Originally hailing from Florida, Ghost McGrady headed out west and posted up in Koreatown, Los Angeles where neighbors and police frequently complained of a loud smell and an even louder stereo system blaring the wide spectrum of vivid sounds that would ultimately come to form the beats throughout this album. This is a collection of songs composed over the past four years (2014-2018) that form one coherent thought: Believe. Each beat was created with an open mind and a fuck the popular sound mentality that comes from years upon years of sample chopping and sound design experience dating back to Ghost McGradys genesis at age 11 in his darkened bedroom. Believe is the consequence of House Shoes discovering Ghost at a local event and building a relationship that culminated in Shoes curating this album using brand new tracks & material that had previously been heard in various internet locations. To have these heavily textured songs that were once made in a dim lit, lonely, and depressing apartment be heard on vinyl is simultaneously a dream fulfilled and the perfect medium for their expression.
FRANK is the latest release from Dolfin Records, a Texas indie label with a prominent underground roster that includes rapper Lord Byron, producer Ben Hixon, R&B singer Jon Bap, and former Stanley Clarke drummer Mike Mitchell. Liv.e is one of the newer artists on the label, having previously collaborated with Hixon through a series of DJ parties in Dallas (New Math Mondays). Hixon and Bap have significant marks on this project, providing production, mixing, and background vocals. The beats they lend are often heavy on the drums, with short, hazy riffs that resemble Dilla-style syncopated loops. FRANK opens with a short hiss, launching into a jittery pattern of cymbals and drums, stinging bass slaps, and bouncy guitar riffs. You can almost see the tape reels rolling in front of you as the instrumental loops play themselves out with occasional flutters and skips. A chorus of voices enter with harmonies out of the George Clinton songbook, blending in behind the slow, finger-snapping beat. It sounds more like a lost, dusty funk recording from the 70s than an R&B song made in 2017. - Nitish Pahwa (Passion Of The Weiss) Artwork by Ghostdrank. Street Corner Music is proud to partner with Dolfin Records for this vinyl release.
Dert is back. Kind of. Derty Dan's Cheap Thrills, his second release on SCM, and fourth record in as many years has arrived. As with prior self-released albums West Side Of The Moon and Eclipse, Dert sticks to one group for the source material that he then flips, chops and obliterates over the albums 16 tracks. This won't be around long. It's also Dert's last album he will be making.
Compiled by House Shoes, Love n War is a melodious jaunt through the mind of Los Angeles based producer, reallynathan. Creations representative of a five-year span, from 2010 to 2015, the tape is a true portrayal of what reallynathan's music exudes: tension and release. Whether it's the ambient production found on Shine Off, the more traditional hip hop sound on Trickery, or the house influence on tracks such as imafreak, the theme remains consistent; a search for freedom from the turmoil within and around us. Love and war. reallynathan credits his musical style to Bay Area roots, years spent witnessing the growth of the LA beat scene, and his most recent discovery of dance music while residing in NYC. If the name sounds familiar, it could be from his days DJing and producing for the hip hop trio Late Bloomers (Tres Records, 2011), or his past production for Cashus King fka Co$$. In fact, it was his work on Cashus King's Instrument of Emotion project that led to his discovery by House Shoes, paving the way for five years of tension filled productions to see a proper release.
Debut LP on Street Corner Music from the CT based producer. "While preparing for my radio show about a year ago, I put a kite out to the kids that I was looking for some heat to play. This kid sent me a 20 second clip of a work in progress. It was sublime. He kept sending beats per my request. It was exciting how consistently good the shit was. Blissful, downtempo escapism. His production took me somewhere else, in a time where a retreat from the increasingly stressful day to day is more than welcomed. That first track he sent, "Huey", starts off Balloons, Wowflower's debut LP on Street Corner Music, just as it started the dialogue between the two of us. The Street Corner faithfuls will not be disappointed. This shit is fantastic." -House Shoes
Debut release on Street Corner Music from the CT based producer. "Foisey's music got into my hands thru Mutant Academy. I became aware of these RVA kids last year and told them to send a pack. What initially stood out was the beats from Foisey, a young cat from Connecticut. He kept sending packs and I put together a dope collection of his instrumentals. Laid back vibes with a punch. You won't be disappointed. Beats."
Tuamie returns to Street Corner Music with Holy Ghost Spirituals, the third release in SCM's Gospel flip series. Following Jake One and Ras_G's collections, Tuamie chops and flips his sanctified selections into raw beats. A no brainer for a Tuamie fans, this will not be around long.
