Following an unprecedented demand for the colored vinyl sets of Jedi Mind Tricks’ long out-of-print debut, The Psycho-Social… and their seminal album Violent By Design, Babygrande Records has given the fans what they’ve asked for and opened the vault to reissue one of Jedi Mind Tricks’ most cherished albums to date, Servants In Heaven, Kings In Hell. Out-of-print since 2006, Servants In Heaven is considered to be one of the group’s most cohesive works to date. The album features guest appearances from R.A. the Rugged Man, Ill Bill, Sean Price, Reef the Lost Cauze, and Chief Kamachi. Servants In Heaven, Kings In Hell is now available as a deluxe blue vinyl set and available for purchase exclusively here.
Continuing to prove why he is worthy of the moniker ‘The Genius,’ and that “Wu-Tang is for the children,” GZA is taking part in a pilot program at New York’s Park East High School, in which children are learning science by writing rhymes. The program was started by Dr. Chris Emdin of Columbia University’s Teachers College, who formed a partnership with GZA, whose passion for science has earned him prestigious speaking engagements at universities across the world including Harvard and Oxford University.
GZA told CBS News, “The goal is just to awaken the children, make them more aware and embrace science and everything connected to it.”
GZA is currently working on his forthcoming album, Dark Matter, which will be released via Babygrande Records.
On Saturday, April 6th, a benefit event will be held at Chickie’s & Pete’s in Philadelphia for former Babygrande artist and Outerspace member, Crypt The Warchild. Earlier this week, Crypt revealed to the public that he has been battling Hodgkins Lymphoma. The fundraiser, which features an open bar and food from 7 to 10pm, will include live DJ sets by DJ Eclipse and longtime Outerspace affiliate 7L. Tickets for the event will be available at the door for $40, but they can also be purchased via PayPal by sending payment to firstname.lastname@example.org. All proceeds will go to Crypt and his family.
Crypt, who is one-half of Outerspace alongside Planetary, is additionally a member of the underground super group Army Of The Pharaohs, and is also one of the most revered Jedi Mind Tricks affiliates. In 2004, Outerspace released their debut album through Babygrande Records. The group continued its relationship with Babygrande by releasing their 2006 album, Blood Brothers, through the label, in addition to the release of Army Of The Pharaohs’ debut album, The Torture Papers, the same year. In 2008, Outerspace once again teamed up with Babygrande for the release of God’s Fury.
Crypt The Warchild is a tremendous artist whose music truly reflects his passion and dedication for his craft. From everyone at Babygrande Records, we wish Crypt and his family the best.
As part of Hot 97′s ’5 Boro Takeover Tour,’ Raekwon invited fellow Wu-Tang swordsman, GZA, to share the stage with him and assist with a performance of “Protect Ya Neck” at New York’s Stage 48. The crowd went crazy as the Genius actually performed Rae’s verse from the classic record, before doing a rendition of “Clan In Da Front.” The legendary Rakim then took the stage to perform a myriad of hits from his catalog.
GZA’s forthcoming album, Dark Matter, is due out later this year on Babygrande Records.
One of Detroit’s most revered MCs, Journalist 103 (of The Left) dropped one of 2012′s most memorable albums, Reporting Live. The album features guest appearances from Freeway, Saigon, Fashawn, Eternia, and more as well as production by Apollo Brown, Snowgoons, Oddisee, and ATG. Babygrande Records is proud to announce that Reporting Live is now available for purchase as a dark yellow vinyl LP. Fans can purchase the LP here, in addition to many fine retailers worldwide.
In the latest edition of FADER and Converse’s ‘Brooklyn Bound,’ host Felipe Delerme traveled to The Chess Forum to chop up with legendary lyricist and avid chess player, GZA. In this video, the Wu-Tang swordsman discusses how he began playing chess and also reveals that several other rappers share his appreciation for the game. The Genius also discusses his upcoming album, Dark Matter, due out later this year on Babygrande Records.
It’s been over ten years since the release of Jedi Mind Tricks’ seminal album, Violent By Design, and underground hip-hop fans still constantly gravitate to the grimy essence of Vinnie Paz, Jus Allah, and the boom-bap virtuoso known as Stoupe The Enemy Of Mankind. Arguably the most influential underground hip-hop album of the 2000s, Violent has been described by critics as an “underground treasure” (AllHipHop) and has been praised for Vinnie and Jus’ brazen lyrics as well as Stoupe’s innovative instrumentals. Unbeknownst to many listeners, the album was actually recorded in Stoupe’s bedroom and originally pressed up on the group’s own Superegular Records.
Out of print for the majority of the decade, Violent By Design has remained in demand by hip-hop fans worldwide. Babygrande Records has responded to this by re-issuing the pivotal album as a limited edition clear vinyl set. The cover, containing a photograph of a U.S. soldier calling for medics during the 1967 Battle of Dak To in Vietnam, is presented in its original form on this collectable release, for which only 1,000 copies have been issued for the entire world. The album has been digitally remastered and the track list has been excluded from jacket’s backside to serve as a memento for diehard Jedi fans that have scoured the web for the original picture of the Philly crew performing before an intimate crowd. This is a must-own item for any Jedi fan as is already becoming as rare as the original release itself. The limited edition Violent By Deisng clear vinyl double LP set can be purchased here and at many other fine retailers throughout the world.
Freeway was the guest on today’s edition of “The Breakfast Club” on New York’s Power 105.1. He chopped it up with hosts Charlamagne The God, Angela Yee and DJ Envy and discussed his new album, Diamond In The Ruff, which is in stores now via Babygrande Records. During the segment, Free discussed his new album Diamond In The Ruff, his relationship with Jay-Z, his thoughts on a Meek Mill-Cassidy battle, and much more. Freeway also delivered an acapella freestyle while on air. If you haven’t already, purchase Diamond In The Ruff now.
Freeway, in conjunction with Babygrande Records, released a limited edition red vinyl version of his new album Diamond In The Ruff. The red vinyl edition is a double LP set that features unparalleled sound quality. Only 500 copies have been pressed worldwide, so make sure to purchase your copy before they’re all gone. The limited edition Diamond In The Rough red vinyl double LP set can be purchased here and many other fine retailers throughout the world.