The debut of Akinyele – delivering a nice, raw, gritty record for major label Interscope circa the early 90s – a bit overlooked all these years later, but a damn solild record by distinctive emcee! He covers a wider range of topics, using his trademark up-and-down vocal style. Produced ... read moreCD
Apollo Brown —
Grandeur ... CD Mello Music Group, 2015. New Copy ...
Just Sold Out!
A winning effort from one of the finer post-Dilla Detriot hip hop producers – gritty and soulful on the beats, brightly accented and moody on the more atmospheric touches, diverse and underground star-studded on rhymes! Guests include Oddisee, Reks, Sean Price, MOP, Evidence, OC, Wordsworth, ... read moreCD
A winning effort from one of the finer post-Dilla Detriot hip hop producers – gritty and soulful on the beats, brightly accented and moody on the more atmospheric touches, diverse and underground star-studded on rhymes! Guests include Oddisee, Reks, Sean Price, MOP, Evidence, OC, Wordsworth, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The speed garage producer slums for a minute and puts together a 3 record set of looped beats and phrases from popular hip hop records from the mid-late 90s, using common samples. Nothing special, but it's guaranteed to move the crowd. 17 tracks. LP, Vinyl record album
The long awaited sides C & D in Madlib's incredible blend of Bombay soundtrack-styled funk, blunted Eastern beats, and all round stunning Middle Eastern accented hip hop instros! This time out Madlib, er, Beat Konducta is conducting beats, strings & things from India and/or otherwise East ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Black Milk opens up the vaults for the Glitches In The Break EP – featuring some tight, previously unreleased gems – a few with fellow Detroit gamers Guilty Simpson and Fat Ray. Petty generous track list, too, for an EP – with 8 tracks in all: "There Are Glitches", ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The first full-length from Mos Def and Kweli. Maybe not every cut is up to the standards they set with their amazing string of singles together, solo, and with others – but it's still strong underground hip hop that takes on the ghetto fabulous themes ruling hip hop these days. Stand out ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
"Lo-Fi Funk" features Aesop Rock. 12-inch, Vinyl record
Busta Rhymes —
Big Bang ... LP Aftermath/Flipmode, 2006. Very Good 2LP Gatefold ...
Just Sold Out!
Busta Rhymes delivers the debut full length release for Dr Dre's Aftermath imprint – after a few records for old Clive Davis and J Records – and like most Busta Rhymes albums, it features at least one sure-to-be classic track! Busta is not only one of the most reliable generators for ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Strong independent hip hop from heretofore unknown Brooklyn emcee DAP – with live instrumentation by The Nomads – the first single on the upstart Stay The Course label, and here's hoping they do just that! This is solid stuff – rooted in raw 90s east coast boom bap, inspiration-wi ... read more7-inch, Vinyl record
Fantastic 12" with soooo many different mixes of this fantastic De La song. Enough stuff to make up a full-length "Saturdays" suite, really, with lots of cool bits and very different takes on the same song. 12-inch, Vinyl record
A strong return to a more forceful rhyme style for Declaime – still with the funk-steeped beats and hazy mood that's more prominent in his recordings as Dudley Perkins – and it's nice to have him back in a straighter hip hop mode for a minute! It's strong stuff, and if you dug his ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The laidback classic! The Digables certainly weren't the first hip hop group to rely upon cooled out jazzy grooves for the backbone of their sound, but they really brought it home with a hugely endearing and long enduring vibe – and this is their masterpiece! All these years later, Blowout ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Includes 18 X 24 poster – plus insert with notes by Larry Mizelle Jr.)
We're not entirely certain this is the same DJ Kool who'd hit it big with "Let Me Clear My Throat" in the mid 90s, but we're willing to bet it is. 9 tracks and 10 interludes including "The Music Ain't Loud Enuff" in both the original and 90s remix versions, "I Can Make You ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout hole & some notes in pen on back.)
