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Return Of The Boom Bap1993's Return of the Boom Bap is the debut solo album from former Boogie Down Productions leader and rap pioneer KRS-One. Enlisting outside producers here such as Gang Starr's DJ Premier and Kid Cupri gives the music the weight to contend with KRS-One's cutting and socially conscious lyrics, making for a hard-hitting and thrilling ride in hip-hop history.1. KRS-One Attacks
2. Outta Here
3. Black Cop
4. Mortal Thought
5. I Can't Wake Up
6. Slap Them Up
7. Sound Of Da Police
8. Mad Crew
9. Uh Oh
10. Brown Skin Woman
11. Return Of The Boom Bap
12. P Is Still Free
13. Stop Frontin'
14. Higher Level$29.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
I Got Next
1. 1st Quarter - Commentary
2. 2nd Quarter - Free Throws
3. The MC
4. I Got Next/Neva Hadda Gun
5. Heartbeat (LP Version)
1. Step Into A World (Rapture's Delight)
2. A Friend (LP Version)
1. 3rd Quarter - Commentary
4. The Real Hip-Hop - Part II
5. Come To Da Party
6. Can't Stop, Won't Stop
1. Over Ya Head
2. Just To Prove A Point
3. 4th Quarter -- Free Throws
4. Step Into A World (Rapture's Delight) (Remix)$34.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Criminal MindedIn listing the greatest albums in hip-hop history, one title never seems to
stray from the upper echelons, no matter how many years pass: Boogie
Down Productions' undisputed classic from 1986, Criminal Minded.
Released amidst a battle between BDP and MC Shan that would redefine
the New York rap landscape as it was then known, the album, which
features the songs "South Bronx," "Criminal Minded" and "The Bridge is
Over," captures the excitement, urgency and raw power that embodies
hip-hop culture as we know it, with KRS-One's aggressive yet intelligent
lyricism backed by Scott La Rock's hard-hitting, stripped-down beats.
A true classic, Criminal Minded has been recognized by Vibe Magazine,
The Source and Rolling Stone as one of the most important albums of all
time. Traffic Entertainment Group and B-Boy Records are proud to
present Criminal Minded, presented inn a double-LP pressing.LP 1
2. South Bronx
3. 9mm Goes Bang
4. Word From Our Sponsor
1. Dope Beat
2. Remix For P Is Free
3. The Bridge Is Over
5. Criminal Minded$20.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
KRS One1. Rappaz R. N. Dainja
2. De Automatic
3. MC's Act Like They Don't Know
5. Free Mumia
7. Represent the Real Hip Hop
8. The Truth
9. Build Ya Skillz
10. Out for Fame
11. Squash all Beef
12. I'm Still #1
13. My Philosophy
14. Jack of Spades
15. Why Is That?$29.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Criminal Minded 7 Box SetTraffic Entertainment Group and B-Boy Records are proud to present one of the most influential and
original albums in music history: Criminal Minded by Boogie Down Productions in a never before released form. One of the most legendary releases in the history of music is now available as a unique and collectable 7" box set. The entire original album is included across five 45s, housed in a durable box lined with two versions of the B-Boy Records logo. Each 45 is enclosed in a mini replica of the B-Boy 12" jacket.
A true classic, Criminal Minded was included in Vibe Magazine's 100 Essential Albums of the 20th
century. KRS-ONE's combination of street slang and Webster's dictionary knowledge backed by Scott La
Rock's hard hitting, minimal beats helped set this album apart when it was originally released in 1986. With this now-classic debut album, BDP's hardcore stylings helped to redefine the New York rap music scene. Criminal Minded elevated the standards and proved that rap could be a dynamic and consciousness-raising medium. Since its release, KRS-ONE has gone on to become one of the most
prolific and critically-acclaimed artists in Hip Hop history.
This deluxe 7 inch box set is a new chapter in the storied history of one of recorded music's genuine
treasures, Criminal Minded.Record 1:
Side A: Poetry
Side B: South Bronx
Side A: 9mm Goes Bang
Side B: Word From Our Sponsor
Side A: Elementary
Side B: Dope Beat
Side A: Remix For P Is Free
Side B: The Bridge Is Over
Side A: Super-hoe
Side B: Criminal Minded$49.997 Vinyl Single Box Set - 5 Singles Sealed Buy Now
Bosnian RainbowsBosnian Rainbows is a new band featuring Omar Rodriguez Lopez (The Mars Volta, At the Drive-In), Teri Gender Bender (Le Butcherettes), Nicci Kasper (Kudu, KRS-ONE) and Deantoni Parks (John Cale, The Mars Volta).
