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UGK “Dirty Money” (Get On Down)

UGK “Dirty Money” (Get On Down)

After the release of UGK’s third studio album, the wildly influential, and critically acclaimed Southern hip-hop classic Ridin’ Dirty, the duo of rapper Bun B and rapper/producer Pimp C took a five-year hiatus from releasing albums. This is not to say that the pair didn’t keep busy during their time away from putting out records; if anything some of their highest profile appearances occurred during this period. Through guest slots on now iconic tracks like Three Six Mafia’s “Sippin’ On Some Syrup”, and Jay-Z’s Billboard smash “Big Pimpin’” UGK managed to greatly increase their profile, and build even greater anticipation for a fourth studio album.

This album, titled Dirty Money, would arrive in November of 2001, after having been shelved by their label Jive Records since 1998. Across 14 tracks of syrup-soaked, drawling Southern hip-hop tracks, UGK stretched their creative chops and showed that in the five years since Ridin’ Dirty they hadn’t lost their step in the slightest. Bun B’s and Pimp C’s rhymes were free-wheeling, clever, and irreverent as they had ever been, while the production was classic Texas rap, courtesy of Pimp C and Southern hip-hop legend N.O. Joe, who shared production duties. Guest contributions from Juicy J & DJ Paul of Three Six Mafia, Big Gipp of Goodie Mob, Too $hort, Devin The Dude, and more helped bolster the duo’s codeine-drenched witticisms, over samples from the likes of BB King, Barry White, and The Staple Singers among others.

Riding on UGK’s newfound mainstream fortunes, Dirty Money managed a remarkable #19 debut on the Billboard 200 chart, as well as reaching #2 on the R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. In spite of this, Jive failed to capitalize on the attention the duo was receiving; with a lack of promotion and marketing behind it the record left just as quickly as it had arrived. We at Get On Down haven’t forgotten this album’s greatness though; we now present to you this color vinyl reissue of Dirty Money, an under-appreciated and oft-forgotten relic of Southern hip-hop, one that has never before been committed to wax.

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The Professionals “The Professionals Instrumentals” (Madlib Invazion)

The Professionals “The Professionals Instrumentals” (Madlib Invazion)

Madlib is a highly regarded and influential hip-hop producer and occasional rapper, who has left his distinct and stylized sound on classic tracks and critically beloved albums by the likes of MF DOOM (Madvillain), J Dilla (JayLib), Talib Kweli (Liberation), Georgia Anne Muldrow (Seeds), and more. Madlib’s collaborations with rapper Freddie Gibbs (Pi ata & 2019’s Bandana) are some of the most acclaimed hip-hop records of the past decade, and his various DJ mix compilations (Madlib Medicine Show, Beat Konducta) have earned high praise from a vareity of journalistic sources. On The Professionals, Madlib joined forces with fellow rapper/producer and biological brother Oh No, unleashing thirteen tracks of trippy, frequently psychedelic underground hip-hop, upon an unsuspecting public to great acclaim from fans and critics. Now, Madlib’s own imprint Madlib Invazion proudly presents the instrumental tracks for this anomalous record, which puts every twitchy, paranoid, and anomalous beat from the legendary beatsmith on full display.

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Edan “Beauty & The Beat” (Lewis Recordings)

Edan “Beauty & The Beat” (Lewis Recordings)

While Edan’s critically acclaimed debut, Primitive Plus, was a celebration of hip-hop’s golden age and a true throwback, his sophomore album, Beauty And The Beat, is a vast musical collage that contains many different influences; Hip-hop, rock, pop, dusty breaks, hazy loops, luxurious off-kilter samples and curveball tempo changes that are all crafted into one cohesive piece of art.
In 2015, FACT placed it at number 30 on the “100 Best Indie Hip-Hop Records of All Time” list. In 2013 NME placed it at number 392 on the “500 Greatest Albums of All Time” list.

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Helter Skelter

Helter Skelter

Tracy Lynn Curry, better known by his stage name The D.O.C., is an American rapper, songwriter, and record producer, who released his second studio album Helter Skelter in 1996. After a 1989 car crash accident which damaged his vocal cords, this was his comeback album. His voice had changed a lot, but with a fantastic live band the gangsta rap comes alive. His lyrics are still great and worthwhile to listen to. Helter Skelter is available on vinyl for the first time and the package includes a 4-page booklet.

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1988

1988

In Stock March 17, 2020

1988 is the follow up to Knxwledge’s official debut album Hud Dreems (Stones Throw, 2015). The same year Hud Dreems was released Knx worked with Kendrick Lamar on To Pimp a Butterfly, earning the producer his first Grammy. A duo with Anderson .Paak called NxWorries was formed around the same time. Their single  “Suede” became a viral hit, vaulting the singer to R&B stardom, and their album Yes Lawd! followed through on that song’s immense promise. Knx and Paak have quietly continued collaborating, and some of the new work is heard on 1988.

A prolific artist in the extreme sense of the word, Knxwledge continues to redefine instrumental hip-hop almost in real-time with a stream of beat tapes numbering in the hundreds on Bandcamp, and video remixes on Instagram.

