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Gangster Doodles – hardcover book

Gangster Doodles — July 21, 2017 | Comments (0)

Rappcats is proud to present the full-sized, hardcover, thick-as-a-brick Gangster Doodles book.

Pre-order Gangster Doodles here for August 4th release. (more…)

Michael Cosmic & Phill Musra Group

Now-Again — July 19, 2017 | Comments (9)

Front cover / Back cover, each with a taped-on flyer, replicating the original private releases

The latest release in Now-Again’s Reserve Subscription series is Michael Cosmic & Phill Musra Group’s Peace In The World/Creator Spaces (more…)

Egon popup shop at Rappcats, August 5

Egon — July 18, 2017 | Comments (0)

Rappcats
5638 York Blvd
Los Angeles
August 5, Noon-6PM
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Madvillain – Blunted on Beats – Wax Poetics #8, 2004

Madlib, MF DOOM — July 10, 2017 | Comments (1)

This is a portion of the Madvillain interview conducted by Eothen Alapatt for Wax Poetics #8, just as Madvillainy was on its way out, with an introduction by Wax Poetics editor Brian DiGenti. The interview and photos were done at the Stones Throw house in Los Angeles, where much of the album was recorded. Photos by B+. For the entire article, grab Wax Poetics #8 if you can find it, or check waxpoetics.com

In a moment of clarity, Jay-Z might wanna rhyme like Common Sense, but nobody, even with generous charity, can rhyme quite like wordplayer MF DOOM, né Zev Love X. Like Nas and “Live at the BBQ,” every great MC has a celebrated debut, and Zev Love represents on 3rd Bass’s “The Gas Face,” 1989. (more…)

Mike Nyoni and Born Free, from Welcome to Zamrock!

Zamrock — June 22, 2017 | Comments (0)

Mike Nyoni “SM” (1977) and Born Free “Mad Man” (1975) both appear on Welcome to Zamrock, Vol. 2 (Now-Again Records) now shipping from Rappcats

Born Free was founded in 1972 by bandleader, drummer and vocalist Nicky Mwanza, but the band never recorded until a complete personnel change. Star-in-the-making Mike Nyoni joined as vocalist and lead guitarist; Zimbabwean-born Peter Lungu replaced Mwanza on drums; Joseph Musonda alternated between rhythm and bass guitar. Mwanza went on to form Cross Town Traffic, and Nyoni’s Born Free signed to ZMPL, recording the album Mukaziwa Chingoi (Promotion) LP in 1975.

The album showcases Nyoni’s talents first and foremost, and betrays a study of funk: this is not a fuzz guitar showcase, but a wah-wah guitar dominated album – the instrumental “Mad Man” sounds like it could have been cut in Detroit, Michigan in the early ’70s.
 
After Born Free, Nyoni went solo, signing to Christopher Ndhlovu’s Chris Editions for two albums: Kawalala (c. 1977) and his most straight forward funk/soul release I Can’t Understand You (c. 1978). This last album was released in Kenya and France with different cover art as an AIT/Reprise album, and it set up Nyoni for a string of kalindula releases in the 1980s. He gigged on his own and with Sounds Unlimited and Broadway Quintet before his death in the ’90s.

Welcome to Zamrock – How Zambia’s Liberation Led To a Rock Revolution, 1972-77

Now-Again, Zamrock — May 30, 2017 | Comments (4)

ON SALE: WELCOME TO ZAMROCK VOL. 2
ON SALE: WELCOME TO ZAMROCK VOL. 1

Vol. 1 & Vol. 2 both shipping now from Rappcats.

Born Free – “Mad Man”


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World’s Greatest Record Collector Popup Shop at Rappcats, June 24

A variety of rare and common – and all essential – rock, rap, funk, cult and other incredible LP’s and 45’s from the World’s Greatest Record Collector, Geoffrey Weiss.

Saturday, June 24, 2017, Noon-6 PM

Rappcats
5638 York Blvd
Los Angeles CA 90042
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Beat Konducta on Tour

Madlib — May 11, 2017 | Comments (13)

Italian music blogger Rappamelo, apparently impatient for a new Beat Konducta album, created his own series of DJ mixtapes, with covers depicting Madlib traveling through Italy. Here’s “Beat Konducta in Lecce,” and “Beat Konducta in Alberobello.”

Meanwhile, Madlib is playing only one date in Italy this year, along with a handful of other shows.

Aug 10: Oslo @ Oya 2017
Aug 12: London @ Sunfall & afterparty at XOYO.
Aug 19: Locorotondo, Italy @ Viva! Festival
Sep 30: Manchester, UK @ Warehouse Project
Nov 11: Santa Ana @ Tropicalia Festival (more…)

Dr Footswitch – Everyday Has Got a New Dream – Welcome to Zamrock!

ON SALE: WELCOME TO ZAMROCK VOL. 1

Shipping now from Rappcats. Worldwide release date: June 9th.

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Function Underground: The Black and Brown American Rock Sound 1969-1974

Now-Again — April 24, 2017 | Comments (0)

ON SALE: FUNCTION UNDERGROUND – THE BLACK AND BROWN AMERICAN ROCK SOUND.

Now-Again’s anthology of the Black and Brown American Rock underground of the early 70s. (more…)