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Apollo Brown & Joell Ortiz - Mona Lisa
Apollo Brown & Joell Ortiz
Mona Lisa
LP | 2018 | EU | Original (Mello Music Group)
26,99 €*
Release:2018 / EU – Original
Genre:Hip Hop
Der Produzent aus Detroit, Apollo Brown, veröffentlicht sein neues Album "Mona Lisa" in zusammen arbeit mit Joell Ortiz. Produzent Apollo Brown hat sich einen Namen als einer der legendärsten neuen Produzenten des Hip-Hop gemacht, während er dem Sound der goldenen Ära des Rap treu blieb. Er produzierte bereits für das Who is Who der Hip-Hop-Szene, von Danny Brown über Ghostface Killah, Ras Kass bis Westside Gunn. Sogar Chance the Rapper verwendete ein paar Apollo-Beats auf seinen Debüt-Mixtapes. Apollo ist dafür bekannt, das Beste aus Musikern zu machen, und hat das Talent, zeitlose Klassiker zu schaffen.Brooklyns Joell Ortiz startete mit niemand Geringerem als Dr. Dre auf dessen Label Aftermath und sorgte für großes Aufsehen in der Branche. Er arbeitete unter anderem mit Legenden wie Just Blaze. Er unterschrieb dann bei Shady Records als ¼ der Supergroup Slaughterhouse. Er arbeitete mit den Hip-Hop-Titanen Eminem, Busta Rhymes, Jadakiss, Akon und Big Daddy Kane zusammen.Jetzt veröffentlichen die beiden Hip-Hop-Koryphäen ihr erstes gemeinsames Album bei Mello Music Group. Es ist nichts weniger als ein Meisterwerk: Mona Lisa.
Apollo Brown & Locksmith - No Question Colored Vinyl Edition
Apollo Brown & Locksmith
No Question Colored Vinyl Edition
LP | 2018 | US | Original (Mello Music Group)
22,99 €*
Release:2018 / US – Original
Genre:Hip Hop
West Coast Berkeley grad, battle rapper and musician Locksmith has hammered out a reputation as one of Hiphop's most enlightened no punch pulling emcees. From his early appearances on MTV's Freestyle Championship to his frequent Shade 45 appearances, Locksmith always brings cutting lyricism that not only questions the status quo but offers deep truths for reflection. Meanwhile Detroit's Apollo Brown has built his illustrious career on emotive production that draws the best out of already legendary mic kings. From his work with Ras Kass and OC, Skyzoo to Ghostface Killah, Apollo repeatedly creates eyes shut, head nodding, soul stirring perfection for our greatest storytellers to lay their truth bare. So when Richmond & Detroit came together in the studio the answer was "No Question" - a new project that finds Locksmith ruminating on everything from advice to his younger self to his continued drive to rise without following in anyones footsteps. Apollo Brown is back June 15th with yet another of the best emcees to ever do it.
Marlowe (L'Orange & Solemn Brigham) - Marlowe  Colored Vinyl Edition
Marlowe (L'Orange & Solemn Brigham)
Marlowe Colored Vinyl Edition
LP | 2018 | US | Original (Mello Music Group)
26,99 €*
Release:2018 / US – Original
Genre:Hip Hop
L'Orange & Solemn Brigham are Marlowe "An artist afraid to overreach himself is as useless as a general who is afraid to be wrong.” Over a half-century later, the axiom remains true for hyper-kinetic hip-hop innovators, North Carolina’s L’Orange and Solemn Brigham—the hard-boiled duo behind the fun house fever dream, Marlowe. Released on Mello Music Group, Marlowe is a triumph of ambition, a rap bricolage blending prohibition and civil rights-era samples with Asian psychedelic rock flourishes. Solemn Brigham controls the microphone like a general who can’t help but be right. His flow is a blitzkrieg. It’s an Olympian sprint, gliding over snares and kick-drums like hurdles. He’s a showman seeking revolution—resolute in his desire to strike equilibrium between awareness and entertainment. Solemn applies the fictional protagonist’s search for the truth towards different ends. His crimes are existential yet specific, rooted in the injustices of the past and the attempt to redress them in the present. He’s an artist perennially seeking something to fight for, channeling energy from the music of the civic rights era, stealing timeless rhythms and inflection from classic funk and soul. An old soul with original ideas, tapping into the eternal reservoir of Sam Cooke to Ice Cube, Otis Redding to Chuck D, Curtis Mayfield to KRS-One. Over the course of 17 tracks, Solemn hurls sharp darts at counterfeits trying to crack his religion, the onslaught of time, and prevaricating rappers—all while paying homage to those who paved the road for him. He bounces off the beats like a trampoline placed in a speakeasy, doubling up on the vocals, burrowing into dense cryptic tangles of slang and then stretching them out with melodic ease. With dazzling cinematic mise en scene, L’Orange crafts a world that sounds like an old-time medicine show dropped into 90s Brooklyn, with Solemn summoning the holy spirit of Big L. Cymbals crash, drums pound, fuzzy guitars ride out, a bronze rain of horns cascade. This is gorgeous celestial dust, high-powered fuel with every syllable meticulously ordained. Marlowe cracked the case, but how they did it can only become clear under deeper investigation.
Apollo Brown & Planet Asia - Anchovies Colored Vinyl Edition
Apollo Brown & Planet Asia
Anchovies Colored Vinyl Edition
LP | 2017 | US | Original (Mello Music Group)
27,99 €*
Release:2017 / US – Original
Genre:Hip Hop
Produced by Apollo Brown faturing vocals by Planet Asia, Willie The Kid, TriState and Guilty Simpson!Anchovies aren’t for everybody. They’re greasy, smelly, salty and oily. Some people love them. Some people hate them. Apollo Brown & Planet Asia’s new collaboration album took inspiration from these polarizing fish and created a project that takes a certain palette to enjoy.Classic Hiphop meets minimalism and dusty vinyl on Anchovies. Cali Agents alum Planet Asia is as sharp as ever with his lyrical smithing. Apollo Brown’s style is evident behind the dust and grime of these smoky samples. The Detroit producer approached this album like a director would a movie. Apollo painstakingly laid out every detail of the project and knew what he wanted from the finished product. He knew that only one rapper could execute his vision. Enter Planet Asia. The West Coast legend was able to fit directly into the plan and bring his talents to the album, creating a perfect match.“This shit be so dirty. If you threw water at it, it’d turn to mud.”-Planet Asia
Oddisee - The Good Fight Yellow Splatter Vinyl Edition
Oddisee
The Good Fight Yellow Splatter Vinyl Edition
2LP | 2015 | US | Original (Mello Music Group)
29,99 €*
Release:2015 / US – Original
Genre:Hip Hop
12 fresh new tracks by Oddisee feat. Maimouna Youseff, Nick Hakim, Gary Clarke Jr & Tranquill!
L'Orange - The Ordinary Man Black & Clear Vinyl Edition
L'Orange
The Ordinary Man Black & Clear Vinyl Edition
LP | 2017 | US | Original (Mello Music Group)
22,99 €*
Release:2017 / US – Original
Genre:Hip Hop
Limited edition vinyl!“All art is magic,” Raymond Chandler once wrote. But not all magic is art. Sometimes, it’s a matter of trite card tricks, petty illusions, and fast twitch graft. But when the legerdemain of the unreal combines with the tangible and heartfelt, it can lift a veil that allows you to see the esoteric beauty and profound mystery of life. This amalgam of art and magic looms at the spiritual core of L’Orange’s The Ordinary Man­—a record vaguely reminiscent of RJD2’s Deadringer if it actually contained the power to reanimate the dead. It asserts L’Orange in a league with instrumental hip-hop legends like the aforementioned Ohio great, DJ Shadow, Wax Tailor, Blockhead, and the Avalanches. Yet it’s a singularly necromantic work that could only come from the Nashville-by-way-of-North Carolina producer.On his third album, L’Orange builds upon his previous catalogue’s cinematic film noir and cabaret jazz fixations, but adds a thematic focus, whimsy, and feverish urgency. It arrives after a tumultuous two-year saga in which a series of tumors grew in L’Orange’s right ear, which eventually led to almost total deafness on that side. Surgeries left him off-balance and dizzy. A natural fear gripped him, causing self-doubt about whether he’d regain the totality of his gift. But as it does quite often, turmoil spurred the producer to create his most poignant body of work.Released on Mello Music Group, The Ordinary Man chronicles the narrative of a magician who discovered late in life that his peers weren’t actually pulling rabbits from hats. Crestfallen and disillusioned, he digs deeper to push his own show into uncharted territory, demonstrating ostensibly impossible feats for crowds too terrified to ask for the reveal.As the audience gradually realizes that his practice of the dark arts isn’t fraudulent, people from all around the world flock to him. Unfortunately, this loyalty to what he was rather than what he did becomes patronizing and dull—engendering a bitterness and disenchantment that leads him to finally disappear in front of millions of stunned onlookers. Following L’Orange’s previous full-length opuses with Kool Keith, Mr. Lif and Jeremiah Jae, this show finds a cast of guest stars that includes Del the Funkee Homosapien, Blu, Elzhi, The Koreatown Oddity, and Chuwee. The solo sorcery amounts to a work of orphic shadowy power. Interstitial clips describe the magician’s large bulging eyes, high domed forehead and thin slit of a mouth; houses that have seen too many strange happenings, messages trickling through from other dimensions, grotesque monsters with five legs and six years. Samples are chopped like friendly spirits, blending and elegantly haunting the guest rappers.Behind the boards, L’Orange shows a master’s precision, playing with pace and tempo, telling a fully- fleshed out narrative with few words. This is The Sorcerer’s Apprentice but far more soulful. If Harry Houdini was a hip-hop head this is what he’d bump. It’s mournful blues with pianos that sparkle like a Tiffany Lamp—smooth as a pickpocket stealing a wallet.Tune in for archaic old-time glamour interspersed with insight into the timeless oracular mystery at the center of our existence. You spy bizarre astrological charts and hear acts of levitation. This is the Aleister Crowley material: stuff that defies explanation, what Ripley went looking for. Harry Potter meeting the hellhound on your trail. Nothing ordinary about it.
Oddisee - The Iceberg Clear Vinyl Edition
Oddisee
The Iceberg Clear Vinyl Edition
LP | 2017 | US | Original (Mello Music Group)
24,99 €*
Release:2017 / US – Original
Genre:Hip Hop
The prolific MC, producer and musician Oddisee's new album 'The Iceberg' is a plea for humanity to dig deeper in search of understanding and common ground. His third release in just 12 months, 'The Iceberg' is a distillation of stereotypical tropes in hip-hop and beyond, 12 tracks about money, sex, politics, race and religion that appear superficial until his multi-dimensional lyrics unfurl to expose the complexities of individuality and identity: how we see ourselves and how others see us. Deeply soulful, and shot through with jazz, Go-go, gospel, thick R&B and hard beats, the album is a timely, poetic statement.
Open Mike Eagle - Brick Body Kids Still Daydream Red Vinyl Edition
Open Mike Eagle
Brick Body Kids Still Daydream Red Vinyl Edition
LP | 2017 | US | Original (Mello Music Group)
26,99 €*
Release:2017 / US – Original
Genre:Hip Hop
With the first song of his 2014 masterpiece, Dark Comedy, Open Mike Eagle reintroduced himself by defining his style: “I’m bad at sarcasm so I work in absurdity.” On that album, Mike deconstructed our overstimulated and over-surveilled society with ease and caustic wit. But what do you do when the world warps and bends into a shape so absurd that it can no longer be exaggerated? Brick Body Kids Still Daydream is a searingly political record for systolic political times. It chronicles the life cycle of the Robert Taylor Homes, a housing project on the South side of Chicago that was demolished completely ten years ago. Families that had lived under the same roof for three generations were forced to scatter, condemned by bureaucrats and faceless cranes and public indifference. Mike Eagle brings the Robert Taylor Homes back to life--literally, with arms and eyes and a head like the dome of a stadium--and fights until the last brick is made to crumble. As always, Mike slips in and out of various grey areas; on the opener “legendary iron hood,” he raps, “you think it's all good, but it's really a gradient.” The nostalgia (“95 radios”) is a little bit painful, the triumph (“hymnal”) comes through painstaking, incremental work. Everything needs to be earned, even the radio signals that are picked up through tinfoil wrapped on children's hands. The thesis becomes fully formed on “brick body complex,” where the hook is a towering statement of identity: “Don't call me ‘nigga,’ or ‘rapper,’ my motherfucking name is Michael Eagle.” But this is not a departure from the man-as-building conceit--the flesh and blood and brick and mortar are inextricable.In case there was any ambiguity about the political and cultural forces that lead to the Robert Taylor Homes’ eventual destruction, Brick Body Kids Still Daydream ends with perhaps the most powerful song of Mike Eagle’s catalog to date. “my auntie’s building” is a tour de force. “They say America fights fair,” he raps. “But they won't demolish your timeshare.” This is the point: the decay and eventual destruction of public housing--and of the physical lives of Black Americans generally--has been normalized in a way that should be grotesquely absurd. “They blew up my auntie’s building / Put out her great-grandchildren / Who else in America deserves to have that feeling? / Where else in America will they blow up your village?”Production comes courtesy of Exile, Toy Light, Andrew Broder, Illingsworth, DJ Nobody, Kenny Segal, Caleb Stone, Lo-Phi, Elos, and Has-Lo, who produces and guests on “95 radios.” “hymnal” also features a superb turn from Sammus, who maintains the same rhyme scheme throughout her defiant verse. As grave as the album’s stakes are, it's still anchored by Mike Eagle’s irrepressible sense of humor. (His live comedy show, The New Negroes, is upcoming via Comedy Central.) “no selling” is a hilarious take on practiced indifference, and “TLDR” bridges the economic gap with withering wit: “If you was rich and ‘bout to be broke, I can coach you / ‘Cause I can show you how to kill a roach with a boat shoe.”Eagle has earned rave reviews in Pitchfork, the LA Weekly, and wherever brilliant, avant-garde rap is appreciated. Brick Body Kids Still Daydream is his most overtly political work to date, and puts to use all the dazzling technical skills he's perfected over more than a decade at the forefront of rap’s underground. In chaotic and increasingly fractured times, it has a few crucial things to bring to your attention.
