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New Apollo Brown & Ras KassBlasphemy ... CD
Mello Music Group, 2014. New Copy ... $13.99
Apollo Brown & Ras Kass team up – with guest appearances by Royce Da 5'9, Xzibit, Slaine, Sean Price, Pharoahe Monche and others. Includes "Next Caller", "How To Kill God", "Humble Pie", "Giraffe P**sy" with Royce Da 5'9, Xzibit & Bishop Lamont ... read more CD

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Beastie BoysLicensed To Ill ... CD
Def Jam, 1986. New Copy ... $4.99 5.98
The game-changing Def Jam classic from the mid 80s – and still possibly the greatest album by the Beastie Boys – even though they'd grow up a whole lot after this! The Beasties later distanced themselves from much of the attitude of this album, and you can't fault the Boys for maturing. ... read more CD

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New BG Knocc Out & DrestaReal Brothas ... CD
Outburst/Universal (Japan), 1995. New Copy ... $13.99
A strong, consistent and nowadays under-acknowledged standout in the early-to-mid 90s west coast gangsta rap boom from Eazy E proteges BG Knocc Out & Dresta! They don't reinvent the wheel on Real Brothas, but it really is a solid snapshot of the sound and the era – and the rhyme skills ... read more CD

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Black MilkIf There's Hell Below ... CD
Computer Ugly, 2014. New Copy Gatefold ... $11.99 13.98
Detroit producer/MC double threat Black Milk doing his thing as sharply as on anything he's done in the past few years! He's certainly at a near peak on the production tip here – which is saying something, given how high up on the top shelf of post millenium hip hop production he sits – ... read more CD
Also available If There's Hell Below ... LP 20.99

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Black MilkNo Poison, No Paradise ... CD
Fat Beats, 2013. New Copy Gatefold ... $13.99 14.98
Black Milk's greatest to date – working with a stellar guest roster that incldues Black Thought of the Roots, contemporary jazzy soul great Robert Glasper, Dwele, Will Sessions, AB, Tone Treasure, Quelle Chris and more! Titles include "Interpert Sabotage" feat Mel, "Codes And ... read more CD

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New Blu & NottzGods In The Spirit EP ... CD
Coalmine, 2014. New Copy ... $11.99
A strong quartet of cuts by Blu & Nottz – plus guests that include Homeboy Sandman, Aloe Blacc, Sene & Johaz and more – plus some bonus remixes, instros and acapellas! Includes "Boyz II Men" feat Nitty Scott (plus instrumental version and a remix by Diamond D), MC, ... read more CD

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Boogie Down ProductionsCriminal Minded ... CD
B-Boy/Traffic, 1986. New Copy ... $13.99 14.98
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 more CD
(2014 remastered edition.)

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Danny BrownOld ... CD
Fool's Gold, 2013. New Copy ... $13.99 14.98
Danny Brown steps up his game on Old – delivering on all the promise of his much-hailed previous Fool's Gold LP – and actually topping it! Danny's XXX was a mix of next-level smarts and production, balanced with knowlingly gutter dwelling rhymes – but this one is knowingly more ... read more CD

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Carpet Patrol (Suff Daddy & Torky Tork)Carpet Patrol ... CD
Melting Pot (Germany), 2014. New Copy ... $16.99 18.98
Hazy, largely instrumental hip hop from the team of Suff Daddy & Torky Tork – working together as Carpet Patrol – and it's another timeless set of sample crafted beatcraft from the Melting Pot team. MPM has always done a solid job of honoring classic hip hop production aesthetics, ... read more CD

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CommonNobody's Smiling (deluxe edition) ... CD
Universal, 2014. New Copy ... $17.99 18.98
Common's strongest record in years – working once again with producer No ID – and they're repping their hometown of Chicago as profoundly and soulfully as ever! Everything is on point here. Common rhymes with a direct, truthful knowledge of everyday struggles – yeah, he's been a ... read more CD
(Deluxe edition includes 3 bonus tracks.)