A largely unsung, but classic level early 90s set of jazzy soul reverent hip hop from Dred Scott – a brillant record that really deserved to break out in a big way! It's a testament to Dred's love for classic sounds that he's waxing nostalgic on the opening track "Back In The Day", ... read moreCD
The early days of the West Coast – back when people were more concerned with being lovers than fighters! Worth it alone for "Egypt Egypt", which has stood the test of time as an electro classic and B-Boy favorite, plus other nice 808 laden early West coast jams, like "What Is ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Forget the B-side for this one. Pick it up for "Don't Make", one of the hardest songs off the album, with simmering synth lines and half-time percolating. This is some angry, angry ish. 12-inch, Vinyl record
The classic debut Gang Starr record on Wild Pitch – the first chapter in a long history of certified dope east coast hip hop – with Premier and Guru on point from the get go! Top shelf jazz and funk samples, nice snapping beats, intelligent lyrics and mic skills like you're find here ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A different stylistic setting for Detroit independent hip hop gamer Simpson – who delivers sharply-honed, raw and direct rhymes as solid as ever – and produced in full by Katalyst, Geoff Barrow's (Portishead) partner in Quakers! Katalyst is wise to tailor the beats to Guilty's no ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
"Don't Curse" is one of the few Heavy D cuts we recommend – with vocals from Grand Puba, Q-Tip, CL Smooth, Kool G Rap, Big Daddy Kane and production by Pete Rock. "You Can't See What I See" is a non-LP b-side. 12-inch, Vinyl record
The second of 2 excellent records by Intelligent Hoodlum in the early 90s – before changing his name to Tragedy Khadafi! Mixed and produced by Marley Marl, it's the kind of record that couldn't be made nowadays, at least not in the mainstream, thanks to the wildly diverse samples in the mix. ... read moreCD
A soul-searching effort from J Cole! 2014 Forest Hills Drive is named after the address of his NC childhood home, which is crystal clear clue of the introspective nature here – but it's got fresh, head-nodding hip hop soul production that carries it over all the more strongly. Solidly ... 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
Solid work from one most singular talents in independent hip hop! J-Live's style is partially rooted in classic boombap, but he's always gazing forward, and How Much Is Water? Is another distinctive gem. Includes "Warm Currents", "Feel This", "Numbers & Letters" ... read moreCD
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Tracks include "The Life", "Clap Back", "The Crown" feat Sizzla, "Things Gon Change", "Race Against Time II", "N!ggas & B!tches", The INC Is Back", & "Blood In My Eye" LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the insert.)
Ja Rule —
RULE ... LP Murda/The Inc, 2004. Near Mint- 2LP ...
Do-or-die time for Ja Rule after getting slayed by 50 and Eminem over the last couple of years. It's a fairly lean set, once again fishing for the big hit with the Inc's resident songbird Ashanti, plus R Kelly for good measure, Jadakiss & Fat Joe for the requisite street anthem, and other ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Pioneering material from Just-Ice – the classic original "Cold Gettin' Dumb" and the non-album "Cold Gettin' Dumb Part II"on the flip! Just-Ice's rhymes are years ahead of their time and the spare production by Mantronix, at the height of his skills, are as fresh to this ... read more7-inch, Vinyl record
(Great little picture sleeve, too!) This item will not be delivered to you before Friday, November 27.
Before he became a big rock star, Kid Rock recorded this hip hop LP for Jive. Too be honest, the best part of the LP is probably the goofy cartoon cover. Mostly produced by Kid Rock, but he gets a bit of help from Too Short and D-Nice ona couple cuts. Includes "Genuine Article", "N ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The Stones Throw debut of LA beatmaker Knxwledge – fresh from strong production work from diverse, top notch talent like Kendrick Lamar and Joey Badass – and making a pretty strong case for himself as a headlining talent on this sprawling instrumental set! He melds funk, soul and jazz ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Exclusive "Side D" vinyl only tracks – includes download!)