Apollo Brown & Skyzoo - The Easy Truth Gold Marble Vinyl Edition
Apollo Brown & Skyzoo
The Easy Truth Gold Marble Vinyl Edition
LP | 2016 | US | Reissue (Mello Music Group)
24,99 €*
Release:2016 / US – Reissue
Genre:Hip Hop
Apollo Brown (Detroit) and Skyzoo (Brooklyn) combine forces on the album "The Easy Truth". Soulful classic head nodding Detroit boom-bap production lays the foundation for Brooklyn tales that are part "Middle Americana" and part "Reasonable Doubt". From childhood tales to early police brutality, inner city dealings to NY ambitions, this is the world the way Skyzoo sees and knows it, with a soundscape that truly brings those emotions to life.
Jean Grae & Quelle Chris - Everything's Fine Colored Vinyl Edition
Jean Grae & Quelle Chris
Everything's Fine Colored Vinyl Edition
2LP | 2018 | US | Original (Mello Music Group)
28,99 €*
Release:2018 / US – Original
Genre:Hip Hop
Limited edition vinyl!When you hear the phrase, “everything’s fine,” we immediately understand it as emotional shorthand. In daily life, we depend on those perfunctory clichés (hope all is well, good to hear from you, etc.) to spare ourselves from the psychological unpacking that the truth requires. For that, there’s art. For that, there’s Everything’s Fine from Jean Grae and Quelle Chris, a jagged, acerbic odyssey that brilliantly riffs on this dystopian zeitgeist.The thing is, anyone without a lobotomy and a toxic red hat understands that things are definitely not fine. The crush of modern anxiety, the late capitalist scramble to survive, and the brain warp rot of social media has left most of us half crazy.“We have a dickhead for a president, and before our eyes, racial, religious, and sexual identity rights are moving backwards,” says New York’s (by way of Detroit) Quelle Chris. “Money is still a thing (I’m waiting for Star Trek life to start). There’s war, your kids may be sick, but if someone randomly asks "how's it going?" most people will say "fine."Released on Mello Music Group, this album replaces that reflexive cliché with honest and eloquent tangents. It’s specific and subtle in its execution, achieving equilibrium between lackadaisical detours to smell the flowers and the frantic acknowledgement that there’s an inferno raging outside.If the great political albums are often grim polemics, Everything’s Fine achieves its goals partially through withering satire. See the opening skit, a Prince Paul-style game show in which three contestants (including a futuristic robot) numbly croak that everyone’s fine despite flying high on every imaginable drug, crying themselves to sleep at night and being unemployed for a decade and a half despite having a Master’s in Fine Arts. I promise it’s much funnier than it reads off a screen.“We’re both perfectionists in different ways,” Jean Grae describes their working relationship. “We both see huge pictures and concepts. So while listening, pay attention to the subtleties, the nuances, the dissonance and the harmony. The conversations and pieces of ourselves in the words, the flows, the beats. All of the open spaces. .Be uncomfortable and be okay with that. Be layered and be okay with that. Be angry and be okay.”It’s rare to find a record where two rappers are so seamlessly intertwined. Yes, that’s partially a by-product of the teamwork that goes into being in any normal relationship where you wake, sleep, and dream together. But the album also bears the hallmarks of two singular creative geniuses trading bars, collaborating on beats, and combining fun with internal therapy and external observations. It features indelible cameos from Denmark Vessey, Grammy Award winner Anna Wise, Your Old Droog and Big Tone, as well as comics Ashok “Dap” Kondabolu, Michael Che, Nick Offerman, and Hannibal Burress.In the streaming era, we tend to naturally overlook albums that require multiple listens. This is a record that will grab you on first listen, but it’s greatness only reveals itself through its careful construction, slick wordplay, and esoteric allusions.On “Zero,” Jean artfully references Rachmaninoff and The Donner Party in the first two bars. With “Scoop A Dirt,” she name-drops the Babadook alongside the truth bomb that Friends was little more than a whitewashed rip off off Living Single. Meanwhile, Quelle balances boasts about bags of cash the size of Chris Christie with poignant existential laments. Somewhere in between, Jean will stealthily slip in jewels like, “it took me until my 30s just to put my finger on it, once you accept the knowledge/solace doesn’t follow/honest.”It’s a record with only a couple antecedents: De La Soul is Dead, Organized Konfusion’s Stress: The Extinction Agenda, Blackstar, and maybe Cannibal Ox’s Cold Vein. Yet it doesn't sound remotely like any of them. It’s spontaneous and free, yet refined and meticulous. Even if everything is abject, it’s a reminder that music can transcend.“This album is full of our minds. Our hearts. Our love for production, and words. flow and a lot of musicality,” Jeans says. “We don’t approach topics, issues, writing, or making beats in the same way. I’m harsh, blunt, quick, technical, I arrange classically and play more than I sample. I make joints with 80 tracks. I’m layers upon layers upon layers. Quelle is patient, he’s kinder. More loose and minimalistic. He makes sounds work together that shouldn’t fucking work. How? I have no idea. These are dreams within dreams.”
Ghostface Killah & Apollo Brown - Twelve Reasons To Die: The Brown Tape Haze Colored Vinyl Edition
Ghostface Killah & Apollo Brown
Twelve Reasons To Die: The Brown Tape Haze Colored Vinyl Edition
LP | 2018 | US | Original (Mello Music Group)
24,99 €*
Release:2018 / US – Original
Genre:Hip Hop
Limited edition vinyl!All Tracks produced by Apollo Brown.Narrated by The RZA, this is Ghostface Killah’s brutal tale of gangsters, betrayal and one vengeful soul hunting the 12 most powerful crime lords in the World. The Deluca's pressed Tony's remains into 12 vinyl records - one for each member of the family. But little did they know - he would return...This project is a daring, full-length Crime/Horror concept album. Executive Producer, and Ghostface Killah's longtime Wu-Tang Clan collaborator, The RZA refers to the album as "groundbreaking" in the hip hop genre. Apollo Brown was asked to record an alternate album at the same time as Adrian Younge created “Twelve Reasons To Die.” Keep in mind, the legendary Detroit producer (Apollo Brown) was given access to Ghostface Killah’s recordings and constructed beats around GFK's work. This made the project one of the producer's most challenging projects to date. That hard work has paid of as “The Brown Tape” is also one of the best albums to date from Ghostface Killah or Apollo Brown. Cinematic and nasty, this is Hip-hop at it’s most raw. Originally released in 2013, this limited edition re-release by Mello Music Group is pressed on colored vinyl and comes with an alternative cover art designed by David Murdoch.
Apollo Brown & Planet Asia - Anchovies Beer & Olives Pinwheel Colored Vinyl Edition
Ghostface Killah & Apollo Brown - Twelve Reasons To Die: The Brown Tape Black Vinyl Edition
Apollo Brown / Joell Ortiz - Mona Lisa
Apollo Brown / Joell Ortiz
Mona Lisa
CD | 2018 | US | Original (Mello Music Group)
14,99 €*
Release:2018 / US – Original
Genre:Hip Hop
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Der Produzent aus Detroit, Apollo Brown, veröffentlicht sein neues Album "Mona Lisa" in zusammen arbeit mit Joell Ortiz.Produzent Apollo Brown hat sich einen Namen als einer der legendärsten neuen Produzenten des Hip-Hop gemacht, während er dem Sound der goldenen Ära des Rap treu blieb. Er produzierte bereits für das Who is Who der Hip-Hop-Szene, von Danny Brown über Ghostface Killah, Ras Kass bis Westside Gunn. Sogar Chance the Rapper verwendete ein paar Apollo-Beats auf seinen Debüt-Mixtapes. Apollo ist dafür bekannt, das Beste aus Musikern zu machen, und hat das Talent, zeitlose Klassiker zu schaffen.Brooklyns Joell Ortiz startete mit niemand Geringerem als Dr. Dre auf dessen Label Aftermath und sorgte für großes Aufsehen in der Branche. Er arbeitete unter anderem mit Legenden wie Just Blaze. Er unterschrieb dann bei Shady Records als ¼ der Supergroup Slaughterhouse. Er arbeitete mit den Hip-Hop-Titanen Eminem, Busta Rhymes, Jadakiss, Akon und Big Daddy Kane zusammen.Jetzt veröffentlichen die beiden Hip-Hop-Koryphäen ihr erstes gemeinsames Album bei Mello Music Group. Es ist nichts weniger als ein Meisterwerk: Mona Lisa.
Oddisee & Good Company - Beneath The Surface (Live) Ice Blue Vinyl Edition
Oddisee & Good Company
Beneath The Surface (Live) Ice Blue Vinyl Edition
LP | 2017 | US | Original (Mello Music Group)
22,09 €* 25,99 € -15%
Release:2017 / US – Original
Genre:Hip Hop
A live version of the critically acclaimed 2017 album “The Iceberg,” Oddisee’s masterpiece has been performed around the world. As hehas toured, he has been joined by his band, Good Compny: Olivier St. Louis on guitar, Ralph “Real” Washington on Keys, DJ Unown on MPC, Jon Laine on drums and Dennis Turner on bass. The first live album release from both Oddisee & Mello Music Group, this project shows what people all over the world already know- Oddisee and Good Compny put on an amazing live show. With bonus tracks from Oddisee’s albums “The Good Fight,” and “People Hear What They See,” this new project breaths life into Oddisee’s catalogue in a way we’ve never heard before.
Perceptionists, The (Mr. Lif & Akrobatik ) - Resolution Clear Vinyl Edition
Perceptionists, The (Mr. Lif & Akrobatik )
Resolution Clear Vinyl Edition
LP | 2017 | US | Original (Mello Music Group)
17,54 €* 26,99 € -35%
Release:2017 / US – Original
Genre:Hip Hop
Released on Mello Music Group, “Resolution” is one of those timeless records. The first full-length from Mr. Lif & Akrobatik (The Perceptionists) in a dozen years reflects the struggles and near-death sagas that struck Mr. Lif and Akrobatik. During that span, Lif miraculously survived his tour bus plummeting over a cliff and bursting into flames. Akrobatik weathered a sudden aortic rupture and emergency open-heart surgery. The impact of those experiences forced the former Def Jux duo to contemplate fate, luck, and their own place within a world spinning out of control.But their ability to survive has allowed them to thrive. They’ve harnessed a radiant hard-won optimism that refuses to flinch from the evils of existence. From the album’s first track, “Early Mourning,” Akrobatik asserts that courage comes from within, but reflects on the millions of young black men sent to premature graves. He considers whether gang affiliation is inherent in their souls, or more likely, whether things would be different if these neighborhoods were well lit and effectively policed.If turmoil and inequity currently wrack the globe at record levels, Lif’s verses seem more prophetic than ever. His verses offer searing indictments of corporate and political corruption: corporations oppressing local farms, governmental duplicity in dealing with big pharmaceutical companies, and the crooked brutality of cops who get away with shooting unarmed black men.On “Hose Down,” the pair brilliantly intersperse news reports from the MLK-led Birmingham protests of 1963 with the internecine problems of the present—where a traffic stop can still lead to a funeral. It’s as poignant of a polemic as you’ll find, but blended with a danceable Caribbean lilt.With the Perceptionists, the personal is political and vice-versa. Akrobatik rhymes about his “desire to breathe in the sun before my skin dries out” but still refuses to be “the coward in a pretend hide out.” On “Lemme Find Out,” they kick ingeniously sinister dystopian horror raps about our grotesque addiction to technology. There are love songs over beats that sound like they could’ve been on Madvillainy, stories of cypher demolitions of would-be challengers, and dirty ass rhymes over dirty ass drums—as The Perceptionists sagely insist, that’s all the world really wants.It’s music from deep in the trenches, songs that confront the blitzkrieg of bad news but offer light at the end of the bombardment. If you listen closely, you can intuit a profound story of friendship and camaraderie between Lif and Akrobatik—lifelong friends trading bars with the chemistry of Tip and Phife, Andre and Big Boi, Erick and Parrish. They’re mortal men who made mistakes, gained experience, and obtained wisdom. This is “Resolution”.
L'Orange - Orchid Days Tri-Color Vinyl Edition
L'Orange
Orchid Days Tri-Color Vinyl Edition
LP | 2014 | US | Reissue (Mello Music Group)
21,99 €*
Release:2014 / US – Reissue
Genre:Hip Hop
L’Orange’s most revealing effort yet, 19 tracks feat. Homeboy Sandman, Blu, Jeremiah Jae, Billy Woods & others!
Quelle Chris - Being You Is Great, I Wish You Could Be You More Colored Vinyl Edition
Quelle Chris
Being You Is Great, I Wish You Could Be You More Colored Vinyl Edition
2LP | 2017 | US | Original (Mello Music Group)
28,79 €* 31,99 € -10%
Release:2017 / US – Original
Genre:Hip Hop
For the Mello Music Group release, Quelle assembled a veritable hip-hop Justice League: Roc Marciano, Homeboy Sandman, Denmark Vessey, Jean Grae, Elzhi, Cavalier, et. al. Then there’s the production, mostly handled by Quelle, but aided by crucial assists from MNDGSN, Iman Omari, Chris Keys, Swarvy, and Alchemist. Despite the preponderance of talent sharing the stage, the guests bend to the world that Quelle created. A darker shade of psychedelia, as if Madvillain gobbled anti-anxiety pills instead of psilocybin. Or maybe a fraternal drunken twin to Open Mike Eagle’s “Dark Comedy.” The title comes from a real-life discussion about the difficulties of consistency. How each of us are subject to both our own bad spirits and bursts of inspiration, those unavoidable Serotonin and dopamine peaks and valleys. Being You is Great is an attempt to catalog those moods. It’s about learning to love, or at least recognize, the best and worst of one’s self. It’s about loneliness and comfort. Learning to hate love and learning to love hate. Sequenced so that extreme confidence follows casual despair, the pendulum swings back and forth, mirroring our own emotions and validating something that Nietszche and Ray Bradbury once claimed: “we have art so we won’t die of truth.” If hip-hop is filled with everymen and superheroes, Quelle Chris has done something quietly radical. This record is almost too human—full of the sublte revelations that only come to you later in life, when you realize that heroes make plenty of errors, and anti-heroes often have merit. It’s not an exuberant celebration of human life, nor is it a politicized condemnation of what got us here. It’s a record with beats that will make you bob your head and tap your feet, and clever lyrics that will make you laugh and scrunch your face. But most of all, it’s a record with a tremendous reserve of empathy. Something that captures the wonder and madness of being human. Something relentlessly honest. Something great.
