NOV-001: SIXPRESS - TAPE 22
Three years before switching his moniker to Adé Hakim and making beats for Earl Sweatshirt, sixpress dropped this artistry-defining beat tape on Bandcamp in the first chapter of a budding underground hip hop revolution known as [sLums]. Released the summer before the debut of his subsequent rap records and considered to be the beat tape which established the sound of sixpress, TAPE 22 has now been given the official release it has long deserved. TAPE 22 has been remastered for premium sound and pressed on 180 gram vinyl with an etched b-side. Included in the package is a custom phenakistoscope slipmat designed by Helena Reed and J. Park, elevating the listening experience by providing a fitting and unique visual aspect to the record.
The coke bottle clear variant comes with a limited flexi disc featuring an unreleased track by sixpress, exclusive to the flexi only.
COKE BOTTLE CLEAR (w/ flexi) /100
NOV-002: AKAI SOLO - ELEVENTH WIND
Following a hot streak of incredible LP’s and collaborative efforts throughout 2019 and early 2020, Eleventh Wind makes its mark as AKAI SOLO’s fourth solo album. It is a record for late-night introspection, as SOLO guides you through a path of bitter truths, sincerity, unsureness, and deeply rooted nostalgia.
With bars laid out over production from Argov, DJ Blackpower, $hay Buttah, Edan, Roper Williams, Wavy Bagels, Twenty Fifth Night, and bori, AKAI SOLO crafts a meditative album, reflecting on himself and the world around him. The production is often quiet yet dynamic, providing a distinctive fullness that compliments every line delivered.
The black variant of this record comes with an exclusive, unreleased EP from AKAI SOLO that was crafted specially for this record. All variants are single-sided 180g wax with a gorgeous etching of the album arts' flower on the b-side. The music has been remastered for vinyl for premium sound.
Black (w/ flexi) /100
Opaque Pink /150
NOV-003: ANKHLEJOHN - MAHAMUDRA
Originally released in March 2020 as the first jump into a steadily prolific run of albums and EP's, MAHAMUDRA is now presented on vinyl. Armed with beats by Keyed, HNIC, DJ Mastamind, Theravada, and Kvrse, ANKHLEJOHN brings the witty, fast, consciously braggadocio raps he's come to be known for.
The black variant of this record comes with a flexi featuring an exclusive, unreleased ANKHLEJOHN track. All variants are single-sided 180g wax with an etching of Buddha Vajradhara designed by J. Park. The music has been remastered for vinyl by Tyler Bisson of Audio Geography. Obi strip designed by ChaseTrav of AllCeven.
Black (w/ flexi) /50
Black (w/ obi + flexi) /50
Auburn marble /100
NOV-004: AKAI SOLO - RIDE ALONE, FLY TOGETHER
The world through the eyes of AKAI SOLO has always provided for a unique perspective. Ride Alone, Fly Together, often referred to simply as RAFT, is a one-sided conversation with AKAI on how he sees the multiple landscapes arranged by the world in which we live in, the world we experience every day as inhabitants, told through raps over hazy and dreamy production lent by common collaborators such as iblss, Roper Williams, and iiye, with more arrangements provided by Ahwlee, rbchmbrs, David Earle, and FlowClark. Fellow rappers Lungs and Pink Siifu also lay their voices on a couple of the tracks here, working with AKAI SOLO to craft an hour-long display of raw skill and talented pen.
Of course nobody can describe the music and perspectives of AKAI SOLO better than the man himself, who seemingly always has an esque-level summary up his sleeve, which you can read below.
"The progression of enduring struggle and pursuing a pure freedom has led us here. This one is the culmination of everything awkward in the world and people that I have observed. Death to naïveté. The ideal does not always align in reality. How does one reconcile that? It varies with every person I figure but the core concept present in my opinion is adaptability. Harnessing that fluidity is imperative to make it to the climax of this chaos. It will change you. If you weren't meant to you'd have withstood the initial conflict in the first place. Once an impression has been made, you've been breached. What's happening inside? The status of those wounds? Hmmm... yeah. Onwards towards sharpening to maximize utility in all realms by any means necessary. Hyper peace and love to everyone involved for enduring this storm. Y'all helped find this a centered conclusion in the end. I just transcribed. Only forward. Peace and power to Tase Grip for better or worse." - AKAI SOLO
This record is pressed on two 140g disks which are housed in a wide-spine jacket. The music has been remastered for vinyl by Geng PTP. Front and back artwork crafted by Rob Gibsun and Reem Unknown, respectively. Obi strip design by J. Park.
