Frankenstein Limited Edition 7″ Double Pack Pre-Orders Are Live!

The new Frankenstein double 7″ release featuring the classic “Frankenstein’s Pain” and the never before released “Strangers To The Eye” is now available for pre-order in the shop section of our site starting at noon CST today. Check out a sound clip of the release in our media player. Here is the breakdown of the pressings:

10 Hand Signed Test Pressings Double Pack($40 + $10 flat rate international shipping) – SOLD OUT!

150 Coloured Vinyl Pressings Double Pack(“Frankenstein’s Pain” Vocal and Instrumental on lavender coloured vinyl and “Strangers To The Eye” Vocal and Instrumental on orange coloured vinyl)($30 + $10 flat rate international shipping)** – SOLD OUT!

100 Black Vinyl Pressings – These are the retail edition of the release and are not available on the site.

MONSTER RELEASE FROM THIS CANADIAN RAP ICON – GRAB YOUR COPY WHILE THEY LAST!

**Note: You can ship up to 4 records(2 double packs) for a flat shipping rate of $10. Due to demand test pressings will be limited to one per customer. These will ship in late August. Remember to sign up for our newsletter to get up to date information on upcoming releases and special projects. Thanks for your continued support!

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Interview with Dan Charnas

Those of you that have not had the opportunity to read “The Big Payback” by Dan Charnas need to run to your local bookstore and pick up a copy now. Simply put, this book is a must read for any discerning fan of hip hop culture. I recently had the opportunity to catch up with the man behind this engaging story and this is what he had to say…

Dan what was your initial introduction to rap music? How did you break into the business?

My introduction to rap music was the same as most kids in suburbia: Hearing “Rappers Delight” for the first time, in the fall of 1979. I broke into the business about 10 years later, actually, by doing my college thesis on racial segregation in the music business. Instead of people interviewing me for a job, I was interviewing them. It allowed me to pick the people I wanted to meet — and at least one of them proved instrumental in my career moving forward.

Discuss your motivation for writing “The Big Payback”. What were some of the challenges you faced in the making of the book?

I wrote “The Big Payback” because nobody had at that point really told the story of how hip-hop actually got so big. It was actually an impossible, improbable American success story, and I framed it as a piece of American history. The biggest challenges were doing the thousands of hours of interviews, and finding the time to write a 600+ page 40-year narrative all while working a day job.

How have the dynamics of the rap game changed over the course of the last 30 years?

The success and mainstream acceptance of hip-hop has actually has dampened a bit of the entrepreneurial ardor that gave us unstoppable characters like Sean Combs and Jay-Z. When you have to fight your way into the game and build your own career, that’s a very different energy than having records accepted almost immediately as pop music.

Initially rap was considered a “fad” by critics. Rap now has a rich culture and history and has become a mainstay in popular culture. What were the forces that enabled this to happen?

First, there had to be a culture worth spreading. Genres and styles are more likely to end up as fads or crazes when the culture behind it isn’t strong or complex enough. Hip-hop had a multifaceted culture (music, verse, dance, visual art, and style) by the time the first records surfaced. Second, there had to be a way to make money at it. Third, there needed to be folks willing to take the gamble.  My book is about those folks.

I understand you teach yoga. What role does that play in your life?

I started doing yoga and meditation directly as a result of my relationship with Rick Rubin, working out in California in the 1990s. Basically, I got sick, and yoga healed me. After that, I came to understand that yoga isn’t a set of exercises, but a set of instructions, an owners manual to the human body. At base, yoga is about the power of vibration, the power of the word, and about self-empowerment. Which, for me, puts it in perfect alignment with hip-hop.

How have you grown as a writer over the course of your career?

Writers need good editors. We grow by being challenged. I’ve been blessed in my life to have some stellar ones, among them Jon Shecter at The Source, Rich Leiby at the Washington Post, and Kim Nauer, David Blum and Sam Freedman at the Columbia’s Graduate School of Journalism. Without them, I’d be a hack. Or, at least, more of a hack than I am now.

Any advice for aspiring writers?

See above. Get yourself a good editor and position your head on their chopping block.

Discuss the work you are involved in currently. Any special projects we need to know about?

I’m circling around a few new possible projects in print, TV, and the Web. Haven’t settled on the next one just yet. But it’s coming.

What are your 3 most prized possessions?

I’m past possessions, which tend to end up possessing you. Instead, I have blessings: my wife, my son, my health.

Thanks for your time Dan. Much respect for the time and dedication that went into the making of this book.

**Interview by Jason Armitage for Roots Forward Records – May 2012.

 

 

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“Old School Hip Hop” Limited Edition Black T Shirt Pre-Orders Are Live!

