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Blu & ExileIn The Beginning (Before The Heavens) ... CD
Dirty Science/Fat Beats, 2007/2017. New Copy ... $10.99 11.98
Classic level indie hip hop from Blu & Exile – soulful craft from the first decade of the millennium, from the same sessions that produced the modern classic Below The The Heavens – material that struck us timeless at the time, and still holds true all these years later! Just a ... read more CD

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Chuck StrangersConsumers Park ... CD
Nature Sounds, 2018. New Copy ... $11.99 12.98
Neo-classic hip hop of the highest caliber, courtesy Pro Era collective MC and producer Chuck Strangers in his solo debut! As much as we always have and always will love dusty soul and jazz sample hip hop, it takes real finesse these days to work in that realm without sounding self-consciously ... read more CD

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✨✧ Czarface & MF DoomCzarface Meets Metal Face ... CD
Silver Age, 2018. New Copy ... $14.99 15.98
The Czarface team of Wu-Tang veteran Inspectah Deck and Boston underground hip hop heavyweights 7L & Esoteric are joined by the one-and-only MF Doom – a bonafide supergroup – and one of the finest comic book/sci-fi rap records since Madvillainy! Each one of these characters is so ... read more CD

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Deltron 3030Deltron 3030 (plus bonus tracks) ... CD
Traffic, 2000. New Copy ... $8.99 15.98
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 more CD
(Reissue version with bonus tracks.)

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DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh PrinceHe's The DJ, I'm The Rapper (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Jive/Real Gone, 1988. New Copy 2CD ... $9.99 19.99
One of those rare moments where a mainstream hit goes onto preface years of creative talent to come – even though the whole thing might have seemed like a bit of a one-off at the time! The young Will Smith is fantastic as the Fresh Prince – full of charm, at a level that really upped ... read more CD
Also available He's The DJ, I'm The Rapper ... LP 19.99

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Dr OctagonMoosebumps – An Exploration Into Modern Day Horripilation (with bonus track) ... CD
Bulk, 2018. New Copy ... $10.99 11.99
The triumphant return of Dr Octagon – finally a worthy follow-up to the Dr Octagon/Dr Octagonecologyst album, one of the most influential hip hop LPs ever – we can't imagine Madvillian and so many other other willfully out there rap classics would've happened without it! Keith's ... read more CD
Also available Moosebumps – An Exploration Into Modern Day Horripilation ... LP 18.99

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El Michels AffairReturn To The 37th Chamber ... CD
Big Crown, 2017. New Copy ... $11.99 17.98
El Michels return again to the Wu-Tang chambers – and the results this time might even be better than before! Wu-Tang forged their initial sound out of a love of offbeat samples and unusual funk – so it's only fitting that one of the hippest funk groups around strip the music right ... (Deep Funk, Hip Hop) read more CD
Also available Return To The 37th Chamber (with bonus download) ... LP 19.99

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Epik 1Epik 1.0 ... CD
Underpaid Productions, 2017. New Copy ... $6.99
Independent Chicago hip hop from emcee Epik 1 – a born & bred Chicagoan with roots in the city's late 90s freestyle and open mic scene, and a genuine love and appreciation for block rocking hip hop history for the old school to today. Produced by Illpee with no nonsense, headnodding ... read more CD

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Freddie Gibbs & MadlibPinata ... CD
Madlib Invazion, 2014. New Copy ... $13.99 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

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Frozen ExplosionFrozen Explosion ... CD
B-Boy/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1988. New Copy ... $18.99
Frozen Explosion may not look as dope here as some of his NYC contemporaries – but the blue-eyed MC has the honor of being one of the few folks from the Chicago scene to cut a full length hip hop set back in the 80s! The record disappeared almost immediately upon release, even though it was ... read more CD
(Part of the Golden Age Hip Hop Masterpiece series!)

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GutsStop The Violence ... CD
Heavenly Sweetness (Netherlands), 2017. New Copy ... $16.99
Maybe the best work so far from one of the hippest beatmaking collectives on the European scene – on a record that definitely has some of the righteous power you'd guess from the title! As before, the approach is rooted in hip hop, but also has a lot more going on too – lots of musical ... (New Grooves, Hip Hop) read more CD

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HerbaliserBring Out The Sound ... CD
BBE (UK), 2018. New Copy ... $16.99 19.99
It'd been a few years since we heard the head nodding hip hop funk sound of The Herbaliser, but their back in full force! The cover a lot of stylistic terrain here, from the neo-classic boombap with scratches and cinematic samples of the opener, to the noirish hip hop soul of the standout "Seiz ... (New Grooves, Hip Hop) read more CD
Also available Bring Out The Sound ... LP 24.99

