Kwame & A New Beginning —
Nastee ... LP Atlantic, 1992. Near Mint- ...
13 tracks in all, including "Don't Matta","Nastee", "Ding Dong", "In F/X Minor", "Shaboom!", "Can You Feel It?", "Cantwinfaloozin", "Thatthewaydatitgoez", "These Wordz" and "U Got It". LP, Vinyl record album
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 moreCD
It may not be the BeAllEndAll that the Matador hype machine is trying to cook up, but Large Professor's waaaay too long in the making first LP (first to be officially released, anyway) is a very solid effort, and a strong, raw head bumper all the way through. Nothing fancy, just tried and true hip ... read moreCD
(Punch through barcode & promotional stamp inside booklet.)
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 moreCD
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 moreLP, Vinyl record album
Limited repressing of an early DJ Shadow remix of "Real Deal". Supposedly the Lifers Group material was recorded in prison, by MC's who were serving 25+ year sentences, one of a couple of concept projects Funkenklein brought to Hollywood Basic. "Lesson 4" is the now classic 8- ... read more12-inch, Vinyl record
Likwit Junkies (Defari & DJ Babu) —
LJ's ... CD ABB, 2005. Used ...
A strong set from the team of Defari and DJ Babu of the Dilated Peoples! It's certainly no secret that our favorite hip hop is still built from soul and funk beats, and if you haven't figured it out from the Likwit's logo, a tribute to the mighty JBs, that's the kind of game they play! Defari's ... read moreCD
Ever wonder why folks thought hip hop was a novelty at first? Check out this one – and you'll see why everyone used to think they were an MC in the old days! Bulworth come back – all is forgiven! 12-inch, Vinyl record
Little Brother transitions to the majors with their soulful underground sound intact – and deliver an effort that in the best moments improve upon the already classic Listening LP! It looks like this just isn't going to go over with the TRL crowd, despite the Atlantic logo. The soul sample ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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 moreCD
Stones Throw takes a necessary dig into the Lootpack archive – and comes out with great little EP featuring a trio of rare, out of print cuts from the legendary crew! Features benchark material from the group's early 12"s, which were instrumental in laying the groundwork for producer ... read more12-inch, Vinyl record
Single LP promo copy in a plain sleeve, with 12 cuts: "Make It Reign", "We Will Ball", "Fiesta", "Startin Somethin", "Who Am I", "Deja Vu (Uptown baby)", "Keep On", "Worldwide", "Streets To Da Stage", "Cr ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The first new album from the increasingly adventurous Louis Logic in quite a few years – and it's his most most unique full length to date – which is saying something, because Louis has always been one to follow is own logical path! On Look At The Blight Side, Louis forgoes samples in ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
WC and DJ Aladdin working together as the producer/DJ duo Low Profile – definitely paving the way for more famous west coast rap to come – on a still strong, long under-appreciated album on Profile! WC would go on to make a bigger name for himself with Madd Circle, West Side ... read moreCD
Tracks include "Georgia" feat Jamie Foxx & Field Mob, "Gettin Some" by Shawnna, "Come See Me" by Smoke of Field Mob feat Stat Quo, "Sweet Revenge" by Ludacris, "That's My Sh*t" by Ludacris feat Field Mob, Playaz Circle & Perfect Harmany, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Lupe Fiasco —
Lasers ... CD Warner, 2011. Used ...
Just Sold Out!
Lupe Fiasco proves again why he's one of the most discussed figures in hip hop on Lasers – running the show here, but with some guest spots by Skylar Grey, Trey Songz, MDMA and others. Lupe is that fascinating figure who is more likely to be heard plotting a route out of the rap game than he ... read moreCD
A nice progressive step for Lupe Fiasco – a rhymer who was ready to carve out his own distinctive niche from the beginning his career, and it's never been more unique than it is on Tetsuo & Youth – with diverse, though always soulfully resonant production by S1, Wiz Buchanan, DJ ... read moreCD
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 moreCD
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 moreCD
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! Part ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A tight remix of "Knicks" from the instant classic Pinata – one of the finest straight-up hip hop records Madlib has produced in years, thanks in no small part to the furious Freddie Gibbs rhyme skills! Guests in the "Knicks" remix include Action Bronson, Joey Bada$$ and ... read more12-inch, Vinyl record
A collaborative effort from Madlib and Freddie Gibbs – the union of the most prolific producer in abstract hip hop and hugely talented MC Gibbs – who has been poised to breakout for a few years now, and this tight handful of tracks with 'Lib is another strong step! We've said it before ... read more12-inch, Vinyl record
Marley's classic debut single, with MC Shan, erroneously credited as DJ Shan. With a big beat drum machine style he'd later abandon for his funky sample based approach, some nice early scratching, and a sound that's waaaaay back to the old school – just a drum machine, Shan on the mic and ... read more12-inch, Vinyl record
9 tracks in all; "The Man Marley Marl" vocal and alternate instrumental by MC Marley Marl, "Beat You Down" vocal and instrumental and "The Wop Sensation" by Poet & Noel Rockwell, "I'm The Judge" vocal and instrumental by Grandmaster Caz, "Get-Get-Get ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Marley Marl —
Re Entry ... LP Beat Generation/BBE (UK), 2001. Very Good 2LP ...
Marley Marl returns – and it's like he's never been gone! The album's a brilliant batch of tunes produced with a sound that recalls the glory days of Marley's years at Cold Chillin, but which also shows a tremendous respect for changes in underground hip hop over the past few years. Marley's ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
While underground MC's and producers in the Dusty Groove hometown don't sound so much alike, there's definitely a Chicago sound – a completely unpretentious straight-ahead sound that in some ways mirrors the earlier Chicago soul tradition. In any case, here are three more dope cuts in that ... read more12-inch, Vinyl record
Original pressing of this first independent single from Masters of Ceremony, Grand Puba's group before Brand Nubian. You can definitely hear the roots of the Grand Puba's later style here, although the production, by Puba (with Skeff Anselm as engineer) is completely different – it almost ... read more12-inch, Vinyl record
Original pressing of this amazing single with EPMD-style production and vocals! Recorded by Craig Mack under the name MC EZ & Troup seven years before his Bad Boy debut. A huge classic for the Dusty Groove crew, and one not to pass up from the old days! 12-inch, Vinyl record