Apollo Brown —
Grandeur ... CD Mello Music Group, 2015. New Copy ...
A winning effort from one of the finer post-Dilla Detriot hip hop producers – gritty and soulful on the beats, brightly accented and moody on the more atmospheric touches, diverse and underground star-studded on rhymes! Guests include Oddisee, Reks, Sean Price, MOP, Evidence, OC, Wordsworth, ... read moreCD
Wu Tang mastermind and all around modern renaissance man RZA teams up with Interpol vocalist Paul Banks...and it works. Wow! Considering the pros and cons of the contemporary musical landscape, one of the major pros is the cross-pollinating possibilities of what would've seemed crazy in the past. ... read moreCD
Solid hip hop soul by BJ The Chicago Kid – featuring support from a star-studded guest roster that includes Chance The Rapper, Kendrick Lamar, Big Krit and more! It's fitting that BJ should get a high profile headlining effort of his own – on Motown, of all labels – after years of ... (Neo Soul, Hip Hop)read moreCD
Soul jazz-steeped, largely instrumentals set from always jazz reverent, but rare so solidly jazz rooted producer Black Milk – played in live band arrangements by the group Nat Turner – and it's a stunner! It's got prominent bass lines, airy keyboards, and funky drums inspired by some of ... read moreCD
Two of post millennium indie hip hop's most distinctive rhyme stylists – Open Mike Eagle and Serengeti – teaming up as Cavanaugh, and it's as inspired of a project as we'd hoped! There's a dark, hazy mood here – particularly in the thick waves of synth in the production, but the ... read moreCD
Dam Funk does it again – really blowing us away with his crispy fresh version of funk – one that's a perfect fusion of old school modes from the 70s and 80s, and some of the more cosmic touches of the current century! The approach uses lots of splash on the keyboards and beats – ... (Neo Soul, Hip Hop)read moreCD
Timeless hip hop from the legendary Diggin In The Crates crew – whose best cuts remain as fresh and urgent as ever – reworked with respect and honor by incredible roster of guest producers on this top shelf worthy remix project! DITC classics are given some love here by 9th Wonder, ... read moreCD
The classic album by the DOC from glory days of Ruthless Records – really up there in excellence with NWA in the gritty west coast canon – with timeless production by Dr. Dre! Nice mic skills paired with tight, funky production from Dre when he still hungry and on the ascent. 13 tracks ... read moreCD
Textbook precise mid 90s G Funk from Long Beach group The Dove Shack – with their full length bow on Def Jam – following their showcase spot on Warren G's landmark Relegate...The G Funk Era the year before! Includes "Smoke Out", "This Is The Shack", the standout hit ... read moreCD
Elzhi & Will Sessions —
Elmatic ... CD Jae B Group, 2011. New Copy (reissue)...
Elzhi of Slum Village brings us a pretty great little tribute to Nas's monumental Illmatic – with backing by Detroit funk combo Will Sessions! This is an homage that works, really, really well. Elzhi stays true enough to Nas's vision, but he's not straight up covering it. He puts his own ... read moreCD
Sharp, no nonsense, tough independent hip hop from Detroit's Finale – his first record in a few years, and he's back with sense of urgency and a skillful flow! Produced by Oddisee, who brings hard-hitting beats and a loud, direct sound – as fine a foil for the rhymes as Finale could ... read moreCD
Fudge (Prefuze 73 & Michael Christmas) —
Lady Parts ... CD Lex, 2016. New Copy ...
A tight duo venture from producer Prefuze 73 and rhymer Michael Christmas! Prefuze 73 has been exploring all kinds of abstract production ideas for years, usually carrying his tired-and-true sputtering beats and tripped out atmopsherics, but his straighter hip hop productions really tighten things ... read moreCD
Nice joint effort from a couple of diverse figures – Texas producer Gensu Dean and Detroit producer/MC Denmark Vessey! Denmark is on the vocals here and Gensu is on the beats, with just a couple guest appearances, and pretty solid sound throughout! Strong stuff for sure. Includes "The ... read moreCD
(CD comes with bonus download.)
J Dilla —
Diary ... CD Pay Jay, 2016. New Copy ...
Perhaps the best, and almost certainly the most carefully put-together posthumous Dilla LP – rooted in vocal tracks Dilla recorded in the first couple of years of the 00s – strong enough work to have positioned him to break out as a solo star had his health not held him back. Diary is ... read moreCD
J Dilla —
Dillatronic ... CD Vintage Vibez, Late 80s/1990s/2000s. New Copy ...