Since forming in the Summer of 2012, they have toured extensively in North America, Europe, Russia, Australia, New Zealand, and Japan. They made their U.S. festival debut at last September's Fun Fun Fun Fest, and appeared at Festival Vive Latino at Mexico City's Foro Sol Stadium in March 2013.1. Eli
3. Dig Right In Me
4. The Eye Fell In Love
5. Cry For You
6. Morning Sickness
7. Torn Maps
8. Turtle Neck
9. Always On The Run
11. Mother, Father, Set Us Free$23.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Know Better Learn FasterThao and the Get Down Stay Down are an awesome example of a great band making their success the old-fashioned way: by earning it. With only a locally-released full-length in her hometown of Richmond, VA under her belt, Thao put together an impressive backing band and began touring the US and Europe non-stop in 2007. When her debut full-length, We Brave Bee Stings And All was released on KRS in January 2008 she continued touring, building her fanbase with an exciting, electric live show. Massive acclaim in the press and word of mouth propelled sales until she became the best-selling KRS artist of 2008 and the second-fastest selling artist in KRS history.01 The Clap
02 Cool Yourself
03 When We Swam
04 Know Better Learn Faster
06 The Give
07 Good Bye Good Luck
08 Trouble Was For
09 Oh. No.
10 Fixed It!
11 Burn You Up
12 But What of the Strangers
13 Easy$14.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Criminal Minded (Awaiting Repress)Ranked 444/500 on Rolling Stone Magazine's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.
In listing the greatest albums in hip-hop history, one title never seems to stray from the upper echelons, no matter how many years pass: Boogie Down Productions undisputed classic from 1986, Criminal Minded. Released amidst a battle between BDP and MC Shan that would redefine the New York rap landscape as it was then known, the album, which features the songs South Bronx, Criminal Minded and The Bridge Is Over, captures the excitement, urgency and raw power that embodies hip-hop culture as we know it, with KRS-Ones aggressive yet intelligent lyricism backed by Scott La Rocks hard-hitting, stripped-down beats. A true classic, Criminal Minded has been recognized by Vibe Magazine, The Source and Rolling Stone as one of the most important albums of all time.Poetry
9mm Goes Bang
Word From Our Sponsor
Remix For P Is Free
The Bridge Is Over
Criminal Minded$14.99Vinyl LP Reissue - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
Ghetto Music: The Blueprint Of Hip HopAmongst 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 BDP's 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 group's 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 KRS' power, and on Ghetto Music he continues to impress, teach and ask important questions. Clear cases in point are two of the album's 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.1. The Style You Haven't Done Yet
2. Why Is That?
3. The Blueprint
4. Jack Of Spades
5. Jah Rulez
6. Breath Control
7. Who Protects Us From You?
8. You Must Learn
9. Hip Hop Rules
10. Bo! Bo! Bo!
11. Gimme, Dat, (Woy)
12. Ghetto Music
13. World Peace$22.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Vava VoomBy combining sound and force with weight, the Bassnectar experience engulfs the senses. It is as physical as it is auditory; the adventure has no rules, no limitations, and no hesitation in fusing the familiar with the strange or the classic with the cutting edge.
Bassnectar is the brainchild of Lorin Ashton, and it exists as an open-sourced musical project that is as diverse as it is heavy, as raw as it is meticulous, and as fierce as it is imaginary. Spanning the spectrum of sonic style, the music covers every genre imaginable and smashed it all into a synthesis of intense, wobbling basslines and hypnotic soundscapes.
Bassnectar's most recent releases are Cozza Frenzy (2009), Timestretch (2010), Wildstyle (2010) and Divergent Spectrum (2011). Through his self-run Amorphous Music label and studio, he has remixed/collaborated with the likes of Ellie Goulding, Gogol Bordello, KRS-One, Perry Farrel, Fever Ray, Spearhead, STS9 and Buckethead; as well as created various remix projects with producers such as Z-trip, Diplo, ill. Gates, 6Blocc, DJ Vadim, RJD2 and Jantsen.