Illingsworth - You're No Fun
L'Orange & Mr. Lif - The Life & Death Of Scenery
L'Orange & Mr. Lif
The Life & Death Of Scenery
LP | 2016 | US | Original (Mello Music Group)
21,99 €*
Release:2016 / US – Original
Genre:Hip Hop
"George Orwell once prophesized, “if you want a vision of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face - forever.” The latest EP from L’Orange & Mr. Lif, The Life and Death of Scenery, conceives a chimerical “lighthearted dystopia” just far enough from modernity to breathe easily, but close enough to make you consider relocating to that cave in the forest. In this collaboration with the eccentric North Carolina producer, L’Orange, Lif imagines an adjacent future called the “last society,” where culture has been obliterated and survival has taken precedence over art. Released through a partnership between Adult Swim and Mello Music Group, the duo’s latest opus opens with one of four addresses from “The Narrator” (played by The Daily Show’s Wyatt Cenac). These Big Brother missives capture a world where the, “books are all burned, the vinyl has been melted, and the remaining art catapulted over the city walls.” The mere act of whistling is cause for the guillotine. It’s the rap analogue to Fahrenheit 451, 1984, or a Brave New World, where the Soma is uncomfortably soothing and the sunshine eerily abundant. The former Def Jux legend inhabits on the role of The Scribe, frantically showing the post-apocalyptic survivors the power of what's been lost. It attacks those who value disposable art over the timeless; it articulates the necessity of preserving culture; it lampoons the absurdity of attempting to destroy one of the most immutable qualities in mankind. In L’Orange’s words, the collaboration is “a negotiation of influences without compromise.” You can hear the producer’s trademark alchemy of classic boom-rap with glitchy fuzz, a compressed whimsy that slaps against somber scythe-like piano lines, ominous spaghetti western licks, and celestial saxophone licks. Lif spits staccato bars in double-time, adeptly slicing through the beats like banned books to a shredder. He’s joined on “Antique Gold” by the 19-year old monotone samurai, Chester Watson. Gonjasufi’s banshee yelp makes “Strange Technology” even more resonant. Insight bombards on “Five Lies About the World Outside.” The legendary turntablist Q-Bert contributes cuts on “The Scribe.” While Akrobatik, Lif’s longtime partner in The Perceptionists, pops up twice to exhibit their almost telepathic tag-team chemistry. The rapping is virtuosic. The production is sumptuous and scene setting. But what sticks is those cumulative effects: the fantastic imagination of this foreign but familiar world, the importance of illuminations in a world that values cold logic, the sly humor of winking oracles, and inexorable fear that this could be a reality—should we continue down our current path."
L'Orange & Kool Keith - Time? Astonishing! Colored Vinyl Edition
L'Orange & Kool Keith
Time? Astonishing! Colored Vinyl Edition
LP | 2015 | US | Original (Mello Music Group)
22,99 €*
Release:2015 / US – Original
Genre:Hip Hop
If there’s a secret to time travel, Kool Keith owns the patent. Even a flying DeLorean seems too conventional for the Bronx legend. He’d more logically orbit throughout the galaxy in a gleaming chrome spaceship, teaching the stars and aliens new forms of originality. He is too weird to live, too rare to die, too uniquely ultra-magnetic to be accurately mimicked.Released on Mello Music Group, Time? Astonishing! is the latest dimensional warp from hip-hop’s premiere astral traveler. His union with MMG producer L’ Orange finds him exploring uncharted terrain: choppy volcanic rock planets, ice glacier moons, new surgical procedures, and fresh rappers to toss into the ether. The scalpel remains eternally sharp.
Apollo Brown & Ras Kass - Blasphemy Black Vinyl Edition
Apollo Brown & Ras Kass
Blasphemy Black Vinyl Edition
2LP | 2014 | US | Original (Mello Music Group)
22,99 €*
Release:2014 / US – Original
Genre:Hip Hop
Blasphemy, the collaborative album from esteemed Mello Music Group producer Apollo Brown and Ras Kass, is a thought-provoking and highly personal treatise on the unspoken. The sub-rattling and operatic opener “How to Kill God,” a scathing indictment of major religions and the transgressions enacted in their name, serves as a statement of purpose. No “ism” is out of bounds, no topic too untoward. Whatever you hold sacred isn’t above aggressive inquiry.
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Apollo Brown & Locksmith - No Question
Apollo Brown & Locksmith
No Question
CD | 2018 | US | Original (Mello Music Group)
14,99 €*
Release:2018 / US – Original
Genre:Hip Hop
West Coast Berkeley grad, battle rapper and musician Locksmith has hammered out a reputation as one of Hiphop's most enlightened no punch pulling emcees. From his early appearances on MTV's Freestyle Championship to his frequent Shade 45 appearances, Locksmith always brings cutting lyricism that not only questions the status quo but offers deep truths for reflection. Meanwhile Detroit's Apollo Brown has built his illustrious career on emotive production that draws the best out of already legendary mic kings. From his work with Ras Kass and OC, Skyzoo to Ghostface Killah, Apollo repeatedly creates eyes shut, head nodding, soul stirring perfection for our greatest storytellers to lay their truth bare. So when Richmond & Detroit came together in the studio the answer was "No Question" - a new project that finds Locksmith ruminating on everything from advice to his younger self to his continued drive to rise without following in anyones footsteps. Apollo Brown is back June 15th with yet another of the best emcees to ever do it.
MC Paul Barman - (((Echo Chamber)))
MC Paul Barman
(((Echo Chamber)))
LP+7" | 2018 | US | Original (Mello Music Group)
30,99 €*
Release:2018 / US – Original
Genre:Hip Hop
LP comes with 16 page lyric book and 7inch. Produced by Prince Paul, MF DOOM, Mark Ronson, ?uestlove and Memory Man!!Featuring Open Mike Eagle and Masta Ace."If you work with words, like I do, there are a few achievements that we secretly fantasize about. Winning a Nobel Prize in literature. Having a #1 best-seller. College professors teaching our writing in their courses. But one achievement that most of us don’t even fantasize about is having an “original citation” in the Oxford English Dictionary. The unabridged OED is the compendium of the history of English. Every time a word in common parlance was used for the first time, or in a new way, that usage and its author are recorded in the OED’s endless pages. Shakespeare’s got a bunch. Milton, too. These days, getting an original citation is like hearing the voice of God. It doesn’t happen much. But Paul Barman has one. This is relevant to (((echo chamber))) only because it indicates the level that MC Paul Barman writes at. His rhymes are original in the sense of “no one has ever used that word like that before… but we will now.” Bring your brains. You’re gonna need them. Not that (((echo chamber))) is hard work. It is perfectly pleasurable to bop your head along to great tracks laid down by ?uestlove and DOOM and Prince Paul, while MCPB says, “Meat keeps an enemy as a bone-deep identity. It’s the hardened shell that starts to smell. At one time, it might have guarded you well. But maladaptive strengths turn to captive feints and you become your own warden in hell.” And then in the next breath, “Would it blasphemy to ask you to shake that assphemy?” If your ears are open, MCPB is gonna plug your brain in at voltages to which you are unaccustomed. He’s a social critic with a searing conscience that makes (“my”) comfortable bourgeois house of lies tremble with each jagged line on the PB Richter scale. Comfortable notions of being a “good” white person, blow up in the first two tracks, (((Echo Chamber))) and “YOUNGMAN Speaks on (((Race)))”. It takes MCPB just shy of three minutes to make this semi-observant Jew feel skeptical about the Ten Commandments. In ((((((Antennas)))))) he says, “we feel conflicting agendas rise and fall / what we call our identity tries to synthesize them all.” But he offers a solution, too. You’ll have to listen to the song to hear it. And at the end of the anthemic “Age War,” you’re ready to stand up, cheer, and then go join children in battle against the calcified bankrupt status quo. After all, it’s “already dead. Mentally a baby step from a deli spread.” But, like any great poet (and MCPB is), he gets personal, too. I am certainly “a self in sheep’s clothing, a wealth of cheap loathing…” Aren’t you? MC Paul Barman tells us, “Rest assured I’m the crested bird of nested words,” and that is no empty boast. In poetry, to rhyme both at the end of line and internally, in the middle of a line, is showing off. Which makes MCPB a crested bird indeed. There are songs, like (((Believe That))), where your eyes just go wide and you can’t believe the number of rhymes in a row that tell the truth. That much truth all placed in a row—you don’t see that anywhere. And it rhymes, on three levels at once. MC Paul Barman is the most ambitious type of rapper. He is rhyming art. Why bother? It seems hard, and indeed the long hiatus between his albums tells us that it is. Well, MCPB has a reason: “art is the answer, the be end all... art, art and only art give solace to all this chaos and lonely hearts.” So take some solace. (((Echo Chamber))) by MC Paul Barman is here. It’ll make your brain spin. And make you check your guts." --- Adam Gidwitz, New York Times Bestselling & Newbery Award Winning Author
Chris Orrick (Red Pill) - Portraits
Chris Orrick (Red Pill)
Portraits
LP | 2018 | US | Original (Mello Music Group)
24,99 €*
Release:2018 / US – Original
Genre:Hip Hop
Produced by Nolan the Ninja, L’Orange, Exile, Apollo Brown, and Onra!No one confronts the abyss better than Chris Orrick. The Michigan ex-factory worker formerly known as Red Pill has spent the last half-decade documenting industrial decay, familial pain, and struggles with addiction better than almost anyone inhabiting this poisoned soil. It’s somewhere between Charles Bukowski and Michael Moore, or maybe Atmosphere if he couldn’t ignore the arsenic in the air. From the corroded arteries of the blue-collar heartland, Orrick emerges as one of the most incisive and savage critics of Trump’s America. If the American dream is dead, he unflinchingly lays the blame on avaricious corporations, crude demagogues, and structural racism. There’s nothing polemical about it: just warm-hearted, sad-eyed, gin-flooded depictions of a life where there are few right answers but a litany of wrong ones. It’s obvious how loudly the music speaks to Orrick, who is rarely short of opinions or serrated observation. The somber piano-based melancholy and rugged drums of “Portraits” thump via a gifted arsenal of producers including Nolan the Ninja, L’Orange, Exile, Apollo Brown, and Onra. Only two guest rappers appear, Fashawn and Orrick’s partner in Ugly Heroes, Verbal Kent. Orrick carries the rest of the weight and you sense the Atlas burden he shoulders. But for the all the poignant complaints, there’s a soulful profundity at the core of the album. It goes further than stress over bills, nicotine and liquor compulsions, and a search for deeper revelation. For a little while, we understand the raw f&cked up complexity of what it means to be a human being in a lunatic world. The portrait is personal, but it’s all of us too.
Gensu Dean & Wise Intelligent - Game Of Death
Gensu Dean & Wise Intelligent
Game Of Death
LP | 2017 | US | Original (Mello Music Group)
23,99 €*
Release:2017 / US – Original
Genre:Hip Hop
Wise Intelligent is one of the original founders of Conscious Hiphop, on the mantle alongside of Public Enemy, Mos Def & Lauryn Hill. As a founding member of the classic group Poor Righteous Teachers, he landed a gold album with his debut and ended up selling 2 million plus records between 1989-1996. Add to that being named Top 50 most-slept on emcees of all-time by Complex magazine, a Top 100 Albums of All-Time placement by The Source, and a #5 most-underrated emcee award from About.com and you have the understanding of where many of today’s emcees styles come from. But more importantly were the terms upon which Wise Intelligent laid his foundation: Principle above profit, community over self. Wise Intelligent is one of the premiere voices for Black consciousness in music today. Enter Gensu Dean. Currently based in Austin, Texas, the analog producer has laid rock solid sonic foundations for everyone from Grammy award winner and friend David Banner to Cali-agent Planet Asia. Add a host of Hiphop who’s whos like Large Professor, CL Smooth, Ol Dirty Bastard, Roc Marciano, Denmark Vessey, Homeboy Sandman, Diamond D, and to Shady Records signee Conway The Machine into Dean’s production credits and you’ll start to get the picture. His sound is analog, ranging from MPC3000 to SP1200. Gensu is a one of a kind, back to basics, head nodding, beat making, smash mouth producer with as many chambers as Khufu at Cheops. Now the two legends have teamed up in Atlanta to record a new album together over the past 6 months. From there Gensu brought the record home to Austin for some preliminary mixing, then flew out to the equally legendary DITC Studios in the Bronx to mix the record with Parks. After a quick flight back to Texas and sessions with Jimi Bowman at Klearlight studios in Dallas, the masters were complete and a new project ready for the masses: “Game of Death.” Rooted in Universal Science, the album takes dead aim at mediocre, dumbed down, manufactured rap while treating Music as the weapon it is. This is cultural warfare bridging the gap from Roxanne & Biz Markie to Jay Electronica & Erykah Badu. Bending time & space, Gensu & Wise take listeners through history with amazingly wide-eyed clarity. With statements as straight-forward as “Your shit aint Hiphop if it’s corporate” there is no missing the message of self-determination. This is the type of liberation that starts with your mind and is more about what you shed than what you add on. Somebody say Amen.
Kool Keith - Feature Magnetic
Kool Keith
Feature Magnetic
LP | 2016 | US | Original (Mello Music Group)
25,99 €*
Release:2016 / US – Original
Genre:Hip Hop
Straight up a new album from the legend with cameos by MF DOOM, Sadat X, Bumpy Knuckles, Ed O.G. and Slug of Atmosphere. Dig it!
