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10 Great Instagram Pages to Check Out if You’re a Crate Digger

10 Great Instagram Pages to Check Out if You’re a Crate Digger

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If you’re an aspiring crate digger or an experienced collector, here are ten of the best Instagram pages to follow.

From the very inception of hip-hop, back in the ’70s, records have been a key part of the culture’s lifeblood. A crate digger would scour record stores and dusty dollar bins or raid their parent’s basements as part of the tireless search for the perfect beat.

As rap music and sampling took over as a dominant force in the pop-cultural landscape in the ’80s and ’90s, record conventions, reissues, and compilations of hard-to-find records all began to emerge as part of an ancillary industry devoted to connecting collectors with the music that they wanted to buy.

Today, there is an Instagram for crate diggers. Sites like International Breaks and Re Up Recordz (Formerly Records From Japan) allow diggers to purchase rare records from around the world, while Cornell University’s Hip Hop Collection gives an insight into its archive of hip-hop artifacts, including some of the same records played at the early Bronx jams.

For both the aspiring record enthusiast and experienced collectors alike, here are ten of the best Instagram pages for Crate Diggers.


Breakbeat Lou (Creator Of Ultimate Breaks And Beats)

Working alongside his partner, Lenny Roberts (aka Breakbeat Lenny), Lou Flores (Breakbeat Lou), created the highly influential Ultimate Breaks & Beats series in 1986. By compiling classic breaks that were played at the early Bronx jams, UBB introduced a generation of DJs and producers to foundational breaks like “Synthetic Substitution,”  Bo Diddly’s “Hit Or Miss,” The Galactic Force Space Band’s “Space Dust,” and many more. Although Lenny passed years ago, Lou has carried on the UBB legacy faithfully. His IG page is full of gems and he routinely goes live, playing sets culled from his deep collection. 

DJ Muro

 

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#1973 #jewelrecords #youngholtunlimited #playssuperfly #peoplemaketheworldgoround

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Known worldwide as “The King Of Diggin,” Japanese hip-hop pioneer DJ Muro’s King Of Diggin’, Diggin’ Ice, and Super Disco Breaks mixtape series’ have been rocking tape decks and educating listeners since the mid-’90s. His personal IG page is littered with gems from his own collection, showcasing why he has been one of the leading crate diggers on the scene for decades.

Fleamarket Funk



Established in 2007, DJ Prestige’s Fleamarket Funk brand is one of the most trusted names in the record digging community. In addition to a podcast, a documentary, and more, Fleamarket Funk’s IG page is a healthy resource for Prestige’s work and his amazing collection.

Daily Psych Vinyl

 

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Some heat from the country of Benin while working from home, swipe for sound clip. Another fine album out of the huge T.P ORCHESTRE POLY-RHYTMO catalogue, some are very hard and expensive to track down, others like this can easily be clicked to your door from your phone for not a lot of money. I dug out this copy at the massive Utrecht record fair and paid 10€. If a record has the name Eskill Lohento on it, buy it🕺🏾🌴 #rarerecords #rarevinyl #vinylcollector #vinylcollection #vinylcollectionpost #vinyligclub #diggininthecrates #afrofunk #funkrecords #vinyl #vinyljunkie #vinylporn #vinyladdict #recordcollection #recordcollector #vinylcommunity #ontheturntable #nowspinning #dustyfingers #cratedigger #afrobeat

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Along with funk, jazz, and soul music, psychedelic rock is a fertile genre for diggers searching for exciting sounds from the past. Daily Psych Vinyl explores the genre with great pictures of dope gems like J.K. & Co’s Suddenly One Summer, Brainticket, and The Electric Prunes.

DJ Shadow Collection

Since 1990, DJ’s Shadow has been putting in work and advancing the culture of production, DJing, and crate digging. The DJ Shadow Collection IG page pays tribute to this legacy by showcasing everything from rare promo cassettes, magazines, and, of course, records that tell the story of one of the culture’s most celebrated diggers.

Root Down Records

 

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Hip Hop12”やDJ Mitsu theBeats & DJ Mu-RによるSound Maneuvers 15周年ミックスなどアップしました! #newarrivals#rootdownrecords#mixcd#hiphop#hiphopclassics

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Named in tribute to jazz organist Jimmy Smith’s famous 1972 album, Osaka, Japan’s Root Down Records provides an eclectic selection for discerning collectors. With their slogan promising “Soul, Funk, Disco, Reggae, Hip Hop…and all good music,” Root Down’s IG features lovely pictures of the shop and it’s cache of new and used vinyl.

