Joel Stones is bringing record store Tropicalia in Furs, from NYC to Los Angeles again for a 2-day popup shop at Rappcats (more…)
Joel Stones is bringing record store Tropicalia in Furs, from NYC to Los Angeles again for a 2-day popup shop at Rappcats (more…)
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
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…)
Records and Paper Goods From Founder Joe Abajian’s Collection
For those that weren’t able to make the sale of Joe Abajian’s collection at Rappcats in Los Angeles this past weekend, we’ve assembled a limited amount of grab bags and we’re offering them for sale online, on a first come first serve basis.
Each grab bag comes with four pieces of hip hop vinyl (could be a 12,” could be an LP) and one paper good (either a promo flat or a poster) from Joe Abajian’s collection. We can’t promise you that you’ll get exactly what you’re looking for, but you’ll get a part of hip hop’s history with real provenance. (more…)
Saturday, December 3rd, Noon-6PM
Rappcats, 5638 York Blvd, Los Angeles 90042
Rappcats x Ubiquity Records Pt. 2: Rap, Disco and Rare Grooves and Beats from the Dealer who Influenced the Hip Hop Sound of the 90s.
Rappcats is bringing back Ubiquity Records founder Michael McFadin and key records from the collection of “Boston” Bob Gibson for a one day pop up shop in Highland Park. The first installment, in August, focused on the breadth of Gibson’s collection, which is considered by collectors like DJ Shadow, the Groove Merchant’s Chris Veltri and Chairman Mao to be one of the best of its kind ever assembled. From one-off, uber-rare Northern Soul and Deep Funk 45s to rare groove classics to heavy psychedelic rock, the shop was but the tip of the iceberg of a collection that numbers in the tens of thousands.
This installment focuses on Gibson’s rap records – and the records he collected, and often sold, that influenced every important New York hip hop producer of the 1990s and, by extent, the rap world in general. Gibson, as his name reflects, lived in Boston which, in the pre-Internet 80s, might as well have been in a different country than New York City. But Gibson was a preternatural collector and, while Lenny Roberts’ Ulitmate Breaks and Beats was the biggest direct influence on the 80s hip hop soundscape, Gibson was using Roberts’ template as a springboard, and going deep. Deeper than any collector had ever gone.
He was a collector, first, and a dealer second. He made cassette compilations which he often played, and sometimes sold, at the In Your Ear record shop where he was employed. These compilations were full of the songs that would, when sampled, become the hip hop sound of the early 90s.
Gibson was one of the top three, if not the most sought after, record dealer sat the legendary New York Roosevelt Record Conventions, Chairman Mao remembers. This convention was populated by a who’s who in the New York hip hop production scene – Q–Tip, Large Professor, Diamond D, Buckwild and the DITC crew, The Beatnuts – and the key dealers shared records that had never been considered sample fodder. Wax Poetics published a story about the Roosevelt Record Conventions by the late John Carraro – Gibson’s greatest competitor – in 2004: New York’s golden era had hip-hop luminaries digging in the crates at the legendary Roosevelt Hotel Record Convention.
Q-Tip remembers that Gibson was the first to discover and showcase the Archie Whitewater LP, later famously sampled by Common. Mao recalls that Gibson often mailed packages to his key customers – and that Large Professor’s remix of Nas’s “It Ain’t Hard To Tell” happened the same day that Gibson sent him the source sample, the Blue Jays’ Nascence LP.
These stories go on and on – and while Gibson was buying records to sell to hip hop’s elite, he himself was buying and filing rare funk by the Detroit Sex Machines, the psychedelic version of Del Jones’s militant album “The Court Is Closed” and Demon Fuzz’s second album “Roots and Offshoots,” all holy grail pieces of wax to this day. All the while he was buying hip hop records by the people he influenced, and stretching back to hip hop’s disco-rap era in search of the next inspiration.
This is your chance to buy the actual records from the man’s collection himself. “Was “Boston” Bob an influential dealer?” asked Q-Tip, when we asked him about the legendary stories surrounding him. He immediately answered, “Oh for sure. And he listened to all of the music we were all making too.”
Also on sale during the pop up will be Ubiquity and Luv N’ Haight titles, available at 50% off.
Photos by via John Carraro / Wax Poetics, from “New York’s golden era had hip-hop luminaries digging in the crates at the legendary Roosevelt Hotel Record Convention”
Portable turntables have been around since not long after the invention of the turntable itself. Everyone who buys records on the road should have one, and most do. Madlib has ten! Here’s a few from our collection, including the new Dilla Turntable.
Testing out this Dilla 78 on our RCA Victrola ..