Semi Hendrix (Ras Kass & Jack Splash of Plant Life) - Breakfast At Banksy's Splatter Vinyl Edition
Semi Hendrix (Ras Kass & Jack Splash of Plant Life)
Breakfast At Banksy's Splatter Vinyl Edition
2LP | 2015 | US | Original (Mello Music Group)
24,29 €* 26,99 € -10%
Release:2015 / US – Original
Genre:Hip Hop
Semi Hendrix is the acid inside the headband and the fork inside the electric socket. It's hard-core hip-hop, furious voltage spiked with funk and soul. It's political and street, cerebral and reckless. It's Jack Splash and Ras Kass running roughshod over everything from economic inequality to racist government policy to your girl. The album title is Breakfast at Banksy's. Consider it the rare soundtrack for the revolution and the party. The duo formed following Splash's world tour with his underground cult funk band, Plantlife. Upon its conclusion, the 10-time Grammy-nominated producer and three-time winner decided to leave Miami in favor of Los Angeles. For the native Angeleno, this was where it all began. He'd seen incredible success over the previous decade, producing for Cee-Lo, Alicia Keys, Kendrick Lamar, and a slew of others. But he wanted to return to his roots and make a pure hip-hop album, a passion project with no input from industry types. "I decided that if I was going to make true art, then I needed to work with the best of the best...the Picasso of the West Coast," says Splash. "And everyone who comes from LA knows that it doesn't get any better than Ras Kass." If you're unfamiliar with the Waterproof MC, you need to stop reading this and listen to Soul on Ice, Rasassination, and any of the tracks bodied by the Golden State Warriors (Ras, Saafir and Xzibit). Once you've done that, you understand why the Carson-bred rap beast is one of the coldest MCs to ever hypnotize an audience. But neither Splash nor Ras has even done anything quite like Semi Hendrix-probably because no one has ever done anything quite like Semi-Hendrix. It's a warped psychedelic odyssey glimpsed via two brilliant minds in a crooked world. Produced entirely by Splash, the instrumentals recall classic genre-liquefying experiments like DJ Shadow's Endtroducing and Bizarre Ride II The Pharcyde. You can file Semi Hendrix somewhere between Gnarls Barkley and Run the Jewels. Faded acid-washed freak-outs fade out from raunchy comedy clips. There are shredding guitar solos and nimble funk lines. Meanwhile, Ras Kass spits flames about Brooklyn hipsters, greedy record labels, and Capitalist inequality. He interweaves Thomas Paine's anti-Colonial tract, Common Sense with the rapper born Lonnie Lynn. In the course of four bars, he'll slip in references to Biz Markie, Star Trek, Duke Ellington, and Cab Calloway. The intellect is staggering, but never self-serious. He'll go from talking about squirters to indicting "Stop and Frisk" policy. The sound is kaleidoscopic. Nothing is sacred. Guest spots include Brothers Voodoo, Cee-Lo and Raheem DeVaughn, Teedra Moses, Kurupt, Montego Meli, Alice Russell, Wrekonize, and Jessica. But for all its virtuosity, this is 100 percent raw. If you wanted to know who Semi Hendrix are, the answer is simple: they're the wildest style.Strongly limited - only 1 per customer!
Georgia Anne Muldrow - A Thoughtiverse Unmarred
1978ers, The (yU & Slimkat) - People Of Today Color Swatch Vinyl Edition
1978ers, The (yU & Slimkat)
People Of Today Color Swatch Vinyl Edition
2LP | 2015 | US | Original (Mello Music Group)
14,99 €* 24,99 € -40%
Release:2015 / US – Original
Genre:Hip Hop
The People of Today is a seamless and head-spinning record. It’shard-boiled beats and raps laced with wisdom and virtue. The sortof record that you can sit with today and tomorrow, and any timeyou need to be reminded that we’re all in this together.
V.A. - Persona
V.A.
Persona
LP | 2015 | US | Original (Mello Music Group)
22,99 €*
Release:2015 / US – Original
Genre:Hip Hop
All-Star Anthology features Rapper Big Pooh, Masta Ace, Kool Keith, Gift Of Gab, Open Mike Eagle, Oddisee, Phonte, yU, Red Pill w/ production by Nottz, Apollo Brown, L'Orange, Oh No and more.
Open Mike Eagle - Dark Comedy Green & Yellow Vinyl Edition
Open Mike Eagle
Dark Comedy Green & Yellow Vinyl Edition
LP | 2014 | US | Original (Mello Music Group)
21,99 €*
Release:2014 / US – Original
Genre:Hip Hop
One of LA’s smartest young voices says the LA Times…which the artist suspects, may just be a covert way of saying LA is dumb. “Open” Mike Eagle wouldnt terribly mind, being born and raised in Chicago where the painful winters and his uppity grandparents kept him inside as a youth. He spent his formative years watching alternative music happen on MTV and hoping to one day be able to audition for the Native Tongues. As a young adult after graduating with a degree in Psychology, he did the next best thing and moved to Los Angeles, joining the Project Blowed collective where he made music and toured with Busdriver, Aceyalone, Abstract, Nocando, and more. He’s also gained notoriety in the world of comedy by being invited by professional funny people (Paul F. Tompkins, Hannibal Buress, Matt Besser/UCB) to rap at their shows. He’d like to be rap’s Kurt Vonnegut but recognizes that he’d first have to create something as iconic as the four-stroke illustration of an anus. He practices by releasing rap albums that delight, entertain, and confuse
Lando Chill - Black Ego
Lando Chill
Black Ego
2LP | 2018 | US | Original (Mello Music Group)
29,99 €*
Release:2018 / US – Original
Genre:Hip Hop
Lando Chill makes music which is classified as hip-hop, but isn't tethered to a single genre; encompassing elements of funk, gospel, jazz, indie rock, psychedelic, and folk. Lance Washington was born and raised in Chicago, but moved to Arizona to attend college. His debut full-length For Mark, Your Son arrived on Mello Music Group in 2016. The album was an intense self-examination inspired by the loss of the rapper's father, who died of a heart attack when Washington was four years old. Lando Chill's second album, The Boy Who Spoke to the Wind, appeared in 2017 and was named #26 on Bandcamp Daily's 100 Best Albums of the Year. The album was influenced by Paulo Coelho's book The Alchemist, and contained a more abstract, experimental sound than his prior releases. Since 2016, Lando Chill has teamed with multi-instrumentalist and producer The Lasso, resulting in a singular sound only possible through a true symbiosis of vocalist and producer. Once again, the duo has taken a leap forward with Lando Chill’s upcoming release, Black Ego; a collection of songs that is equal parts west coast funk and desert trip-hop, threaded together by Lando's bold vision.
Lando Chill - Black Ego
Lando Chill
Black Ego
CD | 2018 | US | Original (Mello Music Group)
15,99 €*
Release:2018 / US – Original
Genre:Hip Hop
Lando Chill makes music which is classified as hip-hop, but isn't tethered to a single genre; encompassing elements of funk, gospel, jazz, indie rock, psychedelic, and folk. Lance Washington was born and raised in Chicago, but moved to Arizona to attend college. His debut full-length For Mark, Your Son arrived on Mello Music Group in 2016. The album was an intense self-examination inspired by the loss of the rapper's father, who died of a heart attack when Washington was four years old. Lando Chill's second album, The Boy Who Spoke to the Wind, appeared in 2017 and was named #26 on Bandcamp Daily's 100 Best Albums of the Year. The album was influenced by Paulo Coelho's book The Alchemist, and contained a more abstract, experimental sound than his prior releases. Since 2016, Lando Chill has teamed with multi-instrumentalist and producer The Lasso, resulting in a singular sound only possible through a true symbiosis of vocalist and producer. Once again, the duo has taken a leap forward with Lando Chill’s upcoming release, Black Ego; a collection of songs that is equal parts west coast funk and desert trip-hop, threaded together by Lando's bold vision.
Marlowe (L'Orange & Solemn Brigham) - Marlowe
Marlowe (L'Orange & Solemn Brigham)
Marlowe
CD | 2018 | US | Original (Mello Music Group)
14,99 €*
Release:2018 / US – Original
Genre:Hip Hop
L'Orange & Solemn Brigham are Marlowe "An artist afraid to overreach himself is as useless as a general who is afraid to be wrong.” Over a half-century later, the axiom remains true for hyper-kinetic hip-hop innovators, North Carolina’s L’Orange and Solemn Brigham—the hard-boiled duo behind the fun house fever dream, Marlowe. Released on Mello Music Group, Marlowe is a triumph of ambition, a rap bricolage blending prohibition and civil rights-era samples with Asian psychedelic rock flourishes. Solemn Brigham controls the microphone like a general who can’t help but be right. His flow is a blitzkrieg. It’s an Olympian sprint, gliding over snares and kick-drums like hurdles. He’s a showman seeking revolution—resolute in his desire to strike equilibrium between awareness and entertainment. Solemn applies the fictional protagonist’s search for the truth towards different ends. His crimes are existential yet specific, rooted in the injustices of the past and the attempt to redress them in the present. He’s an artist perennially seeking something to fight for, channeling energy from the music of the civic rights era, stealing timeless rhythms and inflection from classic funk and soul. An old soul with original ideas, tapping into the eternal reservoir of Sam Cooke to Ice Cube, Otis Redding to Chuck D, Curtis Mayfield to KRS-One. Over the course of 17 tracks, Solemn hurls sharp darts at counterfeits trying to crack his religion, the onslaught of time, and prevaricating rappers—all while paying homage to those who paved the road for him. He bounces off the beats like a trampoline placed in a speakeasy, doubling up on the vocals, burrowing into dense cryptic tangles of slang and then stretching them out with melodic ease. With dazzling cinematic mise en scene, L’Orange crafts a world that sounds like an old-time medicine show dropped into 90s Brooklyn, with Solemn summoning the holy spirit of Big L. Cymbals crash, drums pound, fuzzy guitars ride out, a bronze rain of horns cascade. This is gorgeous celestial dust, high-powered fuel with every syllable meticulously ordained. Marlowe cracked the case, but how they did it can only become clear under deeper investigation.
MC Paul Barman - (((Echo Chamber)))
MC Paul Barman
(((Echo Chamber)))
CD | 2018 | US | Original (Mello Music Group)
17,99 €*
Release:2018 / US – Original
Genre:Hip Hop
Produced by Prince Paul, MF DOOM, Mark Ronson, ?uestlove and Memory Man!!Featuring Open Mike Eagle and Masta Ace."If you work with words, like I do, there are a few achievements that we secretly fantasize about. Winning a Nobel Prize in literature. Having a #1 best-seller. College professors teaching our writing in their courses. But one achievement that most of us don’t even fantasize about is having an “original citation” in the Oxford English Dictionary. The unabridged OED is the compendium of the history of English. Every time a word in common parlance was used for the first time, or in a new way, that usage and its author are recorded in the OED’s endless pages. Shakespeare’s got a bunch. Milton, too. These days, getting an original citation is like hearing the voice of God. It doesn’t happen much. But Paul Barman has one. This is relevant to (((echo chamber))) only because it indicates the level that MC Paul Barman writes at. His rhymes are original in the sense of “no one has ever used that word like that before… but we will now.” Bring your brains. You’re gonna need them. Not that (((echo chamber))) is hard work. It is perfectly pleasurable to bop your head along to great tracks laid down by ?uestlove and DOOM and Prince Paul, while MCPB says, “Meat keeps an enemy as a bone-deep identity. It’s the hardened shell that starts to smell. At one time, it might have guarded you well. But maladaptive strengths turn to captive feints and you become your own warden in hell.” And then in the next breath, “Would it blasphemy to ask you to shake that assphemy?” If your ears are open, MCPB is gonna plug your brain in at voltages to which you are unaccustomed. He’s a social critic with a searing conscience that makes (“my”) comfortable bourgeois house of lies tremble with each jagged line on the PB Richter scale. Comfortable notions of being a “good” white person, blow up in the first two tracks, (((Echo Chamber))) and “YOUNGMAN Speaks on (((Race)))”. It takes MCPB just shy of three minutes to make this semi-observant Jew feel skeptical about the Ten Commandments. In ((((((Antennas)))))) he says, “we feel conflicting agendas rise and fall / what we call our identity tries to synthesize them all.” But he offers a solution, too. You’ll have to listen to the song to hear it. And at the end of the anthemic “Age War,” you’re ready to stand up, cheer, and then go join children in battle against the calcified bankrupt status quo. After all, it’s “already dead. Mentally a baby step from a deli spread.” But, like any great poet (and MCPB is), he gets personal, too. I am certainly “a self in sheep’s clothing, a wealth of cheap loathing…” Aren’t you? MC Paul Barman tells us, “Rest assured I’m the crested bird of nested words,” and that is no empty boast. In poetry, to rhyme both at the end of line and internally, in the middle of a line, is showing off. Which makes MCPB a crested bird indeed. There are songs, like (((Believe That))), where your eyes just go wide and you can’t believe the number of rhymes in a row that tell the truth. That much truth all placed in a row—you don’t see that anywhere. And it rhymes, on three levels at once. MC Paul Barman is the most ambitious type of rapper. He is rhyming art. Why bother? It seems hard, and indeed the long hiatus between his albums tells us that it is. Well, MCPB has a reason: “art is the answer, the be end all... art, art and only art give solace to all this chaos and lonely hearts.” So take some solace. (((Echo Chamber))) by MC Paul Barman is here. It’ll make your brain spin. And make you check your guts." --- Adam Gidwitz, New York Times Bestselling & Newbery Award Winning Author
Calvin Valentine - Plush Seats
Calvin Valentine
Plush Seats
CD | 2018 | US | Original (Mello Music Group)
14,99 €*
Release:2018 / US – Original
Genre:Hip Hop
Plush Seats. Recline for a minute, spark a spliff, and savor the cozy luxury. Enjoy the foggy velvet majesty summoned by the new beat tape from the LA-by-way of Oregon singer, rapper, and producer known as Calvin Valentine. In theory, these are merely instrumentals, but each is a self-contained narcotic universe. Novel strains invented from the finest hybrids of past and present. The genre tag on your iTunes reads “Bong Rips,” and conceivably, this is the chill soundtrack to the weed dispensary in your heart, mind, and favorite herbal habitat. You can detect the DNA of past originators, J Dilla and Madlib, Kanye West and The Heatmakerz, but it's more than just tapping into the best of this millennium. Valentine drills into the atavistic soul that made their beats so cold. A brilliant new recipe for donuts, another panacea to be hawked at the medicine show. Making his Mello Music debut, Plush Seats heralds Valentine’s arrival as one of the most formidable and versatile producers of his generation. Of course, this isn’t his first rodeo. By his mid-20s, the precocious producer had already racked up a resume that could pass any certification exam, featuring collaborations with De La Soul, Nas, Bun B, Boogie, Juicy J, Illa J, Planet Asia, Fat Tony, and Devin The Dude. Plush Seats follows Home, a gorgeous record that Valentine produced entirely for Illa J (brother of the late immortal, James Yancey), which Fader hailed as “a moving testimonial to the family and the power of community.” His previous album was Eugene, a full-length gumbo of celestial R&B, pop, and hip-hop that would you leave you rightfully believing that Valentine grew up eating Coney dogs in Detroit, rather than the bucolic countryside of Eugene, Oregon. XXL raved about its trippy psychedelia. Uproxx called it the “smooth groove that your summer needs.” Okayplayer said that with Calvin Valentine, “the future of music is in good hands.” With Plush Seats, the future is now. It’s a work of supreme virtuosity, a stoned immaculate saga ideal for blunt cruises, impromptu cyphers, and meditative late night head nods. It always starts with the drums. Valentine picked up the instrument at age 6 and the heartbeat is a constant oxygen-rich throb throughout the album. He creates his own pockets with the feel of an instinctive and intuitive musician. A song like the “Plush Intro” could be a sequel to “Dipset Anthem,” with concussive drums, filthy scratches and keys that conjure a conspiratorial mood. “76” reminds you of classic Wu-Tang, in which the RZA reanimated the ghosts from classic Stax Records, full of insistent and stabbing horn sections spitting out a warped extraterrestrial soul. Muscle Shoals on steroids. If Donuts was the White Album of beat tapes, a cut like “Vanilla” uses it as ground zero for curious and funky explorations. “Another World” sounds like a burner the Hitmen would’ve made for The Lox in ‘98. “Starr” could be the theme for a sitcom on 2032 Alpha Centauri. On “Ras Trent,” “PCH,” and “Tabernacle,” you can hear the littoral reggae slink of The Gladiators, Dennis Brown, and Gregory Isaacs, chopped up and reimagined with fluorescent futuristic tones. While “Mazel Tov” offers up a toast buoyed by old early 60s soul pre-Age and the synthesizers that sound dreamy and warm—an unrecognizable oldies anthem from a jukebox that only existed in a solitary dive bar in Conant Gardens. As the song fades out, a clip chimes in, “I’ve said unabashedly that a lot of the good ideas I‘ve had in my life, I owe to pot.” Plush Seats is nothing but strong ideas and a smooth ride. Grimy but opulent. Smoked out but clear-headed. A vibe like no other.