A really strong hip hop producer/MC duo project pairing L'Orange and Jeremiah Jae – all the more impressive knowing that Jae is solid producer himself, but puts that aside to focus solely on rhymes here! Organized as 5-part narrative, it's flavored by crackling cinematic soul beatcraft and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Rising talent L'Orange, an increasingly impressive producer who clearly has a love for the sci fi sample stoked hip hop of the 90s, scores a hella appropriate lead MC in Kool Keith – and sure enough, it's the best KK project we've spun quite a few years! L'Orange wisely pays homage to style ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
20 tracks in all:"Jingle Jangle", "Krill Ill", "Step To The Stage", "Back In The Days", "New Ni**as", "Bring It", "Zootie Bang", "The Truth", "Rest In Peace", "Who's On It" (Parts 1 & 2), "Le ... read moreCD
The hot MC returns with a who's who stable of hot beats producers, including the Swizz crew, Havoc, Timbaland, Scott Storch, and others. Includes "Hold It Now", "Can You Hear Me Now" featuring Missy Elliot, "Can't F**k With Queen Bee", "Shake Ya Bum Bum", ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
13 tracks in all on this second LP from the Lords. After their first album, just about anything was sure to be a let down, but this album has held up to the test of time far better than a lot of others from the same period. Includes "Ready Or Not", "Tic Toc", "Keepers Of ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeves. Cover has a promo stamp & light wear.)
Madlib's funky sound cues for the excellent Stones Throw documentary My Vinyl Weighs A Ton – his first ever bonafide film soundtrack material – smartly steeped in all the elements that make the Stones Throw label and the the man himself so great! The label's ouvre over the years ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Includes code for digital download. Please note: the record was issued with 2 different covers, "Death Edition" & "Girls Edition", and distributed at random. Both include a removable side spine and the same tracklist.)
A Stones Throw sci-fi masterpiece – one that was destined for greatness from conception, but we're still pretty well blown away by the final product! MC Doom and beatmaster Madlib couldn't be better suited for a collaboration. As much as we've dug the best of Doom's material of the last ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Essential old school electro rap from Mantronix and MC Tricky Tee! Includes the classic original version of "Needle To Groove" backed by "Fresh Is The Word" in the flip, each nearly 6 minutes of benchmark old school 808 crafted excellence. 7-inch, Vinyl record
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MED, Blu & Madlib —
Bad Neighbor ... CD Bang Ya Head Entertainment, 2015. New Copy ...
Tripped out hip hop from the super team of Madlib, fellow Stones Throw veteran MED and underground hero Blu – with an impressive guest roster that includes MF Doom, Aloe Blacc, Hodgy Beats, Oh No, Mayer Hawthorne, Dam-Funk, Jimetta Rose, Phonte, Frank Nitt and others! Madlib is on the beats ... read moreCD
MED, Blu & Madlib —
Bad Neighbor ... LP Bang Ya Head Entertainment, 2015. New Copy 2LP ...
Tripped out hip hop from the super team of Madlib, fellow Stones Throw veteran MED and underground hero Blu – with an impressive guest roster that includes MF Doom, Aloe Blacc, Hodgy Beats, Oh No, Mayer Hawthorne, Dam-Funk, Jimetta Rose, Phonte, Frank Nitt and others! Madlib is on the beats ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Follow up the Grandmaster Flash classic. The best version here is the instrumental. A dope early 80's electro/breakdance track. The Melle Mel verses are nice enough, but the Duke Bootee lyrics are not quite up to the original. 12-inch, Vinyl record
(White label promo, with artist/title written in pen.)
