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Back to the Lab Book


Raph boogie’s back with another, 214 page full colour documentation of production nerds in their labs. 

Independent producers and DJs have been busy creating world class music in bedrooms, kitchens and garages for years. Meanwhile, photographer Raph Rashid has traveled the globe, gaining access to these inner sanctums, one by one. The tremendous variety of set-ups and layouts used by in-home producers is artfully documented in the pages of Back to the Lab. Intimate photos of the creators amongst their instruments, gear, record collections and ephemera offer unprecedented access. Notes about the producers, their environment and “essential” releases round out this love-letter to the underground.  

Featured artists include..

Alchemist, Ant , Babu, Dabrye, Diamond D, El-P, Flying Lotus, Dj Format, Georgia Anne Muldrow, Harry Love, Jale One , Jazzy Jeff, Joe Buhdha, Juco, Juliano, Just Blaze, Kenny Dope, Khalil, Lord Finesse, Mitsu the Beats, Oddisee, Oh No, Plutonic Lab, Rhettmatic, Sa Ra, Vadim, Waajeed & Young RJ. 

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A Lostralian In New York – Ep. 1. The Bronx

I’m mad late on this but it’s great to such a stand up and humble dude like Delta documenting and sharing his experience of Hip-Hop culture in New York..Shit makes me wanna take the pilgrimage again. Hard out!

This 4 part series follows Australian Hip Hop artist Ben Delta as he journeys through boroughs of New York, in episode 1 Delta visits the Bronx.

A Visit to the TATS CRU studio in Hunts point is some fun viewing as Nicer ( one of the founders of the legendary Graffiti crew ) is in a mood to talk about the history of New York and how graffiti spread across the world.

The second part of the episode takes us to the home of Lord Finesse ( DITC ). Ness gives us an insight into what he looks for in records and how different sounds can be the basis of a production, he also discusses working with Delta ( which is explored in more detail in a upcoming episode).

This was made for the love of the music and culture, Delta has always carried the torch high for Australia so we thought it time we showed everyone what’s been going on.
– Luke Eblen

Come On Motherfuckers Come On!

Big Poppa give it to ya proper… With the 20th anniversary of Biggie’s amazing debut Ready To Die now just behind us, i thought it no better time than to dust off the Lord Finesse produced, Sadat X featuring classic Come On Motherfuckers. Puffy reportedly cut “Come On” from Ready To Die to keep the album from taking too gully a tone opting towards tracks like Big Poppa and Juicy as early singles. Puffy would make numerous concessions though by understanding the value of the street track being being included as the B-side to the commercial single, ie; Juicy’s B-side being the Preemo assisted Unbelievable.

Read To Die’s only guest spot was Method Man’s scene stealing performance on The What. Mr. Mef’s light was shining bright back in 1994 both with the thugs and ladies so you know Puff (being the consumate business man) wasn’t going to cut Tical over Sadat X, and rightfully so, but that takes nothing from how truly amazing this track is. Sadat’s nasal BX cadences are as at home on this Finesse produced smash as Biggie’s Brooklyn Bullshit and the results are undeniable.