Seige Monstracity is an anomaly in the music industry. He rides the fence, providing the contemporary soundtracks for successful commercial artists such as YG, Tyrese, Keisha Cole, and Marsha Ambrosius, as well as producing grimey backdrops for underground artists like Bizarre, Bad Lucc, and Namebrand. This is a collection of the latter. Seige's debut LP contains 12 incredible doses of heavy beats, chopped up breaks, and obliterated samples. A Detroit transplant in Los Angeles, both cities are omnipresent at all times on the LP. Swahililand is a west-coast interpretation of the classic Stakes Is High. Careless revives a classic David Axelrod moment. Dirt Bag sounds like a late night liquor store robbery. Doves takes a classic from one of our all time greats who we lost recently, and transforms it into a ride thru the hood on a beautiful day in Los Angeles. This is not to be missed. Another classic collection of beats from Street Corner Music.
Stro Elliot is an incredible producer and performer. Plain and simple. His productions mold the past and the present into futuristic soul splashed gems that turn heads whenever they are heard. His ability to breathe new life into already classic records is one of the reasons he is one of the most respected producers of the day. From The Summer Love Song, where he beats the shit out of Kool and the Gangs perennial classic Summer Madness, to the absolutely ridiculous flip of Soul II Stro, to Virginia Wolf, where he sings about relationship woes, it's all flawless. Street Corner Music is proud to present the debut LP from one of the best to do it.
Chicago producers Scud One (Cult Classic, The Dirty Science, 2013/2014) and T-White (The Gift Vol. V, Street Corner Music, 2014) have been working together musically for the last four years. Scud One is a producer and lyricist whose work on Cult Classic and Don't Drink The Kool-Aid - alongside artist Denmark Vessey - was called "organic and thoughtful, political and soulful, and without being quirky or removed from the streets" (Daniel Isenberg - Nahright.com, Complex Magazine). Scud One has worked with artists including Quelle Chris, Guilty Simpson, and Exile, among others. T-White is a music producer, and animator whose record debut was the fifth volume in the ten-volume "The Gift" series compiled by House Shoes (Street Corner Musicª). He has produced for Denmark Vessey on Don't Drink The Kool-Aid and 2015's Martin Lucid Dream; T-White produced the single "Don't Smoke K2" which was featured on NPR's "Songs We Love".
"Steven Tyler" - a title derived from the combination of both artists first names . Scud One (Steven) and T-White (Tyler) focus on the integration of beats, interludes and spoken-word comedy skits delivered with absurd - and sometimes sardonic - wit. It's a packed album, filled with colorful sounds, spacey artwork and irreverent humor throughout. As a collaborative effort, it showcases the strengths of both its producers, and makes for a unique blend.
Steven Tyler is being sponsored by Chroncierge. Steven Tyler will be released on both vinyl, and cassette, and thanx to Chroncierge, both will be green! Chroncierge will also be putting out a limited time strain called "Scudzy White" in support of the album. Steven Tyler is hard as fuck. - House Shoes
Jake One's discography reads like a who's who list of some of the greatest AND most successful artists in the history of hip hop. That's what makes him truly unique. Blurring the lines between the underground and overground. Providing sonic backdrops for such incredible emcees as De La Soul, Scarface, Freeway, MF Doom, Evidence, Casual, Elzhi, Brother Ali, and Rakim among others, but polishing that same formula and providing records for the likes of Drake, Rick Ross, T.I., 50 Cent, Snoop Dogg, J Cole, Wale, Dom Kennedy, and Royce 5'9", Jake One is one of the exceptions that has worked equally with both of these sides of the industry. Exceptionally. "Prayer Hands", a collection of instrumentals created from gospel sources, includes some of those recordings amongst others that all remind you that Jake One has pretty much become the go-to producer for any major artist that wants some real hip hop shit on their album. And understandably so. His discography is one of the most reputable in the game. On October 21st, Street Corner Music and Rappers I Know are proud to present Jake One's "Prayer Hands"
Doc Illingsworth has been cranking out heat in Detroit for years now. Whether it be solo, instrumental, or rhyming and providing the sonics for his crew Detroit CYDI, his discography has grown as long if not longer than many of his contemporaries. I felt that a full length LP of his work was long overdue. No better time than the present, right? So we made it happen. Better late than never right? Hopefully this will be the first of many for Illingsworth. It took a minute, but it's definitely Worth The Wait...
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