His new 2012 release, Vava Voom, features 11 slabs of fresh 'nectar' and a host of guests including Lupe Fiasco, Amp Live, Jansten, ill. Gates, Mimi Page and Tina Malia. The album is preceded by the title track lead single featuring Lupe Fiasco.1. Vava Voom (ft. Lupe Fiasco)
3. Ugly (ft. Amp Live)
4. Ping Pong
5. What (ft. Jansten)
6. Pennywise Tribute
7. Do It Like This (ft. ill. Gates)
8. Laughter Crescendo
9. Butterfly (ft. Mimi Page)
10. Nothing Has Been Broken (ft. Tina Malia)
11. Chronological Outtakes$19.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
The Journey Man"In my music," says Goldie, "is everything I've learned, everyone I've met, everything I've experienced." And it's been an incredible trip. The maverick innovator - who rewrote the future of the jungle scene with landmark releases that still sound like they were kidnapped from tomorrow - has a unique story to tell. From children's homes in the West Midlands through stints in New York and Miami as one of the UK's most celebrated exponents of graffiti art to rubbing shoulders with an exceptional list of musical collaborators including David Bowie, Noel Gallagher and KRS-One, Goldie has defiantly, definitively, done it his own way. "I'm an alchemist," he likes to insist. "I practice the dark arts of messing with the form of something solid."
Though marriage and his passion for bikram yoga have, he says, proved a calming influence, these days he's just as full of inspired, out-there ideas as he was back in 1993 when he did his first cover interview for the rave magazine Generator. "My music is about fallout," he said then, "about the damage that has been done to the system." Today, in the office of one of his London-based contacts, the ideas are still sparking. "Drum'n'bass has done to electronic music what graffiti has done to the art world," he muses, before launching into a rapid-fire synthesis of art history, dancefloor evolution and his own hyperactive brand of self-actualization, which loosely translates as: "Why do something ordinary when you can do something extraordinary?"
It sums up the reason why, in 1994, music critic Simon Reynolds famously observed: "Goldie revolutionized jungle not once but three times. First, there was Terminator (pioneering the use of time stretching), then Angel (fusing Diane Charlemagne's live vocal with David Byrne/Brian Eno samples to prove that hardcore could be more conventionally musical), now there's Timeless, a 22-minute hardcore symphony." Each of these were moments that shaped the musical fabric of the decade and beyond, presaging Goldie's transition from the underground rave scene into the world of bona fide A- list superstars.
But it didn't start out like that. The boy who would become Goldie was born Clifford Price on 19 September 1965, just as The Rolling Stones hit the top of the charts with Satisfaction. His dad Clement, originally from Jamaica, had been plying his trade as a foundryman in Leeds. His mum Margaret, who had been born in Glasgow, was a popular singer in the pubs and clubs of the West Midlands. Barely more than a toddler, Goldie was just three when she placed him into foster care (though she kept his younger brother Melvin). He still remembers, he says, the day the social workers came to take him away.
Over the next 15 years, he bounced between a series of foster homes and local government institutions around the Walsall area. His eclectic musical taste was forged, he reckons, in those same local authority homes listening to the sonic tangle of other teenagers' record collections. "In one room," he says, "a kid would be playing Steel Pulse while through the wall someone else had a Japan record on and another guy would be spinning Human League." On rare visits to see his dad, he'd lie sprawled over the living room couch, listening to Jazz FM, marveling at the lavishly-tooled '80s productions of Miles Davis, Pat Metheny, David Sanborn and Michael Franks, adding further layers to his complex musicography.
Already developing the irresistible urge to excel that has marked his inimitable musical career, Goldie's first love was roller-hockey. He earned a place as goalkeeper in England's national squad before the lure of music overtook the lure of sport. After discovering electro and hip hop, he grew his hair - the "goldilocks" that won him his nickname - and joined a breakdance crew called the B-Boys in nearby Wolverhampton. He also discovered graffiti. "They called me 'the spray can king of the Midlands'," he says proudly. His talent was undeniable, bringing him to the attention not only of Britain's Arts Council but to Dick Fontaine, producer of a Channel 4 TV documentary on graffiti. Fontaine's 1987 film Bombin' captured a visit to the UK by New York artist Brim Fuentes. Brim met Goldie and his B-Boys crew in Wolverhampton's Heathtown before heading a dozen miles away to Birmingham's Handsworth, where the producer filmed the aftermath of rioting that had left four dead, 35 injured and dozens of stores burned out. Several months later, Fontaine reversed the process and took Goldie to New York, introducing him to hip-hop pioneer Afrika Bambaataa. For Goldie, on his first trip abroad, never mind his first trip over the Atlantic, the Big Apple was love at first sight. Back in Britain, he begged, borrowed and saved until he had enough to fund a return trip to the Bronx.
