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Action BronsonOnly For Dolphins ... CD
Loma Vista, 2020. New Copy ... $11.99 12.99
A dolphin welcomes the listener to the record – a sign that you're clearly in for something different than usual – and that sense of whimsy returns throughout, in a mix of rhythms, sound samples, and other elements that all stand as a nice contrast to the more straightforward rhymes in ... read more CD

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Beastie BoysBeastie Boys Music ... CD
Capitol, 1980s/1990s/2000s. New Copy ... $13.99 14.98
A career-spanning set of work from the Beastie Boys – one that features tracks from both their Def Jam and Capitol/Grand Royal years – in a way that really shows the continuing evolution of their sound! The tracklist is great – classics from every generation, and the kind of cuts ... read more CD

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Beastie BoysRoot Down EP ... CD
Grand Royal/Capitol, 1995. New Copy ... $7.99 11.98
The funky Root Down EP by the Beastie Boys – riding high on a mid 90s creative peak! Root Down featuring a trio of versions of the title track and Ill Communication album standout, based on the Jimmy Smith's classic of the same name – and in hindsight, you really have to hand it to the ... read more CD
Also available Root Down EP (180 gram colored vinyl pressing) ... LP 24.99

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✨✧ Big LLifestylez Ov Da Poor & Dangerous ... CD
Columbia, 1995. New Copy ... $4.99 8.99
The classic first solo album by Big L – with bedrock DITC production by Buckwild, Showbiz and Lord Finesse – perfectly framing the rhymes by Harlem's finest. Big L didn't leave a huge wealth of recordings before he was taking away from the world, but he started out strong, and this ... read more CD

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✨✧ Blu & ExileMiles – From an Interlude Called Life ... CD
Dirty Science, 2020. New Copy 2CD ... $13.99 14.99
Maybe the most ambitious set so far from the duo of Blu & Exile – an expansive double-length set, delivered after a hiatus of new material for a number of years – and a record that really shows just how much the pair have grown during that time! Hip hop is still at the core of the ... read more CD

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BlundettoGood Good Things ... CD
Heavenly Sweetness (France), 2020. New Copy ... $16.99
The title might seem familiar – given that Blundetto's first album was called Bad Bad Things – but this record really shows a strong evolution of his sound over the ten years since that release – the shifting sense of sound between hip hop, global roots, and more dynamic elements ... (New Grooves, Hip Hop) read more CD

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Boogie Down ProductionsSouth Bronx Teachings – A Collection Of Boogie Down Productions ... CD
Traffic/B-Boy, Late 80s. New Copy ... $6.99 14.98
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 more CD

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✨✧ Cee-LoCee-Lo Green Is Thomas Callaway ... CD
Easy Eye Sound/BMG, 2020. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
A fantastic new chapter in the career of Cee-Lo Green – reemerging here as an old school southern soul singer, with a vibe that's in the best legacy of Al Green and some of the underground talents of his generation! The set was recorded in Nashville, produced by Dan Auerbach, and has a ... (Neo Soul, Hip Hop) read more CD
Also available Cee-Lo Green Is Thomas Callaway ... LP 22.99

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Deltron 3030Deltron 3030 (plus bonus tracks) ... CD
Traffic, 2000. New Copy ... $6.99 15.98
Del Tha Funkee Homosapien, Kid Koala, and Dan The Automator pool their skills for this dawn of the 2000s sci-fi hip hop classic – the masterful Deltron 3030! The guest list is almost too long to get into, but Money Mark, Prince Paul, PB Wolf and Mr. Lif are all here, along with many others. ... read more CD
(Reissue version with bonus tracks.)

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EdanBeauty & The Beat ... CD
Lewis, 2005. New Copy ... $6.99 15.98
Edan returns with a new set of his sample heavy wizardry – this time out steeped heavily in late 60s pysch out flourishes, yet still sporting the thickest breakbeats available. His rhyme style is both ridiculous and genius – with tongue twists that pay homage and blast forward ... read more CD

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Peven Everett & Upper EshStar Studded ... CD
Satelite Soundscape, 2003. New Copy ... $11.99 13.99
A wicked blend of hip hop and underground soul from Peven Everett and Upper Esh – warm Peven-styled beats and keys underneath, and rhymes by Asian A and Pretty Toan over the top! If you dig Peven's self-produced albums, you'll find plenty in here to like – as a lot of the tracks have ... (Neo Soul, Hip Hop) read more CD

