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Listen to the Story behind 20 Years of BBE on Spotify

Celebrating two decades of Barely Breaking Even, iconic independent record label BBE presents ‘Attitude, Belief & Determination’, a special 20th anniversary compilation. Spread over three discs, the album takes its name from one of the label’s best-loved releases, an obscure masterpiece by Martin L. Dumas. Featuring classic material from BBE luminaries J Dilla, John Morales, Jazzy Jeff and many more, this collection sums up the eclectic and forward-thinking nature of BBE’s catalogue; from 70’s Ghanaian funk, to a soulful hip hop cut featuring a young rapper named Drake. Whether you’re already a fan or discovering BBE for the first time, this wonderful collection is sure to delight, educate and inspire.

Audio commentaries by label manager Lee Bright, telling the stories behind every single track selected for our 20th Anniversary compilation.

Click here to enjoy over 3 hours of vintage BBE releases