Lord Willin' (New 7 x 7" Box Set)Clipse
Label: Get On Down
Release Date: 6/30/2015
Catalog #: GET 56029
"This limited edition issue of Lord Willin' features seven 'big hole' 7"s on white vinyl covering all 13 tracks in the original album sequence, plus a bonus remix of 'Grindin'.' The vinyl is housed in a plastic case featuring the original album art and each 7" is housed in a mini Star Trak die-cut jacket -- replicas of the label's original 12" sleeves. The first hip-hop group signed to The Neptunes' newly formed Star Trak label in the early 2000s was a Virginia based duo known as The Clipse. The group's first single 'Grindin',' impacted young people with its bare-boned but infectious drum beat in the same way that Run-DMC's 'Sucker MCs' did almost two decades earlier. MCs Pusha T and Malice, combined with The Neptunes' groundbreaking production, sent a clear message to the rap world -- 'we are not the same' (as rapped by Malice on his opening verse on 'Cot' Dam'). Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo were able to combine their electro-punk production with just the right group to create a street masterpiece. Following in the footsteps of such rap criminologists as Kool G Rap, Nas, Jay-Z and Mobb Deep, the Clipse offer a hustler's viewpoint, with clever, hard-hitting lyrics that are consistent throughout the album."