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Freddie Gibbs & AlchemistAlfredo ... CD
ESGN, 2020. New Copy ... $11.99 12.99
Freddie Gibbs's gradual ascent to the upper echelon of modern hip hop – and his impeccable choice in production partners, this time working from beginning to end with long serving beat king The Alchemist – shows no signs of slowing down! Lyrically, Freddie is riffing on mob lore on ... read more CD
Also available Alfredo ... LP 18.99

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Free NationalsFree Nationals ... CD
Obe, 2020. New Copy ... $11.99 12.98
These guys are known by some as the backing band of Anderson.Paak, but they're a hell of a group on their own – rock-solid right at the core, and able to effortlessly craft a sweet blend of funk and soul – yet also leave room for plenty of guests along the way! The musicianship here is ... (Neo Soul, Hip Hop) read more CD
Also available Free Nationals ... LP 19.99

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Gang StarrHard To Earn ... CD
EMI, 1994. New Copy ... $8.99 11.98
Gang Starr at pretty close to peak level here on 1994's Hard To Earn – and rather than continue to ride the waves they made on the previous couple classic albums, Guru sharpens the lyrical tone just a bit – spitting some more incisive rhymes over apporpriately gritty soul jazz beats ... read more CD

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J DillaShining ... CD
BBE (UK), 2006. New Copy ... $8.99
A glorious send off from J Dilla – with some of the most soulful productions Dilla's ever laid down – and appearances by Common, D'Angelo, Pharoahe Monch, Madlib, MED, Black Thought and others! It's impossible to listen to The Shining without considering the sad circumstances ... read more CD

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Jazz LiberatorzClin D'Oeil ... CD
Kif/P-Vine (Japan), 2007. New Copy ... $22.99
One of the hippest French albums we've heard in years – a laidback blend of hip hop and jazz that really lives up to the cover's homage to the legendary Black Jazz label! The Jazz Liberatorz have a great way with a groove – a style that's openly flowing and instrumentally jazzy – ... (New Grooves, Hip Hop) read more CD

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Just-IceSir Vicious – The Best Of Just Ice ... CD
Fresh/Traffic, Late 80s/Early 90s. New Copy 2CD ... $7.99 16.98
A nicely done compilation of the some of the best of Just-Ice – culled from the legendary Fresh, Warlock and Sleeping Bag recordings – a solid entry point for hardcore hip hop pioneer if you don't already own those records! Includes some the most legendary Mantronix productions, the ... read more CD

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King SunXL (special edition with bonus tracks) ... CD
Profile/Traffic, 1989. New Copy ... $7.99 16.98
Tough, righteous rap from King Sun – 1989's XL – a set that still looms large after all these years! King Sun dropped knowledge from a Five Percenter influence with a flow that's as smooth, solid and authoritive as any Bronx rapper of the day – and the production by Sun Born ... read more CD

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Knxwledge1988 ... CD
Stones Throw, 2020. New Copy ... $8.99 9.99
A rock solid effort from one of the finer producers on Stones Throw at this stage in the label's esteemed history! If you expect 1988 to be throwback effort by the number title, think again, but he's not as predictable as that anyway. He sets an impeccable and unpredictable mood that stays rooted ... read more CD

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Leaders Of The New SchoolFuture Without A Past ... CD
Elektra/Traffic, 1991. New Copy ... $6.99 15.98
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 more CD

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MadlibPinata Beats ... CD
Madlib Invazion, 2014. New Copy ... $6.99 15.98
The restlessly inventive Madlib beats and production for Pinata, the excellent duo project with MC Freddie Gibbs! If you'll forgive us a little bit of repetition – because we KNOW we've written this before – there's just something extra riveting about Madlib's production work for ... read more CD
Also available Pinata Beats (with download) ... LP 19.99

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Madlib & OthersMadlib's Medicine Show No 6 – Brain Wreck Show ... CD
Madlib Invazion, 2010. New Copy ... $6.99 15.98
A freak funk mix set from the mighty Madlib – No 6 in the Medicine Show series – a global psych mix of messed up prog, mad mod sounds, tropical funk, krautrock, Afro rock, funk & soul from Nigeria to who-knows-where – mixed masterfully and peppered with oddball vocal samples ... read more CD

