Random: March 3rd

Egon, Madlib, Now-Again — March 3, 2014 | Comments (0)

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.

2014 Update … here’s another.

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 (7)

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

July 2014 festival dates

London Lovebox | Tickets

Belgium Dour Festival | Tickets

Croatia Soundwave | Tickets

Video: Madlib in the Radio France record library

Madlib — December 27, 2013 | Comments (31)

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)

BINKBEATS: J Dilla Live Mixtape

Binkbeats is a musician, percussionist, and producer who has produced a series of live mixtapes dedicated to the work of various hip-hop producers on his Youtube page BINKBEATSmusic. In his latest, he unravels J Dilla’s tracks Make’em NV, E=MC, Won’t Do, and Fall in Love.

Filmed by Johannes Fabery de Jonge, Dongwei Su, Bas Vermolen. Audio recording and mix by BINKBEATS & Simon Akkermans at the Epic Rainbow Unicorn Studio.

Madlib – Rock Konducta 1 LP

Madlib — December 5, 2013 | Comments (11)

NOW SHIPPING AT RAPPCATS.COM: MADLIB – ROCK KONDUCTA PT. 1 LP

The full 50+ track album Rock Konducta comes out July 15, 2014.

Rock Konducta is the latest in Madlib’s instrumental “Beat Konducta” series, the producer’s raw hip-hop beat tapes brought to life. Previous titles include Movie Scenes and Beat Konducta in India, imaginary film soundtracks; the self-decriptive A Tribute to J Dilla;the Beat Konducta in Africa inspired by the Zambian “Zamrock” music scene of the ’70s.

The latest album finds it’s inspiration in various worldwide underground rock scenes from the 1960s through the 80s: American psychedelia, Germany’s Krautrock, acid-soaked Spanish prog-rock and synthy, early-80s oddities. Tied together by Madlib’s unique sensibility, these music scenes coalesce into a new whole.

Album cover: half high-gloss white, half filthy. Design by Jeff Jank.
Pitchfork: Madlib “Hold the Organ” from Rock Konducta v.1 LP


HOUSTON RAP book – NY Times Holiday Gift Guide

Sinecure Books — November 29, 2013 | Comments (0)

The New York Times’ Jon Caramanica wrote about Houston Rap for the paper’s Holiday Gift Guide….

‘HOUSTON RAP’ “Houston Rap,” the book, is a handsome collection of photos by Peter Beste and interviews by Lance Scott Walker that capture the city’s hip-hop history in full. But the deluxe bundle edition is where the goodies are — an additional book of interviews, a vinyl pressing of DJ Screw’s album “All Screwed Up,” a seven-inch single with DJ Screw remixing UGK on one side and Fat Pat on the other, and most exciting, a DVD of “Fat Pat: Ghetto Dreams,” a hard-to-come-by late-’90s document of the hip-hop scene on Houston’s south side. It showcases the candy-painted cars, the molasses-slow music and, ultimately, the casualties: Fat Pat was shot dead in 1998, and, in 2000, DJ Screw died of a codeine overdose. (Sinecure, two books, one LP, one seven-inch single and one DVD, $150.) – Jon Caramanica, The New York Times, November 29, 2013

HOUSTON RAP with slipcase and deluxe package now shipping worldwide.
HOUSTON RAP (HARDCOVER SLIPCASE) | HOUSTON RAP (DELUXE PACKAGE)

Beat Konducta in Paris – photos by Edwige Hamben

Egon, Madlib — November 14, 2013 | Comments (65)

Updated | Madlib did a surprise show in Paris last week at Mellow Bar with Egon and Blackjoy. We announced it here just a few hours ahead of time. A bunch of people made it in and had a good time, while others didn’t make it in and left us messages not fit for publication. Big thanks to Edwige Hamben for the photos.





Madlib with Benji B on BBC Radio 1

Madlib joined Benji B in the studio for an extremely rare interview and an hour long DJ mix.

Madlib BOILER ROOM

Madlib — November 7, 2013 | Comments (22)

Madlib did a set for Boiler Room in San Francisco on October 19th. Here’s the video. Call out the track list in comments if you got ‘em.

Last night in London…

Egon, Madlib, MF DOOM — November 5, 2013 | Comments (6)

Last night we announced a last-minute Madlib show in London at Dance Tunnel.

With support from One Handed Music’s Paul White, Mr Beatnick, Radio 1′s Benji B, and Now-Again’s Egon, an hour before the doors opened the queue stretched half-way down Kingsland Road. Those who did get in were treated by two impressive special guests: Madlib collaborator MF DOOM, and another collaborator of yet-to-be-released works, Mos Def. (Sorry. We’re suppose to call him Yasiin Bey.)

You can watch a Vine of Mos Def spitting over Madlib below, courtesy of Mr. Beatnick. Thanks also to Fact Mag for shouting out the show.

MED + Blu + Mayer Hawthorne + Madlib – “THE BUZZ”

Madlib, MED — November 4, 2013 | Comments (14)

MED + Blu, featuring Mayer Hawthorne “The Buzz” (produced by Madlib)

Released on 12-inch single with Dam-Funk on the flip side: two vocal tracks, bonus beat, instrumentals & a cappella. Stones Throw & Fat Beats have copies on sale.

