The Doppelgangaz - 'Peace Kehd' CD Now Shipping
2/19: The project explores the duality of the black cloak lifestyle, blending smooth and "in your face" textures that continue the progression of their sound. Matter Ov Fact and EP have been known to don black cloaks to represent the Black Cloak lifestyle. This way of life entails making the most out of available resources, no matter how limited they may seem. What might be viewed as a disadvantage for some artists, has become a strong point for The Doppelgangaz. They take pride in handling their own production, designing their artwork and directing their own music videos. The ability to oversee every aspect of the creative process has allowed the gang to present cohesive projects that uphold their ghastly vision.
Vinyl LP available for pre-order.
Verbal Kent w/ Khrysis - 'Sound Of The Weapon' CD Shipping
2/19: Verbal has always been one to lock in amazing production. His last album – with Ugly Heroes – was produced entirely by Detroit's Apollo Brown. This time around everything is produced by Khrysis. Add in a bonus track produced by 9th Wonder and you've got a fully stacked solo album from Verbal Kent. Verbal finds meaning in the everyday struggles he and his city live through - adding to it hard-line braggadocio, comedic flare, and social awareness.
Pete Rock & CL Smooth - 'All Souled Out (Deluxe Edition)' CD
2/12: Available for pre-order. In the summer of '91 All Souled Out officially introduced Pete Rock & CL Smooth to the hip hop listening community, and it is hard to imagine a stronger or more confident introduction. The "Good Life" starts things off with its perfect mix of horns and catchy bassline, while CL lays his trademark flow while speaking of the pros and cons of wealthiness. Next up is the standout "Mecca & the Soul Brother" which shows the duo at their best - hard pounding drums, signature horns (which will become Pete's trademark) and CL on the mic. By the time the smooth flute of "Go with the Flow" comes in it's clear why this is one of the most important EP releases of the 90s. This deluxe edition of All Souled Out makes the best even better with the inclusion of five back in the day remixes and instrumentals.
Grieves - 'Winter & The Wolves' CD/ Vinyl Pre-Order
2/12: Known for a unique blend of hip-hop and alt-soul, Grieves has co-produced 14 new tracks with B. Lewis, combining organic pianos and guitars with synthesizers; a dramatic backdrop for his vocals. Reflecting on growth and maturity, Winter & The Wolves is about the instinctual fight for survival. Finding yourself alone, facing hindrances to your livelihood, and having the courage to overcome them. Tackling subjects like addiction and heartbreak, Grieves signature combination of humor & gloom depict the inner turmoil between abandoning the dreams of his youth, and carving a new path for himself.
Lord Finesse - 'Return Of The Funky Man' CD Now Shipping
2/12: Originally released in 1992, this album was very anticipated after his debut on the scene just a few years prior. Having already established himself as a punch-line king capable of humorous storytelling, Return Of The Funky Man cemented Finesse as a top notch producer. Along for this ride Finesse brings D.I.T.C brethren Showbiz and Diamond D on the production side while A.G and (at the time) newcomer Percee P share mic duties.
Vinyl LP version also available.
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Pawz One - 'Face The Facts' CD Now Shipping
2/12: First solo album featuring a combination of gritty and smooth production from Los Angeles producers Default & Breeze that embody the genuine golden-era style. Heavyweight guests such as Rakaa Iriscience of Dilated Peoples, Ras Kass, Termanology, 2Mex and Masta Ace all make solid appearances throughout the album. The cultures in good hands, it's time to face the facts!
AIAIAI x Stones Throw Records TMA-1 Headphone
2/5: The latest addition to AIAIAI'S LABEL/ED series: the TMA-1 Stones Throw Edition. Designed in collaboration with the label that brought Madlib, Dam-Funk and M.F. DOOM to the world, the new model sports a bold, new black and purple colorway, and an embossed Stones Throw logo on both earcups. Tested in studios and on tours all over the world by the world's most demanding DJs, this is a specialized piece of equipment for the hard working musician and audiophiles alike.
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Prince Po w/ Oh No - 'Animal Serum' CD Now Shipping
2/4: As one half of seminal hip hop duo Organized Konfusion, Prince Po helped elevate lyricism and shape the art form for years to come. With two innovative artists joining forces for the first time, Animal Serum is a dark, psychedelic experience that even includes a long-awaited reunion Organized Konfusion reunion on the Pharoahe Monch-assisted "Smash".
Vinyl LP available for pre-order.
M.F. DOOM - 'Special Herbs Vol. 3 & 4' Vinyl Now Shipping
1/30: M.F. DOOM is the man in the iron mask. The most mysterious figure in hip-hop has also become one of the most popular, supplying beats and rhymes for some of the most recognized names in hip hop.a Since 2002, DOOM has released numerous volumes of Special Herbs, one of the longest-running instrumental series in hip-hop history. Now, volumes three and four of the acclaimed series are available on vinyl for the first time in years. With obscure loops and dusty samples galore, Special Herbs Vol. 3 & 4 is a must-have for any DOOM fan or hip-hop head. Also includes a limited-edition bonus 7", featuring two beats from DOOM's days as a member of 90s hip-hop trio KMD.
Dag Savage - 'E&J' CD/ Vinyl Now Shipping
1/30: Exile + Johaz = DAG SAVAGE. The album features appearances from Blu, Aloe Blacc, Fashawn, Co$$, Choosey and more. With beats produced By Exile who has been making classics for the westcoast for a minute, from Blu & Exile's "Below the heavens" to Fashawn's "Boy meets World." Now for his next classic, the debut album "E & J" by Dag Savage.