Bekay, the Brooklyn native, hence the moniker, has been an active participant in hip-hop culture since he penned his first rhyme at just ten years old. It’s not hard to listen to one verse from Bekay to realize that he has skills. Bekay exudes a passion for the culture and is eager to let the world in on his story. Bekay’s writing talent, punch-lines and unique perception have not only enabled him to become a cult personality, but have also lent credibility and power to the issues found in his music.
Coalmine Records is pleased to offer the Untagged/No DJ version of Phazed Out, produced entirely by Australia’s Aria award winning M-Phazes. This iTunes-only release serves as a collectible alternative to the inaugural, February 14th mixtape-edition, which is mixed by DJ Rhettmatic of the World Famous Beat Junkies. This version is accompanied with an ‘album only’ bonus track of “Holdin’ It Down”, featuring Emilio Rojas and soul singer, Rich Rivera.
Australia’s top rank producer M-Phazes presents Phazed Out, a compilation of select singles from Coalmine’s catalog, remixed by the Gold Coast beatsmith and blended to a seamless perfection by the World Famous Beat Junkie, Rhettmatic. The album includes features from Saigon, Inspectah Deck, Bekay, Big Noyd, Phil The Agony, Termanology, Shabaam Sahdeeq, Chubb Rock, Sadat X, Heltah Skeltah, CL Smooth, Skyzoo, Masta Ace, Brown Bag AllStars, El Da Sensei, Mela Machinko, J-Live and more.
M-Phazes drops the first official single for his remix album Phazed Out, with a remix of Coalmine’s inaugural single “The Raw”, which features Saigon, Inspectah Deck and Bekay and includes an updated scratch chorus provided by DJ Boogie Blind (X-ecutioners, Pharoahe Monch).
After a year since the release of El Da Sensei’s acclaimed Global Takeover 2: Nu World LP, the Nu Jeru legend has returned with an extended play follow-up appropriately titled, The Nu World Remix EP, which is now available! This project contains five remixes to three of the tracks featured on GT2. The project boasts guests features from Sean Price, Bekay, Nutso, Soul Khan, Rah Digga and Tame One, marking the first time that El has reunited with his Artifact counterpart for a retail release in over a decade. Producers tapped for this release include The Returners, Cimer Amor, Dukes Go Up, !llmind & M-Phazes.
In celebration of Coalmine Records five-year anniversary, the Brooklyn-based indie presents their latest offering, Can You Dig It? This digital-only, full- length compilation contains 15 tracks of the label’s singles catalog, which spans the greater half of the past decade. Can You Dig It? boasts an impressive song roster from artists signed to the boutique label in addition to a noteworthy line-up of guest features, such as El Da Sensei, Heltah Skeltah, Evidence, Saigon, Inspectah Deck, Bekay, Skyzoo, Supernatural, Big Noyd, Brown Bag AllStars, Torae, Custom Made & more!
Global Takeover 2: Nu World is the follow-up LP from El Da Sensei & The Returners 2008 acclaimed release, Global Takeover: The Beginning. Former member of the renowned rap duo, The Artifacts & successful solo artist El Da Sensei, has once again reunited with the Polish production team consisting of Lil & DJ Chwial, better known as The Returners. Nu World is a sequel that truly showcases the growth & fusion of artist, producer & DJ. To boot, the album enlists an impressive all-star roster of features that include Treach (of Naughty By Nature), Sean Price, Rakaa Iriscience (of Dilated Peoples), Akrobatik, Bekay, John Robinson, Reks & Tiye Phoenix. This album is for the hardcore fans wanting dirty loops and samples, scratch hooks & witty metaphors.
Fresh off the November 10th, 2009 release of Bekay’s critically acclaimed album Hunger Pains, Coalmine has assembled a four track remix EP that contains two remixes to each of the albums two singles, “I Am” feat. DJ Revolution (prod. by The Alchemist) and “Brooklyn Bridge,” featuring Masta Ace, produced by DJ Babu. Features include Dilated Peoples, Sha Stimuli, Push! Montana, with bonus beats courtesy of M-Phazes, and more.
Hunger Pains is the latest full length release from underground heavyweight Bekay. The former 106 & Park contestant and Rawkus 50 alumni, delivers a project that showcases the rare unification of an underground rapper with a major label sound scape. Hunger Pains took several years to complete and enlists several noteworthy guest appearances and producers. From hit maker J.R. Rotem’s cinematic production on “Visions”, to the legendary Masta Ace on the DJ Babu produced feel good summer anthem “Brooklyn Bridge”, to the smash single “I Am”, produced by The Alchemist, Hunger Pains is a major achievement that will solidify Bekay’s standing in the game as an artist dedicated to both the progression and preservation of this culture.
The Horror Flick LP is the full length LP from Bekay, released as part of his affiliation with The Rawkus 50, an artist driven revolution comprised of the 50 next important hip-hop artists. Horror Flick is loaded with complex imagery and clever wordplay over boom-bap style beats and razor sharp cuts. The LP includes guest features from El-Gant, Mr. Met, One Dae and DJ Dutchmaster. Production supplied by Shuko, Domingo, Arythmetic, Analogic, BeanOne, Detroit Red, M-Phazes and others.
“I Am” B/W “Brooklyn Bridge” is the debut maxi-single, released in promotion for Bekay’s long awaited Hunger Pains LP. The Alchemist produced “I Am”, featuring DJ Revolution, showcases Bekay delivering nostalgic bars that reference everything and everyone from Lionel Richie to Kool Herc, to old school dance trends. On the flip, Bekay links up with Juice Crew alum and fellow Brooklynite Masta Ace for the DJ Babu produced summer anthem, ‘Brooklyn Bridge”.
The Horror Flick Remix EP is Bekay’s follow-up to his acclaimed Rawkus 50 release, The Horror Flick LP, which was originally released on November 27th, 2007 and re-released through Coalmine Records on September 1st of 2009. This ep includes remixes of three of the album’s more noteworthy tracks, remixed by M-Phazes, Domingo and Twice As Nice.
A-Sides From The Archives is a digital-only collection of A-Sides from Coalmine’s previously released vinyl catalog. As an added bonus, we have included a sampler of singles from our upcoming releases – all mixed by the extraordinary Mick Boogie.
“Where Brooklyn At?” B/W “Young” is Coalmine Records third 12” release, this time putting the spotlight on their flagship artist, Bekay. The A side “Where Brooklyn At?” teams up Bekay with the late Old Dirty Bastard over an uptempo, feel-good party anthem produced by KONMAN Productions (Kanye West’s former production team). The B side, “Young” pairs Bekay over the production talents of Shuko for a tale of Bekay’s shifty youth over Shuko’s boom bap drums and nostalgic sample play with Mista Sinista on the cross fader and 1200s.
“The Raw” is Coalmine Records debut 12” single, released in April of 2005. On “The Raw”, DJ Dutchmaster collaborates with Saigon, Inspectah Deck and Bekay over Street Orchestra’s bone chilling piano loop. The B side reinvents the A side with a synth heavy, custom tailored remix, courtesy of !llmind.