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2020 release. Modus Vivendi - a Latin phrase used to reference a way of life in which two opposing parties can coexist peacefully. Art has always been Shake's way of life, whether writing poetry as an outlet for depression or crafting playful rhymes about her teammates on bus rides to high school basketball games. "It was an escape for me with all of the frustrations and voices that were going on in my head. I've always felt that I had to do something with these words."
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11/5

A-1 Yola [Neon Orange 2LP]

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MP3 Album: $11.49 Download

A-1 Yola is the second album by rap group 11/5. It was originally released on July 23, 1996, for Dogday Records, and produced by Premiere Music (Reggie Smith, T.C. and Race). A-1 Yola did better on the charts than the group's previous album, Fiendin' 4 tha Funk, peaking at #33 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums and #22 on the Top Heatseekers.
11/5 - A-1 Yola [Neon Orange 2LP]
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2 Chainz

So Help Me God! [LP]

Vinyl: $27.98 Buy

MP3 Album: $11.49 Download

So Help Me God is the personal, soulful 6th studio album from Atlanta rapper, 2 Chainz. Boasting a wide range of star-studded features ranging from Lil Uzi, NBA Youngboy, Mulatto, Brent Faiyaz, plus key collaborators Lil Wayne, Kanye West & Rick Ross. 2 Chainz delivers his classic quotable bars across the 15 tracks. Captures an array of themes from 2020 anthem Quarantine Thick w/ Mulatto, the Hall & Oates sampled Cant Go For That and the melodic Feel a Way w/ Kanye West & Brent Faiyaz.

2 Chainz - So Help Me God! [LP]
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All Eyez On Me is being reissued as a 4 LP vinyl edition - the first for this double disc studio album since 2001. The album debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 upon its release in 1996. It features the massive hits, "Ambitionz Az A Ridah," "Picture Me Rollin'," "I Ain't Made at Cha," "How Do U Want It," and the remix of "California Love." 180-gram heavy vinyl.

2pac - All Eyez On Me [4 LP]
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Limited four vinyl LP set. 2pac's Greatest Hits is a posthumous album originally released on 24th November, 1998. The album's non-chronological sequence focuses on the highlights of 2Pac's career. 21 of his most popular tracks are accompanied by four previously unreleased songs: "God Bless the Dead", "Unconditional Love", "Troublesome '96", and the Grammy Nominated "Changes". The original mix of "California Love" makes it's first proper album appearance after initially only being available as a single. 2pac - AKA Tupac Shakur - is considered by many to have been one of the greatest hip hop artists of all time. Shakur is also one of the best-selling music artists of all time, amassing over 75 million estimated global sales. Much of Shakur's work has been noted for addressing contemporary social issues that plagued inner cities, and he is considered a symbol of resistance and activism against inequities.
2pac - Greatest Hits [LP]
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In honor of Me Against The World's 25th anniversary, Interscope/Urban Legends is reissuing 2Pac's third studio album, considered by many to be his most poetic and cohesive masterpiece. Recorded when he was just 23-years-old, and released while facing an impending prison sentence, it is a lyrical tour-de-force that touches on the issues of poverty and violence. The album solidified 2Pac as one of the greatest rappers of all time. Includes standout anthems like `Temptations' and `So Many Tears.'

2pac - Me Against The World [2 LP]
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Strictly 4 My N.I.G.G.A.Z... is the second studio album from Tupac Shakur. The title is an acronym for 'Never Ignorant Getting Goals Accomplished'; the 'Z' in the title makes it a plural. Similar to his debut, '2Pacalypse Now', the album contains many tracks emphasizing 2Pac's political and social views. This album saw more commercial success than its predecessor. While Tupac's first effort included a more underground or indie-rap-oriented sound, this album was considered his 'breakout' album. It spawned the hits 'Keep Ya Head Up' and 'I Get Around' and has since reached double platinum status. In honor of this classic albums 25th anniversary it will be reissued on 2LP, 180 gram black vinyl for the first time.