Black (w/ obi) /100
Light blue / Hot pink /200
NOV-005: AKAI SOLO & PINK SIIFU - BLACK SAND
Black Sand is the 2019 collaborative effort between AKAI SOLO & Pink Siifu, two of hip hops most exciting artists working today. Pink Siifu, under the moniker iiye, lays down a gorgeous and dusty soundscape, also lending his voice alongside AKAI SOLO's, as they explore the concept of blackness and the intricacies of living in America and being in touch with one’s self. With help from Maassai, Nelson Bandela, King Carter, and Adam Intrator, AKAI & Siifu craft a beautiful, thought-provoking record that demands attention and acknowledgement.
All variants are pressed on 180g vinyl housed in 24pt, reverse board jackets. The back cover and 11x22" inserts were designed by Cliff Fields exclusively for the vinyl release. The music was remastered for vinyl by Geng PTP.
Silver/Black ice w/ white splatter /200
Milky clear w/ black & pink splatter /200
NOV-006: DEMAHJIAE - AND, SUCH IS LIFE.
Originally released back in 2020, Demahjiae has teamed up with Novelty to bring And, Such is Life., his debut full-length record, to vinyl. ASIL is a deeply personal record that explores the nuances of growing up, dealing with mental health struggles and loss of friends and family. The music, though, is light-hearted and jovial, providing a nice contrast to this masterpiece of a coming-of-age story.
And, Such is Life. is entirely produced by Demahjiae, with co-production from Chris Keys and Mejiwahn, and his eccentric use of samples crafts an exciting and thick audio landscape that is ever-changing and throws the listener left and right through quick beat shifts and melodic interludes, constantly keeping you on your toes and anxiously awaiting the next move.
The black variant of this record comes with a limited flexi of unreleased material crafted by Demahjiae exclusively for this record. Both variants are pressed on 180g vinyl, with phenakistoscope center labels designed by J. Park. The music has been remastered for vinyl by Tyler Bisson of Audio Geography.
FIRST PRESS -
Black (w/ flexi) /100
Transparent green /100
SECOND PRESS -
Forest green in milky clear /100
NOV-007: STARKER - U.S.A.
Starker's debut full-length, originally released in 2012, is now available on vinyl! Right out the gate, that signature Starker flow creates an ear-worm over some Golden Age reminiscent boom-bap beats. U.S.A. is violently New York, borrowing elements from the dusty 90's hip-hop beginnings and incorporating them into a more modern sound, much like Starker has done on his more recent work. His voice is more relaxed, his flow handles both the slow and fast beats with ease, while he effectively crafts fifteen tracks that are guaranteed to make your head rock while you rep a stank face. This is the beginning of the prolific output from one of NY's finest.
The black variant of this record comes with a flexi featuring two long-lost Starker tracks, one of which being the very first joint record with frequent collaborator, YL.
Black (w/ flexi) /50
Black (w/ obi + flexi) /50
NOV-008: AL.DIVINO X MR. ROSE - HAMMERABI
HAMMERABI is the latest effort from the most vicious duo in underground hip hop. This time, Estee Nack takes the boards as Mr. Rose, crafting some dusty but knocking beats for al.divino to rap on (as well as lending a couple verses himself). The product is a gritty and dark record with the classic abstract sound that Nack & Divino came to be known for, with help from close associates Fly Anakin, Starker, Jay Ness, and Sully Nomad.
The black variant of this record comes with a flexi featuring an exclusive al.divino and Estee Nack track, featuring Wst. Taylor. All records are pressed on 140g vinyl with three different artwork designs that fit accordingly to the variant. The music has been remastered for vinyl by Tyler Bisson of Audio Geography. Album artwork designed by dmt.taxicab. Obi strip design by J. Park.