Stik Figa - Central Standard Time Splatter Vinyl Edition
Stik Figa
Central Standard Time Splatter Vinyl Edition
LP | 2017 | US | Original (Mello Music Group)
26,99 €*
Release:2017 / US – Original
Genre:Hip Hop
Every rapper is a struggle rapper. The degree of adversity changes from one tax bracket to the next, but no contract comes with immunity. The pursuit of happiness lasts as long as you do. Stik Figa has been trying to tell you for years. “Central Standard Time”, the Topeka, KS native’s second official Mello Music Group release, is a meditation on struggles new, old, and eternal. Stik Figa’s rhymes remain intricate yet accessible, the words interlocking to create fresh meanings. Every verse displays his hard-won honesty. Though the pains are personal, the moments are strikingly familiar. These are the songs you play when you’re tired of being told to turn up, when you avoid your bank statement like the plague, when you still can’t shake the first time someone called you “nigger,” when another relationship has wrecked your life.With production from venerated heavyweights like Nottz, Exile, Black Milk, and Apollo Brown, there is never a stale loop or drum pattern. Beats crafted to fry subwoofers are offset by those warm and poignant. L’Orange produced lead single “Cold,” deftly straddles that divide. Over cavernous drums and a soul-stirring sample, Stik Figa indicts posturing trap rappers with searing wit. When he’s not dismantling the unoriginal alone, Stik Figa enlists indie luminaries Elzhi, Homeboy Sandman, and Quelle Chris. And on album closer “The Git Down,” he macks alongside Bay Area legend Rappin' 4-Tay. With each feature, the results are even more arresting. Ultimately, “Central Standard Time” is a reminder that sharing our burdens helps others do the same. It’s rap as therapy, the words written to move forward. Listen and do likewise. Struggle waits for no man.
Apollo Brown & Planet Asia - Anchovies
Lando Chill - The Boy Who Spoke To The Wind Purple Vinyl Edition
Lando Chill
The Boy Who Spoke To The Wind Purple Vinyl Edition
LP | 2017 | US | Original (Mello Music Group)
17,54 €* 26,99 € -35%
Release:2017 / US – Original
Genre:Hip Hop
Lando Chill’s new album, “The Boy Who Spoke To The Wind,” is a personal tribute to self actualization, spiritual acceptance and social activism. About the title, Lando says, “The wind is one’s soul. It represents the human spirit and the earth.” Lando Chill is a warrior-poet, a man with one ear to mother nature and one to the plight of humankind. Lando wants to bring the issues of political freedom, police brutality and giving a voice to marginalized communities to the national conversation. Inspired by the Paulo Coelho book, “The Alchemist,” Lando’s new album is about transformation, personally and spiritually. While working on the project, Lando gained a new perspective. He learned that having answers isn’t enough. Musically, this album is a movement forward from his previous work. Collaborating with producer Lasso, bassist Chris Pierce, as well as other key session musicians, the music is unique and intimate. The album harmonizes the internal and external in a cathartic symphony. The instrumentation is unlike anything else, sprawling from classic lo-fi hiphop to high production scoring. The album is as reminiscent of James Blake and Bon Iver as it is of Frank Ocean or Kendrick Lamar. “All is one and one is all. When you speak to your soul, you speak to the world. You speak through love and that’s how you transform.” -Lando Chill
Gensu Dean - R.A.W. (Refined Alkaline Water) Blue Vinyl Edition
Gensu Dean
R.A.W. (Refined Alkaline Water) Blue Vinyl Edition
LP | 2017 | US | Original (Mello Music Group)
18,19 €* 25,99 € -30%
Release:2017 / US – Original
Genre:Hip Hop
Texas based analog producer GENSU DEAN started in Jackson, Mississippi producing on the now legendary Crooked Lettaz debut Grey Skies for his friend and Grammy Winner David Banner. Since that time he has gone on to produce for some of the best to ever do it including Ol Dirty Bastard (Wu-Tang Clan), CL Smooth, Homeboy Sandman, Sean Price, Roc Marciano, Large Professor, Planet Asia, Denmark Vessey, Guilty Simpson, and many more. The Mello Music Group producer started with the classic SP1200 and has added other analog equipment to his production techniques over the years, opening new chambers with each album. RAW is his newest foray into Hiphop and finds him pushing the sonic envelope while maintaining a vintage sound. The new album features friends and family Diamond D (DITC), Homeboy Sandman, Roc Marci, J-Live, Georgia Anne Muldrow, Red Pill, and more.
Red Pill of Ugly Heroes - Instinctive Drowning Whirlpool Colored Vortex Vinyl Edition
Red Pill of Ugly Heroes
Instinctive Drowning Whirlpool Colored Vortex Vinyl Edition
2LP | 2016 | US | Original (Mello Music Group)
26,99 €*
Release:2016 / US – Original
Genre:Hip Hop
"The cover photo is a picture of my great grandmother, Mabel. She, like my own mother, died young after years of struggling with her demons. This album is dedicated to my mother, Jody, and my great grandmother." - Red Pill
Kool Keith - Feature Magnetic
Kool Keith
Feature Magnetic
2CD | 2016 | US | Original (Mello Music Group)
15,99 €*
Release:2016 / US – Original
Genre:Hip Hop
Mello Music welcomes Kool Keith to the roster. New album features the likes of MF Doom, Ras Kass, Bumpy Knuckles and more.
Gensu Dean & Denmark Vessey - Whole Food Red Splattered Vinyl Edition
Gensu Dean & Denmark Vessey
Whole Food Red Splattered Vinyl Edition
LP | 2016 | US | Original (Mello Music Group)
26,99 €*
Release:2016 / US – Original
Genre:Hip Hop
These days everything you consume has to be checked - a vibrant outside can hide a genetically modified Frankenstein interior. Finding that 100% organically grown with no artificial rhymes can be difficult. This album is for those looking for something less calculated.Powerful production runs the range from soulful, funk filled, and hard knocking to cool, laid back easy nodders. The rhymes are politically aware without taking themselves too serious - so from the occasional judo chop to the need for sexy, dirty slutty money - Denmark explores life from the perspective of a man who grew up on minimum wage and butter sandwiches but has grown into a self-aware scholar. Lyrics don't sugar coat anything -no matter how rough that truth might appear: "The fleek shall inherit the Earth and the meek shall be buried in dirt - ain't nothing sweet." Denmark delivers existential truths while still throwing in a "where the hoes at?" A street savvy album that explores Black love, brutality, capitalism's grip on our daily thoughts, and the connection it all has to our ancestors. Gensu Dean has produced for David Banner, Large Professor, Roc Marciano, and more, while Denmark Vessey has had his praises sung by the likes of Earl Sweatshirt. This is that sh*t to get you through sh*t.
Analog Brothers - Pimp To Eat Red & Black Splatter Vinyl Edition
Open Mike Eagle & Paul White - Hella Personal Film Festival
Open Mike Eagle & Paul White
Hella Personal Film Festival
LP | 2016 | US | Original (Mello Music Group)
27,99 €*
Release:2016 / US – Original
Genre:Hip Hop
All new project by Open Mike Eagle on the mic and Paul White on the boards. Features appearances by Aesop Rock and Future Islands' Hemlock Ernst.
Red Pill of Ugly Heroes - Day Drunk
Red Pill of Ugly Heroes
Day Drunk
LP | 2015 | US | Original (Mello Music Group)
21,99 €*
Release:2015 / US – Original
Genre:Hip Hop
Red Pill of Ugly Heroes fame is about to release another dope EP for 2015!
Finale - Odds & Ends
Rapper Big Pooh - Words Paint Pictures Red & Yellow Splatter Vinyl Edition
Rapper Big Pooh
Words Paint Pictures Red & Yellow Splatter Vinyl Edition
LP | 2015 | US | Original (Mello Music Group)
19,99 €*
Release:2015 / US – Original
Genre:Hip Hop
Lao Tzu claimed that, “Music in the soul can be heard by the universe.” Occasionally, the universe can also stir music from the chambers of the soul. These are the songs tattooed into our memories, torn from headlines and unsettling encounters, intense anthems of immediacy. Soul music.You can hear these eternal truths on Words Paint Pictures—Big Pooh’s debut release for Mello Music Group. Over seven songs and two remixes, the North Carolina MC captures the complex agonies of the human condition—specifically the black experience in America over the last several centuries. These are tales of racial profiling and corrupt politicians, reality TV distractions, thieving preachers and rapacious exploitation—all offset by tremendous strength. They are uniquely American stories, chronicling both the damned and hopeful. From bleak circumstances, a profoundly durable human spirit emerges.
Diamond District - March On Washington Redux
Diamond District
March On Washington Redux
LP+7" | 2015 | US | Original (Mello Music Group)
24,99 €*
Release:2015 / US – Original
Genre:Hip Hop
Oddisee, XO and yU are back with production by Large Professor, Oh No, Diamond D, Black Milk, Apollo Brown, Nottz, L'Orange & more … a bonus 7" is included, it is produced by Jonwayne & Paul White!
Castle - Return Of The Gasface
Castle
Return Of The Gasface
LP | 2014 | US | Original (Mello Music Group)
21,99 €*
Release:2014 / US – Original
Genre:Hip Hop
This is for those with hard heads, black lungs, and scarred hearts. It’s for the dreamers who construct darts on loose-leaf and those revolting against corporate life and casual Fridays. It’s Castle’s Return of the Gasface, released on Mello Music Group, remixed by Has-Lo with a new track and revamped verses.
Georgia Anne Muldrow - Vweto Purple Vinyl Edition
Georgia Anne Muldrow
Vweto Purple Vinyl Edition
LP | 2011 | US | Reissue (Mello Music Group)
19,99 €*
Release:2011 / US – Reissue
Genre:Hip Hop, Organic Grooves
Preorder 30.11.2018
Yeah, fonky Georgia's new beat tape back in print!
Castle - Gasface
Castle
Gasface
LP | 2013 | US | Original (Mello Music Group)
21,99 €*
Release:2013 / US – Original
Genre:Hip Hop
Press release says: Lost his virginity before his father … so what? Seems to be a heck of an guy, always clever with his rhymes and beats!
Quelle Chris - Niggas Is Men
Quelle Chris
Niggas Is Men
LP | 2013 | US | Original (Mello Music Group)
21,99 €*
Release:2013 / US – Original
Genre:Hip Hop
Conceived and put together by Quelle Chris with Cavalier and Fresh Daily, produced by Quelle Chris, Messiah Musik, and Sifu, featuring Tanya Morgan, Denmark Vessey, DJ GroWeyez, Chay, Mosel, and Bwameeks, "Niggas Is Men" is a dusty, sharp cornered 13 track affair. A prelude to Quelle Chris's upcoming Mello Music Group debut proper, NIM is a head-nodding, intoxicating journey through reincarnation, long tokes, the poisoned food supply, addiction cycles, and even hot & crusty hoes.