2pac - Strictly 4 My N.I.G.G.A.Z... [2LP]
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6IX9INE

Day69: Graduation Day [LP]

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Vinyl LP pressing. Deluxe edition of the rapper's Day69 mixtape. Day69 is the debut mixtape by rapper 6IX9Ine. It includes guest appearances from Young Thug, Tory Lanez, Fetty Wap, A Boogie wit da Hoodie and Offset. 6IX9Ine rose to fame in late 2017 with the release of his debut single "Gummo". The song eventually peaked at #12 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and was certified platinum by the RIAA.
6IX9INE - Day69: Graduation Day [LP]
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81355 (pronounced 'bless') is a meeting of the minds between three pillars of the Indianapolis music scene; Sirius Blvck, Oreo Jones, and Sedcairn Archives. While the three have worked together in the past, this is their first start-to-finish collaboration, and the result is the stunning and distinctive debut Time I'll Be of Use. Simultaneously mystical and stark, somber and danceable, the project grapples with hard-wired truths and imagines alternate realities with better futures. These lucid wanderings amongst the street fires sound like a cross between the ghost of progressive electronic music of the 70s with it's innovative eccentricities, and acrobatic wordplay delivered with sharp resolve. While surrealist in it's metaphors and abstraction, it doesn't betray a present awareness. Reflecting on Black struggle in the pandemicridden and democracy faltering landscape of 2020, each member arrived from a synchronistic space, and the recording process ended up being largely intuitive. On "Capstone," the opening track on the album, Sirius Blvck offers a look from inside his space, "This is what we've come to. Generational curses I still can't undo. Just taught my lil girl to tie her shoes now she running to. Holy smokes lungs made of leather like it's comfortable. Climbing up this infinite ladder to get a better view." These three musical vagabonds have met up to find even themselves surprised with the results. Drawing inspiration from the likes of biting poetic commentary of the late Naptown residents, Etheridge Knight and Kurt Vonnegut, OJ summons a golden-era flow and paints a picture of the group's influences, surroundings, and trajectory in one fell swoop in "Thumbs Up." "Alright, in my feelings tonight, Honda Civic overturned as it burns through the night. Bone Thugs in these streets no Surender in sight. I'm writing poems from a jail cell, Etheridge Knight. I throw a fit when I flip it, it's all vintage. A pearl white Bronco like OJ you done did it. The sunshine shatters the rock painted so vivid. Two-hundred fifty pounds of gifted we so lifted... wassup?" Sirius, with poetry present even in his speaking voice, adds, "It's a way to carve our story in the sky before we're gone. This is us choosing to believe that this time, things will be different. It is an affirmation to the universe. This time I'll see the whole blessing. This time I'll be of use."
81355 - This Time I'll Be Of Use
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Vinyl LP pressing. 2013 debut from the Harlem born and raised rapper. The album feature the buzz worthy "Goldie" and the Noah 40 Shebib produced hit, "F*#kin' Problems" featuring Hip Hop elites Drake, 2 Chainz and Kendrick Lamar. Executive produced by A$AP Rocky and A$AP Yams, the album also features guest appearances by ScHoolboy Q, Santigold, Joey Bada$$, Yelawolf, Danny Brown, Action Bronson and Big K.R.I.T. A$AP Rocky takes the reins as producer and co-producer on several tracks along with Danger Mouse, Jim Jonsin, Rico Love, Clams Casino, Skrillex, Hit-Boy and others.
A$AP Rocky - Long.live.a$ap [Deluxe LP]
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Limited colored vinyl LP pressing. Holy Body Roll is a groove-filled guidebook for healing, the soundtrack to help you move from tear-streaming breakdown to full-body boogie. The first collaborative album from Michigan multi-instrumentalist/producer The Lasso and New Mexico-based singer/rapper A. Billi Free, it's also a quest for self-realization and self-preservation. With the aid of musical trio Tri Magi, The Lasso imbues thumping '80s boogie, guitar-wailing funk descended from Midwest legends, heart-pumping house and techno direct from Detroit, celestial and spiritual jazz, and slices of krautrock with hip-hop sensibilities. A. Billi Free sings in warm, comforting melodies and raps with force and encouraging sincerity, pushing us to reconnect with our bodies in the present while accepting the unknown ahead. However, when the duo began working on the album remotely, The Lasso was still reeling from a divorce. Realizing Free's sonic visions helped him transmute his anguish into uplifting, dance-inducing instrumentals. During mixing sessions in Michigan and Tucson, the pair drove through forests and deserts, the album on repeat. Listen closely, there is wisdom in every note and lyric, a chance for you to dance as the pain fades and the future comes into focus.
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A.Chal

