Main Control Room at SpaceLAB Recordings NYC from 2011-2017

Good News, Bad News: SpaceLAB is NOT closing…but we are moving.

From The Desk Of Jake Palumbo:

Guys & gals, I don’t really know where to start. I guess the easiest way would be to say there’s good news, & bad news? In my experience, it’s always best to start with the bad news first. I apologize in advance to the “Too Long, Didn’t Read” crowd, but this is neither a short or simple story.

The bad news is that we have been silently fighting a lengthy & complicated legal battle over the last year & some change, and the SpaceLAB – along with every other tenant we share an address with, are being forced to vacate the building we have called home for the last 6 years at 251 W. 30th Street, in the (soon to be renamed) Recording & Rehearsal Arts Building.
Unfortunately due to the legal nature of the matter, I am prohibited from speaking on most of what happened publicly (plus, I have to save something for my book). What I can say is the following: In October 2015, the Planet 2 Planet complex (aka the entire basement housing 6 studio spaces, 2 of which were mine – and studio floor that has been here since 1974, well before I was born) renewed its lease with our building for another three years In March of 2016, our building was sold for $54 Million to Herald Square Properties, a group of developers, intent on converting one of the longest-standing & last-remaining buildings that catered to musicians & their needs into luxury condos, with a few floors of luxury office space. The new owners quickly issued eviction notices, to everyone; and by everyone I mean every last tenant in the building. As owners, this was their right, except for the whole legal aspect of not being able to evict someone with a lease. Thus began a long & complicated legal battle that we both on the front lines for, as well as on the sidelines with our hands tied, being that the SpaceLAB & our neighbors are all technically sub-tenants of our landlord.

And that’s about all I can say here, unfortunately. The battle waged on, our lawyers initially got the first eviction notice thrown out, but after going through every type of twist & turns & speculated outcomes & “WTF” moments, as of 2 weeks ago we were forced to face the bottom line….we have to be out of here April 15th. Just to clarify a few things real quick:

1) This was in no way a vendetta against SpaceLAB Recordings, nor even against Planet 2 Planet; we were not singled out, the entire building – even the non-music businesses who rent space here – is being forced out in the name of helping convert Manhattan completely into a boutique playground for the 1%. This issue is WAY bigger than any of us, it’s just what NYC is unfortunately becoming 🙁
2) This is not our company “closing”, nor did the SpaceLAB fail financially, nor were we in rent default. On the contrary, we have grown consistently every year since opening 6 years ago this month.
3) I assure you we exhausted EVERY possibility in trying to uphold our lease as originally renewed, & spent a lot of money trying.
4) This sucks.

Wait, I thought you said there was going to be good news, Palumbo? Well the good news is, after having a complete & total nervous meltdown after receiving the news that arguably the greatest era of my life, & residency on the block I’ve called home for almost a decade (I worked at Play Studios in the building next door prior to opening this place) was coming to an end……eventually you have no choice but to pick up the pieces, and yourself, & keep it moving. I’m happy to say we have already located a new studio space, deposit is down, lease is signed. We will be re-opening at our new location at 1080 Wyckoff Ave in Brooklyn on or before May 1st. I get the keys to the new space April 1st, we’ll be out of here after April 15th, I’m going to take a few days or a week off to re-charge my heart & mind, then it’s back to the races!

The space is a little smaller than what we had before, but it’s dope, the rent is better, and our building is a giant creative community that even has a coffee shop, restaurant, & performance venue attached to the side…..so guess who may start throwing shows again!?!?! Ultimately, change is often a good thing, so post-meltdown I’ve tried to adjust my attitude into seeing this as being forced (at gunpoint) into addressing the issues in my business that need to be addressed, which are:

