BLAZEDMADE x WILD PITCH RECORDS
Rarely has there been a more fascinating, crazy story of art and commerce smashing together as the story of Wild Pitch Records. Music exec Stu Fine and his graphic designer wife Amy launched from a spartan two-room office in Manhattan and, despite having no connections in the New York rap scene, discovered and signed a who’s-who of legendary hip hop artists.
Wild Pitch introduced Guru to DJ Premier, giving birth to Gang Starr, who would go on to define the sound of hip-hop in the ‘90s; it was the first label to put Nas on a record; it signed Lord Finesse and O.C., cementing the foundation of the Diggin’ In The Crates crew; it put out the first two records by the groundbreaking political west coast group The Coup, it licensed The Main Source’s “What You Need” to Madonna’s 1994 hit “Human Nature”. It also licensed Chill Rob G’s “Let The Words Flow” to two German producers who broke every copyright law in the book to turn it into the global #1 smash...”The Power” by Snap. The label’s batting average was shockingly high considering Wild Pitch put out a total of just 14 albums.
Yet almost every one of these works of art is accompanied by stories of manipulation and shady business. Wild Pitch artists tell stories of the label ripping them off and never being paid for their work. Only two groups ever put out more than one album on the label before moving on, and its reputation in the industry was tarnished at best. Despite bringing in MC Serch from 3rd Bass to run the label in 1992, Wild Pitch was doomed. The label shut down in 1998.
Now, twenty years later, Blazedmade celebrates this vital and controversial hip-hop label with the Wild Pitch Records Unisex Surf Tee. Made from 100% cotton and featuring the Wild Pitch’s OG logo, this classic design will add the perfect amount of 90’s era edge to your wardrobe.