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Group Home - Livin' Proof
Group Home
Livin' Proof
2LP | 1995 | US | Reissue (Get On Down)
28,99 €*
Release:1995 / US – Reissue
Genre:Hip Hop
Although they have been tragically defunct for almost two decades, the influence of Gang Starr is still felt today, almost as heavily as it was back in the 1990s, when DJ Premier and Guru ruled atop boom-bap mountain. As fans know, beyond the duo’s direct output, one of their lasting legacies was bringing younger talent to the rap world at large – including Jeru The Damaja, M.O.P., Afu-Ra and Big Shug. One of the more unsung talents that came out of the Gang Starr Foundation was the Brooklyn-based duo Group Home, consisting of MCs Lil Dap and Melachi The Nutcracker.Dap was first showcased on the Gang Starr posse cut “I’m The Man,” on 1992’s Daily Operation, Melachi appeared on “Words From The Nutcracker” from 1993’s Hard To Earn. The early Group Home song “So Called Friends” was also featured on 1993’s now-legendary Gangstarr Foundation Sampler, which also gave the world Jeru’s “Come Clean.” By 1995, Dap and Melachi had paid their dues and finally got their own full-length: "Livin’ Proof". And it was everything that Gang Starr and any true school hip-hop fans could have wanted, produced almost entirely by DJ Premier (with two exceptions: “Serious Rap Shit” helmed by Guru himself, and “4 Give My Sins,” produced by Jay-Z mentor Jaz-O (aka Big Jazz).Beyond the album’s still-jocked commercial singles – “Supa Star,” “Livin’ Proof” and “Suspended In Time” – there are Premier-overseen classics all over, including “The Realness,” “Inna Citi Life,” and “Sacrifice.” In fact, many Gang Starr scholars agree that the beats on Living Proof are in the Top 5 of all Premier-produced albums – no small boast, but certainly hard to disprove. More than two decades later, the album still sounds as strong as it did upon its release. So dust off your turntable and give it another ride, back to the days when boom-bap was real, and ruling.
Wu-Tang Clan - Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) 7inch Set
Wu-Tang Clan
Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) 7inch Set
6x7" | 2017 | US | Original (Get On Down)
79,99 €*
Release:2017 / US – Original
Genre:Hip Hop
This absolutely unique, deluxe edition of this classic album – which has been created in full collaboration with The RZA – is presented as a“Casebook” hardcover book, which houses the album’s 12 full songs that are divided into six 7-Inches. And beyond the 56-page liner notes,six additional pages have a Wu-Tang logo picture sleeve in which to put the vinyl.Besides the vinyl, the centerpiece of the Casebook is a 56-page Shaolinology book, featuring input by RZA, written by journalist ChrisFaraone. Beyond many never-before-discussed Wu-Tang nuggets, the book also includes rare photos of the group, lyrics for all album songs,as well as other images and advertisements from the Enter The Wu-Tang era.For the Wu-Tang Clan fan – this is a trophy to be proudly displayed to celebrate the influence of one of music’s most influential groups.
Pete Rock & CL Smooth - They Reminisce Over You (T.R.O.Y.) / Straighten It Out
Pete Rock & CL Smooth
They Reminisce Over You (T.R.O.Y.) / Straighten It Out
7" | 2016 | US | Original (Get On Down)
12,99 €*
Release:2016 / US – Original
Genre:Hip Hop
It is a tall boast, but it’s backed up two different ways: by fans of the group from back in the ‘90s who knocked each other over in recordstores to get the latest Pete Rock production; and by record buyers today, who still hear the same freshness in the group’s sound thatpeople did more than two decades ago.These two songs are taken from the group’s legendary first full-length from 1992, Mecca & The Soul Brother. Originally, both were theirown 12-inch singles, but for this special, first-time-ever 7-Inch release, they are paired together.
Ghostface Killah - Bulletproof Wallets
Ghostface Killah
Bulletproof Wallets
2LP | 2001 | US | Reissue (Get On Down)
18,59 €* 30,99 € -40%
Release:2001 / US – Reissue
Genre:Hip Hop
How could an artist follow up a record as solid as “Supreme Clientele”? Ghostface Killah answers that question – in sound – on “Bulletproof Wallets”. The release reunites GFK with his partner in rhyme Raekwon and continues Ghost’s winning streak of delivering front to back classic material. Filled with the usual Ghost slang and bass heavy production, “Bulletproof Wallets” is the follow up “SupremeClientele” deserved, delivered without skipping a beat. The fun Ghost & Rae are having on this recordis beyond apparent. “Bulletproof Wallets” is almost like a party album, packed with hit singles and street bangers. “Never Be the Same Again" (with Carl Thomas & Raekwon) and "Ghost Showers” play alongside "Maxine" and “The Forrest” all working off each other’s energy. Other stand outs like "Walk-ing through the Darkness", & "The Hilton" all bang through the speakers and continue to add to Ghost’s undeniable catalog. Backed up by groundbreaking production from The RZA, Alchemist, Car-los “6 July” Broady and Mathematics, Ghostface shines and the chemistry between Rae and GFK is incredible!
Genius / GZA - Liquid Swords
Genius / GZA
Liquid Swords
2LP | 1995 | US | Reissue (Get On Down)
24,99 €*
Release:1995 / US – Reissue
Genre:Hip Hop
At the peak of his powers as a producer in the mid-‘90s, Wu-Tang mastermind RZA crafted a distinctive soundtrack at his basement studio in Staten Island. This haunting landscape of dusty samples, sharp snares and menacing urban gloom – culled from the Japanese film “Shogun Assassin” as well as wide-ranging R&B and funk sources – would soon become a pillar of hip-hop history. These sounds were to become GZA’s 1995 sophomore classic, Liquid Swords – considered by many to be the ultimate Wu-Tang Clan solo album. 17-years later, it’s impossible to debate or deny the album’s legendary status, still standing up to any release that has come out in the rap pantheon, before or since. Cerebral and precise with his words like a shaolin swordsman, GZA crystallized a range of influences, from chess to kung-Fu and mob films to Eastern philosophy. The album features appearances by the entire Wu-Tang Clan, including the memorable debut of Killah Priest on “B.I.B.L.E.”
Raekwon - Only Built 4 Cuban Linx … Purple Vinyl Edition
Raekwon
Only Built 4 Cuban Linx … Purple Vinyl Edition
2LP | 1995 | US | Reissue (Get On Down)
29,99 €*
Release:1995 / US – Reissue
Genre:Hip Hop
Limited edition on purple wax!Classic 1995 album by Wu-Tang Clan's Raekwon the Chef, entirely produced by RZA. Features Ghostface, Method Man, RZA, GZA, Nas, Cappadonna, U-God and many more!
Dr. Octagon - Dr. Octagonecologyst Octagonal Box
Dr. Octagon
Dr. Octagonecologyst Octagonal Box
3LP | 2017 | US | Original (Get On Down)
76,49 €* 84,99 € -10%
Release:2017 / US – Original
Genre:Hip Hop
Dan The Automator’s and Kool Keith’s famed collaboration from the mid-‘90s is celebrated with a 28-track set housed in a custom, octagonal box, with 5 unreleased songs (originals + remixes); original Pushead cover artwork; and 40 page liner notes booklet. All Songs on Side F have never ever been released before anywhere!In early 1996, a new indie duo appeared that won over a whole new international audience, from hard rocks to skate punks. That pair was Dr. Octagon: Dan “The Automator” Nakamura and Kool Keith [Thornton].In some ways, the Dr. Octagon album is a solo release. But Keith wasn’t the only hand on deck. He brought along a young, New York-based MC with him: Sir Menelik. Menelik was featured on four album tracks, starting with “Dr. Octagon,” and proved to be an excellent super-scientifical, fast-rhyming foil to Keith. And there was one final featured contributor who helped add to the album’s next-level sound: San Francisco’s DJ Q*Bert, who cuts on half of the album’s songs.The album originally came out on The Automator’s Bulk Recordings label in early 1996, with cover art by metal and punk cult hero visual artist Pushead. Pressing numbers weren’t huge, but as the year went on, the buzz grew, and a slightly expanded version of the album was released on James Lavelle’s London-based Mo Wax label. Then Dan took an offer from newly-formed major label DreamWorks, to re-release the album with extra tracks in mid-1997. The new domestic pressing allowed for a bigger press push, as well as the group’s first and only video, for “Blue Flowers.”Beyond “Blue Flowers,” the album is chock-full of mind-bending tracks, like “Earth People”; the wacked-out but sincere love ballad “Girl Let Me Touch You”; the metal-tinged “I’m Destructive”; Q-Bert’s turntable workout “Bear Witness”; and, of course, freaky Keith skits like “Elective Surgery” and “General Hospital”. “Dr. Octagonecologyst” is one of the most unique rap records the genre has ever seen, and this is the perfect way to celebrate it – whether it’s the first time you have heard this mind-expanding record, or the three thousandth.
Prodigy - Keep It Thoro
Prodigy
Keep It Thoro
7" | 2000 | US | Reissue (Get On Down)
12,99 €*
Release:2000 / US – Reissue
Genre:Hip Hop
I break bread, ribs / Hundred dollar bills / Peel on Ducatis / And other four wheels Those first four lines, backed by that ridiculously ill beat, slugged you in the sternum when you heard them, fifteen years ago. And they still cause involuntary, heavy head-nodding episodes to this day. When it comes to authentic, ride-or-die hip-hop from the latter days of rap’s Golden Age, few crews have as much modern resonance as Mobb Deep. Featuring two double-threat MCs who also produced – Havoc and Prodigy – the crew changed the hardcore rap game in 1995 with their sophomore classic The Infamous, and went on to rule the dark corners of hip-hop’s over- and underground for the second half of the 90s and well into the 2000s. With a stomping, piano-freaked backdrop laced by producer The Alchemist, Prodigy entered the 2000s with force as he debuted solo on “Keep It Thoro.” It was the first single off his H.N.I.C. album, and it proved to be an anthemic classic that the streets and clubs respect to this day. Flaunting a smooth-but-menacing flow, Prodigy’s no nonsense lyricism on “Keep It Thoro” is prototypical modern age brag rap. Countless MCs have followed his flow, from Fabolous to Joey Bada$$. And beyond the influence he knew would follow in the song’s wake, he even astutely brags about his flaunting of conventional song structure: Bang this / Cause I guarantee you bought it / Heavy airplay, all day / With no chorus “Keep It Thoro” is short and sweet, clocking in at just over 3 minutes. There are no wasted verses, there is no wasted time. Just hardcore rhymes that stay with you, all these years later.
Ol Dirty Bastard - Return To The 36 Chambers: The Dirty Version
Ol Dirty Bastard
Return To The 36 Chambers: The Dirty Version
2LP | 2012 | US | Reissue (Get On Down)
21,99 €*
Release:2012 / US – Reissue
Genre:Hip Hop
Official reissue without the deluxe stuff gimmicks, just beats and rhymes. Classic!
Dilated Peoples - The Platform
Dilated Peoples
The Platform
2LP | 2000 | US | Reissue (Get On Down)
28,99 €*
Release:2000 / US – Reissue
Genre:Hip Hop
On the West Coast, gangsta rap held sway in hip-hop as the 21st century began. The alternative and conscious rap music of the early-to-mid-90s had all but faded into the underground. The scene was set for a comeback, perhaps as a backlash to the perceived violence and misogyny ofgangsta rap's content. Leading the resurgence of alternative hip-hop were groups like Jurassic 5, and recentsignees to Capitol Records; a West coast trio that had been building steam underground since the early 90s called Dilated Peoples.Anticipation was high for the release of the debut album from Evidence, Rakaa, and DJ Babu. (Of the influential turntablist collective Beat Junkies.) When The Platform arrived in May of 2000 it was met with critical and underground acclaim, as well as affording Dilated Peoples their first Billboard chartings. It featured a back-to-basics sound with a heavy debt to the old-school hip-hop ethos, the kind of sound that harkened back to the early days of legends like De La Soul & A Tribe Called Quest. Hits like""No Retreat"" and ""The Platform"" were bolstered by Evidence & Rakaa's subtle, abstract wit, and swift, adroit wordplay, while DJ Babu provided production chops and dextrous scratches. On The Platform the trio were joined by the likes of B-Real, Tha Alkoholiks, Everlast, PlanetAsia, and many more providing guest vocals, while boasting guest production from The Alchemist & Kut Masta Kurt, among others.Since its 2000 release this influential record, which heralded the return of alternative hip-hop, has never seena vinyl reissue. With that, Get On Down-always on top of giving the greatest hip-hop albums their due-is proud to present this re-release of The Platform. The rhymes are still fresh, the production is still pristine, and the album is now back on vinyl for the first time in 17 years.
UGK - Too Hard To Swallow Clear Vinyl Edition
UGK
Too Hard To Swallow Clear Vinyl Edition
2LP | 2017 | US | Original (Get On Down)
32,99 €*
Release:2017 / US – Original
Genre:Hip Hop
To celebrate the 25th Anniversary of UGK’s first album, Get On Down goes the extra mile, presenting it for the first time ever on 2LP clear vinyl.At that, giving the strutting, funky grooves the chance to really stretch out on your system.Back in 1992, Southern hip-hop was still proving to the world that it could sustain a fan base that was chiefly raised on rap from New York and LA. The Geto Boys and 2 Live Crew had made strong cases by the earliest ‘90s, and Pimp C and Bun B were ready to make their own. Most of the trunk-bumping bass comes from drum programs and basic sampling on these tunes – in later years they would build their sound into something even fuller and deeper. Self-produced with additional work from Houston locals Bernie Bismark and Shetoro Henderson, the tracks here are minimal, slow and menacing, which matched their lyrical approach quite nicely.You can hear the beginnings of the group’s true greatness in these early lyrical workouts – several taken from the regional cassette-only EP The Southern Way that got them signed to Jive – with tales of street hustles, relationships and self-reliance in a world stacked against them. They may have been done early-on, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t crucial to UGK’s legacy – cases in point being the three singles: “SomethingGood”; a charismatic update to Bill Withers’ “Use Me Up”; and “Pocket Full Of Stones” (the latter featured on the Menace II Society soundtrack). Beyond the singles, deeper cuts like “I’m So Bad,” “Feels Like I’m The One Who’s Doin’ Dope” and “Cramping My Style” made it clear to the world that this crew had the attitude and charisma to make even bigger waves in the years to come.
Mobb Deep - Hell On Earth
Mobb Deep
Hell On Earth
2LP | 1996 | US | Reissue (Get On Down)
26,99 €*
Release:1996 / US – Reissue
Genre:Hip Hop
By the time Mobb Deep hit with their third album – Hell On Earth – they were solidified street legends. Coming off the critically acclaimed The Infamous, Havoc and Prodigy hitthe lab and came back with a soundtrack that is fitting to its title. Havoc’s production is atmospheric; laced with histrademark drums loops and sharp pianos stabs. Add Prodigy’s trademark flow and it’s evident that the pairing is such an amazing match. While Hell On Earth is essentiallya continuation of The Infamous you can still hear the growth in both performers and Hell On Earth stands as some of their best work. The album features guest appearances by Nas, Raekwon, Method Man, and frequent collaborator Big Noyd.The album stands out for its acclaimed singles "G.O.D. Pt.III" and "Hell on Earth (Front Lines)," as well as “Drop a Gem on 'Em". Standout album cuts are “Animal Instinct”, “Bloodsport”, “More Trife Life” and “Can't Get Enough”. The previously as a B Side “Still Shinin’” still rings off androunding out the album is the deep “Apostle’s Warning”. This album is essential listening and a must have and we are excited to have it back in print on double LP.