Quelle Chris - Mello Music Group 7
Illingsworth - You're No Fun
Denmark Vessey - Sun Go Nova
Denmark Vessey
Sun Go Nova
CD | 2018 | US | Original (Mello Music Group)
14,99 €*
Release:2018 / US – Original
Genre:Hip Hop
Preorder 16.11.2018
Like most truly original artists, Denmark Vessey defies easy understanding. He’s a Detroit rapper and cult rap hero currently living in New York City, named after a brilliant 19th century slave-turned-carpenter who was convicted and executed for planning what would’ve been the largest slave revolt in North American history. He’s funnier than most political rappers, more political than punch line spitters, and too imaginative for regressive underground stereotypes. It’s all readily apparent on his latest project, SunGoNova, a breezy exercise of warped soul and eccentric raps produced entirely by Earl Sweatshirt and Knxwledge. The record cohered on a whim not long after Earl proclaimed that you needed to buy Denmark’s Martin Lucid Dream if you needed food. A subsequent trip to LA found Denmark linking with the pair and returning home with a pack of beats to rap over. There was no idea to formally collaborate but a loose concept began to percolate in the ensuing months. Record sessions commenced in Chicago, where Denmark simultaneously laid down alongside tracks for his Buy Muy Drugs collaboration and SunGoNova. Sessions were conducted in grueling 48-hour marathon increments, where sleep was a secondary concern. “For lack of a better word, it’s alternative and left-field,” Denmark says. “It’s not light substance-wise, but light in that I want people to think of it as a treat, a little instance of coolness, a flash in the moment but not to be forgotten.”Despite the brevity, there’s an innate gravity to the words themselves—especially in tandem with the psychedelic thump of the production: “If rap don’t work, I’m whipping this fishscale out/Probably not though/I watched The Wire and it looked fire, but I checked online but the streets not firing.”In a few breaths, Denmark has the capacity to come off as street-wise and sarcastic, pop culture fluent but stand-up comic self-deprecating. These are the same qualities that led Rolling Stone to call Martin Lucid Dream one of 2015’s best rap albums, while hailing his “sharp sense of humor” and introspection. Pitchfork glowed about how Buy Muy Drugs revealed that in “his own unique way, [Denmark] is pushing us to look beyond the veil and to not take things at face value.”This complex mentality is applied in rapid-fire rap form on SunGoNova. Denmark references everything from a Hollywood reboot of Roots where they cast Tobey Maguire as the lead to the feeling of waking up in an old K-Mart. He’s praying to the Based God and recalling the fan who said he was heavier there a freight car. Allusions to Biggie and buying shoes on Venmo, esoteric strains of weed and ayahuasca all propitiously clash. As the album fades out, Denmark’s demanding coffee with Ethiopian beans, but the listener is still wide awake, wanting more. It’ll arrive soon enough.Producers: Earl Sweatshirt, Knxwledge, Denmark Vessey
Denmark Vessey - Sun Go Nova Yellow & Black Vinyl Edition
Denmark Vessey
Sun Go Nova Yellow & Black Vinyl Edition
LP | 2018 | US | Original (Mello Music Group)
24,99 €*
Release:2018 / US – Original
Genre:Hip Hop
Limited edition vinyl!Like most truly original artists, Denmark Vessey defies easy understanding. He’s a Detroit rapper and cult rap hero currently living in New York City, named after a brilliant 19th century slave-turned-carpenter who was convicted and executed for planning what would’ve been the largest slave revolt in North American history. He’s funnier than most political rappers, more political than punch line spitters, and too imaginative for regressive underground stereotypes. It’s all readily apparent on his latest project, SunGoNova, a breezy exercise of warped soul and eccentric raps produced entirely by Earl Sweatshirt and Knxwledge. The record cohered on a whim not long after Earl proclaimed that you needed to buy Denmark’s Martin Lucid Dream if you needed food. A subsequent trip to LA found Denmark linking with the pair and returning home with a pack of beats to rap over. There was no idea to formally collaborate but a loose concept began to percolate in the ensuing months. Record sessions commenced in Chicago, where Denmark simultaneously laid down alongside tracks for his Buy Muy Drugs collaboration and SunGoNova. Sessions were conducted in grueling 48-hour marathon increments, where sleep was a secondary concern. “For lack of a better word, it’s alternative and left-field,” Denmark says. “It’s not light substance-wise, but light in that I want people to think of it as a treat, a little instance of coolness, a flash in the moment but not to be forgotten.”Despite the brevity, there’s an innate gravity to the words themselves—especially in tandem with the psychedelic thump of the production: “If rap don’t work, I’m whipping this fishscale out/Probably not though/I watched The Wire and it looked fire, but I checked online but the streets not firing.”In a few breaths, Denmark has the capacity to come off as street-wise and sarcastic, pop culture fluent but stand-up comic self-deprecating. These are the same qualities that led Rolling Stone to call Martin Lucid Dream one of 2015’s best rap albums, while hailing his “sharp sense of humor” and introspection. Pitchfork glowed about how Buy Muy Drugs revealed that in “his own unique way, [Denmark] is pushing us to look beyond the veil and to not take things at face value.”This complex mentality is applied in rapid-fire rap form on SunGoNova. Denmark references everything from a Hollywood reboot of Roots where they cast Tobey Maguire as the lead to the feeling of waking up in an old K-Mart. He’s praying to the Based God and recalling the fan who said he was heavier there a freight car. Allusions to Biggie and buying shoes on Venmo, esoteric strains of weed and ayahuasca all propitiously clash. As the album fades out, Denmark’s demanding coffee with Ethiopian beans, but the listener is still wide awake, wanting more. It’ll arrive soon enough.Producers: Earl Sweatshirt, Knxwledge, Denmark Vessey
Chris Orrick (Red Pill) - Portraits
Chris Orrick (Red Pill)
Portraits
CD | 2018 | US | Original (Mello Music Group)
13,49 €* 14,99 € -10%
Release:2018 / US – Original
Genre:Hip Hop
Produced by Nolan the Ninja, L’Orange, Exile, Apollo Brown, and Onra!No one confronts the abyss better than Chris Orrick. The Michigan ex-factory worker formerly known as Red Pill has spent the last half-decade documenting industrial decay, familial pain, and struggles with addiction better than almost anyone inhabiting this poisoned soil. It’s somewhere between Charles Bukowski and Michael Moore, or maybe Atmosphere if he couldn’t ignore the arsenic in the air. From the corroded arteries of the blue-collar heartland, Orrick emerges as one of the most incisive and savage critics of Trump’s America. If the American dream is dead, he unflinchingly lays the blame on avaricious corporations, crude demagogues, and structural racism. There’s nothing polemical about it: just warm-hearted, sad-eyed, gin-flooded depictions of a life where there are few right answers but a litany of wrong ones. It’s obvious how loudly the music speaks to Orrick, who is rarely short of opinions or serrated observation. The somber piano-based melancholy and rugged drums of “Portraits” thump via a gifted arsenal of producers including Nolan the Ninja, L’Orange, Exile, Apollo Brown, and Onra. Only two guest rappers appear, Fashawn and Orrick’s partner in Ugly Heroes, Verbal Kent. Orrick carries the rest of the weight and you sense the Atlas burden he shoulders. But for the all the poignant complaints, there’s a soulful profundity at the core of the album. It goes further than stress over bills, nicotine and liquor compulsions, and a search for deeper revelation. For a little while, we understand the raw f&cked up complexity of what it means to be a human being in a lunatic world. The portrait is personal, but it’s all of us too.
Jean Grae & Quelle Chris - Everything's Fine
Jean Grae & Quelle Chris
Everything's Fine
CD | 2018 | US | Original (Mello Music Group)
14,99 €*
Release:2018 / US – Original
Genre:Hip Hop
When you hear the phrase, “everything’s fine,” we immediately understand it as emotional shorthand. In daily life, we depend on those perfunctory clichés (hope all is well, good to hear from you, etc.) to spare ourselves from the psychological unpacking that the truth requires. For that, there’s art. For that, there’s Everything’s Fine from Jean Grae and Quelle Chris, a jagged, acerbic odyssey that brilliantly riffs on this dystopian zeitgeist.The thing is, anyone without a lobotomy and a toxic red hat understands that things are definitely not fine. The crush of modern anxiety, the late capitalist scramble to survive, and the brain warp rot of social media has left most of us half crazy.“We have a dickhead for a president, and before our eyes, racial, religious, and sexual identity rights are moving backwards,” says New York’s (by way of Detroit) Quelle Chris. “Money is still a thing (I’m waiting for Star Trek life to start). There’s war, your kids may be sick, but if someone randomly asks ""how's it going?"" most people will say ""fine.""Released on Mello Music Group, this album replaces that reflexive cliché with honest and eloquent tangents. It’s specific and subtle in its execution, achieving equilibrium between lackadaisical detours to smell the flowers and the frantic acknowledgement that there’s an inferno raging outside.If the great political albums are often grim polemics, Everything’s Fine achieves its goals partially through withering satire. See the opening skit, a Prince Paul-style game show in which three contestants (including a futuristic robot) numbly croak that everyone’s fine despite flying high on every imaginable drug, crying themselves to sleep at night and being unemployed for a decade and a half despite having a Master’s in Fine Arts. I promise it’s much funnier than it reads off a screen.“We’re both perfectionists in different ways,” Jean Grae describes their working relationship. “We both see huge pictures and concepts. So while listening, pay attention to the subtleties, the nuances, the dissonance and the harmony. The conversations and pieces of ourselves in the words, the flows, the beats. All of the open spaces. .Be uncomfortable and be okay with that. Be layered and be okay with that. Be angry and be okay.”It’s rare to find a record where two rappers are so seamlessly intertwined. Yes, that’s partially a by-product of the teamwork that goes into being in any normal relationship where you wake, sleep, and dream together. But the album also bears the hallmarks of two singular creative geniuses trading bars, collaborating on beats, and combining fun with internal therapy and external observations. It features indelible cameos from Denmark Vessey, Grammy Award winner Anna Wise, Your Old Droog and Big Tone, as well as comics Ashok “Dap” Kondabolu, Michael Che, Nick Offerman, and Hannibal Burress.In the streaming era, we tend to naturally overlook albums that require multiple listens. This is a record that will grab you on first listen, but it’s greatness only reveals itself through its careful construction, slick wordplay, and esoteric allusions.On “Zero,” Jean artfully references Rachmaninoff and The Donner Party in the first two bars. With “Scoop A Dirt,” she name-drops the Babadook alongside the truth bomb that Friends was little more than a whitewashed rip off off Living Single. Meanwhile, Quelle balances boasts about bags of cash the size of Chris Christie with poignant existential laments. Somewhere in between, Jean will stealthily slip in jewels like, “it took me until my 30s just to put my finger on it, once you accept the knowledge/solace doesn’t follow/honest.”It’s a record with only a couple antecedents: De La Soul is Dead, Organized Konfusion’s Stress: The Extinction Agenda, Blackstar, and maybe Cannibal Ox’s Cold Vein. Yet it doesn't sound remotely like any of them. It’s spontaneous and free, yet refined and meticulous. Even if everything is abject, it’s a reminder that music can transcend.“This album is full of our minds. Our hearts. Our love for production, and words. flow and a lot of musicality,” Jeans says. “We don’t approach topics, issues, writing, or making beats in the same way. I’m harsh, blunt, quick, technical, I arrange classically and play more than I sample. I make joints with 80 tracks. I’m layers upon layers upon layers. Quelle is patient, he’s kinder. More loose and minimalistic. He makes sounds work together that shouldn’t fucking work. How? I have no idea. These are dreams within dreams.”
Calvin Valentine - Plush Seats
Calvin Valentine
Plush Seats
LP | 2018 | US | Original (Mello Music Group)
23,99 €*
Release:2018 / US – Original
Genre:Hip Hop
Plush Seats. Recline for a minute, spark a spliff, and savor the cozy luxury. Enjoy the foggy velvet majesty summoned by the new beat tape from the LA-by-way of Oregon singer, rapper, and producer known as Calvin Valentine. Making his Mello Music debut, Plush Seats heralds Valentine’s arrival as one of the most formidable and versatile producers of his generation. Of course, this isn’t his first rodeo. By his mid-20s, the precocious producer had already racked up a resume that could pass any certification exam, featuring collaborations with De La Soul, Nas, Bun B, Boogie, Juicy J, Illa J, Planet Asia, Fat Tony, and Devin The Dude. XXL raved about its trippy psychedelia. Uproxx called it the “smooth groove that your summer needs.” Okayplayer said that with Calvin Valentine, “the future of music is in good hands.” With Plush Seats, the future is now. It’s a work of supreme virtuosity, a stoned immaculate saga ideal for blunt cruises, impromptu cyphers, and meditative late night head nods. Plush Seats is nothing but strong ideas and a smooth ride. Grimy but opulent. Smoked out but clear-headed. A vibe like no other.
Oddisee & Good Company - Beneath The Surface (Live)
Oddisee & Good Company
Beneath The Surface (Live)
CD | 2017 | US | Original (Mello Music Group)
9,59 €* 15,99 € -40%
Release:2017 / US – Original
Genre:Hip Hop
A live version of the critically acclaimed 2017 album “The Iceberg,” Oddisee’s masterpiece has been performed around the world. As hehas toured, he has been joined by his band, Good Compny: Olivier St. Louis on guitar, Ralph “Real” Washington on Keys, DJ Unown on MPC, Jon Laine on drums and Dennis Turner on bass. The first live album release from both Oddisee & Mello Music Group, this project shows what people all over the world already know- Oddisee and Good Compny put on an amazing live show. With bonus tracks from Oddisee’s albums “The Good Fight,” and “People Hear What They See,” this new project breaths life into Oddisee’s catalogue in a way we’ve never heard before.
Open Mike Eagle - Brick Body Kids Still Daydream
Open Mike Eagle
Brick Body Kids Still Daydream
CD | 2017 | US | Original (Mello Music Group)
15,99 €*
Release:2017 / US – Original
Genre:Hip Hop
With the first song of his 2014 masterpiece, Dark Comedy, Open Mike Eagle reintroduced himself by defining his style: “I’m bad at sarcasm so I work in absurdity.” On that album, Mike deconstructed our overstimulated and over-surveilled society with ease and caustic wit. But what do you do when the world warps and bends into a shape so absurd that it can no longer be exaggerated? Brick Body Kids Still Daydream is a searingly political record for systolic political times. It chronicles the life cycle of the Robert Taylor Homes, a housing project on the South side of Chicago that was demolished completely ten years ago. Families that had lived under the same roof for three generations were forced to scatter, condemned by bureaucrats and faceless cranes and public indifference. Mike Eagle brings the Robert Taylor Homes back to life--literally, with arms and eyes and a head like the dome of a stadium--and fights until the last brick is made to crumble. As always, Mike slips in and out of various grey areas; on the opener “legendary iron hood,” he raps, “you think it's all good, but it's really a gradient.” The nostalgia (“95 radios”) is a little bit painful, the triumph (“hymnal”) comes through painstaking, incremental work. Everything needs to be earned, even the radio signals that are picked up through tinfoil wrapped on children's hands. The thesis becomes fully formed on “brick body complex,” where the hook is a towering statement of identity: “Don't call me ‘nigga,’ or ‘rapper,’ my motherfucking name is Michael Eagle.” But this is not a departure from the man-as-building conceit--the flesh and blood and brick and mortar are inextricable.In case there was any ambiguity about the political and cultural forces that lead to the Robert Taylor Homes’ eventual destruction, Brick Body Kids Still Daydream ends with perhaps the most powerful song of Mike Eagle’s catalog to date. “my auntie’s building” is a tour de force. “They say America fights fair,” he raps. “But they won't demolish your timeshare.” This is the point: the decay and eventual destruction of public housing--and of the physical lives of Black Americans generally--has been normalized in a way that should be grotesquely absurd. “They blew up my auntie’s building / Put out her great-grandchildren / Who else in America deserves to have that feeling? / Where else in America will they blow up your village?”Production comes courtesy of Exile, Toy Light, Andrew Broder, Illingsworth, DJ Nobody, Kenny Segal, Caleb Stone, Lo-Phi, Elos, and Has-Lo, who produces and guests on “95 radios.” “hymnal” also features a superb turn from Sammus, who maintains the same rhyme scheme throughout her defiant verse. As grave as the album’s stakes are, it's still anchored by Mike Eagle’s irrepressible sense of humor. (His live comedy show, The New Negroes, is upcoming via Comedy Central.) “no selling” is a hilarious take on practiced indifference, and “TLDR” bridges the economic gap with withering wit: “If you was rich and ‘bout to be broke, I can coach you / ‘Cause I can show you how to kill a roach with a boat shoe.”Eagle has earned rave reviews in Pitchfork, the LA Weekly, and wherever brilliant, avant-garde rap is appreciated. Brick Body Kids Still Daydream is his most overtly political work to date, and puts to use all the dazzling technical skills he's perfected over more than a decade at the forefront of rap’s underground. In chaotic and increasingly fractured times, it has a few crucial things to bring to your attention.
