Anderson Paak —
Malibu ... CD Steel Wool, 2016. New Copy ...
A brilliant creative leap for singer/rhymer/producer Anderson .Paak as a solo star – release months after his standout, near show-stealing moments on Dr. Dre's Compton record! .Paak's proved himself a stellar collaborator many times over by the Malibu dropped, and here he proves a stellar ... (Neo Soul, Hip Hop)read moreCD
The first full-length from Mos Def and Talib Kweli together as Black Star – a benchmark moment in hip hop history, and one of the finest duo vocal hip hip records of the 90s – and one of the best ever on Rawkus! In hindsight, it's all the more rewarding given Talib Kweli's longevity in ... read moreCD
Nice batch of timeless instrumental hip hop from Brandon* on Cold Busted! Dreamscape Part 4 has with lots of diverse style from track-to-track – from cinematic streams, to Afro-Latin guitar and horns, to tropical percussion, to jazz funk flutes – and anchored by classic boombap ... 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
A stunner from a bonafide pride of Chicago and all around hip hop hero Common – on point lyrically with a political and spiritual focus as broadly-concerned as anything he's done since Like Water For Chocolate – and moving in the new realms sound wise, too! Black America Again sports a ... read moreCD
A major later career creative win for De La Soul – a mind-bogglingly diverse, frequently brilliant record that manages to rival their best early work in stylistic breadth! This one's an epic – a 17 track, nearly 70 minute opus that finds De La working with an eclectic group of ... read moreCD
Del Tha Funkee Homosapien, Kid Koala, and Dan The Automator pool their skills for this dawn of the 2000s sci-fi hip hop classic – the masterful Deltron 3030! The guest list is almost too long to get into, but Money Mark, Prince Paul, PB Wolf and Mr. Lif are all here, along with many others. ... read moreCD
Massive 20th Anniversary edition of DJ Shadow's masterpiece! It seems like when this came out, critics and even DJs liked to drop the then new moniker "trip hop" whenever possible, and this pivotal album is held up as the watershed mark. A number of years down the line, Endtroducing ... 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
Ghostface Killah and Adrian Younge team up for this intriguing collaboration – one with a promising concept and they deliver on it in full – shadowboxing their way to a knockout! On the mic tip, Ghostface is in his comfort zone here – spitting lyrics laced with martial arts, ... read moreCD
Eternal ... CD Heavenly Sweetness (Netherlands), 2016. New Copy ...
A real change for French producer Guts – a set that has him working with a lot more live instrumentation than ever before – in a way that really opens up his sound! The record's the result of a live tour that had Guts working with a full band – and that spirit continues here in a ... (New Grooves, Hip Hop)read moreCD
Detroit independent hip hop veteran Illa J takes his greatest creative leap yet – moving to the Bastard Jazz label for this solid, perhap appropriately self-titled set – as he really seems to be repping his own vibe here! Earlier on, he proved a capable torch carrier for his brother J ... read moreCD
Uncut, full version Jay Love Japan – one of the best of the early posthumous Dilla releases – originally slated exclusively for the Japanese market! This is Dilla in a mostly uptempo vibe, with soulful strings and vocal samples and blunt, snapping beats. There are a couple vocal ... read moreCD
Stone classic LL Cool J! There was a time we didn't really rate this one on the same level as Radio, but listening with fresh ears after all these years – prime old school Def Jam with an energy that's really missing in so much of the hip hop to follow in the next couple years – and ... read moreCD
LL Cool J —
Radio ... CD Def Jam, 1985. New Copy ...
A hip hop milestone for the Def Jam label and early rap superstar LL Cool J! This the fantastic first LP for LL – one that really helped kicked off a whole new school of hip hop – and proved to be huge game changer for the early Def Jam era! Radio features straight up excellent early ... read moreCD
The first of a proposed trilogy from Chi's Lupe Fiasco – and his first official independent album after stepping away from Atlantic! Lupe had concerns over the major label system stifling his creativity, so it should be no surprise that he's as lyrically-focused and deeply thoughtful as ever ... 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
MED, Blu & Madlib —
Bad Neighbor ... CD Bang Ya Head Entertainment, 2015. New Copy ...