Black (w/ obi + flexi) /100
Milky clear w/ purple/magenta/yellow splatter /250
Eye for an Eye /250
nov-009: D-TRACK & NICHOLAS CRAVEN - HULL
Hull is the beautiful amalgamation of one of hip hop’s most prolific producers and French rap’s brightest shining star. Nicholas Craven lays down the luxurious soundscape for D-Track to rap about his home life on, painting a vivid picture of the pair’s hometown of Hull, Quebec, as well as touching on existentialism and French politics. The record features French-Canadian artists Robert Nelson and Kiki, as well as Che Noir and one of French rap’s most prominent rappers, Akhenaton.
The black variant of this record comes with an exclusive flexi containing the song "Brigil." All variants are pressed on 140g vinyl housed in 24pt, reverse board jackets. The artwork was done by Geneviève L. Richard, and the music has been mastered for vinyl by Joe LaPorta at Sterling Sound. Art direction and design by Nicholas Craven, Stack Moolah, and D-Track.
Black (w/ flexi) /100
"Smoke" (clear w/ black smoke) /200
"Fire" (red/orange a-side/b-side) /200
NOV-010: JAY NICE X DOOF X SADHU GOLD - UNKiND
A lot is to be said about the late, great Mac Miller and his unique artistry and grassroots approach to hip-hop, but considering the nature of the project, Jay Nice's words work best:
"A ode to Mac Miller paying homage to a criminally underrated mixtape of his that he dropped November 1st, 2013 called DELUSIONAL THOMAS. This mixtape was a highly creative concept of his showcasing his MC skills in a different light. Delusional Thomas was a alter ego based on the voices in his head that dealt with depression, anxiety, and overall negative thoughts. He explained the voice choice saying, 'to me it was a character and I wanted to give his whole own complete, like, everything. There was part of me that wanted to do my own voice, but I just wanted it to be its own complete character. And I feel like that evil voice inside your head is always kind of in that pitch.' My project 'UNKiND' is a homage to that brilliance. I hope you all enjoy this latest offering."
This record is a collaborative effort between rapper Jay Nice, and two of hip-hop's most promising producers, Sadhu Gold and DooF. Together, the two producers craft a glitchy, noisy, and chaotic canvas for Jay Nice's lyricism, which on this project is a
fantastic callback to the horrorcore inspirations for Mac's Delusional Thomas mixtape.
All variants of this record are pressed on 140g vinyl, housed in
24pt, reverse board jackets. The picture disk variant comes in either jacket design, randomized per purchase. All artwork was designed by Chop the Head and Lord NMF, with the exception of the center labels, designed by J. Park and Needles On Wax. This record was mixed and mastered by Phil A.
Picture disk /150
Slime green /200
Transparent red (artist exclusive) /150
NOV-011: YL & ZOOMO - SUNDAY HOLIDAY
YL and Zoomo have been a quiet force to be reckoned within the modern underground hip hop scene, together crafting some of the best hip hop to come out of New York City in the last few years. Following up their breakthrough album, Born Again, Sunday Holiday sees the pair getting more soulful, both in production and lyrical content. Alongside the usual RRR collaborators Fastlife and Mid, YL continues his signature style of mixing braggadocio with stoner introspection raps on Zoomo’s quiet, reserved production that makes this the perfect record to play in the background of a late night smoke session. Two bonus tracks, Poster Child and Friend Zone, are included on the b-side of this record.
All variants are pressed on 140g vinyl and housed in heavyweight reverse board jackets. The music has been remastered for vinyl by Tyler Bisson of Audio Geography. Art design by J. Park + RRR.
Black (w/ obi) /50
Cream in Electric Blue /150
NOV-012: MAD MOON - MAD SPACE
There is not much to say about this record that hasn't been said already. AKAI SOLO and iblss crafted a beautiful, sonically pleasing record that was originally released in 2019, under the name MAD MOON. It is an hour of dense yet abstract production under equally dense rhymes, with carefully planned vocal and anime samples weaved throughout. Front to back, cover to cover, MAD SPACE is an intricate, raw, and methodically messy piece of work; a masterpiece in it's own right, boosted by the fitting aesthetic of the incredible cover art. All in all, MAD SPACE is a showcase by two masters of their craft, putting their foot down and showing, with pride and humility, what they're about at their deepest level.