1) SpaceLAB as a company makes good money, but almost all of the profits go towards maintaining Manhattan overhead, & not towards building for the future or re-investing into bigger projects.
2) I work on average 12 hours per day, but sometimes as many as 15 hours, 6-7 days per week, & while I enjoy a large chunk of my work, a large chunk of it I definitely do NOT enjoy. This has lead to burnout, medical exhaustion, health issues, but mostly me being cranky all the time (I know y’all had to notice). So for the sake of everyone, I need to scale back my workload to predominately things I enjoy working on, with people I enjoy working with.
3) As I stare down my old age (lol) for some odd reason, my career as an artist & producer is getting more attention than it ever has, & I need to maximize these opportunities while I still have a chance to do so.
4) I CONSTANTLY miss out on shows, cyphers, panels, parties & all types of events that would behoove me to attend & network at, because I’m CONSTANTLY in the studio doing sessions to earn more money just to fund that rent check for next month. I’d like to be able to hang out with y’all more, & maybe even tour again!

Also, I have a pretty dope deal with the owners of the new building that both allows me a long-term lease if I’m happy in the new space, and also allows the option to leave easily & peacefully should I find another space better suited for us along the way. I will be going live on Facebook or doing a video later to discuss some of the other details of the matter, how we got here, & more details on the plans for the future, but I’d like to re-iterate that WE ARE NOT CLOSING, WE ARE JUST MOVING.

I would like to end here by saying a sincere & heartfelt THANK YOU to everyone who EVER worked on music here, referred a friend, spent their hard-earned bread to record here, or get your songs mixed. I have seen MANY studios drop dead due to lack of clientele, & it gives be great pride to know we we stayed booked up as much as 1-2 weeks in advance, with virtually no advertisement, ever; our busy calendar was all repeat clients & referrals from other clients. We could have never done this without you, & I hope you will join us at our new location & continue to choose SpaceLAB for all your audio & musical needs.

Many thanks also to EVERYONE who worked here to help keep this place running – first off my right-hand man Mo Kofuma, who gave a lot of himself to help keep this place running for the last 5 years, Michael Goodwin, Kelly Rodriguez, Leo “Eaz The Engineer” Lara (PREP Sound), Louis Rossmann for helping me get started, Jon Grossbard for being a rock-n-roll landlord, our freelance producers & engineers Coptic, Buck3000, Jay Pluto, PM Lawson, Ben Arrindel, Mak Pacius, & Duncan “Ducada” Forbes who chose our studio as their workspace, my awesome neighbors Phil Moffa, Michael Gratezer & Michael Gannon, our wonderful night time building super Rohan Rohit, & last but not least, the constant, never-ending source of laughter & entertainment in our lobby – my bro Petro.

I’m really excited about this next step, & happy to find adventure in the unknown & uncertain. While most of the news we read each day is dismal, & we’re about to undertake a large transitional workload, I must say the future looks as bright as it ever has 🙂

– Jake Palumbo
www.jakepalumbo.com

Jake It Till You Make It LP

Jake It Till You Make It Tracklist, In Stores 11.18.16

Jake It Till You Make It Tracklist

In Stores 11.18.16

Friday, November 18th: Brooklyn, NY-by-way-of-Tennessee producer & emcee Jake Palumbo releases his 4th official solo effort via his independent label SpaceLAB RecordingsJake It Till You Make It, a follow-up to 2014’s Curtain Jerker compilation, & his two previous studio albums Jobber To The Stars & District Selectman.

While the album’s title hopefully inspires a laugh, the sentiments are neither ironic, nor sarcastic. An independent artist for over 10 years, & having worked at almost every level of the music industry – artist, producer, engineer, DJ, intern, studio manager, studio owner, & entrepreneur-by-necessity, the album is an idiosyncratic, snarky commentary on his unusual journey of patience, sticking to one’s mission, betting on long-shots & quite simply never giving up. Over a soundtrack that spans traditional boom-bap to spaced-out Southern melodies, Jake Palumbo delivers in a stream-of-consciousness rant style that seeks to “edutain” – sneaking it’s uplifting message in between multi-syllabic bars of imagination, hedonism & dark, matter-of-fact humor & inside jokes.

