Next Tru Soul release indefinetly postponed! Back in stock! Pete Rock is widely recognized as one of the greatest hip hop producers of all time. His name is oft included in the pantheon of the greatest, alongside DJ Premier, RZA and J Dilla. In addition, Pete has one of the world’s most extensive vinyl collections, the sort of collection who’s size can only be estimated – and that estimate stands in excess of 100,000 LPs. 2019 will see the launch of Pete Rock’s own imprint, Tru Soul Records. And being a lover of all things vinyl, he’s decided that the label’s inaugural release has to be for Record Store Day. Rock’s production forte is the melding of Jazz with early 90s East Coast boom bap, as demonstrated though his work with partner in rhyme CL Smooth. But there was a time before Pete met CL, a time before the world came to know Pete Rock & CL Smooth, a time when Pete was a 19 year old in his basement in Mount Vernon, NY making beats with his SP-1200. These are those beats. Released for the first time ever on “Return Of The SP-1200” debuting on Record Store Day 2019.
When you take two beasts on the mic repping Brooklyn neighborhoods Canarsie and Coney Island, you end up with a pair of gorillas. Gorilla Twins to be exact. Comprised of ILL BILL and NEMS, the two have long been paving their way within the Hip Hop landscape. BILL with his solo career and group affiliations (La Coka Nostra, Non Phixion & Heavy Metal Kings) and NEMS with his FYL brand as well as dominating the battle circuit.
Just this past year alone has shown growth and success with the release of ILL BILL & Stu Bangas "Cannibal Hulk" and NEMS & Jazzsoon's "Gorilla Monsoon" albums which are both some of their best work to date. The new "Gorilla Twins" album is no different. Banging beats from the likes of Scram Jones, Stu Bangas, ILL BILL and more as well as features from Immortal Technique, Vinnie Paz, D.V. Alias Khryst and Lord Goat.
Jay Worthy, the LNDN DRGS front man, originally hails from Compton and -- along with frequent collaborators like Kamaiyah and G Perico
-- he's part of a new crop of rappers that keep the sound and feel of the '90s G-funk era alive However, after moving to NYC for a period of
time he linked up with NYC producer Harry Fraud (Smoke DZA, Curren$y, Meyhem Lauren, French Montana, etc). Fraud is a real New York
kinda guy, but it turns out he's also really good at crafting the kind of West Coast-style bounce that Jay Worthy is perfect for. Initially,
Worthy and Fraud got together to record the songs “Uncle Brad” ft. ElCamino and “Backpage Freestyle” ft. Grafh & Daytona, both of which
are included on “Two4One”, Worthy’s first solo project, released as a series of two single collaborations in 2020, and via Get On Down on
both colored and black vinyl.
However, these bi-coastal collaborators didn’t stop there and they soon found themselves recording enough songs for an entire project of
their own, with Worthy penning his lyrics in Harry’s Brooklyn based studio at the same time Harry was producing the music for what
became “Eat When You’re Hungry, Sleep When You’re Tired”, their seven song project (EP) featuring Larry June, Guapdad 4000, ElCamino
(Griselda), G-Perico, Band Gang Lonnie Bands and Big Body Bes.
Worthy & Fraud are now dropping “Eat When You’re Hungry, Sleep When You’re Tired” and the instrumentals for all seven tracks on a
limited edition purply-swirl colored vinyl, with amazing artwork.
Back in stock ! Madlib, the prolific producer and adept sampler with a record collection spanning all genres and eras and Freddie Gibbs, the gravel-voiced braggadocios rapper, a vocal athlete. As a pair, they exude a natural chemistry and craft an alchemical music. Reunited after their widely celebrated 2014 album Piñata, Gibbs and Madlib are back with Bandana, a brand new collaboration for 2019. Bandana includes first single, “Flat Tummy Tea,” which received critical praise upon release from the likes of Rolling Stone, Billboard, Vulture, Pitchfork, FADER, GQ, and more. The album will also include features from Pusha T, Killer Mike, Yasiin Bey, and Black Thought and more.
