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Purple Tape Pedigree Presents: Fresh Out The Box #13

Thursday, December 29th, 2011
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Our friends at Purple Tape Pedigree run a bitchin rap radio show called Fresh Out The Box, which happens every Thursday via BBOX radio. I had the honor of guesting on two few episodes so far, here is my most recent appearance. Lots of good music was played, year-end lists and fine meats and cheeses were discussed, and we randomly drank some wine from plastic cups. You should give it a listen, and don’t sleep on their other episodes, especially the XMAS one. I will be returning there again tonight, so listen to that too.
STREAM/DL: Purple Tape Pedigree Presents: Fresh Out The Box #13 (Guest Starring Alex from Steady Bloggin)

Tracklist for the show is below

’80 Blocks From Tiffany’s’ finally coming to DVD

Wednesday, October 6th, 2010
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Shame on me for missing this news when it first popped up in August. This cultiest of all cult documentaries/essential piece of NY history has languished in obscurity for far too long, being available only via fuzzy bootlegs and grainy youtube vids (the ultrarare official VHS version now goes for $100+). This fall it’s finally being re-released, restored and refurbished with all sorts of bonus features and added materials. Judging by the DVD trailer above the image quality seems as good as it can possibly be. No exact release date yet, but if it actually comes out it will be one of the year’s more essential DVD offerings. Cover art and official press release below the jump.


Rock (Heltah Skeltah) – Rockin’ Out West Mix CD

Thursday, August 12th, 2010
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After recently beating out an attempted murder charge, Rock a.k.a The Rockness Monstah of Heltah Skeltah is back with his latest Mix CD project Rockin Out West, available September 7th, 2010 for physical CD release only. The album is an ode to Rock’s time spent out on the West Coast in Los Angeles with guest features from Kurupt, Ras Kass, Nate Dogg, and more.

“Rockin Out West is my latest gem” says Rock. “Most diamonds are rocks that form under high-pressure high-temperature conditions but at the end you get something beautiful, something special, a gem. That’s all a metaphor for the case I faced over the past two and a half years. The case and the pressure I was under created the climate that gave me the fuel and the fire to do this project. It happened on accident, but then again I don’t really believe in accidents.”

With Rock’s powerful voice and hard hitting rhymes over classic West Coast hits, Rock is confident in the release, elaborating “To all of my fans and supporters, old and new, this gem is my gift to you! Rock on!”

Rock will be releasing several music videos from the forthcoming Mix CD, in the meantime fans can listen to the latest leak off Rockin Out West, “Rockridah” as Rock’s distinctive sound flows over 2Pac’s classic “Ambitionz Az A Ridah” here: “Rockridah” SoundCloud Link:

Rock of Heltah Skeltah “Rockridah” by duckdown

Rockin Out West Official Track Listing:

1- Suge Intro
2- West Coast Rockin
3- Da Ness Episode
4- Watch Out
5- Gangsta Boogie
6- Meet n Greet feat. Kurupt
7- Underground
8- Puffin n Drankin
9- Da Shitsong
10- Still Rockin
11- Rockridah
12- Who Wanna Rock
13- WestCoastBlah
14- CantBrag, CantComplain
15- Tha Villest
16- Not Goin Out feat. Ras Kass
17- Big Heaters
18- Rocko feat. Po-Rilla
19- MostWanned
20- Respect Da G-Code feat. Rockredd, Boblakk, Rudyrockwell
21- Walk Like a G feat. Nate Dogg
22- Murdererer
23- Help Me
24- Da Dirtiest
25- Warning
26- Brite Lites Big Cities
27- Paid Niggas feat. Munchdawg, Pressha Dinero
28- Temp Murda

John Legend + The Roots = Wake Up!

