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.