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DJ Muggs x Eto – Hell’s Roof – Rappcats Exclusive

Rappcats — February 18, 2019 | Comments (0)


Unique cover, Rappcats exclusive limited to 150 copies.

Hip-hop producer and founding member of Cypress Hill, DJ Muggs, has announced the details for his new collaborative album with Rochester spitter Eto, entitled Hell’s Roof on Soul Assassins Records.

“I had just finished the KAOS album and wanted to work with someone new, and relatively unknown. I was talking to Meyhem Lauren one day and asked him if he knew any dope MCs. And he said he knows this kid from Rochester, New York named Eto and he’s dope. So I sent him a track for the Dia Del Asesinato album and he destroyed it,” remembers DJ Muggs. “After that we started doing a new song here and there. I asked Eto if he had an idea for an album title and he said ‘Hell’s Roof’, which is a name they call his home turf. When he said it I immediately knew.”

“‘Hell’s Roof’ is a name we call Rochester, because it’s our stomping ground, and the dark sound that Muggs provides is the perfect backdrop,” says Eto.

Hell’s Roof is a 12-song album that uses haunting samples, dense drums, and introspective rhymes to paint a dark story about life in a city that ranks among the poorest in the country. According to a census poll, 33% of Rochester’s residents currently live in poverty and a staggering 50% of children live below the poverty line, putting Rochester in the Top 10 poorest cities in the USA. With poverty reaching epidemic levels, residents turn to life on the streets as a solution, the same space where Eto has honed his skills. The collision of the legendary West Coast producer and the young roughneck spitter creates a powerful sound on HELL’S ROOF.

The album follows the recent releases of Cypress Hill’s Elephants on Acid album produced entirely by DJ Muggs, his collaborative effort KAOS with Brooklyn’s finest, Roc Marciano, and DJ Muggs’ acclaimed solo LP Dia Del Asesinato.

Galt MacDermot 1928-2018

Egon, Rappcats — December 20, 2018 | Comments (1)

Galt MacDermot, 1968. Photo by Larry Ellis.

Composer, pianist and arranger Galt MacDermot died at 4 AM Eastern Standard Time on December 17th, 2018, a day shy of his 90th birthday. While the cause of his death was undisclosed, he had been in failing health for some time. Here’s an essay on his life and influence by Eothen “Egon” Alapatt, who worked with MacDermot and his Kilmarnock label from the late-90s to the mid-2000s (more…)

Phil Ranelin Tribe Collection at Rappcats

Rappcats — September 1, 2018 | Comments (0)

Update: The shop was one-day-only, August 25, but we now have 2-LP Phil Ranelin Grab Bags available from Ranelin’s collection. Original story below(more…)

DJ Shadow 3rd annual storage sale – Sept. 15 & 16

Rappcats — August 28, 2018 | Comments (0)

Rappcats and DJ Shadow present:
The 3rd Annual DJ Shadow Storage Sale

Rappcats – 5636 York Blvd, Los Angeles – September 15-16, 2018, Noon to 6PM. (more…)

Mr. Bongo’s classic Brazilian vinyl reissues

Rappcats — November 1, 2017 | Comments (0)

UK’s Mr. Bongo has reissued four of the greatest albums from 60s-70s Brazil. On sale here:


Arthur Verocai’s 1972 self-titled album is quite simply one of the best. Madlib: “I could listen to the album everyday for the rest of my life.” We presented this reissue last year, and ran out of copies in a few days. Read More & listen: Arthur Verocai

Gal Costa’s India, a post-Tropicalia, funky fusion album from one of the Brazil’s key 60s-70s musicians. Featuring a stellar line up of musicians including Gilberto Gil, Arthur Verocai, Dominguinhos, Rogério Duprat and Tenorio Jr. Replica original gatefold including the cover that was banned by the Brazilian military government in 1973. Read more & listen: India

Lula Côrtes e Zé Ramalho’s Paebiru is a celebrated Brazilian psychedelic concept album about the world’s four elements, lost to time in a warehouse fire in 1975. In this post-Tropicalia masterpiece, we find the entire range of 1970s hippie Brazilian musician culture in four sides. 2/LP pressing & 8-page booklet. Read More & listen: Paebiru

Tenório Jr’s Embalo is the only album by this artist. Originally released on RGE in Brazil 1964, it is a bossa-jazz masterwork, a highlight in a country full of them. The track “Nebulosa” has been a mainstay in thinking-DJ’s sets for decades and still is, from Gilles Peterson to Floating Points. This is its first reissue in over 10 years. Read more & listen: Embalo