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Back to the Lab – Hip Hop Home Studios – Raph Rashid

Rappcats — September 13, 2017 | Comments (0)

ON SALE HERE: BACK TO THE LAB (more…)

Mr Bongo’s global record collection and Gal Costa reissue

Friday, October 20: Gal Costa’s India reissue celebration: 21+, entry only with RSVP. 7-10PM

Saturday & Sunday, October 21-22: Mr. Bongo’s global record collection sale, open to the public. Noon-6PM each day. (more…)

110 proof

Madlib — September 1, 2017 | Comments (4)

Beat Konducta on Tour

Madlib — August 24, 2017 | Comments (14)

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.” (more…)

Rodinia – Ex Anima

Now-Again — August 16, 2017 | Comments (0)

ON SALE: RODINIA – EX ANIMA (more…)

Gangster Doodles – hardcover book

Gangster Doodles — July 21, 2017 | Comments (6)

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

On sale: GANGSTER DOODLES (more…)

Michael Cosmic & Phill Musra Group

Now-Again — July 19, 2017 | Comments (10)

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…)

Madvillain – Blunted on Beats – Wax Poetics #8, 2004

Madlib, MF DOOM — July 10, 2017 | Comments (2)

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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