"I started painting the trains and getting involved on the streets," he says, remembering his total immersion in what was still, at that point, an emerging culture. Art and music as symbiotic technologies. Rubbing shoulders with the Big Apple's best graffiti artists, his own distinctive style was accelerated and enriched. A move to Miami followed. He worked in the flea markets, he says, "painting trucks for drug dealers" and developing a sideline in gold jewelry that included the distinctive grills that became a trademark on his return to the UK. The magical properties of shaping, working and bending precious metals to his will - as close to alchemy as the modern world gets - became an analogue for the way he prefers to operate in the studio, chasing quicksilver dreams, mercury-fast rivulets of imagination into impossibly lush, breakbeat concertos. Back in Britain, Goldie found himself seduced by the sweetheart of the rave. Though it took him eight attempts to get entry into the club, at London's Rage in 1991 he marveled at the alternate sonic worlds being forged by Fabio and Grooverider behind the decks. "It really flipped me out," he remembers. Soon he found himself in the orbit of Dego McFarlane and Mark Clair. Their label Reinforced was in the vanguard of breakbeat, issuing astonishing records that stripped out boundaries and limits while setting the tone for the scene's sense of adventure. At first, he helped out doing artwork and a bit of A&R. But soon he was in Reinforced's Internal Affairs studio watching intently as Mark and Dego recorded tracks like Cookin' Up Ya Brain and Journey From The Light. "I was watching what they could do," says Goldie, "trying to gauge the possibilities of the technology." Soon he was getting involved. "I remember one session we did that lasted over three days," he says, "just experimenting, pushing the technology to its limits. We'd come up with mad ideas and then try to create them. We were sampling from ourselves and then resampling, twisting sounds around and pushing them into all sorts of places."
What followed was a series of inspired break-driven releases such as Killa Muffin, Dark Rider and Menace. Then Terminator, with its writhing drum loop, dropped and suddenly Goldie's name was on everyone's lips. He followed up with the equally revolutionary Angel, tilting the axis towards the lush, trippy textures that made 1995's debut album Timeless the drum'n'bass scene's first platinum album. Incredibly, given what was happening elsewhere in the scene at the time, the recording of the album's epic title track began as far back as 1993, when most other producers were still focused on the original sonic tropes of hardcore rave.
Timeless was a masterpiece - of production, of songwriting, of sonic perfection and breakbeat futurism. Even today, it still sounds as astonishingly new and inspired as it did back on those early pre-release cassettes circulated by London Records in the early months of 1995 when Goldie was still living on the 18th floor of a North London tower block.
By then, Goldie had already set up his own record label - Metalheadz - with his friends the DJ duo Kemistry and Storm. Along with studio collaborator, Rob Playford's Moving Shadow and LTJ Bukem's Looking Good imprint, Metalheadz helped to define drum'n'bass as a distinct musical format with singles by J Majik, Asylum and Goldie himself. Still bursting with energy, he then launched a legendary club night, Metalheadz Sunday Sessions, at London's Blue Note. The scene's best producers - among them revolutionary artists like Photek, Source Direct, Peshay and Dillinja - would compete to have their latest recordings debuted at the club and the scene's faithful came from far and wide to hear the best tunes before anyone else. "Those nights at the Blue Note were magical," he recalls. "It was an underground phenomenon that became an institution." David Bowie, who was making the drum'n'bass-influenced album Earthling at the time, fell in love with the place. "I remember popping out to take a break from all the madness inside the club," says Goldie. "He was outside having a cigarette, a bit of a breather. We chatted for a bit, looked at each other, grinned and then plunged back into it all. It was just that kind of place."
Goldie is one of only a handful of artists ever to co-write with Bowie - on the track Truth from the drum'n'bass pioneer's second album Saturnz Return. Released in 1998, the album also saw his vision become more expansive (the opening track, Mother, clocked in at just over an hour). The album's collaborative approach included guest spots from rap legend KRS-One, Sex Pistols manager and all-around provocateur Malcolm McLaren, super-producer Trevor Horn and Oasis main man Noel Gallagher (on the single Temper Temper).
Fuelled by the limitless creativity that has been the hallmark of his career to date, Goldie next turned to acting. He reunited with Bowie in Andrew Goth's 1999 thriller Everybody Loves Sunshine then took the part of Bullion in the 1999 James Bond movie The World Is Not Enough. Other box office smashes - including Guy Ritchie's crime heist caper Snatch - followed before he joined the cast of BBC1 soap opera EastEnders, playing the gangster Angel Hudson.
