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DJ Krush is a prime example of how Hip Hop can save your soul. Krush took his girl to see Wild Style, the first motion picture dedicated to this new artform. He was hooked. Building and buying his own equipment, he became one of the first Hip Hop djs and producers in Japan. Aside from being one of his country's pioneers, he established himself as one of the most prolific producers, changing the face of Hip Hop with his experimental beats and instrumental sounds.
'Zen' is Dj Krush's seventh album and features collaborations with Black Thought and ?uestlove of the Roots (on different tracks, mind you), N'Dea Davenport of the Brand New Heavies and Zap Mama, as well as unknowns from the Japanese Hip Hop scene. The beats he creates are organic, at times defying any genre-descriptions, which is exactly how DJ Krush likes it.
This album from 2001 hasn't been available on vinyl for years, and is now made available to you on double 180 grams audiophile vinyl.LP 1
1. Song 1
2. Zen Approach Featuring Black Thought
3. Danger Of Love Featuring Zap Mama
4. Sonic Traveler Featuring Tunde Ayanyemi
5. Duck Chase Featuring Phonosycographdisk
6. Vision Of Art Featuring Company Flow
1. Day's End Featuring Kazufumi Kodama
2. With Grace Featuring N'Dea Davenport
3. Candle Chant (A Tribute) Featuring Boss The MC
4. Endless Railway ft. Ahmir '?uestlove' Thompson
5. Whut'z Da Solution Ft Kukoo Da Baga Bonez
6. Paradise Bird Theory Featuring Sunja Lee
$39.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Run-DMCFuture archaeologists will discuss two periods in 1980s: before Run-DMC and after Run-DMC. It's no exaggeration to say that the group
changed the course of music in the '80s, bringing the old-school of rap into the new with one simple piece of flat, black plastic.
Coming up in the rap world of the early 1980s under the wing of Kurtis Blow (group manager Russell Simmons managed Blow, and Run
was, at one time, a DJ known as "Son of Kurtis Blow") and Blow's bassist and burgeoning super-producer Larry Smith, the trio - Joseph
"Run" Simmons, Darryl "DMC" McDaniels and Jason "Jam Master Jay" Mizell - learned from the best, but created their own path.
1983 was the year that they first broke out. With only an Oberheim DMX drum program and some cuts by Jay, "Sucker M.C.s (Krush-Groove
1)" was a shot across the bow to the slick, post-disco pocket rap had settled into. It was raw, pure swagger and it took both New Yorkers
and music aficionados around the world by storm. The song's lyrics are a mandatory memorization assignment to this day by MCs learning
their craft. "Two years ago, a friend of mine "
The group's sound, which was laid out muscularly on Run-DMC, had a harder approach than their peers, thanks to producer Larry Smith's
use of live musicians who laid down grooves but didn't soften the edges. Lyrically the group wasn't just about brags either, with songs like
"Hard Times," "It's Like That" and "Wake Up" (the first two were singles). Run's and DMC's overlapping tag-team approach to lyricism was
powerful and immensely influential.
"Rock Box," another single and arguably the centerpiece of the album, was a nod to their hard edge, and a foreshadowing of their first
worldwide smash, 1985's "King Of Rock." Jam Master Jay's DJ work was stellar, knowing exactly when to jump in and put listeners' ears in
The album was the first rap full-length to achieve Gold status, and as fans know, the group was just getting started - their next two LPs would
take them to even higher status in the music world, critically and sales-wise. But this is where it all started, and it's a classic that still sounds
fresh today as it did more than 30 years ago.1. Hard Times
2. Rock Box
3. Jam-Master Jay
4. Hollis Crew (Krush-Groove 2)
5. Sucker M.C.'s (Krush-Groove 1)
6. It's Like That
7. Wake Up
8. 30 Days
9. Jay's Game$22.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now