If you told us a few years ago that we'd be looking at a record cover with Missy Elliott posing in high heeled leather boots and a short skirt, we'd have laughed in your face. But times change, and who knows what's coming next, except that Missy & Timbo are here to serve up another platter ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Avant beatcraft from the always adventurous Mndsgn! This is some of the freshest proper solo material we've heard from Mndsgn, which made some waves online in the preceding couple of years but definitely belongs in the physical realm – with titles that include "Inhale", "Greend ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Enigmatic beatcraft from LA's Mndsgn – definitely among the more tripped out and distinctive producer/artists in the Stones Throw realm – and that's saying something! Yawn Zen is an apt title, but don't take "yawn" the wrong way. The vibe is dreamy (as opposed to sleepy), ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
No ID produced most of the first two Common Sense LP's so you know the production will be tight here. "Sky's The Limit" is a father's advice to his newborn son. As sappy as that might sound, it works and is a nice change from the "wanna be ballers" MC's. The production on the ... read more12-inch, Vinyl record
The blistering 1990 EP by NWA – a fanbase divisive and critically underappreciated salvo in its day, despite being a fast seller – and a much sharper piece of work than it was credited for back in the day! NWA as a driven singular force was pretty much a thing of the past by this point, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The best yet from Oddisee! Be it a solo set or one of his group efforts with Diamond District, Oddisee has never lacked smarts or confidence, but there's assertive strengh to tracks on here that up the ante. He's really come into his own as one of the most reliable voices in independent hip hop, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The incredibly long awaited follow up to Petestrumentals, from legendary producer Pete Rock – and he's as fresh as ever! PR's style was never predicated on current fashion, and was always rooted in a love for both classic and obscure jazz and funk, music that also driven our own musical ... read moreCD
The incredibly long awaited follow up to Petestrumentals, from legendary producer Pete Rock – and he's as fresh as ever! PR's style was never predicated on current fashion, and was always rooted in a love for both classic and obscure jazz and funk, music that also driven our own musical ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Masterful dawn of the 00s street sounds from Prodigy of Mobb Deep! "Keep It Throro" is a gritty gem to this day, flavored by a solid beat, punchy piano sample and that ill, perfect Prodigy flow. Thorough, indeed. Produced by Alchemist at a peak point! Includes the vocal and ... read more7-inch, Vinyl record
Raw, spacey beatcraft from LA producer Ras G – the long-awaited 3rd and 4th volumes of his Raw Fruit series! . It's nicely raw, thickly atmospheric material that doesn't sound at all like tossed off bits at all – it's equally mesmerizing as anything we've heard from Ras G to date. ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The classic debut of Ras Kass – kind of a watershed mark of the intellectual/complicated rhyme style, if you will – finding the west coast MC bursting out of the starting gates with some his best ever work! Includes all of the early singles and some classic level deeper album cuts. ... read moreCD
Producer/beatmaker and Red Apples 45 label honcho Ray West teams up with the eternal Kool Keith – for one of the more compelling KK projects in years! Ray takes a cool approach here, laying down some mellow backdrops – slow rolling beats, gentle bits of strings and other laidback ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Undun ... LP Def Jam, 2011. Very Good 2LP ...
Just Sold Out!
Hip hop's reigning kings of longevity The Roots deliver another great album with Undun – we'd have to think it's entirely uncompromising and they're doing exactly what they want to do on this album – if you thought their day (eh, latenight) job would would bring their album work into ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Appears to be an "unofficial" release. Cover has a cutout notch and some splitting on the bottom seam.)
A richly textured, deeply diverse effort from UK hip hop veteran Roots Manuva! He's smartly eschewed the coming and going of passing trends all these years, and still stands out as strongly as ever on Bleeds – which rolls from moody and murky beat funk backed storytelling, to glitchy ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Mic mainstay Rass Kass and diverse, hugely talented producer Jack Splash team up as Semi Hendrix! Rass Kass is one of better respected MCs from the mid 90s onward, and he's sharp and focused here, and not shy about hitting on the topical concerns of the day, with a style that's strongly rooted the ... read moreCD
One of the big early hits for Stetsasonic, from the Full Gear LP, with one of the first, and still the best uses of the Dyke & the Blazers "Let A Woman Be A Woman, Let A Man Be A Man" 12-inch, Vinyl record
At the time, this meeting of hip hop minds seemed to be a goofy project with too many cooks in the broth. From today's perspective, though, it's actually a pretty decent batch of performances from the classic early years of rappers like KRS-One, Chuck D, MC Lyte, Just Ice, and D Nice. D-Nice and ... read more12-inch, Vinyl record