Category: hiphop

Today (July 25) is the 30th anniversary of thi…

Today (July 25) is the 30th anniversary of this landmark album—the Beastie Boys’ “Paul’s Boutique.” This is my original pressing, amazingly still sealed with the hype sticker. I always believe that records are meant to be opened and played, but when I stumbled across this a few years ago, I felt the weight of history upon me to keep it as-is and intact. A commercial disappointment when it came out, the LP has gone on to become considered a classic and with good reason—it’s fun!


Public Enemy ‎– It Takes A Nation Of Millions …

Public Enemy ‎– It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back (1988) 

Pete Rock ‎– Soul Survivor (1998)

Soft spot for the older guard.

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Part of why I dig the Beastie Boys’ Check Your…

Part of why I dig the Beastie Boys’ Check Your Head is because I interviewed them when it came out. I had a tape of it a month early so that I could do a phone interview for The Island Ear, and I loved the album, got SO into it, told anyone who would listen that it was going to be huge, could rap along with most of it, had lots of questions for them, and when the big day came, I spoke with Ad-Rock and Mike D at the same time, and to put it mildly—they were dicks. 
The interview was a trainwreck—they didn’t answer questions and often didn’t even acknowledge there was someone on the other end of the phone; instead, they just spent their time trying to crack each other up over stuff that wasn’t even remotely amusing. Eventually—and it took a while—it dawned on me that they were high AF. The interview went so bad that their publicist even called a few hours later to apologize. I mean, when you’re doing damage control with ME? That’s bad. The resulting article was awful, too, because I had nothing usable to work with. 
AND YET, to this day, I think the Beasties are great, and this album is so much fun. That’s how talented they were. It’s also part of why I enjoyed the recent Beastie Book so much—I finally found out answers to some of my questions, decades later. I was bummed at the time, but today I can say I interviewed them when they were high as hell at 2 in the afternoon on a Tuesday—and if you think about it, that’s exactly what you would want an interview with the Beastie Boys to be. 


Cardi B – Invasion Of Privacy (2018)

Cardi B – Invasion Of Privacy (2018)

First needledrop.  Just flipped over to side 2, Bodak Yellow on 11! I look forward to bonding with my kid over this.  It’s cool to be the one who introduces her to new music, but I think I might enjoy discovering it together a whole lot more.  She knew Cardi B way before I dropped the needle, 20 minutes ago.  It’s her language, I wanna learn and appreciate it. Music brings us together.

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Cardi B – Invasion Of Privacy (2018)

Cardi B – Invasion Of Privacy (2018)

First needledrop.  Just flipped over to side 2, Bodak Yellow on 11! I look forward to bonding with my kid over this.  It’s cool to be the one who introduces her to new music, but I think I might enjoy discovering it together a whole lot more.  She knew Cardi B way before I dropped the needle, 20 minutes ago.  It’s her language, I wanna learn and appreciate it. Music brings us together.

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NEW RELEASE Newbury Comics Exclusive, Ltd. 50…

NEW RELEASE

Newbury Comics Exclusive, Ltd. 500 copies

Czarface, Ghostface ‎– Czarface Meets Ghostface
Silver Age ‎– SIL 007-LP
Vinyl LP, Blue Swirl Translucent

Masterful hiphop, delivered by 2 masters.  From album art to music, all killer.  Ghostface = favorite Wu Tang member. Fishscale and that collab with Badbadnotgood convinced me I need to keep listening way beyond Wu and his early solo stuff.  

RTJ care about the quality of their vinyl pres…

RTJ care about the quality of their vinyl pressings.  EL-P’s for real, on every level.  The attention to detail isobvious with the art and packaging. I’m happy to see it extends to the quality of the vinyl record. We buy our music on vinyl to enjoy the full extent of what you’re laying down.  

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NEW ARRIVAL Vinyl Me, Please. Essentials – E0…

NEW ARRIVAL

Vinyl Me, Please. Essentials – E073

Flying Lotus ‎– Cosmogramma
Warp Records ‎– WARPLP195V
2 × LP, Black and White Marble
Released: 
2010 (2019 Reissue)

Moving records is a helluva job; them mofos is heavy!  I took the opportunity to dig out all my VMP and Black Lion records so I can get more spine porn going.  It’s not as uniform or impressive looking as the wall of orange and black that’s beneath it, but getting there slowly.  

The Vinyl Lab is one step closer to being done.  Yesterday was spent setting up the camera and putting up display shelving.  It’s not painted yet and there’s no backdrop to speak of yet but I’ve got ideas… I’ll keep posting progress pix and spinning the wax.
Also, this new Flylo reissue of Cosmogramma is LOUD AS FUCK! VMP gave it the half-speed mastering treatment, had it pressed at GZ Media and added exclusive new cover art. It’s pretty, it sounds great and the vinyl experience is immersive and tactile.  Vinyl done right. 

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Pete Rock ‎– Soul SurvivorRCA ‎– 88875040831…

Pete Rock ‎– Soul Survivor
RCA ‎– 88875040831, Nature Sounds ‎– NSD-803
2 × LP + Bonus 7", Red/Black Split Vinyl
Released: 2017

Classic Hip Hop. Be careful out there.

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N.W.A. Efil4zaggin. 1991 US issue 15-track LP …

N.W.A. Efil4zaggin. 1991 US issue 15-track LP for the 4th and final studio album by the Gangsta rap group produced by Dr. Dre & DJ Yella including the singles ‘Appetite For Destruction’ and ‘Alwayz Into Somethin’. Housed in a glossy picture sleeve with the title backwards [Niggaz4life], still in the original open shrink and in superb condition with the vinyl being immaculate.

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