I am pleased to announce Roots Forward is featuring a special limited edition T shirt from talented New York City artist Steve Vializ(Cas) entitled “Old School Hip Hop”. Shirt features all the elements of hip hop in one stunning design…. Shirt is limited to 100 only. First 20 shirts will be hand signed by the artist, next 80 will be standard issue. Shirt is available in BLACK ONLY. All shirts are ordered to size. Cost is $40 for the standard issue, $60 for the hand-signed. Please add an additional $4 for XXL or XXXL sizes. Cas has poured his heart and soul into this beautiful work of art and I am pleased to make it available to my customers. Pre-orders are now live in the shop section of the site. These are going to move quickly so grab one while you can!
**THESE ARE NOW SOLD OUT!
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Madman Shawn “Walk Thru Hell” Limited Edition 7″ Pre-orders are live!

 

Madman Shawn “Walk Thru Hell”  limited edition 7″ pre-orders are now live in the shop section of our site. Check out a sound clip of the release in our media player. Here is the breakdown of the pressings:

10 Hand Signed Test Pressings($30 + $10 flat rate international shipping**) **SOLD OUT!

100 Red Vinyl Pressings($15 + $10 flat rate international shipping**)**SOLD OUT!

200 Black Vinyl Pressings($15 + $10 flat rate international shipping**)

BIG BUZZ ON THIS RELEASE – THESE ARE GOING TO SELL QUICKLY!

Note**You can ship up to 4 records for a flat shipping rate of $10. Due to demand test pressings will be limited to one per customer. Red/black pressing limit is 2 per customer. This limit is in effect to enable more customers to enjoy this product. Roots Forward looks forward to bringing you many special projects in the months to come. Remember to sign up for our newsletter to get up to date information on upcoming releases. Let’s keep this music alive!

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Madman Shawn “Walk Thru Hell” Pre-Orders Live on Monday

Madman Shawn “Walk Thru Hell” 7″ Pre-Orders begin Monday Feb.13 @Noon CST. There will be 10 hand signed test pressings along with 100 red vinyl and 200 black vinyl pressings of this release. Red/black vinyl pressings are $15, hand signed copies will be $30. Big interest on this one so don’t miss out!

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Roots Forward New Release!

Roots Forward Records next release will be Madman Shawn’s “Walk Thru Hell” from ’94. Once again this will be limited to 300 7″ singles only. Pre-orders will start in the next couple of weeks. Stay tuned…

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Roots Forward Release Announcement This Friday!

Happy New Year! 2012 promises to be an exciting year for Roots Forward as we prepare to unleash 4 vinyl projects, along with a few special music related projects that are in the works as well. This Friday Roots Forward will be releasing information on the 2nd label release which will be an early 90’s gem being released again as a limited edition 7″ single. There will also be a special giveaway this Friday to 5 lucky newsletter subscribers, who will walk away with complimentary copies of this latest release. If you haven’t done so yet, please sign up for the newsletter to get up to date info on releases and be eligible for free product giveaways! Also, thanks again for all the support on the Craig G/Marley Marl collaboration. All the orders have now been shipped and most of you already have this great wax in your hands(or should very soon). There are some copies of the black vinyl still available, but they are almost gone, so be sure to snag a copy before it is too late.

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Christmas Special For Our Customers

As a special gift to our customers, those of you that purchase one of the limited edition Craig G/Marley Marl 7″ this weekend will be entered into a draw to win a complimentary copy of the next release on the label. 5 lucky winners will be drawn – good luck and happy holidays!

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Craig G/Marley Marl 7″ Have Arrived!

Craig G/Marley Marl limited edition 7″ pre-orders are now live in the shop section of our site. Check out a sound clip of the release in our media player or the promo video on our youtube page. Here is the breakdown of the pressings:
10 Hand Signed Test Pressings($40 + $10 flat rate international shipping**) – SOLD OUT!
100 Clear Vinyl Pressings($20 + $10 flat rate international shipping**) – SOLD OUT!
200 Black Vinyl Pressings($20 + $10 flat rate international shipping**) – ONLY 40 LEFT

GRAB YOUR COPIES WHILE THEY ARE STILL AVAILABLE!

**ORDERS STARTED TO SHIP YESTERDAY(DEC. 23RD) AND WILL BE PROCESSED IN THE ORDER THEY WERE MADE. HAVE A HAPPY HOLIDAY SEASON AND STAY TUNED FOR SOME BIG RELEASE ANNOUNCEMENTS IN THE NEXT COUPLE OF WEEKS!

Note**You can ship up to 4 records for a flat shipping rate of $10. Due to demand test pressings will be limited to one per customer. Clear/black pressing limit is 2 per customer. This limit is in effect to enable more customers to enjoy this product. Roots Forward looks forward to bringing you many special projects in the months to come. Remember to sign up for our newsletter to get up to date information on upcoming releases. Let’s keep this music alive!

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