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E-40In A Major Way (with download & bonus album) ... LP
Jive/Legacy, 1995. New Copy 2LP (reissue)... $22.99 24.98
A strong early effort from Bay Area legend E-40 – his first with major label backing, stepping up and delivering in a major way – the title tells no lies! True to his roots, his working with Slick Wid' label collaborators both on the mic and in the production booth – including Sam Bostic & Mike Mosley, Studio Ton in the booth and B-Legit and more on the mic – and all-in-all, this is one of E-40's best full lengths. 16 tracks including the intro & outro, with"Da Bumble", "Spittin'", "Sprinkle Me", "Outta Bounds", "Dusted & Disgusted", "Smoke 'n' Drank", "Day Ain't No", "H I Double L", "Bootsee" and "It's All Bad". LP, Vinyl record album
(Certified Undisputed Classics Of Hip Hop & R&B series – with download. Initial copies includes bonus LP "Certified Classics Vol. 1" with classic tracks by Nas, Outkast, Clipse, Tribe Called Quest, Wu-Tang, Aaliyah & more. 12 tracks in all!)

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Black SheepWolf In Sheep's Clothing ... CD
Mercury, 1991. Used ... $4.99
A Native Tongues classic from 1991 – one that sounded great way back when, and has held up beautifully over the years – and rightly considered amongst the greatest hip hop albums ever! Wolf In Sheep's Clothing is playful rap at it's best, with funky and and funny cuts galore – but the title is apt, as the wit is pretty sharply barbed – especially when they're skewering hardcore and gangsta cliches. It's as brilliant as ever. Includes the massive "Flavor Of The Month", "Similak Child", "Pass The 40", "To Whom It May Concern", "Butt In The Meantime", "Strobelite Honey", "Are You Mad?", "Blunted", "For Doz That Slept" and more. CD
(BMG music club pressing.)

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CommonBE (deluxe edition with DVD) ... CD
GOOD/Geffen, 2005. Used CD/DVD ... $9.99
"I rap with the Passion of Christ, Ni**a, cross me!" BE isn't exactly a back-to-basics LP in the vein of his classic work for Relativity – but it is indeed a return to a focused, genuinely soulful, no BS approach – and it's a very welcome one at that! It seems like Com was a bit affected by some of the criticism folks had for the spacious, astral Electric Circus LP – if you ask us Common had no reason to apologize, but we'd be lyin' if we said we weren't hoping for another batch of tracks that sound like they could have been written on a front porch on the southside of Chicago. This is indeed that record – 12 tracks, few guest appearances, and a warm, consistent sound all the way through. There's a 3 track span on this album, from "Chi-City" through "Real People", that's seriously close to perfection. Welcome home, Common! Ruggedly produced by Kanye West, with a couple of stellar production contributions from Jay Dee! Other tracks include "The Corner" feat Last Poets, "Go!", "Faithful", "Testify", "Love Is. . .", "The Food (live)" (this great track has been circulating for a while since it was performed on Chappelle's Show, and we're thrilled Common and Kanye had the good sense to include it on the album), "They Say" featuring John Legend and "It's Your World (Part 1 &2)". This special edition version includes a DVD – featuring 40 minutes of bonus video footage – interviews, live captures, behind-the-scenes material and more! CD
(Out of print.)

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Dam-FunkInvite The Light (3LP set – with bonus tracks) ... LP
Stones Throw, 2015. New Copy 3LP ... $33.99 34.98
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 – so that everything bristles with this electric energy – even the vocals, which have a way of settling down right next to everything else, but without any too-stiff vocoded modes. And Dam Funk doesn't just do it alone – but invites in some great help here – including Q-Tip and Snoop Dogg on rhymes, plus old school funk legends Leon Sylvers III and Junie Morrison. Titles include "Junie's Transmission", "Virtuous Progression", "Glyde 2Nyte", "OBE", "Missing U", "I'm Just Tryin To Survive", "The Hunt & Murder Of Lucifer", "Surveillance Escape", and "Somewhere Someday". 3LP vinyl version includes 3 bonus tracks: "I'm Just Tryna Survive (Party Version)", "Kaint Let Em Change Me" and "The Acceptance". (Neo Soul, Hip Hop) LP, Vinyl record album
(3LP white vinyl pressing – includes download!)