Cypress Hill - Cypress Hill: 25th Anniversary Edition
Cypress Hill
Cypress Hill: 25th Anniversary Edition
LP | 2016 | US | Original (Get On Down)
26,99 €*
Release:2016 / US – Original
Genre:Hip Hop
Multi-platinum hip-hop group Cypress Hill teamed up with Get On Down tocelebrate the 25th anniversary of their 1991 debut with a limited-edition“25th Anniversary Smokey Swirl” Vinyl reissue.
Big Pun - Still Not A Player / Twinz (Deep Cover 98)
Big Pun
Still Not A Player / Twinz (Deep Cover 98)
7" | 1998 | US | Reissue (Get On Down)
12,99 €*
Release:1998 / US – Reissue
Genre:Hip Hop
This 45 has heat on both sides. HEAT. Side A is Pun's smash "Still Not A Player" which features the R&B singer Joe who Pun based his previous hit "I'm Not A Player" on. This single came out a time when rap on the radio could actually still be good, but in this case it was incredible. Pun was already a "rappers rapper", but with "Still Not A Player" he outdid everyone. It was heavily played on radio and big in the clubs. The B Side has Pun teaming up with his mentor Fat Joe for "Twinz (Deep Cover)" over a remake of Dr. Dre’s classic beat. Here Pun delivers one of his most quoted verses that contains among others “Dead in the middle of Little Italy little did we know that we riddled some middlemen who didn't do diddly”. The two trade back and forth for one of the hardest collaboration on Pun's debut and making this the perfect B Side.
Camp Lo - Luchini / Swing
Camp Lo
Luchini / Swing
7" | 1996 | US | Reissue (Get On Down)
12,99 €*
Release:1996 / US – Reissue
Genre:Hip Hop
Camp Lo’s late-‘90s hip-hop classic “Luchini aka (This Is it)” is, to put it simply, a sure-shot head-nodder. Essential!
Dead Prez - Let's Get Free
Dead Prez
Let's Get Free
2LP | 2000 | US | Reissue (Get On Down)
26,99 €*
Release:2000 / US – Reissue
Genre:Hip Hop
Dead Prez may have been slightly ahead of their time during their golden years, but that is definitely meant as a compliment. Sermonizing Black Nationalism, Pan-Africanism and the benefits of a healthy and just lifestyle during the height of the Bad Boy / Roc-A-Fella era of nihilistic excess in the late ‘90s, they also signed to a major label (Loud /Columbia) despite leaning much more towards the burgeoning indie aesthetics of the day. But this was a good thing – using major label muscle to wake up righteous hip-hop fans who might have fallen asleep at the wheel.The group itself – consisting of MCs stic.man and M-1, who produced or co-produced most of the duo’s music – was formed in Tallahassee, Florida in theearly 1990s (M-1 originally hailed from Brooklyn). By later that decade, the duo had started making significant waves, having their music heard on the soundtracks to “Soul In The Hole” and “Slam,” as well as appearing on albums by Big Pun and The Beatnuts.By 1998, they released their first official single, the serious, stark “Police State,” on Loud, appropriately brought to the label by Lord Jamar of Brand Nubian.After building a solid rep over the next two years with fiery live performances, in 2000 they unleashed their debut album, Let’s Get Free. The album was a welcome return to provocative and often radically political rhetoric that hearkened back to hip-hop forebears including The Coup, Public Enemy and KRS-One (as well as poetic descendants like the Last Poets and Watts Prophets).Let’s Get Free was critically acclaimed and benefited from multiple singles, including the infectious, thick analog drive of “Hip-Hop” (which became the de facto theme song for “Chappelle’s Show”); “It’s Bigger Than Hip-Hop,” with a remix co-produced by a young Kanye West; “Mind Sex” (with Abiodun Oyewole of theLast Poets); and the poignant “I’m An African.” But the singles weren’t the only worthy songs, as just about every cut here has deeper meaning than most full albums by their early 2000s peers. Highlights:the thought-provoking, anti-drug album opener “Wolves”; “We Want Freedom” (co-produced by frequent collaborator Hedrush); “They Schools” and “Propaganda”(co-produced by Lord Jamar, one of five songs he assisted on).All in all, this is one of the more underrated and possibly Top 5 fully-realized political hip-hop albums of all time. If you don’t agree with the previous sentence, give Let’s Get Free another listen… you might be surprised at how well it has held up over the years."
Clipse - Til The Casket Drops
Clipse
Til The Casket Drops
LP | 2017 | US | Original (Get On Down)
24,99 €*
Release:2017 / US – Original
Genre:Hip Hop
Preorder 21.07.2017
The contemporary realm of hip hop music can be seen as polarized between two sides; mainstream versus underground, industry versus independent, at a base level boiled down to catchy sounds & infective hooks over higher quality lyrical content. These elements don't need to be mutually exclusive, but these days it's rare to find an act that can please all sides of the discussion. Clipse are one of the few groups that successfully and consistently caters to both sides of rap's splintered psyche, simultaneously serving the scene with upbeat bangers that get the club poppin' & subwoofers rattlin' while crafting clever quotable compositions deserving of repeated headphone submersions. Though their preceding official albums Lord Willin' (2002) & Hell Hath No Fury (2006) made bigger splashes commercially, 2009's Til The Casket Drops is surely no slouch, a gem which deserves to be revisited with fresh ears - good thing Get On Down has given it the proper treatment it deserves with its first-ever vinyl pressing!Til The Casket Drops was a departure from the duo of Malice & Pusha T's previous works in that it was their first LP not completely produced by The Neptunes. However, the celebrated team who brought us 'Grinding' & 'Mr. Me Too' still helmed 8 of the album's 13 tracks, thus dominating the soundscapes and aesthetic of the album anyway. With the remaining beats handled by Hitmen Sean C & LV (Jay-Z, Big Pun, Ghostface) and Aftermath's DJ Khalil (Kendrick Lamar, Aloe Blacc, Eminem) clearly Clipse stock hadn't lowered in the game. While boasting notable vocal features from Kanye West, Pharrell, Cam'ron, Keri Hilson, Yo Gotti & their Re-Up Gang affiliate Ab-Liva, Casket Drops leaves ample space for the core emcee duo of Pusha & Malice to shine in the spotlight, with verses revolving around each other succinctly in-synch and bonded by an exceptional creative rhythm only biological brothers could share.Clipse have always delighted in dualities, juxtapositions and contradictions, unabashedly celebrating the capitalistic lifestyle and the grind as the kings of 'coke-rap', while taking hard looks at society's mores and those of their own individual journeys. We hear Malice's eventual transition to No Malice taking form on this album as he found religion, warning others who might follow in his path on 'Footsteps': "don't let my wrongs give you the right of way/ to emulate my past escaping the law's grasp" while refusing to be pinned down in one lane: "it weights on my conscience and I hate conscious rap". Meanwhile Pusha T continues his lyrical ascent into the King Push persona with bars like "pompous motherfucker, look what them jewels made me/ I'm only finding comfort in knowing you can't replace me/ What a thing to say, but what am I to do/ I'm role-playing a conscious nigga and true is true/ Cocaine aside, all of the bloggers behooved/ My critics finally have a verse of mine to jerk off to" decisively on album opener "Freedom".Since it dropped, the Clipse have stated that Casket... is their final album together while subsequently alluding to the possibility of an eventual reunion. Only time will tell, but until then it's time to re-celebrate one of hip hop's most dynamic duos by hearing Til The Casket Drops in a whole new light with its long-overdue, first time on vinyl pressing via Get On Down featuring all 13 original tracks on wax and cover art by the legendary KAWS! It's kinda like a big deal...
Barrabas - Wild Safari
Barrabas
Wild Safari
12" | 1972 | US | Reissue (Get On Down)
13,99 €*
Release:1972 / US – Reissue
Genre:Organic Grooves
When there's Rhythm people will move, and moving people was the fate for these two songs from Spanish Supergroup Barrabas. Originally released in 1972 on RCA Spain, 'Wild Safari' and 'Woman' would become underground hits among New York City disc jockeys at time when Discotheques preceded disco music. Over the years It has been well documented that the music from the Iberian Rockers and in particular their song 'Woman' found a home in both Nicky Siano's Gallery and in David Mancuso's Legendary Loft around 1973. Curiously but perhaps not surprising, a few years later 'Woman' would also become a breaker's anthem in a nascent hip-hop scene, where having obscure or 'ultimate' breaks would separate a Grandmaster from the rest of the flock. The Story behind Barrabas is quite peculiar as well. With members from various Latin countries (Cuba, Philipines, Portugal and Spain), the band led by Fernando Arbex were accidental pioneers in a sense, blending Latin, African, and American influences into a package destined to move people across the globe. With a succesful debut album, Barrabas was one of the first international groups to leave its mark on the disco circuit with these two hit singles. 'Woman' and 'Wild Safari' charted well in various countries across Europe and the Americas, including the USA and Canada. Although the group never followed up the success of their first LP, the legacy of tracks like 'Woman' and 'Wild Safari' is treasured by the DJs who have studied the histories of clubs like the Paradise Garage and The Loft. It's really not surprising to find a decade later in the 80s, 'High Energy' and 'Freestyle' covers of 'Woman' or the groove sampled into a House Music beat even to this day. There was indeed something about that Woman. Recently, HBO's Show "Vinyl" paid homage to 'Wild Safari' in a scene that more than symbolically depicted the birth of the disco era as we would come to know it. Part of the Get On Down Sound vinyl series with the aim to bring back their favorite Dance 12-Inches to a new generation of Vinyl-DJs. Re-mastered for optimal club use, these are official re-issues of some of Dance Music's most influential cuts.
Beatnuts - Off The Books Feat. Big Punisher & Cuban Link
Beatnuts
Off The Books Feat. Big Punisher & Cuban Link
7" | 2016 | US | Original (Get On Down)
12,99 €*
Release:2016 / US – Original
Genre:Hip Hop
“Off the Books” was one of the biggest records of ’97 with The Beatnuts plugging to their trusted formula of dusty-ass beats and funny punchlines. These elements are what made “Off The Books” extra special in a time when the “shiny suit era” was rearing its shiny head. The Beatnuts bring along Big Pun who opens up the track with such a memorable verse, introducing the world to what Pun would later have in store. Les and JuJu (along with Cuban Link) all ride the song out with “shoot bro, I got a waterproof suit yo” and “your career’s on life support, and I’mma pull the plug”- just countless quotable lines from an already legendary group. The cut’s infectious nature makes this a must-have 7” for any DJ or collector.
Run DMC - Tougher Than Leather
Run DMC
Tougher Than Leather
LP | 1988 | US | Reissue (Get On Down)
23,99 €*
Release:1988 / US – Reissue
Genre:Hip Hop
Too many people sleep on Tougher Than Leather, Run-DMC’s fourth album. But hear us out as we plead the case for this amazing LP. By 1988 there was a lot more competition in the rap game – Public Enemy, Boogie Down Productions, Eric B. & Rakim, Ice-T and many more had given Hollis, Queens’ prodigal sons lots of competition. But Joe, Darryl and Jay were still at the top of their game, and hip-hop fans should never let this classic – chiefly produced by their Queens neighbor, DJ and multi-instrumentalist Davy D[MX] – get lost in their crates.For starters, the album’s first single, “Run’s House” b/w “Beats To The Rhyme” is arguably the most powerful one-two punch of the trio’s career, showing contenders to the rap throne that they could still destroy a beat, tag-teaming with power at any speed. Not to be lost in the shuffle, fans were also reminded on both sides that Jam-Master Jay remained one of the world’s best DJs, flexing the pinnacle of what would be called “turntablism” a decade later. Both songs show a musical telepathy between all three that has rarely been equaled. The second single, “Mary, Mary,” driven by an infectious Monkees sample, took a different approach, shrewdly ensuring that pop fanswho jumped on the Raising Hell bandwagon had something to chew on. But, like “Walk This Way,” the song wasn’t just bubblegum – there was an edge to it, and the lyrical gymnastics were very real. It wasn’t selling out, it was allowing fans to buy in. “Papa Crazy,” driven in concept and by a sample from the Temptations’ “Papa Was A Rolling Stone,” followed a similar pop-leaning path.Overall, the lyrical content on the album was a step up from the group’s first three LPs. It’s easy to infer, looking back, that they were feeling the heat from their younger competitors in the rap game. The genre was changing fast, and they were up to the challenge. On cutslike “Radio Station” they bring substance to the grooves, by attacking Black Radio for its continual denigration of rap. “Tougher Than Leather” reminds the world that they were still the Kings of Rock, with hard guitars to drive the point home. And “They Call Us Run-DMC” and “Soul To Rock And Roll” both bring things back to their early days, with sure-fire park jam rhymes and killer cuts.Tougher Than Leather, which went platinum up against a lot of competition, perfectly bookends the ‘80s output of one of the decade’s most important groups. It encompasses the full range of the trio’s capabilities, and reminds us that Run-DMC should never be forgotten as both pioneers and party-rockers. And so, we say, long live Joe, Darryl and Jay!
Bumblebee Unlimited - Lady Bug
Bumblebee Unlimited
Lady Bug
12" | 1978 | US | Reissue (Get On Down)
14,99 €*
Release:1978 / US – Reissue
Genre:Organic Grooves
Originally released in 1978 on Greg Charmichael's Red Greg Records, "Lady Bug" and ""Love Bug"" are probably Bumblebee Unlimited's most recognizable hits. Much like Cloud One, Universal Robot Band and Inner Life, Bumblebee Unlimited was a studio-based disco unitconducted by Patrick Adams and Gregory Carmichael. Their only album "Sting Like a Bee" was released by RCA in 1979 with contributions from longtime Adams & Carmichael collaborators Leroy Burgess (vocals), Norbert Sloley (bass), and Richard Taninbaum (drums). With an undeniable groove, signature keys and arrangements by Patrick Adams in additionto the comically sped-up vocals, Lady Bug is considered by many to be one of the most important underground tracks of the Disco era. As with the original "Lady Bug" 12" Single, the John Morales and Frank Trimarco "Sunshine Sound" mix takes the A-side of the RCA release. A true Disco version in every sense of the word, this almost 10 minute mix brings out the Latin percussions to the front makingit a true dance floor classic and establishing John Morales as one of the best remixers in the industry.The B-Side belongs to one of New York City's hottest DJs at the time: Larry Levan. Despite being a very early remix by the Legendary Paradise Garage DJ, the talent was evident and his understanding of a club mix in wide display. It’s no wonder Larry Levan would go to become one of the most respected and revered remixers of his generation. Similarly to the Morales/Trimarco version, the percussions are accented throughout themix making it ready for the discotheque. However the two mixes are undoubtely different with Levan’s bringing out more funk out of the Adams compositionfocusing more on the keys and the infectious bass lines. No real point in arguing which is better, so let’s just be glad we have both.