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New Compton's Most WantedIt's A Compton Thang ... CD
Orpheus/Universal (Japan), 1990. New Copy ... $13.99
Pivotal west coast rap from Compton's Most Wanted! NWA cast such a long shadow in the late 80s, especially in the nascent gangsta rap and G Funk scenes, it was tough for top shelf peers and followers to get their due, but CMW deliver the goods and this record stands the test of time! Production ... read more CD

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New Damu The FudgemunkPublic Assembly ... CD
Redefinition, 2014. New Copy ... $10.99 11.98
As fine of a batch of raw, funky hip hop instrumentals from Damu The Fudgemunk as we've heard! Damu's style is reminiscent of the blueprint soul and funk samples era that we all cherish – with moody, murky head nodding instros, and some more thickly-layered jams too. Solid stuff! Public ... read more CD

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Danny BrownHot Soup (with bonus instrumentals CD) ... CD
Street Corner, 2008. New Copy 2CD ... $9.99
The 2008 mixtape that launched modern rap icon Danny Brown – given the deluxe treatment here for this 2014 edition – featuring a bonus instrumentals CD. Includes "Leve One", "Dance", "What's Up Doe", "Swagger To The Max", "Rese-Vor Dogs" ... read more CD
Also available Hot Soup (2LPs – plus bonus 7-inch single) ... LP 23.99

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Diamond DistrictMarch On Washington ... CD
Mello Music Group, 2014. New Copy ... $13.99 14.98
Oddisee, yU, and Uptown XO are back as Diamond District – strongly representing DC on the underground hip hop supergroup tip – with the tracks "March On", "First Step", "Purveyors Of Truth", "Ain't Over", "Erything", "You Had To Be ... read more CD
Also available
March On Washington (180 gram pressing) ... LP 23.99
March On Washington (tri-stripe colored vinyl) ... LP

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Freddie Gibbs & MadlibPinata ... CD
Madlib Invazion, 2014. New Copy ... $14.99 15.98
Smart , streetwise raps from Freddie Gibbs, backed by restlessly inventive production from Madlib – here on one of the best records yet on 'Lib's own Madlib Invazion imprint! If you'll forgive us a little bit of repetition – because we KNOW we've written this before – there's ... read more CD
Also available Pinata ... LP 21.99

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New J-LiveAround The Sun ... CD
Mortier, 2014. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
Freshness from one of the most reliable voices in independent hip hop – making records built to stand test of time – with production by DJ Spinna, Oddisee, Korede, The Audible Doctor, Illastrate, DJ Nu Mark and J-Live himself – with appearances by Homeboy Sandman, Tanya Morgan and ... read more CD

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Jneiro JarelThree Piece Puzzle ... CD
Ropeadope, 2005. New Copy ... $8.99 12.98
Sweet, astral hip hop from Jneiro Jarel – a Brooklyn born producer and MC with one foot firmly set in mid 90s, leftfield NYC reverent beats and rhymes, and one foot in the world of atmospheric, cosmic electronic groove! It's a really ambitious set, never getting too far out, but with just ... read more CD

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JonwayneRap Album One ... CD
Stones Throw, 2013. New Copy ... $10.99 11.98
Stones Throw's innovative upstart Jonwayne steps up big time with Rap Album One – which is, technically his first proper above ground rap album after a sprawling limited edition instrumentals release and some now hard-to-find cassettes – and it more than lives up to promise! When we ... read more CD

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Kenautis Smith & BlackspadeMotivational Tool ... CD
All Natural, 2013. New Copy Gatefold ... $7.99
Kanautis Smith and Blackspade team up for All Natural, Inc! There's often a soul music reverent vibe on records that come on on All Natural, and this one succeeds strongly on that front – as well as holding up as one of the finer producer/MC co-headling records we've heard in a while. There' ... read more CD

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New King TeeAct A Fool ... CD
Capitol (Japan), 1988. New Copy ... $13.99
King Tee's first album – made in the days before the Likwit crew had started to come together – back when he was still working with DJ Pooh! Come to think of it, this was was also cut in the days before G Funk became the ruling sound of west coast rap, and LA in particular – ... read more CD

