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COMMON: ‘Resurrection’ 7″ (2015)

Resurrection Common seven inchIf you were to re-press a Common track on 45 – you couldn’t pick one with a better name than Resurrection, the title track from Common’s 1994 LP back when he was known as Common Sense. But hang on – it’s not one of Common’s dreaded Mr Loverman raps is it? Fear not – it’s a reassuringly cringe-free slice of lyrical free association. Incidentally, you’re not actually
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GET ON DOWN: Jukebox Series – Hip-hop classics on 45 for first time (2015)

Jukebox Series hip-hop Get On DownAs seven inch mania metastasizes, prestige re-issue label Get On Down is all set to release a number of hip-hop classics on 45 (including MOP’s Ante Up) that have never previously been on the format because, as one of the label’s co-founders has discovered, not that many hip-hop singles were released on seven inch back in the day. Quite possibly this had something to do with hip-hop djs’
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KMD: ‘Bl_ck B_st_rds’ book/ CD/ 7″ (2015)

Bl_ck B_st_rds KMD book cd seven inchThe second of two more re-released hip-hop classics in interesting formats in the run-up for this year’s Record Store Day is this version of KMD’s lost classic LP Bl_ck B_st_rds in a collector’s edition cd. A stone classic – the second LP from KMD finally received an official large scale release in 2001 but dated from eight years previously when it was criminally shelved by the band’s label
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JURASSIC 5: Quality Control 7″ (2015)

Quality Control 7 inch Jurassic 5The first of two more re-released hip-hop classics in interesting formats in the run-up for this year’s Record Store Day is more 45 craziness in the form of two cuts off Jurassic 5 LP Quality Control. The seven inch release is a dinked 45 of the low ‘n slow title track off J5’s second LP from 2000 with piano-stomp-underpinned Jurass Finish First on the flip. You should be able to afford that even if
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FRED WESLEY & THE JBs: Damn Right, I Am Somebody (2015) LP re-press + flexi disc + poster

Damn Right I Am Somebody Fred WesleyBack in the day, there were so many more occasions on which artists managed to stick it to the man and party. Maybe because back in the day, people weren’t quite as brainwashed as they appear to be now. And few stuck it to the man and partied harder than myriad funk acts in the 1970s. Fred Wesley and the JBs were one of those funk acts and 1974 LP Damn Right, I Am
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MANTRONIX: ‘Bassline’ blue 7″ (2015)

Bassline blue vinyl Mantronix 2015It’s a blue seven inch vinyl re-press time for Mantronix’s seminal Bassline a.k.a. the opening cut off Kurtis Mantronik and MC Tee’s debut album, The Album. Recorded in a day, the track is world famous and a seminal slice of music – though as much (if not more) inflential outside of hip-hop than within. Why? One listen to the combo of the 3-note bassline (played on a Juno 60) and the
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RECORD STORE DAY: Wu-Tang Clan, Jurassic 5, Cypress Hill deluxe re-issues (2015)

J5 Slide box Quality ControlPrestige hip-hop re-issue label Get On Down, get on down for Record Store Day with three fat re-issues. One can well imagine vinyl junkies salivating at the prospect of a 7″ re-press of Cypress Hill’s Phunky Feel One/ How I Could Just Kill A Man with an embossed black skull outer sleeve for example. If that causes salivation however, a veritable pool of drool could well result
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THE ARSONISTS: The Session (2014)

The Session The ArsonistsThe Arsonists first emerged in 1993 and set the underground on fire with tight rhymes and a bass-heavy, jazz-sampling sound on debut single The Session. They went on to release two LPs and appear on Atari Teenage Riot’s final LP. There was talk of a new album called Lost In Fire due last year featuring Q-Unique, D-Stroy, Freestyle, Swel Boogie and Jise One but that appears to be – well
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NON PHIXION: The Future Is Now (Premium Edition) (2014)

The Future Is Now premium Non-PhixionThe Future Is Now! claimed underground NYC crew Non-Phixion in ’02 although, since they said it in ’02, I suppose that technically means the future was – er – back then. Fast forward to 2014 however and prestige re-issue label Get On Down have re-released Sabac, Ill Bill, Goretex and DJ Eclipse’s mighty debut in two premium editions! Which technically (and confusingly) means the past
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SOULS OF MISCHIEF: ’93 Til Infinity (reissue)(2014)

'93 Til Infinity Souls Of MischiefRating: ★★★★★ Man, I remember where I was when I first heard this – that’s how much of an impact it made on me. At the time my hip-hop diet consisted mainly of De La, Tribe, 3rd Bass and the Beasties and while ’93 Til Infinity might have had jazz samples in common with all of those, it was Souls Of Mischief‘s caustic diss raps that stood out immediately. Well – them and the bass. At the time this was the heaviest I’d ever heard on a hip-hop record. In fact come to think of it, it still is pretty much. The only other place that I’d heard low end anything close to like it at the
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