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Madlib & OthersMadlib's Medicine Show Number 11 – Low Budget Hi Fi Music ... CD
Madlib Invazion, 2010. New Copy ... $6.99 15.98
Low Budget Hi Fi Music from Madlib – the eleventh entry in his epic Madlib's Medicine Show series – 28 tracks of hip hop unofficially dubbed the Dirty Demos! The set feature sample enriched instrumentals by Madlib as Loop Digga and collaborations with Strong Arm Steady, J Rocc, Madlib ... read more CD

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MakerSight Unseen ... CD
Now Again, 2020. New Copy ... $8.99 14.98
The mighty Maker takes a deep dip into the catalog of the Now Again label – using that Stones Throw offshoot's rich blend of African, Brazilian, psychedelic, funk, and soul reissues to come up with some fantastic grooves of his own! The work is partly in a hip hop mode, but also has some of ... read more CD

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MantronixAlbum (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Sleeping Bag/Octave (Japan), 1985. New Copy ... $11.99
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 more CD

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MantronixKing Of The Beats – Anthology 1985 to 1988 ... CD
Sleeping Bag/Traffic, Late 80s. New Copy 2CD ... $7.99 17.98
Prime early electro hip hop genius from Mantronix – fresh beats and rap from Mantronix, including tight singles, 12" mixes and some classic production work for T La Rock, Just Ice and more – 2CDs that cover the vital mid 80s period! Includes those classic early hits with the ... read more CD

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MC LyteEyes On This ... CD
First Priority/Traffic, 1989. New Copy ... $6.99 14.98
MC Lyte's second full length record – a bit overlooked in the grand scheme, if only because the preceding Lyte As A Rock was a tough act to follow – so now's a great time to catch up with it! To our ears, Eyes On This is every bit as nice as the debut, and it that last of Lyte's no ... read more CD

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✨✧ NasKing's Disease ... CD
Mass Appeal, 2020. New Copy ... $12.99 13.99
Seasons and styles change, but Nas stays true to his strong suits and status as one of the longest running living legends in the game! He stays in his neo-classic comfort zone on King's Disease – leading the way throughout with remarkably wordy, charismatically delivered rhymes, never fading ... read more CD

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✨✧ QuakersQuakers II – The Next Wave ... CD
Stones Throw, 2020. New Copy 2CD ... Just Sold Out!
A long-overdue second set from Quakers – and a set that's got even more intensity than their debut! Beats are by the core trio of Supa K (Katalyst), 7STU7, and Fuzzface (Geoff Barrow) – and there's a very old school vibe to most of the record – a focus on core elements on each ... read more CD
Also available Quakers II – The Next Wave ... LP 21.99

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✨✧ Rasheed Chappell & BuckwildSinners & Saints ... CD
Get On Down, 2020. New Copy ... $12.99 14.99
We first dug the work of Rasheed Chappell through collaborations with Kenny Dope – but this time around, production is by Buckwild, who gives the whole thing a nicely deep, dark, moody sort of vibe – maybe a bit more sinister than the Rasheed from before, all tuned with the right sort ... read more CD

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Royce Da 5'9Allegory ... CD
E One, 2020. New Copy ... $13.99
Royce Da 5'9 hitting what we think will go down as a later career creative high point – creeping up on 20 years since his debut solo album and more than 2 decades since the first Bad Meets Evil single! Royce's reputation as one of the stronger MCs of his generation rings true on Allegory for ... read more CD

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Run The JewelsRTJ4 ... CD
Mass Appeal, 2020. New Copy ... $13.99 14.99
RTJ come on with the force of a hurricane on the very first track – and don't let up throughout the course of this completely sharp 4th LP – a record that may owe plenty to the spirit of 2020, even if just as an antidote to what ails us! EL P and Killer Mike sound more urgent than ever ... read more CD

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Sa-RocSharecropper's Daughter ... CD
Rhymesayers, 2020. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
A smoking Rhymesayers debut from Sa-Roc – one of the most inventive female MCs of the past decade, and an artist who just continues to explode with fresh energy on each new release! The album's mostly produced by Sol Messiah – Sa-Roc's longtime musical partner, and a talent who really ... read more CD
(Nice package – gold-laminated sleeve, and 16 page booklet!)
Also available Sharecropper's Daughter (with download) ... LP 22.99

