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Genre pick of the week Cover of Yasiin Gaye - The Return: Side Two by Mos Def Vs Marvin Gaye.
Amerigo Gazaway liberates the second installment in his highly praised Soul Mates blend project, bringing together Brooklyn rapper Yasiin Bey (aka Mos Def) and soul legend Marvin Gaye for a dream collaboration aptly titled “Yasiin Gaye” for a second hip hop soul outing. Building the album’s foundation from deconstructed samples of Gaye’s Motown classics, the producer re-orchestrates the instrumentation into new productions within a similar framework. Carefully weaving Bey’s dense raps and Gaye’s soulful vocals over his new arrangements, the producer delivers a quality far closer to Gaye’s famous duets than that of a “mash-up” album.

'Yasiin Gaye. The Return: Side Two' gives us 18 new mash-ups of Mos Def and Marvin Gaye classics.

Boogie Down Productions

Criminal Minded - Deluxe Edition

In listing the greatest albums in hip-hop history, one title never seems to stray from the upper echelons, no matter how many years pass: Boogie Down Productions’ undisputed classic from 1986, Criminal Minded. Released amidst a battle between BDP and MC Shan that would redefine the New York rap landscape as it was then known, the album, which features the songs “South Bronx,” “Criminal Minded” and “The Bridge is Over,” captures the excitement, urgency and raw power that embodies hip-hop culture as we know it, with KRS-One’s aggressive yet intelligent lyricism backed by Scott La Rock’s hard-hitting, stripped-down beats. A true classic, Criminal Minded has been recognized by Vibe Magazine, The Source and Rolling Stone as one of the most important albums of all time. Traffic Entertainment Group and B-Boy Records are proud to present Criminal Minded, presented for the first time ever in a double-LP pressing with a new digital transfer from the original analog master tapes. The album is packaged in a gatefold “paste-on style” jacket, featuring extensive liner notes from journalist Brian Coleman and KRS-One, full colour printed dust sleeves with vintage B-Boy Records graffiti artwork, full-color 24” x 36” poster and the bonus track “P is Free (Original 12” Version).”

Reginald Omas Mamode IV burst onto the scene in soulful fashion last year with the jazzy bump of the "Do You EP", a favourite of Lefto, Lauren Laverne, Gilled Peterson and Piccadilly's own Patrick. Now the South London man returns for one-four with a deeper, bolder statement of artistic intent on the "As We Move" EP.  This second EP takes the earthy organic soul of "Do You" and twists it into the raw and dense 4/4 of "Fire Burning" or the deep and desperate boogie of "Hold It Together". Sonically, Reggie's music blends the bass heavy approach of Dam-Funk with the intimate 70s soul of Curtis or Marvin, adding a little Dilla shuffle for an extra kick of esoteric spice. "Know You Better" unfolds amidst the horizontal posturing of g funk synths and jazz percussion, whereas "Understand Me", already receiving heavy support from Gilles and Lefto, is a slow burning London soul jam about relationship communication breakdown. Elsewhere, Reggie hits us with a late night lovers jam in the form of the super sexy Funkadelic inspired "One More Time" and takes us for a skipping, stepping, rug cutting low ride on "The Hustler". With the likes of Al Dobson Jr and Andrew Ashong also making waves at the moment with their very modern take on soul, it seems like there's a burgeoning scene breaking out, and Reggie's at the forefront.

1210 Apparel

Hip Hop Roots - Grey

    A brilliant design from 1210 Apparel which combines the design of the New York subway map with the shape of a tree and all the legendary figures in the history of hip hop. All the train lines lead to different hip hop artist stations as it were. Old school, new school, mid school... It's all here!

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