This prolific output began early. 1988 takes its name from the fact that much of the new record was created that very year, when Knx was an infant. As the story is told, little baby Knx was left alone by his mother for just a few moments and crawled to a family member’s vintage SP–12 sampler. When his mother returned he had already produced his first beats and nearly mastered the machine. These tracks, all produced before nap time while rocking a Nike diaper, were stored over the years on floppy discs, then brought to his studio in recent months where they were finished up, mixed, and mastered.

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Me Against the World

Me Against the World

The gruesome details surrounding Tupac’s third solo offering are enough to give any music fan the willies. Released when Tupac was in jail serving time for a rape conviction and just after his recovery from being shot-up gangland-style at a recording studio, this was his most introspective piece of work to date. The heavy-hearted album opens up with a radio commentary describing the circumstances surrounding his shooting, and then plunges headfirst into Pac’s infatuation with death. “So Many Tears,” “Death Around the Corner,” and “If I Die 2Nite” are all dark, eerily prophetic tunes that lend credence to widespread theories which suggest that Pac anticipated his impending death. The perpetually thugged-out wonder reveals a more benevolent side when it comes to gender and family issues. On “Dear Mama”—a fitting tribute to his mother recorded in the “Keep Ya Head Up” vein—Pac takes listeners into the loving recesses of his heart, while on “Can U Get Away,” he echoes similar respectful sentiments to black womynkind. This is probably Pac’s most progressive issues-oriented release before he signed to Death Row and became a full-blown thug. —Dalton Higgins

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Eyedea & Abilities “By The Throat” (Rhymesayers Entertainment)

Eyedea & Abilities “By The Throat” (Rhymesayers Entertainment)

After a five year break exploring new sounds and building their personal repertoires, the dynamic duo of Eyedea & Abilities return with the follow up to their 2004 critically acclaimed sophomore album E&A. With biting guitars, fuzzy keyboards, melodic choruses, and some of their most intricate turntable work to date, By The Throat cuts right to the vein and advances far beyond Eyedea & Abilities battle tested history (winners of HBO Blaze Battle, Rocksteady, Scribble Jam and the DMC’s). Throughout the nineties the duo played an important role in the development of the emerging underground Hip Hop scene alongside friends Atmosphere, Aesop Rock, EL-P, the Living Legends, Sage Francis, Blueprint and more. Always pushing the boundaries, Eyedea & Abilities have not only grown but have elevated their talents and once again successfully brought them together with By The Throat.
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K-Solo “Times Up” (Music On Vinyl)

K-Solo “Times Up” (Music On Vinyl)

K-Solo is an American rapper who was part of the Hit Squad in the 1990s. He released two albums under his moniker K-Solo. His second album ‘Times Up’ was released in 1992. K-Solo rapping style is slightly aggressive and the music itself is based on a sample-heavy format. Lyrically it’s diverse, focusing on themes as prison live, crime and the daily struggles. Comes on 180 gram vinyl.

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Pigeondust “Way Back When” (Cold Busted)

Pigeondust “Way Back When” (Cold Busted)

“For me, sampling is like a collaboration,” says DJ Yuta Yamaoka, better known to global beatheads as Pigeondust. Residing in Chiba, Japan, Pigeondust spends his days either vinyl-digging or sourcing samples — that is, creating sonic collaborations — from his discoveries. Pigeondust is also a member of the EN TOKYO crew, representing a new generation of Japanese beat-makers who draw from a large variety of genres. In 2015, Pigeondust joined Cold Busted with his fantastic album Moon, Wisdom & Slackness. He now follows up with an ambitious double album titled Way Back When.

Way Back When explores a galaxy of hip hop styles throughout its whopping 36 cuts. The vibe is gritty and street-smart, samples from jazz, funk, world music, and other pathways poured into one groovable stew. “Chienowa” sets the tone with its tough beat, funk bass pops, and fly-by musical riffs. “Spiral Beat” is also notable for its arpeggiated jazz loop that shifts into gentle ‘70s piano soul. And the collaborations aren’t exclusive with samples — Turkish producer Ozoyo joins Pigeondust for the drum-twisting nature walk of “Magicnight,” and Swiss producer DRWN. appears on cut-up jazz jam “Intense.” There’s much to explore here.

The album is available from Cold Busted on double vinyl, its packaging a loving homage to Yo! MTV Raps and its sought-after trading cards. Each album comes with a Pigeondust trading card complete with artist photo and vital stats. Represent.

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Mndsgn “Oblique Kitchn” (Mndsgn)

Mndsgn “Oblique Kitchn” (Mndsgn)

Released in 2012 on 30 hand dubbed cassette tapes, “Oblique Kitchen” sautees a medley of mid-tempo rhythms in a frying pan of aromatic loops and stewed softsynths. the cover collage depicts immenent transcedance amidst the faces of absurdity.

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Juicy The Emissary “Timber!” (Street Corner Music)

The follow up to Juicy The Emissary’s fantastic 2017 SCM debut isn’t truly a follow up. The A-side of 2019’s “Timber” was found by SCM head House Shoes in 2016 while digging around on SoundCloud. ‘Shoes hit Juicy and let him know he was interested in releasing it on Street Corner Music, he just needed him to give him the B-side tracks. Juicy said he would oblige, but told ‘Shoes he had just finished another project and would sent that thru as well. That project would turn out to be ‘Attention Kmart Choppers’, one of the illest beat tapes ever in the medium. Juicy dissected a vault of Kmart’s musical library that would be played in-store while customers shopped in the 1980’s. Flawless.