After the last album "Welle 9" from 2019, which entered the official German album charts at number 75, Beatmaker Noyland returns with his new Beat-Album "Neues von damals". Beside never before released Beat Classics from Die Beleidiger (Retrogott, Hulk Hodn & Syllabi Spill), Noy Riches, O-Flow & Stef der Crashtest, new unreleased BoomBap-Gems will be featured with the typical SP1200-Noyland-sound from Cologne. As always, it's published on the in-house label ENTBS.
Der Hamburger Produzent I.L.L. Will war zur Zeit des ersten großen Deutschrap Hypes um die Jahrtausendwende aktiv und lieferte Beats für die damals erfolgreichsten Rapper des Landes, u.a. Fettes Brot, Deichkind, Curse oder Eins Zwo.
Da jedoch nur sehr ausgewählte Songs das Licht der Welt erblickten, blieben viele für immer verborgen. Jetzt hat I.L.L. Will tief in seinem Archiv gegraben und droppt einige unveröffentlichte Beats und instrumentale Demo Versionen von bekannten Klassikern dieser Zeit, genauer gesagt aus den Jahren 1995 - 2001. In Anlehnung an den aktuell sehr beliebten Lo-Fi Sound, hat er das Album „Vintage Low Fidelity“ genannt.
Die Instrumentals passen hervorragend in diese vitale Szene, sind dahingehend kein Stück gealtert und präsentieren die Zeitlosigkeit der damaligen Acts. Als besonderes Highlight gibt es einen unveröffentlichten Remix des MC Rene Klassikers „Die neue Reimgeneration“ von 1995.
Vinyl auf 350g Karton, Gatefold Cover
2LP mit insgesamt 52 Tracks.
NAMELESS - Raised in Flint, Michigan, he’s a producer & also a human time machine for the 90’s Boom Bap sound. On this album, “Chips”, NAMELESS is releasing a project that has become the most personal of his career thus far.
“Chips” became a 2 year creation due to a life of serious events happening: lot of forks in the road, lot of depression, lot of moving from resting place to resting place, and so on.
But when a person is passionate about a creation he’s been working on for 2 years, they’ll go through whatever it takes to see that it comes to life, even if they feel like the process is being dragged.
Almost every track on the project involves a story, such as tracks like “Aisle 5”....a non-sampled, Flying Lotus-channeled joint, arguably his most soothing beat, created right after he was laid off from his job, truck driving. The beat was officially completed while sitting in his car, on break from driving for Lyft.
It includes a posse cut titled “4 For $1” which features 4 talented rappers: Nametag Alexander, lojii, Vic Spencer & Brain Orchestra....the track also includes 4 beats in one. [hence the title “4 For $1” which is a nostalgic memory of chips that used to be 4 for $1 back in the days]
It also has a featured metaphorical spoken word on chips from his good homie Donnie McMillan Jr. on the end of the track “Pringle’s” and you won’t be able to forget the melodic harmonies from his sis, Lyric Jones towards the end of the track “Harvest Cheddar Sun Chips”.
The “Chips” project has been molded into a perfect masterpiece to the point that NAMELESS reached out to his mentor & good friend House Shoes and told him that this project was his own version of “Donuts”.....and that’s a huge statement. Hope you enjoy!
For fans of: J Dilla, Devonwho, House Shoes, Kutmah, Flying Lotus
Wu Tang Clan affiliate Emcee Darkim Be Allah teams up with producer Endemic Emerald to bring the “Antediluvian King” long player. Darkim Be Allah - renowned since the late 90's for his work with the Wu Tang family - educates with the 5% teachings of the Nation of Gods & Earths, which flow seamlessly over the melodic backdrops provided by Endemic Emerald. Features come from Planet Asia, Tragedy Khadafi & Kasim Allah - “Antediluvian King” is gritty, raw, NYC hip hop at its finest!