Coalmine Records

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Coalmine Records
Coalmine Records
Founded 2005
Founder Matt Diamond
Distributor(s) Nail Distribution/Allegro Media Group
(for both physical & digital releases)
The Orchard
(for digital only releases)
Genre Hip hop
Country of origin U.S.
Location Brooklyn, New York
Official website www.CoalmineRecords.com

Coalmine Records is a Brooklyn, New York based independent hip-hop record label. Over the years, Coalmine Records has amassed an extensive hip-hop catalog while working with several iconic and up-coming artists, producers and DJs such as Pharaohe Monch, El Da Sensei, Kool G. Rap, Talib Kweli, Large Professor, Heltah Skeltah, Dilated Peoples, Bekay, Big K.R.I.T, Custom Made, Emilio Rojas, Torae, Skyzoo, Termanology, Alchemist, J.R.Rotem, M-Phazes, Illmind, Khrysis, Shuko, Domingo, DJ Kayslay, DJ Revolution, DJ Babu and more.

Company History[edit]

Coalmine Records was established in 2005. Its founder and C.E.O. is Matt Diamond. The label’s inaugural release was a 12-inch single that was distributed in April 2005 under Diamond’s DJ moniker, titled DJ Dutchmaster Presents: “The Raw” featuring Saigon, Inspectah Deck & Bekay, the latter of which became Coalmine’s first signed artist. "The Raw" highlights the classic east coast hip hop style that Diamond would model his label after. After receiving tremendous positive feedback and gracing countless mixshows and mixtapes worldwide,[citation needed] “The Raw” charted as college radio’s number one hip hop song in the nation.

In August 2005, Coalmine released its second 12-inch single, this time featuring Supernatural, winner of the 1993 New Music Seminar MC battle and Guinness World Records holder for a nine-hour-long freestyle session. The single, “Altitude”, produced by Marco Polo B/W “1-2 Punch”, received acclaim from DJs nationwide and helped further brand Coalmine Records into the indie radio community.

For the first two years of the label’s history, Coalmine Record’s releases were exclusive to 12-inch singles. In 2007, Rawkus Record's, Rawkus 50 campaign was launched and included Coalmine’s flagship artist Bekay as part of their artist roster. Bekay’s album, The Horror Flick LP was released on November 27, 2007 along with the other members of the Rawkus 50. The LP was released with much praise from the hip hop community[citation needed] and strengthened Bekay’s online presence and overall visibility to help set the stage for his Coalmine debut with his full length LP, Hunger Pains.

Due to the significant decline in vinyl sales, Coalmine Records adapted to a digital platform and signed a label deal with The Orchard in January 2008. Towards the end of 2008, Coalmine Records began to digitally distribute several hip hop titles, which include but are not limited to El Da Sensei & The Returners Global Takeover: New Beginning, CL Smooth “Perfect Timing” featuring Skyzoo (Digi-12”), Bekay’s Horror Flick Remix EP and more. In April 2009, Coalmine released The Foundation: A Compilation Produced Entirely by Shuko. The project is hosted by Heltah Skeltah and mixed by DJ Dutchmaster. This release is considered to be Coalmine’s first full-length physical & digital release and was received with much acclaim. The Foundation includes several features and guest appearances including Skyzoo, Dre Robinson, Jae Millz, Papoose, Rakim, Talib Kweli, Bad Seed, Bekay, Canibus, Chino XL, Big Noyd, Krondon, Phil the Agony, Craig G., Mr. Met (of Brooklyn Academy), Torae, Shabaam Sahdeeq, DJ Revolution, Heltah Skeltah, HellRazah, Cuban Link, SoulStice, R.A. the Rugged Man, & more.

By the third quarter of 2009, Coalmine Records began the promotional campaign for Bekay’s Hunger Pains, which was released on November 10, 2009. The album’s maxi-single was released on August 25 with The Alchemist produced “I Am” feat. DJ Revolution B/W “Brooklyn Bridge” featuring the legendary Masta Ace & production by DJ Babu (of Dilated Peoples). The album includes guest appearances from Masta Ace, Dilated Peoples, Saigon, Inspectah Deck, R.A. The Rugged Man, Heltah Skeltah, Wordsworth and DJ Revolution. Producers featured include The Alchemist, Illmind, DJ Babu, Shuko, BeanOne and more. Hunger Pains, ranked among several lifestyle and blogs sites as one of the best hip-hop albums for 2009 and even qualified as an honorable mention among the year’s top albums by the legendary DJ Premier.

Coalmine Records continues to expand their growing artist roster with the digital distribution of releases from the Brown Bag AllStars, Cimer Amor & Custom Made. In July 2010, Coalmine Records signed a physical distribution deal with Nail Distribution/Allegro Media Group. The first release under their new deal was Global Takeover 2: Nu World (GT2), the sequel to El Da Sensei & The Returners Global Takeover LP. The album has since been revered as El’s best solo effort since the 2002 release of Relax, Relate, Release (Seven Heads Entertainment Ltd.). GT2 features production from the Polish production duo p/k/a The Returners and boasts features from Treach (of Naughty by Nature), Sean Price, Bekay, Rakaa Iriscience, John Robinson, Reks, Akrobatik, Tiye Phoenix, MeLa Machinko & M-Phazes.

