A lost piece of the hip hop history puzzle, sort of a mid-school early 90s release, from back when Def Jam was still taking some risks putting out underground hip hop. Bosco Money rhymes over crisp beats and smooth loops from Sam Sever. A high point in the period we look back on as a sort of ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve. Cover has a cutout hole and light wear on the opening.)
High potency, addictive hip hop instrumentals from North Carolina producer Drugs Beat – the 10th release in the astonishingly strong Gift series – curated by House Shoes! Titles include "The Worm", "In Love", "My Brother's Keeper", "The Champ", ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A nice, moody hip hop/funk album from one of the deepest talents on the Stones Throw roster! Dudley came to underground hip hop fame as Declaime, but really stepped forward as a durable, innovative artist with the Dudley Perkins singles that have dropped thus far – and A Lil Light soundly ... read moreCD
A beautifully-packaged, masterfully-anthologized box set of west coast hip hop production/electro rap pioneer Egyptian Lover from the heart of his most classic era – a 4 X LP box set with his most essential party rocking gems – and a great foil-print box with a 20-page book of notes, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The Run The Jewels duo project from El-P & Killer Mike return for another round, thankfully – they're just too good together to have left it as a one-off – and RTJ 2 more than lives up the indie rap classic debut! Killer Mike's limber, charismatic flow is served strongly by El-P's ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(180 gram teal colored vinyl – with poster and stickers.)
Elzhi & Will Sessions —
Elmatic ... LP Jae B Group, 2011. New Copy 2LP (reissue)...
Just Sold Out!
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 moreLP, Vinyl record album
On this version, you get two double LP's: "Out Of Business", supposedly the last album from EPMD, plus a double vinyl Greatest Hits. Stand out tracks from the new material include "Symphony 2000", an update of the Juice Crew classic featuring Redman, Method Man, and Lady Luck, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Solid leftfield hip hop from Chicago bred MC ESQ and Japanese producer Chikaramanga – another win for Tres Records! Titles include "The Succession", "My Intellect", "Real Live", "Cosmic Mellow", "All City", "Rock On", "Game ... read moreCD
First school hip hop from Family Four, one of those tracks extended posse cuts that never cracked the mainstream, but always shows old school hip hop on want lists. A nice party rocker from the post disco, post Sugar Hill Gang scene. 12-inch, Vinyl record
Original version produced by Diamond D, remix by the Beatnuts. 12-inch, Vinyl record
Fat Ray & Black Milk —
Set Up ... LP Fat Beats, 2008. Very Good ...
The prolific Black Milk sets out with MC Fat Ray! Titles include "Flawless", "Lookout" feat Name Tag, "Bad Man" feat Guilty Simpson & Scorpion, "Take Control" feat Ab, "Not U", "When It Goes Down", "Get Focus" feat Phat Jat ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
50 Cent —
Curtis ... LP G Unit/Aftermath, 2007. Near Mint- 2LP Gatefold ...
50 brings the leaders of the '07 record sales marathon to Curtis – including Timbaland, Justin Timberlake, Robin Thicke and Nicole Scherzinger of the Pussycat Dolls – plus G-Unit standbys Young Buck & Tony Yayo, and his longtime champions Dr Dre & Eminem. Titles include "My ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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
Frank N Dank —
48 Hours ... LP Digi Pop/Delicious Vinyl, 2003. New Copy ...
The timeless sounding underground classic debut of Frank-N-Dank – which is a strong first full length statement for the duo – and a significant milestone in the J Dilla production canon! It has more of a straight up, street ready rhyme style than was typical for Dilla productions at ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Maybe the last dope posse track from some nice Juice Crew MC's - Craig G, Roxanne Shante, Biz Markie and Big Daddy Kane, who make good use of Frankie Cutlass' anthemic production. 12-inch, Vinyl record
One of the classics of Miami freestyle sound, that you'll still here dj's mixing in sets for breakers. Nice electro production and vocoder vocals. 12-inch, Vinyl record
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
Fudge (Prefuze 73 & Michael Christmas) —
Lady Parts ... LP 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 moreLP, Vinyl record album
"That's The Joint" is one of our favorite grooves from the classic years of Sugar Hill Records – a killer cut based around Cheryl Lynn's "To Be Real" – with the original groove slamming nicely on the bottom, as Funky 4 Plus 1 trade lines over the top! The track's ... read more12-inch, Vinyl record
Guru and Premier at peak level – and one of the greatest hip hop albums of the early 90s! Everything we love about classic Gang Starr is in full effect on Daily Operation – hard-hitting beats, dexterous jazz funk and soul samples, deft scratches and Guru's mic mastery out front. ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Gang Starr at pretty close to peak level here on 1994's Hard To Earn – and rather than continue to ride the waves they made on the previous couple classic albums, Guru sharpens the lyrical tone just a bit – spitting some more incisive rhymes over apporpriately gritty soul jazz beats ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Heady sounds from Gaslamp Killer – tunes that are as fuzzy as they are funky – which might be something that we'd say about the man himself! As with other productions, there's definitely a focus on the low end and lo-fi here – but never as a lack of anything, or as a mistake ... (New Grooves, Hip Hop)read moreCD
The first solo single from the Genius after Wu-tang. OK, he did solo stuff on Cold Chillin, but we're not really countin' that. The verses on "Labels" string together the names of most of the larger hip hop labels for a tale of industry rule #4080. 12-inch, Vinyl record
A Shaolin hip hop essential! Heavy numerological rhymes, and the best production on any Wu project (still to this day, even). One of our absolute favorite albums in the classic Wu pantheon, and indisputably one of the very best – next to Enter The Wu Tang, it's also one of the very few that ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Remastered 2011 Get On Down version includes a bonus full-sized poster.)