U-Roy - Dread In A Babylon
U-Roy
Dread In A Babylon
LP | 2017 | US | Original (Get On Down)
26,99 €*
Release:2017 / US – Original
Genre:Reggae / Dancehall
Limited edition for Record Store Day 2017!U-Roy was a true reggae pioneer, dubbed The Originator for good reason. Bursting onto the Jamaican scene in the earliest 1970s, he pioneered the vocal approach called “toasting,” which in addition to branching out Jamaican music into a new era, was also heavily influential on an American genre in its infancy: rapping.On “Dread In A Babylon”, his third full-length, he stretches out over traditional roots grooves provided by the Soul Syndicate and Skin, Flesh & Bones bands, riffing on topics including love (“Runaway Girl,” a 1975 single released in the UK on Virgin Records); the Bible (“The Great Psalms”); walking the straight and narrow (“Listen To The Teacher”); and even his take on governmental policy goals (“Chalice In The Palace”). The album finishes with an instrumental version of Bob Marley & The Wailers’ “Trench Town Rock,” for good measure. U-Roy’s style and charisma are always on display, and – as with all of his classic records – the groove rules all. Presented on black vinyl with a poster of the glorious, ganja-drenched cover art, it’s the perfect chance to revisit one of the more underrated voices in Jamaican musical history.
UGK - Int'l Players Anthem (I Choose You) Feat. Outkast Texas Shaped Picture Disc
UGK
Int'l Players Anthem (I Choose You) Feat. Outkast Texas Shaped Picture Disc
12" | 2016 | US | Original (Get On Down)
26,99 €* 29,99 € -10%
Release:2016 / US – Original
Genre:Hip Hop
"Int’l Players Anthem (I Choose You)" by U.G.K. is one of the most recognizable Hip Hop songs of the 2000s. This is the kind of record that can be heard anywhere, from car shows in Texas to basement parties in Brooklyn, maybe even at your cousin’s wedding. This song is so good that at the 2007 BET Hip Hop Awards Kanye West famously gave his Video Of The Year award to U.G.K. after “Stronger” beat “Int’l Players Anthem”. Let's also not forget it's Grammy Nomination. Yes it's that good. U.G.K.'s celebratory anthem also features Outkast and the groups combine as one over a very hypnotic Three 6 Mafia produced beat. The sample used is Willie Hutch's "I Choose You" from the movie The Mack, which is the perfect backdrop for Andre 3000, Pimp C (R.I.P.), Bun B and Big Boi to spit tales of women, money and marriage. The song starts off with Andre 3000 rhyming over the elegant doo wop vocal harmonies until a stuttered drum kick changes the mood for Pimp C to spit fire. This beat change/mood switch happens each verse, fitting each rapper’s personality and tone, kudos to DJ Paul and Juicy J for expertly crafting this record. For Black Friday Record Store Day, Get On Down presents “International Players Anthem” as a special collectible vinyl release shaped like U.G.K.’s home state of Texas!Limited edition for Black Friday RSD 2016!
Raekwon - Ice Cream
Raekwon
Ice Cream
7" | US | Reissue (Get On Down)
12,99 €*
Release:US – Reissue
Genre:Hip Hop
Presented here courtesy of Get On Down, another great hip hop 7” in Raekwon’s classic “Ice Cream” with the equally as A Side worthy “Incarcerated Scarfaces” on the flip. Backed by one of RZA’s most uncanny beats (if you knew the original you would know why) “Ice Cream” is a front runner for one of the most unlikely songs celebrating the 31 flavors of woman. All 3 MC’s on this, Rae, Ghost and Cappadonna, run through Chocolate Deluxes, Butter Pecan, Caramel Sundaes, and French Vanillas while Method Man serves up the iconic hook that is part Eddie Murphy, part genius. On the B Side Rae goes for self on “Incarcerated Scrarfaces,” which features some of his most classic lines : “you got guns, got guns, too/ What up son, do you wanna battle for cash and see who Sun Tzu”. Raekwon could have made a single for every track off Only Built 4 Cuban Linx….but with “Ice Cream” and “Incarcerated Scarfaces,” you get the dynamic of what the album is all about, witty lines, raw vocab (“guess who’s the black Trump”) and incredible production.
Raekwon - Only Built 4 Cuban Linx The Purple Tape Watch Box
Raekwon
Only Built 4 Cuban Linx The Purple Tape Watch Box
Box Set | 1995 | US | Reissue (Get On Down)
69,99 €*
Release:1995 / US – Reissue
Genre:Hip Hop
20th Anniversary edition released in collaboration with Raekwon, who designed the set’s look & feel. A Purple Cassette of Only Built 4 Cuban Linx is housed in a premium, “Watch Box” display case with white stitching, an embossed silver-on-black Raekwon logo, and a “The Purple Tape” silver placard on front. Full color outer box with wrap-around original cover artwork. Cassette only: repressing of the original famed “Purple Tape,” with full audio from 1995 album. 118-page hardcover book, featuring lyrics to all songs and liner notes by Chris Faraone and Raekwon, plus photos and other visuals pertaining to album’s 1995 release. Limited to 1995 copies worldwide!
Big Punisher - Capital Punishment
Big Punisher
Capital Punishment
2LP | 1998 | US | Original (Get On Down)
26,99 €*
Release:1998 / US – Original
Genre:Hip Hop
Big Pun remains on the best rappers ever list to this day.Reasons for this weigh largely on his debutCapital Punishment. His commanding voice and rapid firedelivery make it clear there will never be another Big Pun. Punwas New York. His confidence on the mic made him stand outamong his contemporaries. Similarly, the production -- by acast of many – remains ever so New York loyal. The closecousins "I'm Not a Player" and "Still Not a Player,” may havebeen the hits off this album but it is packed with so many morethat show Pun’s true abilities.“Beware” and “Dream Shatterer” are great examples of BigPun at his best, dark cinematic production with just enoughroom to let him breathe fire. On “Twinz (Deep Cover)” Big Punis trading bars with his mentor Fat Joe over a remake of Dr.Dre’s classic beat. Here Pun delivers one of his most quotedverses that contains among others “Dead in the middle ofLittle Italy little did we know that we riddled some middlemenwho didn't do diddly”. There are numerous guestappearances, the best of which include afore mentioned FatJoe (on several tracks), the Roots' Black Thought on the MCshowcase "Super Lyrical," Prodigy and Inspectah Deck on"Tres Leches (Triboro Trilogy)," and an extra-insane BustaRhymes on "Parental Discretion."
UGK - Ridin' Dirty Clear Vinyl Edition
UGK
Ridin' Dirty Clear Vinyl Edition
2LP | 1996 | US | Reissue (Get On Down)
29,99 €*
Release:1996 / US – Reissue
Genre:Hip Hop
The 3rd album by Texas legends Underground Kingz finally gets a proper vinyl release on 2LP. Essential!
Jurassic 5 - Quality Control / Jarass Finish First
Jurassic 5
Quality Control / Jarass Finish First
7" | 2015 | US | Original (Get On Down)
11,99 €*
Release:2015 / US – Original
Genre:Hip Hop
These two songs, off Jurassic 5’s stellar debut full-length from 2000, perfectlyshowcase the disciplined hip-hop fun that this six-man group is known for around theworld. Featuring two DJs and producers (Cut Chemist and DJ Nu-Mark) and four MCs(Chali 2na, Zaakir/Soup, Akil and Marc 7), these disparate minds combined powerfullyas one, rocking unison lyrical lines and tag-team verses over deftly funky music.Originally heard as a hugely popular radio promo for California’s famed Wake Up Showin the mid-1990s, the song “Quality Control” was expertly expanded for the group’sInterscope debut, with a pimp-strut beat and a relaxed, live feel. Alternating tag-teamlines and an extended four-man unison chorus combine to flaunt an indie ethos thatalso gained them mainstream appeal. “We got the kind of rhymes / To get you ready forthe weekend,” they exclaim, and no one would dare deny it.This “big-hole” 45 pressing on black vinyl, with a 7-inch sized artwork replication of theoriginal “Quality Control” single jacket, is a taste of what is coming soon with Get OnDown’s Record Store Day 2015 Deluxe Reissue Quality Control - The Wood Box.
Toots & The Maytals - Funky Kingston
Toots & The Maytals
Funky Kingston
LP | 1975 | US | Reissue (Get On Down)
23,99 €*
Release:1975 / US – Reissue
Genre:Reggae / Dancehall
Toots & The Maytals' long and storied musical career spans all the way back to the dawn of ska. The group are not only key figures in the development reggae, they were among the first to utilize the word in a song title which lead to the popularization of the very term reggae. Among the numerous musical accomplishments of Frederick "Toots" Hibbert and his group was the song "Pressure Drop", which was released initially in 1970, but received widespread acclaim for its appearance in the soundtrack to the film"Harder They Come". It's since been covered by The Clash, The Specials, The Selecter, Robert Palmer, and numerous others, has been rated by Rolling Stone as one of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time, and is credited with helping introduce reggae music to the world. Though originally released in 1970, the US wouldn't get to experience "Pressure Drop" until 1975, when it was released on the US version of their album "Funky Kingston", easily considered one of the strongest albums in Toots & The Maytals' catalog, not to mention one of the greatest in reggae history. Upon its release in the States it received massive critical applause (even warming the cold, icy heart of Robert Christgau) for its infectious melodies and rhythms on tracks like "Sailing On", "Time Tough", and theeponymous title track, quirky Jamaica-infused covers of tracks by John Denver and Ike Turner, and of course the influential "Pressure Drop." Reissued in a lovingly re-printed version of the original LP sleeve, Get On Down now presents a superb reissue of a legendary piece of music history.
Ghostface Killah - Ironman
Ghostface Killah
Ironman
2LP | 2010 | US | Reissue (Get On Down)
24,99 €*
Release:2010 / US – Reissue
Genre:Hip Hop
Here's the official reissue of the debut solo album from Wu-Tang Clans’s Ghostface Killah. Released in 1996 on Epic Records, Ironman earned immediate mainstream success, debuting at number two on the Billboard 200 chart, and number one on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart.Though a solo album, Ironman is filled with Wu-Tang collabos, prominently featuring Raekwon and Cappadonna, with a handful of tracks featuring Ghost performing companionless. The albumearned gold status in sales a year after its release and platinum by2004, a true testament to its staying power.Ironman pieces together Al Green and Jackson 5 samples, gospel choruses, kung fu soundbites and piano vamps into something unpredictable and vital-sounding. Arguably the best of thegroup’s solo albums to date, the record is filled with inventive production and rhymes, and ranks as another solid entry in the Wu-Tang legacy.
U-Roy - Natty Rebel
U-Roy
Natty Rebel
LP | 1976 | US | Reissue (Get On Down)
22,99 €*
Release:1976 / US – Reissue
Genre:Reggae / Dancehall
U-Roy was a true reggae pioneer, dubbed The Originator for good reason. Bursting onto the Jamaican scene in the early 1970s, he pioneered the vocal approach called "toasting," which in addition to bringing Jamaican music into a new era, was also heavily influential on an American vocal style also in its infancy: rapping.Following up the Record Store Day 2017 release of U-Roy's classic Dread In A Babylon, Traffic Entertainment Group now brings us a very welcome reissue of the vocalist's 1976 full-length (and fourth) album, Natty Rebel, which has been out of print for more than 30 years.Produced by Tony Robinson (known for his work with Big Youth, Lloyd Parks, the Gladiators and many more), the album's 11 cuts range from bouncier and sometimes even disco-tinged grooves - "Have Mercy," "Go There Natty" and the album lead-off, "Babylon Burning" - to the classic roots stepping that drew fans to the legendary Jamaican vocalist over his long career - including "So Jay Jah Say" and "Natty Kung Fu."At its core, this is a deep journey into the heart of rasta living, spoken by one of Jamaica's most underrated dub and roots legends, and it's one of the strongest full-lengths in his expansive catalog.Whether you are experiencing U-Roy for the first time, or replacing your decades-old original LP, diving into this reissue of Natty Rebel is one hell of a way to spend an afternoon. Or, if you're not careful, a week or two.
Run DMC - Raising Hell
Run DMC
Raising Hell
LP | 1986 | US | Reissue (Get On Down)
23,99 €*
Release:1986 / US – Reissue
Genre:Hip Hop
Up until “Raising Hell”, the rap juggernaut we know as Run-DMC was still in its building and breaking-down- doors phase. In 1986 that changed, and in a dramatic way. With their third long-player, the group had reached the mountaintop. It was THE record that proved hip-hop wasn't a fad. “Raising Hell” marked an important and significant new era for the group. Leaving producer Larry Smith for up-and- coming sonic innovator Rick Rubin (still co-produced by Run's brother Russell Simmons), they began to fully transition not only their own sound, but the sound of the entire genre. Less live playing – with some exceptions – and a slicker, tighter sonic attack. Musical aesthetics aside, though, at their core they stayed true to the essence of hip-hop: two turntables and a microphone, or two. It's impossible to talk about the album without its worldwide smash, "Walk This Way," which hit #4 on the Billboard pop charts and saw the group digging in the rock crates to summon Aerosmith in the flesh, combining Steven Tyler's and Joe Perry's musicianship with the group's own take on the '70s classic. The song's video cemented Run-DMC as legit MTV idols, and both groups rode its wave to new heights. Beyond "Walk This Way," the platter is full to the hilt with undeniable classic singles: "You Be Illin'"; "It's Tricky"; "Peter Piper" and the fashion-world shifting "My Adidas." Each song was new proof that Run-DMC's sound was indeed new, but still familiar, and full of the energy, charisma and innovation that drew fans to their first two LPs. Aside from the singles, the reason the album stands up so well is the fact that there is virtually no filler. "Proud To Be Black" remains a pioneering and underrated cut when people talk about "conscious" hip-hop. And to make sure they never lost the streets that gave them their start, "Hit It Run," "Son Of Byford," "Is It Live" and "Perfection" all bring it back to the group's early days in the park. Besides the triple platinum status, the album achieved, it was more than just a pop smash. It signaled a new era for rap music, and it was the no-turning- back point for the entire genre. This was the beginning of what we now call the Golden Era, and it still sounds as fresh today as it did three decades ago.
Run DMC - King Of Rock
Run DMC
King Of Rock
LP | 1984 | US | Reissue (Get On Down)
22,49 €* 24,99 € -10%
Release:1984 / US – Reissue
Genre:Hip Hop
Run DMC’s self-titled 1984 debut pushed the doors of pop music open, showing that hip-hop was not the fad that haters had prophesized. As they proved decisively on Run-DMC, rap was a legit art form, fully capable of producing long-players full of no-fast-forward cuts.By 1985, any doubters were running on fumes, as the group’s King Of Rock blew the aforementioned pop doors off their hinges. Emboldened by their success (including the first rap album to ever go Gold), energized by worldwide touring and accolades, and given all the support they could want by a genius producer (Larry Smith), an open-minded label (Profile) and a charismatic manager (Russell Simmons, who also lent a hand on production), they ruled the charts and hinted at even greater things to come.The album’s most fondly-remembered single set the album’s tone perfectly: “King Of Rock” was hard, full of charisma and tag-team vocal finesse, and had enough guitars to bring the suburbs into the rap fold. The song’s video was equally popular and powerful, and the pioneering MTV exposure drove the group into a new stratosphere.But there was much more to King Of Rock than the title track, including more rock / rap hybrids – “Can You Rock It Like This” and “You’re Blind” – as well as the additional singles “Jam-Master Jammin’” and “You Talk Too Much.” (The latter, incidentally, charted as high as “King Of Rock” on both the Pop and R&B charts).Throw in the forward-thinking reggae/rap collab “Roots, Rap, Reggae” (featuring the legendary Yellowman) and the live-throwdown-simulation “Darryl and Joe (Krush-Groove 3)” and the album – which went on to pass Platinum status– is a winner from A1 to B4.
