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New AlkaholiksESP (Everyday Street Poets) Demos EP ... LP
Dope Folks, 1991. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A raw, funky EP of early Alkaholiks – pre-Loud/RCA era material produced by E Swift – and it's a vital slice of dawn of the 90s LA hip hop! The title ESP refers to the the trio's early moniker, Everyday Street Poets, and it's timeless stuff with a rawer vibe than the major label recordings to follow – but it's not raw as in "unfinished" sounding, it's gritty, but wholy worthy of their legacy and a real gem that any fan of timeless, golden age west coast hip hop outta love. Includes "We Gets Funky", "Mr. Troublemaker", "Ni**az Ain't Laughing No More", "Wadadang", "L.A. Law" and "Welcome To The Grooveyard". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition!)

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New ESPValoompadoom Pink Or Something Else Off The Wall ... LP
Select, 1991. Used ... Out Of Stock
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(Cover has minor creasing.)
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Big Daddy KaneLooks Like A Job For . . . ... CD
Cold Chillin, 1993. Used ... $3.99
Although this is well into Big Daddy Kane's career, he still displays some skills here. Tracks include "How U Get A Record Deal?", "Very Special", "Stop Shammin'", "Here Comes Kane, Scoob & Scrap" and "Nuff Respect (remix)". CD
(Out of print. CD case has a cutout notch.)

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Black SheepWolf In Sheep's Clothing ... CD
Mercury, 1991. New Copy ... $4.99 5.98
A Native Tongues classic from 1991 – one that sounded great way back when, and has held up beautifully over the years – and rightly considered amongst the greatest hip hop albums ever! Wolf In Sheep's Clothing is playful rap at it's best, with funky and and funny cuts galore – but the title is apt, as the wit is pretty sharply barbed – especially when they're skewering hardcore and gangsta cliches. It's as brilliant as ever. Includes the massive "Flavor Of The Month", "Similak Child", "Pass The 40", "To Whom It May Concern", "Butt In The Meantime", "Strobelite Honey", "Are You Mad?", "Blunted", "For Doz That Slept" and more. CD

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BlackaliciousNIA (2LP) ... LP
Quannum, 2000. Very Good+ 2LP Gatefold ... $14.99
The 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 by Lyrics Born and Lateef from Latyrx on two separate tracks ("Do This My Way" and "Smithzonian Institute Of Rhyme", respectively.) It also includes the single "Deception" and the tracks "Searching", "The Fabulous Ones", "A To G", "Cliff Hanger", "Shallow Days", "Ego Trip By Nikki Giovanni", "You Didn't Know That Though", "Trouble (Eve Of Destruction)", "Reanimation", "Beyonder", "Making Progress", "Sleep", and more. LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeves.)

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CommonNobody's Smiling ... CD
Universal, 2014. New Copy ... $14.99 15.98
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 star for years, with a respectable acting career on top, but he damn sure hasn't forgotten where he's from – and there's no greater demonstration of that truth than his continuing later career reunion with No ID. We definitely dug their preceding Dreamer/Believer record, but this one hits even deeper. It shows progressive, future-ready beatcraft on one hand, and dusty soul samples and gospel choruses on the other. Both modes are solid. Tracks include "The Neighborhood", "No Fear", "Diamonds", "Hustle Harder", "Real", "Kingdom", "Blak Majik", "Nobody's Smiling", "Rewind That" and more. CD

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DMXIt's Dark & Hell Is Hot (gold vinyl pressing) ... LP
Def Jam, 1998. New Copy 2 LPs (reissue)... $22.99 24.98
The late 90s debut of DMX – a huge hit for Def Jam, the Ruff Ryders camp and especially DMX himself – whose next few albums would top the charts! Rough, raw and hardcore lyrical imagery, and top notch Ruff Ryder production from Swizz Beats and PK, plus Dame Grease on a number of cuts. Still impressive work from one of the most uncomprimising stars to breakout so big in the late 90s/early 00s. Includes "Ruff Ryder's Anthem", "Look Thru My Eyes", "Let Me Fly", "How's It Goin' Down", "Crime Story", "I Can Feel It", "Stop Being Greedy", "Ni**az Done Started Something", "For My Dogs" and more. 19 tracks including skits. LP, Vinyl record album
(Very nicely done, heavy duty gold vinyl pressing for the albums 15th Anniversary!)

