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Ground & Water, Blu and Damu The Fudgemunk have released yet another standout project as part of their already-incredibly noteworthy catalogues. But this time, they’ve done it together. After collaborating in different ways over the years, the two joined forces for a release that’s every bit as dope as you’d hope considering who’s involved. From the Los Angeles rapper’s tight-as-ever rhymes to the Washington, D.C. native’s crunchy production, Ground & Water captures exactly why Blu and Damu are so revered. For Damu, that meant diving into the storied discography of his new partner-in-rhyme. While the producer always thought highly of the emcee’s talents, he says he realized that Blu’s much greater than people give him credit for.

That led to the excitement of creating Ground & Water, because Damu knew he’d get to tell a story through a cohesive release. The story is one that treads personal, introspective territory that Blu delivers like only he can. On standout track “Share The Love,” Blu and guest Raw Poetic (one of Damu’s frequent collaborators) tackle the dusty, meditative production with thoughtful raps about wanting to see the world in a better place with inspirational lines like, "Stop being so tight, and be more lovable/ I guarantee more opportunities open up for you." Similarly, Blu bares his soul on instant highlights “Feet on the Ground,” “Rhymes & Gemstones,” and “Grey Heaven." His verses take a deep dive into relatable topics like faith, guilt, spirituality, humility, and so much more, proving that his pen game is as sharp as ever. “When you listen to the lyrics and digest the subject matter, there's a lot of depth in his words,” Damu says of his collaborator. “I wanted to provide a similar depth in the music.” To say he matched Blu’s efforts would be an understatement, which you could find out for you 

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Millie says: Collaborating to make this incredible hip hop album is Blu & Damu The Fudgemunk. Amazing production and beats, not to mention the impacting lyrics which hold so much depth and relevance. This needs your attention!

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Coloured LP Info: Blue Vinyl LP.

In a world where we all have our respective tastes in music, one artist has managed to remain at the top our lists and top of the food chain. MF Doom is a name you can't go wrong with. Pop aficionados and underground hip-hop purists alike have been far from shy when giving the man his due praise during his 30 year career. If you're collecting vinyl, then it's safe to assume you own at least one of his cult classics like "Operation Doomsday", "Viktor Vaughn", "Danger Doom" or "MM Food", all of which continue to be top performers years after their original release dates. His most popular is 2004's collaboration with Madlib entitled "Madvallainy". "Madvillainy" has cemented Doom as a legend in the minds of many. In 2011, Paris based production duo The Union collaborated with Doom for their album, "Analogtronics" on the single, "Coco Mango". This track would be remixed by DC's, Damu the Fudgemunk for a limited 7" that sold out in two weeks and became an underground smash in its own right.

Being a Doom and Madvillain fan, Damu took to the opportunity to lay 2 remixes both inspired specifically by Madvillain's track "Rhinestone Cowboy". The results are commonly dubbed "CoCo Mango Sliced" (Power Outage Mix) and "Coco Mango Diced" (Boyscout mix). "Coco Mango Sliced" enlisted a sharp guest verse from Boston's Insight the Truncator. Fun fact: While producing the remixes, Damu lost power in his studio literally after recording a demo of the the first mix and lost the unsaved be in his MPC. That 2 track demo would become what was published, hence the 'Power Outage Mix'. Instead of recreating the exact same beat he lost, Damu took the same sample and put a different swing on it, giving us remix number 2 ('Boyscout mix'). Since its original release, these remixes have become known as 'the Doom record you've never heard' due to its short shelf life.

Though a repress would've made perfect sense in 2011, it's now 2019 and these tracks are finally getting a proper reissue. The cover art was handled by well known artist Joe Buck of De La Soul fame and pays homage to Doom using his signature hand drawn technique accenting a classic masked photo of Damu the Fudgemunk. Everything about this record screams high quality hip hop. Brought to you by one of the genre's most respected producers, Damu the Fudgemunk and Redefinition Records, fans now have an opportunity to own this gem documenting and celebrating one of our largest icons, MF Doom.


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7" Info: Orange vinyl limited to 500 copies worldwide.


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