Library Gold

 

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“Lone Stepbrother” by Claudio Tallino from the 1976 erotic thriller “Calamo” soundtrack performed by Orchestra Alessandro Blonksteiner, originally released on Aris (ANL 4008), now re-released by @sonormusiceditions and licensed by @intermezzimusiclibrary via @apmmusic in North America. From Sonor: Outstanding and 100% essential Italian OST containing top-notch Giallo and sleazy thrilling music with dark, fuzzy, funky and definitively trippy sounds that put this amazing soundtrack on high demand. Euro Sex movie themes & arrangements with the classic Italian Giallo sound of the time filled with funky drums & breaks dopeness, spaced-out downtempo beats and hypnotic basslines / dark orchestrations with threatening bells and swirling, filtered-out Hammond organ / sinister female chorus / fuzzy cues and captivating Psychedelic moods / ringing thriller vibes and dramatic moments / menacing Progressive riffs / sleazy wah-wah, heavy piano and sweeping strings. For fans of Nicolai / Morricone Giallo and Thriller cults. Terrific ITALIAN OST! #library #librarymusic #ditc #crates #cratedigging #samples #sampling #productionmusic #obscurerecords #vinyl #rarerecords #records #dustygrooves #beats #apmmusic #breaks #breakbeats #claudiotallino #oboesoul #Giallo #morricone #eroticthriller #italiansoundtrack #sexploitation

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In the ’60s and ’70s, film, TV, and radio producers would utilize library music to use in their projects. Companies like KPM, Bruton, and Music DeWolfe would hire session musicians, composers, and arrangers to create unique themes. Recordings of these themes would then be paired with visual media. These library records have since become hot commodities in the digging community. The Library Gold IG page pays tribute to these records by highlighting their creative cover art and sound clips of the music.

Skeme Richards (Nostalgia King)

 

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Being a Bruce Lee fan since the 70s and a collector of Lee Jun Fan memorabilia for as long as I can remember, the Dragon has always been an inspiration. When I started the Hot Peas & Butta Funk & Soul 45 nights in 2007, we would screen rare VHS footage of Lee and other Kung Fu films at our parties which was a foundation for the night. With the publics excitement around the recent documentary, I’ve dug into the crates to put together a short but sweet cinematic treat of Bruce Lee soundtracks and soundbites over on my streaming app. Click the link in bio to streaming. #SkemeRichards #TheNostalgiaKing #BruceLee #NerveFM @playonnerve

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Philadelphia-based DJ and collector Skeme Richards is an internationally-renowned vinyl connoisseur. Known for rocking parties all across the United States, Europe, and Asia, Skeme is a walking library of funk, soul, disco, and beyond. His Instagram page, as well as his Nostalgia King site, is a great resource for a true crate digger.

BOMP! Records

 

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Available now! Get The BOBBY LEES “Skin Suit” album on LTD ORANGE VINYL at Bompstore.com! #alivenaturalsoundrecords #aliverecords

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Formed by writer Greg Shaw in 1974, BOMP! Records has been at the forefront of several movements in underground rock music, including punk, garage, and psych-rock revival. Operating a thriving mail-order record business for decades, BOMP! Is one of the top names in the game for underrated gems and lovingly packaged reissues.

Now Again (Egon/Now Again Records)

 

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Phil Ranelin’s jacket slicks for his landmark album ‘Vibes From The Tribe.’ 15 sets of the front and back prints. They measure 14.5” squared. They vary in condition: some have creases, nothing serious, and some have mild yellowing or slightly faded colors. Suitable for framing and certainly for admiring. . After all of the messages I saw yesterday and a call from Phil, I’ve decided to not wait to offer these via #Rappcats. I’ll offer them here, and all proceeds from the sale of these slicks will go directly to Phil. . I know many folks reading this have been giving to a variety of organizations that oppose systemic oppression and brutality here in America, and abroad. Well, Phil has spent his entire life fighting racism and preaching unity through spirit and music, especially in the crucial late 1960s through mid 1970s, when he and his compatriots in Detroit served with Tribe, a Black American-founded and funded label, magazine, educational resource and hub whose spokes spread out through America’s underground. . Phil has never given up the fight. This is a chance to give back to an elder who helped set the stage for the sweeping change we hope to see come, finally, in this country. As he wrote on the back cover of his album, ‘ Vibes From The Tribe’ is a searching and pleading call for unity, dedicated to Black children of the universe.’ . Here’s how this works: . Base offer is $250 for the pair, plus shipping. You can offer more. Just send me a DM. Highest offers get the cleanest of the slicks (though they all look pretty damn great). I’ll take offers in the order they come in. They will be mailed to you, rolled, in a sturdy poster mailer.

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 Musical omnivore, collector, and business partners with Madlib, Eothen Alapatt (aka Egon) has been educating collectors on rare and under-appreciated music for years. His IG offers a wealth of context, with anecdotes and biographical info on the musicians that made the music that we love. Traversing funk, soul, jazz, rock, hip-hop, and beyond, Egon is a digger’s digger, displaying the knowledge and passion that keeps the culture vital. A true crate digger will be pleased. 
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John Morrison is a writer, DJ, and sample-flipper based in Philadelphia.

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