He eventually completed the B-side that ‘Shoes needed to complete the album that initially garnered his interest in Juicy.

And here it is. Timber. Chop Chop.

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The God Fahim “Lost Kingz” (Nature Sounds)

The God Fahim “Lost Kingz” (Nature Sounds)

Known for impressive lyricism and streetwise wordplay set to dusty soul and jazz loops, Atlanta native Tha God Fahim has defied expectations for hip-hop from his city, and his steady stream of output continues to draw attention.

Just a few years into his career, the talented emcee/producer has already released more than 100 projects, establishing himself as one of the most prolific artists in rap today. Despite his rapidly growing audience, Tha God Fahim remains an enigma, releasing little background information and maintaining an air of mystery about himself, similar to frequent collaborator Mach-Hommy.

Now, Nature Sounds is proud to announce “Lost Kingz”, a brand new album from Tha God Fahim. “Lost Kingz” features appearances from Mach-Hommy and Vinnie Paz, plus production by DJ Muggs, The Architect, C-Lance, and Fahim himself.

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D.I.T.C. “The Official Version” (D.I.T.C. Studios)

D.I.T.C. “The Official Version” (D.I.T.C. Studios)

The Diggin’ in the Crates Crew, commonly abbreviated as D.I.T.C., is a hip hop collective from New York City. It was founded by Diamond D and Showbiz and its name is from the art of digging for records to sample for production. The members have achieved substantial and consistent recognition in the music industry and Hip Hop circles. They have collaborated with underground and commercial artists from around the world. All of the members are from the Bronx, with the exception of the late Big L from Harlem, and O.C. from Brooklyn.

D.I.T.C., “The Official” Version is an alternative version of D.I.T.C.’s self-titled album D.I.T.C. which was not officially available on vinyl upon its initial release via Tommy Boy when it became apparent that group maintained vinyl rights of the album.

The Official Version has a different track listing with many of the songs being totally different versions than the ones appearing on the first album and also 2 tracks that weren’t on D.I.T.C. at all – “All Love” and “We Known For That” (which is actually a remix of the 12″ single “Internationally Known”). The album is executively produced by Show and re-released on D.I.T.C. Records with distribution by Fat Beats Distribution -20 years after its initial limited pressing.

Many of the songs appear in remixed forms that had yet to be released, some remixes and some original versions. Highlights include “Where Ya At”; the Big Pun/Milano collaboration but here, instead set over a slamming DJ Premier remix. Likewise, the “Way Of Life” features a totally different Buckwild beat, that is actually the original version of the track, that stands in stark contrast to the B-Boy anthem heard on the Tommy Boy album.

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ANoyd & Statik Selektah ‎”Yuck!” (Tuff Kong)

ANoyd & Statik Selektah ‎”Yuck!” (Tuff Kong)

Connecticut MC ANoyd has partnered with Statik Selektah and Show Off Records to release their full-length collaboration, the disgustingly good Yuck!. The 10-song collection showcases one of the most exciting artists coming out of New England rapping over productions of one of the busiest man this year, seen that the legendary producer has released several incredible projects this year such as Trillstatik with Bun B, the instrumental album Mahalo and his collaboration with Curren$y Gran Turismo. This banging project features collaborations with Haile Supreme, Nick Grant, fellow 1982 bandmember Termanology and rising star UFO Fev, to bring you one of the freshest projects out this year!

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Big Pun “Capital Punishment” (Get On Down)

Big Pun “Capital Punishment” (Get On Down)

2020 repress. “Big Pun remains on the best rappers ever list to this day. Reasons for this weigh largely on his debut Capital Punishment. His commanding voice and rapid fire delivery make it clear there will never be another Big Pun. Pun was New York. His confidence on the mic made him stand out among his contemporaries. Similarly, the production — by a cast of many — remains ever so New York loyal. The close cousins ‘I’m Not a Player’ and ‘Still Not a Player,’ may have been the hits off this album but it is packed with so many more that show Pun’s true abilities. ‘Beware’ and ‘Dream Shatterer’ are great examples of Big Pun at his best, dark cinematic production with just enough room to let him breathe fire. On ‘Twinz (Deep Cover)’ Big Pun is trading bars with his mentor Fat Joe over a remake of Dr. Dre’s classic beat. Here Pun delivers one of his most quoted verses that contains among others ‘Dead in the middle of Little Italy little did we know that we riddled some middlemen who didn’t do diddly.’ There are numerous guest appearances, the best of which include afore mentioned Fat Joe (on several tracks), the Roots’ Black Thought on the MC showcase ‘Super Lyrical,’ Prodigy and Inspectah Deck on ‘Tres Leches (Triboro Trilogy),’ and an extra-insane Busta Rhymes on ‘Parental Discretion.'”