A series of blockbuster TV appearances - on shows such as Maestro (where he learned to conduct an orchestra), Classic Goldie (which saw him perform his own orchestral composition at the Royal Albert Hall in the summer of 2009) and Goldie's Band: By Royal Appointment.
The orchestral training proved useful. In 2014, he translated his original vision for Timeless into the stunning Timeless (Sine Tempore). Performed live with the Heritage Orchestra at the Wilderness Festival to suitably rapturous acclaim, the performance was repeated the following year as part of the Meltdown Festival at London's Royal Festival Hall. In between, he found time to unveil Fragments Of Gold, a piece inspired by medieval chants that he performed live in Glasgow Cathedral.
Drum'n'bass, of course, has remained a consistent passion, both through his Metalheadz label and his releases under the Rufige Kru moniker (2007's Malice In Wonderland and 2009's Memoirs Of An Afterlife). "Technologically," he says, "breakbeat has managed to surpass all other forms of music to date. There isn't a recording engineer alive who can tell me there's any other form of music that is more complex than the music we make." Goldie has also recently announced he will be releasing a brand new double album 'The Journey Man' this year. The album comprises two parts, 16 brand new tracks in total, all written and produced by Goldie. It also features a host of collaborators handpicked by Goldie to help realize his vision for the album.
"I often look at music not so much as a producer but like a director. You're drawing together engineers, performers and arrangers to create something special, something magical. It's like alchemy. The notes, the music, the lyrics, they're all in my head and each element has to be communicated and brought to life to create the finished track. I'm always inspired by great movie directors - people like Stanley Kubrick and PT Anderson - and, if you think about it, it's quite a similar approach. They start off with a vision and then they use that vision to deploy the actors and the cameramen and the editors in order to create the finished film."
Collaborators on 'The Journey Man' album include vocalist and songwriter Natalie Duncan, who was discovered when chosen in the three-part BBC series 'Goldie's Band By Royal Appointment' and later provided the vocals for Goldie's 2012 single 'Freedom'. Other featured vocalists on the album include Terri Walker, Tyler Lee Daly, Natalie Williams, JosÉ James, Naomi Pryor as well as Goldie's wife, Mika Wassenaar Price.
'The Journey Man' will be released through Cooking Vinyl and Goldie's own record label, Metalheadz.
Goldie's love affair with painting has remained consistent too and he continues to exhibit visual work that's just as dazzling as his sonic output. Beginning with Night Writers, the 1986 exhibition at Wolverhampton's art gallery that introduced Goldie and his Supreme Graffiti Team to the British Arts Council, his shows have defined a unique aesthetic that's all his own. And through them all, from 1987's Rockin' The City in Birmingham (where he exhibited alongside Massive Attack's Robert Del Naja) and the 1988 Crucial Creators exhibition in Walsall to more recent gallery events like 2007's Love Over Gold and 2012's Athleticizm collection (including portraits of London Olympics stars such as Victoria Pendleton, Tom Daley and Jessica Ennis), runs a consistent thread of energy, experimentalism and boundary-pushing. His 2013 collection, Lost Tribes, an innovative series of pieces fusing Goldie's style with the artistic expression of the ancient peoples of Africa, Asia and America was, he says, "my most important breakthrough".
And for the kid who lay awake, gazing at the stars, through the window of a children's home, growing up has brought some surprises. In 2012, he was selected as one of the BBC's New Elizabethans, 60 people - ranging from David Hockney to Roald Dahl, David Bowie and Tim Berners-Lee - who have helped shape British culture during the reign of Elizabeth II. Four years later, he was awarded the MBE in the Queen's New Year Honours. It's acceptance, of course, on a grand scale. But at heart, he's still the gatecrasher, amped-up on ideas, buzzing on nothing but love, hope and the certainty that, while his way might not be the easy way, it's very definitely the path of a true artist.
- Tim Barr, 2017LP 1
1. Horizons (feat. Terri Walker & Swindle)
5. The Mirrored River
1. I Adore You (w/ Ulterior Motive)
2. I Think of You
3. Truth (feat. Jose James)
1. Tu Viens Avec Moi?
2. The Ballad Celeste
3. This Is Not A Love Song
4. The River Mirrored (feat. Terri Walker)
6. Tomorrow's Not Today
7. Run Run Run$35.99Vinyl LP - 3 LPs Sealed Buy Now
By All Means Necessary (Out Of Stock)In its history Hip Hop has had a handful of stand-out years. And for many true fans there is
little debate that 1988 was the true "Golden Era". Countless classic albums came out that
year and Boogie Down Productions' By Any Means Necessary ranks high atop that list.
