With too many TV channels and nothing good on, entertainment companies have turned up the quality on miniseries and independent films. One of the standouts this year was Rubble Kings. It focused on NYC gangs and early Hip-Hop culture during the 1970’s. And now Mass Appeal Records is putting out the official album that will complement the storytelling of the film.
Little Shalimar, who scored the film, also produced the album, using music straight from the film as well as sampling it to make new tracks. It will feature Run The Jewels, Bun B, Ghostface Killah, Tunde Adebimpe, Mr. Muthaf*kin eXquire, Boldy James, Cuz Lightyear, Ka, and Roxiny. With the announcement of this album, they also released a video for one of the tracks that was directed by the film’s director, Shan Nicholson. He had this to say on the video:
This video was inspired by the Rubble Kings documentary and the works of the great Ralph Bakshi. The video depicts a story of street justice in the turbulent streets of the 1970’s South Bronx. We follow ‘Little Nina’, who’s violently attacked by a rival gang on her way home from her grandmother’s house. What follows is an all out rumble between her gang, the fictionalized ‘Rubble Kings’ and the ‘Javelins’. Run the Jewels alongside producer Little Shalimar provide the rugged soundtrack to the piece.
You can pre-order the album on iTunes. It will be available on 1/15/16. The tracklist is below.
1. War – Little Shalimar
2. Savage Habits – Bun B, Killer Mike & Cuz Lightyear
3. Warrior Thing – eXquire
4. Bouncy 3 – King Mono
5. The Revolution Might Be Televised – Little Shalimar
6. Delaney Card – Ka
7. Edge of the Edge (Instrumental) – Little Shalimar
8. Rubble Kings Theme (Dynamite) – Run The Jewels
9. Partytime (Jitter Buggin) – Little Shalimar
10. Comes With The Territory – Little Shalimar
11. Same Damn Thang – Ghostface Killah, Boldy James & eXquire
12. The Piano District (Gentrification Boogie) – Little Shalimar
13. Phoenix – Roxiny & Tunde Adebimpe
Bryan Hahn probably wouldn’t have survived during the 70’s. If he did, he wouldn’t remember it. He’s on Twitter (@notupstate).