing their critically acclaimed debut EP Dawn | Dusk (Record Breakin’ Music) n 2012, John E Daise, Jason Edwards and Hayling Price have shared the stage with the likes of KING and THEESatisfaction while developing their own sound. After building a local buzz, the Washington, DC trio’s blend of production wizardry and live instrumentation has led Okayplayer to dub them the District’s “resident electro-funkateers.” On their 10 track LP, the fellowship’s expansive musical palate shines through compositions that have been nurtured for several years. Grounded in a healthy stockpile of vinyl records, the sound-travelers have crafted a cohesive statement adorned with infectious bass grooves, far-out synths, and lush string arrangements. The trio describes the album “a testament to the interconnectedness we all share and the power of music to forge those bonds… Our name is reflective of the space and the time in which we create, and our work is undoubtedly a product of this environment. We formed Columbia Nights to help advance the art we love, and to challenge listeners to demand more from the music they engage with.” Featuring collaborations with vocalists including Aaron “AB” Abernathy, B.Jamelle, and Diggs Duke, the record also features some of soul’s most innovative and independent new voices.
Clutchy and Fatty....High desert crunch meets city life punch for this collaborative project in sound. Instrumental elements of soul, jazz, hip-hop, rock and more resonate throughout the record. Just what any Clutchy Hopkins or Fat Albert Einstein fan would ask for; track after track of laced up loveliness. These two gents pair banging rhythms with lush melodies and top them off with their signature low brow high fi sound. Guaranteed for some straight nasty. Acoustic and electric instrumentation set the tone and in their individual styles; Clutchy and Fatty navigate your journey through psych folk caverns of cactus dust and marine layer funk with bloodshot rust. It is distinctive, original and fresh, paying homage to the past, present and future. Visionary folk funk.
GrandeMarshall is Allen Iverson’s “Practice?” speech on wax: incisive, headstrong, and not here for your bullshit. From his teenage “800” and Mugga Man mixtapes to last winter’s “My Brother’s Keeper” LP, Grande has built a catalog of high-grade, highly personal Philadelphia rap music that answers to no one. Risk/Reward is his latest statement piece, eight new tracks (including single “STRESS”) featuring like-minded Philly MCs (Tunji Ige, Pauly Sue) and producers (Noah Breakfast, HeavenInStereo) in the service of one singular, head-nodding vision. Trust the process.
This Extensive Collection From The Group’s Dilla-helmed Era Is A Comprehensive Overview Of Fan-Tas-Tic V.1 and V.2. The contributions of the late Detroit producer James DeWitt Yancey -better known to the world as J Dilla- to the world of hip-hop can't be overstated, and nowhere is his legacy more apparent than his work as a member of Slum Village. A founding member of the trio, (Alongside rappers T3 and Baatin) Dilla provided the group's distinctly esoteric, free-wheeling sound, built around winding basslines, quirky drumbeats, subtle low-end frequencies, and classic jazz & soul samples. Against the backdrop of Dilla's rich production, T3 and Baatin's free-flowing style of rhyming would also earn wide critical praise, leading to comparisons as the successors to A Tribe Called Quest. (A label they themselves have rejected.) Dilla himself went on to earn his own legend of brilliance, inspiring a slew of classic artists like Nas and The Pharcyde, to newcomers like Kanye West and Kendrick Lamar. It would be a gratuitous task to encapsulate the full magnificence of the material Dilla produced with Slum Village, but Ne'Astra Media Group have accomplished such a feat, with the arrival of the Fan-Tas-Tic Collection! A comprehensive overview of the underground group's Dilla-produced tracks across four compact discs. The CD includes the entirety of the namesake albums Fan-Tas-Tic Volumes 1 & 2, instrumental versions, and a bonus fourth collection of remixes and obscurities, featuring collaborations with Madlib & Pete Rock, and select cuts from Best Kept Secret, the group's rare release under the name J-88. The Fan-Tas-Tic Box is a veritable crown jewel for any fan of J Dilla or Slum Village, as well as an outstanding entry-point into the legacy of an underground hip-hop production hero.
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.
With numerous 2016 releases, some including his Craft Singles series and The Carrollton Heist with rapper Curren$y, Alchemist hits 2017 with a new chapter in the Rapper’s Best Friend instrumental series. The fourth in its series, Rapper’s Best Friend 4, is comprised of instrumentals of tracks produced by the Alchemist for artists such as Sean Price, ScHoolboy Q, Action Bronson, Migos, Danny Brown and more.
On the heels of his debut collaborative LP with Evidence, Lord Steppington, and production on Directors of Photography, the latest from legendary L.A. outfit Dilated Peoples, comes a new chapter in the Alchemist’s Rapper’s Best Friend instrumental series. The third in its series, Rapper’s Best Friend 3 is comprised of instrumentals of tracks produced by the Alchemist for artists such as Schoolboy Q, Styles P and Mobb Deep.
The Slim Shady LP is the second studio album and first commercial release from the American rapper Eminem. It was released on February 23, 1999, under Interscope Records and Dr. Dre's Aftermath Entertainment. Recorded in Ferndale, Michigan following Eminem's recruitment by Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine, the album features production from Dr. Dre, the Bass Brothers, and Eminem himself. The majority of the record's lyrical content is written from the perspective of the rapper's alter ego Slim Shady, whom the rapper created on Slim Shady EP (1997). The lyrics are noted for their over-the-top depictions of violence and heavy use of profanity. The album was met with both critical and commercial success; critics praised Eminem for his unique lyrical style, and the record debuted at number two on the US Billboard 200 chart behind TLC's FanMail with 283,000 copies sold in its opening week. The first official single, "My Name Is", peaked at number 36 on the Billboard Hot 100. The Slim Shady LP went on to be certified quadruple-platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). The record won a Grammy Award for Best Rap Album, and in 2012, the album was ranked number 275 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.
The Infamous is the second studio album by the American Hip Hop duo Mobb Deep, released in 1995. The album features guest appearances from Nas, Wu-Tang Clan members, Reakwon and Ghostface Killah. It marked Mobb Deep's transition from a relatively unknown Rap duo to an influential and commercially successful one. One of the cornerstones of the New York hardcore movement, The Infamous is Mobb Deep's masterpiece, a relentlessly bleak song cycle that's been hailed by hardcore Rap fans as one of the most realistic gangsta albums ever recorded. This is hard, underground Hip Hop that demands to be met on its own terms, with few melodic hooks to draw the listener in. Similarly, there's little pleasure or relief offered in the picture of the streets Mobb Deep paint here. They inhabit a war zone where crime and paranoia hang constantly in the air. The product of an uncommon artistic vision, The Infamous stands as an all-time gangsta/hardcore classic.
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