The 16-track LP was Produced entirely by Jake Palumbo, & features guest appearances from Roc Marciano, Ras Kass, Ruste Juxx, Tek of Smif-N-Wessun, El Da Sensei, Shabaam Sahdeeq, El Gant, Innocent?, Sean Price (RIP), as well as the SpaceLAB Recordings roster – C-Zar Van Gogh, Ciphurphace, Gotham Heights, & Ollie OX.

The 2nd single & music video “Exoskeleton” featuring Ruste Juxx & Tek, was released on November 15th, to positive reviews in the online hip-hop community. Visuals were directed by Megadon, who also handled the clip for the 1st single “Tuffalupagus” featuring C-Zar Van Gogh.

As a producer, Jake Palumbo is currently in the studio preparing full length projects with Ruste Juxx, El Da Sensei of The Artifacts, Rock Mecca & more. Keeping busy as an engineer he’s been behind the recording, mixing & mastering of many albums out of his Manhattan studio such as Shabaam Sahdeeq Keepers Of The Lost Art, Psycho Les of The Beatnuts Dank God, Vol. 1, the upcoming Rockness Monsta solo LP Rockness AP & many more. For more information visit www.jakepalumbo.com

TRACK-LISTING:

All Songs Produced By Jake Palumbo

Long Road To F-List Stardom
Jake It Till You Make It
Tuffalupagus feat. C-Zar Van Gogh
Wolf Of 30th Street
Undisputed Underdogs feat. Shabaam Sahdeeq
Duke Evers
Cobra Clutch (Still Holding Up)
Tommy Two-Phones
Manilla Envelopes feat. Roc Marciano & Innocent?
Exoskeleton feat. Ruste Juxx & Tek of Smif-N-Wessun
Gravy Like Gumbo feat. El Da Sensei
Pieces (Sad Boi Burriell) feat. Gotham Heights
Jackie Shell, Bounty Hunter feat. El Gant & Ras Kass
High Tide Rising
Wrong End Of The Telescope feat. Ollie OX & Ciphurphace
Dikembe Palumbo feat. Sean Price

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“Exoskeleton” Feat. Ruste Juxx & Tek of Smif-N-Wessun (Official Music Video)

“Exoskeleton” Feat. Ruste Juxx & Tek of Smif-N-Wessun (Official Music Video)

Tennessee-born, Brooklyn-based Producer & Emcee Jake Palumbo unveils the 2nd single from his upcoming solo project, Jake It Till You Make It – “Exoskeleton”, a high-energy, no-nonsense diatribe featuring three distinct emcees trading hard-body bars atop explosive drums & piano chops, topped off as usual by Jake Palumbo’s trademark snarky sense of humor. Joining him on the track is Boot Camp Clik alumni Ruste Juxx & Tek of Smif-N-Wessun, both of whom Palumbo has worked with extensively over the last year at his Manhattan studio.

Shot on location in Brooklyn, the colorful visuals were directed by Megadon, who directed Jake’s previous video, last year’s “Tuffalupagus” featuring label-mate C-Zar Van Gogh.
Jake It Till You Make It will be available 11.18.16 on iTunes, Spotify, Apple Music, Tidal, Amazon, Google Play & wherever music is sold. CD’s will be available shortly after.

“Exoskeleton” debuted on ThisIs50.com today as well as many other great blogs & sites.

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Jake It Till You Make It Coming Fall 2016

Jake It Till You Make It Coming Fall 2016

 

Jake Palumbo is gearing up to release his 4th full-length solo effort, Jake It Till You Make It through his SpaceLAB Recordings imprint this fall. The album is a followup to his previous projects District Selectman, & Future Dead Rapper, as well as 2014’s Curtain Jerker compilation.

While the album’s title hopefully inspires a laugh, the sentiments are neither ironic, nor sarcastic. An independent artist for over 10 years, & having worked at almost every level of the music industry artist, producer, engineer, DJ, intern, assistant, street team, & personality the album is an idiosyncratic, snarky commentary on patience, sticking to one’s mission, betting on long-shots & quite simply never giving up.

