A really great take on the music of Madvillain – that famous collaboration between Madlib & MF Doom – served up here in a mostly instrumental mode that's heavy on funk and jazz! You'll definitely recognize the tunes in the set, but the presentation is very different – almost ... (Deep Funk, Hip Hop)read moreCD
Funky and psych-rock-soul instrumentals from the Beastie Boys – essentially working as a quintet for much of the set – with Money Mark on Rhodes and Farfisa, and Alfredo Ortiz on percussion! The Beasties manage to blend 70s soul, jazz, Latin and sound library style grooves with a ... read moreCD
Nocturnal boombap from Blockhead – a sleepless, samples and electic-beats heavy survey of an after hours metropolis – finding Blockhead as insistently inventive and timeless in approach as ever! We love that Blockhead's work kind of exists in it's own world, yet clearly shows love for ... (New Grooves, Hip Hop)read moreCD
Nice mid period effort from the blast master. Includes "Blackman In Effect", "Ya Know The Rules", "Beef", "House Niggas", "100 Guns", "Ya Strugglin", "Breath Control II", "Edutainment", "The Homeless", "O ... read moreCD
A selection of late 80s South Bronx Teachings – classic Boogie Down Productions circa Criminal Minded! South Bronx Teachings focuses soundly on the class of '87 – so you get fistful of the Criminal Minded cuts and a few other blasts from KRS-One & Scott La Rock, nicely paced over ... read moreCD
A great mix of styles from this up-and-coming Japanese crew – a group who work equally well in hip hop and cosmic soul territory, and who are getting help here from a huge array of guest stars! Breakthrough work hard to craft some beautifully jazzy and laidback beats on the set – but ... (New Grooves, Hip Hop)read moreCD
(Out of print, includes obi.)
Danny Brown —
Old ... CD Fool's Gold, 2013. Used ...
Danny Brown steps up his game on Old – delivering on all the promise of his much-hailed previous Fool's Gold LP – and actually topping it! Danny's XXX was a mix of next-level smarts and production, balanced with knowlingly gutter dwelling rhymes – but this one is knowingly more ... read moreCD
A nice set from the duo Channel Two – aka LA's Terence Yoshiaki and Hamburg's Andreas Bingel – melding bouncing soul beats, hip hop and an overall sultry approach! On top of impressively combining club soul, hip hop and nice instrumentals, Channel Two is unafraid of bringing a sunny ... read moreCD
Another batch of tight home grown hip hop from the midwest, all self produced cuts by Copperpot. He brings in local flavor from Iomos Marad, Diverse and Longshot, as well as guest rhymes by Earatik Statik, Pace Won, Mr Complex, Edo G, Profound and others. 18 tracks counting the intro, outro and ... read moreCD
A mega megamix of the hip hop production wizardry of the mighty Cut Chemist – a 28-minute set that claims to hold a piece of every single production he's ever done, as this set's appearance in '04! That's the Jurassic 5 numbers, remixes he's done for Quanuum MCs, the Lessons, stuff everyone ... read moreCD
Dabrye returns with more a richer, fuller set of spacey hip hop than the preceding One/Three – this one with a stellar roster of guests including Jay Dee, MF Doom, Beans, Vast Aire, Waajeed of Platinum Pied Pipers, Big Tone, Phat Kat and more! This one stood out for it's unique mix of ... read moreCD
Trip ... CD Melting Pot (Germany), 2013. Used ...