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Abstract Orchestra “Fantastic 2020 V.1” (Ne’Astra Music Group)

Abstract Orchestra “Fantastic 2020 V.1” (Ne’Astra Music Group)

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.
All these elements would come together in a truly prodigious fashion in the early 00s, when Dilla and Slum Village would release their second studio album Fan-Tas-Tic Volume 2. The group had already made critically acclaimed waves with Volume 1, but few could have predicted at the time of its release that Dilla’s production, which combined portions of alternative, gangsta, and soul hip-hop, meshed with T3 and Baatin’s deft lyrical flows, would become such a far-reaching influence. Artists like D’Angelo and Erykah Badu have name-checked Fan-Tas-Tic Volume 2 as a key influences, while The Roots’ drummer ?uestlove declared that they hands down “…birthed the neo-soul movement.”

Enter the Abstract Orchestra. Helmed by composer and saxophonist Rob Mitchell, this 18-piece ensemble has become renowned for their distinct sound, which reinterprets some of the most famous hip-hop productions of all time (right on down to the sample material) into a unique blend of big band jazz and live hip-hop. The group has toured alongside the likes of John Legend, Amy Winehouse, and Adele among others, and have provided live backup for Mos Def, and many more. They previously have released orchestral versions of revered hip-hop record Madvillian and a tribute to Dilla to critical acclaim as well.

On this, the 20th anniversary of Fan-Tas-Tic Volume 2’s release, the Abstract Orchestra are proud to pay tribute to this highly innovative hip-hop classic. Across two volumes of vinyl and a 2-CD set of studio recordings, the big band applies their own jazzy spin to Dilla’s classic productions, with occasional assistance from the surviving members of Slum Village themselves. The end result is Fantastic 2020, a hybrid blend of smooth, funky brass rhythms with boom-bap sensibilities that is just the kind of tribute that an often unsung, but highly influential group like Slum Village deserves, and is a more than welcome addition to any Dilla completist’s library.

Abstract Orchestra “Fantastic 2020 V.2” (Ne’Astra Music Group)

Abstract Orchestra “Fantastic 2020 V.2” (Ne’Astra Music Group)

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.
All these elements would come together in a truly prodigious fashion in the early 00s, when Dilla and Slum Village would release their second studio album Fan-Tas-Tic Volume 2. The group had already made critically acclaimed waves with Volume 1, but few could have predicted at the time of its release that Dilla’s production, which combined portions of alternative, gangsta, and soul hip-hop, meshed with T3 and Baatin’s deft lyrical flows, would become such a far-reaching influence. Artists like D’Angelo and Erykah Badu have name-checked Fan-Tas-Tic Volume 2 as a key influences, while The Roots’ drummer ?uestlove declared that they hands down “…birthed the neo-soul movement.”

Enter the Abstract Orchestra. Helmed by composer and saxophonist Rob Mitchell, this 18-piece ensemble has become renowned for their distinct sound, which reinterprets some of the most famous hip-hop productions of all time (right on down to the sample material) into a unique blend of big band jazz and live hip-hop. The group has toured alongside the likes of John Legend, Amy Winehouse, and Adele among others, and have provided live backup for Mos Def, and many more. They previously have released orchestral versions of revered hip-hop record Madvillian and a tribute to Dilla to critical acclaim as well.

On this, the 20th anniversary of Fan-Tas-Tic Volume 2’s release, the Abstract Orchestra are proud to pay tribute to this highly innovative hip-hop classic. Across two volumes of vinyl and a 2-CD set of studio recordings, the big band applies their own jazzy spin to Dilla’s classic productions, with occasional assistance from the surviving members of Slum Village themselves. The end result is Fantastic 2020, a hybrid blend of smooth, funky brass rhythms with boom-bap sensibilities that is just the kind of tribute that an often unsung, but highly influential group like Slum Village deserves, and is a more than welcome addition to any Dilla completist’s library.

The Professionals “The Professionals” (Madlib Invazion)

The Professionals “The Professionals” (Madlib Invazion)

The Professionals – Beats by Madlib. Raps by Oh No. Real. Rap. Shit. Featuring Adub, Elzhi, Chino XL
Madlib is a highly regarded and influential hip-hop producer and occasional rapper, who has left his distinct and stylized sound on classic tracks and critically beloved albums by the likes of MF DOOM (Madvillain), J Dilla (JayLib), Talib Kweli (Liberation), Georgia Anne Muldrow (Seeds), and more. Madlib’s collaborations with rapper Freddie Gibbs (Piñata & this year’s Bandana) are some of the most acclaimed hip-hop records of the past decade, and his various DJ mix compilations (Madlib Medicine Show, Beat Konducta) have earned high praise from a vareity of
journalistic sources. Oh No is a rapper and producer who has left his mark across a wide swath of releases. His 2006 concept album Exodus Into Unheard Rhythms (Which exclusively sampled the works of musical theatre composer Galt MacDermot) was highly acclaimed upon its release, as well as his various crate-digging DJ mix projects (Dr. No’s Oxperiment, Dr. No’s Ethiopium). He has produced tracks for the likes of Danny Brown, Action Bronson, Aloe Blacc, Talib Kweli, and Prodigy, while contributing guest verses to tracks by Czarface, Apathy, Murs, Little Brother, and more Madlib. Oh No. The Professionals.