Houston Rap: Photographs by Peter Beste

Sinecure Books — October 15, 2013 | Comments (20)

Exclusive Pre-sale: Houston Rap book with slipcover, 2LP, DVD, 45, Bag.
Update: Worldwide shipping.

HOUSTON RAP (HARDCOVER SLIPCASE) | HOUSTON RAP (DELUXE PACKAGE)

Houston Rap (Sinecure Books) is an immersion into the everyday life of the Houston Hip Hop community. This hardcover 272 page book features the photography of Peter Beste who spent 9 years documenting the culture alongside writer Lance Scott Walker. The book is edited by Johan Kugelberg who also worked with Peter on his previous book True Norwegian Black Metal (Vice) which to date has sold through 8 editions.

Houston Rap profiles noted artists such as Bun B of UGK, Z-Ro, Willie D of the Geto Boys, Paul Wall to name a few sharing their reflections on the lives of departed legends such as DJ Screw, Pimp C, and Big Hawk.

The book also features community leaders, rappers, producers, businessmen, and family members, all providing an astonishing and important insight into a great American cultural narrative.

The Slipcased Exclusive version consists of Houston Rap hardcover book housed in a limited slipcase, packaged alongside a Fat Pat/DJ Screw 7-inch.

The Deluxe Bundle is the book housed in a limited slipcase, a Fat Pat/DJ Screw 7-inch, a Fat Pat “Ghetto Dreams” DVD, the Houston Rap Tapes (a companion book of interviews) and DJ Screw’s musical opus, All Screwed Up, pressed to wax as a 2LP for the first time ever.







Madlib – Black Window – from the ROCK KONDUCTA LP

Madlib’s Rock Konducta Vol. 1 LP is here.

Freddie Gibbs & Madlib – Deeper EP

Freddie Gibbs, Madlib — September 23, 2013 | Comments (39)


Freddie Gibbs & Madlib – Deeper 12-inch EP – OUT NOW

12″ EP: FREDDIE GIBBS & MADLIB – DEEPER EP
iTUNES: FREDDIE GIBBS & MADLIB – DEEPER EP

Following Thuggin and Shame this is the final 12-inch vinyl EP before Freddie Gibbs & Madlib release their collaborative album, Piñata.

On the Deeper EP, Gibbs showcases the yin and yang of heartbreak and anger on the title track, in a lovelorn narrative that meshes perfectly with the weepy strings and insistent rhythm of Madlib’s beat. We haven’t heard something like this in rap music since Nas’ “One Love,” nearly twenty years ago. The b-side, “Harolds” – exclusive to this EP – gives Gibbs a chance to ride some low down Beat Konducta-fueled funk in a nostalgic ode to the Chicago chicken-shack that served as the backdrop to many of his seminal life experiences.

Piñata is scheduled for February 4, 2014 on Madlib Invazion. The album will feature Raekwon, Scarface, Danny Brown, Earl Sweatshirt, Domo Genesis, Joey Bada$$, Ab Soul, BJ The Chicago Kid, Meech of Flatbush Zombies, Casey Veggies, Mac Miller, Polyester the Saint, G-Wiz.

Chop – RAASH HOUR MIX

Chop puts together a mix of on the heels of his Now-Again 2013 release, Illuminate

We’ve been hearing the sounds of Chop (formerly “Mr. Chop”) for some time – from his first EP on Now-Again, the retro-futuristic Lightworlds, to his work on DOOM’s Born Like This, to his reworkings of Pete Rock’s hip hop classics on For Pete’s Sake. He’s got a new album: Illuminate on Now-Again. Chop’s studio is a temple to gear the likes of which is fetishized on message board posts by those who master your favorite musician’s album, and it’s located on a dirt road, abutting an estuary in Northern England. Chop just loves him some crazy gear and some weird processes to make music: those processes lead to the types of tunes you hear in this mix – which draws from Illuminate, and previously unreleased Chop music. Featuring the usual lot of Chop collaborators, including The Heliocentrics Malcolm Catto.

Chop – “Building Blocks” from Illuminate

Madlib – One Hundred Beats

Madlib — September 18, 2013 | Comments (17)

Madlib makes beats. Hundreds of beats. Behind the scenes, these beats have been passed around to his collaborators on countless CD-R’s over the years. For a few years in the past decade Madlib was using a number system as titles. “One Hundred Beats” was an accurately-named set of raw, unfinished beats on a double-CD set, quickly followed by “Another Hundred Beats” on two more CDs. Other “hundreds” came in the months and years that followed, until other series titles took their place. These works in progress were backed up on hard drives, and just a few covers were made for posterity. These two photos come from the archives of J Rocc and Jeff Jank.

For those who have asked where to get these, the answer is that you probably already have them. One Hundred Beats and Another Hundred Beats provided much of the basis for the albums like Madvillainy by Madvillain, Champion Sound by Jaylib, A Lil’ Light by Dudley Perkins, and several other releases of the era.

Madlib – 100 Beats