The LP is produced entirely by Jake Palumbo, & features guest appearances from Roc Marciano, Ras Kass, Sean Price (RIP), Ruste Juxx, Shabaam Sahdeeq, Tek of SmifNWessun, El Gant, Ciphurphace, C-Zar Van Gogh, Gotham Heights, Innocent? & Ollie OX.

Jake It Till You Make It will be available on CD, iTunes, Spotify, Tidal & wherever music is sold or streamed.

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New Jake Palumbo Interview at TheBeeShine.com

New Jake Palumbo Interview at TheBeeShine.com

 

Our friends over at TheBeeShine.com have just released an exclusive new interview with Jake Palumbo, taped at his Midtown Manhattan studio.  Topics covered include breaking his first Public Enemy tape from over-playing, the broke side of being an independent label, his early primitive beat-making attempts, the best compliment he received (from Wendy Day), the influence of his family, inspiration to and from others, and more.

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Ciphurphace releases “The Righteous Hour” featuring Jake Palumbo

Ciphurphace releases “The Righteous Hour” featuring Jake Palumbo

 

Arizona by way of New Jersey emcee Ciphurpahce releases his latest project In Phaced God We Trust on SouthFresh Records / SpaceLAB Recordings.

The 7-song EP features Jake Palumbo on the beat, cuts and guest rhymes on the third selection, “The Righteous Hour”, an up-tempo banger featuring a heavily chopped guitar stab over trademark menacing drums & some tasteful scratches during the breaks.  Ciphurphace & Jake Palumbo have a long history of collaborations, & released their joint LP Moonshine Burrito: South By Southwest in 2013.

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Jake Palumbo featured in The Bee Shine Cyphers w/ El Da Sensei, Dirt Platoon & more

Jake Palumbo featured in The Bee Shine Cyphers w/ El Da Sensei, Dirt Platoon & more

 

Stepping out from behind the boards and in front of the mic, Jake Palumbo was invited to participate in Episode 20 of The Bee Shine Cyphers, presented by TheBeeShine.com.  Palumbo joins an extensive list of emcees including New Jersey’s El Da Sensei of The Artifacts (who is preparing a Palumbo-produced LP for early 2017 release), Baltimore’s Dirt Platoon, UK femcee Minx, Rilla Gauge & more.  The cypher is hosted by Brooklyn producer Stan Da Man (Styles P, Sauce Money, DJ Kay Slay & more) who dedicates the cypher to Phife Dawg & DJ Big Kap (RIP).

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C­-Zar Van Gogh releases “That’s What It Is”

C-zar Van Gogh releases “That’s What It Is” single, featuring Shabaam Sahdeeq (Prod. by Jake Palumbo)

 

New York emcee & storyteller C-zar Van Gogh is gearing up to release Water: Drink Or Swim, his 3rd official LP this fall on SpaceLAB Recordings. The first single to be released off the 10-song project is “That’s What It Is”, which finds CZVG slinging irreverent but real commentary on the state of the world & his own rise, alongside Rawkus Records alumni Shabaam Sahdeeq over an up-tempo, horn heavy instrumental from producer Jake Palumbo, who is handling all production of the Water LP reprising his role from C-zar Van Gogh’s two previous retail projects, 2013’s This Time Next Year & 2011’s Hood Stimulus Package.

Shabaam Sahdeeq’s 2014 album Keepers Of The Lost Art –  winner of the 2014 Underground Music Awards Independent Album Of The Year award was mixed & mastered at SpaceLAB Recordings, NYC by Jake Palumbo. In addition, Van Gogh recently appeared on Jake Palumbo’s 2015 single & music video “Tuffalupagus.”

“That’s What It Is” will be available on iTunes, Spotify, Amazon, Google Play, & all digital retailers & streaming services August 9th. Water: Drink Or Swim will hit all digital retailers this fall.