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De La Soul “The Grind Date” (Sanctuary)

De La Soul “The Grind Date” (Sanctuary)

Re-issue of the seventh album from the hip-hop pioneers, originally released in 2004. Includes guest spots by Ghostface Killah, Flava Flav and MF Doom. This 2020 re-issue also features four previously unreleased instrumental bonus tracks.

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Robert Glasper “Fuck Yo Feelings” (Loma Vista)

Robert Glasper “Fuck Yo Feelings” (Loma Vista)

New mixtape album from Robert Glasper featuring like Herbie Hancock, Yasiin Bey, Denzel Curry, Mick Jenkins, Rapsody, YBN Cordae, Terrace Martin, Buddy and Bilal, amongst others.

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Da Lench Mob “Guerillas In Tha Mist” (Get On Down)

Da Lench Mob “Guerillas In Tha Mist” (Get On Down)

Deluxe green and orange splatter-colored vinyl “Possessing lyrics heavily focused on political and social justice, inspired heavily by West Coast gang culture and Islam, Da Lench Mob made waves throughout the hip-hop scene when they first appeared on the track ‘Rolling With Da Lench Mob’, off Ice Cube’s famed 1990 solo record AmeriKKKa’s Most Wanted. Initially, the titular ‘Lench Mob’ of the track namesake referred to Ice Cube as well as the other participating rappers, but J-Dee, Shorty, and T-Bone would adopt the name for their own in time. Their standout appearance on the Ice Cube track would earn the trio critical interest, (as well as shout-outs on Ice Cube’s 1991 follow-up Death Certificate) and generate palpable anticipation for a studio album of their own. Guerillas In Tha Mist, their 1992 debut record, was recorded in the wake of the Rodney King riots, taking its name from infamous comments made during the riots. The record was uncompromising and confrontational in its depictions of urban decay and an unjust system wreaking havoc on an economically disadvantaged Black population. It was starkly realistic (bordering on abrasive) in the content of tracks like the armed revolution-advocating ‘Freedom Got An A.K.’, the kill-your-idols style of ‘You And Your Heroes’, and the anti-pusher anthem ‘All On My Nut Sac’. These harsh manifestos were made all the more smooth via Ice Cube’s jazzy G-funk and Bomb Squad-influenced production, which sampled heavily from classic songs by Parliament, Kool & The Gang, The Incredible Bongo Band, and even Vangelis. Cube himself would make guest appearances throughout the record, as well as an appearance by B-Real of Cypress Hill on the track ‘Ain’t Got No Class’. Guerillas In Tha Mist was a Billboard success upon its release, reaching #24 on the Billboard 200, and rendering rap radio hits out of its title track and ‘Freedom Got An A.K.’, but Da Lench Mob would fall into obscurity over the years, eventually going their separate ways after creative differences, financial rifts, and the life conviction of rapper J-Dee for suspected murder in 1993. Despite their loss of commercial fortunes, Guerillas In Tha Mist would develop a strong reputation as an unheralded gem among hip-hop heads, and would be considered one of the great lesser-known releases of the era among critics (in 2018 Complex would declare the title track as one of the 100 Best L.A. Rap Songs). Decades after its initial release, and in tribute to the memory of Da Lench Mob member Shorty, who passed in 2019, Get On Down now presents an exclusive LP reissue of Guerillas In Tha Mist, which previously was only released officially on wax in Europe. Remastered audio and a painstakingly recreated full color jacket.”

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108 “Mission Infinite” (All City)

108 “Mission Infinite” (All City)

NBN Archives is proud to debut a forthcoming series of Hip-Hop and R’n’B reissues with a little known Californian project from “108”, a short lived Bay Area group which consisted of rappers Encore (Shaya Bekele) and Grand The Visitor (Everett Aknowledge) along with composer-producer Sedric Edwards. Originally released in 1996 in a very limited quantity of one hundred CD’s, the album “Mission Infinite” never really got the attention it deserved until now.

By the mid-90s Encore and Grand had already been gravitating around the San Jose Hip-Hop scene, releasing music in connection with Bay Area Hip-Hop Icon Peanut Butter Wolf – both featuring on one of Wolf’s first 12’s “Step On Our Ego’s?” (1996, South Paw Records). In the same year, Grand released his first solo single “The Visitor” on Blind Side Recordings produced by PB Wolf and Encore’s first single was one of the very first releases on Stones Throw in 1997. Sedric Edwards was a sound engineer working locally when he met Chris Cut (aka PB Wolf). They set up a studio together where he met the two MC’s. According to Encore: “One day, Sedric was playing some of his Jazz-infused instrumentals in between sessions, and we were like: ‘We should try something with this!’”

Working with Sedric’s simple home studio set-up and with local musicians adding instrumentation to his bass playing, they managed to achieve a “live feel” on the album. Released upon completion via Wake Up Records, the LP was promoted with a couple of shows in small clubs around the San Jose area – where most of the CD’s were sold. However without distribution or promotion the record fizzled out. It remains a mystery up until today how this album remained so slept-on for over two decades.