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L'OrangeOrchid Days ... CD
Mello Music Group, 2014. New Copy ... $11.99
Hypnotic hip hop from L'Orange – a freely creative producer/artist delivering nicely for the Mello Music Group – with the busiest and most ambitious indie hip hop labels of the new millenium teens! L'Orange's production has lots of moody touches, ranging from gritty beats and samples ... read more CD
Also available Orchid Days (orange & gray colored vinyl) ... LP 18.99

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Leaders Of The New SchoolFuture Without A Past ... CD
Elektra/Traffic, 1991. New Copy ... $10.99 15.98
The amazing debut of those most hyperactive of the Native Tongues, the short-lived, ultra fresh Leaders Of The New School! Busta & Co. splintered apart after just two albums, but this will always be a shiny trophy in the mantle with the all time freshest East Coast hip hop. It sounds great to ... read more CD
Also available Future Without A Past ... LP 22.99

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New Low ProfileWe're In This Together (plus bonus track) ... CD
Profile/Universal (Japan), 1989. New Copy ... $13.99
WC and DJ Aladdin working together as the producer/DJ duo Low Profile – definitely paving the way for more famous west coast rap to come – on a still strong, long under-appreciated album on Profile! WC would go on to make a bigger name for himself with Madd Circle, West Side ... read more CD

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MadlibPinata Beats ... CD
Madlib Invazion, 2014. New Copy ... $14.99 15.98
The restlessly inventive Madlib beats and production for Pinata, the excellent duo project with MC Freddie Gibbs! If you'll forgive us a little bit of repetition – because we KNOW we've written this before – there's just something extra riveting about Madlib's production work for ... read more CD
Also available Pinata Beats (with download) ... LP 21.99

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NasIllmatic XX (plus bonus CD) ... CD
Columbia, 1994. New Copy 2CD ... $14.99 16.98
20th anniversary edition of Nas's masterpiece Illmatic – which will probably stand forever as one of the greatest hip hop full lengths of its time – maybe even for all time. Nas has had some creative ups-and-downs over the years, but nothing can take away the impact of this damn near ... read more CD
(20th anniversary edition!)
Also available Illmatic XX (180 gram vinyl – plus download with 10 bonus tracks) ... LP 19.99

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Non PhixionFuture Is Now (premium box – 2CDs/3 x 7" singles/cassette/book) ... CD
Landspeed/Get On Down, 2002. New Copy ... $58.99 59.98
The underground classic from Non Phixion – in a box set billed as the "premium version", and they ain't kidding – it's loaded! Includes the original early 00s album on 2CDs – the vocal version and instrumental version. Also includes 3 X 7" singles – with ... read more CD

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Pete Rock & CL SmoothAll Souled Out EP (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Elektra/Traffic, 1991. New Copy ... $14.99 15.98
The first EP by Pete Rock & CL Smooth – and one of the greatest debut EPs in hip hop history – fleshed out here with bonus mixes and instrumentals! The original EP material is as stunning as ever, really showing the Pete & CL were in near peak form right outta gate – ... read more CD

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New Public EnemyFear Of A Black Planet (2CD deluxe edition – with bonus tracks) ... CD
Def Jam, 1990. New Copy 2CD (reissue)... $27.99 29.98
The mindblowing third album from Public Enemy – their second straight up masterpiece in a row – a more densely-layered effort than anything they'd down before or since! Agitprop lyricism laced with soundbite samples from myriad sources that get the point over nearly as fiecely as Chuck' ... read more CD
Also available Fear Of A Black Planet (3D lenticular cover) ... LP 27.99

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New Public EnemyIt Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back (2CD/DVD deluxe edition) ... CD
Def Jam, 1988. New Copy 2CD & DVD ... $28.99 34.99
The massive second album by PE – and the one where where the hit their full creative stride, and their politics and philosphy hit at full force – moving Public Enemy from an imposing threat to both the hip hop and pop music status quo to a straight up cultural phenomenon! There's ... read more CD

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New Ray West & OCRay's Cafe – deluxe edition ... CD
Red Apples 45, 2014. New Copy ... $11.99
A nice set of jazzy hip hop from producer Ray West and DITC veteran OC –expanded here with additional tracks from the Afterhours EP – and it's an exceptionally strong set! Ray's Cafe carries a smoky 70s soul and jazz nightclub theme, with beats that bring that vision to life, but the ... read more CD

