Mass Appeal Vinyl, CD & tapes from this label at Norman Records
TV show host and podcaster N.O.R.E. (aka Noreaga of Capone-N-Noreaga) is also a musician who's been releasing music for over two decades. 5E feels like a celebration of N.O.R.E.'s career. Twenty years ago he's worked with The Neptunes on 'Superthug', and he's still working with Pharrell Williams to this day.
Disc Jockey Shadow still has quite the reputation despite not producing much of note since his second album and live he's still a blast as he veers between classics to obscurity like the crate digger he is. So it turns out he played in our very own rain sodden Manchester where someone taped his set and committed it to vinyl. There's also a CD/DVD set where you can watch him at work.
- Vinyl Double LP (MSAP0057LP)
Hmmm….what can I say about New York rapper Nas that you don’t already know? After all, he’s sold 30 million records which means he is much more famous than many of the artists on our website, and most people know all there is to know already. Well, how about this: He has a vinyl version of his 11th album, It’s called Nasir, which is his full first name, but I guess you know that last bit, huh? Kanye West has produced 7 of the tracks. We expect this to be big. LP on Mass Appeal/ Def Jam.
Twenty years old this year is Nas’s classic hip-hop landmark Illmatic. Nas celebrated with a major concert: an orchestra version of the whole album, performed with the National Symphony Orchestra! This edition presents recordings of the whole concert on two vinyl LPs, plus a poster and some parts of the orchestra’s sheet music! Out on Mass Appeal.
The first Run The Jewels record capped a victory lap of a year for producer EL-P and rapper Killer Mike, who respectively released the bombastic 'Cancer 4 Cure' and poignant 'R.A.P Music' -- they then went on to release their collaborative self-titled record, which showed off the affection and understanding they share for each other's work. They're back now with the blood red 'Run The Jewels 2'.
Four years on from If There’s A Hell Below and Detroit MPC-whizz Black Milk comes back with his sixth solo LP. FEVER demonstrates Black Milk’s growing confidence by bringing more live instrumentation into play than ever before. The result is an LP of fly neo-soul/rap that recalls Common, Kaytranada and more. It also proves BM to be a more-than-serviceable MC, with his bars cropping up on several tracks. Guests include Dwele and former D’Angelo drummer Chris ‘Daddy’ Dave.
A good TV series needs a good soundtrack, and Silicon Valley is no exception! It boasts a righteous quantity of classic hip-hop artists, from Nas, Wu-Tang Clan and DJ Shadow to Run The Jewels and Hudson Mohawke, with some artists even providing new exclusive tracks. Silicon Valley: The Soundtrack is released on vinyl by Mass Appeal.
Still riding ever strong, nearly 30 years after he created his intriguing electronic hip-hop universe, DJ Shadow extends his mammoth back-catalogue with The Mountain Has Fallen EP. Featuring Danny Brown and Nas, this material shows no sign of Shadow slowing down; Instead the gears are lodged in fifth.
DJ Shadow broke new ground in the hip-hop world over 20 years ago with his magnum opus Entroducing. His new album, The Mountain Will Fall sees him continuing with his deeply forraged samples and experimental beats whilst also adding traditional song composition and live instruments such as synths, horns and woodwind. There’s a few interesting guests on here too with Run The Jewels and Nils Frahm the most notable of the contributors.
Listen up beat-fans: a whole full-length album of J Dilla material, previously utterly unreleased. And get this: Dilla is on the MC duties here, spitting bars over productions by the likes of Madlib and Karriem Riggins. The Diary is thus a very fresh look at another side of a major hip-hop talent. On Mass Appeal.
Esteemed rap duo and cat advocate society Run The Jewels are having a good time releasing acclaimed self-titled records with different numbers at the end of them -- they're half way through completing no. 3 as we speak -- so here's a nifty looking piece of cardboard branded after them, for your viewing pleasure. Ah, RSD, never change.
- Poster (81281402028)
- Limited edition
Little Shalimar’s documentary Rubble Kings charts the rise and fall of gang warfare in The Bronx circa 1970 and its influence on the film The Warriors. This double vinyl LP compilation of music inspired by the film pays homage to a golden age of hip-hop, but with an array of modern artists. Older New York rap icons like Ghostface Killah rub shoulders with new blood like Ka.
Welcome to 2015, where a throw-away joke about a version of Run The Jewels’ RTJ2 made with cat sounds can be taken by the internet and turned into a real thing. And it’s true, Meow The Jewels remixes the whole record to replace the beats with cats. For real. El-P and Killer Mike received help from the likes of Zola Jesus and Dan The Automator in bringing this thing to life.
Jay Electronica’s Exhibit C has proved so successful that it has been covered by stacks of his peers (Mos Def, Lil B, Bobby Creekwater anyone?), but the single has only ever been released digitally before. No longer however, as Mass Appeal have now pressed Exhibits A and C (plus their gorgeously soulful instrumentals) to a handsome picture disc.
Gangrene’s You Disgust Me is a mash of gnarly hip-hop flows over Alchemist and Oh No’s inventive instrumentals. The producers aren’t afraid to throw in some disorientating sounds along with the weed-infused grooves. The two also lead the rapping, with guest spots from Action Bronson and Sean P. Double clear vinyl in an edition of 300.
A real treat here for fans of Grand Theft Auto, as Rockstar has teamed up with The Alchemist & Oh No for a compilation based on the series. GTA has always had excellent music, and Welcome To Los Santos has tracks from the likes of Earl Sweatshirt, Little Dragon, A$AP Ferg and a great many more. Double LP on Mass Appeal Records.
Remember the hours that you whiled away playing Grand Theft Auto V? No? Well, relive them and get the memories back of all the hours you spent beating up prostitutes and stealing cars with this limited edition, three LP collection featuring original music and scores from Tangerine Dream, DJ Shadow and more.