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Schoolboy QBlank Face LP ... CD
Top Dawg Ent./Interscope, 2016. Used ... $6.99
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BeatnutsTake It Or Squeeze It ... CD
Loud, 2001. Used ... $2.99
The Beatnuts didn't have a whole heckuva of a lot in the way of lyrical ideas by '01, but this underrated LP for Loud is well worth the purchase price anyway, thanks to the 'nut's continued mastery of beats and samples. They virtually ignore perfunctory trends and stay firmly rooted in the blueprint. Meth's rhymes on "Se Acabo" remix are top notch, and Greg Nice is true to form on "Yo Yo Yo". Includes "No Escaping This", "It's The Nuts", "Prendelo (Light It Up)", "Hood Thang", "Contact", "If It Ain't Gangsta", "Hammer Time", and more. CD

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CommonNobody's Smiling (deluxe edition) ... CD
Universal, 2014. Used ... $6.99
Common's strongest record in years – working once again with producer No ID – and they're repping their hometown of Chicago as profoundly and soulfully as ever! Everything is on point here. Common rhymes with a direct, truthful knowledge of everyday struggles – yeah, he's been a star for years, with a respectable acting career on top, but he damn sure hasn't forgotten where he's from – and there's no greater demonstration of that truth than his continuing later career reunion with No ID. We definitely dug their preceding Dreamer/Believer record, but this one hits even deeper. It shows progressive, future-ready beatcraft on one hand, and dusty soul samples and gospel choruses on the other. Both modes are solid. Tracks include "The Neighborhood", "No Fear", "Diamonds", "Hustle Harder", "Real", "Kingdom", "Blak Majik", "Nobody's Smiling", "Rewind That" and more. 3 bonus tracks on the deluxe edition: "Out Of Bounds", "7 Deadly Sins" and "Young Hearts Run Free". CD

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CommonUniversal Mind Control ... CD
Geffen, 2008. Used ... $2.99
Common's easygoing Universal Mind Control – a record that by design doesn't cut as deep soulfully and emotionally as the previous couple of LPs – this one's spun for a slick synth heavy party rocking vibe by the Neptunes! The record was originally titled Invincible Summer and was set to drop for the open top season, later retooled a little for an icey club bounce, with several standout cuts – a couple funky numbers produced by Mr DJ of the Dungeon Family. Guests include Kanye, Cee-Lo, Martina Topley-Bird and Musinah. It's an efficient set, too, with 10 tracks: "Universal Mind Control", "Punch Drunk Love" feat Kanye West, "Make My Day" feat Cee-Lo, "Announcement" feat Pharrell, "Gladiator", "Inhale", "Everywhere" feat Martina Topley-Bird, "Changes" feat Musinhah and more. CD
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Gang StarrMoment Of Truth ... CD
Noo Trybe, 1998. Used ... $3.99
A later effort from Gang Starr that's just as dope as their earlier classics! By the late 90s, a lot of their of Gang Starr's peers of similar vintage were starting to fall off creatively and commercially – hence the title – but Guru and Premier would have none of that. Guru's rhymes are as dexterous and on point ever, and Premier's tried-and-true gritty beats and jazzy samples style is also at near peak strength. A bit underrated in the Gang Starr canon, but it's truly top notch work. Includes "You Know My Steez", "Rep Grows Bigga", "Work", "Make Em Pay" with Krumb Snatcha, "Above The Clouds" with Inspectah Deck, "Betrayal" with a sharp turn by Scarface, "The Militia" with Big Shug & Freddie Foxxx, "BI Vs Friendship" with MOP and more. 20 tracks in all! CD

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Jurassic 5Quality Control ... CD
Interscope, 2000. Used ... Just Sold Out!
The album that catapulted Jurassic 5 from the underground! Quality Control is one of the great hip hop albums, a record that's filled with great tracks, yet flows along as the ultimate headphones experience. The rhymes by Zaakir, Chali 2na, Akil, and Marc 7even are top notch in group dynamics and the solo shots, and the record has some of the best production Cut Chemist & Nu-Mark ever put down. Tracks include "How We Get Along", "Contact", "Quality Control", "World Of Entertainment (Woe Is Me)", "The Influence", "Monkey Bars", "Quality Control", "Twelve", "Contribution", "The Game", "Improvise", "Swing Set", "Jurass Finish First", and more. CD

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MOPWarriorz ... CD
Loud, 2000. Used ... $3.99
MOP's gritty fourth full length effort – maybe the last inarguably top notch record – capping of a pretty great run from the mid 90s to 2000! Like so many of the great hip albums of the era, its share of filler and repetition, but the high points find the Brownsville boys at their bleak, confrontational best. Once again, sprinkled with beats and mixes by Premier that threaten to steal the show. This one still holds up! Includes Welcome To Brownsville", "Everyday", "Ante Up", "Face Off 2K1", "Warriorz", "Old Timerz", "Nig-gotiate", "Cold As Ice" and more. 19 tracks in all. CD

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