Run DMC - Run DMC
Run DMC
Run DMC
LP | 1984 | US | Reissue (Get On Down)
22,49 €* 24,99 € -10%
Release:1984 / US – Reissue
Genre:Hip Hop
Future archaeologists will discuss two periods in 1980s: before Run-DMC and after Run-DMC. It’s no exaggeration to say that the groupchanged the course of music in the ‘80s, bringing the old-school of rap into the new with one simple piece of flat, black plastic.Coming up in the rap world of the early 1980s under the wing of Kurtis Blow (group manager Russell Simmons managed Blow, and Runwas, at one time, a DJ known as “Son of Kurtis Blow”) and Blow’s bassist and burgeoning super-producer Larry Smith, the trio – Joseph“Run” Simmons, Darryl “DMC” McDaniels and Jason “Jam Master Jay” Mizell – learned from the best, but created their own path.1983 was the year that they first broke out. With only an Oberheim DMX drum program and some cuts by Jay, “Sucker M.C.s (Krush-Groove1)” was a shot across the bow to the slick, post-disco pocket rap had settled into. It was raw, pure swagger and it took both New Yorkersand music aficionados around the world by storm. The song’s lyrics are a mandatory memorization assignment to this day by MCs learningtheir craft. “Two years ago, a friend of mine…”The group’s sound, which was laid out muscularly on Run-DMC, had a harder approach than their peers, thanks to producer Larry Smith’suse of live musicians who laid down grooves but didn’t soften the edges. Lyrically the group wasn’t just about brags either, with songs like“Hard Times,” “It’s Like That” and “Wake Up” (the first two were singles). Run’s and DMC’s overlapping tag-team approach to lyricism waspowerful and immensely influential.“Rock Box,” another single and arguably the centerpiece of the album, was a nod to their hard edge, and a foreshadowing of their firstworldwide smash, 1985’s “King Of Rock.” Jam Master Jay’s DJ work was stellar, knowing exactly when to jump in and put listeners’ ears ina headlock.The album was the first rap full-length to achieve Gold status, and as fans know, the group was just getting started – their next two LPs wouldtake them to even higher status in the music world, critically and sales-wise. But this is where it all started, and it’s a classic that still soundsfresh today as it did more than 30 years ago.
UGK - Super Tight Clear Vinyl Edition
UGK
Super Tight Clear Vinyl Edition
2LP | 2016 | US | Original (Get On Down)
32,99 €*
Release:2016 / US – Original
Genre:Hip Hop
“Super Tight…” is the second album from Hip Hop legends UGK, originally released in 1994. The title of the album is taken from its stand out single “Front, Back & Side to Side”. Bun B and Pimp C (R.I.P.) were already on fire from their debut album a few years prior but they perfected the Southern Playa sound with this record. At the time of its release “Super Tight…” was only issued on Cassette and CD so it’s a must for fans and collectors to grab the vinyl now that it’s available for the very first time. The album kicks off with “Return”, which after a few snare hits and the bluster of Pimp C’s voice it is clear to the world - the underground kings are back. Countless tracks like “Three Sixteens” (featuring DJ DMD), “Stoned Junkee”, “It’s Supposed to Bubble”, “I Left It Wet for You” and the previously mentioned “Front, Back, & Side To Side” all perfectly showcase the chemistry between Bun B & Pimp C over deep southern funk grooves. The production on this album is stellar, all bass heavy and features Meters lead guitarist Leo Nocentelli. Like their debut album Too Hard to Swallow Bun B and Pimp C were ahead of the game, and with “Super Tight…” they perfected it. Finally, this great release is available for the first time on clear vinyl.
Jungle Brothers - Done By The Forces Of Nature
Jungle Brothers
Done By The Forces Of Nature
2LP | 1988 | US | Reissue (Get On Down)
29,99 €*
Release:1988 / US – Reissue
Genre:Hip Hop
The Jungle Brothers’ 1988 debut, Straight Out The Jungle, was important for many reasons. It was sloppy and goofy but had moments of real focus and social consciousness. It was a true “kitchen sink” record, that caught a rap fanbase enraptured by Eric B. & Rakim, Public Enemy and Boogie Down Productions a bit off-guard. Also of note, beyond the excellence of the album itself, the Jungle Brothers were the fulcrum for what would become the Native Tongues movement – they came first, De La Soul and A Tribe Called Quest followed, under their guidance. By 1989, the group had even more confidence, plus a Warner Bros. contract and advance in their back pocket. They used it to great advantage on the self-produced and criminally underrated Done By The Forces Of Nature, expanding their sonic palette and continuing their Afrocentric approach to music and life. Singles like “What ‘U’ Waitin’ 4” and “Doin’ Our Own Dang” (with De La and Q-Tip, alongside Monie Love) showed the group’s fun side, which has also lead the way in the “hip-house” movement. But things weren’t all fun and games, as deeper, more pensive album tracks like “Black Woman,” “Beeds On A String,” and “Acknowledge Your Own History” show. It was another accomplished mix of fun, frolic and knowledge-of-self, proving that you could be serious in the rap game but still let off steam and fill the dancefloor. Done By The Forces Of Nature stands as one of the most cherished hip-hop documents of the late ‘80s among true-school heads, and this edition is the perfect way to revisit this classic thinking-man’s (and woman’s) rap platter. Issued for the first time ever on 2-LP with the original picture sleeve artwork, it also comes with a reproduction of the original insert, with credits and lyrics.Limited edition for Black Friday RSD 2016!
V.A. - James Brown's Funky People Part 3
V.A.
James Brown's Funky People Part 3
2LP | 2016 | US | Original (Get On Down)
33,99 €*
Release:2016 / US – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Get On Down continues its very welcome obsession with James Brown’s stable of late ’60s and early ‘70s talent – much of it culled from his People Records label, including various backing bands – by bringing this firsttime- ever-on-vinyl package to the world. The third volume in the groundbreaking Funky People series, originally released on CD in 2000, is just as incredible as the first two. And maybe even more fascinating to JB fans, because of the less-heard discoveries lurking in these grooves. With 12 tracks spanning 1967 to 1975, this is far from a “remainders” collection. Each cut here packs an undeniable punch. Featuring James’ most talented side-people, including The JBs, Bobby Byrd, Marva Whitney, Lyn Collins and Vicki Anderson, Volume 3 goes even deeper in the cut than previous collections, with the white Ohio-based studio crew The Dapps (featuring drummer / vocalist Beau Dollar), the Dee Felice Trio and even a cheekily named side crew called the A.A.B.B. (Above Average Black Band). There are some impressive covers here, including the Dee Felice Trio’s driving, jazzy version of James’ “There Was A Time” (known to the hip-hop nation thanks to Chubb Rock’s “Treat ‘Em Right”); a live version of Lyn Collins covering the Isley Brothers’ “It’s My Thing”; in addition to her studio cover of James’ “Give It Up Or Turnit A Loose.” In retrospect it even sounds like James covers himself on the raw and powerful “Original Rock Version” of his 1972 hit “Talkin’ Loud And Saying Nothin’,” even though the Rock version was recorded first, in 1970. Marva Whitney’s “If You Don’t Give Me What I Want” is as powerful and emotional as a soul ballad gets. The A.A.B.B.’s “Pick Up The Pieces One By One” must have made the Average White Band want to hang up their instruments. And one truly fascinating alternate take here is the “Undubbed Version” of the JBs’ “Blow Your Head,” with the Moog work and main Fred Wesley trombone solo removed. It lets the groove shimmer in whole new light. The more that newcomers and diehard fans alike dig into the James Brown and People Records vaults, the more they realize that it’s a neverending source of truly next-level funk and soul music. And you can be sure this aural goodness will keep flowing to the public, thanks to the exhaustive efforts of Get On Down.Limited edition for Black Friday RSD 2016!
Cypress Hill - Cypress Hill 25th Anniversary Skull
Cypress Hill
Cypress Hill 25th Anniversary Skull
Box Set | 1991 | US | Reissue (Get On Down)
79,99 €*
Release:1991 / US – Reissue
Genre:Hip Hop
Cypress Hill teamed up with Get On Down to celebrate the 25th anniversary of their1991 debut with an ultra deluxe "25th Anniversary Skull" reissue.The entire set is housed in a unique, hard resin black skull - a faithful, 3-D physical recreation of the group's 1991logo. A CD with remastered audio and a 100-plus page hardcover book are also included. The book features extensiveliner notes by journalist Chris Faraone with input from B-Real, Sen Dog and DJ Muggs, and also includes full albumlyrics and rarely seen photos provided by the group, as well as press clippings from 1991.
Jungle Brothers - I'll House You / On The Run
Jungle Brothers
I'll House You / On The Run
7" | 2016 | US | Original (Get On Down)
12,99 €*
Release:2016 / US – Original
Genre:Hip Hop
Get On Down presents a unique way to proudly re-live your “hip-house” past, with a 7” reissue of the Jungle Brothers’ infectious 1988 hit “I’ll House You,” which was arranged by the legendary Todd Terry. On the B-Side is a fan favorite from the group’s stellar Straight Out The Jungle album, “On The Run,” which was released as its own single in 1988.
Pete Rock & CL Smooth - Mecca And The Soul Brother Clear Vinyl Edition
M.O.P. - Warriorz
M.O.P.
Warriorz
2LP | 2000 | US | Reissue (Get On Down)
23,99 €*
Release:2000 / US – Reissue
Genre:Hip Hop
By the time that M.O.P.’s 4th full-length hit in August of 2000, they were true vets in the rap game, with battle scars to prove it. Debuting seven years previous with “How About Some Hardcore?,” the Brownsville, Brooklyn duo of Lil’ Fame and Billy Danze had blazed a heavy path through the underground for the remainder of the decade, never faltering with an aggressive, brassknuckled vocal style, frequently bolstered by DJ Premier’s top-tier backing. Warriorz was a true game-changer for M.O.P., as the album catapulted the pair onto the upper echelons of the rap charts, where they shared real estate with softer and cornier stars of the day. One major reason for the album’s success was the runaway hit “Ante Up (Robbin Hoodz Theory),” produced by D/R Period, who broke them into the game with “Hardcore.” The song – fueled by triumphant horn stabs and a diesel, four-to-the-floor beat – was the perfect mix of hard and catchy, and Fame and Danze flexed over it with finesse. To this day it is used everywhere from movie soundtracks to Sesame Street YouTube videos. “Ante Up” had plenty of high-caliber friends, starting with the album’s two other singles: the strutting, funky “G-Building” and the tense and hardrocked “Cold As Ice” (both produced by the group). Going back, the album lurches into full gear with a hometown anthem, “Welcome To Brownsville,” working down to the Premier-finessed groover, “Follow Instructions.” Further down in the sequence we have features like the piano-freaked “Home Sweet Home” (with Lord Have Mercy) and the mid-tempo, jazzy “Foundation,” which caps the group’s fourth masterpiece. Staying true to their essence, the album flaunts hardest-of-hard Brooklyn bangers from start to finish. In an era where hip-hop was getting more syrupy than Nyquil, M.O.P. proved that they could hit the charts while staying raw.And the album still shines to this day.
Fred Wesley & The JBs - Same Beat
Jurassic 5 - Quality Control
Jurassic 5
Quality Control
2LP | 2000 | US | Reissue (Get On Down)
29,99 €*
Release:2000 / US – Reissue
Genre:Hip Hop
Jurassic 5 flexed serious old-to-the-new muscles in the ‘90s, beginning with their independently released single “Unified Rebelution” in 1994, and book-ending with their stellar debut full-length: 2000’s Quality Control. They walked a tightrope between underground and mainstream hip-hop, and toured alongside rap peers as well as punk rockers on the Vans Warped Tour. With double the pleasure of your average hip-hop group – two DJs and producers (Cut Chemist and DJ Nu-Mark); and four MCs (Chali 2na, Akil, Marc 7 and Zaakir aka Soup) – they brought the late 1970s “unison MC” style of pioneering groups like the Fantastic 5 and the Force MCs to a new generation. Even more surprisingly, they did so out of Los Angeles, whose hip-hop flavors generally leaned towards Gangsta, G-Funk or Electro lines. Musically inventive and lyrically forward-thinking, each song on Quality Control is a new adventure, exploring engaging territory, delivered via one of the best live hip-hop shows fans had seen in years. From singles like the strutting groove of the title track to the throwback doo-wop samples on “The Influence” and the catchy, keyboard groove-driven “World of Entertainment (WOE Is Me),” to deeper album tracks like the lyrical gymnastics of “Jurass Finish First” and the thought-provoking “Lausd,” Jurassic 5 consistently stepped to the plate and their fans responded in kind, nearly pushing the album to Gold status. Add the innovative DJ-and-sample workout which closes out the album, “Swing Set,” and you have one of the 2000s’ most unique and solid full-length platters.
Busta Rhymes - When Disaster Strikes
Busta Rhymes
When Disaster Strikes
2LP | 1997 | US | Reissue (Get On Down)
24,99 €*
Release:1997 / US – Reissue
Genre:Hip Hop
By the time Busta Rhymes hit with his second solo album, “When Disaster Strikes”, he was already cemented as one of the most powerful voices in the rap game. With a lead single that countered that statement “Put Your Hands Where MY Eyes Can See” he proved he is more than just a one act man. The single was an immediate smash and was followed by an equally amazing album. The albums second single “Dangerous” continued to push Busta creatively and was accompanied with a stellar video gained him major air play on BET and MTV. Critics and fans alike applauded this release for its depth and well-crafted songs which made it platinum at the time of its release. Songs like “Turn UP” the Flipmode assisted "We Could Take it Outside" and “Rhymes Galore” showcase Busta at his best; rapid fire delivery over hard pounding beats. Other stand out cuts include "So Hardcore" and “One” which is a great collaboration with Erykah Badu. On the production side Busta brings along his trusted team; Rashad Smith, J Dilla, Rockwilder and DJ Scratch to serve him just what he needed for “When Disaster Strikes” to be full on dope!
Kool D.J. A.J. - That's The Joint
Kool D.J. A.J.
That's The Joint
7" | 2011 | US | Reissue (Get On Down)
12,99 €*
Release:2011 / US – Reissue
Genre:Hip Hop
Get On Down’s 7” series continues with a true old school rarity. Kool DJ AJ goes so far back into the old school that he came up following Kool Herc’s exploits behind the turntables. Perhaps best known as Chief Rock Busy Bee’s DJ, AJ electrified crowds around the city in Hip Hop’s earliest days. But “Ah, That’s The Joint” is his lone solo outing originally released in a limited pressing on the ultra-rare White Diamond imprint in 1980. The cut features all the essential old school elements, a throbbing funk bass line, hand claps, a call and response chorus, everything you want in an old school classic....right down to the rap “and thebeat don’t stop til the break of dawn”.
Boogie Down Productions - Ghetto Music: The Blueprint Of Hip Hop
Boogie Down Productions
Ghetto Music: The Blueprint Of Hip Hop
LP | 1989 | US | Reissue (Get On Down)
27,99 €*
Release:1989 / US – Reissue
Genre:Hip Hop
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Amongst 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.