Following the fatal shooting of the groups DJ/Producer Scott La Rock in 1987, KRS One was
determined to continue BDP despite the tragedy. Taking the group in a slightly different
direction, adopting the moniker "Teacher" and taking on social issues, KRS crafted an album
that to this day still sounds fresh and exciting. From the moment the album starts with the
infectious saxophone sample on "My Philosophy" or the Reggae influenced
"Stop the Violence" to the straight up braggadocios "I'm Still #1", By Any Means Necessary
proves why it's one of the most important and classic albums ever recorded. Other stand out
tracks include "Illegal Business" which is a look at how the drug trade corrupts the police
and government, while "Jimmy" warns us to the pit falls of a "big butt and a smile."
Just based on the album's cover alone, an ode to the famous Ebony Magazine Malcolm X
photograph, By Any Means Necessary was able to make one the biggest statements in Hip
Hop history that is just as important today as it was in '88 or as KRS says "Fresh for 88
you suck-azzzz"1. My Philosophy
2. Ya Slippin'
3. Stop The Violence
4. Illegal Business
6. I'm Still #1
7. Part Time Suckers
9. T'Cha T'Cha
10. Necessary$20.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Temporarily out of stock
Hustler's Convention (Out of Stock)'This is a masterpiece of jailhouse blues and cinematic street rap... it deserves its growing reputation as a lost classic.' * * * * - Uncut
'A cornerstone in the development of what is now a part of global culture' Fab 5 Freddy 'a verbal bible' - Chuck D (Public Enemy)
Brought to life by Lightnin' Rod a.k.a Jalal of the Last Poets and backed by music from Kool & The Gang, Buddy Miles, Billy Preston and more, Hustlers' Convention is a concept album documenting the rise and fall of Sport, a street gambler who ends up in jail after a shoot-out with the police.
His street tales of card games, throwing dice and chasing women influenced Wu Tang, Ice T, Public Enemy, Jungle Brothers and many more while also playing a key role in establishing rap as an accepted modern musical art form.
A documentary about the album and its pivotal role in the evolution of hip hop is currently being made. The film features interviews with Chuck D, Melle Mel, KRS One Fab 5 Freddy and more.
This vinyl edition is pressed on heavyweight (180g) vinyl and is packaged in a gatefold sleeve.Sport
The Cafe Black Rose
Brother Hominy Grit
Coppin' Some Fronts For The Set
Hamhock's Hall Was Big
The Bones Fly From Spoon's Hand
The Break Was So Loud, It Hushed The Crowd
Four Bitches Is What I Got
The Shit Hits The Fan Again
Sentenced To The Chair$29.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Temporarily out of stock
Poison (Out Of Stock)In 1988 KRS One made the poignant declaration of never trusting a "big butt and a smile" on Boogie Down Productions song "Jimmy". Truer words have never been spoken. Fast forward 2 years later, Bell Biv DeVoe are smashing the charts (Urban to Pop) with their debut single "Poison", and in taking KRS's words of wisdom the exact phrase - "never
trusting a big butt and a smile" has a major part of the chorus. The world over was singing it. Where once Hip Hop was borrowing from R&B, here the tables were turned, and for good reason : Bell Biv DeVoe weren't making your typical New Jack Swing of the
day, the music sounded closer to a Public Enemy or Ice Cube album. This wasn't your parent's R&B.
With help from Public Enemy producers Eric Sadler, Hank and Keith Shocklee, and several others, Bell Biv Devoe had crafted their debut album Poison which went number 1 on Billboard's R&B/HipHop chart. Poison also spawned other significant hits which
include the title track, "Do Me", B.B.D. (I Thought It Was Me)? When Will I See You Smile Again? and She's Dope". The success this album had on R&B and Pop Culture was unimaginable. By this point other R&B artists tried their best at emulating the sound,
style and (hate to say it) 'swagger' of BBD, but by then it was too late. What BBD was doing is not something many (even their former bandmates) could easily duplicate. And now listening to this album 23 years later it sounds just as fresh and exciting as it did the day it dropped.1. Dope!
2. B.B.D. (I Thought It Was Me)?
3. Let Me Know Something!?
4. Do Me!
5. Ronnie, Bobby, Ricky, Mike, Ralph And Johnny
6. (Word To Mutha)!
8. Ain't Nut'in Changed!
9. When Will I See You Again?
10. I Do Need You$18.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Temporarily out of stock