Perceptionists, The (Mr. Lif & Akrobatik ) - Resolution
Perceptionists, The (Mr. Lif & Akrobatik )
Resolution
CD | 2017 | US | Original (Mello Music Group)
15,99 €*
Release:2017 / US – Original
Genre:Hip Hop
Released on Mello Music Group, “Resolution” is one of those timeless records. The first full-length from Mr. Lif & Akrobatik (The Perceptionists) in a dozen years reflects the struggles and near-death sagas that struck Mr. Lif and Akrobatik. During that span, Lif miraculously survived his tour bus plummeting over a cliff and bursting into flames. Akrobatik weathered a sudden aortic rupture and emergency open-heart surgery. The impact of those experiences forced the former Def Jux duo to contemplate fate, luck, and their own place within a world spinning out of control.But their ability to survive has allowed them to thrive. They’ve harnessed a radiant hard-won optimism that refuses to flinch from the evils of existence. From the album’s first track, “Early Mourning,” Akrobatik asserts that courage comes from within, but reflects on the millions of young black men sent to premature graves. He considers whether gang affiliation is inherent in their souls, or more likely, whether things would be different if these neighborhoods were well lit and effectively policed.If turmoil and inequity currently wrack the globe at record levels, Lif’s verses seem more prophetic than ever. His verses offer searing indictments of corporate and political corruption: corporations oppressing local farms, governmental duplicity in dealing with big pharmaceutical companies, and the crooked brutality of cops who get away with shooting unarmed black men.On “Hose Down,” the pair brilliantly intersperse news reports from the MLK-led Birmingham protests of 1963 with the internecine problems of the present—where a traffic stop can still lead to a funeral. It’s as poignant of a polemic as you’ll find, but blended with a danceable Caribbean lilt.With the Perceptionists, the personal is political and vice-versa. Akrobatik rhymes about his “desire to breathe in the sun before my skin dries out” but still refuses to be “the coward in a pretend hide out.” On “Lemme Find Out,” they kick ingeniously sinister dystopian horror raps about our grotesque addiction to technology. There are love songs over beats that sound like they could’ve been on Madvillainy, stories of cypher demolitions of would-be challengers, and dirty ass rhymes over dirty ass drums—as The Perceptionists sagely insist, that’s all the world really wants.It’s music from deep in the trenches, songs that confront the blitzkrieg of bad news but offer light at the end of the bombardment. If you listen closely, you can intuit a profound story of friendship and camaraderie between Lif and Akrobatik—lifelong friends trading bars with the chemistry of Tip and Phife, Andre and Big Boi, Erick and Parrish. They’re mortal men who made mistakes, gained experience, and obtained wisdom. This is “Resolution”.
Lando Chill - For Mark Your Son Clear & Red Vinyl Edition
Lando Chill
For Mark Your Son Clear & Red Vinyl Edition
LP | 2016 | US | Original (Mello Music Group)
19,99 €*
Release:2016 / US – Original
Genre:Hip Hop
Lando Chill's debut for Mello Music Group, “For Mark, Your Son” is one of those life-affirming records. It's a 12-song tribute to the father who passed away when the Chicago-born and raised rapper was just three years old-the rare shout into the existential abyss that actually receives answers echoing back. It's a coming-of-age story rooted in life, death, and legacy. It reminds us how the dearly departed can leave behind an indelible light. It's the work of a brilliant 24-year old Tucson transplant with a wicked jump shot, who steadfastly embodies the compassion, strength, and talent of his vanished hero. When you listen to Lando Chill, you hear traces of Gil Scott-Heron, Pharoahe Monch, and The Roots. At times, his rollicking cadences and innate gift for melody feel like a one-man equivalent of The Pharcyde's “Labcabincalifornia”, while the album's sepulchral finale feels like the most gorgeous song TV On The Radio never wrote. But mostly, “For Mark, Your Son” marks the ascendance of a singular talent, fusing scattered influences into a coherent vision, an artist scarred by his experiences but healing through his broken poems. This album is for those open books with open hearts, the vulnerable and those in pain, the fatherless children too proud to ask for help because they believe their dads wouldn't raise a weak son, the mothers that lost their best friend, the fathers that never got the chance to see how bright the future looked, for the blunted that aspire for something that more than what's in front of them. It's for those willing to admit their mistakes and those smart enough to start correcting them. Lando has the gift of writing disconsolate spirituals, non-denominational prayers, a Unitarian Gospel that can't help but leave you feeling whole. He says it himself: his soul has a purpose. He made his dad proud. He made himself proud. He reminded us that some things are timeless.
Lando Chill - The Boy Who Spoke To The Wind
Lando Chill
The Boy Who Spoke To The Wind
CD | 2017 | US | Original (Mello Music Group)
8,79 €* 15,99 € -45%
Release:2017 / US – Original
Genre:Hip Hop
Lando Chill’s new album, “The Boy Who Spoke To The Wind,” is a personal tribute to self actualization, spiritual acceptance and social activism. About the title, Lando says, “The wind is one’s soul. It represents the human spirit and the earth.” Lando Chill is a warrior-poet, a man with one ear to mother nature and one to the plight of humankind. Lando wants to bring the issues of political freedom, police brutality and giving a voice to marginalized communities to the national conversation. Inspired by the Paulo Coelho book, “The Alchemist,” Lando’s new album is about transformation, personally and spiritually. While working on the project, Lando gained a new perspective. He learned that having answers isn’t enough. Musically, this album is a movement forward from his previous work. Collaborating with producer Lasso, bassist Chris Pierce, as well as other key session musicians, the music is unique and intimate. The album harmonizes the internal and external in a cathartic symphony. The instrumentation is unlike anything else, sprawling from classic lo-fi hiphop to high production scoring. The album is as reminiscent of James Blake and Bon Iver as it is of Frank Ocean or Kendrick Lamar. “All is one and one is all. When you speak to your soul, you speak to the world. You speak through love and that’s how you transform.” -Lando Chill
Gensu Dean & Wise Intelligent - Game Of Death
Gensu Dean & Wise Intelligent
Game Of Death
CD | 2017 | US | Original (Mello Music Group)
15,99 €*
Release:2017 / US – Original
Genre:Hip Hop
Wise Intelligent is one of the original founders of Conscious Hiphop, on the mantle alongside of Public Enemy, Mos Def & Lauryn Hill. As a founding member of the classic group Poor Righteous Teachers, he landed a gold album with his debut and ended up selling 2 million plus records between 1989-1996. Add to that being named Top 50 most-slept on emcees of all-time by Complex magazine, a Top 100 Albums of All-Time placement by The Source, and a #5 most-underrated emcee award from About.com and you have the understanding of where many of today’s emcees styles come from. But more importantly were the terms upon which Wise Intelligent laid his foundation: Principle above profit, community over self. Wise Intelligent is one of the premiere voices for Black consciousness in music today. Enter Gensu Dean. Currently based in Austin, Texas, the analog producer has laid rock solid sonic foundations for everyone from Grammy award winner and friend David Banner to Cali-agent Planet Asia. Add a host of Hiphop who’s whos like Large Professor, CL Smooth, Ol Dirty Bastard, Roc Marciano, Denmark Vessey, Homeboy Sandman, Diamond D, and to Shady Records signee Conway The Machine into Dean’s production credits and you’ll start to get the picture. His sound is analog, ranging from MPC3000 to SP1200. Gensu is a one of a kind, back to basics, head nodding, beat making, smash mouth producer with as many chambers as Khufu at Cheops. Now the two legends have teamed up in Atlanta to record a new album together over the past 6 months. From there Gensu brought the record home to Austin for some preliminary mixing, then flew out to the equally legendary DITC Studios in the Bronx to mix the record with Parks. After a quick flight back to Texas and sessions with Jimi Bowman at Klearlight studios in Dallas, the masters were complete and a new project ready for the masses: “Game of Death.” Rooted in Universal Science, the album takes dead aim at mediocre, dumbed down, manufactured rap while treating Music as the weapon it is. This is cultural warfare bridging the gap from Roxanne & Biz Markie to Jay Electronica & Erykah Badu. Bending time & space, Gensu & Wise take listeners through history with amazingly wide-eyed clarity. With statements as straight-forward as “Your shit aint Hiphop if it’s corporate” there is no missing the message of self-determination. This is the type of liberation that starts with your mind and is more about what you shed than what you add on. Somebody say Amen.
Stik Figa - Central Standard Time
Quelle Chris - Being You Is Great, I Wish I Could Be You More
Quelle Chris
Being You Is Great, I Wish I Could Be You More
CD | 2017 | US | Original (Mello Music Group)
16,99 €*
Release:2017 / US – Original
Genre:Hip Hop
For the Mello Music Group release, Quelle assembled a veritable hip-hop Justice League: Roc Marciano, Homeboy Sandman, Denmark Vessey, Jean Grae, Elzhi, Cavalier, et. al. Then there’s the production, mostly handled by Quelle, but aided by crucial assists from MNDGSN, Iman Omari, Chris Keys, Swarvy, and Alchemist. Despite the preponderance of talent sharing the stage, the guests bend to the world that Quelle created. A darker shade of psychedelia, as if Madvillain gobbled anti-anxiety pills instead of psilocybin. Or maybe a fraternal drunken twin to Open Mike Eagle’s “Dark Comedy.” The title comes from a real-life discussion about the difficulties of consistency. How each of us are subject to both our own bad spirits and bursts of inspiration, those unavoidable Serotonin and dopamine peaks and valleys. Being You is Great is an attempt to catalog those moods. It’s about learning to love, or at least recognize, the best and worst of one’s self. It’s about loneliness and comfort. Learning to hate love and learning to love hate. Sequenced so that extreme confidence follows casual despair, the pendulum swings back and forth, mirroring our own emotions and validating something that Nietszche and Ray Bradbury once claimed: “we have art so we won’t die of truth.” If hip-hop is filled with everymen and superheroes, Quelle Chris has done something quietly radical. This record is almost too human—full of the sublte revelations that only come to you later in life, when you realize that heroes make plenty of errors, and anti-heroes often have merit. It’s not an exuberant celebration of human life, nor is it a politicized condemnation of what got us here. It’s a record with beats that will make you bob your head and tap your feet, and clever lyrics that will make you laugh and scrunch your face. But most of all, it’s a record with a tremendous reserve of empathy. Something that captures the wonder and madness of being human. Something relentlessly honest. Something great.
Red Pill of Ugly Heroes - Day Drunk
Gensu Dean - R.A.W. (Refined Alkaline Water)
Gensu Dean
R.A.W. (Refined Alkaline Water)
CD | 2016 | US | Original (Mello Music Group)
16,99 €*
Release:2016 / US – Original
Genre:Hip Hop
Texas based analog producer GENSU DEAN started in Jackson, Mississippi producing on the now legendary Crooked Lettaz debut Grey Skies for his friend and Grammy Winner David Banner. Since that time he has gone on to produce for some of the best to ever do it including Ol Dirty Bastard (Wu-Tang Clan), CL Smooth, Homeboy Sandman, Sean Price, Roc Marciano, Large Professor, Planet Asia, Denmark Vessey, Guilty Simpson, and many more. The Mello Music Group producer started with the classic SP1200 and has added other analog equipment to his production techniques over the years, opening new chambers with each album. RAW is his newest foray into Hiphop and finds him pushing the sonic envelope while maintaining a vintage sound. The new album features friends and family Diamond D (DITC), Homeboy Sandman, Roc Marci, J-Live, Georgia Anne Muldrow, Red Pill, and more.
Red Pill of Ugly Heroes - Instinctive Drowning
Red Pill of Ugly Heroes
Instinctive Drowning
CD | 2016 | US | Original (Mello Music Group)
16,99 €*
Release:2016 / US – Original
Genre:Hip Hop
"The cover photo is a picture of my great grandmother, Mabel. She, like my own mother, died young after years of struggling with her demons. This album is dedicated to my mother, Jody, and my great grandmother." - Red Pill
Lando Chill - For Mark Your Son Clear & Blue Vinyl Edition
Lando Chill
For Mark Your Son Clear & Blue Vinyl Edition
LP | 2016 | US | Original (Mello Music Group)
20,99 €*
Release:2016 / US – Original
Genre:Hip Hop
Lando Chill's debut for Mello Music Group, “For Mark, Your Son” is one of those life-affirming records. It's a 12-song tribute to the father who passed away when the Chicago-born and raised rapper was just three years old-the rare shout into the existential abyss that actually receives answers echoing back. It's a coming-of-age story rooted in life, death, and legacy. It reminds us how the dearly departed can leave behind an indelible light. It's the work of a brilliant 24-year old Tucson transplant with a wicked jump shot, who steadfastly embodies the compassion, strength, and talent of his vanished hero. When you listen to Lando Chill, you hear traces of Gil Scott-Heron, Pharoahe Monch, and The Roots. At times, his rollicking cadences and innate gift for melody feel like a one-man equivalent of The Pharcyde's “Labcabincalifornia”, while the album's sepulchral finale feels like the most gorgeous song TV On The Radio never wrote. But mostly, “For Mark, Your Son” marks the ascendance of a singular talent, fusing scattered influences into a coherent vision, an artist scarred by his experiences but healing through his broken poems. This album is for those open books with open hearts, the vulnerable and those in pain, the fatherless children too proud to ask for help because they believe their dads wouldn't raise a weak son, the mothers that lost their best friend, the fathers that never got the chance to see how bright the future looked, for the blunted that aspire for something that more than what's in front of them. It's for those willing to admit their mistakes and those smart enough to start correcting them. Lando has the gift of writing disconsolate spirituals, non-denominational prayers, a Unitarian Gospel that can't help but leave you feeling whole. He says it himself: his soul has a purpose. He made his dad proud. He made himself proud. He reminded us that some things are timeless.