Toots & The Maytals - In The Dark
Toots & The Maytals
In The Dark
LP | 1974 | US | Reissue (Get On Down)
23,99 €*
Release:1974 / US – Reissue
Genre:Reggae / Dancehall
Toots & The Maytals' long and storied musical career spans all the way back to the dawn of ska. The group are not only key figures in the development reggae, they were among the first to utilize the word in a song title which lead to the popularization of the very term reggae. In The Dark is the group’s second internationally released full length, the follow up to Funky Kingston. Like Funky Kingston, this release is in the pantheon of the greatest reggae albums of all time. Sure, that’s not an official list, but you know it when you hear it. In addition to stand out cuts like the James Brown influenced “54-46 Was My Number” that had previously been issued as singles the group recorded all new material at Dynamic Sounds Studios in Kingston. One of those cuts is perhaps the most unique reggae covers of an American hit record. Reggae already had a storied history of Jamaican artist covering American R&B hits. But Toots & The Maytals went where others hadn’t with a cover of John Denver’s “Take Me Home, Country Roads.” If you’re only familiar with the original, well let’s just say Toots Hibbert’s beyond soulful vocals may make you forget you ever heard that other version of the song. Reissued in a lovingly re-printed version of the original LP sleeve, Get On Down now presents a superb reissue of a legendary piece of music history.
V.A. - James Brown's Funky People Part 2
V.A.
James Brown's Funky People Part 2
2LP | 2017 | US | Original (Get On Down)
33,99 €*
Release:2017 / US – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
As music fans know, James Brown wasn’t just the greatest funkand soul singer the world has ever seen – he was also a musicalvisionary and businessman, who surrounded himself withgeniuses who made him better and pushed him further.From horn masters Maceo Parker and Pee Wee Ellis to vocalistsLyn Collins and Bobby Byrd, Brown was a musical A & R master,restless and always looking for the next big thing. Most times, thatwould manifest in the latest James Brown smash under his ownname. But not always. His stable of talent was overflowing in the‘60s and ‘70s, and, thankfully, the tape machine in his studio wasalways rolling.Originally released in 1988, during the era of hip-hop’s golden ageof sampling, it’s no surprise that just about every note heard in thisincredible collection has been used on not one but multiple rapclassics. Which, at the time, was proof of Brown’s (and his crew’s)staying power. But we’re almost three decades beyond those daysnow, and it has lost none of its musical potency.Diving deeper into the vaults than the also-incredible Part 1 of theFunky People series, there is not a weak track in the bunch. Movingbeyond well-known JBs cuts, things get interesting from the get-gowith Bobby Byrd’s monumental groover “I Know You Got Soul.”Hank Ballard and Marva Whitney also enter the fray, leading theway to Myra Barnes’ emotional and powerful “Message From TheSoul Sisters (Parts 1 & 2)” and Lyn Collins’ slow, smoldering coverof Isaac Hayes’ “Do Your Thing,”Politics even get the funky soul treatment, with Fred Wesley & TheJBs’ “You Can Have Watergate But Gimme Some Bucks And I’ll BeStraight” and “I’m Paying Taxes, But What Am I Buying?” And itshould not be overlooked that Maceo & The Macks’ instrumentalworkout “Soul Power ‘74” even features a proto-sampling snippetfrom MLK’s “I’ve Been To The Mountaintop” speech from 1968.This is another amazing collection of James Brown’s funky friends,without one second of filler, brought to you as a glorious 2-LPgatefold by your friends at Get On Down.
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V.A. - James Brown's Funky People Part 1
V.A.
James Brown's Funky People Part 1
LP | 1986 | US | Reissue (Get On Down)
33,99 €*
Release:1986 / US – Reissue
Genre:Organic Grooves
Some have made the claim that Get On Down may love James Brown just a little too much. To which the label replies, it’s not possible to love James Brown too much. The label’s welcome obsession with Mr. Brown and the incredible line up of talent found on his People Record imprint continues with the reissue of “Funky People Part 1”. Long out of print on vinyl, “Funky People Part1” features the top tier of artists from Brown’s People Records label, including The J.B.’s, Lyn Collins, Fred Wesley and Maceo Parker. Some of the James Brown organizations all-time best material is collected here, including The J.B.’s “Pass The Peas” and “Hot Pants Road”, Fred Wesley’s in your face politics through funk statement “Damn Right, I Am Somebody”, Lyn Collins smash hit “Think (About It)” and many more. Newcomers and diehard fans alike continue to dig into the James Brown and People Records vaults, and the more they do so, the more they realize that it’s a nearly never ending source of truly next-level funk and soul music. And you can be sure this aural goodness will keep flowing to the public, thanks to the exhaustive efforts of Get On Down.
Maceo Parker - US
Maceo Parker
US
LP | 2016 | US | Original (Get On Down)
26,99 €*
Release:2016 / US – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Maceo Parker was one of the most revered and loved members of James Brown’s famed J.B.’s band from the late ‘60s to the mid-1970s. Alongside his instantlyrecognizable alto saxophone solos, he occasionally performed as comedian before James Brown shows, in addition to playing MC. He was a true renaissance man. And while other members of The Godfather of Soul’s inner circle – most notably trombonist Fred Wesley – had solo albums at the advent of Brown’s People Records, Maceo had to wait his turn for a couple years. By the time 1974 rolled around, this talented musician and personality could not be denied, and he burst onto the scene as a group leader with one of the most impressive albums in the People catalog: the simply titled, but deeply felt, Us. Maceo’s group (occasionally called The Macks) and Fred Wesley’s J.B.’s were essentially the same unit – including guitarists Jimmy Nolen and Hearlon “Cheese” Martin, drummer John “Jabo” Starks, saxophonist St. Clair Pinckney and of course Fred Wesley on trombone. Unsurprisingly, the material here is never-endingly funky. But as shown in the song selection (presumably by Parker, with heavy-handy assistance from the Godfather himself), there are as many ballads and soul groovers as there are straight-up funk workouts. Cases in point include the mellow, Gamble & Huff-penned “Drowning In The Sea Of Love” (with organ, most likely played by James Brown, slithering in the background) and the syrupy “Show and Tell.” The album’s closer is also on the slower side, going very deep and striking a chord, as Maceo and Brown talk about conditions in the Black American landscape of the day over the course of 10-plus minutes. And there is, of course, plenty of diesel funk here as well: singles like “Soul Power 74” and “Parrty” are downright nasty grooves, known well by James Brown fans old and new. “Soul Power 74” additionally features very early proto-sampling, with a baby’s cry as well as Martin Luther King Jr.’s famous “I Have Been To The Mountain Top” speech. And Maceo’s take on the J.B.’s classic “Doing It To Death” is a unique version, more muted and of course featuring Maceo’s gorgeous horn front and center. Appearing at the apex of both James Brown’s and People Records’ power, Us is a treasured jewel in the J.B. catalog, and rightfully so. This 150 gram vinyl LP comes in a Stoughton Jacket, housed in a custom People Records poly bag, and includes 24” x 24” poster.
Man Friday - Love Honey, Love Heartache
Man Friday
Love Honey, Love Heartache
12" | 2016 | US | Original (Get On Down)
16,19 €* 17,99 € -10%
Release:2016 / US – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Vinylmania: As classic disco came bounding through the late ’70s and into the electronically orientated sounds of the ’80s, New York was one of the undisputed frontiers for the latest developments in dance music culture, nightclubs and the art of DJ-ing. At the center of this seminal time for vinyl culture was a store called Vinylmania, set up by Charlie Grappone in the heart of Greenwich Village, Manhattan, just as the culture of 12-inch singles and promo copies was taking hold. From supplying Levan, Tony Humphries and many more with the latest imports to championing the emergence of house music in the mid-’80s, Grappone and his staff played a significant role in New York’s own dance music story. Through the ’90s and up until closing in 2007, Vinylmania was a store that catered to DJs from across the complex mixture of racial, social and sexual demographics that made up New York and its legendary nightlife. Man Friday: As the NYC Peech Boys came to an end, Man Friday became Larry Levan’s newest production project. Fronted by Kofi Morny and Brodie Williams, their debut single “Love Honey, Love heartache” was released by Vinyl Mania in 1986 with Larry Levan at the helm of the mix. Love Money: In the spirit of most dance music borrowing elements from other sources,“Love Honey” was heavily inspired by another Paradise Garage & Loft classic from 1980 and its remix in 1981 by UK Outfit Funk Masters / TW Funkmasters. A dubbed out track big in the Jazz-Funk scene in the UK, it became a hit among underground Deejays in Both NYC & Chicago. Love Honey: No matter what list you look at. ‘Love Honey’ is always attached to Larry Levan’s tenure at the Paradise Garage. All the elements of a Garage Track are here; Dub Echoes, Synth Basslines, Percussions that linger, FX -that one can only dream of hearing on a Richard Long System- and an Organ, because after all, they say the Garage was like going to Church.
Lyn Collins - Think (About It)
Lyn Collins
Think (About It)
LP | 1972 | US | Reissue (Get On Down)
26,99 €*
Release:1972 / US – Reissue
Genre:Organic Grooves
James Brown had several incredibly talented “funky divas” in his late ‘60s and early ‘70s stable, including Vicki Anderson and MarvaWhitney. But as great as those two powerhouse singers were, Lyn Collins was the strongest hit maker of that funky JB era.Her strong voice and commanding stage presence – which earned her the nicknames “The Female Preacher” and “Mama Feelgood” –quickly proved to be a potent addition to the People Records universe. In the spring of 1972 her second single, the driving andridiculously funky “Think (About It)” hit the R&B music world like a ton of bricks. As fans young and old know, thanks to its timeless,relentless groove and powerful vocals, “Think” gained a powerful second life in the 1980s thanks to the hip-hop generation, fueling theplatinum smash “It Takes Two,” by Rob Base & DJ E-Z Rock in 1988 and additionally sampled by dozens of hip-hop and dance musicartists up to the present day.But Collins was far from a One Hit Wonder: she was as vocally adept on ballads as she was with full-blown funk. She proves thisthroughouther debut album, which was released in 1972 on James Brown’s new People Records label – the imprint’s second full-length release.To wit, aside from the title smash: a powerful and emotional cover of Bill Withers’ “Ain’t No Sunshine”; the socially progressive “Women’sLib”; the Gamble & Huff-penned “Never Gonna Give You Up” (originally done by Jerry Butler); and even a daring, muscular take on thesong “Fly Me To The Moon,” made famous by, among others, Frank Sinatra.All throughout Think (About It), Collins shows that she was a vocal force to be reckoned with. Backed by a James Brown-assembledmusical crew that included Pee Wee Ellis, Fred Wesley and, of course, James Brown himself, the platter was bound to impress and succeed.And that it did.
Pete Rock & CL Smooth - The Main Ingredient
Pete Rock & CL Smooth
The Main Ingredient
2LP | 2016 | US | Original (Get On Down)
27,99 €*
Release:2016 / US – Original
Genre:Hip Hop
“We are the planters of the weeds or roses in our garden. Take the plunge within yourself to find The Main Ingredient.”So reads CL Smooth’s album dedication in the liners to Pete Rock & CL’s underrated, soulful and deeply grooving sophomorealbum. For fans, it was bittersweet, as it would be their last as a duo.By 1994, Pete and CL were darlings of both fans and critics, still on a high after 1992’s Mecca & The Soul Brother and the album’semotional smash single “They Reminisce Over You (T.R.O.Y.).” Two years later, they had grown even more as men and artists.Gone was some of the righteous striving of their earlier work, replaced by mature – yet still righteous – wisdom. And a lot morelove as well, bringing a larger female constituency into their fanbase. They were adults now, reveling in the plateau they hadreached.The duo’s ‘90s swan song is a powerful double album that still resonates with Golden Era hip-hop fans: 16 cuts deep and full ofintelligence, fire and warmth. Beats-per-minute-wise, the album mostly clocks at a comfortable strutting pace, bolstered by PeteRock’s pioneering use of filtered basslines and a recently-hatched obsession with Rhodes piano. The new tracks filled speakersand headphones with soul, as CL continued to assert his lyrical prowess all throughout.The lead single, “I Got A Love,” is a perfect example of the group’s ‘94 steez: a super-catchy and respectful, but far-from-softlove track, suitable for any rap fan’s romantic needs. “Take You There” and “Carmel City” cover similar ground. Considering CLSmooth’s top-level brag rapper status, cuts like “I Get Physical,” “Get On The Mic” and “Check It Out” effectively reminded competitorsnot to test him. Pete also gets in the game on the mic several times on the album, acquitting himself nicely (and solo)on the cloudy day soul of “Escape,” alongside other cuts.Add more pensive lyrical forays like “All The Places,” “Searching,” and – perhaps the album’s sleeper cut – “It’s On You” and youhave one of the more complete rap full-lengths of the mid-1990s. This isn’t surprising, considering the wonder twins-esqueskills of Pete and CL. But it does make fans wonder what would have happened if they had stayed together longer.
Pete Rock & CL Smooth - All Souled Out
Pete Rock & CL Smooth
All Souled Out
LP | 1991 | US | Reissue (Get On Down)
21,99 €*
Release:1991 / US – Reissue
Genre:Hip Hop
1991 was the year that it all broke loose for producer Pete Rock and his rhyme partner, CL Smooth. But the duo was far from an overnight sensation. The two friends had been on the grind since high school in Mt. Vernon, NY in the mid-‘80s, and Pete had been building up to his big moment since he first manned the decks on WBLS’s hugely influential “In Control With Marley Marl” radio show, starting in 1987.
Upsetters, The - Super Ape
Upsetters, The
Super Ape
LP | 1976 | US | Reissue (Get On Down)
21,99 €*
Release:1976 / US – Reissue
Genre:Reggae / Dancehall
Few artists enjoy a legacy that involves a re-engineering of the very genre in which they work. Lee “Scratch” Perry is such an artist. As a pioneer of dub reggae Perry viewed the mixing console as musical instrument in its own right. The influence of his revolutionary approach has been felt world-wide and into genres far beyond reggae. His 1976 effort, "Super Ape", is considered a masterpiece of this or any genre. Working with The Upstetters at his Black Ark studio, Perry created a sound with such a lasting appeal that The Rough Guide includes "Super Ape" as one of their 100 Essential Reggae releases.
