Dabrye | Three​/​Three

All this changes in 2017 as Dabrye makes his long-awaited return with “Three/Three”, a razor-sharp rap album that brings to completion a prophetic trilogy. Mullinix’s incisive productions provide the backdrop for equally acute rhymes that run the gamut from intergenerational observations and being your best self to back alley deals and having fun in the ride. Guests include indie rap legend DOOM, whose previous collaboration with Dabrye remains a point of reference for many, Wu Tang storyteller Ghostface Killah, L.A word fanatic Jonwayne, and Long Island’s rugged surrealist Roc Marciano. Most importantly Three/Three is, much like its predecessor, an unfettered celebration of Detroit-area talent with Guilty Simpson, Phat Kat, Kadence, Quelle Chris, Danny Brown, Shigeto, Clear Soul Forces and more all lending their touch to Dabrye’s return.

Available February 16, 2018 on Bandcamp.

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ghostface killah | twelve reasons to die II

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Adrian Younge announces the release of “Twelve Reasons To Die II”, starring Ghostface Killah, featuring Raekwon, RZA, Bilal, Vince Staples and more.

Where the first installment of “Twelve Reasons To Die” was based in 1960s Italy – detailing the machinations of the feared DeLuca crime family – Part II inhabits the grimy streets of mid-1970s New York City. Descendants of the DeLucas are running the city, but a powerful, younger crime syndicate is percolating, commanded by black gangster Lester Kane (personified by Raekwon). As Kane’s power grows, he takes on the DeLucas and a bloodbath ensues. Kane has always known the legend of Tony Starks, who was killed by the DeLucas in Italy and whose remains were partially used to create twelve vinyl records. When played back in the “old world,” the Ghostface Killer rose and destroyed the Italian faction. This plays into the story’s conclusion at the end of Part II.

The storyline for Part II is vividly brought to life with the help of Younge’s never-endingly evocative and unique brand of cinematic, psychedelic soul. The music – on which Younge himself plays upwards of 10 instruments on certain songs – was recorded strictly on analog tape, to bring out the true grit of the ‘70s era that provides the Twelve Reasons backdrop.

Out 10th July on Linear Labs, pre-order digital on iTunes, vinyl direct. Stream some tracks below.

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linear labs | los angeles

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Linear Labs : Los Angeles compilation featuring songs from upcoming releases produced by Adrian Younge, including 12 Reasons To Die II (with Ghostface Killah, Raekwon & RZA) “Something About April II” and “The Midnight Hour” with Ali Shaheed Muhammad, alongside Younge catalog classics dating back to 2000.

“In less than a year’s time, Adrian Younge’s Linear Labs imprint has made a very firm impression on fans of forward-thinking, analog-based music from multiple genres. One notable fan, among many, is DJ Premier, who produced his late 2014 PRhyme album exclusively using samples drawn from Younge’s catalog. To give fans a chance to revel in Younge’s range and – just as importantly – give followers a sneak-peek at four impressive 2015 albums already slated for release, Younge is proud to release the compilation album, Los Angeles. On Los Angeles, many hip-hop fanatics will impatiently skip forward to the graceful, galloping and appropriately dramatic “Return Of The Savage,” from the upcoming Younge-helmed 12 “Reasons To Die II”. The song features Ghostface Killah alongside Raekwon and RZA. But track-skippers will soon head back to the album’s opener: the dusky, Baroque soul of “Memories Of War,” from the upcoming “Something About April II”, with vocals by Stereolab’s Laetitia Sadier. Also on the upcoming tip: a track from the Adrian Younge/Ali Shaheed Muhammad concept album The Midnight Hour, entitled “Feel Alive,” with silky vocals by Karolina, alongside longtime Younge collaborator Loren Oden. Other highlights amongst the album’s ten tracks include: · “1969 Organ” – From Adrian Younge’s first release, 2000’s Adrian Younge Presents Venice Dawn · “Panic (Ali Shaheed Muhammad Remix)” – From the 2014 Souls of Mischief / Ali Shaheed Muhammad album, There Is Only Now Remix · “The Sure Shot Parts 1 & 2” – An instrumental originally rhymed over by the inimitable Ghostface Killah, on 2013’s 12 Reasons To Die · “To Be Your One” – Taken from 2013’s Adrian Younge Presents The Delfonics · “Chicago Wind” – From the 2009 album, Original Score To The Motion Picture: Black Dynamite”

Available on iTunes or direct.

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36 seasons

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Ghostface Killah is slated to release his 36 Seasons album on Salvation Music/Tommy Boy. The album holds  productions by The Revelations and guest appearances from AZ, Kool G. Rap, Tre Williams, Kandace Springs, Rell and Pharoahe Monch. Out December 9th, pre-order vinyl or the deluxe fan-bundle here, or digitally via iTunes. Listen to the first tracks and the album sampler …

“Tony Starks returns to Staten Island after nine years, like a man returning home from a war,” according to a press release. “He wants the company of old friends, to reunite with his girl, to live a quiet life. But New York has other plans for him.”

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sour soul

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Toronto based jazz trio BADBADNOTGOOD recently announced their new album on Lex Records. ‘Sour Soul’ is a collaborative album with Ghostface Killah, produced by Frank Dukes. You can now stream the entire album after the jump. The LP features vocals by MF DOOM, Tree, Elzhi (formerly of Slum Village) and Danny Brown and

Out on 24 February 2015 – Get your copy at iTunes, Amazon oder on Lex Records.

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the tricks of the street vol. 6

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The “Tricks Of The Streets” compilation series is back. Volume six features 19 some of our favorite hip-hop tracks during the past three months. Features include Ghostface Killah, Tony Touch, Blitz the Ambassador, Pete Rock & Camp-Lo, Black Milk, K-Def, Homeboy Sandman and J Dilla. Listen below. See the full artists appearance after the jump.

Listen to more of our mixes on Soundcloud or Mixcloud.

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