too $hort’s legendary 1992 effort “shorty the pimp” is back in effect on vinyl thanks to the hip hop preservationist at get on down. though many don’t consider this to be one of too $hort’s strongest releases, the project did move well over 80.000 in its first week of release landing at number 6 on the billboard top 200. taking the title from the incredibly rare 1973 blaxploitation film, too $hort does what he does best on shorty the pimp: funk beats, oastful braggadocio, a few conscious rhymes and layers of straight up pimp talk. the lyrical content can certainly be considered comical and entertaining. “shorty the pimp” is also a stand out project for producer ant banks who did many of the beats for the project, his first works with too $hort with many more to follow over the next decade. oddly enough, one of the best comments on “shorty the pimp” comes from a random guy on the internet who commented on his experience listening to the release, “i ran my car into a tree after listening to ‘it don’t stop’ definitely made for cars with the booming systems!”
spice 1 is an undisputed west coast legend, who first hit the scene after the n.w.a. and closer to home too $hort explosion of the late 80s. as history showed, he continued that bloodline with finesse and authority. his nasal flow is menacing and strong, and fans have been consistently captivated by his hood tales since his self-titled debut in 1992. if you want thematic range with your mcs, spice isn’t that dude he is all about crime tales and the perils of ghetto life. and he attacks that storytelling sweet spot with each new cut. spice 1 boasted four singles by the time it was all said and done, and breezed to gold status on the strength of cuts like the catchy east bay gangster, the heartfelt tales and truths of welcome to the ghetto, and the thick, grooving in my neighborhood. he even produced the alcohol-themed 187 proof, another of the albums singles, and the hands-down cleverest vocal outing on the lp. sonically, the backdrops on spice 1 range from plunky, keyboard-bassline funk to deeper, fuzzy 70s samples and he sounds strong on top of both. break yourself is fueled with an electro-funk drive, 1-800 spice brings reggae flavor, and peace to my nine gets chunkier, with a well-placed p-funk one nation under a groove sample. presented here on official retail vinyl for the first time since its initial release 26 years ago, spice 1s debut holds the test of time and carries the california gangsta flag with pride. some colors just don’t fade.
REACHIN (A NEW REFUTATION OF TIME AND SPACE (2X12 LP)
2x12" Vinyl lp UK29.08.18
25th anniversary edition - first vinyl reissue of the 1993 debut album from digable planets, expanded as a double lp for improved sound. includes deep liner notes by larry mizell jr. interviewing ishmael “butterfly” butler. lyrics are included for the first time. the 2xlp is housed in a deluxe wide spine jacket with booklet and inner sleeves.
“hypocrisy is the greatest luxury” is the debut album by the industrial hip hop formation the disposable heroes of hiphoprisy. years after its release it was recognized as one of most underrated albums from 1992. pressing on 180 gram audiophile double vinyl, includes insert with lyrics.
originally released through the beastie boys french fan club, the in sound from way out! is a collection of the group s funky instrumentals from check your head and ill communication, with a couple of new tracks thrown in. the beasties have a flair for loose, gritty funk and soul-jazz, and the stuttering, greasy keyboards of money mark give the music an extra edge -- he helps make the music sound as authentic as anything from the early 70s. pressed on 180g vinyl.
before run dmc’s collaboration with aerosmith -walk this way- (1986) smashed the hit charts and proved to the mainstream that rock and hip hop are mere sides of the same coin, the seminal hip hop group already introduced both styles to each other on their second album king of rock (1985).
this groundbreaking record was the first hip hop album to go platinum. as its title implies, the dynamic trio claim their supremacy by combining heavy 808 beats and massive guitar riff samples, proving they were the baddest group on the block, period. their sound influenced late eighties hip hop on the whole, most notoriously by their label mates the beastie boys. king of rock s influence is phenomenal. not only did it introduce rock fans to a new music, its fresh sounds also made all hip hop that came before it sound dated. this 1985 record is a trailblazing album to the umpteenth degree!
pressing on 180 gram audiophile vinyl.
amongst hip-hop fans, boogie down productions first two albums criminal minded (1987) and by all means necessary (1988) both loom very large. and for good reason: they both captured one of the late 1980s most important and influential crews at their highest powers of lyricism and musical invention. that being said, too many people sleep on bdps third lp, ghetto music. released in 1989, when the hip-hop world was truly beginning to explode and reach new heights of sales and exposure around the world, the album is arguably as powerful as the groups first two. as on by all means necessary, in the wake of the tragic death of original founder, producer and dj scott larock, krs-one pushed along mightily on the production side, with help from his extended crew. musically the sound created on albums 2 & 3 was funky, catchy, and continually innovative, giving him the perfect backdrop to build his edutainment syllabus. lyrically there was never a question about krsã power, and on ghetto music he continues to impress, teach and ask important questions. clear cases in point are two of the albumãs singles, you must learn and why is that? but he gets even deeper on lesser-jocked tracks like the anti-police thought-piece who protects us from you (still sadly relevant in 2017), ghetto music and world peace. still as strong and entertaining today as it was almost three decades ago, this new reissue is a perfect way for younger fans to embrace one of the most underrated hip-hop platters of the era.
original released in 1988, tougher than leather was the culmination of the rap/rock road that run-dmc travelled in since their earlier albums king of rock and raising hell. pressing on 180 gram vinyl with download code included.
• 180 gram audiophile vinyl
• pvc protective sleeve
• featuring tracks from grandmaster melle mel & the furious five, arthur baker, afrika bambaataa & the soulsonic force + shango and many more!
beat street is an american 1984 drama film featuring new york city hip hop culture of the early 1980s, breakdancing, djing and graffiti.
there are several performances in the movie, notably from established early hip hop groups, grandmaster melle mel & the furious five, doug e. fresh, afrika bambaataa & soulsonic force and the treacherous three. as a member of the treacherous three, kool moe dee also appeared in the film.
beat street’s impact was felt internationally as well as throughout the united states. in germany, for example, beat street is credited with introducing the hip hop movement to the country.
* the main ingredient* is the second album by pete rock & cl smooth, originally released in 1994. characterized by sultry soul and jazz samples, the album saw a more polished sound than the duo’s debut “mecca & the soul brother” movlp1633, building on the praise that they had already garnered. the main ingredient is notable for its snappy, crispy drums and extensive use of vocal scratches. it contains some of the duo’s best known work, in the form of tracks such as the upbeat “in the house”, and the catchy “sun won’t come out”, which features a lush vocal sample from the song of the same name by harvey scales.
pressing on 180 gram audiophile vinyl.
“the iceberg/freedom of speech... just watch what you say!” is the third studio album by infamous rapper ice-t, released in 1989. the album has an uncharacteristically gritty sound, featuring some of the darkest musical tracks that ice-t ever released. pressing on audiophile 180 gram vinyl.
back to black is proud to present one of the very first releases on the legendary def jam records label as part of its 30th anniversary. this classic 1984 12 inch single, produced by rick rubin himself, is a must have for any old school hip hop vinyl fan! pressed on heavyweight 180 gram vinyl, mp3 download code included.
released in 1988, tougher than leather was the culmination of the rap/rock road that run-dmc travelled in since their earlier albums king of rock movlp675 and raising hell movlp633. its superb production, booming 808 beats combined with guitar samples, catchy choruses and smart rhymes made tougher than leather undoubtedly the best hip hop record that came out in 1988. great tracks include *mary, mary*, *runs house* and *i m not going out like that*. its equal appeal to hip hop as well as rock fans made the album a million seller, and underlined run-dmcs stature as living hip hop legends all over the world.
pressing on 180 gram audiophile vinyl.