Funky hip hop beatcraft laced with far out psychedelic samples from German producer Dexter – and it's a trip, alright – a far out funky one at that! Dexter lays down a thick layer of hypnotic beats underneath a sprawling batch of sampled sounds from the psychedelic area and beyond, but ... read moreCD
Volumes 3 & 4 in the Hi Hat Club series of Melting Pot hip hop instrumentals – the profoundly jazz centered Jazz Files set from Dexter and the Chop Shop from Brenk X Fid Mella – on a single CD! The artist at the center of the first 18 tracks on the CD is German producer & MC ... read moreCD
A nice compilation of hard-hitting hip hop from the Queens-based Hydra Entertainment roster – with Mobb Deep, Screwball, DJ Fusion, Godfather Don, E-Boogie, Dennis Kellman, Big Meal, Ghetto Professionals, The Unsociables, Nick Wiz and more! It's a very strong selection of some greatest Hydra ... read moreCD
It's been quite some time since we've heard a proper album from DJ Vadim, though he's been busy with a variety of projects in the intervening years since The Art Of Listening. He's wrapped himself around a new sound, but just as inventive as the creaky, atmospheric trip hop and left field hip hop ... read moreCD
Fantastic stuff! Mr. Bongo's gone and reissued this classic lost hip hop soundtrack – and they've added a whole bunch of extra tracks and spread the whole thing out over an extended CD. Amongst the original and extra tracks, the record includes live and studio performances by the likes of ... read moreCD
Volumes 5 & 6 in the MPM producer series – Amsterdam's Full Crate and FS Green for Vol 5 and Cologne-based DJ Adlib on Vol 6 – separately released on vinyl and paired up for CD! Full Crate & FS Green both funky progressive hip hop beatcraft on their tracks. Green's cuts ... read moreCD
A really stunning set from Ghostface Killah – a record that has the Wu-Tang legend teaming up with soul group The Revelations – who produce the set, participate, and bring in a really wonderful old school vibe! The album's still hip hop at the core – with guest appearances from ... read moreCD
The follow up to Herbie's groundbreaking hit album Future Shock. There's some rehashing of themes here, with the remake of "Rockit" called "Hardrock" here – basically the same number with some heavy guitar added and a few different solos – plus similar numbers that ... (Jazz, Hip Hop)read moreCD
Dilla beats and an allstar roster of guest Detroit MCs – and a strong debut full length from Ruff Draft Records! Posthumous releases by favorite departed figures can be a dicey proposition – and much to our relief, Rebirth Of Detroit delivers – with both high quality beats & ... read moreCD
All praise to the mighty J5 – reminding us in the early 00s that hip hop could still be about funky, party rockin' beats and flowing on beat, with witty, intelligent rhymes – and sound as fresh as ever! This album's mostly produced by Cut Chemist, though Nu Mark has a hand in a number ... read moreCD
A well-remembered set from JVC Force – a group who were maybe most notable at the time as being one of the best labelmates of Boogie Down Productions on B-Boy Records – and who should have been able to give the world a lot more music than they did, thanks to the strength of this album! ... read moreCD
Kanye West —
Ye ... CD Def Jam, 2018. Used ...
Just Sold Out!
Pop culture baggage aside, pretty mesmerizing stuff from Ye! Ye the album, if his persona hasn't turned you off by now, is a compelling effort from what we'll dub Kanye's "puzzle period" – this strange era of his recorded output that's a long time since his creative and popular ... read moreCD
Kool Keith is back, this time as Reverand Tom, with a horrorcore crew that leans on the influence of the Phantasm movies as much as it does KK's earlier weirdness. The crew includes M. Balmer, Funeral Director and Al Bury-U. Tracks include "Reverand Tom", "Party In The Morgue" ... read moreCD
It may not be the BeAllEndAll that the Matador hype machine is trying to cook up, but Large Professor's waaaay too long in the making first LP (first to be officially released, anyway) is a very solid effort, and a strong, raw head bumper all the way through. Nothing fancy, just tried and true hip ... read moreCD
Ms Hill's notorious double album follow up to the Miseducation Of. . .album – a pretty nice set of unvarnished, intimate performances that would have gone done a lot smoother in an earlier era! After the whirlwind success of her first solo album, Lauryn, either a) decided that the peak of ... read moreCD
The amazing debut of those most hyperactive of the Native Tongues, the short-lived, ultra fresh Leaders Of The New School! Busta & Co. splintered apart after just two albums, but this will always be a shiny trophy in the mantle with the all time freshest East Coast hip hop. It sounds great to ... read moreCD
The classic first LP from Kurtis Mantronik & MC Tee – early hip hop and funky electro at its mid 80s finest – richly expanded with a wealth of bonus material! We'll never tire of style here – electronic funky beats, synthesizers and vocoder vocal effects, and those benchmark ... read moreCD
Michael Franti & Spearhead —
Stay Human ... CD Six Degrees/Boo Boo Wax, 2001. Used ...
