Limited to 150. Back in 1990 a group known as 2 Mad & Company consisted of a young Ray West combined with an aspiring teenageMC 2 Mad . Together they formed a short lived group the consisted mostly of basement recordings & street corner ciphers. These recordings come from a rare studio session that took place in 1991 @ the Box Studio in NYC. Remastered from a demo tape cassette and pressed on a 7 inch vinyl, consider this a time capsule dating back to 1991. This 7 inch contains 2 full songs & a bonus track from 1991 featuring Poetic Prince.
The Nickel EP marks Red Apples 45's five year anniversary. It's only right for AG & Ray West to celebrate the label in the spirit it started. The Nickel showcases the duo's chemistry and growth while keeping to their essence. Special guests appearances that include Roc Marciano, L Fudge, John Robinson and Red Apples' own Superstar Dave Dar. With original water color art by world renown artist & Graffiti writer Cern1 of the Ymi crew. To all that have supported us: The red apples movement has been about the music from its inception and will continue to be. Our only goals are quality pieces and culture preservation. Thanks to all the great artists whom have contributed their various talents and energy to our projects along the way. Thank you to all the people who have listened, shared, purchased, blogged, downloaded, interviewed, wrote about & help spread the word of our movement. This EP is dedicated to the late Party Arty.
Red Apples 45 takes a flight out west on the next release. This time teaming up Ray West with west coast MC BLU for an introspective EP titled Crenshaw Jezebel: a melodic ride where BLU's flow and word play blend with Rays sound to create a vibe of street essence & relationship conflicts . A 12 inch vinyl/digital release with custom art from legendary Joe Buck and Features Red Apples own AG of DITC, DAVE DAR & ES-K
After a series of great releases in 2015 Red Apples 45 is proud to release another piece to the catalogue, This time bringing it all the way back home to the Bronx with one half of The Ghetto Dwellas & DITC affiliate D-Flow. Pairing the MC with the Red Apples 45 own, producer Ray West they bring you “Three Sides To Every Coin.” Not only a play on words but some insight into the fast pace hustle of NYC’s paper chase. There are many reasons one would strive to get ahead in this town & in this Ep D-Flow breaks down 3 different reasons why one would strive. Hence “Three Sides to Every Coin” Released on 12 inch vinyl. Mixed By Dave Dar , Executive producer AG of DITC & Art work by the legendary Joe Buck the record Contains 3 full songs, 2 instrumentals & one 7 minute instrumental piece by Ray West titled Soliloquy.
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Redapples45 & The LUVNY brand continues its boutique style releases with a series cassette single style EPs. Volume 1 starting Kool Keith & Kurious is centered around the “Don’t Know Why” remix by Dave Dar. The EP contains the original version produced by Ray West that originally appeared on the LUVNY Snake Tape EP along with the remix instrumental and 2 unreleased instrumentals on a translucent red cassette.
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Volume 2 in the LUVNY cassette single EP series stars the Bronx's own Lord Tariq. The EP contains brand new music from The veteran mc produced by Ray West , plus a bonus instrumental on a translucent Blue cassette.
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Originally released back in 2012, the Red Apples 45 collective LUV NY, featuring AG & OC of DITC, Roc Marciano, Kurious, Dave Dar, Kool Keith, and producer Ray West, set the Bronx-based record label in a new direction. The collaborative album received a placement at number 7 in the the Village Voice's Ten Best NYC Rap Albums of 2012 and caught a spot on HipHop Dx's weekly "Slept-On But Dope Hip Hop Songs" at the end of that year with the Ray West & AG track "These Rappers Under The Hex". In 2013, the LUV NY concept returned for a limited-edition cassette-only EP titled The Snake Tape. This featured some of the original cast and new appearances from Lord Tariq & L Fudge. Now in 2015, courtesy of Red Apples 45 & Fat Beats Distribution, LUV NY finally gets a double vinyl treatment, combining both releases as the LUV NY Collective. This includes new artwork and an unreleased song featuring AG & Lord Tariq. This will be the first of several major releases for the Red Apples 45 camp this year.
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Red Apples 45 brings you yet another artistic EP entitled Sample And Percussion. This EP is a collaborative effort between producer/beatmaker/hip-hop aficionado Ray West and the veteran emcee/visionary John Robinson aka Lil Sci of Scienz of Life. Sample And Percussion will be released on limited edition cassette tape and was produced entirely on the vintage classic EMU SP 12 Turbo. The tape is complete with a fold-out double-sided panel art as well as the liner notes. This release also includes a special guest appearance by J-Zone and 4 bonus Instrumentals on the B side. Definitely expect to hear even more music from John Robinson and Red Apples in the near future, consider this the appetizer.
Couple Of Slices Red Apples 45's Couple Of Slices pairs the production of Ray West and the lyrics of the legendary Kool Keith. The original cover illustration by Greg Mac depicts a futuristic pizzeria set in outer space, a perfect setting for the wizard Kool Keith to serve up slices to hungry space travelers. Keith's wizardry intertwines with Ray West's melodies to create a mood of sarcastic romance at the same time setting rappers straight. Proudly recorded in the Bronx, all the writing and concepts were done together in the studio. Mixed with great detail by Phil Moffa at Butcha Sound NYC with features from AG of DITC, Cormega, 3rd Eye & Dyin Breed.
Red Apples 45 continues its boutique-style catalogue with Ray’s Cafe, this time around pairing the talent of OC of DITC and producer Ray West. This combination of talent is set in the theme of a smokey jazz cafe in the 1970s where OC is free of all boundaries and limitations. Timeless songs of love, life, loss, and glory fill the air of the cafe with mystique and inspiration. The deluxe edition features five additional tracks taken from the newest vinyl EP “Ray’s Cafe: The Afterhours EP.”
Ray West and OC pick up where they left off on Ray's Café, setting the scene of an encore set at the end of an intimate performance. Pressed on red vinyl, Ray's Cafe: The After Hours EP will feature four new songs and a previously unreleased instrumental.
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This year on Cassette store day Red Apples 45 & Fat Beats bring you Ray West’s Starcade. A Futuristic Sci Fi journey articulated by melodic & progressive analog creations. The vibe captures the uncertainty of space travel and discovery of new horizons. A limited eddition collectors piece with original artwork from Sek 3 of YMI.
Ray West drives the point home and leaves the gloomy reality of our contemporary world for the fantastic world of the 50’s and 60’s. He proposes his own interpretation built on his imagination, with neo-realistic touches. This EP that brings us far from the current frenzy, is like being in a dim lounge, smelling cognac and cigars, listening to jazz from the past and hearing the horn of an old Cadillac.
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