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Chris Dave & The DrumhedzChris Dave & The Drumhedz ... CD
Blue Note, 2018. New Copy ... $10.99 11.98
Funky drums and a whole lot more – a crackling Blue Note album from Chris Dave & The Drumhedz – maybe one of the few on the label to ever carry a parental advisory sticker! The sticker's well-placed, though – as Chris doesn't just drum, but also opens the door for a host of strong guest stars to provide plenty of lyrical content – a large lineup that includes Anderson.Paak, Bilal, Tweet, Sy Smith, Donald Rose, Krndn, Sir, Stokley Williams, Eric Roberson, Phone Coleman, Goapele, Anna Wise, Shafiq Husayn, and others – all of whom bring enough range of expression to match the energy of the Black Radio project from Robert Glasper! Like those records, this set's one that you never would have expected from Blue Note years back – but it's also a great example of the way the label's trying to find a new energy of expression in jazz – as Dave's drums work with keyboards from James Poyser, organ from Marcus Hodge, guitar from Isaiah Sharkey, and other great instrumental contributions from the likes of Keyon Harrold, Miguel Atwood-Ferguson, and DJ Jazzy Jeff. The sound of the set is as diverse as its many collaborators – and titles include "Job Well Done", "Lady Jane", Trippy Tipsy", "Universal Language", "Rocks Crying", "Spread Her Wings", "Destiny N Stereo", "Clear View", "Atlanta Texas", "Whatever", "Sensitive Granite", "Cosmic Intercourse", "Dat Feelin", and "Black Hole". (Neo Soul, Hip Hop) CD

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Deltron 3030Live ... LP
Bulk, 2017. New Copy ... $25.99 28.98
A solid live album by Deltron 3030 with a crazy diverse guest list, and a large live band to flesh it all out, dubbed appropriately enough as The 3030 Orchestra! A rare treat, one of the classic all star hip hop projects, built on blueprint hip hop reared, though uber-distinctive rhymes and turntablism, brought to the stage in a big way, with strings, horns, and guests including Zack De La Rocha, Mike Patton, Jamie Cullum, Emily Wells, and Aaron Bruno. Titles includes "3030", "Positive Contact", "The Return", "City Rising From The Ashes", "Nobody Can", "Mastermind", "Virus", "Do You Remember", "My Only Love". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Digital UndergroundBody-Hat Syndrome ... CD
Tommy Boy, 1993. Used ... $6.99
Includes "Return Of The Crazy One", "Doo Woo You", "Holly Wanstaho", "Humpty Dance Awards", "Body Hats", "Wussup Wit The Luv", "Carry The Way (Along Time)", "Circus Entrance", "Shake & Bake", "Do Ya Like It Dirty", and "Wheee!". CD

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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 ... $18.99 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 the game for so many other MCs at the time – especially because both his lyrics and his subject matter weren't maybe the most cutting-edge, but could really come over strong, thanks to the inherent stardom in his presentation! We could well argue that Will on the album introduced the whole idea of a crossover hip hop star – one able to do just about anything – but the whole record would be nothing without the creative skills of Jazzy Jeff – who went the complete opposite way after his pairing with Will – more expressive, more experimental – and even more firmly committed to the underground. Yet it was also that easy bridge between underground and fame that made early hip hop albums like this so great – as Jeff brings forward so many great musical moments on titles that include "Live At Union Square", "DJ On The Wheels", "My Buddy", "Rhythm Trax House Party Style", "He's The DJ I'm The Rapper", "Hip Hop Dancers Theme", "Jazzy's In The House", and "Human Video Game". Great 2CD version – featuring the songs missing from the previous single CD – "He's The DJ I'm The Rapper", "Hip Hop Dancer's Theme", "Jazzy's In The House", and "Human Video Game" – plus 11 more mixes, all the varying 12" takes on "Brand New Funk", "Girls Ain't Nothing But Trouble", "Nightmare On My Street", and "Parents Just Don't Understand". CD