Thursday, June 24th, 2010
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If this is anything like “Fire” or “Doin It Again” I’m buying two copies. – Philaflava

New York (June 24, 2010) – Musical powerhouses John Legend & The Roots are presenting fans with a fiery new offering, Wake Up! The upcoming CD, being released by Sony Music on September 21, 2010, will feature soulful music from the 60’s and 70’s all with an underlying theme of awareness, engagement and consciousness— effectively telling listeners to Wake Up!

After being inspired by the recent historical Presidential election campaign of 2008, the R&B singer Legend and hip-hop band The Roots felt a need to enter the action. What started as plans for a single quickly developed into a passionate album representing change, hope and activism— not only referencing one particular moment in time, but on a larger scale, holding true no matter what the political climate may be.

The resulting album features eleven profoundly evocative songs infused with sounds of gospel, rock and reggae inflections with hip-hop influences. The album is highlighted by familiar tracks like “Wholly Holy” by Marvin Gaye and “Little Ghetto Boy” by Donny Hathaway mixed with the more obscure selections of Baby Huey and the Babysitters’ “Hard Times,” and “Hang on in There” by Mike James Kirkland.

“These songs sound so relevant now,” Legend says. “On most of them, you wouldn’t change a lyric. ‘Wake Up Everybody’ (the album’s first single, featuring contributions from Melanie Fiona and Common) has four verses—the first one is a general statement, the second is about education, third is about health care, and the fourth is about making a better environment. No editing needed.”

“When these songs were written, people were more spiritually in tune,” says Roots drummer/musical director Ahmir “?uestlove” Thompson. “It was fresh from the civil rights era and there was a feeling of hope that maybe, yes, someday we will all be free. In 2010, not so much.”

The album features one original composition, Legend’s song “Shine,” which is featured in Academy Award-winning director Davis Guggenheim’s upcoming documentary film Waiting for Superman. The song, a “Stevie-Wonder-meets-gospel” stunner, clearly demonstrates the strengths of this specific group of musicians. Wake Up! blends Legend’s expressive, thoughtful vocal interpretations with an element of funk that only The Roots can provide.

Bringing John Legend & The Roots together is an inspired pairing, so logical that it’s a little surprising they haven’t teamed up in a proper collaboration before. John Legend is a six-time Grammy winner whose three albums have all hit Number One on the Billboard R&B charts, and who has collaborated with such artists as Kanye West, Jay-Z, Alicia Keys, and the Black Eyed Peas. The Roots—currently visible nightly as the stupendously versatile house band on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon—have released nine acclaimed studio albums (including the recent How I Got Over) and redefined the relationship between live instruments and hip-hop.

The Budos Band – Unbroken, Unshaven

Thursday, June 10th, 2010
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Cobras! Free Shit!

The Budos Band has a new album The Budos Band III out in August, here is the track that Daptone leaked as a sneak peek.

Download: The Budos Band – Unbroken, Unshaven

Click below for more info on the album and tour dates.

Mush Records Sale – 10 CDs for $16

Friday, May 28th, 2010
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Mush is selling the world (some of it). Go here and on the ‘Order’ page in the ‘Comments’ section dig through these bitches:

Bibio – Hand Cranked
Bibio – Vignetting The Compost (we only have 2 of these – 1st come 1st serve)
Her Space Holiday – XOXO, Panda And The New Kid Revival
Her Space Holiday – Let’s Get Quiet Vol. 1
Her Space Holiday – The Young Machines
Her Space Holiday – The Young Machines Remixed
Clue To Kalo – Lily Perdida
Clue To Kalo – One Way, It’s Every Way
K-The-I??? – Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow
Lymbyc Systym – Love Your Abuser
Lymbyc Systym – Love Your Abuser Remixed
Pedro – Pedro
Pedro – You, Me & Everyone
Eliot Lipp – The Outside
Antimc – It’s Free But It’s Not Cheap
Qua – Forgetabout
The Opus – Breathing Lessons
Head Like A Kite – There Is Loud Laughter Everywhere
Nobody & Mystic Chords of Memory – Tree Colored See
Daedelus – Exquisite Corpse
Bigg Jus – Poor People’s Day