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Saturday, Nov 28 2015 | 06:17
Image: 1600720 Reissue of the 1984 west coast hip-hop classic for Record Store Day, November 28, 2015.

Triangle, white vinyl. Custom sleeve – thick black board, gold foil printing, magnets – 8 panels folding into a pyramid.

Egyptian Lover is a legendary west coast hip-hop pioneer from the days before Gangsta Rap. We're reissuing his groundbreaking “Egypt, Egypt” single as a custom-made pyramid, to be followed by an Egyptian Lover anthology.

Born Greg Broussard, Egyptian Lover was a rapper, DJ, producer and record label owner who was hugely influenced by the New York electro scene, as well as by the electro-funk of Zapp. He made flat-out party music backed with a Roland 808: dynamite for the dance-floor. He began with Uncle Jamm’s Army – rocking dance parties of 10,000 people at the L.A. Sports Arena – then made his own impact as a solo artist.

“Egypt, Egypt,” his first single, released in 1984, was an L.A. anthem. It is backed with “Girls,” taken from On The Nile, one of the first full length hip-hop albums from the left coast, released on his own label Egyptian Empire Records. These early works have become staples of electro sets across the world.

Stones Throw has collected these and other recordings, many from the original 2-inch master tapes, for the vinyl anthology Egyptian Lover 1983-1988, coming in 2016. Available from 27.11.2015
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