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✨✧ Beastie BoysTo The 5 Boroughs (2LP version) ... LP
Capitol (France), 2004. New Copy (reissue)... About October 27, 2017
Another strong set by the Beastie Boys – who would obviously rather put out a very good album every five or six years, than a sub par album every year or two! Arguably, the Beasties broke all the of the ground that they ever will prior to 2004, but that doesn't mean that they're done making solid records. If To The 5 Boroughs is any indication, there's still quite a bit of life left in the Boys as they approach 40. Prior to each infrequent LP, we're worried that the post Paul's Boutique world of difficult, expensive sample clearance will kill the layers of pop pastiche sound bites that made P's B such a brilliant statement, and with this one we're once again very pleasantly surprised at what they're able to pull off. The soul and funk samples are still piled on in abundance (albeit with a more electro studio built backdrop), as are the block rockin' party rhymes, even if the tone's serious in spots. There are no attempts at funky jazz or punk rock this time – this may be the Beasties' most classifiable hip hop album. Add it to that ever growing list of good-to-great albums by aging artists who were coaxed back into the game in part by their feelings about post 9/11 politics. Tracks include the great throwback single "Ch-Check It Out", "Right Right Now Now", "3 The Hard Way", "It Takes Time To Build", "Rhyme The Rhyme Well", "Hey F**k You", "Triple Trouble", "Oh Word?", "That's It That's All", "All Lifestyles", "Shazam!", "An Open Letter To NYC" and more. LP, Vinyl record album

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Big Grams (Big Boi & Phantogram)Big Grams (180 gram pressing – with download) ... LP
Epic, 2015. New Copy ... $9.99
Adventurous ATL hip hop veteran Big Boi teams up with NYC electro pop duo Phantogram as Big Grams! Big Boi has never lacked for creative ambition – his one time repuation as the straighter-laced half of Outkast sold him short back in the day – as he always had a incredible way of adapting his flow, phrasing and lyrical focus to a diverse range of production styles. Big Grams finds a nice middle ground between Phantogram's bright, melodic synth pop style and the more beat heavy needs of a dexterous MC. Sarah Barthel's lovely vocals as sweet as ever, and work suprisingly well when paired with Big Boi's distinctive rhymes. Titles include "Run For Your Life", "Lights On", "Fell In The Sun", "Put It On Her", "Goldmine Junkie", "Born To Shine" with Run The Jewels and "Drum Machine" with Skrillex. LP, Vinyl record album

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BlockheadDowntown Science (CD with DVD) ... CD
Ninja Tune (Canada), 2005. Used CD & DVD ... $3.99
Another really strong effort from Blockhead – one that follows his equally good Music By Cavelight! It's feels like a tribute to NYC, in an atmospheric way, full of crackly melodies, terse moments, and compelling soundtracky hip hop beat craft. Tracks include "Expiration Date", "Roll Out The Red Carpet", "Serenade", "Cherry Picker", "Crashing Down", "Stop Motion Traffic", "Good Block Bad Block", "Dough Nation", "The First Snowfall" and "Long Walk Home". Includes a bonus DVD of experimental film accompaniment to Blockhead's music from Music By Cavelight LP – 3 1/2 hours worth of footage! (New Grooves, Hip Hop) CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ CappadonnaYin And The Yang (Clean Version) ... LP
Sony, 2001. Very Good 2LP ... $1.99
Sophomore album from the Wu affiliate, with guest appearances by Ghost, Rae, and Killah Priest. 10 tracks total including "The Grits", "Super Model", "War Rats", "Bead Of Life", "Revenge" and "One Way 2 Zion". LP, Vinyl record album
(Promo in a stickered sleeve.)

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CommonResurrection ... LP
Relativity, 1994. New Copy (reissue)... $7.99 9.98
In 1994 when everyone seemed to be turning hardcore, Common Sense wasn't having it. Introspective tales of growing up and living on the South Side that fit perfectly with No I.D.'s mellow production and spiced up with two guest appearances by Y-Not aka Twilight Tone. Classic LP, solid all the way through. Being in Chicago, people have have always asked is for this one, and that tradition continues over the years. This one was made with little regard to contemporary trends, and thanks to that, it's fresh to this day! Includes "I Used To Love H.E.R.". "Book Of Life", "Chapter 13 (Rich Man vs. Poor Man)", "Nuthin' To Do", "In My Own World (Check The Method)", "Maintaining", "Communism", "Watermelon" and seven more. LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Resurrection (2CD deluxe edition – with box and poster) ... CD 13.99

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CommonResurrection (2CD deluxe edition – with box and poster) ... CD
Relativity/Get On Down, 1994. New Copy 2CD ... $13.99 20.98
One of the best hip hop albums of all time – given the remastered, deluxe edition treatment! In 1994 when everyone seemed to be turning hardcore, Common Sense wasn't having it. Introspective tales of growing up and living on the South Side that fit perfectly with No ID's mellow production and spiced up with a couple guest appearances by Y-Not aka Twilight Tone. A classic LP, solid all the way through. Being in Chicago, people always ask us for this one, but the original is often impossible to find, even here. This incredible 2CD edition comes in classy box – each disc in its own gatefold style sleeve, with liner notes by Brian Coleman, plus a full sized poster. Disc one is the full original album, with "I Used To Love HER.","Book Of Life", "Chapter 13 (Rich Man vs. Poor Man)", "Nuthin' To Do", "In My Own World (Check The Method)", "Maintaining", "Communism", "Watermelon" and more. Disc 2 collects the 12" singles from the period, with "Resurrection" (Large Professor remix, Extra P remix, Large Professor remix instrumental and Extra P remix instrumental), "Resurrection 95", "Communism" (acapella and instrumental), and "I Used To Love HER" (acapella and instrumental). CD
(A beautiful box set edition of one of greatest hip hop albums of the past 20 years!)
Also available Resurrection ... LP 7.99

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DJ HarrisonHazyMoods ... LP
Stones Throw, 2017. New Copy ... $15.99 17.98
An appropriately titled set from DJ Harrison – and an of the finer hip hop instrumentals sets on Stones Throw in a little while! Harrison utilizes his DJ skills on this one, his Stones Throw debut, but he's also a multi-instrumentalist and member of Richmond, VA's Butcher Brown Band – who won us over via a boundary-busting way of melding gritty jazz funk and fusion into an all purpose vibe of their own. It's really cool hear one them working in a solo beathead guise, similarly inspired by a lot of freewheeling sounds and styles, but Harrison really reigns in all in tightly for an always headnodding experience. Includes "Pianojazz", "Partylife", "ClavCrunch", "JazzHaze", "Bedsong", "Drunk808", "GameRestart", "Rollskate", "SpaceModulator" and more. LP, Vinyl record album

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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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Gift Of GabFourth Dimensional Rocketships Going Up ... LP
Quannum, 2003. Near Mint- 2LP ... $39.99
A very nice solo set from Blackalicious MC Gift Of Gab – one that combines the fast, playful wordplay of Blackalicious with a more heartfelt soul style, kind of like Relativity era Common. It's a much more focused set than Blackalicious's Blazing Arrow LP – and possibly one of the best realized LPs we've ever heard on the Quannum label. The set was produced entirely by two hungry up and coming producers from the Northwest – Jake One and Vitamin D – and they provide a solid backbeat for Gab to work with. Very solid stuff – and we surely appreciate the consistency! Includes "Stardust", "Rat Race", "To Know You", "Hold On", "In A Minute Doe", "Ride On", "Just Because", "Way Of The Light", "Moonshine", "Flashback", "The Writz", and some more. LP, Vinyl record album
 
 
 



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