Let's face it, you're not buying an album entitled "B!tch Betta Have My Money" for lyrical depth. For better or worse, this one's earned its place in the hip hop history books, and we'll be the first to prop up "Vertical Joyride" as a funky guilty pleasure, and guaranteed floor ... read moreCD
Last LP the Artifacts made before they split, with everything that was nice about hip hop in the 90s: solid beats (Shawn J Period, Mr Walt, Baby Paul, Showbiz and Lord Finesse) and intelligent rhymes with tight delivery. Sixteen tracks counting intros and so forth, including "Art Of ... read moreCD
A EP of unreleased, underground material from Slug & Ant! Sad Clown Bad Spring is the 12th (!!!) in the seasonal EP series from Atmosphere – available on the crew's tours, and released to shops by popular demand. Get it while it lasts! Tracks include "Less One", "Good ... read moreCD
Nice one! Even at their weakest vocal moments, we've always dug the Beastie Boys' firm committment to funky instrumental backing. Their albums are filled with lots of nice interludes, instrumentals, and backing grooves that always seem to get buried amidst all of the tracks with vocals. Now, ... read moreCD
Remixes and new versions of some of the Beatnuts hits, including "Get Funky", "Psycho Dwarf II" featuring Nogoodus, "Props Over Here", and "No Equal" – plus a new track, "Treat$", featuring Rawcotiks, A.L., and Nogoodus. CD
A solo set from once and hopefully future half of Outkast Big Boi – and he delivers big here for Def Jam – classic Outkast level excellence from Sir Lucious Leftfoot! Production by Organized Noize, Scott Storch, J Beattzz, DJ Cutmasta Swiff and others, many songs with co-production ... read moreCD
A mixed bag – with production by Prince Paul, Cool V, Mister Cee, and Andre Booth. Tracks include "Cause I Can Do It Right", "No Damn Good", "Dance With The Devil", "It's Hard Being The Kane", "Put Your Weight On It", "Mr Pitiful", ... read moreCD
Unlike a lot of late 90s major label hip hop, Loud seems to have found the perfect mix of commericial success and straight dope hip hop... From the movie dialogue intro to "Twins". Guest appearances by Black Thought of The Roots, Raekwon, Fat Joe and more. Includes "Dream ... read moreCD
We'll admit it's not as dope as the first LP but in our opinion, it deserved more attention than it got. Not as clever as you might hope both in the production and lyrics, but this LP still has its share of jazzy beats and whimsical but memorable rhymes from Dres and Lawnge, with a little extra ... read moreCD
(Out of print.)
NIA ... CD Quannum, 2000. Used ....
The MC Gift of Gab serves your ears melodic, driving, challenging wordplay at it's best on this album from the Quannum Projects label out of the Bay Area, who brought you DJ Shadow and Latyrx. The jazzy, soulful, reflective, bouncing music is entirely produced by DJ Chief Xcel and features cameos ... read moreCD
One of the best debuts in the history of hip hop – and one of the most important albums the genre ever produced! Criminal Minded is landmark for a number of reasons. Among the biggest is, of course, that it was recorded with the late great DJ Scott La Rock – and he was soon to fall ... read moreCD
One of the most important albums in the history of hip hop – the first full LP from KRS One, and a landmark batch of tracks recorded with the late Scott La Rock! The track list alone is a full chapter in the hip hop book of legends – with tunes like "Poetry", "Elementary& ... read moreCD
The classic Scott La Rock tribute album – with BDP classics and remixes – originally issued as a 2LP set that was put together following the South Bronx-repping hip hop pioneer's shooting death. Alternate versions, remixes and BDP medley's from their most classic late 80s period. 15 ... read moreCD
3rd album by the man who put Chicago on the map as a hip hop center. 2 albums strong, and with a lot of guest appearances by folks like De La Soul, Q-Tip, Chantay Savage, Erykah Badu, and Cee-Lo. No I.D. produced most of this, and a few tracks were done by Doug Infinite. Includes "1 '2 ... read moreCD
This is the third full length from the group that brings you politically scathing, party bangin, conscious hip hop for your urban revolution fun time. There's a lot of live instrumentation funky sloppiness for your neck and body to get loose to. The Coup also pull off the feat of managing to ... read moreCD
The Coup's third and arguably their best album – the late 90s classic Steal This Album! STA is much funkier than some of the later work from Boots and the Funkstress, but with just as sharp of a political vision. Now paired down to a duo, it's a tighter vision, and Boots vivid storytelling ... read moreCD
Def Squad —
El Nino ... CD Def Jam, 1998. Used 2CD ....
Just Sold Out!
12 tracks, and 4 skits, with E Double's newer hot sound in the beats, and Keith Murray and the Funk Doctor Spock joining him on the mic, including "Countdown", "Full Cooperation", "Rhymin Wit Biz", "The Game (Freestyle)", "Can You Dig It?", "No ... read moreCD
(Out of print. Barcode has a cutout hole.)
