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  • I Wish My Brother George Were Here I Wish My Brother George Were Here Quick View

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    I Wish My Brother George Were Here

    In the early 90s hip hop took a turn and gangsta-style rap dominated, making waves off
    the West Coast that rattled throughout the world. The East Coast's dominance was
    descending despite the success and positivity of Native Tongues acts like De La Soul
    and A Tribe Called Quest, who favored thought-provoking humor and cleverness over
    gangsta rap's grittiness and grim outlook. It was in this landscape that Oakland, CA's
    Del The Funky Homosapien emerged in 1991, with his debut release
    I Wish My Brother George Was Here.


    Cribbing equally from the East Coast's irreverence and wit, and the West Coast's
    P-Funk inspired production, (the album was produced by Del's cousin Ice Cube) Del's
    debut has rightly been heralded as a benchmark album for underground hip hop. I Wish My Brother George Was Here not only produced the underground classics Dr. Bombay and Mistadobalina (#9 on the 1992 Hot Rap Tracks Charts), but also set the scene for the success of the other less gangsta West Coast
    artists like The Pharcyde, Digable Planets, and of course Del's compatriots in Souls of Mischief.


    Above all else, Del is credited with injecting some much needed light-heartedness at a moment when it was truly needed.
    Since his debut Del has gone on to work alongside Gorillaz, Wu-Tang Clan, El-P, Handsome Boy Modeling School, and
    as a member of the acclaimed hip-hop supergroup Deltron 3030, and even with Dinosaur Jr.


    Traffic Entertainment now presents I Wish My Brother George Was Here as a special double LP reissue, featuring the
    original artwork, and all of The Funky Homosapien's witty and innovative rhymes intact.

    1. What Is a Booty
    2. Mistadobalina
    3. The Wacky World of Rapid Transit
    4. Pissin' On Your Steps
    5. Dark Skin Girls
    6. Money for Sex
    7. Ahonetwo, Ahonetwo
    8. Dr. Bombay
    9. Sunny Meadowz
    10. Sleepin' on My Couch
    11. Hoodz Come in Dozens
    12. Same Ol' Thing
    13. Ya Lil' Crumbsnatchers
    Del The Funky Homosapien
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  • Quazarz vs. The Jealous Machines Quazarz vs. The Jealous Machines Quick View

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    Quazarz vs. The Jealous Machines

    Quazarz vs. the Jealous Machines is one of two new albums by interstellar hip-hop enigma Shabazz Palaces, aka Ishmael Butler (who, in another galaxy, performs in Digable Planets) and Tendai Maraire. Quazarz vs. the Jealous Machines, and its companion, Quazarz: Born On a Gangster Star, were both produced by Knife Knights (i.b e.b.) and mixed by Blood.

    Quazarz came to the Earth from somewhere else, a musical ambassador from his place to ours. Somehow, through fire or through fury, the Palaceer of Shabazz Palaces caught wind of the tale, and it is through his prism that we hear the story.

    The beach was there, and Atlaantiis, and chemical alterations and cell memories and Andre Norton, Richard K. Morgan, and always Octavia Butler. There were killings and there were votes, and brutality in both. There was sound and there were other worlds, and there was a vastness so participation sometimes came only at the edges. And the Palaceer coasted down with the alien notion, like Quazarz, and so became.

    On Quazarz when they look at this place they see the inhabitants, the humans, but they don't assess as we do. And so Quazarz was sent to meet a cat with vibration, a creative and courageous, caring, compassionate dude that stood out. The dude was a drug dealer, but that was neither here nor there, until his dealings squashed the rendezvous, leaving our alien alone to figure out what this place is really all about.

    Coming from a simpler, more essential, innocent place, the hero could not make heads nor tails of most advancements. From an aerial view, he saw that a good percentage of earthly vibrations were on very small squares and it became his belief that this world was very disposable and the spans short. His opinion was not of anything good nor bad but simply the truth. The machines-he noted-though at the behest of their master's voice, are scorned, and jealous as all hell.

    And so the tale is told while surfing on the board of Shabazz Palaces, with its sturdy base angled for takeoff on a new trajectory. There is new blood and space and room to be different and have different assets and different art and different ways to talk and also open up some space inside to do something new. There are pages and there are drawings, and color and faces and inked dialogues written in ancient futuristic hieroglyph. There are scales and there is melody and there are Sunny days and there is Darkness, but that-it should be noted-to the Palaceer is not a lack of illumination or brightness. Maybe it is dark, but in it is always optimism and joy, a bright darkness and a full, hopeful one as well.

