Few Butters customers would know that Butter Beats head honcho Kasino collects record covers with graffiti on them. It started when he first started collecting hip hop records and then he started collecting any cover with graffiti on it. Here are a few of his favourites.
RAMMELLZZEE VS K-ROB – BEAT BOP 12
Tartown TT001 1983 orignal press worth $1500plus
Graphic art by Jean Michael Basquiat Beat Box , Basquiat was also producer on this 12. Seminal moment in rap, pure hip hop the battle rap. I was not into Basquiat in my hardcore graffiti days but nowadays I have a softer spot in my heart for this tortured middle class smackie waste of talent. Perhaps the candle does glow twice as bright for some. I loved in the doco Some Kind of Monster Lars sitting in front of his questionable Basquiat painting in his lounge. The original art for this is probably worth $5 000 000, original pressings of the record are worth $1500 and like some of his art it has been much bootlegged.
THE OFFS – THE OFFS 1984
Graphic Artist Jean Michael Basquiat.
Madonna was Jellybeans girlfriend at the time this LP was produced. Both of them knew a number of writers, madonna shacked up with Basquiat in Miami once… and they were hip to graffiti and used some of the best artists available. The back cover is wicked and they have draped a NYC rooftop with the canvas used for the front cover. We picked upa copy of this classic LP in a collection of 15 boxes of punk Lps and 6 boxes of 7s. The best collection of punk that ever graced Butter Beats. The collection included jems like John Wayne was A Nazi Sold $450.
JELLY BEAN WOTUPSKI – WOTUPSKI LP 1985 Graphic arts by Seen and Duster UA
Madonna was Jellybeans girlfriend at the time this LP was produced. Both of them knew a number of writers, madonna shacked up with Basquiat in Miami once… and they were hip to graffiti and used some of the best artists available. The back cover is wicked and they have draped a NYC rooftop with the canvas used for the front cover. Basically a dance LP with some electro vibes. One I dug strictly for the cover.
Pure NYC graffiti at its best!! An easy one to add to your collection.
Schooly D – Saturday Night.
Graphic design – Schooly D – aka Weaver Jr
While the westies in my neighbourhood loved the Barnsie song of the same name Schooly D was the original gangster rapper and I loved him as a kid. He did all his own art work and like his music it was ruff raw rugged pure hip. His Parliament inspired covers were simply brilliant!! I bought them all at the time and so did my friends… PSK,
Put your Filas On …..
The Ultimate Breaks and Beats LP series. Value around $20 each
Everyone dug these real early bootleg breaks mid 80s early 90s compilations when they came out. Most had art by Kel. Back cover credits were often wrong or misleading. Tunes all killer!! Breakbeats which were the foundations of Hip hop. The series has been reissued a number of times.
FUTURA 2000 – Escapades of Futura 2000 12″ Celluloid Records 1985
This song was killer then and its killer now. Fresh from touring with the Clash and the success of riding the early 1980s NYC graffiti gallery boom Futura comes out with some classic old school flavour raps, straight up graffiti lines..over the top of music by The Clash. Theres a lot more too it if you just look into it!!!
I had the privilege of meeting Futura in 1997 when I went to his Manhattan studios he shared with `Stash on some industry biz with Wane COD!! I worked with Wane on a WU Tang back drop for their 97 World Tour…. another story.. another time… We smoked some great weed and shot at pigeons and rooftops with his newly acquired machine gun air rifles from Japan. This 12 was a series and the back covers join up to make a picture that was also painted by Futura. I collect everything has does pretty much!! An original 1st press Radio Clash 7 he designed was a highlight. Pure creative genius…. and a nice guy!!
The Clash – Radio Clash 1983
Graphic Artist – Futura 2000
When I listen to the Clash now I don’t know how punk they really were. Most of their songs are simply great tunes more fusion than fury and this is definately one of their iconic numbers. Punk in political spirit perhaps and thats been argued over the years. Check out the Radio Clash clip on youtube and you can see a huge 2 storey high Futura 2000 mural for the Clash unfurled. He joined their “Combat Rock” tours, adding live painted backgrounds during the concerts. He also features on the track “Overpowered By Funk” track by the Clash.
UPROCK – ROCK STEADY CREW
12inch Virgin 1984 / Australia press available.
Graphic Artist – Doze Green 1984
There was an Australian release of this 12 that coincided with their World Tour. A 7 inch version was also available. I saw them on Countdown as a kid and I was hooked. I ripped this classic 12 cover off when I designed a RESIN DOGS cover once. Ripped, homage, appropriation it all depends on your education level. A classic record and one group and song that excited the world with possibilities.
The art is by Doze Green who is a great then and better artist nowadays.
ARTIFACTS – WRONG SIDE OF THE TRACKS
Big Beats Records 1994
My friend Todd James aka Reas AOK did the following cover and I was stoked for him at the time because the art was dope and it was a great writer inspired written vibe.
REAS is the coolest and funniest white guy in NYC Hip Hop. Kasino and Reas once drove all round Pen state racking old school jungle greens… he did the vibe for Crank Yankers TV series… Muppets on crack funny as… Funny Garbage was his hook up.