Oddball, brilliant, slyly concept-driven hip hop from Serengeti in his Kenny Dennis alter ego! The story behind the 1979 Kenny Dennis Demos is that the working class Chicago every man Kenny got signed and cut a couple demos in the style of the times in the late 70s – an opportunity to hear ... read more7-inch, Vinyl record
Featuring Jo Jo Pelligrino on "Country Club". 12-inch, Vinyl record
Unity ... LP Elektra, 1988. Very Good ...
Just Sold Out!
While there's a couple of tracks produced by Jam Master Jay, it was "Know How Fe Chat" and "Who The Cap Fits" that were cut with the Roots Radics that crossed over to the hip hop crowd. There's also a few numbers produced by Steelie & Clevie. 10 cuts in all, including ... (Reggae, Hip Hop)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(White label promo, with a cutout notch and has some pen.)
Spinna takes on this sweet cut from Slum Village – keeping things lean, but adding in these great spacey soul touches that really set a different mood for the lyrics! The flipside features a very different take from Jazz Spastiks – almost a Cadet/Concept kind of jazzy crackle with the ... read more7-inch, Vinyl record
An orchestral homage to Dr Dre spearheaded by Brooklyn's Sylvester Onyejiaka, aka Sly5thAve – fleshing out hooks and melodies from throughout Dre's career, from classic singles to deep cuts, into large scale jazzy soul – with a stellar roster of guests including Mark De Clive-Lowe, DJ ... (Deep Funk, Hip Hop)read moreCD
Sly5thAve is deeper and more soulful than ever before – really stepping past his initial role as a creative beatmaker, and emerging here more as a fully-formed producer with a strong ear for his overall sound! The tunes here are a mix of instrumental and vocal numbers – woven together ... (Neo Soul, Hip Hop)read moreCD
Sly5thAve is deeper and more soulful than ever before – really stepping past his initial role as a creative beatmaker, and emerging here more as a fully-formed producer with a strong ear for his overall sound! The tunes here are a mix of instrumental and vocal numbers – woven together ... (Neo Soul, Hip Hop)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Instrumental versions of the LP, including beats for "Stank MCs", "Talk Like Sex Part 2", "That Smut", "Anti Hero's", "Josie", "Medicated Minutes", "Amazing Feats", "Pimpology", "My Rhyme Ain't Done", "One ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Tracks include "Ride 4 Me", "Doggfather", "Up Jump Tha Boogie", "Snoop's Upside Ya Head", "Blueberry", "Freestyle Conversation", "(Tear Em Off) Me & My Doggz", "When I Grow Up", "You Thought", "Traffic ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Sealed original pressing! Cover has a cut corner.)
Spice 1 —
Spice 1 ... LP Jive/Get On Down, 1992. New Copy (reissue)...
The first full length classic from Spice 1 – an MC who came up in the wake of Too Short on the west coast, but has definitely found his own style by the time of this set! Some tracks almost have an Ice Cube mix of biting social commentary and view from the streets – while others are ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Strong stuff from Ohio rapper Stalley – produced in full by Janport J here with sometimes gritty, sometimes soaringly soulful mood that's a nice foil for Stalley stout flow and sharp wordplay throughout. There's something distinctly midwestern in Stalley's soul searching rhymestyle – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of their later LPs, with the cuts "Space Race", "Real Funky", "Troy", "Girls", "Fast Lane", and "Kick It Live". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cut corner.)
Sugarhill Gang —
8th Wonder ... CD Sugar Hill/DBK Works, 1981. New Copy ...
