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We are in the official 30-day countdown to Record Store Day, the only holiday specifically designed for audiophiles, which means the announcements for the special releases should start flooding your social media feeds any day now.

Get On Down Records, responsible for releasing tunes from Clipse, GZA, and hip-hop heavy hitters like Big L (RIP), announced a couple special releases for the day. To celebrate the fifteenth birthday of Jurassic 5’s Quality Control release, GODR is releasing a limited edition, wood-burned four-LP box set. The four albums contain the original recordings and instrumentals, and also come with a 24-page photo book by Brian Coleman, author of “Check The Technique: Liner Notes for Hip-Hop Junkies.”

If you like hip-hop, read that book. If you like Jurassic 5, snag this release.

GODR is also releasing a limited edition black and yellow vinyl pressing of Wu-Tang’s “Protect Ya Neck,” and there is a special edition of Cypress Hill’s “The Phuncky Feel One” and “How I Could Just Kill a Man.”

In recent local rap news, the Kollective gang (Kollective Konscience:

Volume 10, Number 52) just released its long awaited mixtape, controversially titled K.K.K., thanks to funding it received from the group’s Kickstarter program that got rolling late last year. Datpiff.com, an online source for hiphop and rap news and music, dropped the mixtape this past weekend and it’s currently sitting at number one. K.K.K. is also available on iTunes and Amazon. com for download.

Underdog Records in Winston-Salem has just reopened its customer watch list, which is an open forum for people to make personal recommendations for hard to find albums. Got something you’ve been waiting to hear for a while but haven’t been able to locate the vinyl? Hit up Underdog Records watch list and patiently wait as they locate it for you.

Patrick Douthit, a Winston-Salemite known in music circles as 9 th Wonder, is bringing a slew of hip-hop performers to the forthcoming DashPop event on March 27-29. There’s a full listing of artists and information on the DashPop Facebook page. If you see any acts at DashPop, be sure to check out Good Graeff, a group that has played The Garage twice in the past and who was also named as one of MTV’s artist to watch in 2015. !

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