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Fat Boys – On And On (CD) (1989) (FLAC + 320 kbps)

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One of early rap’s most successful acts, the Fat Boys parlayed a combined weight of over 750 pounds into a comic novelty act that sustained them through several albums and hit singles. Originally known as the Disco 3, Brooklynites Mark “Prince Markie Dee” Morales, Damon “Kool Rock-Ski” Wimbley, and Darren “Buff the Human Beat Box” Robinson won a talent contest at Radio City Music Hall in 1983, thanks in part to Robinson’s talent for using his mouth to improvise hip-hop rhythms and a variety of sound effects. The trio changed their name and recorded a series of good-time party anthems and songs humorously exploiting their weight; their first few records were produced by Kurtis Blow and feature fusions of hip-hop with reggae and rock. the Fat Boys hit their commercial peak with 1987’s platinum LP Crushin’, a collection of entertaining party tunes that included a hit collaboration with the Beach Boys, “Wipeout.” The group took the opportunity to star in the comedy film Disorderlies that year. Coming Back Hard Again essentially repeated the formula of Crushin'; the cover this time was “The Twist (Yo’ Twist),” which featured backing from Chubby Checker. However, audience tastes were changing, and the Fat Boys’ gimmicky novelty act was quickly becoming passé. The group tried to expand their artistic and street credibility with the ill-advised “rap opera” On and On, which promptly stiffed and prefaced the group’s breakup. Prince Markie Dee recorded a solo album in 1992 and went on to a successful R&B songwriting/producing career. Robinson died of a heart attack in December 1995.

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Shahmen – Enter The Circle EP (WEB) (2010) (320 kbps)

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Shahmen - Enter The Circle EP

SHAHMEN is what hip-hop is supposed to sound like in the year 2010. The SHAHMEN sound is a dance between moments of pure tonal bliss and dark, hard, banging beats .
Imagine, SENSE (of The Q4) as the mystical, more musically composed student of Muggs and RZA , who learned a secret his teachers did not. Building from their foundation, he reaches new plateaus in the dimensionality of sample composition. Finding his own, unique formula for interweaving haunting melodies between head banging drums, the music pulls you into a trance like state where the rock solid voice of B L S finds the perfect soundscape to sink in.
Straight up, B L S has the realest voice in rap in a very long time; ranging from a thundering bass which most rappers can only mimic with a pitch-shift, to a hazy drawl reminiscent of a cowboy in an old western. The unique vocal tone is matched in the lyrics, and B L S stands apart in the original narratives he weaves, leaving far behind the overused and tired archetypes of street stories, and pop-culture punch lines.
Simply put, SHAHMEN the illest seven letter word since OutKast or Nirvana.
“Been around the world, already touched six continents, the same pair of Vans slip-ons walked all of ‘em, I found Sense floating on a boat in holla land, and ever since then we been building and acknowledging… The world is truly strange, and it only gets stranger, The scenery is beautiful but I also sense danger” -The Stranger, SHAHMEN .
Mixed by Sense, Vocals by BLS, Unorthadox & mastered by Arts The Beatdoctor. Artwork by The Binh & Bioniq from Russia.

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Various ‎– Wild Style OST (1983 – 1998 RE) (CD) (FLAC + 320 kbps)

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Wild Style largely went unseen upon its 1983 release, but its soundtrack became one of the key records of early-’80s hip-hop, providing rappers with a treasure trove of beats and rhymes. None of the cuts on Wild Style became crossover hits, but the songs became underground staples, inspiring new rappers and offering rhythms that were sampled over the years. Although much of this music now sounds dated, the rhymes and rhythms remain exciting, illustrating why Wild Style was one of the cornerstones of underground hip-hop in the ’80s. /Leo Stanley/

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VA – Tags Of The Times Version 2.0 J (CD) (1999) (FLAC + 320 kbps)

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Various Artists - Tags Of The Times 2.0J

Tags Of The Times brings together a host of underground talents, mostly from the USA but also from Japan and Finland. The project features twelve previously-unreleased, exclusive joints by the likes of Mike Ladd & Company Flow, J-Treds & Shawn J.Period, Talib Kweli & Makeba Mooncycle, El Da Sensei, Blackmarkit, Deaf 2 U, The Grouch (Living Legends), Apani B-Fly Emcee, Rubberoom and many more.

This project was originated and developed by Mary Joy Recordings, a Tokyo-based independent label which plays a key role in Japan’s massive underground hip hop scene.

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The Alchemist – Israeli Salad (WEB) (2015) (320 kbps)

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Alchemist - Israeli Salad

Originally a batch of beats conceived in 2011 after the Alchemist returned home from a trip to Israel with a bag of records he gathered from numerous small stores and outdoor flea markets, Israeli Salad was initially set to be released as an instrumental project immediately but as beats from it were used on various projects and albums, the end result wound up sitting in a folder unfinished as a work in progress.

Last year, inspired by another trip to Israel, the Alchemist decided it was finally time for the project to see the light of day, hooking up with Unga of Haifa’s Broken Fingaz crew for the cover art.

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