ORIGINS OF THE VILLAIN

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This is a video & audio mix that has played as an opening for MF DOOM shows in Europe. Put together by Sims, Mass & Alan the G of French collective Now Futur, it’s plays tribute to much of Doom’s source material, flipping his beats and recreating them using original samples and videos.

Thanks again to Mr Mass, the man with the camera: Doom, Madlib, J Rocc & Gibbs turn a Newport Light to a joint right before your eyes | DOOM in Lyon


J Dilla – FUCK THE POLICE – Badge 45

J Dilla — March 10, 2015 | Comments (15)

IN THE SHOP: J DILLA – FUCK THE POLICE – BADGE 45

J Dilla’s classic, out of print for over a decade, has been remastered from Dilla’s original mixes and issued on Pay Jay Productions as a badge-shaped 9“ picture disc single. Both the vocal and instrumental come straight from mix-downs that Dilla himself created.

This limited edition 9″ badge-shaped picture disc single features Jeff Jank’s ironic take on Dilla’s message and comes in a thick, custom-made pocket fold-over, inserted into a Japanese-style, resealable clear plastic sleeve.

This is a Record Store Day 2015 release.

Amanaz – Africa

IN THE SHOP: AMANAZ – AFRICA

Available Record Store at Rappcats Pop-Up Shop.
April 18-19, Saturday & Sunday, Noon-6PM
RAPPCATS. 5636 YORK BLVD, LOS ANGELES CA 90042

Essential 1970s African rock album, definitive reissue on Now-Again

Issued in 1975, this is the articulation of Zambia’s “Zamrock” ethos. While other albums – Rikki Ililonga’s Zambia, WITCH’s Lazy Bones!! – are competitors, it’s hard to best this album as it covers each major quadrant of the Zamrock whole: it came from the mines; its musicians were anti-colonial freedom fighters, it envelops Zambian folk music traditions. And it rocks.

The album was given two separate mixes and two separate presses: one version is dry, with the vocals and drums mixed loud, the other slathered in reverb, with the vocals and drums disappearing into the mix, and with the guitar solos mixed much louder. Now-Again has presented them both in this anthology. This is a highpoint of the Zamrock scene and this is its definitive reissue.

2/LP, 2/CD set contains both released versions of the album: a dry, drums-up mix and reverb-drenched fuzz-guitar dominated mix and an extensive booklet containing an essay on the album and detailing the history of the Zamrock scene and this album, with notes from Amanaz’s Isaac Mpofu and Keith Kabwe and rare photos. Download card included with LP version.

This is a Record Store Day release. It will be available Apr 18 2015 at Rappcats.com, at the Rappcats Pop-Up Record Shop – address TBA – and at participating record stores around the U.S.

Shipping update: J Dilla Figure & Stussy shirts

Rappcats — February 25, 2015 | Comments (7)

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.

Thanks JPrez805 for the photos.

Fabiano do Nascimento – Dança dos Tempos – with Airto Moreira, from Now-Again Records

Now-Again — February 24, 2015 | Comments (1)

ON SALE NOW: FABIANO DO NASCIMENTO – DANCA DOS TEMPOS

Fabiano do Nascimento’s debut album: folkloric Brasilian/Afro-Brasilian, featuring Airto Moreira.

Dança dos Tempos is the debut album from Brasilian guitarist Fabiano do Nascimento, featuring legendary percussionist Airto Moreira in his first album project in over ten years. Dança dos Tempos follows folkloric Brasilian music as experienced through the mind and able fingers of an expansive musician, not yet thirty years old, and combines the heady ‘60s and ‘70s experimentalism of Hermeto Pascoal and Baden Powell with the childlike elegance of music played and passed down by native Brasilians for generations. It is the second Brasilian album released on Now-Again, following Seu Jorge and Almaz.

Moreira, the bandleader, songwriter and producer, plays percussion on the album and is joined by Fabiano do Nascimento’s long time drummer, Ricardo “Tiki” Pasillas on trap drums. Do Nascimento and Kana Shimanuki handle vocals on what is otherwise an airy instrumental album that allows the guitarist’s virtuosity to shine through originals, folkloric Brasilian songs, and select covers by the likes of Pascoal and Powell, both formative influences on the guitarist.