    1. Welcome to Quazarz
    2. Gorgeous Sleeper Cell
    3. Self-Made Follownaire
    4. Atlaantis
    5. Effeminence
    6. Julian's Dream (ode to a bad)
    7. 30 Clip Extension
    8. Love in the time of Kanye
    9. Sabonim in the Saab on 'em
    10. The SS Quintessence
    11. Late night phone calls
    12. Quazarz on 23rd
    Shabazz Palaces
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  • Ghetto: Misfortune's Wealth Ghetto: Misfortune's Wealth Quick View

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    Ghetto: Misfortune's Wealth

    Ghetto: Misfortune's Wealth is the the 1973 Stax debut and the only album released by The 24-Carat Black until a lost album, Gone: The Promises Of Yesterday, was finally released 35 years later. Ghetto: Misfortune's Wealth is an underground soul classic, a cohesive 8 song concept album about the hardship of black urban life, produced and arranged by classically trained Detroit song writer Dale Warren, who was an orchestrator and arranger on the Isaac Hayes' albums Hot Buttered Soul, The Isaac Hayes Movement and ...To Be Continued among others.


    This album has been a hit among many samplers for decades including being used on these songs: Jay-Z - Can I Live Pt 2, Dr. Dre - Nas Is Coming, Eric B - In The Ghetto, Digable Planets - Cool Like Dat and Naughty by Nature - Poverty's Paradise.

    1. Synopsis One: In The Ghetto/God Save The World
    2. Poverty's Paradise
    3. Brown-Baggin'
    4. Synopsis Two: Mother's Day
    5. Mother's Day
    6. Foodstamps
    7. Ghetto: Misfortune's Wealth
    8. 24-Carat Black (Theme)
    24 Carat Black
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    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Ghetto: Misfortune's Wealth (Pre-Order) Ghetto: Misfortune's Wealth (Pre-Order) Quick View

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    Ghetto: Misfortune's Wealth (Pre-Order)

    Ghetto: Misfortune's Wealth is the the 1973 Stax debut and the only album released by The 24-Carat Black until a lost album, Gone: The Promises Of Yesterday, was finally released 35 years later. Ghetto: Misfortune's Wealth is an underground soul classic, a cohesive 8 song concept album about the hardship of black urban life, produced and arranged by classically trained Detroit song writer Dale Warren, who was an orchestrator and arranger on the Isaac Hayes' albums Hot Buttered Soul, The Isaac Hayes Movement and ...To Be Continued among others.

    This album has been a hit among many samplers for decades including being used on these songs: Jay-Z - Can I Live Pt 2, Dr. Dre - Nas Is Coming, Eric B - In The Ghetto, Digable Planets - Cool Like Dat and Naughty by Nature - Poverty's Paradise.

    1. Synopsis One: In The Ghetto/God Save The World
    2. Poverty's Paradise
    3. Brown-Baggin'
    4. Synopsis Two: Mother's Day
    5. Mother's Day
    6. Foodstamps
    7. Ghetto: Misfortune's Wealth
    8. 24-Carat Black (Theme)
    24 Carat Black
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    Vinyl LP - Sealed PRE-ORDER Buy Now
  • Uptown Saturday Night (Out Of Stock) Uptown Saturday Night (Out Of Stock) Quick View

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    Uptown Saturday Night (Out Of Stock)

    Hot off the success of Jay-Z's Reasonable Doubt, producer extraordinaire Ski was on fire when he flipped Dynasty's Adventures In The Land of Music for Camp Lo's breakout 1996 smash single Luchini. The same year saw Camp Lo opening shows for De La Soul during their Stakes is High tour. Combine that with the fact that Ish aka Butterfly from Digable Planets had cosigned for the group's reputation and would appear on some of the tracks (in addition to Trugoy from De La), there became a huge buzz around their debut album Uptown Saturday Night. The album struck the perfect balance between club tracks and underground bangers for the mixtape crowd. Critically acclaimed and fan approved, this late '90s must-have was complimented by the incredible cover art illustrated by legendary NYC graffiti artist Dr. Revolt that paid homage to Marvin Gaye's 1976 classic I Want You. Remastered from the original tapes and pressed on loud double vinyl. Includes 18 X 24 poster illustrated by artist Dr. Revolt.
    1. Krystal Karrington
    2. Luchini aka This Is It
    3. Park Joint
    4. B-Side To Hollywood feat. Trugoy The Dove of De La Soul
    5. Killin' Em Softly
    6. Sparkle
    7. Black Connection
    8. Swing feat. Ish aka Butterfly of Digable Planets
    9. Rockin' It aka Spanish Harlem
    10. Say Word featuring Jungle Brown
    11. Negro League featuring Bones and Karachi R.A.W.
    12. Nicky Barnes aka It's Alright feat. Jungle Brown
    13. Black Nostaljack Aka Come On
    14. Coolie High
    15. Sparkle (Mr. Midnight Mix)
    Camp Lo
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    Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Temporarily out of stock
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