Definition Of Sound —
Lick ... CD Charisma, 1992. Used ....
Diamond Shell seems to have ended up as a more of a side bar in the Cold Chillin' story, but this album's one that always brings a smile to our face when we drop the needle on it. Biz Markie and Cutmaster Cool V produced, so aside from the difference in the rhyme style this record has the nice ... read moreCD
(Out of print. Tray card and booklet have a cutout hole.)
(Promotional CD, second disc contains an interview.)
One AM ... CD Chocolate Industries, 2003. Used ....
Here's a superb full length debut from Chicago's Diverse – with production by Prefuse 73, RJD2, Madlib and others – plus appearances by Lyrics Born, Vast Aire of Cannibal Ox, Jean Grae, and Chicago jazz mainstays Jeff Parker and Rob Mazurek. You kinda know what to expect when you have ... read moreCD
The latest salvo from Krush, and he keeps getting more and more out, but that's always been the best thing about his approach – the way he can take abstract sounds, and snap them into a dope beat. We thought from the first half of this disc that he's been listening to a lot of the noisier ... read moreCD
Classic early album by DJ Krush, a massive bit of hip hop with loads of jazzy samples, and a groundbreaking record that stands as one of the best in the entire Mo' Wax catalog. Tracks include "The Loop", "Kemuri", "Dig This Vibe", "To The Infinity", "Yea ... read moreCD
(Out of print.)
DJ Krush —
Zen ... CD Red Ink/Sony, 2001. Used ....
As usual, Krush mixes it up with a host of guest stars to fill out his sound. Titles include "Danger Of Love" featuring Zap Mama, "Vision Of Art" with Company Flow, "Candle Chant" with Boss The MC, "Whut'z Da Solution" with Kukoo Da Baga Bonez, "With ... read moreCD
Primo brings together the best of the undergroud class of '97, then mixes it mix tape style. Includes Shades of Brooklyn "Change", Street Smartz "Metal Thangs", Ak Skills "Check the Flavor", Finsta-Bundy "Feel the High Pt 2", J-Live "Braggin Writes" ... read moreCD
Dogg Pound —
Dogg Food ... CD Death Row, 1995. Used (reissue)....
Just Sold Out!
Ahh, the mid 90s, when everyone in the music industry seemd to see no end to the G-funk era. Remember the days before Pen & Pixel ruled the artwork on ghetto discs, and it was cartoons of dogs instead? Whiny keyboards your thing? Get with this album loaded down with the trademark Death Row ... read moreCD
A mix of instrumental and vocal hip hop – featuring the work of DJ Ollie Teeba, Mass Influence, Yeshua Da Poed, Juice Aleem, and Burak Agca. Tracks include "Ground Zero", "The Essence", "Bahian B Boy", "The Plan", "Homing In", "Dedicated& ... read moreCD
14 tracks in all, including a couple with beats by Pete Rock, Premier and Spinna, and bunch produced by underground beat makers. With "Understand", "On Dogz", "Sayin Somethin", "Just Because", "Situations", "Don't talk About It", "Wha ... read moreCD
We've been fans of El Da Sensai from the Artifacts days, and he doesn't disappoint with his latest effort, where he reminisces about the glory days of the early 90s, which we definitely agree was in many ways a golden age of hip hop. He recaptures that vibe here with beats by J Rawls, P Original, ... read moreCD
Top shelf hip hop from Kenny Keys & ADaD for All Natural, Inc– fresh, unpredictable production from KK and rhymes ranging from playful to sharp from Adad – with guests including Cap D & Proh Mic. Wholly excellent Chicago hip hop is consistently delivered by team All Natural, ... read moreCD
A nice set of groovy, languorous instrumentals from Fat Jon! Fat Jon is often named as a hip hop instrumentalist on par with and in the experimentalist area of DJ Shadow, RJD2, Prefuse 73 and others – which is in part true, but Jon has more direct influence from astral 70s sounds and the ... read moreCD
Featuring parts of some of the hits of 1995 along with 80's some hip hop classics mixed mix-tape style on vinyl. What makes it worthwhile are the 1-3 minute freestyle verses from MC's who you don't always hear on mixtapes. Freestyle verses from Q-Tip, Keith Murray, Redman, Eric Sermon, Fugees, ... read moreCD
Another one of their classics from the early 90s. Tracks include "Take It Personal", "Ex Girl To The Next Girl", "Take Two and Pass", "The Illest Brother", "Soliloquy Of Chaos", "No Shame In My Game", and "I'm The Man", with Jeru' ... read moreCD
At least as good as Step In The Arena. Double length CD with the classic "DWYK" featuring Nice & Smooth, just about our favorite Gang Starr track, "Speak Ya Clout" featuring Jeru and Lil Dap, "Take It Personal", "Mass Appeal", and more of the amazing ... read moreCD
"Moment of Truth" is right, and fortunately Premier's production and Guru MC's are still up to par – as dope as any of their earlier classic LP's . With "You Know My Steez", "Rep Grows Bigga", "Work", "Make Em Pay" (feat. Krumb Snatcha), ... read moreCD