The Numero Group Factory Outlet Tour and Rob Sevier’s Record Collection
Thr-Sat, October 13, 14, 15, Noon-7PM
Rappcats, 5636 York Blvd, Los Angeles CA 90042
Numero Group, one of our favorite reissue labels, and the source of an endless amount of Madlib samples, is bringing their factory outlet to Los Angeles for a three-day stint at Rappcats. Expect nearly every extant Numero title to be on display, Numero’s private stash of rarities, and hundreds of vintage and rare LP’s and 45s personally culled by label head Rob Sevier. Sevier is one of the world’s foremost authorities on American soul and funk music and a helluva collector. His collaborative efforts with Egon and Now-Again include Loving On The Flipside, Enjoy the Experience and a forthcoming joint album scheduled for Record Store Day 2017, which we will be announcing soon.
Saturday BONUS, 2PM: Ned Doheny in-store performance. Dublab will be broadcasting LIVE from Rappcats on Friday on Saturday. Rob Sevier will also appear at Funkmosphere @ The Virgil, Oct. 13th, and in-store at Itasca at 5PM, Oct. 14th.
While Madlib and Egon were in New York for Madlib’s talk at the Red Bull Music Academy, they headed over to meet Joel Stones and peruse some of the records he’d staged at Revival Vintage Boutique in Hoboken, NJ. Caio Ferreira was there to document the proceedings. Even veteran collector Chairman Mao was overwhelmed. And though Madlib bought two crates, there was plenty left over to ship before Joel headed back to Brasil to buy more.
Rappcats Exclusive: Limited edition, hand made LP of Alex Goose’s remixes of Freddie Gibbs and Madlib’s Piñata
We wanted to make Madlib and Freddie Gibbs’ Piñata available for everyone that asked to use it in TV shows. So we asked the homey Alex Goose to run through the Now-Again catalog and remix it with samples from within. A year later and you probably heard some of the tunes as you were scanning the tube, maybe Alex’s “Shame” remix in Lebron James’ “Survivor’s Remorse.”
Alex made a custom run of a few hundred hand made LP’s for Madlib Invazion, and we’re selling ’em here. He only made one, short run of these – and they took forever to make, so they won’t be repressed. When they’re gone, they’re gone. Hand stamped Stoughton “tip—on” LP sleeve sealed with a sticker, clear vinyl, includes Erin Garcia print and download card for vocal and instrumental album.
SOLD OUT: BEAT BOP BOX | Record Carrying Case with artwork by Jean-Michel Basquiat, by Get On Down. Now Shipping from Rappcats.
This ultra-sturdy and highly practical record case is covered in classic images from the original Tartown Records version of the 1983 classic hip-hop track “Beat Bop,” produced and designed by Jean-Michel Basquiat, featuring MCs Rammellzee and K-Rob.
The box was manufactured by Get On Down in a limited edition of 1,000; holds up to 50 LPs; black leatherette exterior; metal hinges and clasps; plastic corner protectors. The “Beat Bop” images were licensed from the estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat. Read all about the box here: Beat Bop Box.
Jean-Michel Basquiat gained worldwide fame as a graffiti-inspired painter, whose myth, legend and influence has continued to grow after his early death at age 27 in 1988. For hip-hop heads, Basquiat also earned respect for producing and releasing the 12-inch single, “Beat Bop” (1983) by Rammellzee and K-Rob. The record, which clocked in at only 10 minutes, has been heard by many, but held by few. Only a reputed 500 of the song’s initial run, on Jean-Michel Basquiat’s imprint Tartown Records, were made with jacket cover art by the infinitely influential graphic artist. The record was re-issued – with no picture sleeve – on Profile Records soon after the Tartown pressings, and went on to influence countless MCs, with its minimal, languishing funk beat and Rammellzee’s and K-Rob’s next-level lyricism.
Basquiat’s involvement in the music on “Beat Bop” had been subject to some debate over the years. An oral history of the record, written by Andrew Nosnitsky and published at Spin in 2013, does a fantastic job of setting the story straight. Read: Basquiat’s
Click the thumbnail below to go to the product page. Stock is limited, and these will not be reprinted. Rappcats ships worldwide.
By Joe Lynch for Billboard | In the comics realm, crossovers are as common as a superhero delivering a cheesy riposte while fighting a bad guy. There are crossovers between titles, universes and even different comic book publishers.
This year, however, saw the ultimate collision of awesome when Marvel met hip-hop via a series of comic covers that paid homage to classic rap albums.
Today, Billboard revealed three new covers in that series. Above, cast your wondering gaze upon Contest of Champions recast as GZA’s cover art for his classic Liquid Swords album (one of the finest solo Wu-Tang Clan outings ever). This cover art was done by Denys Cowan (pencils), Bill Sienkiewicz (inks) and Chris Sotomayor (colors), and will be available in October.
Above, see The Mighty Thor rendered as MF Doom & Madlib’s underground masterpiece Madvilliany; below, check out Hercules done in the style of Lil B’s Black Flame mixtape. Theotis Jones created the Lil B art, while Mike Deodato Jr. did the Madvillian homage. Both of those will be on sale in November.
“The outpouring of love from hip-hop fans, global music-centric websites, as well as musical luminaries like Nas, Run the Jewels, Posdnuos, Questlove, DMC, and Pete Rock speaks volumes about the ongoing cross-cultural dialog that prompted these homage covers,” Marvel Comics EIC Axel Alonso tells Billboard. “That dialog will only increase as readers get the full picture of Marvel’s offerings in the coming year, and see what lurks beneath the covers.”
