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Hip Hop — In Stock — CDs

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Big LLifestylez Ov Da Poor & Dangerous ... CD
Columbia, 1995. New Copy ... $5.99 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
Also available Lifestylez Of Da Poor & Dangerous ... LP 69.99

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Black JuniorsBlack Juniors ... CD
RGE/Discobertas (Brazil), 1984. New Copy ... $17.99
A real obscurity from the Brazilian scene of the 80s – an album by a group who must have been one of the first hip hop acts to cut a record down there – working in a tight mix of old school styles and electro funk modes! There's more of a street soul approach overall – as ... (Brazil, Hip Hop) read more CD

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CybotronEnter Cybotron (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Fantasy/Decision, 1983. New Copy ... $6.99 7.99
A mindblowing debut from Cybotron – one of the most unusual groups to ever hail from Detroit – and that's saying a hell of a lot, given the musical legacy of the city! Cybotron have a sound that's starkly electronic, and a huge influence on later electro, hip hop, techno, and house ... (Soul, Hip Hop) read more CD

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Dumi RightDoing It The Right Way ... CD
PH, 2018. New Copy ... $12.99
A solo shot from Dumi Right of African hip hop pioneers Zimbabwe Legit – neo-classic rap from a pivotal figure – doing right by the legacy of his groundbreaking blueprint era work! The rhyme style and production aesthetic is true thi Dumi's roots in the early 90s era, but are anything ... read more CD

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Edo G, DJ Premier & Pete RockEdo G Presents – DJ Premier Vs Pete Rock EP ... CD
Redefinition, 2000s/2018. New Copy ... $9.99 10.98
A 4 song/8 track testament to the longevity and timeless craft of 3 hip hop legends – MC Edo G and masterful producers DJ Premier & Pete Rock! It's a great little round up of old school style rap singles, pairing vocal versions with instrumentals, sequenced for the CD just as they'd be ... read more CD
Also available Edo G Presents – DJ Premier Vs Pete Rock (4 X 7 inch set) ... 7-inch 36.99

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Epik 1Epik 1.0 ... CD
Underpaid Productions, 2017. New Copy ... $6.99
Independent Chicago hip hop from emcee Epik 1 – a born & bred Chicagoan with roots in the city's late 90s freestyle and open mic scene, and a genuine love and appreciation for block rocking hip hop history for the old school to today. Produced by Illpee with no nonsense, headnodding ... read more CD

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GutsStop The Violence ... CD
Heavenly Sweetness (Netherlands), 2017. New Copy ... $16.99
Maybe the best work so far from one of the hippest beatmaking collectives on the European scene – on a record that definitely has some of the righteous power you'd guess from the title! As before, the approach is rooted in hip hop, but also has a lot more going on too – lots of musical ... (New Grooves, Hip Hop) read more CD

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HerbaliserBring Out The Sound ... CD
BBE (UK), 2018. New Copy ... $16.99 19.99
It'd been a few years since we heard the head nodding hip hop funk sound of The Herbaliser, but their back in full force! The cover a lot of stylistic terrain here, from the neo-classic boombap with scratches and cinematic samples of the opener, to the noirish hip hop soul of the standout "Seiz ... (New Grooves, Hip Hop) read more CD
Also available Bring Out The Sound ... LP 24.99

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J DillaRuff Draft – Dilla's Mix (with bonus instrumentals CD) ... CD
Pay Jay, Early 2000s. New Copy 2CD (reissue)... $12.99 14.98
J Dilla at his grittiest, most rugged & raw – in both the production and rhyme realms – with all beats and rhymes by the Dilla himself! This set originally opened our ears to a different side of Dilla, a harder hitting aesthetic, with beats and grooves from out of leftfield that ... read more CD

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Jean Grae & Quelle ChrisEverything's Fine ... CD
Mello Music Group, 2018. New Copy ... $11.99 12.98
Everything's more than fine on this record – it's one of the finest, most focused projects we've heard from Jean & Quelle – and it's as mesmerizing on the production side as it is dexterous in the rhyme department! The overriding theme is keeping things on an even keel in these ... read more CD

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Kanye WestYe ... CD
Def Jam, 2018. New Copy ... $8.99
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 more CD
Also available Ye ... LP 14.99

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Kendrick LamarDAMN. (collectors edition) ... CD
Aftermath/Interscope, 2017. New Copy ... $14.99 15.98
DAMN!, indeed – Kendrick has yet to take even a small step down from the creative peak he's been riding for years – and takes another daring step forward with this strong, strident, no-mess-taking classic in the making! The surprise-announced DAMN! finds him taking on timely concerns ... read more CD
(Hand-numbered limited edition collectors edition – with the tracks in reverse order!)

