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Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five – The Message (1982), 2xLP, Reissue

Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five – The Message (1982), 2xLP, Reissue

The debut studio album of American hip hop group Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, originally released in October 1982 on Sugar Hill Records and featuring arguably the most influential hip-hop single of all time in “The Message”, together with “Scorpio” – one of the greatest electro recordings ever produced.

A gritty, plain-spoken and vividly cinematic portrait of black street life in New York circa ‘82 and a fascinating time capsule of rap’s early attempts with the album format – this album earned respect on its own terms.

Out of print for many years, we are very pleased to make this iconic and revered hip-hop album available again for fans old and new to enjoy.

Release Date: January 20th 2023

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Declaime & Madlib – In The Beginning (Vol. 3) (2023), LP

Declaime & Madlib – In The Beginning (Vol. 3) (2023), LP

In the Beginning (Vol. 3) continues the treasure trove of the early works of Declaime & Madlib, the longtime collaborators who helped usher in a new sound and style from the city of Oxnard, Calif. This collection is brimming with previously unheard tracks from this beyond-creative duo that blends hip-hop with funk, jazz, soul, and psychedelia to lay the groundwork for so many other emcees and producers.

For Declaime (a/k/a Dudley Perkins), this series serves as a way to honor his friends and the city that raised them. He shouts out names like The Almighty Metaphor (aka MED), Oh No the Disrupt, DJ Romes, Kazi, and more, who he says “created a lane for the city of Oxnard to get the recognition it deserves.” Some of them make an appearance in one form or another on this collection, too—Romes, for example, mastered the project—that compiles 10 previously lost tracks that were recorded from 1993 to ‘96.

Release Date: January 13th 2023

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R.A. The Rugged Man – Die, Rugged Man, Die (2005), 2xLP, Reissue

R.A. The Rugged Man – Die, Rugged Man, Die (2005), 2xLP, Reissue

When R.A. The Rugged Man dropped his first album, it seemed like he’d been around for years…and, well, he had. The Rugged Man’s storied background includes early 90s collaborations with legends like Mobb Deep and The Notorious B.I.G., plus a few epic appearances on the seminal “Soundbombing” compilations. But until this 2004 masterpiece, he had never released a proper album. Thankfully, R.A. delivered “Die, Rugged Man, Die”, a defiant opus that kick-started his journey from industry outcast to independent hip-hop icon. Featuring the classic single “Chains”, “Die, Rugged Man, Die” proved R.A. could deliver on a full-length album, and remains an impressive body of work. Now, the previously out-of-print collection is available again on vinyl, complete with new updated artwork. Despite the efforts of doubters, R.A. The Rugged Man lives.

Release Date: January 20th 2023

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Sean Price & Small Professor – 86 Witness (2022), 2xLP, Reissue, Deluxe Edition, Gatefold

Sean Price & Small Professor – 86 Witness (2022), 2xLP, Reissue, Deluxe Edition, Gatefold

Coalmine Records, in partnership with Duck Down Music, is excited to announce the upcoming release of the deluxe edition of Sean Price & Small Professor’s collaborative classic, 86 Witness. Released as a limited edition gatefold 2XLP with both the main and instrumental versions, the album boasts several packaging accoutrements that involve an artwork overhaul designed with metallic inks. For those unfamiliar with 86 Witness, the album is a testament to both Hip-Hop’s Golden Era and the unbelievable talents of Sean Price, one of the genre’s biggest and best voices who was taken from us far, far too soon. His hilarious, tack-sharp rhymes are complemented by the imaginative and dusty production of Small Pro, who may just be rap’s best kept secret. Like his previous projects, 86 Witness is brimming with classic lines and lyrical barbs from P. What’s different here, however, is the depth of his references in addition to his incredible chemistry with Small Pro. From the verses to the beats, they have provided so many musical Easter eggs that each listen tips off something you’ve yet to discover. And that’s not even mentioning the ambitious lineup of guests featuring Your Old Droog, Guilty Simpson, Rockness Monsta, Elucid, Castel, Reef the Lost Cauze, Curly Castro, Zilla Rocca, and more.

Release Date: December 16th 2022

Dave East X Mike & Keys – How Did I Get Here (2022), LP, Limited Edition, Blue

Dave East X Mike & Keys – How Did I Get Here (2022), LP, Limited Edition, Blue

The album was produced entirely by frequent East collaborators Mike & Keys and features Method Man, Musiq Soulchild, Anthony Hamilton, Benny The Butcher, Trae Tha Truth and Steven Young. On HDIGH, Mike & Keys bring their “A-Game”, incorporating heavy boom bap and smooth melodic instrumentation into their production throughout the album, providing the perfect backdrop for East to spit his patented braggadocios bars. HDIGH is the first project to come from the East Harlem rapper since he linked up with Harry Fraud in 2021 for HOFFA, and has East reflecting on his upbringing and rise in the music industry.

