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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 Beastie Boys, LL Cool J, Kurtis Blow, & OthersKrush Groove (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Warner/Perseverance, 1985. New Copy ... $13.99 19.99
Not quite the Wild Style soundtrack, but still an early hip hop cinema classic – thanks to work from some of the bigger acts of the time! The movie's from a second generation of rap filmmaking – more narrative, less documentary – but over the course of years, the whole thing's ... read more CD

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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 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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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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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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New Divine StylerDef Mask (with instrumentals) ... CD
Gamma Proforma (UK), 2014. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
Divine Styler returns for him album in years and years – working the synths-stoked, lyrically-barbed, dystopian future funky sound he helped invent – and it's strong stuff! There's a cinematic vibe at play, with kind of a dark sci fi feel. Lyrically, he's doing solid job of getting ... read more CD

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New El-P & Killer MikeRun The Jewels 2 ... CD
Mass Appeal, 2014. New Copy ... $11.99 12.98
The Run The Jewels duo project from El-P & Killer Mike return for another round, thankfully – they're just too good together to have left it as a one-off – and RTJ 2 more than lives up the indie rap classic debut! Killer Mike's limber, charismatic flow is served strongly by El-P's ... read more CD

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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 ... Cassette 9.99

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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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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

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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 LL Cool JMama Said Knock You Out (2CD deluxe edition) ... CD
Def Jam, 1990. New Copy 2CD ... $27.99 29.98
A huge moment for LL Cool J – and a set that has him balanced nicely between the sharp rhymes of his roots and the rising stardom of his role in the larger world of R&B as well! Marley Marl produced, and the whole thing's still got a nice edge – even though some of these tunes ... read more CD
Also available Mama Said Knock You Out (3D lenticular cover pressing) ... LP 22.99

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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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New MadlibRock Konducta (2CD set) ... CD
Madlib Invazion, 2014. New Copy 2CDs ... $15.99 17.98
The full length debut of Madlib as the Rock Konducta is a doozy – and 'Lib sounds as distinctly mad as ever – utilizing prog and psych samples, along with his usual bottomless reserve of funky building blocks, to craft one of his finest hip hop instrumentals sets in quite a while! The ... read more CD

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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!)

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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

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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
Also available It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back (3D lenticular cover) (2014 Record Store Day Release) ... LP 34.99

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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

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SerengetiKenny Dennis III ... CD
Joyful Noise, 2014. New Copy ... $11.99
Serengeti is back with another genius showcase for his blue collar Chi alter ego Kenny Dennis – which is by this point, no fooling, one of the greatest character-driven rap projects since Kool Keith turned up as Dr. Octagon. What makes Kenny stick is the way Serengeti transcends schtick. ... read more CD
Also available Kenny Dennis III (limited colored vinyl) ... LP 14.99

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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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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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New Tall Black Guy8 Miles to Moenart ... CD
First Word (UK), 2013. New Copy ... $14.99
A proper full length from Detroit hip hop instrumentals guru Tall Black Guy – who is best known to date for standout production work, remixes and re-edits – but he's crafted a perfectly solid album of his own with 8 Miles To Moenart! It's heavy with unpredictable, but tightly thumping ... read more CD

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TwinzConversation ... CD
Rush/Def Jam (Japan), 1995. New Copy ... $13.99
Mid 90s G Funk gem from Tripp Loc & Wayniac – capitalizing strongly on their breakout moment on Warren G's Regulate LP on the creative tip – even if it didn't if it didn't pave the way for superstardom for the duo. Solid, funk-steeped samples and rhymes, and it sounds sharp to this ... read more CD

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New WhodiniWhodini (LP sleeve edition) ... CD
Jive/Arista/Traffic, 1983. New Copy ... $14.99 16.98
Benchmark early 80s NYC rap from Whodini! Everyone knows the name Whodini and we have some fun old school rap video show memories, but the group doesn't really get its props in the way others of their generation enjoy. It's never too late! This is fresh album worth copping. Includes "The ... read more CD
(Comes in a great LP style sleeve!)

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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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New VariousDiggin Def Jam – B Side Wins Again – Mixed By Muro – Def Jam 30th Anniversary Edition (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Def Jam (Japan), Late 80s/Early 90s. New Copy ... $23.99
Celebrate the 30th Anniversary of Def Jam Records with DJ Muro – as he dips into the best early years of the legendary label, to mix together 32 killer cuts! We've loved Muro's talents on his excellent mixes of funk and soul – and he's even more at home here amidst some classic hip hop ... read more CD
 
 



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