We are happy to be reissuing it on a 2xLP with some nice upgrades to the original press. Both variants are pressed on 140-gram vinyl, housed in a 20pt gatefold with linen embossing for a textured feel. Front artwork by Omari Douglin. Back artwork by Nikhil Misra, with text design by Landofthalost. Inside art by Junkyard. Obi strip and center labels designed by J. Park. Mixed and mastered by Zeroh. Remastered for vinyl by Geng PTP.
Black (w/ obi) /100
Paint Bucket /200
NOV-013: RXK NEPHEW - CRACK THERAPY 3
Releasing hundreds of songs on YouTube, countless music videos, and even dozens of full-length projects, RXK Nephew is, by far, the most prolific rapper of the 2020s. One of the more present projects, Crack Therapy 3, originally released in 2020, sees Nephew exploring a massive variety of topics. On heavy-hitting trap production provided by Boss Up, Nephew deeply analyzes and critiques modern religion and Will Smith, indulges government conspiracies and late-night introspection, and even pays tribute to his Glock-wielding, lick hitting, robbery devotee girlfriend; Crack Therapy 3's lyrical content spans far more ideas in just seven songs than the average rapper's full-length project. This release also marks RXK Nephew's first solo vinyl LP, a must-have relic for any enthusiast of the most important rapper of our time.
This record is pressed on 140g vinyl, housed in matte flooded jackets with spot UV printing. The music has been remastered for vinyl by Tyler Bisson of Audio Geography. Front and back cover designed by Cinco Flare. Obi strip designed by SWAMP THUG and J. Park.
Black (w/ obi) /100
Crack Splatter /200
Melted Silver /200
NOV-014: STARKER - THE BOOTLEG COLLECTION
Originally released in 2018, Starker's third full-length LP continued to showcase his New York roots, with lowkey, laid-back rapping on smooth boom-bap beats. This record was originally pressed on vinyl independently, and is now being re-issued with new artwork, a beautiful remaster, and on colored wax.
All variants are pressed on 140g vinyl and housed in deluxe 24pt jackets, featuring new, updated artwork from the original press. The music has been remastered for vinyl by Tyler Bisson of Audio Geography. Art design by MOTA and J. Park.
Black (w/ obi) /100
Blue/green with yellow splatter /200
NOV-015: ARGOV - MATCHBOX
Producers and beatmakers are often the unsung heroes of hip-hop, creating canvasses for rappers that shape the sound, direction, mood, and tone of records, while remaining generally under appreciated compared to those who lend their voice. Since the genre was born, they’ve been largely responsible for the shifts in sound we see every few years, whether it’s something new and fresh or a resurgence of an older one. Argov, a young producer from Tel Aviv Yafo, Israel, has already mastered the resurgence of boom bap beats in the underground while adding his own modern twists on them, creating a unique style that has already gained him an impressive catalog in a few short years, having made beats for acclaimed rappers such as Your Old Droog, R.A.P. Ferreira, and AJ Suede.
In just under 15 minutes, Argov shows why he deserves respect and recognition for his contributions to the rap game. Matchbox is a showcase of Argov’s talents, with the help of some of the brightest minds in the underground today. The record was crafted entirely on Argov‘s trip to New York in 2021 and features AKAI SOLO, YL, Starker, Elijah Bank$y, ZekeUltra, Amir Bilal, Blackchai, and Cruzin, with some additional contributions from Roper Williams, Riley Lamarre, Bart Buurman, igov, and no-fvce.
Both variants are pressed on 140-gram vinyl, housed in an 18pt jacket with an additional 11x17" poster printed on 10pt cardstock designed by Ari Kech. Front and back album art by Ari Kech. Obi strip and center labels designed by J. Park. Mixed and mastered by e. Remastered for vinyl by Tyler Bisson of Audio Geography.
Black (w/ obi) /100
RAZ FRESCO & ALS - ALKMY
Through his music and visuals, Raz Fresco has a propensity for grabbing you by the hand and dragging you through a portal into his world that he has created as a sacred and fine-tuned home for himself. With the help of Baker’s Club ally ALS, who provides the beautiful and sample-heavy foundation of beats, Raz Fresco builds a world that is solely for him and his sidekicks, with us as the audience peeking into it. ALKMY is biographical but doesn’t exude too much detail, instead focusing more on the here and now for Raz. It’s an hour long update on where he’s at and how he got here, for now ‘til next time, while still remaining vivid and transparent, so that we as the audience know there is a sincere artist at work, staying busy and crafting greatness while we watch and admire from afar.
