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Prince Be Record Collection

Sale at Rappcats, Los Angeles, September 17. Curated by Prince Be's longtime friend Georges Sulmers on behalf of Be's family.

Prince Be Record Collection

Prince Be is the late co-founder, producer, and lead singer of PM Dawn. “Set Adrift On Memory Bliss” and a handful of their hits were mainstays in the 90s and the style of hip-hop he helped create paved the way for many, from Kanye West to Justin Timberlake. “You are a huge influence on me and so many,” wrote Timberlake, upon Be’s death in 2016.

As a producer, Be worked with Timberlake and The Backstreet Boys, The Bee Gees, Earth Wind & Fire, and Elton John. He was always digging and was a constant fixture at record shows, including the now legendary Roosevelt Conventions in New York City. When the Stark Reality was a $500 album and Mulatu of Ethiopia was exchanging hands for $125 these were considered impossible sums for many open-minded collectors. Be was making hits and spending his hard-earned dough in search for the perfect break-beat and sample.

His record collection bears witness to this. His collection touches all genres - soul, jazz, rock and sound library records - from the common to the obscure. On the obscure, he went deep. There are the spiritual jazz records on the lauded Tribe label, the 90s-grails which have gotten no easier to source, like Dennis Coffey’s Hair and Thangs, and thousands of other albums.

Prince Be’s long-time friend Georges Sulmers, who issued some of Be’s music as Mood Swingaz on his Raw Shack Records imprint in the 1990s, has gone through and curated a series of records from Be’s collection that he will sell at this, the first installment of a handful of Rappcats pop-ups.

“My relationship with Be started because of our love of music. We were able to make some cool records together, but it is our friendship and brotherhood that I cherished the most.” Georges says. “ I'm honored and grateful The Cordes family has allowed me to be a part of this.”


Saturday, September 17, Noon-6PM
Rappcats, 5638 York Blvd, Los Angeles

All of these records are being sold on behalf of Prince Be's family and come with a Rappcats card that testifies to the records’ provenance. Be’s son Brandon gives his thought on his collection:

“Aside from his musical creations, my father’s record collection was his life’s work I feel my father looked at his collection as if it was his own personal time machine! I think he left his collection behind as a blueprint for my brother, sister and I to dive into our own taste and go on our own sound safaris. I am eternally grateful to him.”

Photo of Prince Be and Pete Rock, Roosevelt Hotel Record Collection, 1990s – by John Carraro, courtesy of Waxpoetics.