These duets show the camaraderie that two master Brasilian musicians – of two different generations, but of the same spirit – share with comrades of ages past as they imagine music for the years to come. These tracks were recorded live in the studio with no overdubs by producer Luther Russell and engineer Jason Hiller – straight to 2-inch analog-tape, and only sparingly mastered to focus on the subtleties of the performances.

Here is a short film about the project shot and edited by Bennett Piscitelli.

J Dilla x Stussy Tee – DILLA COLLAGE

J Dilla — February 10, 2015 | Comments (15)

ON SALE: J DILLA X STUSSY: DILLA COLLAGE (BLACK) | J DILLA X STUSSY: DILLA COLLAGE (WHITE)

The new Stussy and J Dilla tee is here. This will be the third t-shirt collaboration between the iconic street wear brand Stussy and The Estate of James Yancey. Tees are on sale and shipping now from Rappcats.com and Stussy. Rappcats ships worldwide.


Madlib T-shirts.

Madlib — January 21, 2015 | Comments (1)

Madlib T-shirts are available again. Quasimoto Q.E. is a homage to Public Enemy, their logo flipped by Jeff Jank. Madlib by Parra is the Dutch illustrator’s nearly impossible-to-read take on the Los Angeles Dodgers logo. Aliases is a tribute to the many characters of Madlib’s musical universe, designed by Brent Rollins. Smoked Out … yes, that says “Madlib” … this was designed by Gustavo Eandi for Madlib Medicine Show #11.



THESE ARE THE JB’S, the lost James Brown / Bootsy Collins album, second edition.

Now-Again — January 20, 2015 | Comments (1)

IN THE SHOP: THE J.B.’s – THESE ARE THE J.B.’s (Second edition)

By popular demand, a second edition of the lost James Brown/Bootsy Collins album. 1LP, Standard LP jacket, booklet. Now shipping

Last year we quickly sold out of the J.B.’s album These Are The J.B.’s, released by Now-Again Records. We sold out so fast that we and the label were inundated with requests from funk fans who couldn’t fathom that a record that was meant to sell for $25 wasn’t available in their local store and was appearing on the secondary market for between $35 and $50.

They asked us to remedy the situation and we did. We’re pleased to announce the second edition of the album, which is now in production and will be released sometime in late February.

The second edition has a different color scheme on the cover (seen in the photos above), and a standard LP sleeve rather than the old-school thick cardboard “tip-on” sleeve of the first edition. The second edition is labeled “second edition” in the label and copyright line on the back.

All else remains the same: same quality of wax, same booklet, same funk. But we wanted to make sure the folks who bought the first edition had something special and there would be no confusion between the two issues.

The history of this album:

In 1970 James Brown perfectly captured a definitive moment in modern music when he called Bootsy Collins into the studio to record the tracks that would be These Are The J.B.’s, a title given to a King Records test-press LP that was never released, and only rumored to exist.

This album is the epitome of funk music, Brown’s innovation that influenced everything that came after it, from Afro-beat to disco to hip-hop.

If there is any funk ensemble as influential as Brown’s in the post-“Cold Sweat” musical landscape, it’s the Bootsy Collins/Parliament/Funkadelic contingent. Those two streams, as Grammy-winning James Brown historian Alan Leeds details in this album’s liner notes, converged for the first time here.

This is the first commercial issue of this album, overseen by Now-Again’s Eothen “Egon” Alapatt alongside Leeds and Universal Music Group’s James Brown expert Harry Weinger. It was mastered specifically for vinyl by Elysian Master’s Dave Cooley, from the original two-track stereo master that James Brown and his engineer Ron Lenhoff delivered to production forty-four years ago. The album includes a booklet with liner notes by Leeds and Alapatt and unpublished photographs.

Photos: The JB’s in 1970; The JB’s perform with James Brown in 1971; Bobby Byrd and Bootsy Collins c. 1970; These Are The JB’s test-press credit sheet.


Video: The JB’s (with Bootsy and Phelps Collins) backing James Brown and Bobby Byrd in Rome on April 24, 1971.

Ghostface and DOOM reunite for “Ray Gun” by BADBADNOTGOOD

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Freddie Gibbs at Boiler Room

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