Welcome To Gazi

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A.CHAL is a hot new up-and-coming artist, who has been praised by tastemaker outlets such as Pigeons and Planes, Complex, FADER, Mass Appeal, Noisey, Pitchfork, and more. This debut album was released in 2016 and is on picture disc, with a digital download card, for Record Store Day 2017. One of the songs, "Far From Home" was included in Zane Lowe's Beats 1 World Record Best of 2016 list. The album will be a picture disc + digital DL Card

01 Mardonna 02 Fuego 03 Right Now 04 Round Whippin' 05 Vibe W/U 06 Beverly Kills 07 Far From Home 08 Memories 09 4 U 10 GAZI

A.Chal - Welcome To Gazi
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Where was Abstract Mindstate all these years? That's a question that Chicago has had as long as "What if Bartman never tried to catch the ball from Alou?" - and to find the answer, you'll have to take it back to the early 2000s. Abstract Mindstate was a key part of the buzzing Chicago rap scene back then, the best-kept secret in a city that was starting to get more national attention. As a rare male-female duo, Olskool Ice-Gre and E. P. da Hellcat combined inspirational, soulful rap with the urgent pacing of a Run the Jewels song. They were poised for mainstream success, but their short and influential career was over by 2005. Now, they're back, working together with a certain mega-famous producer who grew up listening to their music. Dreams Still Inspire, the first Abstract Mindstate album in more than a decade, will arrive August 6th on YZY SND, the new label run by Kanye West, who also produced the full LP. It's been a long time coming, and Abstract Mindstate is poised to pick up where they left off. It was all Ye," Ice-Gre says. "I tried to inspire him by sending him some raps and instead, it made him think that the world needed Abstract Mindstate again. "When Abstract Mindstate had their first moment, Chicago was finally being recognized as a major rap region, no longer a place known mostly for how brick the winter was. Common had been dismissed by the West Coast just a few years earlier after wondering where hip-hop had gone; now Twista was on his way to becoming bigger by wearing Coogi sweaters and talking to the ladies quickly.
Abstract Mindstate - Dreams Still Inspire
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Its impossible to describe Action Bronson in a way he hasnt already thought of. First and foremost though, Action Bronson is a principled MC, a Queens legend respected for his idiosyncratic pen and vivid raps, now a decade into his career and still deepening his skillset. TRUST WHEN I SAY IT AINT SAFE FOR ANY OF THESE ANIMALS THE ANCIENT APEX PREDATOR IS BACK ON THE PROWL. ACTION BRONSON

Action Bronson - Cocodrillo Turbo [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Ultra Clear LP]
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Its impossible to describe Action Bronson in a way he hasnt already thought of. First and foremost though, Action Bronson is a principled MC, a Queens legend respected for his idiosyncratic pen and vivid raps, now a decade into his career and still deepening his skillset. TRUST WHEN I SAY IT AINT SAFE FOR ANY OF THESE ANIMALS THE ANCIENT APEX PREDATOR IS BACK ON THE PROWL. ACTION BRONSON

Action Bronson - Cocodrillo Turbo [LP]
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The explosion of indie Hip Hop labels in the early 90s resulted in an ongoing snowball effect that started to shift the narrative around an artists need to sign to a major label. Coincidentally, quality home recording equipment was also becoming more easily accessible and, with the rising popularity of CD-R technology, this allowed artists to write, record, and manufacture their own albums right at home.

Appleseed was a highly celebrated and influential release from that era, cementing Aesop Rock as a new face whose talent could not be denied. The album explores creative concepts with inventive writing and stripped-down yet melodic and melancholic production. Six out of the eight songs were produced byAesop Rock, with OmegaOne producing Sick Friend and longtime collaborator Blockhead handling 1000 Deaths, and the projects sole guest lyricist was Doseone.

The DIY process was followed in every aspect, as Aesop himself recalls, I did the Appleseed hand style while working at Tepper Galleries in NYC. The cover was made at Kinkos. The first Appleseed CDs were CD-Rs I duped at home and sold from my backpack at an MF DOOM show at Brownies, which was right below my apartment at the time. I continued to sell hand to hand inNY, while Blockhead started fielding some mail orders from a young internet. People would send us cash or a check, and hed cut the covers out and mail them off.

The two of them were able to move a couple thousand CDs that way before turning their attention to newer projects, particularly Float in Aesops case. As a result, Appleseed went out of print for many years before resurfacing as a merch item on tour. However, in all that time it was only available on CD, directly from Aesop.

Finally, 21 years after its debut, Appleseed officially returns, now available on vinyl for the first time!