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
Ghost is still probably our favorite solo Wu Tang MC, and if Pretty Toney isn't the bonafide classic that the Ironman and Supreme Clientele albums are, it's still great to have him out there with new material on a powerful label. Tracks include "Biscuits" feat Trife, "Beat The ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A superior sequel to Ghostface Killah & Adrian Younge's Twelve Reasons To Die saga – cementing the mid teens Ghostface creative resurgence in a major way – with some of the finest production work by Younge to date! It's a stunning reminder of how sharp Ghostface can be this late in ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A round two knockout for Gnarls Barkley – an album we think is better than the landmark St Elsewhere LP – boisterous pop art & soul from Danger Mouse and Cee-Lo! We were slightly trepid when the Odd Couple was announced, fearing a hasty attempt to rekindle the magic that clearly ... read moreCD
What can you say about this one? One of the classics, and still great to hear. 12-inch, Vinyl record
(In a Sugar Hill sleeve.)
Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five —
Message ... LP Sugar Hill, 1982. New Copy (reissue)...
The classic debut album by Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five – one of the pioneering groups in hip hop -history- not that we didn't need to tell you that! With prototypical party jams and the original conscious rap landmark "The Message", all over old school grooves laid ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A tight Detroit hip hop single on Funk Night – with rhymes by underground veteran Guilty Simpson and production by Musca – purportedly representing Saint Petersburg, Russia! It's actually a pretty straight up, no BS hip hop cut – with fresh flowing rhymes and a gritty beat that's ... read more7-inch, Vinyl record
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
Incredible solo GZA effort – and the killer follow up to Liquid Swords! Beneath The Surface really does bubble underneath the surface, legacy-wise (for no earlyish Wu-Tang completists, anyway) – simply because Liquid Swords broke so much ground and casts such a long shadow. Not being ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Another one of those early group projects kind of like the Stop The Violence single, with production by KRS-One and D-Nice. Rhymes by Freddy Foxxx, LL Cool J, MC Lyte, Queen Latifah, KRS, Ms Melodie, Run DMC, Harmony, Kid Capri and Big Daddy Kane. 12-inch, Vinyl record
Wu Tang cohort and Sunz Of Man MC Hell Razah kicks out a full length for Nature Sounds – with appearances by Talib Kweli, Rass Kass, MF Doom, RA The Rugged Man, Killa Priest and others – plus production by Doom, Dirty Needlez, DJ Battle, Krohme and more. Titles include "Nativity&qu ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A dual purpose live document of the Hiero's Full Circle tour – a DVD tour film and live CD! The DVD includes footage from across the US on the collective's 04 trek – featuring performances from the whole gang, including Del, Casual, Souls Of Mischief and Pep Love – plus guest ... read moreCD
Homeboy Sandman lyrically on point and fascinating as always – with production and/or appearances by Jonwayne, Georgia Anne Muldrow,Edan, Steve Arrington, yU, J-Zone and others. Includes "Heart Sings", "Eyes", "Real New York", "Seam By Seam", "It's ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Cube's anger goes full throttle on his second post NWA full-length. He takes every aspect of his social commentator standpoints to another level from his solo debut – the roles of the angry and educated leader, and the finger-pointing blamer each get their say here, and so do those ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Top notch 2015 pressing – with a 3D lenticular cover!)
We have to give it up to Ice T. Aside from being one of the cornerstones of west coast and gangsta rap, he's probably the only rapper to successfully make the transition to acting (sorry Cube. . .). In fact, we'd rather watch him on TV than hear any of his later albums or singles. But we're ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(In the original embossed cover, including the printed inner sleeve.)
Hard to believe how important this soundtrack was, back in the day. One of the first good hip hop soundtracks, and a motherlode of great cuts like "Paid In Full (7 minute Cold Cut remix)" by Eric B & Rakim, "Butcher Shop" by Kool G Rap, "Colors" by Ice T, "Min ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Wu-Tang's Inspectah Deck – one of the Clan's more unsung swordsman – delivering a pretty tight batch of tracks under the radar on Urban Icon/Traffic! It's a no nonsense, no filler set, too – with a pretty intense flow and an all around focus on the mic! Production by Mondee, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Pure wonderfulness from Internet – a group who seem to bound forward strongly with each new release! These guys are easily one of the most compelling mainstream soul acts we can think of – still very lean, and working with an indie-level vibe – but also able to focus in on hooks ... (Neo Soul, Hip Hop)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Classic old school trip through the NY subway system, moving through Manhattan in a swingin', socially conscious way. 12-inch, Vinyl record
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
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 moreLP, Vinyl record album
Perhaps the best, and almost certainly the most carefully put-together posthumous Dilla LP – rooted in Dilla recordings 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 finally ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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
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 moreLP, Vinyl record album
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 moreLP, Vinyl record album
An excellent full length set of beats & genius from J Dilla – put together by fellow beatmaker extraordinaire Pete Rock, with all Dilla beats – a surprising triumph! Call us jaded, but honestly, we weren't sure how deep the well could go of ready-to-go beats from Dilla, but this ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Formative Dilla beats – Akai MPC material created and cataloged by the legendary producer over the years and serving as blueprint/building blocks for some of his most revered productions throughout is career! This being the work of master, it doesn't play like a mere beat tape. Each short ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Formative Dilla beats – raw SP-1200 and Akai MPC material created and cataloged by the legendary producer over the years and served as blueprint/building blocks for some of his most revered productions throughout his career! This being the work of master, it doesn't play like a mere beat ... read moreCD
Top shelf Dilla beats from the archives – and a strong debut full length from Ruff Draft Records! Posthumous releases by favorite departed artists can be a dicey proposition – and much to our relief, Rebirth Of Detroit delivers – with both high quality beats and positive mojo! ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album