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Beat Konducta on Tour

Madlib — August 24, 2017 | Comments (17)

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 (10)

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

On sale: GANGSTER DOODLES (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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Dr Footswitch – Everyday Has Got a New Dream – Welcome to Zamrock!

Zamrock — May 11, 2017 | Comments (0)

ON SALE: WELCOME TO ZAMROCK VOL. 1

Shipping now from Rappcats. Worldwide release date: June 9th.

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Function Underground: The Black and Brown American Rock Sound 1969-1974

Now-Again — April 24, 2017 | Comments (0)

ON SALE: FUNCTION UNDERGROUND – THE BLACK AND BROWN AMERICAN ROCK SOUND.

Now-Again’s anthology of the Black and Brown American Rock underground of the early 70s. (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…)

David Axelrod, 1931-2017

David Axelrod — February 9, 2017 | Comments (7)

Photo: David Axelrod, c. 1969. All photos from Capitol Records archives, all taken at Capitol Studios, Hollywood.

By EOTHEN “EGON” ALAPATT, February 8, 2017.

Writing about the great music producer, composer and arranger David Axelrod without first acknowledging the love and respect I had for the man seems silly. I tried and gave up. Doing a third-person summary without interjecting my first-person opinions seems clinical, and I too greatly admire Axelrod – his friends called him Axe, and he always asked me to do so, so that’s what I’ll call him here – to take an approach I could barely take when I first started researching him in the late 1990s. I’m just too much of a fan, and have been since I first heard his music, to do him that discourtesy.

Axe died sometime in the early morning of February 5th, 2017, at nearly 86 years old. Terri, his wife of 38 years, didn’t want to disclose the cause of his death, saying that the only thing that really mattered is that he was gone. (She later changed her mind and decided to disclose it was lung cancer.) What do you say to a person so dedicated to another, in that first moment of loss, when that other is a force so beyond the normal that you never thought that loss possible? “He just seemed indestructible,” she said, and I knew what she meant. Axe signed off every call with an “I’ll be here.” And, like everything he said, contradictory or not, he meant it. (more…)