This is the debut album of original music from one of the original turntablists, the longtime DJ for Madlib and the late J Dilla, and our pick for world’s greatest hip-hop DJ.
But this is not a “DJ album”. Not a “beat album”. Not a mix tape. This is an original work of instrumental hip-hop ... electronic music ... dance music ... smoke tracks ... assorted cold rock stuff.
J. Rocc first made his name as co-founder of The World Famous Beat Junkies in the 1990s with Rhettmatic, Melo D, DJ Babu and Shortkut, becoming a seminal force in the rise of turntablism and instrumental hip-hop. He went on to host The Fantastic Four Radio show on L.A.’s Power 106, perform as the third member of Madlib & J Dilla’s Jaylib, and tour the world as a solo artist, DJ and producer.
Some Cold Rock Stuf also contains a “mystery disc”, one of three mystery discs included in different copies of the album. No track list is provided for the “mystery disc” and the CD label does not distinguish one mystery disc from the other.
The vinyl release is a 3/LP set - album and mystery disc - with a triple gatefold, double sided poster, and sticker sheet. The CD is double disc (album and mystery disc) packaged in a custom-made 12-panel digipack. Album illustration by Gustavo Eandi, design by Jeff Jank. Photo of J Dilla & J. Rocc by Egon, circa 2005.
Get it here from Conch, tracklisting & clips below:
Widely considered to be the one of the worldâ€™s best club DJs, J-Rocc teams up with Jazzman Records and unsurprisingly delivers one of the finest collaboration mixes to date. Digging deep into the 200+ catalogue of tunes that is Jazzman and Funk 45, the Beat Junkie seamlessly flips up his own personal selection from the reissues that established the Jazzman labels as the leaders in the record world. Covering the entire spectrum from the start of Jazzman records in the â€˜90s, and across those genres that just sound better on wax, J-Rocc works as the designer thatâ€™s been given the best tools in the trade, and the finished product doesnâ€™t disappoint.
Undoubtedly one of the most important figures in the underground music scene today, Jazzman Gerald has released everything from electronic library treasures to hardcore deep funk bangers, ethnic modal jazz to forgotten soulful masterpieces. From a record stall in Camden, as a collector and seller he remains unparalleled, counting amongst his clientele Gilles Peterson, Madlib, Pete Rock, Cut Chemist, Kenny Dope and DJ Shadow. His reissue labels - Funk 45, Soul 7 and Jazzman â€“ have flawlessly brought forgotten and unknown records to the modern day market, and limited runs and collaborations (such as the worldâ€™s first Serato 7â€) has meant that Jazzman Records never strays far from the buyerâ€™s mind.
J-Rocc is a man that needs no introduction. Party rocker, turntablist, collector, producer and general hip-hop icon, his blends, cuts and mixes are a DJâ€™s blueprint. An old-school digger, J-Roccâ€™s sets often turn up unknown beats and breaks, scoured from the bins of whatever country he happens to be playing in.
So hereâ€™s a relentless label at the top of its game joining up with the undisputed king of the turntables. With a great deal of unspoken respect between the two parties, this harmonious collaboration not only rounds off what Jazzman is all about but also shows off the skills of J-Rocc, working as an introduction into two different worlds that cross-over whenever good music is involved.