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DJ SpinnaUnpicked Treats Vol 1 ... LP
Redefinition, 2018. New Copy ... $21.99 23.98
Heavy-hitting instrumentals from the legendary DJ Spinna! Here's hoping the promise of the Volume 1 subtitle of these Unpicked Treats really does mean more are coming post haste, as this is top shelf Spinna, who may have crafted these with qualified MCs in mind, but it's tremendous as a standalone set. It's almost hard to believe we've been fans and followers of Spinna's work for so long now – going way back to the 1990s – as his work as always been so fresh. It really hasn't aged a day and we're sure we'll be listening to this one for years to come, too! Includes "Brazil Bang", "Let It Speak", "Pull These Nuts!", "Black Out", "2 Much Pride", "Ware Two", "Fancy Pants", "Soba Noodles", "Vital Signs", "Horny Thang" and "Sun Busting". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited to 500 copies!)

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✨✧ Furious Five Meets The Sugarhill GangShowdown (vocal, inst) ... 12-inch
Sugar Hill, 1981. Very Good ... $0.99
The "showdown...all the way live between the Sugarhill gang and the Furious Five". A nice early Furious Five cut that someone has sampled recently. And while were not the biggest Sugarhill Gang fans, they do alright on this cut with the Furious Five, who we suspect actually wrote the Sugarhill Gang's rhymes on this one. 12-inch, Vinyl record
(In a Sugar Hill sleeve, with a large name in marker. Labels have some pen.)

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Fu-SchnickensFU - Don't Take It Personal (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Jive/Music On Vinyl (UK), 1992. New Copy (reissue)... $26.99
The classic early 90s debut of Fu-Schnickens – who along with Das EFX brought a dizzying display of tongue twisting, pop culture referencing, seriously skillful fast rap style into the scene. Includes the classic single "True Fuschnick", strongly reminiscient of Tribe Called Quest's "Scenario" in a GOOD way, given the Fu crew's distinctive rap style, plus ATCQ gets a production credit for that one – along with "Heavenly Father" and "La Schmoove" featuring Phife Dog. Other tracks include "Ring The Alarm", "Props", "Check It Out", "Back Off", "Generals", "Check It Out" and "Bebo". LP, Vinyl record album
(180 gram vinyl – with a nice 4 page insert, too!)

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✨✧ G-DepChild Of The Ghetto ... LP
Bad Boy, 2001. Near Mint- 2LP ... $3.99
Tracks include "Everyday", "Child Of The Ghetto", "Special Delivery", "Whatever (Interlude)", ""Keep it Gangsta" featuring Shyne, "The Ride ", ""Danger Zone", ""I Am" featuring Kool G Rap & Rakim, "Doe Fiend", "I Want The World To See" featuring Joe Hooker, "Let's Get It" featuring P Diddy, "It's All Over", "One Way", and "Nothing Gonna Stop Me". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes insert.)

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Ghostface Killah & Adrian YoungeTwelve Reasons To Die (deluxe 2CD edition – with instrumentals) ... CD
Soul Temple, 2013. Used 2 CDs ... $6.99
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, mafia and supernatural imagery – and doing so with a furious flow and peak precision. Adrian Younge and his Venice Dawn group lay down the sounds – with dusty soul and funk, naturally – but what really pushes this one to a superior level are the unpredictable and ingenious nods to 70s Italian film scores, particularly in the giallo genre. Spooky, echoey keyboards and occasional angelic female backing vocals elevate the vibe and balance the grit. 12 tracks and no filler: "Beware The Stare", "Rise Of The Black Suits", "I Declare War" with Masta Killa, "Blood On The Cobblestones" with U-God & Inspectah Deck, "Rise Of The Ghostface Killah", "Murder Spree" with U-God, Masta Killa, Inspectah Deck and Killa Sin, "Enemies Around Me" with William Hart of the Delfonics, "The Sure Shot (Parts 1 And 2)", "Twelve Reasons To Die" and more. 2CD deluxe edition includes the full instrumentals on disc 2! CD
(Includes original slipcase.)

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