One of the first full albums from the Sugarhill Gang – and a good sampling of their early tracks for Sugarhill! Includes the group's classic remake of "Apache" – complete with breaks stolen from the Incredible Bongo Band – plus the cuts "Funk Box" and "On ... read moreCD
A sweet set from Sulu & Excelsior – essentially the solo project of singer, rapper and trumpet player Steven "Sulu" Mallorca despite the sprawling sound and stylistic breadth – with influences that stretch from classic Motown, to late 60s funk, to live horn-backed hip hop ... (Neo Soul, Hip Hop)read moreCD
A well-titled set from the lyrical king – the mighty T La Rock, one of the key mid 80s MCs who helped introduce a whole new level of sophistication to hip hop! T La Rock maybe never hit the heights of KRS-One, Rakim, or other contemporaries – but this set has all the sharp fire and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The first and only volume from Tupac's Thug Life group – with Big Syke, Macadoshis, Mopreme, The Rated R guest appearances by YNV & Nate Dogg – raw street rap with an uncommonly soulful backdrop for the time! Thug Life came out in the midst of the early 90s gangsta rap media ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
It would be awfully easy to write off the Tom Tom Club as just a Talking Heads side project or spinoff group if it weren't for the irresistible grooves on singles like this one, which thanks to an early sampling has become a hip hop breakdance classic. Served up here in a special promo 12" ... (Soul, Hip Hop)read more12-inch, Vinyl record
Beats, Rhymes & Life – crucial aspects of Tribe Called Quest and hip hop in general – and the fourth album by the inimitable Tribe! After a couple or three years of down time following Midnight Marauders, the Tribe returned with this extra stripped down sound, collaborating with ... read moreCD
Beats, Rhymes & Life – crucial aspects of Tribe Called Quest and hip hop in general – and the fourth album by the inimitable Tribe! After a couple or three years of down time following Midnight Marauders, the Tribe returned with this extra stripped down sound, collaborating with ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A pretty great follow up to the previous hits package Retrospective – this one with many of the Tribe's OTHER hits, plus 2 previously unreleased nuggets! Alternate mixes, out of print soundtrack and 12-inch cuts, plus album tracks that weren't ingrained into the mainstream consciousness ... read moreCD
A pretty great follow up to the previous hits package Retrospective – this one with many of the Tribe's OTHER hits, plus 2 previously unreleased nuggets! Alternate mixes, out of print soundtrack and 12-inch cuts, plus album tracks that weren't ingrained into the mainstream consciousness ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The last Tribe Called Quest LP – one of those "end of an era" type experiences for sure – and record that was fairly slept on it the time given the dizzying heights of their earlier record – and holds up today as an essential! 15 tracks total, are all produced by The ... read moreCD
A masterpiece from prime era Tribe Called Quest! Midnight Maurauders was Tribe's third LP, and even though there were no tracks yet credited to the Ummah, this is pretty much the beginning of Tribe's transition to that sound – with the same mellow, laid back vibe as their best early material ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A hell of a comeback for Tribe Called Quest – maybe one of the best musical comebacks ever, and a fantastic reminder of why we loved the group so much in the first place! 18 years have passed since we last heard from the trio (now, sadly, a duo) – and that time only seems to have ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
When you hear these sisters rhyme on the b-side, you'll wish they stuck to their singing like on the A-side. Still the backing electro track on the flip's the best part with references to "Tour De France", "White Lines" (or "Cavern" depending on how you look at it) and ... read more12-inch, Vinyl record
UGK (Underground Kingz) —
Dirty Money ... LP Jive/Get On Down, 2001. New Copy 2LP (reissue)...
The first album of the new millennium for UGK – coming into it at high point! They had a lot to live up to after Ridin' Dirty did so much put Houston on the legacy hip hop, and really helped usher in the the southern hip hop revolution in general, so if Dirty Money doesn't blaze any more ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Ultra is Kool Keith and Tim Dog with production by Kutmaster Kurt. This LP is more straightforward than some of Keith's recent projects but he's still taking on the current state of hip hop (Keep It Real, The Industry Is Wack) and adds Reverend Tom and Mr. Green to his ever expanding alternate ... read moreCD
Titles include "Lookin At You" produced by Dr Dre, "Here Comes Another Hit" featuring Nate Dogg & Mista Grimm, "Speed Dreamin" featuring George Clinton & Mista Grimm, "Yo Sassy Ways" featuring Snoop Dogg & Nate Dogg, "G-Funk Is Here 2 ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
It's hard to place these mid-80's singles on Select – the production and rhyming definitely sound ancient, and they're not timeless in the way the early 80's singles on Enjoy are – but that doesn't mean they weren't kind of fresh at the time. This one, Whistle's best cut, is a good ... read more12-inch, Vinyl record
A nice overview of the best of the Wu Tang Clan – from their revolutionary early tracks to their best later singles! You'd never have guessed earlier in the 00s that their label would have taken the care to license the best tracks from the BMG and Sony years for one collection – at ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album