Man Bites Dog Records (MBDR) is a Woodbridge, Virginia-based Hip-Hop imprint. It's run by CEO/Founder R.M.L. AKA Ryan, VP/Director A&R Roc Marciano, and main producer/studio engineer Kount Fif. Their current roster consists of Roc Marciano, AG Da Coroner, Playdough, Bronze Nazareth, Stu Bangas, Vanderslice, Esoteric, Eddie B, and more. MBDR's back catalog additionally consists of critically-acclaimed releases from the likes of ANKHLEJOHN, Copywrite, Curly Castro, Blue Sky Black Death AKA BSBD, Illogic & Blockhead, Wu-Tang Clan's Killah Priest, and Vast Aire. Earlier this year, Man Bites Dog Records released a phenomenal joint effort from Uncommon Nasa & Kourt Fif entitled City As School boasting features throughout from Guilty Simpson, Tek from Smif-N-Wessun, Sadat X, Shortrock, DJ Ragz, and Last Sons' DJ Furious P.
Now, just before year's end, MBDR have returned with their second proper release of 2019; Happy Holidays is a largely instrumental 11-track release featuring an array of producers from all over the world. According to a press release, for Happy Holidays, Man Bites Dog enlisted "a collection of producers spanning the globe from New York City to Kabul, Afghanistan." Happy Holidays Tracks No.1-10 are instrumental entirely created from holiday-themed movies, TV specials, yuletide classics, etc. and the closing composition, "Rudy's Revenge," is the only track here with vocals, provided by Dewey Binns. DJ Ragz is featured across nine of said 11 tracks on Happy Holidays, alongside K-Beta, John Cash, DJ No-Zs, Kount Fif, Jeck Da General, Krazyfingaz, Kel C, Uncommon Nasa, DJ Criminal, and Dewey Binns. Man Bites Dog Records' Happy Holidays comp. is now available to purchase, stream, or download directly from the label on Bandcamp. Here's to a safe and happy holiday season, my friends!!!
"I have always been a fan of Kount Fif. I had been working with Kount on a few things here and there and it sparked a genuine friendship. Kount is Man Bites Dog's main producer/engineer/cool guy. I really enjoyed hanging with the guys in previous sessions. So, when Kount Fif & Ryan [R.M.L.] from Man Bites Dog asked me to be down, I didn't have to to think about it. I had a day off, so I met up with them for a day at the studio. Ryan & Kount had all the samples and beats picked out. They plugged me in and said, "just do what you love to do." We had fun with it. It was, also, so cool to do cuts over all these talented producers' beats. I'm very happy I had the opportunity to be down on this project. I listened to it today, in fact. Much love, Matt. Happy holidays, G!"
- DJ Ragz (@djragz)