The classic first Gang Starr LP on Wild Pitch – the debut chapter in a long history of certified dope east coast hip hop – with Premier and Guru on point from the get go! Classic jazz and funk samples, nice snapping beats, intelligent lyrics and mic skills like this set (and several ... read moreCD
One of the finest early efforts from Premier and Guru – their second album – and it's not only one of Gang Starr's greatest, it's one of the greatest hip hop albums, period. Guru's mic presence is as sharply on point as ever here, and the Primo production is also at peak precision. ... read moreCD
The pre Wu Tang LP from Genius – who would be officially rechristened as the GZA just a couple years after this Cold Chillin' effort from 1991! Words From The Genius is more in the vibe of Cold Chillin' labelmate Big Daddy Kane – more of a mack groove than the tough, turgid dawn of the ... read moreCD
A synthy soul funk project from the team of Danger Mouse and Cee-Lo – a set that's just trippy enough – and it's possibly the best full length from either party, ever! You don't need us to tell you that DM has had a finger in a handful of the best fringe pop/leftfield hip hop projects ... read moreCD
Ok, it's not underground at all, but to our ears this is one of the best LP's of 2001. The only commercial LP with true hip hop production (he could afford to pay for the samples...) and honestly, better production than most underground LP's. (The only unfortunate thing about the LP is that as ... read moreCD
Jay-Z brings in a huge ensemble of producers including Kayne West, Just Blaze, Dr. Dre, Neptunes, Timbaland, No ID and more. There are also more guests than any other Jay-Z album, including Faith Evans, Notorious BIG, Beyonce Knowles, Big Boi, Rakim, Lenny Kravitz, and more. Tracks include "H ... read moreCD
Jay Z's second LP, the one right before he adopted the "hot"/Swizz Beats sound. Like the first LP, there's a good mix of more hip hop tracks like "Streets Is Watching", "Friend Or Foe '98", "Rap Game/Crack Game" and even the more radio friendly are still ... read moreCD
Jay-Z's first, classic, LP. Even back then he had the Hot 90-whatever commercial hits like "Ain't No N***" with Foxy Brown. But there was also a good supply of straight hip hop cuts like "Dead Presidents", "D'Evils" and "Can I Live". Also includes the ... read moreCD
Second album from our favorite Hit Squad member K Solo. If you think of him, Das EFX, Keith Murray, and Redman, EPMD have gone a long way towards fostering a pretty dope crew of second generation rappers. Like the first LP, signature Errick and Parrish beats rumble along nicely under K-Solo's ... read moreCD
Keith Murray's third LP, and if we remember right, this one was never available on vinyl in the US. Not as solid front to back as his first 2 LPs, there's still a some nice latter day Def Squad boom bip going on here. Includes "Some Sh*t" featuring Canibus and Deja Vu, "Slap ... read moreCD
Kev Brown is a name we're always glad to see on a record – and this full length set for Up Above records lives up to our expectations! Kev's production touch is very much in the spirit of DJ Premier – with those trademark jazzy and soulbased beats (a bit more of the latter than former) ... read moreCD
Actually one of the better Wu side projects from 1998, includes "Fake MCs", "Cross My Heart", "Tai Chi", "If You Don't Know" & "Science Project", plus Killah Priest's version of the GZA classic "BIBLE (Basic Instructions Before Leaving ... read moreCD
It may not be the BeAllEndAll that the Matador hype machine is trying to cook up, but Large Professor's waaaay too long in the making first LP (first to be officially released, anyway) is a very solid effort, and a strong, raw head bumper all the way through. Nothing fancy, just tried and true hip ... read moreCD
Lazerus Jackson —
Crime ... CD Sunset Leagues, 2002. Used ....
At this point LL was definitely going for radio play, and it worked, with a tight pop formula and lots of very catchy tracks. Still, commercial crossover in '89 was a little different story and there's more than a handful of great tracks here, with LL in true form on "I'm That Type of ... read moreCD
A massive mix set from the magic mind and fingers Madlib – originally a Japanese only release, finally seeing a stateside issue! The set works through just over two dozen tracks, including many Stones Throw records produced by Madlib, many of those played here is rare remixed form, plus ... read moreCD
Finally, a nice batch of new cuts from Chicago underground producers, The Molemen. Includes JUICE "Reign", PRIME "Unbreakable", MASS HYSTERIA "Persevere", VAKILL "Equinox", QWEL "Not Impressed", RASCO "No Guarantees", SLUG/AESOP ROCK/MF ... read moreCD