Aesop Rock - Appleseed [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Clear & Black Smoke LP]
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Aesop Rock

Skelethon

Vinyl: $27.98 Buy

While the sounds are familiar, we see Aesop venturing in some exciting new directions with appearances from Kimya Dawson, Allyson Baker, Hanni El Khatib, Rob Sonic, and DJ Big Wiz.
Aesop Rock - Skelethon
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Following the success ofAesop Rock's mostrecent solo album,Spirit World Field Guide, hereturns to deliver the instrumental version ofthose interdimensional adventures. Aesop haslong been celebrated for his talents as a lyricist,but he has continually grown and evolved as aproducer as well. While the originalSpirit WorldField Guidewas packed with insightful chaptersof firsthand know-how into the terrain, wildlife,and social customs of our parallel universe, theSpirit World Field Guide Instrumentalsnotonly set the tone but also provide the roadmapfor you to take your own journey. Welcome tothe Spirit World. Explore with intention.

Aesop Rock - Spirit World Field Guide (Instrumental Version) [Portal Green & Blue 2LP]
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"Be not afraid! Whether you're simply sightseeing, enjoying temporary flights of fancy or considering a more permanent relocation, the all-new Spirit World Field Guide offers twenty-one insightful chapters of firsthand know-how into the terrain, wildlife, and social customs of our parallel universe. The narrator's vast expertise of multiple global entry points and various modes of interdimensional transport informs a rich tapestry of tips, tricks and tools to unfailingly aid in your ultimate survival. If you are among the countless individuals who find themselves feeling both dead and alive at the same time, the information contained within may serve as an invaluable asset to your journey. Godspeed and good luck." Those are the words of the album's narrator - an attempt to prepare listeners, both old and new, for a safe entry into the Spirit World. It's been a long road for Aesop Rock to get here, releasing a steady stream of impressive albums, singles, and collaborative projects that have continued to invigorate, solidify and grow his diverse fan base, but he shows no signs of slowing down or deviating from his path, constantly pushing his creative limits. Last year saw the release of Malibu Ken, a joint effort featuring the psychedelic and trippy sounds of producer Tobacco, providing a different type of intrigue for Aesop's descriptive, compelling, and often humorous, writing. Then, he kicked 2020 off with a hard-driving single, "Rogue Wave", followed not long after by Freedom Finger, which found Aesop immersing himself in the video game world that the music was written and produced for. And this year still has a few exciting releases on the horizon yet, including the infinite heroics of "Long-Legged Larry", a 20-year anniversary vinyl release of his debut album, Float, and now his brand new album, Spirit World Field Guide. Since his debut in the late nineties, Aesop Rock's writing has been of the highest caliber, but one thing that has continually evolved is his near-flawless and diverse flow, now perfectly infused with his personality and a gift for visual imagery. On Spirit World Field Guide, characters, inanimate objects, and their surrounding environments vividly come to life as Aesop describes each passing moment throughout the album's twenty-one chapters. Welcome to the Spirit World. Explore with intention.
Aesop Rock - Spirit World Field Guide [Ultra Clear LP]
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When Aesop Rock debuted in the late 90s with Music For Earthworms and Appleseed, Blockhead was also a part of the process, not only as a producer, but also helping coordinate sales of the CDRs to hungry Hip Hop fans. Blockhead and Aesop continued to collaborate, creating an impressive list of songs along the way, including two of Aesops most popular songs to date; Daylight and None Shall Pass. In recent years, Blockhead has contributed production, as well as remixes, to many of Aesops solo releases and group projects, and Aesop has made a handful of guest features on Blockheads solo projects, but in all that time, Aesop and Block have never done a full album together, until now!

Garbology came together over the course of the pandemic, as well as in the midst of Aesop processing the loss of a close friend in January of 2020, resulting in a period of time of feeling uncreative. Looking back on that time that feels both like yesterday and forever-ago, Aesop recalls, The world got real weird during those months. I knew at some point I had to get back to making something. Make a beat. Draw a picture. Write. Just go. But the idea of making a beat felt like math homework, and drawing is just so hard. Writing is hard too, but at some point I had to pick one. With writing as the chosen path, Aesop hit up Blockhead to send over some beats. At the beginning there wasnt a plan for an album, or any particular plan beyond creating some songs. However, it wasnt long before one song became a few, and then a handful, until finally an album was born.

Garbology encapsulates the soundtrack of current times, capturing a snapshot of Aes and Block expressing a means of entertaining themselves in the midst of less social interactions than usual, anchored on a goulash of cabin fever, fear, anger and boredom, as Aesop describes it.