Run DMC - The Singles Collection
Special Ed - Youngest In Charge
Special Ed
Youngest In Charge
LP | 1989 | US | Reissue (Get On Down)
24,99 €*
Release:1989 / US – Reissue
Genre:Hip Hop
Special Ed’s debut LP presented in a gatefold jacket with liner notes by Brian Coleman that include interviews with Ed and Howie Tee. In 1989, Hip-Hop was truly bona fide. It had shed the “just a gimmick” tag years before, as it showed not only artistic growth, but serious sales numbers. In short, it was here to stay. After the explosion of Run-DMC, the Beastie Boys and Public Enemy in New York and the rise of the West Coast seen in multiplatinum successes by N.W.A. and Ice-T, the music started to truly expand, letting new voices and approaches join the party and make their own waves. One of those was a young man from Brooklyn who went by the name Special Ed. Only 16 when his debut hit shelves (and then quickly flew off them), his age was indeed just a number. Beyond any gimmicks, Ed had serious skills. Fortunately, Ed found his way into the recording studio with fellow Brooklynite, Hitman Howie Tee. Howie had seen some success as part of the group CD III earlier in the 80s, and also did uncredited production on the worldwide smash “Roxanne, Roxanne” by UTFO in 1984. With skills and experience under his belt, he was waiting for his true “big moment.” Ed was the MC that Howie had been waiting for, and together they made history. Once it hit, Howie’s instincts were proved correct – Youngest In Charge was a smash, rocked on radio, in clubs and on boomboxes around the world. It shot up the Billboard 100 and Rap / R&B album charts with ease, and hit Gold status by the late ‘90s, proving the album’s staying power. Even considering the novelty of Ed’s youth, the Youngest In Charge album stands very firmly on its own as a hip-hop classic, the ultimate in late ‘80s New York brag swagger, with hit singles “I Got It Made” and “Think About It,” both which showed off Ed’s battle stances and Howie Tee’s masterful, never-endingly catchy productions. Add to it deeper album cuts that still resonate like “Taxing,” “Fly M.C.” and “I’m The Magnificent” (a later single, in 1990), and it brings you back to a time when hip-hop was all about skills and chemistry. Special Ed and Howie Tee certainly had both, with dopeness to spare.
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Special Ed - I Got It Made
Special Ed
I Got It Made
7" | 2015 | US | Original (Get On Down)
13,99 €*
Release:2015 / US – Original
Genre:Hip Hop
Thus stated Special Ed, on his 1989 smash hit, “I Got It Made.” And he backed up that brag throughout histrademark anthem, which featured laid-back brags that MCs a half-decade his senior couldn’t mess with.The Brooklyn MC was only 16 when it was released, making him one of the youngest rappers – especiallyat the time, before the 90s brought us Kris Kross and Lil Bow Wow – to ever have a hip-hop hit. The songitself, which floated over a perfectly hooked up slice of Ripple’s “I Don’t Know What It Is, But It Sure Is Funky,” was produced by Hitman Howie Tee, who also made waves in the late ‘80s with his cousin, Chubb Rock. When Ed and Howie combined, it was a match made in heaven, and the song exploded in New Yorkbefore taking over worldwide. Eventually becoming sample fodder on dozens of later songs – from Fat Joeto Kendrick Lamar – the track still invokes heavy head-nods today from crowds of all ages.Also included on this special 7-inch is the “Businesslike Version” of the song (also produced by Howie),which also appeared on the original 12-inch. Featuring a minimal, synth-driven backdrop and a quickerpace, it offers an excellent new way to experience Ed’s forward-thinking lyricism.This unique, deluxe “big hole” 7-inch comes housed in a custom Profile 45 jacket.
Clipse - Lord Willin' Box Set
Clipse
Lord Willin' Box Set
7x7" | 2002 | US | Reissue (Get On Down)
54,99 €*
Release:2002 / US – Reissue
Genre:Hip Hop
This limited edition issue of "Lord Willin’" features seven “big hole” 7”s on white vinyl covering all 13 tracks in the original album sequence, plus a bonus remix of “Grindin‘”. The vinyl is housed in a plastic case featuring the originalalbum art and each 7” is housed in a mini Star Trak die-cut jacket – replicas of the label’s original 12” sleeves.
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Maceo Parker - Us
Maceo Parker
Us
LP | 1974 | US | Reissue (Get On Down)
33,99 €*
Release:1974 / US – Reissue
Genre:Organic Grooves
Maceo Parker was one of the most revered and loved members of James Brown’s famed J.B.’s band from the late ‘60s to the mid-1970s. Alongside his instantly-recognizable alto saxophone solos, he occasionally performed as comedian before James Brown shows, in addition to playing MC. He was a true renaissance man. And while other members of The Godfather of Soul’s inner circle – most notably trombonist Fred Wesley – had solo albums at the advent of Brown’s People Records, Maceo had to wait his turn for a couple years. By the time 1974 rolled around, this talented musician and personality could not be denied, and he burst onto the scene as a group leader with one of the most impressive albums in the People catalog: the simply titled, but deeply felt, Us. Maceo’s group (occasionally called The Macks) and Fred Wesley’s J.B.’s were essentially the same unit – including guitarists Jimmy Nolen and Hearlon “Cheese” Martin, drummer John “Jabo” Starks, saxophonist St. Clair Pinckney and of course Fred Wesley on trombone. Unsurprisingly, the material here is never-endingly funky. But as shown in the song selection (presumably by Parker, with heavy-handy assistance from the Godfather himself), there are as many ballads and soul groovers as there are straight-up funk workouts. Cases in point include the mellow, Gamble & Huff-penned “Drowning In The Sea Of Love” (with organ, most likely played by James Brown, slithering in the background) and the syrupy “Show and Tell.” The album’s closer is also on the slower side, going very deep and striking a chord, as Maceo and Brown talk about conditions in the Black American landscape of the day over the course of 10-plus minutes. And there is, of course, plenty of diesel funk here as well: singles like “Soul Power 74” and “Parrty” are downright nasty grooves, known well byJames Brown fans old and new. “Soul Power 74” additionally features very early proto-sampling, with a baby’s cry as well as Martin Luther King Jr.’s famous “I Have Been To The Mountain Top” speech. And Maceo’s take on the J.B.’s classic “Doing It To Death” is a unique version, more muted and of course featuring Maceo’s gorgeous horn front and center. Appearing at the apex of both James Brown’s and People Records’ power, Us is a treasured jewel in the J.B. catalog, and rightfully so. This 150 gram vinyl LP comes in a Stoughton Jacket, housed in a custom People Records poly bag, and includes 24” x 24” poster.
Clipse - Hell Hath No Fury White Vinyl Edition
Clipse
Hell Hath No Fury White Vinyl Edition
LP | 2006 | US | Reissue (Get On Down)
19,99 €*
Release:2006 / US – Reissue
Genre:Hip Hop
In the 4 years after The Clipse dropped their sophomore classic Lord Willin’ the duo was able to build a legacy that hadfans hungry for new material. After the smoke cleared and they hit the studio the Virginia brothers recorded the confidently mature sophomore effort, Hell Hath No Fury. Best known fortheir unconventional radio smash “Grindin’,” Clipse are no strangers to taking risks with the boundary-pushing Neptunes, who return as trusted co-pilots for Hell Hath No Fury. Asalways the duo is right at home over The Neptunes crafted beats which perfectly embrace Pusha’s inventive drug-gamemetaphors and Malice’s soul-baring confessionals.From the bouncy lead single “Mr. Me Too” and the Slim Thug assisted “Wamp Wamp” to the oddly haunting "Keys OpenDoors" to "Momma I'm Sorry", Hell Hath No Fury represents some of the duo’s best work. On the hypnotic “Keys OpenDoors,” over the eerie mix of screwed-up angelic voices, chimes and congas, the brothers run circles around thecompetition, while the spine-tingling boom-bap of “Ride Around Shining” sets the stage for Pusha’s hilarious boasts.Whether rhyming over distorted, lo-fi guitar plucks (“Dirty Money”) or overblown 808s (“Trill”), the brothers come with colorful references and inventive word play that easily placesthem in a lyrical class of their own. Get On Down now proudly issues this Neptunes produced favorite on LP for the first time ever with the first run on white vinyl.
Bobby Brown - Don't Be Cruel
Bobby Brown
Don't Be Cruel
LP | 1988 | US | Reissue (Get On Down)
19,99 €*
Release:1988 / US – Reissue
Genre:Hip Hop
When Bobby Brown left New Edition at the peak of their fame in 1986 he was staying true to his rules of “really not giving a damn” and doing what felt right to him. And while his solo debut King of Stage (1986) wasn’t bad, it wasn’t what fans were really yearning for - “Hopefully he just goes back to New Edition” one fan wrote in a 1987 issue of Word Up! Magazine. Little did we all know by the time King of Stage was dying down he was already hard at work on the follow up, Don’t Be Cruel, and no one was even prepared for what was coming. Don’t Be Cruel immediately was a smash hit, to any naysayers this was the punch in the face, to NE fans this was a game changer, and honestly to many this was their first time even hearing him. Don’t Be Cruel crafted the perfect match of amazing songwriting and the newly christened New Jack Swing sound that was flooding the streets. Bobby Brown proved why he was “good to go solo” as he owned each track on this album. The new ‘King of R&B” was here. The albums singles: “Don’t Be Cruel”, “My Perogative”, “Every Little Step” & “Roni” all were number 1 singles. “Rock Wit’cha” made all other R&B ballads at the time pale in comparison. The album was one of the best selling albums of the 80’s (33 to be exact). Don’t Be Cruel over-exceeded what any R&B fan would expect. The albums producers L.A Reid, Babyface and Teddy Riley all did outstanding work channeling the right mix for Brown to finally take center stage. And after 20 + years this album still has a strong hold as the R&B blueprint for making hit albums.
Nas - Illmatic
Nas
Illmatic
LP | 1994 | US | Reissue (Get On Down)
24,99 €*
Release:1994 / US – Reissue
Genre:Hip Hop
"Now let me take a trip down memory lane"....It's 1994 and the hype behind Queensbridge native Nasir "Nas" Jones had already reached a fever pitch. Coming off already classics such as "Live at the BBQ" and (his solo debut song) "Halftime" all eyes were on Nas. From the moment you popped in your cassette, CD, or dropped the needle on the vinyl, you knew you were listening to authentic Hip Hop. Right out the gate you were met with the sound of subway cars, a snippet from Nas on "Live at the BBQ" and finally the Wild Style Theme. These 3 elements seem subtle upon first listen, but once you digest the album you realize Nas was setting a tone. God's Son had arrived. Backed by an all-star cast of producers including DJ Premier, Large Professor, Q Tip, Pete Rock and then unknown L.E.S, Illmatic never lets up. Nas was able to take you into his world, each beat seemed like it was hand crafted, tailored to precisely match each line of Nas' dense lyrics and unmatched flow. During the week of its release, everyone now knew the hype was real. Nas, being barley 20 at the time, stood on the shoulders of his predecessors and let everyone know he'd arrived. Illmatic became the debut that from that moment on rappers from Jay Z to Kendrick Lamar got compared to, "is this (insert rappers name here)'s Illmatic?". It was a game changer, not just for Nas, but for New York.. for Hip Hop. The Source broke their unwritten rule of not giving 5 Mics (the highest honor at that time) to a debut - Illmatic got just that. So join us, as we pay homage to one of our favorite albums and revisit the album that became one of the most talked about debuts in Hip Hop’s recorded history.
Archie Whitewater - Archie Whitewater
Genius / GZA - Liquid Swords Chess Box
Genius / GZA
Liquid Swords Chess Box
2CD | 2012 | US | Reissue (Get On Down)
31,99 €*
Release:2012 / US – Reissue
Genre:Hip Hop
At the peak of his powers as a producer in the mid-‘90s, Wu-Tang mastermind RZA crafted a distinctive soundtrack at his basement studio in Staten Island. This haunting landscape of dusty samples, sharp snares and menacing urban gloom – culled from the Japanese film “Shogun Assassin” as well as wide-ranging R&B and funk sources – would soon become a pillar of hip-hop history. These sounds were to become GZA’s 1995 sophomore classic, Liquid Swords – considered by many to be the ultimate Wu-Tang Clan solo album. 17-years later, it’s impossible to debate or deny the album’s legendary status, still standing up to any release that has come out in the rap pantheon, before or since. Cerebral and precise with his words like a shaolin swordsman, GZA crystallized a range of influences, from chess to kung-Fu and mob films to Eastern philosophy. The album features appearances by the entire Wu-Tang Clan, including the memorable debut of Killah Priest on “B.I.B.L.E.” As GZA explains in the “Chess Box” liner notes, as told to writer Chris Faraone: “The music was solely [RZA’s] vision,” GZA says of his cousin, who recorded the project in his basement apartment on Staten Island. “I see him as an equal partner in this endeavor. RZA was sitting on a goldmine of music that was just waiting for lyrics.” Selwyn Seyfu Hinds stated in The Source upon the album’s release in 1995: “Let these numbers put things in perspective: 1 year, 4 solo albums from a nine-man crew, 60-plus tracks from one producer, over 2 million units moved. Now Liquid Swords, the long-awaited release from Genius [GZA], puts the cap on a period that will certainly be remembered as a definitive hip-hop moment.” After the success of its Ol’ Dirty Bastard Return to the 36 Chambers deluxe edition wallet / ID card reissue from 2011, Get On Down’s “Masters Series” is proud to unveil the latest in its painstakingly-crafted Wu-Tang Clan reissue line. Housed in a sturdy, wrapped hard-board, two-piece box, this sumptuous edition of Liquid Swords spans across 2-CDs. Disc One contains the official album version while Disc Two contains the full album instrumentals, available for the first time ever. Both discs have been completely restored with remastered audio from the original source tapes. As with all Get On Down “Masters Series” deluxe releases, this Liquid Swords “Chess Box” set is packaged with an array of extras, including: in-depth 20-page liner notes booklet with GZA interview by Chris Faraone; inner jackets and dust sleeves with artwork from the original LP release and promotional singles; and, most impressively, a full mini chess set, which can be played on a chess board printed directly on the inner lining of the box cover. To complement the 2-CD “chess box,” Get On Down is releasing the album instrumentals on vinyl in separate packaging as a double-LP set, with one black vinyl, one white vinyl, and silk-screened jackets by ANTI design. Get On Down will announce details closer to the July 24 release date, but there will also be a special, very limited edition silk-screened 24” x 24” black and white print (by ANTI design) available only for those purchasing CD *and* LP editions on the label’s soon-to-be-relaunched website. Whether you are new to the majesty of GZA and Liquid Swords or a Wu disciple who purchased the cassette in 1995 and wore it out, you will find plenty to enjoy in this stunning and reverent deluxe edition.
Howlin' Wolf - The Howlin' Wolf Album
Howlin' Wolf
The Howlin' Wolf Album
LP | 1969 | US | Reissue (Get On Down)
22,99 €*
Release:1969 / US – Reissue
Genre:Organic Grooves
“The Howlin' Wolf Album” is a 1969 album by Howlin' Wolf, with Rotary Connection as his backing band. It mixed blues with psychedelic rock arrangements on several of Howlin' Wolf's classic songs. Howlin' Wolf strongly disliked the album, and Chess Records referenced this fact on the album's cover. Nevertheless it’s a classic now!
