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Thursday, Nov 12 2015 | 06:00
Image: 1600838 This Beat Bop Record Box includes officially
licensed artwork from Jean-Michel Basquiat
on a premium record carrying case. Only
1,000 of the record carrying cases exist and
will never be produced again.

Holding up to 50 records, this ultra-sturdy LP-sized record case, with an interior tiled with
Basquiat’s famous crown logo, is a true and literal work of art, covered in classic images from the
original Tartown Records version of the 1983 classic hip-hop track “Beat Bop".
The original vinyl issue of “Beat Bop” by Rammellzee and K-Rob – which is the inspiration for the
Box – has been heard by many, but held by few. Only a reputed 500 of the song’s initial run, on
Jean-Michel Basquiat’s one-off Tartown Records label, were made with jacket cover art by the
infinitely influential graphic artist (and moonlighting musician and producer). They remain one of
hip-hop’s “Holy Grail” items, selling north of $1,500 if you can even find one. The audio, which
clocked in at over 10 minutes, was issued – with no picture sleeve – on Profile Records soon after
the Tartown pressings, and went on to influence countless MCs, with its minimal, languishing funk
beat (produced by Basquiat) and Rammellzee’s and K-Rob’s next-level lyricism.
Jean-Michel Basquiat passed away in 1988 and Rammellzee left this Earth in 2010. With this
Record Box, Get On Down celebrates and remembers Basquiat’s important contributions to the
formative years of hip-hop, visually and on wax. And besides being a “trophy piece,” the Box is a
vision of utilitarianism, which will keep your most previous wax safe for years to come. Available from 04.12.2015
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