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J DillaRuff Draft – Dilla's Mix (with bonus instrumentals CD) ... CD
Pay Jay, Early 2000s. New Copy 2CD (reissue)... $12.99 14.98
J Dilla at his grittiest, most rugged & raw – in both the production and rhyme realms – with all beats and rhymes by the Dilla himself! This set originally opened our ears to a different side of Dilla, a harder hitting aesthetic, with beats and grooves from out of leftfield that ... read more CD
Also available Ruff Draft – Dilla's Mix (with bonus tracks & download) (2018 Record Store Day Release) ... LP 27.99

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Kendrick LamarDAMN. (collectors edition) ... CD
Aftermath/Interscope, 2017. New Copy ... $14.99 15.98
DAMN!, indeed – Kendrick has yet to take even a small step down from the creative peak he's been riding for years – and takes another daring step forward with this strong, strident, no-mess-taking classic in the making! The surprise-announced DAMN! finds him taking on timely concerns ... read more CD
(Hand-numbered limited edition collectors edition – with the tracks in reverse order!)

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Krown RulersPaper Chase (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Warlock/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1988. New Copy ... $18.99
A great solo set from the Krown Rulers – a New Jersey crew, but one who worked often with Philly's Tuff Crew – as evidenced by the album's production help from Dave of that group! The cover art might look a bit gimmicky, but the set's nice and raw – bursting with beats and stark ... read more CD
(Part of the Golden Age Hip Hop Masterpiece series!)

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Lyrics BornLater That Day (15th Anniversary version – with bonus tracks) ... CD
Quannum/Real People, 2003. New Copy ... $14.99 15.98
Lyrics Born of Latyrx fame drops a burning full length solo joint – and if we didn't recognize it as in instant classic on the early 00s it's earned that designation over time! This is pretty much entirely produced, arranged, programmed and written by LB, so if you know the style, you know ... read more CD
(Remastered 15th Anniversary deluxe edition with bonus tracks!)
Also available Later That Day (15th Anniversary green vinyl pressing with download) (2018 Record Store Day Release) ... LP 30.99

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Madlib & OthersMadlib's Medicine Show No 3 – Beat Konducta In Africa ... CD
Madlib Invazion, 2010. New Copy ... $13.99 15.98
Raw crackling hip hop funk beatcraft at its deepest from mighty Madlib – working in his Beat Konducta style for this third entry in the epic Madlib's Medicine Show Series! Beat Konducta In Africa is a hazy hip hop instrumental set from 'Lib (lest you thought it might be a funky compilation ... read more CD

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MC BreedMC Breed & DFC (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Snow Dog/Warlock, 1991. New Copy ... $12.99
MC Breed's debut, featuring the DFC crew – and one of the earlier records to put Michigan on the national hip hop map! Breed was the first independent MCs to come from anywhere beside the coasts and make a real impact, and more or less paved the way for groups like those in the Suave House or ... read more CD
Also available MC Breed & DFC ... LP 18.99

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NERDNO_ONE EVER REALLY DIES ... CD
I Am Other/Columbia, 2017. New Copy ... $11.99
The Neptunes & co.'s ever-evolving hip hop/electro pop creative outlet NERD is back with their best in years! NERD not only never ever really dies, they're also never ever to be dismissed as an occasional throwaway side project, and they never put out the same record twice. This one finds ... read more CD
Also available NO_ONE EVER REALLY DIES (with download) ... LP 24.99

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NxWorries (Anderson Paak & Knxwledge)Yes Lawd! ... CD
Stones Throw, 2016. New Copy ... $10.99 11.98
Anderson .Paak and Knxwledge's full length debut as a duo – and the most triumphant Stones Throw record in years! To this (still early) point in young .Paak's career, his voice has already proved to be a prime vessel for natural grit and mood, if not gamechanger songwriting, best paired with ... (Neo Soul, Hip Hop) read more CD
Also available Yes Lawd! (with download) ... LP 23.99

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NxWorries (Anderson Paak & Knxwledge)Yes Lawd! Remixes ... CD
Stones Throw, 2017. New Copy ... $9.99
A ridiculously solid companion piece to Anderson.Paak & Knxwldge's instant classic Yes Lawd! – more of an alternate version than it is a mere remix record! Whereas a standard remix album would have a bunch of producers of varying fame and acclaim remix/re-do standout album tracks in ... (Neo Soul, Hip Hop) read more CD
Also available Yes Lawd! Remixes ... LP 18.99

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OnraNobody Has To Know ... CD
All City, 2018. New Copy ... $11.99
Sultry synth funk and soul inspired beats and moodcraft from Onra – taking inspiration from the sleek, but not too slick sounds of the mid-to-late 80s post electro production era – but in his own nocturnal, neon-lit modern classic vibe all the way! Familiar elements of the above ... read more CD
Also available Nobody Has To Know ... Cassette 11.99

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✨✧ Sidewalk ChalkShoulder Season (CD & DVD) ... CD
Ropeadope, 2018. New Copy CD & DVD ... $10.99 16.99
Really great work from this up-and-coming combo – a group who seems like they can spin together neo soul and hip hop better than most of the rest – and who also make great use of some live jazzy instrumentation as well! The set compiles live performances done around the midwest in ... (Neo Soul, Hip Hop) read more CD

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Skinny BoysWeightless ... CD
Warlock/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1986. New Copy ... $18.99
The Skinny Boys may be weightless, but they've got a nicely heavy sound that often comes as much from their own human beat box work as it does from sampled beats and other instrumentation! The album's an early set on Warlock, and it's got that raw, straight from the streets vibe that made the ... read more CD
(Part of the Golden Age Hip Hop Masterpiece series!)