Release Date: December 2nd 2022

Freddie Gibbs & Madlib – Piñata ’84 (2014), LP, Limited Edition, Reissue, Record Store Day

Freddie Gibbs & Madlib – Piñata ’84 (2014), LP, Limited Edition, Reissue, Record Store Day

“Piñata is a gangster Blaxploitation ­lm on wax,” says Gibbs. As a producer, Madlib, quite simply, is music. Gibbs and Madlib replace Crockett and Tubbs for a follow up to the blaxploitation inspired “Pinata: The 1974 Version”, with the 80s fueled “Pinata: The 1984 Version.” Though we promise, no mullets or ugly Ferraris.

Release Date: November 18th 2022

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Thievery Corporation – Sounds From The Thievery Hi-Fi (1996), 2xLP, Reissue

Thievery Corporation – Sounds From The Thievery Hi-Fi (1996), 2xLP, Reissue

The debut album from Thievery Corporation was released in 1997 as a first-of-its-kind electronica record. The phrase “trip-hop” was coined in 1994 during the influx of alt-rock techno music and perfectly describes the acid-jazz tracks that make up the album. With a blend of lounge, electronic, and folk influences, this is a listening experience that caters to everyone. The remastered album features signature track “Shaolin Satellite” and bonus tracks “Sun, Moon, and Stars” and “Sleeper Car.”

Release Date: December 2nd 2022

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Lil’ Baby – It’s Only Me (2022), 2xLP

Lil’ Baby – It’s Only Me (2022), 2xLP

This marks Baby’s first solo album since 2020’s My Turn, which debuted at No. 1 and was certified 4x platinum, logging 85 weeks in the top 10 of the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. Back in June 2021, he teamed up with Lil Durk for their joint album The Voice of the Heroes. Although Lil Baby hadn’t dropped a full album since last summer’s Lil Durk collaboration ‘The Voice of the Heroes’, or a solo record since his 2020’s ‘My Turn’, he’s continued to shake up the hip-hop zeitgeist. Over the past two years, he’s dropped show-stealing verses on Pop Smoke, Drake and Nicki Minaj tracks as well as chronicling his rise to fame in the Amazon Prime documentary Untrapped: The Story of Lil Baby.

Release Date: November 18th 2022

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Group Gome – Livin’ Proof (1995), 2xLP, Reissue

Group Gome – Livin’ Proof (1995), 2xLP, Reissue

One of the more unsung talents that came out of the Gang Starr Foundation was the Brooklyn-based duo Group Home, consisting of MCs Lil Dap and Melachi The Nutcracker. Dap was first showcased on the Gang Starr posse cut Im The Man, on 1992s Daily Operation; Melachi appeared on Words From The Nutcracker from 1993s Hard To Earn. The early Group Home song So Called Friends was also featured on 1993s now-legendary Gangstarr Foundation Sampler, which also gave the world Jerus Come Clean.

By 1995, Dap and Melachi had paid their dues and finally got their own full-length: Livin Proof. And it was everything that Gang Starr and any true school hip-hop fans could have wanted, produced almost entirely by DJ Premier (with two exceptions: Serious Rap Shit helmed by Guru himself; and 4 Give My Sins, produced by Jay-Z mentor Jaz-O (aka Big Jazz).

Beyond the albums classic singles – Supa Star, Livin Proof and Suspended In Time – there are Premier-overseen classics all over, including The Realness, Inna Citi Life, and Sacrifice. In fact, many Gang Starr scholars agree that the beats on Living Proof are in the Top 5 of all Premier-produced albums – no small boast, but certainly hard to disprove.

Release Date: November 4th 2022

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Dilated Peoples – 20/20 (2006), 2xLP, Reissue, 180 gr

Dilated Peoples – 20/20 (2006), 2xLP, Reissue, 180 gr

Their fourth studio album 20/20 was originally release in 2006. The album’s lead single “Back Again” made a strong impact, partly due to MTV refusing to play the video, due to a scene in which Rakaa wore a bulletproof vest. “Back Again” and the title track were both produced by acclaimed producer The Alchemist. In addition, the album features guest performances by Dr. Greenthumb, Talib Kweli, Krondon, Defari and Capleton. 20/20 is available as a 2LP and includes a 4-page booklet with lyrics.

Release Date: November 25th 2022

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