At a time when rapping over live instrumentation was not very common, a style popularized by bands like The Roots, the 108 project truly stands out amongst other Hip-Hop releases of that era. NBN Archives is extremely proud to present this 90’s Hip-Hop underground masterpiece, remastered from the original DAT tapes, for the Jazzy Hip-Hop Aficionados.

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Black Moon “Rise Of Da Moon” (Duck Down)

Black Moon “Rise Of Da Moon” (Duck Down)

Black Moon returns with Rise of Da Moon. The 15-track album features Method Man, Smif N Wessun, and Rock of Heltah Skeltah. The project is entirely produced by Da Beatminerz. The CD is a custom digipak with a die-cut silhouette of Buckshot, 5FT & Evil Dee. 9.5″ x 28″ poster included. 8-page booklet w/ exclusive photos from the recording sessions.

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Smuv “Sandy Beaches” (Vinyl Digital)

Smuv “Sandy Beaches” (Vinyl Digital)

Between distorted guitars, echoing birds, rambling basses and mystic sounds you’ll find yourself in your head wandering over sandy beaches.
Smuvs next lofi vinyl works without beeing repetetive but suprising moments and samples you may haven’t heard before.
The beautiful drawn cover gives you a perfect description of the minimalistic works which will simply bring joy to your speakers.

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Soul AM “AM Life” (Vinyl Digital)

Soul AM “AM Life” (Vinyl Digital)

Crackling jazz and relaxed Lofi Vibe. These are the two points that the new album “AM Life” by Soul AM revolves around. The producer from Medellin, Colombia holds up to what his name promises: Very soulful music with a special passion for beautiful piano melodies embedded in relaxed beats around them. Just sometimes he occasionally complements this arrangement with other instruments like a butter-soft saxophone. This jazzy sound is perfect for a chic dinner or just a few quiet hours on the couch at home.

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Mt. Fujitive “Sanctuary” (Vinyl Digital)

Mt. Fujitive “Sanctuary” (Vinyl Digital)

For many fans out there lofi hiphop is a real sanctuary and mt. fujitive not only has the same opinion, but definitely is an integral part of it.

The impact of lofi hiphop is often underestimated by the general public. But whoever dives deeper into this scene knows what he has on these mellow sounds. With his new album “sanctuary” the beat maker from Reykjavik has set a monument to his favorite music genre. Like hardly any other producer, he knows how to create certain moods with his minimalistic beats. Each song on the record conjures up a different picture and yet “sanctuary” works as a beautiful unit that will convince all fans immediately!

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Mndsgn “Breatharian” (Fresh Selects)

Mndsgn “Breatharian” (Fresh Selects)

L.A. producer, Mndsgn’s most recent project, Breatharian, gets the official re-issue treatment via the newly formed Fresh Selects label. The rising instrumentalist – best known for his work with the likes of Danny Brown, Jonwayne, Sonnymoon, Blu, Knxwledge, and more – sees his first retail release in over 4 years and has pulled out all the stops for the occasion.

A diverse, conceptual beat tape that takes a varied approach into exploring the strange phenomenon known as “breatharianism” – the project made waves when it first dropped last summer and has now been professionally mixed, mastered, and pressed to vinyl for the first time. Along with it are two new bonus beats, “Hiking” and “Bweyy” (featuring co-producer, Swarvy); the album also marks Mnd’s first ever official music video – in the form of two-fer, “Hiking” / “Fif Dim.

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Brother Ali “Secrets & Escapes” (Rhymesayers Entertainment)

Brother Ali “Secrets & Escapes” (Rhymesayers Entertainment)

Secrets & Escapes is a compendium of Brother Ali’s time with Evidence over the course of three trips to California, recording in a Venice garage with no regard for pleasing the internet or competing with the music industry. Ev chopped up records on old-school samplers and ran them through a compressor (2 track) so they couldn’t be re-arranged or mixed. Brother Ali sat with the mic and spit rhymes as they came to him, without writing or organizing them into songs. Ev smoked a lot of weed, Ali prayed a lot, and their influences on each other can be heard in the recordings. Every time they made something that reminded them of what they’ve become known for, they threw it away and started something new. Talib Kweli, Pharoahe Monch and CS Armstrong all came through to bless the project with contributions too. This album is two friends making rap music for no other reason than because it’s what they love to do.
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JPEGMAFIA “All My Heroes Are Cornballs” (JPEGMAFIA)

JPEGMAFIA “All My Heroes Are Cornballs” (JPEGMAFIA)

This album is really a thank you to my fans tbh. I started and finished it In 2018, mixed and mastered it in 2019 right after the Vince tour. I don’t usually work on something right after I release a project. But Veteran was the first time in my life I worked hard on something, and it was reciprocated back to me. So I wanted thank my people. And make an album that I put my my whole body into, as in all of me. All sides of Me baby. Not just a few. This the most ME album I’ve ever made in my life, Im trying to give y’all niggas a warm album you can live in and take a nap in maybe start a family and buy some Apple Jacks to. I’ve removed restrictions from my head and freed myself of doubt musically. I would have removed half this shit before but naw fuck it. Y’all catching every bit of this basic bitch tear gas. This is me, all me, in full form nigga, and this formless piece of audio is my punk musical . I hope it disappoints every last one of u.