As for the album title, Aesop explains, Garbology is defined as the study of the material discarded by a society to learn what it reveals about social or cultural patterns. I find a lot of parallels between that and the idea of picking up the pieces after a loss or period of intense unrest, and seeing whats really there. Its information that speaks to who I am, who we are, and how we move forward. Furthermore - the idea of digging through old, often neglected music from another time with an ear tuned for taking in that data in a different way than your average listener would is exactly what Tony does. Go through the information and see what you find.

Aesop Rock & Blockhead - Garbology [Random Color 2LP]
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Hip hop artist extraordinaire Afroman, known for his breakout hit single, 2000's "Because I Got High," returns with a brand new full length album - his first since 2009!All new musical celebrations of Afroman's favorite green herb as well as newly recorded versions of his classic tracks "Because I Got High," "Palmdale," "She Won't Let Me Fuck," and "Crazy Rap!"
Afroman - Crazy Rap - Green/black Splatter
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Ahwlee

Vii

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Ahwlee - Vii
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Screwed style DJ and trackmaker, Aiwabeatz's 2nd solo album is on vinyl for the first time featuring Japanese underground rappers, trackmakers, singers and member of Japanese dub band 'preparationset'.
Aiwabeatz - Like No Other Ii (Jpn)
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The Allergies are back with a new album - Rejoice! And the feel-good funk, hip-hop swagger, and dusty vintage loops, is everything you need right now. Across the 13 tracks, producers Rackabeat and DJ Moneyshot dig deep into their souls, as well as their record collections, serving up a day-glo blast of super positive sampledelia that'll have you smiling from ear to ear. Built from scratch during lockdown, each song offers up a world to lose yourself in, free from any and all dark clouds. It's their Promised Land, and everyone is welcome to bask in the sunshine.
Allergies - Promised Land
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Amine

Limbo [LP]

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Vinyl LP pressing. Rapper/director/innovative artist, Amine, moves culture forward for Portland's music scene on his studio album, Limbo. Keeping his promise to change perceptions and defy expectations, the project pays homage to his past on tracks like "Shimmy", and features a selection of high-profile guest artists, including Young Thug on "Compensating".
Amine - Limbo [LP]
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Ancient Astronauts

Zik Zak

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New and already fifth studio album by the well-known and internationally sought-after producer team Ancient Astronauts. For the extensive "Zik Zak" project, 18 different African artists from nine countries, including BANTU, JOYCE OLONG and ART MELODY, worked together.
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Double 180gm vinyl LP pressing. Housed in gatefold jacket and including four page booklet. In 1994 the South London collective Archive was formed by Darius Keeler and Danny Griffiths together with female singer Roya Arab and young rapper Rosko John. Their 1996 debut album Londinium features a very strong mix of trip-hop, electronica, string arrangements, and female vocals from Roya Arab.
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The multi-platinum, Double Grammy Award Winning group Arrested Development, delivers "For the FKN Love" a true hip-hop tour de force, once again Executively Produced by charismatic veteran frontman Speech and British production maestro, Configa. Significantly, it marks the first time that AD have worked with equally legendary collaborators, making this their biggest release EVER. Big Daddy Kane, The Sugar Hill Gang, Masta Ace, Freddie Foxxx, Monie Love, Kxng Crooked, G. Love, Tony Momrelle (Incognito), Dee-1 plus Fatman Scoop all feature! Legends of this calibre rarely do features and yet have graced this album "For the FKN love"! AD has always been dedicated to supporting up-and-coming talent, and this trend continues with the likes of Twan Mack, Dell-P, Lish, Ke'Andra, 4ize, Twisted Royalty, Cleveland P Jones, MRK SX & Jahah all adding weight to proceedings. When it comes to boombap and classic rap, few artists come close to Arrested Development. The 2-time GRAMMY Award-winning hip-hop group was the first hip-hop group to ever receive the GRAMMY for "Best New Artist," while also receiving one for "Best Rap Single. " Showing the widespread appeal of Arrested Development, it's track "Tennessee" was later named by the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame as one of the "Top 500 Songs That Shaped Rock & Roll," while the group was recognized at the Black Music Honors Awards in September 2019. Meanwhile, 1993's Unplugged album was not only Gold-certified by the RIAA, but proved influential as one of the first hip-hop performances from the MTV institution. "Vibe" is the latest single from Arrested Development, as featuring Big Daddy Kane, Cleveland P Jones and Tasha LaRae. Part of the new studio album For The FKN Love, "Vibe" was produced by British Production and boombap specialist Configa. Other contributors to For The FKN Love include The Sugar Hill Gang, Masta Ace, Freddie Foxxx, Monie Love, Kxng Crooked, G-Love & Special Sauce's G-Love, Incognito's Tony Momrelle, Dee-1 and Fatman Scoop. Configa had previously worked with Arrested Development on 2020's acclaimed 16-track studio album Don't Fight Your Demons.
Arrested Development - For The Fkn Love
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New album from Minneapolis-based rapper Astronautalis, his first with SideOneDummy Records. First album since 2011's 'This Is Our Science'. Astronautalis has worked with Grammy Award-winning producer John Congleton (Modest Mouse, Bill Callahan, St. Vincent), Justin Vernon (Bon Iver), Tegan Quin (Tegan & Sara), and P.O.S. (Doomtree). Vinyl is in Gatefold jacket on reverse board with lyric insert, colored vinyl, and download card.
Astronautalis - Cut The Body Loose [Vinyl]
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For over two decades, Atmosphere has maintained a course of rigorous output, releasing over two dozen studio albums, EP's and collaborative side projects in as many years. In that time, the venerated duo have built a legacy out of bringing honesty, humility and vulnerability to the forefront of their music, continually challenging themselves to evolve without straying too far from their roots. Slug has proven masterful at storytelling and writing compelling narratives, leaving a trail of his own influence while paying homage to the rappers and songwriters that shaped him. Ant has skillfully molded the soundtracks with inspiration from soul, funk, rock, reggae, and the wizardry of hip-hop's pioneering producers, creating his own trademark sounds while providing the pulse for songs about life, love, stress and setbacks. At it's essence, Atmosphere has been a musical shepherd, and with each new album comes a new journey as they guide generations of listeners through this thing called life.