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RootsAnd Then You Shoot Your Cousin ... CD
Def Jam, 2014. New Copy ... $14.99 15.98
The Roots still delivering the goods after all these years! And Then You Shoot Your Cousin is seemingly one of their more uncompromising efforts, which is saying something for this crew. Their career arc to this point is as fascinating as ever – going from backing up and sharing credit with ... read more CD
Also available And Then You Shoot Your Cousin ... LP 21.99

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New Show & AGGoodfellas ... CD
Payday/FFRR (Japan), 1995. New Copy ... $13.99
Show & AG's slept on second album from the mid 90s, finally getting its due. With beats by Show, Lord Finesse, Premier, Roc Raida and Dres you know it's fresh from start to finish, with that dope east coast vibe from the days when you didn't have to remain underground to stay real. The sort of ... read more CD

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New Showbiz & AGRunaway Slave ... CD
Payday/London (Japan), 1992. New Copy ... $13.99
A legendary record from Show & AG – and one of the strongest full lengths of the early 90s from the DITC camp! Runaway Slave came about during the end of an era when major labels still seemed to be hungry for for dope underground MCs, so there's a gritty realness here, and on other great ... read more CD
Also available Runaway Slave ... LP 11.99

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Souls Of Mischief93 'Til Infinity (2CD 20th Anniversary edition – with booklet) ... CD
Hiero Imperium/Get On Down, 1993. New Copy 2 CDs ... $24.99
The timeless classic Cali hip hop standard bearer from Souls Of Mischief – given the tricked out 20th Anniversary edition it deserves! As much as we love all the best Hiero output of the 90s & beyond, this is still our favorite, and besides, it's pretty much the blueprint for the ... read more CD
(Beautiful expanded anniversary edition from Get On Down – with a bonus CD and expanded booklet – and even the packaging raps. . .playing the title track when you open it up!)

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Step Brothers (Alchemist & Evidence)Lord Steppington ... CD
Rhymesayers, 2014. New Copy ... $13.99 14.98
West coast veterans Alchemist and Evidence team up as Step Brothers – and deliver a damn strong full length debut for Rhymesayers – with guests Action Bronson, Styles P, Oh No, Roc Marciano, Fashawn, Domo Genius, Blu, Rakaa and more! Alchemist and Evidence are both producer/MC double ... read more CD
(Includes download. Rhymesayers goes the extra mile, too, with a nice velvety outer sleeve and a foldout poster.)

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New Ultramagnetic MCsFunk Your Head Up ... CD
Mercury (Japan), 1992. New Copy ... $13.99
Follow up to Critical Beatdown with solid, funky production by Ced Gee and Moe Love, and Kool Keith just being Kool Keith – giving it some crazy charm that a lot people just weren't ready for at the time! Their first major label record, which seemed to take forever to come out, we recall a ... read more CD

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New WC & The Madd CircleAin't A Damn Thang Changed ... CD
Priority/Universal (Japan), 1991. New Copy ... $13.99
The first of a couple underrated albums from WC & The Madd Circle – a couple years before group founder WC jumped ship to join Ice Cube in Westside Connection, and fellow Madd Circle rhymer Coolio made a bigger name for himself as solo rapper. Ain't A Damn Thang Changed still sounds ... read more CD

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VariousDef Jam 30th Anniversary (3CD/t-shirt set) ... CD
Def Jam, Mid 80s/1990s/2000s/Mid 2010s. New Copy 3 CDs ... $89.99 99.99
One of the coolest looking box sets we've ever stocked! It's a massive overview of the first 3 decades of classic Def Jam – covering a lot of stylistic territory traveled by the hip hop empire founded by Russell Simmons and Rick Rubin back in the day – with a loads benchmark material ... read more CD
(Limited edition package fabricated to look like the Technics SL-1200 Turntable – with a special booklet written by Dan Charnas – and including a Def Jam t-shirt!)
 
 



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