Published Sep 29, 2015Whether via his own soundscaping skills or through contemporary in-verse namedrops from the likes of Jay Z and Yasiin Bey, the late Jean-Michel Basquiat has left an indelible mark on the hip-hop world. Now, reissue imprint Get on Down Records is celebrating the Radiant Child with a hefty record carrying case celebrating both his musical history and iconic painting style.
The "Beat Bop Record Box" is on sale now and comes via a partnership between Get On Down and Basquiat's estate. Delivered in a limited run of 1,000, the 14"x14"x7" box can hold up to 50 12-inch records. The black leatherette exterior is modelled after early NYC hip-hop MCs Rammellzee and K-Rob's "Beat Bop" 12-inch from 1983, which Basquiat produced. The inside comes lined with a print featuring the artist's "crown" logo.
"For this project, we wanted to combine our love for vinyl with the art from Rammellzee & K-Rob's monumental hip-hop classic," Get on Down's Matt Welch said in a statement. "The song, and Basquiat's incredible artwork, has always held a special place in our hearts. This is our way of paying tribute to it, both musically and from a visual art perspective."
Fittingly, Get on Down is also pressing up the single, which is being sold in a bundle with the case, as well as on its own. While the original early '80s pressing of the record, served up through Tartown, commands over $2,000 US on resale sites like Discogs, the record has also been reissued a few times prior to this latest release. A "premium picture sleeve" delivered though Get on Down, for instance, was issued for Record Store Day's Black Friday event in 2014, but quickly went out of print.
This latest pressing arrives on split black and white vinyl, and comes with a four-panel insert featuring interviews with Rammellzee, K-Rob, writer Glenn O'Brien, percussionist Al Diaz and more about the creation of the single.
You can order the carrying case here.