Both variants are pressed on 140-gram vinyl, housed in a 24pt gatefold jacket with art from Kaiser Sosa and J. Martinez. The center labels and obi strip were designed by J. Park. Entirely produced by ALS. Mixed and mastered by Raz Fresco, and remastered for wax by Tyler Bisson of Audio Geography Studios.
Black (w/ obi) /100
Electric blue w/ black & blue splatter /200
NOV-018: FATBOI SHARIF & ROPER WILLIAMS - GANDHI LOVES CHILDREN (DELUXE)
Despite so much unique music coming out of this new age Renaissance of hip-hop, few artists come close to the likes of Fatboi Sharif. A champion of non-sequitur rapping, Sharif, who is largely inspired by horror films while actively rejecting the idea of his music being horrorcore, paints incredible imagery and short-stopped analogies and ideas that truly don’t need to be bothered with being more fleshed out. Assisting Sharif with an auditory canvas to throw his words at is an equally unique producer, fellow New Jersey native Roper Williams, who provides Sharif with a batch of beats that are equally glum, abstract, and interesting as all hell. Together, the pair are a tour de force. With Ghandi Loves Children they have cemented themselves as one of the most special and idiosyncratic rap acts to hit the scene in recent years.
This record is pressed on 140g vinyl which is housed in a heavyweight 24pt reverse board jacket. The music has been remastered for vinyl by Tyler Bisson of Audio Geography. Front and back artwork photographed by Derek Balarezo. Obi strip and center label design by J. Park.
Black (w/ obi) /100
Candy floss /200
NOV-019: AKAI SOLO & BSTFRND - LIKE HAJIME
Often noted as AKAI SOLO’s most challenging and experimental project, Like Hajime is a sonic exhibition of skill in which both respective artists took new approaches to their craft to create something wholly new and refreshing. BSTFRND’s production is off-kilter and chaotic at times, while reserving plenty of space for beautiful and spacious drumless loops. AKAI approaches the production from an all-new viewpoint, trying out new flows and writing techniques that eventually helped shape the sound he’s known for today. With the help of fellow artists and producers KeiyaA, DooF, Theravada, and Zark, Like Hajime is pure New York hip hop, packaged and delivered in a 35-minute listen filled with new direction, humorous and abstract bars, and top tier artistry overall.
All variants are pressed on 140-gram vinyl, housed in a 24pt reverse board jacket. Front and back art design by Jefferson Harris. Back typography by Zac (@landofthalost). Center labels designed by J. Park. Recorded, mixed, and mastered by BSTFRND. Remastered for vinyl by Geng PTP for premium sound.
Red w/ white splatter /100
Blue w/ white and black splatter /100
NOV-021: AKAI SOLO - BODY FEELING
After staying quiet for a majority of the year, AKAI SOLO blessed us with Body Feeling, the prequel to his Backwoodz Studioz debut full-length, Spirit Roaming. With no features, and an amazing ensemble of producers Preservation, Nicholas Craven, Child Actor, Argov, and Twentyfifthnight, AKAI SOLO pulls us into his perspective of the world and how much he and his approach to art has changed since the release of his last full-length, True Sky. The product is lyrically dense, on a gorgeous canvas of production, and serves as an excellent musical groundwork to what he's released since. And as always, no words can better describe AKAI SOLO and his artistic direction better than the man himself: “Before the Spirit Roams, the body feels. I heard that empathy is a strength, but we can certainly feel too much, right? Some people spend their entire lives walking that border searching for stability. Others abandon the search. I have fallen during my walk and have realized that getting up this time is daunting and exhausting. That terrifies me. You always think you have felt all you can feel until your heart surprises you.”
Both variants are pressed on 140-gram vinyl, housed in a 24pt jacket. All the records are single-sided with an etched b-side. Front album artwork done by Jefferson Harris (BSTFRND). Back album art by King David. Center labels and etching design by J. Park. Mixed and mastered by Wavy Bagels, except Marine Snow mixed by Willie Green, and remastered for vinyl by Geng PTP.
Red / light blue / dark blue /200