Much like everything else in 2020 though, Atmosphere's new album, The Day Before Halloween, is something of a detour from the anticipated path. Cutting loose and eschewing their established norms, Slug and Ant have delivered the anti-pop answer to the content and compositions of previous albums. Over razor-sharp drums and distorted synths, The Day Before Halloween explores the life of a visual artist living in an antiquated surveillance state. It's menacing. It's murky. It's George Orwell meets Keith Haring at a video arcade, on New Year's Day, 1985. If you've entertained any theories that we've slipped into an alternate reality, you may find further evidence in this dark and brooding release of future's past.

Atmosphere - The Day Before Halloween [LP]
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Atmosphere have distinguished themselves from their peers by creating albums encompassing the entire spectrum of human emotion while tethering each piece to a central aural aesthetic.The Family Sign took this philosophy to new realms of solidarity with Slug metaphorically touching on themes of fatherhood, loss, love, disappointment and jubilation, and tailoring them to an instrumental framework that draws emotion out of the listener, skillfully composed by producerAnt.The Family Sign was evidence that hip-hop wields the ultimate potential to address and convey lifes virtues and shortcomings.

Following their acclaimed 2008 release, When Life Gives You Lemons,You Paint That Shit Gold, the subsequent decision to add live guitar and keys into their recording process gaveThe Family Signa warmer, bluesier feel. The resulting humanity they brought out of these songs created some of the most powerful moments Atmosphere had ever putto record. The weeping guitars and twinkling piano keys on The Last To Say amplify Slugs pleas for the songs protagonista victim of domestic abuseto leave their abusive relationship, while on Something So, the light guitars and delicate but precise drums paint the vivid image of anew dawn breaking as Slug recounts the final moments of expectant fatherhood before his child was born, and passionately contextualizes the journey of life.The Family Sign ventured further inward, becomingAtmospheres most personal and intimate album to that point, engaging their fans like never before. It isnt all tear-jerkers though, as more upbeat songs like Shes Enough, Aint Nobody, and My Notes beckon you to bop along and deliver enough optimism to brighten any day.

Finally, repackaged and repressed on 2xLP vinyl, just in time for its10th anniversary, the album features two bonus tracks, Millenium Dodo 2 and Cut You Down, not available on the original version, plus an exclusive 7-inch vinyl inside, featuring two additional tracks from the same recording sessions, By Your Side and Bar Food.



Atmosphere - The Family Sign: 10th Anniversary [2LP+7in]
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