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Sly5thAveInvisible Man – An Orchestral Tribute To Dr Dre ... CD
Tru Thoughts (UK), 2017. New Copy ... $9.99 11.99
An orchestral homage to Dr Dre spearheaded by Brooklyn's Sylvester Onyejiaka, aka Sly5thAve – fleshing out hooks and melodies from throughout Dre's career, from classic singles to deep cuts, into large scale jazzy soul – with a stellar roster of guests including Mark De Clive-Lowe, DJ ... (Deep Funk, Hip Hop) read more CD

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Sparky DThis Is Sparky D's World (with bonus tracks) ... CD
B-Boy/Octave (Japan), 1988. New Copy ... $18.99
Maybe not the first full length album by a female MC, but a really well-remembered set from the early days – and one that hardly tries to go for any crossover modes at all! Instead, Sparky-D really keeps it live and close to the streets – beginning the set with an acapella track that ... read more CD
(Part of the Golden Age Hip Hop Masterpiece series!)

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StezoCrazy Noise (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Fresh/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1989. New Copy ... $18.99
Crazy noise, and a crazy great album from Stezo – really the one and only set that the man ever gave us – but a gem that really represents that great shift in hip hop lyricism in the generation of Rakim, EPMD, and Audio two! The production is wonderful – full of raw samples, but ... read more CD
(Part of the Golden Age Hip Hop Masterpiece series!)

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T La RockLyrical King (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Octave (Japan), 1987. New Copy ... $18.99
A well-titled set from the lyrical king – the mighty T La Rock, one of the key mid 80s MCs who helped introduce a whole new level of sophistication to hip hop! T La Rock maybe never hit the heights of KRS-One, Rakim, or other contemporaries – but this set has all the sharp fire and ... read more CD
(Part of the Golden Age Hip Hop Masterpiece series!)

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Tuff CrewBack To Wreck Shop (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Warlock/Octave (Japan), 1989. New Copy ... $18.99
The Tuff Crew burst out of the Philly scene with this overlooked gem from the end of the 80s – an album that may not be top of the history books, but which still has all the raw creative energy of those great indie years before the first big assault on hip hop by the major labels! The ... read more CD
(Part of the Golden Age Hip Hop Masterpiece series!)

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Tuff CrewDanger Zone (with bonus track) ... CD
Octave (Japan), 1988. New Copy ... $18.99
Beat-heavy work from the Tuff Crew – a group who definitely live up to their name on the bottom end! Much of the work here is very drum machine-heavy – in a style that was maybe used more widely a few years before in hip hop, but which still gives this album by the group a nice sense ... read more CD
(Part of the Golden Age Hip Hop Masterpiece series!)

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Tuff CrewPhanjam (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Soo Deff/Octave (Japan), 1987. New Copy ... $18.99
An underground Philly hip hop classic – and a set that's got the same raw edge as the best early work by Schooly D! The Tuff Crew work here with the Krown Rulers – in the kind of record that almost feels like the kind of late nite, party-heavy vibe that made east coast hip hop radio so ... read more CD
(Part of the Golden Age Hip Hop Masterpiece series!)

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TyWork Of Heart ... CD
Jazz Refreshed (UK), 2018. New Copy ... $13.99
Nice one from Brit hip hop mainstay Ty – living up to the title with personal lyricism from the heart, but soulful a broader, universal sense too – with appearances by John Robinson, Deborah Jordan, N'fa Jones, Julie Dexter, Umar Bin Hassan and more! Ty is hands on with the production ... read more CD
Also available Work Of Heart ... LP 26.99

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VariousBoombox 2 – Early Independent Hip Hop, Electro, & Disco Rap – 1979 to 1983 ... CD
Soul Jazz (UK), Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy 2CD ... $18.99 22.99
The real sound of the old school, and the best beats from the streets – the kind of early underground hip hop tracks that still sound wonderful after all these years! These are tracks from the earliest years of the style – when funk was as much a part of the music as lyrics – and ... (Funky Compilations, Hip Hop) read more CD

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VariousOh No Vs Now Again Vol 3 – Now Again Music Library ... CD
Now Again, 2017. New Copy ... $7.99 14.98
A third mighty dip into the huge catalog of Now Again Records – the special offshoot of Stones Throw that's given us countless funk, soul, and psych rarities over the past decade or so! This set of mixes may well be the trippiest so far we've heard from the combination of Oh Now and the ... (Funky Compilations, Hip Hop) read more CD
 
 



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