(Out of print.)
Mighty Underdogs (Gift Of Gab, Lateef, Headnotic) —
Prelude EP ... CD Mu, 2008. Used ...
A pretty sharp introductory note from Mighty Underdogs – the indie hip hop supergroup featuring Blackalicious MC Gift Of Gab, Latyrx gamer Lateef The Truth Speaker, and Crown City Rocker Headnotic! The crew brings some pretty tight boom bap, with more than enough loopy, but maturing Cali ... read moreCD
19 tracks including "On The Prowl", "Say My Name", "the Crazies", "Barn Of The Naked Dead", "Knife In Your Spine", "Weapons Of Mass Destruction", "Death Sentence", "Married To Pain" and "Them". CD
(Out of print.)
Work ... CD Community Service, 2003. Used ...
Southside Chicago's Ndvisual steps out with an independent full length – and it's another really strong set of straight up hip hop from the Chi! Work (Chicago's a city that's proud of its work ethic, as the title of this album and the defining intro testifies) comes with ample wordplay and ... read moreCD
The first EP by Pete Rock & CL Smooth – and one of the greatest debut EPs in hip hop history – fleshed out here with bonus mixes and instrumentals! The original EP material is as stunning as ever, really showing the Pete & CL were in near peak form right outta gate – ... read moreCD
(Out of print 2014 version with 5 bonus tracks – still sealed!)
Ghislain Poirer once again delivers a batch of synthetic rhythms and computer groove with a thump learned from hip hop – and the results are far more enjoyable than many of the more pretentious laptop chin scratchers out there! Ghislain's beats occasionally ratchet up to floorshaking levels, ... (New Grooves, Hip Hop)read moreCD
Montreal's never predictable Ghislain Poirier's first full length for the venerable Ninja Tune – with beats that cover diverse territory while still holding together as a tightly spun sound – from tight, hard hitting club bounce, to stuttering synth hop – with guest vocals from ... (New Grooves, Hip Hop)read moreCD
It's easy to forget this many years down the road that before TV, before films and before her more commercial LPs, Queen Latifah was a dope MC who could bring it with the best of them when she stepped to the mic. Mark the 45 King delivers tight beats for most of the LP that also features ... read moreCD
RJD2's beats for the Aceyalone/RJD2 team up Magnificent City! RJ brings his most hip hop-reverent game – and he's even spinning some uniquely west coast-styled funk on this one. Tracks include "All For U", "Fire", "Cornbread, Eddie & Me","Mooore", ... read moreCD
A club jazzy mixtape from Rob Wonder. Tracks include "French Letter" by J-Walk, "Behind The Light" by Bonobo, ""LOVE and You & I (D (DJ GHE rmx)" by Jazzanova, "Fall In Love" by Slum Village, "Montara" by Madlib, "Handclapping ... read moreCD
The second major label set from The Roots, and what many consider their first and definitely not their last) irrefutable classic! We could make the case for the debut Do You Want More? as a bonafide classic, too, but this is certainly the tone certainly the one that cemented their status and one ... read moreCD
The first solo outing from the other Roots beatbox maestro. Embodiment runs from a more stripped down Roots hip hop style with the guest MCs, to more playful human beatbox bumpers – with some pretty hallucinatory tape manipulation thrown in! Another classic from Philly. Tracks include ... read moreCD
Evolution is the title of the album – and it's also the name of the game for Slum Village – whose peak material remains some of the best hip hop to ever come out of the Detroit scene! SV has evolved into a showcase for group co-founder and sole remaining original member T3 – ... read moreCD
Snoop Doggy Dog —
Tha Dogg ... CD Death Row/SPV (Germany), 1990s. Used ...