With Finesse & Slice-of-Spice gearing up to release the prequel to Return of the Funky Man, the indie label has been on a deep promo run, releasing free downloads and snippets here and there. For Funky Man: The Prequel, the album was painstakingly re-mastered. First offering is the original version of Fat For the 90s produced by Diamond D. Hit the jump for an alternate version of No Gimmicks which KRS-One re-recorded and added some new lyrics to the 1995 classic. Album drops in April.
KRS’ 1993 album Return Of The Boom Bap had a lot of gems on it, but this previously vaulted track was left on the cutting room floor and has finally seen the light of day after 19 years thanks to DJ JS-1.
The Blastmaster builds on the last BDP album, Sex and Violence (1992) which he states was “a flop” (only moving 250,000 units, in contrast to 1990′s Edutainment which moved 600,000 units), the possibility of the P.M. Dawn beef slowing down his sales, and the events that eventually led up to his highly-celebrated solo debut, Return of the Boom Bap. Shouts to DPB on the head’s up.
If you’re fed up with producers who make “fake J Dilla beats” and “pop-star radio DJs” like DJ JS-1 is, the best thing to do is slap them across the face with some real boom bap sounds. So that’s exactly what the Queens, New York DJ did with his new single, “Boom Slap,” and who better to amp up the slap than two of the kings of boom bap, KRS-One and Rahzel. The respective visionaries of rapping and beat boxing join their friend JS-1 on the first leak from No One Cares, which will be released on June 21st via Fat Beats Records.
Re-Edutainment, the upcoming Kev Brown-produced debut EP from Kyle Rapps, is the New Jersey native’s own take on the Boogie Down Productions classic album Edutainment. On this track he actually teams up with the Blastmaster himself to talk about the problems most of us have to deal with: rising rent costs and dwindling apartment quality.