Delicious Vinyl is one of the most successful and identifiable hip-hop labels of all time. With its iconic logo and releases like Tone Loc’s “Wild Thing,” Young MC’s “Bust A Move” and “Passin’ Me By” by the Pharcyde to its credit, the L.A. company helped build the West Coast hip-hop movement in the late ‘80s and 1990s. The long-time home of the game-changing, late beatmaker J Dilla, the label’s hip-hop legacy continues with releases from a new generation of L.A. rappers including Casey Veggies, Dom Kennedy and Dilla’s younger brother, Illa J.
It’s lesser known that Delicious Vinyl has long been a reputable supplier of quality Caribbean sounds. The label, which was initially distributed by Chris Blackwell’s Island Records, released hip-hop/dancehall fusionists Born Jamericans’ albums Kids from Foreign and Yardcore albums in the 1990s, and put out soca superstar Machel Montano’s first international release, “Come Dig It” in 1995. Reggae/dancehall stars Mr. Vegas, Jovi Rockwell and Ce’Cile have all released music through Delicious Vinyl. The label was even tapped to produce the reggae-driven soundtrack to Marked for Death, a 1990 action flick starring Steven Seagal.
This history of reggae, dancehall and soca treats took a giant step forward in 2018 with the launch of Delicious Vinyl Island, a new imprint specializing in Caribbean sounds. The brainchild of Delicious Vinyl co-founder Mike Ross, long-time A&R Leslie Cooney and Anderson .Paak manager Adrian L. Miller, the label’s first year saw single releases from Natural High Music, Yaadcore, Prince Fatty, Orange Hill, Lila Ike, Sevana and Jimmy October.
Delicious Vinyl Island is starting 2019 in fine style with the label’s first two full-length releases, Los Rakas’ Manes De Negocio and Natural High Music’s Urban Roots II, as well as an upcoming EP from dancehall icon, and long-time Delicious Vinyl family member, Mr. Vegas. Keep it locked here for more new music throughout the year.