Brian Briggs - Selected Music From The Album Brian Briggs
Brian Briggs
Selected Music From The Album Brian Briggs
12" | 2017 | US | Original (Get On Down)
15,99 €*
Release:2017 / US – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
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So who is Brian Briggs? Well, to those who carefully read the production credits on records, his real name is John Holbrook, a well-respected mixer and sound engineer who worked, produced and recorded on Todd Rundgren's Bearsville Records from 1974 to 1980, and prior to that, at IBC studios in London (most notably on The Who's Tommy & Hendrix's Electric Ladyland). Over the years the name of this music industry veteran has been attached to countless recordings, with many of them hitting platinum status. Another piece of trivia also tells us that once upon a time Holbrook worked for EMS, a legendary company that specialized on sound synthesis. So what's exactly going on with this record? At first glance, we could say it's a New Wave record (passed through a filter of synths and drum machine-like percussions) touching on different Rock styles in a similar way to Devo. There's Rockabilly on his cover of Eddie Cochran's ‘Nervous Breakdown’, Surf Rock on ‘Spy vs. Spy’ and even Ska-tinted Dub on ‘Psyclone’. So how did this pastiche of pop styles give us a record that was considered a classic at The Loft in New York City as well as at Italian clubs like Cosmic and Easy Going? The key is on Side 1. AEO (Parts I & II) is basically the chant you'd imagine Nature making through a sequencer. With heavy electronic percussions, Analog synth sounds reminiscent of water splashes, and tape echo effects that can easily be mistaken to be the callings of birds and other animals during mating season, AEO has the DNA of every Balearic track to come. While equally giving a nod to the East and mother Africa, it makes sense why this record was popular with impeccable selectors like David Mancuso and Danielle Baldelli. Often bootlegged or found in compilations, we are honored to bring you this minimal classic by Brian Briggs in all its glory including the incredible pop art cover reminiscent of the Bazooka bubble gum packaging which probably also inspired the logo of that notorious Art Gallery on 76 Grand Street, NYC.
Timmy Thomas - Africano / Why Can't We Live Together
Timmy Thomas
Africano / Why Can't We Live Together
12" | US | Reissue (Get On Down)
15,99 €*
Release:US – Reissue
Genre:Organic Grooves
The Label: TK Records in essence represents the city of Miami when it came to Soul/R&Band the early stages of Disco. In 1974, George McCrae gave the label its first #1 Discohit with Rock Your Baby. A little more than a year after McCrae's hit, the record labelstruck gold with KC & The Sunshine Band with five #1 songs on the Billboard Hot 100.Needless to say at the height of the genre’s cultural domination TK did pretty well.Timmy Thomas: Without a doubt, he’s most famously known for the hit song Why Can’t WeLive Together. The record topped the U.S. Billboard R&B chart, made the top three in theBillboard Hot 100 and was charted in top 10 in many countries including the UK. A staplein the R&B scene, he had a succesful solo career until the mid 80s, later focusing onthe writing and production side of the business.Why Can’t We Live Together: It may have been his biggest hit, but also one that keepsresonating to this day. A response to the devastating news coming from the war inVietnam, its words “No more wars, we want peace in this world, and no matter what color,you’re still my brother.” are indicative of a time marked by the horrors of war abroad,and the racial discrimination in America. Written and Produced by Timmy Thomas himselfsolely on a Lowrey organ, and an early rhythm machine, the song however was far fromsimple as its emotive message continues to provide a profound context. And even thoughit’s been covered over the years by many artist including Sade and Joan Osborne, WhyCan’t We Live Together has managed to come back on the charts again in 2015, as theinstrumental backing to Drake’s Hotline Bling, which has now sold over 2 Million copiesin the U.S. Alone. Once a hit, always a hit.Africano: When it comes to this Deep Disco cut, Africano is one of those tracks thatprobably never got much shine in America, but has since become a dancefloor favorite ofunderground disco DJs worldwide. Curiously, years after its release, its biggestsupporters were Italian DJs like Danielle Baldelli, Mozart and Gianni Maselli who duringthe 80s played Disco, African records, American R&B, and reggae to create what has beensince become known as the Afro-Cosmic scene at the height of Club culture in thediscothèques of Northern Italy.
El Michels Affair - Return To The 37th Chamber
El Michels Affair
Return To The 37th Chamber
Tape | 2017 | US | Original (Get On Down)
17,99 €*
Release:2017 / US – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
The wait is over, Return To The 37th Chamber is El Michels Affair’s highly anticipated follow up to 2009's underground cult classic Enterthe 37th Chamber. Churning out classic records since then for the likes of Lee Fields, The Arcs, The Shacks, and tons more, it is clear thatEMA's signature sound is stronger & sharper than ever.This time, in addition to re-interpreting the Wu compositions for a live band, EMA pays homage to the production and sonic fog thatmakes a RZA beat so recognizable. Producer and bandleader Leon Michels recorded the album completely analog, sometimes hitting 6generations of tape before it was ready for mixing, giving the Return to The 37th Chamber it’s own hazy sound. Adding to the uniquefidelity, the record is laced with psychedelic flourishes, “John Carpenter” synths, heavy metal guitars, triumphant horns, and traditionalChinese instruments that make up for the lack of the Wu’s superlative vocals. From start to finish it’s a dark trip that walks the linebetween RZA’s timeless hip-hop aesthetic and the cinematic soul EMA has become known for.El Michels Affair tackles some classics like 4th Chamber and Wu Tang Aint Nuthin to Fuck Wit, as well as some deeper cuts like Ol DirtyBastard’s Snakes, Raekwon’s Verbal Intercourse, and Shaolin Brew, Wu-Tang’s contribution to the St. Ide’s Hip Hop endorsementcampaign from 1994. This time El Michels brings some of the Big Crown family along for the ride. Lee Fields handles vocal duties onSnakes and is joined by Shannon Wise of The Shacks for their version of Tearz, which pays as much homage to the Wendy Rene sampleas it does to the Wu-Tang Clan. Lady Wray makes an appearance on the cover of Method Man’s hit, All I Need, lending her vocal prowessto what gave the Wu one of their biggest hits of all time. Interspersed throughout the record are some original interludes that are like the“rug that ties the room together,” giving Return To The 37th Chamber a cinematic narrative that makes it a proper El Michels Affair recordand not just a collection of covers.From the music to the presentation, this album is a perfect example of what can only be achieved through diversity. The end result is asmuch a kaleidoscope of influences and multiculturalism as the city it was recorded in. El Michels Affair is once again, “sounding out thecity” that raised them, pulling elements of art and culture from across the country and around the globe to create an album truly uniquein it’s own right.
Dominatrix - The Dominatrix Sleeps Tonight Black Vinyl Editon
Dominatrix
The Dominatrix Sleeps Tonight Black Vinyl Editon
LP | 2015 | US | Reissue (Get On Down)
14,39 €* 17,99 € -20%
Release:2015 / US – Reissue
Genre:Pop
"The Dominatrix Sleeps Tonight" has a long and storied history among connoisseurs of ‘80s New York dance music. Combining catchy, deadpan synth-pop and classic ‘80s electro hallmarks with the provocative edge of leather-and-lace sex culture, it remains a worldwide dancefloor staple to this day. Despite its popularity, little has been known about the song’s background. The brainchild of producer Stuart Argabright (nee Arbright, a member of the groups Ike Yard and Death Comet Crew); alongside DJ and remixer Ivan Ivan; Kenneth Lockie (from Cowboys International, and early Death Comet Crew); and vocalist Claudia Summers; the song’s dominating female subject was based on a person whom Arbright had dated. The song – and a banned-by-MTV video that today could be mistaken for a Victoria’s Secret commercial – became a club smash at famed Danceteria and other urban meccas. But, despite some leather-clad live dates in 1984, the group itself was short-lived. This special Get On Down vinyl edition is sure to be coveted by fans and collectors. This configuration has never been available before: beyond four original mixes of the song (12”, Chants, Dominant and Beat Me) that fans know and love – this full-length LP includes the newly unearthed song “Play It Safe” and the rarely heard, hypnotic “City That Never Sleeps,” in addition to the rare 1984 “Scratch Mix” of the original title song, with cuts by the legendary DJ Red Alert. The deluxe vinyl package is accompanied by a 16-page glossy booklet with text by writer Dave Tompkins and input from Argabright and Ivan Ivan. Additionally, fans will be thrilled into submission by visuals and press clips relating to the original release on Arthur Baker’s Street Wise Records; the song’s provocative video; as well as the dominatrix culture in New York City at the time which inspired this unlikely smash hit.
Too Short - Blow The Whistle
Too Short
Blow The Whistle
7" | 2016 | US | Original (Get On Down)
10,39 €* 12,99 € -20%
Release:2016 / US – Original
Genre:Hip Hop
Too Short’s 2006 certified club staple “Blow The Whistle” gets the 7inch treatment for the first time ever, and it’s safe to say it’s about time. Short Dog has long been considered Hip Hop royalty with countless classic singles and albums, but “Blow the Whistle” might be the biggest. It’s been referenced countless times (epic call outs – “what’s my favorite word”) and Drake grabbing a few lines to paraphrase this song, 10 years after speaks to its staying power and relevancy. It takes a legend like Too Short to bring it like this and it doesn’t hurt that Lil Jon cooked up a fire pot beat to propel the cut up the Billboard R&B/Hip Hop and Hip Hop Songs chart. It staying power is undeniable.
D.O.C., The - No One Can Do It Better
D.O.C., The
No One Can Do It Better
LP | 1989 | US | Reissue (Get On Down)
23,39 €* 25,99 € -10%
Release:1989 / US – Reissue
Genre:Hip Hop
Get On Down announces the reissue of one of the West Coast’s most revered, yet underrated, hip-hop classics: The D.O.C.’s “No One Can Do It Better”. Produced entirely by Dr. Dre and out of print on vinyl in the U.S. for 25 years, this limited edition on black vinyl features original album artwork and thirteen tracks of rap heaven.
Lyn Collins - We Want To Parrty, Parrty, Parrty / You Can't Beat Two People In Love
Lyn Collins
We Want To Parrty, Parrty, Parrty / You Can't Beat Two People In Love
7" | 1973 | US | Reissue (Get On Down)
13,99 €*
Release:1973 / US – Reissue
Genre:Organic Grooves
Get On Down now presents here, an unearthed gem from the famed "Female Preacher." "We Want To Parrty, Parrty, Parrty" was previously unavailable on any Lyn Collins full-length release, and has never been reissued as a standalone 7-inch single until now. The track is a rollicking funk burner, produced by James Brown himself, and has sampled its way into tracks by Eric B. & Rakim, The Prodigy, De La Soul, and Big Daddy Kane among others, and comes on a large hole 45 with freshly re-mastered audio. "You Can't Beat TwoPeople In Love", the funky soul-ballad B-side, is not to be missed either, featuring additional backing vocals by Brown.
JBs, The - Food For Thought
JBs, The
Food For Thought
LP | 1972 | US | Reissue (Get On Down)
21,59 €* 23,99 € -10%
Release:1972 / US – Reissue
Genre:Organic Grooves
The renowned Get On Down label pays reverent tribute to this classic by pressing it on 150 gram vinyl, in a 70s style Stoughton jacket. There are funk bands. And then there are The JB’s. In the early 1970s, James Brown’s production stable was quite simply overflowing with soul. Beyond his own genre-bursting music – which brought funk and R&B to new stratospheres with each platter he released – he began to curate his own label, People Records, to explore and expose the lesser-known talent in his own groups and musical universe. After a mysterious, psychedelic album by a group calling themselves The Grodeck Whipperjenny in 1970, The Godfather Of Soul released a slew of 7-inch singles for the next several years on People. In doing so, he firmly established the label as the world’s premier outlet for super-funk, with artists including James Brown himself, Lyn Collins, Hank Ballard and Fred Wesley. In 1972, the next album on People was an easy choice: The JB’s and their ridiculously funky full-length debut, Food For Thought. Made up of JB sidemen including bandleader Fred Wesley, Maceo Parker, John “Jabo” Starks, St. Clair Pinckney, Fred Thomas and Bobby Byrd, the group was the definition of a powerhouse. As proof, look no further than the fact that the ten songs on this platter have been sampled by an almost uncountable list of producers over the past 40-plus years, and grooved to by hundreds of thousands. From “Pass The Peas” and “Gimme Some More” to the sonic attack of “The Grunt” [whichalso contained work from William “Bootsy” Collins and his brother Catfish, who had recently defected to join Parliament-Funkadelic] Food For Thought remains one of the funkiest albums ever made.
Clipse - Famalay Freestyle / When The Last Time
Clipse - Virginia / Grindin'
Dinosaur L - Go Bang
Dinosaur L
Go Bang
12" | 1981 | US | Reissue (Get On Down)
15,99 €*
Release:1981 / US – Reissue
Genre:Organic Grooves
"I'd do anything to get the chance to go back / I wanna go bang!" / "I wanna see all my friends at once!" / “I wanna go Bang!” Released on Dinosaur L's 1981 album 24-24 Music, Go Bang! quickly became a favorite at David Mancuso’s Loft and Larry Levan’s Paradise Garage. However the original mix on the LP did not fare as well with other Disc Jockeys, who found it too complex for the dance floor. As the album sales began to slow down, Will Socolov and Arthur enlisted François Kevorkian to remix the track for the 12-inch release.
Class Action - Weekend
Class Action
Weekend
12" | 1983 | US | Reissue (Get On Down)
15,99 €*
Release:1983 / US – Reissue
Genre:Organic Grooves
"Tonight is partytime, it's partytime tonight!" Donna Summer “Thanked God” for Friday. The Beegees sang about Saturday night. Sure. Yet in New York City, this post-disco song is the undisputed dance anthem when it comes to weekend celebrations. Originally written by James Calloway and Leroy Burgess for Patrick Adams' Phreek only to re-surface five years later as Class Action, the updated version became a classic on the radio and in every club in the Big Apple and beyond. Produced by Bob & Lola Blank this Sleeping Bag Records classic has had more lives than a cat.
James Brown Revue - Live At The Apollo 1972
James Brown Revue
Live At The Apollo 1972
2LP | 1972 | US | Reissue (Get On Down)
34,99 €*
Release:1972 / US – Reissue
Genre:Organic Grooves
Limited edition for Record Store Day 2016! For the ten years leading up to 1972, the James Brown Revue was an outright superfunk freight train, speeding around the world and crushing all competition. This dominance stretched beyond the charts, too the group was even more dynamic and exciting on stage, a fact that kept them sleepless and on the move, as audiences demanded more. From 1963 to 1971, James Brown had released not one but three albums recorded live at Harlem’s famed Apollo Theater. Future generations won’t have to wonder why this music was held back for so long, because they will always have this album and once you hear the first notes, you won’t worry any more either. You will sit back, let some of the greatest musicians of all time blow your mind, and smile for several days straight. So put the needle on the record and let it begin.
JB's, The - Doing It To Death
JB's, The
Doing It To Death
LP | 2016 | US | Original (Get On Down)
22,49 €* 24,99 € -10%
Release:2016 / US – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
It’s just another perfect example of how James Brown’s funk machine could stop the world when they hit a groove.
Impact All-Stars, The - Java Java Java Java
Impact All-Stars, The
Java Java Java Java
LP | 1973 | US | Reissue (Get On Down)
21,99 €*
Release:1973 / US – Reissue
Genre:Reggae / Dancehall
Dub as we know it begins here. Prior to 1973, there existed in Jamaica instrumental takes of songs—B-sides that were labeled “versions” —and vocal-less acetates produced as one-offs for sound systems to give their mic men something to toast over. But there was nothing that fit the radical mixing board athleticism and psychedelic soundscapes that are the trademarks of dub music. By the end of that year, however, the story had radically changed. Lee Perry's Rhythm Shower and Upsetters 14 Dub, aka Blackboard Jungle, Herman Chin-Loy's Aquarius Dub and Prince Buster's The Message Dubwise had all appeared on the scene, each to varying degrees exemplifying dub's radical take-off on the instrumental concept. However, it may have been Java Java Java Java, that broke the first ground. “To my knowledge,” producer Clive Chin confirms, “and I'm telling this from a true fact, at the time it came out there was no other album like it.” Although the debate will probably continue for as long as scholars of Jamaican music exist, there is no doubt that Java Java Java Java is one of the foundations of dub music. - Andrew Mason from the extensive liner notes.
