DJ News + Top 5 Hip-Hop Vinyl LP Reissues: DJ Shadow, Pam the Funkstress, DJ Platurn, D-Styles, DJ Premier, DJ Delroy Cornick +

Posted by Billyjam, November 21, 2019 07:13pm | Post a Comment

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DJs and vinyl collectors scroll down to see latest top five hip-hop album vinyl reissues at Amoeba Music where yesterday at the Hollywood store DJ Shadow was in the house. The longtime NorCal turntablist/producer, whose latest album Our Pathetic Age 2LP/vinyl (also avail as 2CD) was released on Friday last via via Nas' Mass Appeal record label, was at the Hollywood Amoeba yesterday evening doing a meet-and-greet that included signing albums and taking photos with fans. Note that for a limited time there are DJ Shadow autographed copies of Our Pathetic Age 2LP available from Amoeba.

Above are a few of the pics of artist born Josh Davis meeting SoCal fans that were posted to Amoeba’s Twitter where you can see more photos from yesterday. Then tomorrow (Nov 22) at 8pm at the LA area Amoeba Music, as part of the ongoing weekly guest DJ “Rotations” series, will be longtime DC club DJ Delroy Cornick who built his rep for spinning deep house, underground disco and dance pop remixes. More info here.

The endlessly talented LA based/South Bay turntablist/producer D-Styles of the Beat Junkies and the Invisibl Skratch Piklz fame recently unveiled his stellar new album Noises In The Right Order that so far has a very limited release.

Another highly recommended vinyl release is the upcoming 2LP version of the brand new Gang Starr album One Of The Best Yet LP/vinyl that can be pre-ordered now from Amoeba in advance of its December 6th vinyl release date (already available on CD). The critically acclaimed album from the duo featuring DJ Premier and the late great emcee Guru, who died back in 2010, came as a pleasant surprise to many Gang Starr fans including myself who didn’t know if there ever would be such a posthumous release from the legendary influential hip-hop super-duo whose last album was 16 years ago.

Back in March, 2018 when I interviewed DJ Premier for the Amoeblog I asked him if a new Gang Starr album might ever materialize and if he had any unreleased/unheard Guru vocal tracks hidden in his archives?  At that time Premier said told me that he had “some old reels” that he had to go through and check for possible unreleased Guru vocals but that “other than that we don’t have anything.” Luckily those old reels yielded enough Guru vocals for the new Gang Starr album that Premier fleshed out with newly recorded vocals from a myriad of other artists that included Jeru The Damaja, J. Cole, Q-Tip and Talib Kweli

Last weekend in Oakland was a bittersweet event, featuring such Bay Area DJs as DJ Zita, DJ Umami, DJ Platurn and Mind Motion, that honored the legacy of the late great Bay Area DJ Pam “The Funkstress” Warren (aka Purple Pam). The premature death in December 2017 of the beloved DJ and friend of Amoeba (see her pictured right at the 2015 Record Store Day at Amoeba Berkeley - one of The Coup DJ's countless Amoeba appearances) shocked fans and friends from the Bay and beyond. Since then her legacy has been consistently honored and kept alive thanks to such folk as Alex Mejia whose posthumous work in Pam’s name includes setting up the PurplePamFoundation and organizing last Saturday’s benefit for that organization that, since its inception shortly after Pam's passing, has supported such DJ themed entities as Youth Radio.

Of the Pam the Funkstress event DJ Platurn told the Amoeblog that, “It was great to see some real and dedicated fans come out and support Pam and the Foundation as well. She is sorely missed but her influence and energy will forever live on in Bay Area hip-hop and funk music.” As to what was the most memorable point of the night for DJ Platurn? “Highlight was of course jamming out with Eric "EQ" Young from Con Funk Shun, playing some edited DJ style cuts of classic Con Funk Shun jams while he slayed it on the bass like only he can,” the founding member of the Oakland Faders and former Amoeba Berkeley staffer.


Top 5 Hip-Hop Vinyl Album Reissues

#1: Statik Selektah Population Control vinyl/LP  (Tuff Kong Records)

#2 Camu Tao King of Hearts vinyl/LP (Fat Poss
vinyl reissue of the late great Camu Tao 2010 album

#3 V/A Colors OST silver vinyl LP  (Warner)

#4: Styles P  S.P. The Goat: Ghost Of All Time LP/Vinyl (Tuff Kong)

#5:  TIE   Dr Dre  2001 vinyl LP + 2001 Instrumentals vinyl/LP  (Aftermath)
                Snoop Dogg R&G (Rhythm & Gangsta): The Masterpiece 2LP (Geffen)

The hip-hop history loving Tuff Kong Records label continues its healthy streak of reissuing on vinyl some great hip-hop with two new vinyl pressing arrivals on this chart; Styles P's  S.P. The Goat: Ghost Of All Time LP/Vinyl and Statik Selektah’s Population Control vinyl/LP. Originally released eight years ago in October, 2011, this fourth studio full-length from the renowned East Coast hip-hop producer is thick in features from an amazing array of hip-hop talents. The long list of collaborating artists includes (to name but a handful of the many) the late great Sean Price, Styles P, Freddie Gibbs, Talib Kweli, Rapsody, DJ Premier and DJ Babu.  

Also included on the hip-hop vinyl reissues chart is the new colored vinyl pressing, in silver vinyl, of the 1988 movie soundtrack to Colors via Warner.  The all-killer, no filler 10 track album features such hip-hop icons as Eric B & Rakim, Ice-T, Salt 'N' Pepa and a grip of Marley Marl produced Cold Chillin' legends including MC ShanBig Daddy Kane and Roxanne Shante. Another welcome vinyl reissue is the Fat Possum vinyl repress of the late great Camu Tao's 2010 album King of Hearts vinyl/LP

Also out again on vinyl is Dr Dre's 20 year old album in two versions; 2001 vinyl LP and 2001 Instrumentals vinyl/LP.  The 1999 double album release (in both vocal and instrumental versions) include of such trademark Dre tracks as “Still D.R.E.” and “The Next Episode.”

The artist whose career Dr Dre launched, Snoop Dogg, is also included on this chart with the vinyl reissue of his 2004 album  R&G (Rhythm & Gangsta): The Masterpiece 2LP (Geffen).  This now 15 year old album includes such tracks as the hit single "Drop It Like It's Hot" featuring Pharrell and produced by The Neptunes.

V/A Colors OST silver vinyl LP  (Warner)

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