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Frankenstein & AZ (Delphi Oracle)Ill Laboratory EP ... 12-inch
Ill Adrenaline, 1994. New Copy ... $14.99 16.98
Legendary hip hop from Frankenstein, one of most respected producer/MCs to come out of the early-to-mid 90s Toronto scene – with partner AZ as the duo Delphi Oracle. The Ill Laboratory EP on Ill Adrenaline compiles cuts from rare period 12"s with some previously unreleased gems. Includes "The Roughtalk" feat Luminous, "Peace And Quiet" (plus remix), "Bottom Line" (plus remix), "Sympozium" (plus remix), Just Write A Song" and "If A Beat Were A Princess". 12-inch, Vinyl record

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Grandmaster Melle Mel & The Furious FivePiano ... LP
New Day, 1989. Near Mint- ... $9.99
A late 80s LP from the Furious Five, sans Grandmaster Flash, but not as bad as you might expect. Sylvia Robinson handles the production, and though this isn't quite as great as their earlier Sugarhill material, it's more respectable than some of the other later efforts Melle Mel and crew got involved with. 10 tracks in all, including "White Lines 89 part II", "Gangster Movies", "Getto Life", "old School", "Piano", "Drug Wars", "Kick The Knowledge", "Free Style", "Revenge" and "See Ya!". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a small scrape on front.)

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House Of PainHouse Of Pain ... LP
Tommy Boy, 1992. Near Mint- ... $11.99
The record that finally pushed so many blue-eyed doubters into the embrace of hip hop – and one of the few of its type that could deliver the same sort of punch as the best of the underground! In later years, the album's come to be associated more with fratboys than the group probably would have liked – but there's a raw, urgent power here that's hard to deny – especially in the skittish production that really draws on the nervous energy of the trio! DJ Lethal and Muggs' bouncing, head-nodding beats keep things moving with Everlast's rhymes standing up pretty well over the years – and titles include the anthemic "Jump Around", plus "House Of Pain Anthem", 'Come And Get Some Of This", "All My Love", "Put On Your Sh!t Kickers", "Shamrocks And Shenanigans", "Guess Who's Back", "Life Goes On", and "One For The Road". LP, Vinyl record album
(NOTE – This is a promo copy in a Tommy Boy sleeve.)

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Ice CubeKill At Will ... LP
Priority, 1990. Near Mint- ... $24.99
Common was right when he said about Ice Cube "You ain't did shit dope, since 'Amerikkka's Most'". Well, this one came out just before "Amerikkka's Most Wanted" and despite what you may think of his recent projects, every track on this 6-song ep reminds us just how dope Ice Cube was back then. About half the tracks feature classic Bomb Squad production. Includes "Jackin' For Beats", the original, and still the best, track about stealing other MC's samples (featuring samples from LL, PE, EPMD, and more). Plus "Endagered Species" (featuring Chuck D and production by the Bomb Squad), "The Product" A remix of "Get Off My D*ck and Tell Yo B*tch To Come Here", and "Dead Homeiz", the first in the unending stream of hip hop funeral songs that still holds up. LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout hole.)

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Black Star (Mos Def & Talib Kweli)Mos Def & Talib Kweli Are Black Star (pic disc) ... LP
Rawkus, 1998. New Copy ... Around September 16, 2014 (delayed)
The first full-length from Mos Def and Kweli. Maybe not every cut is up to the standards they set with their amazing string of singles together, solo, and with others – but it's still strong underground hip hop that takes on the ghetto fabulous themes ruling hip hop these days. Stand out cuts include "Definintion", the posse cut "Twice Inna Lifetime", "Children's Story" – the Slick Rick classic redone along the lines of Jeru's "One Day" – and "Respiration" featuring Common Sense. LP, Vinyl record album

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ClipseHell Hath No Fury (white vinyl pressing) ... LP
Jive/Get On Down, 2006. New Copy (reissue)... Around September 23, 2014
The long, long, LONG dormant follow up to the breakout Lord Willin' LP by Clipse – announced in fall 2003 – finally released in late 2006! Hell Hath No Fury may have been on ice for 3 years – yet it appeared as an instant classic – WAY up at the top alongside Ghostface's Fishscale in the best of the major label street rap list of '06. The Neptunes beats are very spare and chilly, despite the fiery title – while the Pusha T & Malice style of precise storytelling and detached deliveries probably make them the most natural duo in the game. 2 albums, 2 classics, too many years apart! Tracks include "We Got It For Cheap", "Momma I'm So Sorry", the masterful "Mr Me Too" feat Pharrell, "Wamp Wamp (What It Do)" feat Slim Thug, "Dirty Money", "Ride Around Shining" feat the Re-Up Gang, "Key's Open Doors", "Chinese New Year" feat Rosco P Coldchain, "Nightmares" feat Pharrell & Bilal and more. LP, Vinyl record album

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New VariousTrespass ... LP
Sire, 1992. Used ... Out Of Stock
As usual, the soundtrack is better than the movie itself, including Black Sheep "On The Wall", Gang Starr "Gotta Get Over (Taking Loot)", Lord Finesse "You Know What I'm About", AMG "Don't Be A 304", Donald D "I'm Gonna Smoke Him", Ice T & Ice Cube "Trespass", Public Enemy "Gotta Do What I Gotta Do". LP, Vinyl record album