In 2011, Coalmine Records continues to build upon its release schedule and artist roster. April 19, 2011, marked the release of Can You Dig It?, a digital-only compilation containing 15 tracks from the label’s singles catalog, released in celebration of the label’s five-year anniversary. Towards the fourth quarter of 2011, Coalmine plans to release Phazed Out, a mixed compilation of singles remixed by Australia’s super-producer, M-Phazes. The project will be mixed by DJ Rhettmatic of the world famous Beat Junkies and will be made available both physically and digitally.

Diamond Media 360[edit]

In the second quarter of 2011, Diamond incorporates Diamond Media 360 (DM360), a label, marketing & lifestyle brand that will become the parent company of Coalmine Records. Diamond Media 360 will launch in three tiers, starting with an overhaul of CoalmineRecords.com, followed by the launch of DiamondMedia360 and lastly, TakinMines.com, a hip-hop lifestyle webzine. DM360 functions as a multi-dimensional marketing one-stop, designed to provide independent artists with label services that includes project consulting, online marketing, digital distribution and radio promotions.

Artists[edit]

Bekay
Brown Bag AllStars
Cimer Amor
Custom Made
El Da Sensei
M-Phazes
One Dae

Discography[edit]

12-Inch Vinyl/Digi-Singles[edit]

Year Information
2005 DJ Dutchmaster Presents:
"The Raw" feat. Saigon, Inspectah Deck, Bekay B/W "The Raw" (Illmind Remix)
  • 12" Vinyl/Digital
Supernatural:
- "Altitude" B/W "1-2 Punch"
  • 12" Vinyl/Digital
2006 Bekay:
- "Where Brooklyn At?" feat. Ol' Dirty Bastard B/W "Young"
  • 12" Vinyl/Digital
Big Noyd:
- "All Out" feat. Phil The Agony, Krondon, & Mista Sinista B/W "How We Do" feat. Trez
  • 12" Vinyl/Digital
2008 CL Smooth feat. Skyzoo:
- "Perfect Timing"
  • Digi-12"
XL:
- "Credibility" feat. Sean Price (prod. by Shuko) B/W "The Butcher"
  • Digi-12"
The Problemaddicts:
- "Genesis" B/W "What you Need" feat. El Da Sensei & Blacastan
  • Digi-12"
2009 A.Pinks:
- "Held Me Down"
  • Digi-12"
Famoso:
- "Underground Railroad" (M-Phazes Remix)
  • Digi-12"
The Foundation Maxi Single:
Heltah Skeltah feat. DJ Revolution "Midnight Madness" B/W "Do This" feat. Canibus, Bekay & Chino XL
  • Digi-12"
BURNTmd:
- "Microphone Doctor" B/W "Stand The Rain" feat. Akrobatik
  • Digi-12"
J-Live:
- "Super Good"
  • Digi-12"
XL:
- "Codes" B/W "Violate" feat. Juganot
  • Digi-12"
One Dae:
- "BK All Dae"
  • Digi-12"
Bekay:
- "I Am" B/W "Brooklyn Bridge" feat. Masta Ace
  • Digi-12"
2010 Skyzoo:
- The Strung Out Remixes
  • Digi-12"
BBAS:
- The Down Under Remixes: "What It's All About" B/W "League of Intoxicated Gentlemen"
  • Digi-12"
BURNTmd:
- Let's Get Ill
  • Digi-12"
Cimer Amor:
- "Another Classic" feat. Burke, Torae & Side Effect
  • Digi-12"
Chaundon:
- "Yall Don't Want It"
  • Digi-12"
Jozeemo:
- "Adrenaline"
  • Digi-12"
El Da Sensei & The Returners:
- "Knowledge Be The Key" feat. Rakaa Iriscience B/W "2 The Death"
  • Digi-12"
Access Immortal - "The Legacy"
  • Digi-12"
2011 One Dae:
- "Play By Play" feat. Evidence
  • Digi-12"

EPs[edit]

Year Information
2008 A-Sides From The Archives
  • Digital
Bekay:
-The Horror Flick Remix EP
  • Digital
2009 El Da Sensei & The Returners :
- The Money EP
  • Digital
Heltah Skeltah:
- The Midnight Madness Remix EP
  • Digital
2010 Bekay:
- The Hunger Pains Remix EP
  • Digital
BURNTmd:
- Let's Get Ill EP
  • Digital

Full Length/Compilations[edit]

Year Information
2008 El Da Sensei & The Returners:
- Global Takeover: The Beginning
  • Digital
2009 Armyfatique:
- The Initiation
  • CD & Digital
Bekay:
- The Horror Flick LP
  • Digital
Coalmine Records Presents:
- The Foundation
  • CD & Digital
Brown Bag AllStars:
- The Brown Tape
  • Digital
Bekay
- Hunger Pains LP
  • CD & Digital
2010 The Foundation Reloaded
  • Digital-Non iTunes
Cimer Amor:
- Taking Nowhere, Somewhere
  • CD & Digital
El Da Sensei & The Returners:
- Global Takeover II: Nu World
  • CD & Digital
Custom Made:
-Hi-Def
  • Digital
2011 Coalmine Records Presents:
-Can You Dig It?
  • Digital

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