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Gang Starr “One of the Best Yet” (Gang Starr Enterprises)

Gang Starr “One of the Best Yet” (Gang Starr Enterprises)

Gang Starr is undoubtedly one of the most revered, beloved and influential groups in Hip Hop. Over the course of their distinguished career, they became a cultural institution and a brand you could ultimately trust. With a handful of indelible classic albums on their resume, DJ Premier and Guru’s catalogue has not only persevered but mastered the test of time. Simply, Gang Starr did not follow trends, they created them.
One Of The Best Yet is many things. Yes, it’s the first new Gang Starr album in sixteen-years and it is a historic event to be celebrated and rejoiced, but it symbolizes much more than that. One Of The Best Yet further cements Gang Starr’s legacy. This literal gift of an album not only harkens you back to Gang Starr’s seminal work of the past, but it re-establishes their impact in a modern-day perspective. Album includes guest spots from: M.O.P / Q-Tip / Royce da 5’9” / Jeru The Damaja / J. Cole Ne-Yo / Nitty Scott / Talib Kweli / Big Shug / Freddie Foxxx.

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DJ Cam “‘90s” (IATTYTUDE)

DJ Cam “‘90s” (IATTYTUDE)

Born in 1973 in Paris, DJ Cam has been one of the most influential artists in the “French Touch” era, thanks to his participation in La Yellow 357 together with Dimitri From Paris.

DJ Cam is back with an instrumental hip hop album – a tribute to his favourite producers and MC’s, and to his childhood spent in New York during the summer of ‘92. Cam’s beat are infused with the cool daisy age vibes popularised by A Tribe Called Quest and J Dilla.

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Ice-T ‎”O.G. Original Gangster” (Music On Vinyl)

Ice-T ‎”O.G. Original Gangster” (Music On Vinyl)

O.G. Original Gangster, Ice-T’s 4th album, is arguably Ice’s best album as he continued his streak of classic albums that he started with Rhyme Pays. Ice reached his peak on here, as his lyrics and beat selection were the best they had ever been. Ice-T was a pioneering force for the west coast, especially in the ’80s, as he was one of the first gangster rap artists. At his finest hour, he connected his street language to subjects as violence, social structures, and ghetto life. The refined flow of the beats marks this essential record and masterpiece. The album peaked at number 15 on the U.S. Billboard 200, and was featured in many Best Rap and Hip-Hop lists, as well as the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.

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Obijuan x Grimm Doza “the king’s wishes” (Bad Taste)

Obijuan x Grimm Doza “the king’s wishes” (Bad Taste)

Bad Taste is proud to present the new joint from Obijuan and Grimm Doza ~ the king’s wishes. Ten tracks that tread a whole spectrum of lo-fi hip hop and the LP edition includes two bonus tracks as vinyl only exclusives.

Originally from the Bahamas but now living internationally with no fixed abode, Obijuan is a rising 23-year-old rapper that has been active with a series of solid solo projects as well as collaborations with the likes of Philanthrope, looms., Lord Apex and Toonorth. Grimm Doza is a prolific artist from New Jersey that’s previously produced beats for Roc Marciano, Tha God Fahim, Retch and Xxxtentacion.

‘Layin Low’ sets the tone of the record; Obijuan spitting headstrong lyrics and keeping it 100 over a with a hazy, low slung beat. ‘London Pack’ picks up the pace and re-affirms Obi’s nice flow, soon followed by a blunted trip to the clouds for ‘Waverunner (feat. Puddlegod)’.

‘sand scripts’ shows a rawer side to the project, Grimm Doza’s beat feels anxious, almost paranoid and Obi stating “…too much knowledge make the world feel frightening” is apt for the times we live in. Closing track ‘CAPSIZE’ continues that rawness; grungy production from the murky depths whilst Obi calls on Looms for a guest verse before making mc’s walk the plank.

the king’s wishes gets straight to the point. Obi let’s a track run for however long feels right, be that one minute or three. It’s about the vibe, the bars and the feeling that its done its thing. That’s why it’s best experienced in full, top to bottom, start to finish. Don’t just dip your toes in the ocean when you should be diving in.

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Emapea “Seeds, Roots & Fruits” (Cold Busted)

Emapea “Seeds, Roots & Fruits” (Cold Busted)

Accomplished Polish beat-maker Emapea has made memorable appearances on many Cold Busted label compilations – such as in the IWYMI and Bust Free series – and has been selected for inclusion in Mark Farina’s next Mushroom Jazz installment. All this activity has mouths watering for the debut full length album from Emapea, and the appearance of Seeds, Roots & Fruits doesn’t disappoint one bit. Featuring sixteen exceptional tracks ranging from hip hop to acid jazz to psychedelic trip hop in the style of Mo’Wax, Emapea’s long player is indeed, as a wise man once said, “a journey into sound.” Seeds, Roots & Fruits rises above the average beats album to reveal the enduring depth of this young producer.

