BADBADNOTGOOD – Can’t Leave The Night

BBNG — March 5, 2014 | Comments (1)

BADBADNOTGOOD are Mattew Tavares, Chester Hansen and Alex Sowinski from Toronto . We first heard them a few years ago, covering Madvillain & Doom’s “Supervillain Theme”, “Fazers” and “Vomitspit”. They’re signed to Innovative Leisure, and their new album III drops May 6. Here’s “Can’t Leave the Night” premiered this morning over at Fader.

Last year’s BBNG single: Flashing Lights | badbadnotgood.com

Pinata Alert – LOS ANGELES

Rappcats — March 3, 2014 | Comments (2)

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.

The album: Freddie Gibbs & Madlib – Piñata

Random: March 3rd

Madlib in Japan with Now-Again and a couple from Black Wax Digger.

Snoop Dogg – Cadillacs – prod. by Madlib

Madlib, Snoop Dogg — February 27, 2014 | Comments (11)

Snoop Dogg prod. by Madlib. “Cadillacs” is a track off the mixtape Thats My Work Vol. 3 hosted by DJ Drama, dropping at 4:20PM today, west coast time, February 27.

Quasimoto – Talkin Shit 45

Quasimoto — February 11, 2014 | Comments (10)

X-ray vinyl with “Planned Attack” b/w “Talkin’ Shit”

On the crime-infested east side of Lost Gates CA, there is a vinyl pressing plant whose brochure says, “will do anything for a price.” Back in the 70s & 80s, they specialized in private press porno soundtracks, but these days Madlib is their only customer.

Delivering them a couple Quasimoto tracks with a drawing or two, here’s the record they returned: a custom-shaped, half picture disc, half clear disc, with thick vinyl. One side is Quasimoto’s “Planned Attack” from the album Yessir Whatever, and the flip side is the previously unreleased “Talkin’ Shit,” a short track with Lord Quas doing what he does best. Both tracks are produced-by and featuring Madlib. Artwork by Jeff Jank.

Pictured below is the front, family-friendly side of the vinyl. The backside of the record, the “x-ray” portion, show’s Quasimoto disgusting insides.

Dilla Turn It Up T-shirt by Stussy

J Dilla — February 7, 2014 | Comments (4)

ON SALE NOW: DILLA TURN IT UP (LONG SLEEVE) | DILLA TURN IT UP (WHITE) | DILLA TURN IT UP (BLACK)

When J Dilla lived and worked in Los Angeles, he was right around the corner from the Stussy office, and it photograph of him working at home on his MPC wearing a Stussy T-shirt which kicked off this long running collaboration.

Stussy and the Estate of James Yancey have teamed up to present a commemorative J Dilla t-shirt in celebration of “Dilla Day 2014″ on February 7th, presented by Stussy & Rappcats.com. This tee is constructed of 100% soft cotton & made in Mexico. A crew neck t-shirt, which features an image of J Dilla (photo by Roger Erickson) along with Stussy graphics.

MF DOOM – OPERATION DOOMSDAY – 2/CASSETTE BOX

MF DOOM — January 15, 2014 | Comments (23)

MF DOOM – OPERATION DOOMSDAY – 2/CASSETTE BOX SET

MF DOOM’s OPERATION DOOMSDAY, independently produced and released, stripped down hip-hop in all it’s glory, came out on Bobbito’s Fondle ‘Em label in 1999, cementing the MC’s return to the scene after his early years in the group KMD.

As the story and legend goes, he’d been chewed up and spit out of the major label system, lost his brother and musical partner Subroc, he’d disappeared, he’d returned to the stage with a rocking a mask and obscured identity.

In under two years, OPERATION DOOMSDAY was already reissued on another label with an altered track list. During the time we started working with DOOM on the Madvillain record, DOOMSDAY went out of print, got bootlegged, and somewhere along the way emerged as a hip-hop classic.

DOOM’s own imprint Metalface Records finally re-issued the definitive version of the remastered album in 2011 – a CD (in a lunch box) and metal-covered 4LP set was released.

Rappcats is proud to present Metalface’s cassette edition of OPERATION DOOMSDAY, a metal box set containing two cassettes – tape 1, the original album and original cover by Lord Scotch 79 (Blake “KEO” Lethem) on the first tape; tape 2, the instrumentals, b-sides and alternate versions, along with the 2011 album cover by Jason Jagel.

42 tracks total, weighing 2LB, limited to 1200 pieces. Official Metalface Records release.

Video: Lord Scotch 79 (Blake “KEO” Lethem) talks about the creation of the MF DOOM mask at the time of OPERATION DOOMSDAY’s release in the late 1990s.

Madlib x Thundercat x Miguel Atwood-Ferguson x Gaslamp Killer

Madlib — January 1, 2014 | Comments (12)

New Years Eve: Madlib x Thundercat x Miguel Atwood-Ferguson x Gaslamp Killer, photo by Jamie Strong. Happy 2014.

Madlib Tour Dates

MADLIB & FREDDIE GIBBS TOUR DATES:

March 07: Chicago IL @ Metro tickets
March 08: Denver, CO @ Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom tickets
March 22: New York, NY @ The Gramercy Theatre tickets
March 27: San Francisco, CA @ 103 Harriet tickets
March 28: Los Angeles, CA @ Echoplex tickets

MADLIB SOLO TOUR DATES:

March 15: SXSW @ The North Day (Stones Throw Showcase)
March 21: Boston @ Middle East Downstairs
April 10: Ghent @ Vooruit tickets
April 11: Milan tickets
April 17: Dublin @ Sugar Club tickets
April 19: London @ Koko tickets

Video: Madlib in the Radio France record library

Madlib — December 27, 2013 | Comments (30)

Madlib was invited to dig through the record library at Radio France during his recent trip to Paris. In this video he talks with Laura Leishman about a few of the records, and his own influences.

Photos: Beat Konducta in Paris | Thanks: Laura Leishman, Discothèque de Radio France & France Inter

Set list:
Chute Libre “Penelope au balcon” (Chute Libre, 1977)
Sun Ra “Door of the cosmos” (Sleeping Beauty, 1979)
Nathan Davis “Theme from Zoltan” (Happy Girl, 1965)
Tha Alkaholiks “Killin’ it” (Likwidation, 1997)
Melvin Van Peebles “Come on feet” (Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song, 1971)
Alain Goraguer “Le bracelet” (La Planète Sauvage OST, 1973)
Embryo “Radio Marrakesch / Orient Express” (Steig’ Aus, 1973)
Jay Dee “Featuring Phat Kat / Shake it down” (Welcome 2 Detroit, 2001)