Tripped out hip hop from the super team of Madlib, fellow Stones Throw veteran MED and underground hero Blu – with an impressive guest roster that includes MF Doom, Aloe Blacc, Hodgy Beats, Oh No, Mayer Hawthorne, Dam-Funk, Jimetta Rose, Phonte, Frank Nitt and others! Madlib is on the beats ... 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 first mind-blowing salvo from the legendary PE! Public Enemy came with that strong, righteous voice in full force from the get-go – and if it's not quite the revolutionary aural experience as the following couple of albums on the production from, it's still pretty damn riveting effort. ... 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
A less tense and caustic Roots than the crew that hit us on the majority of Rising Down a couple years earlier – and this one's as strong of an album as they've delivered since moving over to Def Jam. In truth, we were a little scared when we saw some of the guests credited – Monsters ... read moreCD
A vital third act in the thankfully ongoing RTJ saga! The first album was unsurprisingly excellent, but surprisingly popular. The second album not only turned out to be a bigger hit, it was also a creative peak for both El-P and Killer Mike – which is really saying something. So the stakes ... read moreCD
El-P and Killer Mike finally deliver a killer duo record! We knew that this one would be a win, considering how great the El-P produced RAP Music album by Killer Mike turned out to be, how versatile the El-P futuristic production vibe is and how timelessly inventive each rapper is on their own. ... read moreCD
Slum Village —
Yes ... CD Ne'Astra, 2015. New Copy ...
Slum Village co-founder T3 and producer Young RJ deliver – with some J Dilla beats, along with the solid work of RJ – strong line up of guests appearances, including Bilal, De La Soul, Phife of Tribe Called Quest, BJ The Chicago Kid and more! Titles include "Love Is" with ... read moreCD
Maybe one of the most sharp-edged albums in years from Thievery Corporation – if not ever – thanks to the presence of a fair bit of hip hop guest stars, in a large roster of talent that includes Mr Lif, Raquel Jones, Zee, Notch, Lou Lou Ghelichkhani, Shana Halligan, Elin Melgarejo, and ... (New Grooves, Hip Hop)read moreCD
The crossover rap classic from Tone-Loc! Temporary pop phenom this is not – the biggest couple of hits are still ubiquitous decades later – and Loc himself, with that raspy voice and smooth charisma, still stands as one of more unique voices of late 80s hip hop. On top of those ... read moreCD
A hell of a comeback for Tribe Called Quest – maybe one of the best musical comebacks ever, and a fantastic reminder of why we loved the group so much in the first place! 18 years have passed since we last heard from the trio (now, sadly, a duo) – and that time only seems to have ... read moreCD
A fantastic tribute to the 808 drum machine – tracks all pulled together in support of the documentary on the magical beatmaker – but a set that stands more than strongly on its own! The mix of music is great – a heavy dose of 80s hip hop and club tracks, mixed with some more ... read moreCD
The most amazing and groundbreaking American musical phenomenon in ages gets some love from the hip hop and neo soul community that helped inspire it – spearheaded by Hamilton driving force Lin-Manuel Miranda and the mighty Questlove of The Roots! Much like the musical itself, there's a ... (Soundtracks, Hip Hop)read moreCD
3CD's worth of music from the classic years of the east coast hip hop scene – not the old school cuts right from the start, but material from the second two decades, when the music was really coming into its own! There's loads of classics here, for a very nice price – including some ... (Funky Compilations, Hip Hop)read moreCD
An overstuffed collection of hip hop cuts from the west coast scene – one that brings together a big batch of classic cuts in a nicely extended space – all for a price that's mighty nice too! There's not too many obscure moments here – although there might be one or two tracks ... (Funky Compilations, Hip Hop)read moreCD