Quelle Chris - Lullabies For The Broken Brain Black & White Vinyl Edition
Quelle Chris
Lullabies For The Broken Brain Black & White Vinyl Edition
2LP | 2016 | US | Original (Mello Music Group)
17,54 €* 26,99 € -35%
Release:2016 / US – Original
Genre:Hip Hop
Lullabies For The Broken Brain is an odd instrumental project from Detroit producer Quelle Chris (Danny Brown. Sean P, Pharoahe Monch, Jean Grae). While most have come to know Quelle's production for its oinky doink, ear gagging, smooth jazz, Lullabies reveals another aspect of his wizardry. This high flying, jello instrumental album is ideal on an armageddon evening, or as a snack of the day. Each track is dormant and juicy. Lullabies is an infinite instrumental ride, a backdrop for deception.
Mr.Lif - Don't Look Down
Mr.Lif
Don't Look Down
LP | 2016 | US | Original (Mello Music Group)
27,99 €*
Release:2016 / US – Original
Genre:Hip Hop
10 tracks feat. Blacastan & Del The Funky Homosapien!
Mr.Lif - I, Phantom Colored Vinyl Edition
Mr.Lif
I, Phantom Colored Vinyl Edition
2LP | 2002 | US | Reissue (Mello Music Group)
29,99 €*
Release:2002 / US – Reissue
Genre:Hip Hop
Mr. Lif's solo debut for Definitive Jux in 2002 gets a proper re-release through Mello Music Group in 2015!
Mr.Lif - I, Phantom
Mr.Lif
I, Phantom
CD | 2002 | US | Reissue (Mello Music Group)
14,99 €*
Release:2002 / US – Reissue
Genre:Hip Hop
Mr. Lif's solo debut for Definitive Jux in 2002 gets a proper re-release through Mello Music Group in 2015!
Semi Hendrix (Ras Kass & Jack Splash of Plant Life) - Breakfast At Banksy's Picture Disc Edition
Semi Hendrix (Ras Kass & Jack Splash of Plant Life)
Breakfast At Banksy's Picture Disc Edition
2LP | 2015 | US | Original (Mello Music Group)
29,99 €*
Release:2015 / US – Original
Genre:Hip Hop
Limited edition of only 100 copies for the european market, exclusive to HHV - only 1 per customer!Semi Hendrix is the acid inside the headband and the fork inside the electric socket. It's hard-core hip-hop, furious voltage spiked with funk and soul. It's political and street, cerebral and reckless. It's Jack Splash and Ras Kass running roughshod over everything from economic inequality to racist government policy to your girl. The album title is Breakfast at Banksy's. Consider it the rare soundtrack for the revolution and the party. The duo formed following Splash's world tour with his underground cult funk band, Plantlife. Upon its conclusion, the 10-time Grammy-nominated producer and three-time winner decided to leave Miami in favor of Los Angeles. For the native Angeleno, this was where it all began. He'd seen incredible success over the previous decade, producing for Cee-Lo, Alicia Keys, Kendrick Lamar, and a slew of others. But he wanted to return to his roots and make a pure hip-hop album, a passion project with no input from industry types. "I decided that if I was going to make true art, then I needed to work with the best of the best...the Picasso of the West Coast," says Splash. "And everyone who comes from LA knows that it doesn't get any better than Ras Kass." If you're unfamiliar with the Waterproof MC, you need to stop reading this and listen to Soul on Ice, Rasassination, and any of the tracks bodied by the Golden State Warriors (Ras, Saafir and Xzibit). Once you've done that, you understand why the Carson-bred rap beast is one of the coldest MCs to ever hypnotize an audience. But neither Splash nor Ras has even done anything quite like Semi Hendrix-probably because no one has ever done anything quite like Semi-Hendrix. It's a warped psychedelic odyssey glimpsed via two brilliant minds in a crooked world. Produced entirely by Splash, the instrumentals recall classic genre-liquefying experiments like DJ Shadow's Endtroducing and Bizarre Ride II The Pharcyde. You can file Semi Hendrix somewhere between Gnarls Barkley and Run the Jewels. Faded acid-washed freak-outs fade out from raunchy comedy clips. There are shredding guitar solos and nimble funk lines. Meanwhile, Ras Kass spits flames about Brooklyn hipsters, greedy record labels, and Capitalist inequality. He interweaves Thomas Paine's anti-Colonial tract, Common Sense with the rapper born Lonnie Lynn. In the course of four bars, he'll slip in references to Biz Markie, Star Trek, Duke Ellington, and Cab Calloway. The intellect is staggering, but never self-serious. He'll go from talking about squirters to indicting "Stop and Frisk" policy. The sound is kaleidoscopic. Nothing is sacred. Guest spots include Brothers Voodoo, Cee-Lo and Raheem DeVaughn, Teedra Moses, Kurupt, Montego Meli, Alice Russell, Wrekonize, and Jessica. But for all its virtuosity, this is 100 percent raw. If you wanted to know who Semi Hendrix are, the answer is simple: they're the wildest style.
Verbal Kent - Anesthesia White & Grey Vinyl Edition
Verbal Kent
Anesthesia White & Grey Vinyl Edition
LP | 2015 | US | Original (Mello Music Group)
22,99 €*
Release:2015 / US – Original
Genre:Hip Hop
Feat. Freddie Gibbs, Skyzoo, Torae & Ugly Heroes, produced by Apollo Brown, Marco Polo, Oh No & others!In 2013, Chicago emcee Verbal Kent linked up with Detroit's Apollo Brown and Red Pill to form the blue collar group Ugly Heroes . Something about the album ushered in a new era for Kent who turned a page in his career. That fall the trio toured Europe and polished their sound. In the spring of 2014, Verbal linked up with Soul Council producer Khrysis for a full length solo album Sound Of The Weapon . The project continued the march of Verbal Kent's lyricism towards a more refelctive (without losing the tongue twisting wordplay) and personal chamber of thought. By the fall of 2014, Ugly Heroes had put together a new EP and was on the way to even more notoriety. 2015 sees the return of Verbal Kent as a solo artist with his most personal album to date. The new record Anesthesia grapples with the ways in which we self-medicate in order to deal with the daily lives put before us. Verbal still has the aggressive wordplay, still has the over the top braggadocio, but he's added heavier thoughts to the overall canvas - the grain of his real life shining through. The new album features Freddie Gibbs, Skyzoo, Torae, and Red Pill, along with production from Apollo Brown, Varan, Kaz-1, J.O.D., Marco Polo, and Oh No.
Apollo Brown - Grandeur
Apollo Brown
Grandeur
CD | 2015 | US | Original (Mello Music Group)
14,99 €*
Release:2015 / US – Original
Genre:Hip Hop
19 Tracks feat. The Barrell Brothers, Oddisee, M.O.P., Chino XL, Finale, Evidence, Rasheed Chappell, Saga, Ty Farris, Rapper Big Pooh, Dynasty, Ras Kass, Vinnie Paz, Blacastan, Your Old Droog, Masta Ace, Wordsworth, Maffew Ragazino, Freddie Gibbs, OC, Westside Gunn, Planet Asia, Eternia, Sean Price, Reks & Ugly Heroes. Whoa!
Apollo Brown - Grandeur Army Green Black Splatter Vinyl
Apollo Brown
Grandeur Army Green Black Splatter Vinyl
2LP | 2015 | US | Original (Mello Music Group)
29,99 €*
Release:2015 / US – Original
Genre:Hip Hop
19 Tracks feat. The Barrell Brothers, Oddisee, M.O.P., Chino XL, Finale, Evidence, Rasheed Chappell, Saga, Ty Farris, Rapper Big Pooh, Dynasty, Ras Kass, Vinnie Paz, Blacastan, Your Old Droog, Masta Ace, Wordsworth, Maffew Ragazino, Freddie Gibbs, OC, Westside Gunn, Planet Asia, Eternia, Sean Price, Reks & Ugly Heroes. Whoa!
L'Orange & Kool Keith - Time? Astonishing!
L'Orange & Kool Keith
Time? Astonishing!
CD | 2015 | US | Original (Mello Music Group)
15,99 €*
Release:2015 / US – Original
Genre:Hip Hop
If there’s a secret to time travel, Kool Keith owns the patent. Even a flying DeLorean seems too conventional for the Bronx legend. He’d more logically orbit throughout the galaxy in a gleaming chrome spaceship, teaching the stars and aliens new forms of originality. He is too weird to live, too rare to die, too uniquely ultra-magnetic to be accurately mimicked.Released on Mello Music Group, Time? Astonishing! is the latest dimensional warp from hip-hop’s premiere astral traveler. His union with MMG producer L’ Orange finds him exploring uncharted terrain: choppy volcanic rock planets, ice glacier moons, new surgical procedures, and fresh rappers to toss into the ether. The scalpel remains eternally sharp.
Open Mike Eagle - A Special Episode Of Open Mike Eagle
Open Mike Eagle
A Special Episode Of Open Mike Eagle
LP | 2015 | US | Original (Mello Music Group)
21,99 €*
Release:2015 / US – Original
Genre:Hip Hop
Features productions by Exile and Gold Panda and guest spots from MC Paul Barman & Milo!
Pete Rock - Petestrumentals 2
Pete Rock
Petestrumentals 2
CD | 2015 | US | Original (Mello Music Group)
14,99 €*
Release:2015 / US – Original
Genre:Hip Hop
Petestrumentals 2conjures memories of BBQ cookouts and 70s Blaxploitation scores, rattling summer jeep cruises and blunted Jamaican vacations. There’s a gorgeous requiem to Dilla (“Dilla Bounce (R.I.P),” where the originator pays tribute to the prodigy. You see the full range of Rock’s gifts on display: the meticulously chopped horns, unquantized drums, and air raid sirens. It contains the emotion of a thousand eulogies.
Pete Rock - Petestrumentals 2
Pete Rock
Petestrumentals 2
2LP | 2015 | US | Original (Mello Music Group)
26,99 €*
Release:2015 / US – Original
Genre:Hip Hop
Petestrumentals 2conjures memories of BBQ cookouts and 70s Blaxploitation scores, rattling summer jeep cruises and blunted Jamaican vacations. There’s a gorgeous requiem to Dilla (“Dilla Bounce (R.I.P),” where the originator pays tribute to the prodigy. You see the full range of Rock’s gifts on display: the meticulously chopped horns, unquantized drums, and air raid sirens. It contains the emotion of a thousand eulogies.
L'Orange & Jeremiah Jae - The Night Took Us In Like Family
L'Orange & Jeremiah Jae
The Night Took Us In Like Family
CD | 2015 | US | Original (Mello Music Group)
15,99 €*
Release:2015 / US – Original
Genre:Hip Hop
Two of the underground's scene most respected artists team up for a collab album through Mello Music Group: L'Orange & Jeremiah Jae!
V.A. - Persona
V.A.
Persona
CD | 2015 | US | Original (Mello Music Group)
15,99 €*
Release:2015 / US – Original
Genre:Hip Hop
All-Star Anthology features Rapper Big Pooh, Masta Ace, Kool Keith, Gift Of Gab, Open Mike Eagle, Oddisee, Phonte, yU, Red Pill w/ production by Nottz, Apollo Brown, L'Orange, Oh No and more.
Drew Dave - Synthbased
Drew Dave
Synthbased
LP | 2015 | US | Original (Mello Music Group)
22,99 €*
Release:2015 / US – Original
Genre:Hip Hop
Jazzy piano loops, afrobeat percussion, breakbeat exoticism, and bounce make up Drew Dave "SynthBASED," an instrumental ride. Residing in the crux of vintage and modern techniques is Drew Dave, who's faithful to the soul that lives in his hardware, but maintains forward vision for live instrumentation and midi-synths on his latest project. Drew Dave has doodled over the orginal syllabi of Hiphop instrumentalism, creating ornate embellishments of prerequisite texts. Drew Dave's aspirations for musicality over straight beats, his the ability to deliver bangers that loop gravelly roars, and his smooth crisp production lead listeners on a rhapsodic journey.
Kenn Starr - Square One
Kenn Starr
Square One
LP | 2015 | US | Original (Mello Music Group)
21,99 €*
Release:2015 / US – Original
Genre:Hip Hop
Kenn's sophomore effort, now with the mighty Mello Music Group!
Has-Lo & Castle - Live Like You're Dead
7even Thirty - The Problem
7even Thirty
The Problem
LP | 2014 | US | Original (Mello Music Group)
20,99 €*
Release:2014 / US – Original
Genre:Hip Hop
Album produced entirely by SP1200 beat maestro Gensu Dean, sole feature comes from the one and only Sean Price!
Apollo Brown & O.C. - Trophies Instrumentals
Black Opera, The (Magestik Legend & Buff1) - Enter Mission
Black Opera, The (Magestik Legend & Buff1)
Enter Mission
LP | 2012 | US | Original (Mello Music Group)
21,99 €*
Release:2012 / US – Original
Genre:Hip Hop
The Black Opera is a collective of Artistic Freedom Fighters, who openly & fluently express Creation through Music, Visual Art and Parables of Truth. WE are The Black Opera, a cast of characters narrating OUR perception of Timeless issues and Universal subjects that connect The Past, Present and Future.
Blackhouse (Georgia Anne Muldrow & DJ Romes) - The Blackhouse
Blackhouse (Georgia Anne Muldrow & DJ Romes)
The Blackhouse
LP | 2012 | US | Original (Mello Music Group)
21,99 €*
Release:2012 / US – Original
Genre:Hip Hop
Georgia Anne Muldrow on the beats. DJ Romes on the cuts. Mello Music Group is proud to present Georgia Anne Muldrow & DJ Romes' newest musical incarnation, The Blackhouse.
Substantial - Home Is Where The Art Is
Substantial
Home Is Where The Art Is
2LP | 2012 | US | Original (Mello Music Group)
21,99 €*
Release:2012 / US – Original
Genre:Hip Hop
Beats by Oddisee, M-Phazes & Eric Lau ... Kenn Starr, Deacon The Villain & a few other guys help out on the mic. Smooooooooth!
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