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Maple Syrup “High Tides”(Millenium Jazz Music)

Maple Syrup “High Tides”(Millenium Jazz Music)

High Tides is the second album by Russian beat maker, Maple Syrup. After the success with his debut LP Vacations, he was excited to get back to work and come up with new material, and after two years in the making High Tides is ready to go on 12″ vinyl and digital platforms. We hope you enjoy this project as much as the Vacations LP.

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Various Artists “Follow The Leader: Re-Imagined As Jazz…” (Hay, Reid & Smith)

Various Artists “Follow The Leader: Re-Imagined As Jazz…” (Hay, Reid & Smith)

Re-imagined instrumentals of the groundbreaking and critically acclaimed Follow the Leader album from Eric B. & Rakim.  Endorsed and fully supported by Eric B. & Rakim.

Jonathan Hay, Benny Reid, and Mike Smith had numerous discussions on how to respectfully, faithfully, and creatively re-imagine Eric B. & Rakim’s classic 1988 album, Follow the Leader. The difficulty was twofold. One, Follow the Leader is a revered and iconic hip-hop album and had to reflect its adoration. Two, how can it be translated to a jazz style, especially omitting the centerpiece, Rakim’s voice? Reid (lead instrumentalist – tenor saxophone, alto saxophone, bari saxophone, flute) and Hay’s (producer) initial strategy of replaying Rakim’s extended, rhythmically intricate rap verses organically morphed into a more improvised, classic jazz style. The emcee vocal style and flow along with Eric B.’s through-composed instrumentals, served as a model for Hay, Reid, Smith and musician Mani Ajami to draw inspiration.

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J. Cole & Dreamville  “Revenge of the Dreamers III” (Dreamville)

J. Cole & Dreamville “Revenge of the Dreamers III” (Dreamville)

The third compilation album from J. Cole and record label Dreamville features contributions from a supergroup collective of the label’s artists, available here on vinyl. Representing community and unsung artists who fight for their voices to be heard, this expansive double LP features contributions from DaBaby, EarthGang, Bas, Ari Lennox, J.I.D, T.I., Vince Staples, Young Nudy and so many more. 2019,

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2Pac & Thug Life “Thug Life : Volume 01” (Interscope)

2Pac & Thug Life “Thug Life : Volume 01” (Interscope)

Thug Life: Volume 1 is the only studio album by American hip hop group Thug Life, started by 2Pac. It was released on September 26, 1994 by Interscope Records. The group featured Big Syke, Macadoshis, Mopreme, The Rated R and 2Pac. Among the notable tracks on the album are “Bury Me a G”, “Cradle to the Grave”, “Pour Out a Little Liquor” (which also appears on the soundtrack to the 1994 film Above the Rim), “How Long Will They Mourn Me?” and “Str8 Ballin’.” The album is Gold certified by the RIAA.

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Clear Soul Forces “Detroit Revolution(s)” (Fat Beats)

Clear Soul Forces “Detroit Revolution(s)” (Fat Beats)

First official US vinyl pressing, first pressing of any kind since 2012

After their debut mixtape “Clear Soul Radio”(2010), follow-up EP “The Departure”, an A3C Festival appearance, two SXSX showcases, induction to Red Bull Academy’s Soundstage program, and performances with Tanya Morgan, Just Blaze, Alchemist, Talib Kweli, and Freeway, the release of 2012’s “Detroit Revolutions” LP put the Detroit collective Clear Soul Forces on the radar of hip hop fans worldwide – led by the viral hit Get No Better. Since then, CSF has toured the globe, released three (Gold PP7s, Fab Five, Still) albums with Fat Beats Records, and have no plans of slowing down with a new album slated for 2020. Until then, Revo is making an official return to wax as the missing piece in many CSF vinyl collections.

 

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Showbiz & A.G. “Full Scale” (D.I.T.C.)

Showbiz & A.G. “Full Scale” (D.I.T.C.)

Available for the first time on vinyl in its entirety.

Diggin In The Crates (D.I.T.C.) was born out of a group of artists who began making noise in the late ‘80s and into the next decade and beyond—namely Lord Finesse, Diamond D, and Fat Joe. After well-received albums, an official, wider collective was founded that also included O.C., Big L, Buckwild, and producer-rapper combo, Show & A.G. (originally known as Showbiz & A.G.).

The crew proceeded to drop a run of sublime records, including Show & A.G.’s Soul Clap EP (1992), their full-length debut Runaway Slave (1992), followed by Goodfellas in 1995. Show & A.G.’s next project, Full Scale, arrived in 1998 and featured appearances from O.C., KRS-One, Big Pun, the Ghetto Dwellas and verses from members of D.I.T.C. including Diamond D, Big L and Lord Finesse.

In 2002 a CD version titled Full Scale LP (using the same artwork) was released with 10 additional tracks which had originally been released on various 12″ singles and projects in the late 1990s. The project had never been released on vinyl in its entirety – until now.

Production on Full Scale was handled by Showbiz and A.G. except for “Time To Get This Money” which was produced by long-time collaborator Ahmed, and “Hold Mines” and “Hidden Crates” which were produced by DJ Greyboy.

The assortment of guest features doesn’t detract from A.G., a masterful emcee with a no-nonsense style that is simple but impactful. Full Scale follows the tried and true blueprint from Show & AG’s earlier classics cementing its place in hip hop history.

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