We have a pop-up shop that happens on no set-schedule. Record Store Day, Spring 2015, we opened up with J Dilla’s Fuck the Police 10-inch die cut single, a popup children’s book edition of KMD’s Black Bastards, and Now-Again’s definitive reissue of Amanaz’s Africa. June 2015 we had a popup art showing of Jason Jagel’s work with MF DOOM over the last 10 years.
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An update for everyone who has pre-ordered a J Dilla Figure from Rappcats: We’re happy to announce that all of our figures have now arrived at our warehouse. There is a lot to pack and ship, but we expect to have them all in the hands of USPS by the end of this week (February 28). The figures are shipping from Boston MA.
Tracking numbers: Once your order has been processed for shipping, you should receive an email from our distributor with a subject line of “TEG has sent you a package” or “Chris Jimson has sent you a package.” This email will contain your tracking number.
February 2015 release. When we announced the J Dilla Figure back in December, we estimated a February ship date. It’s been a long wait, and we’d like to thank everyone for their patience.
J Dilla x Stussy T-shirts. Theses are currently on backorder and are expected to ship sometime the first week of March.
First, thanks to everyone who bought a J Dilla Figure. Second, we at Rappcats want to clarify an important point about the edition quantities of this limited edition item.
We were very lucky to be offered the exclusive pre-sale of this Figure, and we published the first edition size: 2,000 units of the Figure, the amount that has been manufactured.
This is not, however, the entire edition size. The actual edition size of the Stussy version of the Figure is 5,000 units. There will be NO MORE THAN 5,000 UNITS MADE.
To reiterate: the first edition of the Figure is 2,000 units. The second edition of the Figure is 3,000 units – these 3,000 units will carry the words “Second Edition” on the bottom of the box.
We have no way of guaranteeing which edition of the Figure that you will get if you have ordered from us. All we can guarantee is that you will actually get the Figure. The first edition is now sold out, and orders for the Figure will be shipped on a first come first serve basis. That means that those that ordered earliest will have the best chance of getting the first edition.
All orders placed after this message will receive the Second Edition of the Figure. All stores who, upon release date, carry this Figure will be carrying the Second Edition.
We will issue prompt refunds to anyone who wants one – please email INAMEL@RAPPCATS.COM and allow 1 to 2 business days for a response and refund as we have been inundated with emails since this Figure went on sale.
Thank you for your support.
Update: it’s gone. | San Francisco, March 27, 4:55 PM, PST – There’s a pinata hanging in front of Groove Merchant, 687 Haight St., with a buncha 45s, Freddie & Madlib’s Piñata CD, a tour shirt, and other unnamable substances. First one to beat it open get’s the junk. Have fun, take a photo, and please clean up after yourself.
Update: That one went quick | New Yory City, March 20, 2:00PM EST – There is a zebra piñata hanging from a stop sign right around 90 Wythe in Brooklyn. It contains a pass to Freddie Gibb & Madlib’s NYC show on Saturday, candy, and other mysterious objects. First person to get there and beat the thing open gets to keep whatever falls out. Have fun, take a photo, and please clean up after yourself.
Update: zebra is toast | Chicago, March 6th, 4:40PM CST – There is a zebra pi
Update with photo: the piñata got beat up at 2:25PM | Los Angeles, March 3rd, 2:10PM PST – There is a zebra piñata hanging from a tree on the west side of Echo Park Lake. It contains an advance copy of Freddie Gibbs & Madlib’s Piñata album, candy, and other mysterious objects. There’s a stick on the ground below the piñata. First person to get there and beat the thing open gets to keep whatever falls out. Have fun, take a photo, and please clean up after yourself.
Denaun Porter instrumental hip-hop album inspired by jazz musician Robert Glasper.
Porter Chops Glasper is the first in a series of instrumental albums planned from Grammy Award-winning artist Denaun Porter, the producer working as “Mr. Porter” for the likes of hip-hop’s Dr. Dre, Eminem, Kendrick Lamar, Busta Rhymes and Snoop Dogg, and worldwide icons like Burt Bacharach, Beyonce and Shakira.
The album is inspired by the music of fellow Grammy Award-winning jazz musician Robert Glasper. Porter explains, “Long story short, I am a fan of Robert Glasper. This project contains samples of music of his from the internet, official releases, and even live performances I saw on YouTube. Porter Chops is a representation of when, I feel, the business side of things interfere too much with my creative process.”
In other words, this project represents an emotional release for the Detroit bred admirer of the late J Dilla, who explains that the Detroit icon was most impressed when Porter, “too broke to buy all the records (Dilla) did, chopped up as many beats as I could make out of one.” He further explains: “The first time I got (Dilla’s) attention was because of the way I chopped a Minnie Ripperton sample. The sample was very familiar. It was actually the same sample that A Tribe Called Quest used for