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Sen MorimotoSen Morimoto ... CD
Sooper, 2020. New Copy ... $12.99
A fantastic second album from Chicago's Sen Morimoto – and, like the first, a set that really moves beyond simple definition! Sen's got years of experience in jazz and rock – and those elements come into play with his hip hop production, in ways that make for a real genre-crossing ... read more CD
Also available Sen Morimoto (mystery colored vinyl pressing – with download) ... LP 24.99

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Slum Village & Abstract OrchestraFantastic 2020 (2CD set) ... CD
Ne'Astra, 2020. New Copy ... $13.99 16.98
Slum Village teams up with the hip hop-reared jazz funk collective Abstract Orchestra for this worthy revisit/live band rework of the legendary Fantastic Vol 2 – a soulful Detroit hip hop classic and a vital piece of the late great J Dilla's legacy! A few cuts have prominent vocals, others ... read more CD
Also available Fantastic 2020 Vol 1 (blue vinyl pressing) ... LP 19.99

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Sly5thAveInvisible Man – An Orchestral Tribute To Dr Dre ... CD
Tru Thoughts (UK), 2017. New Copy ... $9.99 11.99
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 more CD

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Sly5thAveWhat It Is ... CD
Tru Thoughts (UK), 2020. New Copy ... $12.99
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 more CD

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StetsasonicOn Fire (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Tommy Boy/Traffic, 1986. New Copy ... $7.99 16.98
A classic from Stetsasonic – who truly were On Fire in their prime! It seemed like Stet were the group that could do it all in the early days, with live instrumentation, beat boxing, and Prince Paul on the 1's and 2's. This LP's a classic of bygone days, will we ever feel this vibe again? ... read more CD

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Sugarhill Gang8th Wonder ... CD
Sugar Hill/DBK Works, 1981. New Copy ... $7.99 17.98
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 more CD

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Sulu & ExcelsiorAntimatter Suite ... CD
Sulu & Excelsior, 2019. New Copy ... $4.99
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 more CD

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Tribe Called QuestHits, Rarities & Remixes ... CD
Jive, Late 80s/1990s. New Copy ... $4.99 5.99
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 more CD
Also available Hits, Rarities & Remixes ... LP 27.99

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Twilite ToneClearing ... CD
Stones Throw, 2020. New Copy ... $9.99
A really great Stones Throw debut from Twilite Tone – a Chicago beatmaker who's been one of our local heroes for years, and who finally gets the wider exposure he's deserved for way too long! Tone's done some big name work for Common, Kanye, and others – but here, he's very much at ... read more CD
Also available Clearing ... LP 16.99

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Yancey BoysSunset Blvd (with bonus instrumentals) ... CD
Delicious Vinyl, 2013. New Copy 2 CDs ... $7.99 17.98
The full length debut of the Yancey Boys – Frank Nitt & Illa J – the former of the venerable duo Frank N Dank, the latter J Dilla's rhyme centric younger brother – who come together with the dual purpose of keeping J Dilla's production pedigree alive, and to simply deliver ... read more CD

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VariousDJ Spinna Vs P&P Records ... CD
P&P/Traffic, Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy ... $6.99 15.98
DJ Spinna takes on P&P Records – and the results are sublime! Spinna's one of the most soulful talents to ever hit the decks – an artist we can always rely on for his crucial ear for older sounds – a really unique sense of taste that always has Spinna picking some of the best ... (Funky Compilations, Hip Hop) read more CD

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VariousEccentric Breaks & Beats ... CD
Numero, 1960s/1970s. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
Sample funk spun from records rescued by The Numero Group – edited by white label production crew Shoes without Numero's consent – which was then seized by Numero at the pressing plant, they bootlegged the bootleg, and release it here legitimately as Eccentric Breaks & Beats! The ... (Funky Compilations, Hip Hop) read more CD

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VariousMan From MoWax – Music From The Motion Picture ... CD
Mo Wax/Universal (UK), 2018. New Copy ... $9.99
A great collection of tracks from the documentary on the man behind Mo Wax Records – Unkle/James Lavelle – an artist in his own right, and a creative force who helped shape the sound of a generation! The package includes not only some key cuts from the Mo Wax catalog, but also tunes ... (New Grooves, Hip Hop) read more CD
 
 



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