A killer compilation of rare Dilla instrumentals that hones in on his electronic-influenced side! It's the first time his archives have been mined with this sharp of a focus – but Dilla being the diverse cat that he was, it's STILL got a incredible stylistic sprawl! The beats are head nodding ... read moreCD
The mid 90s debut of San Diego MC Jayo Felony – with gritty street centric rhymes and a flow that falls comfortably between the laidback and more manic styles of period west coast gangsta rap of the period. Take A Ride is extra notable for a prominent behind the scenes figure – the ... read moreCD
A pair of K-Def LPs – 2016's Unpredectible Gemini and the compilation Way It Was – together in a single set! Gemini is funk steeped instrumental hip hop – with an ear for and the skill to recreate not only the soul beat sound of classic, so called "golden era" hip hop, ... read moreCD
Kendrick Lamar takes wider creative left turns than ever before on To Pimp A Butterfly – with a funk steeped production style that filters tried-and-true P Funk influences through leftfield modern beatcraft styles, inspired by cats like Madlib to Thundercat, the latter of whom is an official ... read moreCD
Untitled Unmastered, maybe, but it's thoroughly masterful material from Kendrick Lamar – another great stride in his astonishing mid teens creative win streak It's a low key and low stakes release compared to the huge platform for To Pimp A Butterfly, but damn, this one resonates with a ... read moreCD
Classic level mid 90s NYC hip hop from Legion – who made some minor waves on couple incredible singles that SHOULD be remembered as pivotal classics from the period in the run-up this criminally slept on 1994 full length. Mostly self-produced and damn near perfectly so – with guest ... read moreCD
A funk-steeped trip through the Lyrics Born catalog – and it's not some label-curated hodgepodge/contract fulfilling set either – this one feels as carefully and thoughtfully assembled as could be! Irresistible stuff, be it post 90s Bay Area boom bap or more funky soul-reverent stuff, ... read moreCD
The entire Madlib Medicine Show series on 13 CDs – originally issued separately as a wildly ambitious, year+ of monthly releases – collected and available to get in one tidy transaction! The series works as both a Madlib refresher course and a worthy introduction, whether you've dug ... read moreCD
The first full length from indie legend Mr Lif in seven long years, and just his fourth overall – hard to believe that's all given his longstanding, well-earned legacy as one of the best and brightest of the Def Jux era and beyond – but less is more when you're work is as distinctive ... read moreCD
The still solid second album from Original Flavor – a classic level snapshot early 90s east coast rap! Most people aren't really up on Original Flavor these days, but it's pretty much where Jay-Z got his start (though he had done a few small spots on with Big Jaz prior to this). Ski, the ... read moreCD
The debut full length from Pete Rock & CL Smooth – and a bonafide hip hop classic if there ever was one – one of the best ever! Pete Rock's trademark mix of heavy soul, jazz & funk beatcraft pretty much set the bar to a level that's been impossible to top ever sense. On top of ... read moreCD
(A great deluxe box set edition of one of the great, game defining hop hop albums of all time!)
The classic debut of Poor Righteous Teachers – a creative benchmark for the Five Percenter movement – and one best records to come from the dawn of the 90s hip hop scene! Tight group rap of the highest dawn of caliber – with a distinct approach, courtesy of leader and lyricist ... read moreCD
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 moreCD
A diverse effort from the never predictable RJD2 – rolling from spacey synth-stoked tracks, to anthemic hip hop soul, to bubbling funky instrumentals and beyond – featuring collaborations with Phonte of Foreign Exchange, Blueprint, Son Little and others! There's a lot going on here, ... read moreCD
South Central Cartel's razor sharp, funky All Day Everyday – which didn't set the world rap world a ablaze in the late 90s, if for no other reason, it's 1997 release date – had it dropped on Def Jam 5 years earlier it'd be acknowledged as a genre classic! The Cartel had been players on ... read moreCD
Trends Of Culture —
Trendz ... CD Mad Sounds/Universal (Japan), 1993. New Copy ...
The one and only full length by early 90s trio Trends Of Culture – who may have not been trendy enough to bust out in a big way at the time – but this slept on gem is a buried treasure! Largely a self-contained unit here, with production by the group's MOL – with an remix assist ... read moreCD
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 moreCD
The LA underground, seen through the eyes of ultra-hip producer Adrian Younge – who works here in collaboration with Souls Of Mischief, members of Wu-Tang, Karolina, Laetitia Sadier, and others – all in this very heady brew of sounds that stands as a perfect summation of his genius! ... (Deep Funk, Hip Hop)read moreCD
The gritty soundtrack to early 90s hood drama classic – heavy with some of biggest and best names in hop of the era –including Too Short, Pete Rock & CL Smooth, Too Short. Boogie Down Production, Brand Nubian, DJ Quik and more! 16 tracks on the CD version, including Too Short " ... read moreCD
A heavy set of work from the mighty Fresh Records – one of the most important New York indies of the second half of the 80s – and a label who dominated the scene with a host of key hip hop records and electro soul cuts! This massive 3CD package brings all the best Fresh sounds to light ... (Funky Compilations, Hip Hop)read moreCD