Big L - Lifestylez Of Da Poor & Dangerous Deluxe Edition
Big L
Lifestylez Of Da Poor & Dangerous Deluxe Edition
CD | 1995 | US | Reissue (Get On Down)
26,99 €*
Release:1995 / US – Reissue
Genre:Hip Hop
2015 is the 20th Anniversary of Big L's undisputed New York classic debut Lifestylez Ov Da Poor & Dangerous featuring production from D.I.T.C. legends Showbiz, Buckwild and Lord Finesse. The album itself was another shot across the bow of mid-90s pundits who were prophesizing the death of New York's boom-bap dominance. Alongside recent classics from Nas, Biggie, Mobb Deep and Smif N Wessun, Lifestylez Ov Da Poor & Dangerous laid out the ascendancy of another visionary MC who could throw down brags punchlines with the best of them, but who never veered away from truly thoughtful lyrical dialogue.Most tracks on the album feature slower tempos, which gave the soon-to-be-immortalized MC the chance to fully explore a range of flows and approaches. Cases in point include the two commercial singles - "Put It On" and "MVP" - as well as the promo-only single "Street Struck," the latter produced by Lord Finesse and containing perhaps L's deepest rhymes on the album. There are also some great posse cuts here, starting with "8 Iz Enuff," which was all about exposing L's crew (including Herb McGruff, Mike Boogie and Buddah Bless); and the amazing "Da Graveyard," which let established peers like Lord Finesse and Grand Daddy I.U. flow alongside another newcomer to the scene named Jay-Z.Less-renowned but no less crucial album cuts like "All Black" and "I Don't Understand It" help to tie it all up in a beautiful boom-bap package, with production by and from legends in the game that vaulted Big L into the national spotlight. L would be tragically taken from us in 1999, so this album - along with 2000's posthumous The Big Picture - will always be special to fans. Big L was a huge talent with the world in front of him, and it's only right to celebrate his life again on the 20th Anniversary of the album that started it all for him.
Augustus Pablo - This Is Augustus Pablo
Augustus Pablo
This Is Augustus Pablo
LP | 1974 | US | Reissue (Get On Down)
23,99 €*
Release:1974 / US – Reissue
Genre:Reggae / Dancehall
"Augustus Pablo (given name Horace Swaby) was born just outside of Kingston. “I am a Kingstonian,” he told the NME in 1986, “but my heart is for the hills.” This mystical connection to “the hills” is at the heart of Pablo's unique and immediately identifiable sound. By the late '60s, Swaby and his brother Dougie had founded a small sound system they called Rockers. The brothers spent a lot of time in record shops, including Aquarius, where owner Herman Chin-Loy heard Swaby experimenting on his melodica and was struck by the inspiration to record. The resulting tune was credited to Augustus Pablo, a name that Chin-Loy invented, as the story goes, to give an air of mystery to the release. Pablo recorded two more singles soon after with “Java” becoming a major hit and being voted Instrumental Song Of The Year byJamaica's Swing Magazine. This success led to the Randy's label moving to create a full-length album from Pablo. Recording in the Randy's studio upstairs from the record shop “we weren't watching the clock...we had the studio,” Clive Chin recalled. The band included a cast of the greatest reggae musicians of all time: future Wailer Tyrone Downie on keyboards, Aston “Family Man” Barrett, “Fully” Fullwood and Lloyd Parks on the bass, Carlton Barrett, “Santa” Davis and Lloyd “Tin Leg” Adams were on drums and Earl “Chinna” Smith played guitar. In addition to these future Hall of Famers, the mixing board was helmed by Errol Thompson. Thompson and Chin would together pioneer a tough, new reggae sound that, Chin referred to as “Rockers” after the Swaby brothers' Rockers Hi-Fi sound system. Augustus Pablo sadly passed away in 1999. “He was 46,” his obituary stated, “and lived in the hills outside Kingston,” where his heart belonged. His music has endured and continues to inspire. This Is Augustus Pablo is considered among the greatest collections ofJamaican instrumental music and is an essential part of reggae history.- Culled from the liner notes by Andrew Mason"
Fred Wesley & The New JB's - Breakin' Bread
Fred Wesley & The New JB's
Breakin' Bread
LP | 1974 | US | Reissue (Get On Down)
26,99 €*
Release:1974 / US – Reissue
Genre:Organic Grooves
So many times we refuse to go back and break bread with our parents, relatives and old friends... Times are tough, the economy is rough, everybody’s tryin’ to make a dollar. Sometimes you get away from yourself. Won’t you go back and break bread, while we still have some to break? So implored James Brown, Fred Wesley and even album engineer Bob Both, on the back cover liners of the 1974 soul classic Breakin’ Bread. Times were indeed tough for everyday folks in the waning days of the Nixon era. Escape-ism was needed. Humanity sometimes seemed to be in short supply. But James Brown and his assembled People Records roster were always there to take soul music fans away from their everyday trials and tribulations, even while occasionally funking up negative situations (for instance, “Rockin’ Funky Watergate,” one of the centerpieces of this album). The heavy grooves laid down by trombonist and bandleader Fred Wesley, saxophonist and arranger St. Clair Pinckney and Fred’s assembled “New J.B.’s” were, almost literally, comfort for the ears. 1974 saw a vortex of superfunk coming out of James Brown’s People Records stable, and this platter wasn’t even the only J.B.’s album that year (see also: Damn Right, I Am Somebody, also reissued by Get On Down). But it is one that added to the powerful musical and social legacy of that crew. It’s an air-tight, eight course meal, with most platters clocking in at four delicious minutes each. “Breakin’ Bread” is a truly memorable funk stew, with warm, call-and-response vocals, complicated-but-laidback soul, and an important message – alluded to in the back cover plea. “I Wanna Get Down,” “Rice ‘N’ Ribs” and “Funky Music Is My Style” all feature intricate, infectious grooves. In fact, there isn’t much time to catch your breath on Breakin’ Bread, and that’s a beautiful thing. Reissued on LP with a sumptuous, five-color, 22” x 22” poster of the cover art, all wrapped in a Stoughton Tip-On jacket and thick polybag, there is never a bad time to revisit this classic (maybe replacing your worn-out original copy). Or, just as importantly, let it blow your mind for the first time.
Just-Ice - Cold Gettin' Dumb
Just-Ice
Cold Gettin' Dumb
7" | 1987 | US | Reissue (Get On Down)
11,69 €* 12,99 € -10%
Release:1987 / US – Reissue
Genre:Hip Hop
"Cold Gettin' Dumb" remains one of the most exhilarating tracks from an era when hip-hop was inventing itself day by day. Mantronik's production was so ahead of its time, and when coupled with Just-Ice the combination was pure fire. This song still to this day might be one of the hardest beats ever made in Hip Hop.
Mantronix - Needle To The Groove
Mantronix
Needle To The Groove
7" | 1985 | US | Reissue (Get On Down)
12,99 €*
Release:1985 / US – Reissue
Genre:Hip Hop
Kurtis Mantronik and MC Tee formed the group Mantronix In the early 80s. Their Sleeping Bag Records debut "Mantronix: The Album" shot to commercial success with its wildly futuristic sound that is summed up perfectly with the two songs featured on this 7".
Schoolly D - P.S.K. What Does It Mean? / Gucci Time Split Colored Vinyl
James Brown - Escape-ism Part 1 & 2
James Brown
Escape-ism Part 1 & 2
7" | 2015 | US | Original (Get On Down)
12,59 €* 13,99 € -10%
Release:2015 / US – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
No People Records collection would be complete without a contribution from the Godfather of Soul himself. "Escape-Ism" is 70s-era James Brown at his finest, supposedly written to kill time while he and The JBs waited for Bobby Byrd to arrive at their studio. A winding, two-part funk/soul epic, spanning both-sides of the single, the track reached #6 in the Billboard R&B charts, #25 in the pop charts, and would later be sampled by The Beastie Boys, Public Enemy, and Big Daddy Kane. It's now presented here for the first timein over 30 years, in its original 7" single format.
Boogie Down Productions - Sex And Violence
Boogie Down Productions
Sex And Violence
2LP | 1992 | US | Reissue (Get On Down)
28,99 €*
Release:1992 / US – Reissue
Genre:Hip Hop
Boogie Down Productions was one of the most important hip-hop crews of the 1980s and ‘90s, and are rightfully revered by both fans and scholars. First exploding out of the South Bronx in 1986, the group created an amazing mix of raw power and hyper-intelligence, and gave the world multiple classics throughout the late ‘80s, under the BPD moniker, even after losing DJ and chief producer Scott LaRock to gun violence in 1987. For reasons unknown, the group’s early 1990s output – which also includes Live Hardcore Worldwide and Edutainment – lost some luster in the eyes and ears of fans. But this wasn’t KRS-One’s fault. The legendary MC never faltered in bringing true intelligence and a forward-thinking stance to the rap world, even as derivative gangsta rap took over themusic scene on the whole, in the wake of N.W.A.. 1992’s Sex & Violence, the last album made under the Boogie Down Productions name, is a perfect example of an underrated classic, and fans will appreciate it getting new shine here, to correct its lukewarm reception upon its initial release. Produced by KRS-One and Pal Joey, the album explores the darkest sides of the American urban landscape and psyche, with KRS as narrator, detailing all sides of the matrix. While singles like the granite hard “Duck Down” and the funky-as-hell “We In There” got most of the attention in ‘92, the deeper sequence reveals plenty of additional gems: the history lesson of the dark and dusty “Drug Dealer”; “Ruff Ruff,” with scowling MC favorite Freddie Foxxx; the grooving “Questions and Answers”; and the frantic “How Not To Get Jerked.” Back on vinyl and ready for another (or, for some, first) listen, fans of old-school-done-right classics have no excuse this time around.
Dominatrix - The Dominatrix Sleeps Tonight Pink Vinyl Edition
Dominatrix
The Dominatrix Sleeps Tonight Pink Vinyl Edition
LP | 2015 | US | Original (Get On Down)
9,99 €* 24,99 € -60%
Release:2015 / US – Original
Genre:Pop
"The Dominatrix Sleeps Tonight" has a long and storied history among connoisseurs of ‘80s New York dance music. Combining catchy, deadpan synth-pop and classic ‘80s electro hallmarks with the provocative edge of leather-and-lace sex culture, it remains a worldwide dancefloor staple to this day. Despite its popularity, little has been known about the song’s background. The brainchild of producer Stuart Argabright (nee Arbright, a member of the groups Ike Yard and Death Comet Crew); alongside DJ and remixer Ivan Ivan; Kenneth Lockie (from Cowboys International, and early Death Comet Crew); and vocalist Claudia Summers; the song’s dominating female subject was based on a person whom Arbright had dated. The song – and a banned-by-MTV video that today could be mistaken for a Victoria’s Secret commercial – became a club smash at famed Danceteria and other urban meccas. But, despite some leather-clad live dates in 1984, the group itself was short-lived. This special Get On Down vinyl edition is sure to be coveted by fans and collectors. This configuration has never been available before: beyond four original mixes of the song (12”, Chants, Dominant and Beat Me) that fans know and love – this full-length LP includes the newly unearthed song “Play It Safe” and the rarely heard, hypnotic “City That Never Sleeps,” in addition to the rare 1984 “Scratch Mix” of the original title song, with cuts by the legendary DJ Red Alert. The deluxe vinyl package is accompanied by a 16-page glossy booklet with text by writer Dave Tompkins and input from Argabright and Ivan Ivan. Additionally, fans will be thrilled into submission by visuals and press clips relating to the original release on Arthur Baker’s Street Wise Records; the song’s provocative video; as well as the dominatrix culture in New York City at the time which inspired this unlikely smash hit.
Lyn Collins - Think (About It) Deluxe Edition
Lyn Collins
Think (About It) Deluxe Edition
LP+7" | 2015 | US | Original (Get On Down)
33,99 €*
Release:2015 / US – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
James Brown had several incredibly talented “funky divas” in his late ‘60s and early ‘70s stable, including Vicki Anderson and Marva Whitney. But as great as those two powerhouse singers were, Lyn Collins was the strongest hit maker of that funky JB era.Her strong voice and commanding stage presence – which earned her the nicknames “The Female Preacher” and “Mama Feelgood” – quickly proved to be a potent addition to the People Records universe. In the spring of 1972 her second single, the driving and ridiculously funky “Think (About It)” hit the R & B music world like a ton of bricks. As fans young and old know, thanks to its timeless, relentless groove and powerful vocals, “Think” gained a powerful second life in the 1980s thanks to the hip-hop generation, fueling the platinum smash “It Takes Two,” by Rob Base & DJ E-Z Rock in 1988 and additionally sampled by dozens of hip-hop and dance music artists up to the present day.Included in this special Get On Down deluxe package is a 22” x 22” poster of the album cover, and a bonus 7-inch of Collins’ 1973 People single, “We Want To Parrty, Parrty, Parrty” with the B Side “You Can’t Beat Two People In Love” which is unavailable on any Lyn Collins full-length.
New Edition - Candy Girl
New Edition
Candy Girl
LP | 1983 | US | Reissue (Get On Down)
19,79 €* 21,99 € -10%
Release:1983 / US – Reissue
Genre:Pop
When Maurice Starr uncovered the talents of a Roxbury vocal group in the early'80s at a talent show at Dorchester’s storied Strand Theater he saw the secondcoming of the Jackson 5. The boys didn’t win the completion (they came in second)but they did win a deal with Starr & Streetwise records. Starr came up with thename New Edition (as in a new edition of the Jackson 5) and started recording withthe boys the day after the talent show at the Strand. This group of kids (all under15) had their first single “Candy Girl” shoot to #1 on the Billboard R&B Charts. This led them to their debut album, also titled Candy Girl, which had a lot of pop/early hip hop influences, yet still has a classic R&B feel.Other hits such as “Popcorn Love” and “Ohh Girl” and the slow burner of “Is Thisthe End” make this album well rounded and no surprise as to why they went on tobecome one of the biggest R&B groups ever. The success of New Edition led to Bobby Brown’s solo career, the success of Bell Biv DeVoe and served as a template for the “boy bands” that followed. But don’t let that last line fool you, this album packs a bite with solid production and hooks for days.
Arsonists - The Sessions / Halloween
Arsonists
The Sessions / Halloween
7" | 2014 | US | Original (Get On Down)
13,99 €*
Release:2014 / US – Original
Genre:Hip Hop
“The Sessions” catapulted The Arsonists as one of the pillars of the then new bubbling indy scene that was coming out of New York in the early to mid 90’s. With heavy play on the famed Stretch Armstrong show (hosted by Bobitto – who initially released the songon his legendary Fondle ‘Em Records) the song stood out showcasing the charismatic MC’s over an infectious jazzy bassline. Part Leaders of the New School, part Native Tongues , “The Sessions” was a special blend of originality that was lacking in the climate of Hip Hop at the time of its release. For the B Side with “Halloween” The Arsonists take things conceptually pointing out the many “masks” people wear stating that “every day’s like Halloween/nothing’s what it seems” over an equally powerful piano laced beat. The single overall was a breath of fresh air and gave Hip Hop fans a taste of what was lacking – and an idea of great things to come from The Arsonists.
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