Last Saturday. Good night, enjoyed it.
Photos by Chetna Patel.
Originally posted on Locash Magazine:
To celebrate Record Store Day this year, Public Enemy will be putting out a limited edition “Harder Than You Think” picture disc. Only 500 copies of the vinyl will be available so collectors should be first in line at their local record store on April 18th.
Chuck D has been a long time ambassador of Record Store Day and was even named the official Record Store Day Ambassador of 2014’s celebration. He told Billboard Magazine this about the annual event.
“The record store made musicians listen beyond themselves, it both complemented and supplemented the radio, in fact the best radio stations in the past followed the vibe of the record stores of their regions, thus growing and nurturing each other. The fans and listener had everything to gain, and if they wanted to get into making music, the Record Store turned into their first school and sonic passport out.”
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Jedi Mind Tricks’ first LP (longest title ever) before Stoupe lost his edge for making beats and Vinnie Paz put too much emphasis on “gangsterism” in his rhymes.
This album had a limited release in 1997 on a different record label, I believe, and recently got this re-issue vinyl release on Babygrande Records. The remastering is cock-on; and the whole album has a dark, contemplative/paranoid feel to it.
Vinnie Paz was best with his vulnerable rhyming style. After JMT’s sophomore effort, this is probably their best.
This vinyl edition comes in clear-red. There’s also an extra record made up of six bonus tracks, where the production switches to a more classic ’90s, boom-bap sound.
Perfect with a joint and cup of Rooibos tea.
Public Enemy’s first album from 1987. Hard beats and shouty raps. This sometimes get overlooked for latter albums, but you can’t front on the energy, aggression and range of subject matter.
The crackles on the old vinyl bring out the fire and edginess. Chuck eats up beats like munchies after a fat bag of weed.
This is a classic album and best owned in its true format (fuck the CD).
And the cover pic of the crew huddled ’round a turntable is just iconic.
I bought A New Dope on CD when it first came out and didn’t take to it too well.
It’s a lot different from 7L & Esoteric’s older stuff (clue in the title). Rather than the straight, heavy boom-bap sound of before (The Soul Purpose/Dangerous Connection) there’s a more sample-heavy, electro take on the production.
I was on Discogs one night and noticed the (2x) vinyl was going for £8 so I thought I’d give it another go.
It’s coming up to ten years since the album got released and it seems to have gotten better over time. I like it a lot better than I did when I first bought it.
Some real gems on here that I can’t believe I overlooked.
(I wish I knew where the main sample is taken from. Any ideas?)
I’ve had the album on repeat over the past three days. Kool Keith’s on a couple of tracks; and Esoteric goes completely nuts on the likes of ‘Eso Ain’t Shit’, ‘Daisycutta’ and ‘3 Minute Classic’.
A New Dope is a lot of fun.
And the cover takes inspiration from old boxing promo posters, which is pretty cool.
Probably my favourite of all Ice T’s albums for its grit and lyrical prowess.
Released in ’89, Iceberg tackles mostly the subject of censorship and moves away from the “gangsta rap” feel of his earlier (and latter) albums. The Dead Kennedys’ Jello Biafra on one of the tracks; and there’s a hilarious rock-rap fusion in the name of ‘The Girl Tried to Kill Me’, to name a few highlights.
The cover sees an animated Ice getting jammed by guns from three angles. This is the second best of all Ice-T album covers, after 1987’s POWER, if you ask me.