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DJ Shadow record sale at Rappcats, Nov. 4-5

Rappcats — October 18, 2017 | Comments (0)

Rappcats and DJ Shadow present:
The Second Annual DJ Shadow Storage Sale
November 4th and 5th, 2017

Rappcats – 5636 York Blvd, Los Angeles – Nov 4-5, Noon to 6PM.

-Hundreds of used vinyl LPs, 45s, and 12″s culled from Shadow’s private collection
-Deleted DJ Shadow web-store product, including limited items and rarities
-A collector’s smorgasbord of CDs, cassettes, posters, and other oddities
-Strong coffee and strong conversation
-Grip-free pricing
-Fresh, brand-new stock on both days

We’re doing it again!! Collectors, dealers, fans, come one, come all to the Second Annual DJ Shadow Storage Sale. No, Shadow isn’t “selling his record collection,” but he is pulling back the curtain on a brace of dupes he’s managed to process over the past year. As with the first sale, expect a strange and broad assortment of lesser-seen vinyl in all genres, most offered under $15, and with an effort to price well below established online value. “This is a chance for producers, dealers, and DJ’s to access seldom-seen and eclectic vinyl at affordable prices,” says Shadow. “These are all records I have other copies of, and I’ve decided that I don’t need to keep multiples. Think of it as a year-long thrift-store hunt consolidated into two days.”

Shadow has also found some unsold “new/old” stock of his own projects, many of which were only ever sold through his web-store. Vinyl, CDs, DVDs, even VHS tapes, all-Shadow related and sold on a first come, first served basis. The man himself will of course be on hand to sign anything and everything, or just to say hello.

Shadow’s first sale, held in September of last year, smashed Rappcats attendance records. “I really didn’t know what to expect, or if people would ‘get it.’ I was worried everyone would be asking, ‘Why are you doing this?’ Instead, it was like, ‘THANK YOU for doing this!’ It was such an overwhelmingly positive experience that I’ve been looking forward to curating the next one ever since.”

Love music? Love records? Love hanging out with cool folks? Then you’ll have a good time at The Second Annual DJ Shadow Storage Sale. See you there!

Mr Bongo’s global record collection and Gal Costa reissue

Rappcats — September 14, 2017 | Comments (2)

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…)

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

Rappcats — September 13, 2017 | Comments (4)

On sale here: BACK TO THE LAB (more…)

The Fat Beats Grab Bag

Rappcats — February 27, 2017 | Comments (7)

FAT BEATS GRAB BAG

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…)

Rappcats x Ubiquity: Boston Bob record sale, December 3

Rappcats — November 22, 2016 | Comments (1)

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

Rappcats — October 18, 2016 | Comments (1)

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.

Post yours up, show us what ya got. @Rappcats / Rappcats FB

Testing out this Dilla 78 on our RCA Victrola ..

Numero Group Factory Outlet Tour at Rappcats: October 13-15

Rappcats — October 5, 2016 | Comments (0)

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.

Rolling Stone: “Numero Group Announces West Coast Pop-Up Store Tour”

Revival

Rappcats — May 16, 2016 | Comments (0)

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.

Freddie Gibbs & Madlib’s Piñata (Alex Goose Remix LP)

Rappcats — November 9, 2015 | Comments (3)

ON SALE: FREDDIE GIBBS & MADLIB – PINATA (ALEX GOOSE REMIX LP)

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.

Beat Bop Box – Record Carrying Case – artwork by Jean-Michel Basquiat

Rappcats — September 29, 2015 | Comments (3)

ON SALE: 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