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Kids See GhostsKids See Ghosts ... CD
Def Jam, 2018. New Copy ... $8.99
Kanye West's & Kid Cudi's joint debut as Kids See Ghosts! Each looks inward and tackles existential personal issues on the lyrical front, with kind of a spacey melancholy vibe to the production, and with interesting crop synths and fuzz steeped production and some interesting samples in the mix ... read more CD

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KieferHappysad ... CD
Stones Throw, 2018. New Copy ... $12.99 13.99
An impressive blend of jazz and hazy hip hop beatcraft from Kiefer – his best yet! We dug Kiefer's earlier Kickinit Alone a lot, too, but Happysad feels like a next level effort. Jazz piano really stands out as the leading light in the sound here – it's the real thing, too – ... read more CD
Also available Happysad ... LP 18.99

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Kendrick Lamar & OthersBlack Panther ... CD
Interscope, 2018. New Copy ... $14.99 15.98
A modern classic hip hop soundtrack to Black Panther that should make T'Challa proud! It was pretty clear early on that Black Panther might be one of the greatest modern super hero movies – and an important one for the political and cultural climate of the late teens – so the pressure ... read more CD
Also available Black Panther (180 gram pressing) ... LP 26.99

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Lyrics BornLater That Day (15th Anniversary version – with bonus tracks) ... CD
Quannum/Real People, 2003. New Copy ... $14.99 15.98
Lyrics Born of Latyrx fame drops a burning full length solo joint – and if we didn't recognize it as in instant classic on the early 00s it's earned that designation over time! This is pretty much entirely produced, arranged, programmed and written by LB, so if you know the style, you know ... read more CD
(Remastered 15th Anniversary deluxe edition with bonus tracks!)

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Lyrics BornQuite A Life ... CD
Real People, 2018. New Copy ... $14.99 15.98
A milestone effort from Bay Area veteran Lyrics Born – who has been delivering rock solid funky soul-steeped hip hop solo, with his Latyrx duo, and as a producer for well over 20 years by this point – and still delivering the goods after all these years! He's been leaning more on gritty ... read more CD
Also available Quite A Life (with download) ... LP 26.99

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Madlib & OthersMadlib's Medicine Show No 3 – Beat Konducta In Africa ... CD
Madlib Invazion, 2010. New Copy ... $13.99 15.98
Raw crackling hip hop funk beatcraft at its deepest from mighty Madlib – working in his Beat Konducta style for this third entry in the epic Madlib's Medicine Show Series! Beat Konducta In Africa is a hazy hip hop instrumental set from 'Lib (lest you thought it might be a funky compilation ... read more CD

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Madvillain (Madlib & MF Doom)Madvillainy ... CD
Stones Throw, 2004. New Copy ... $8.99 9.98
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 more CD
Also available Madvillainy ... LP 21.99

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MC BreedMC Breed & DFC (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Snow Dog/Warlock, 1991. New Copy ... $12.99
MC Breed's debut, featuring the DFC crew – and one of the earlier records to put Michigan on the national hip hop map! Breed was the first independent MCs to come from anywhere beside the coasts and make a real impact, and more or less paved the way for groups like those in the Suave House or ... read more CD
Also available MC Breed & DFC ... LP 18.99

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MF DoomSpecial Herbs Vol 1 & 2 (Instrumentals) ... CD
Metal Face/Nature Sounds, 2000s. New Copy ... $11.99 12.98
The first two volumes from Doom's spice rack of beats! These ingredients stretch way back, all the way to the KMD days, plus other beats, samples, and instrumental stew from the Operation: Doomsday LP, King Ghidora, and less familiar efforts. Beats by Metal Fingers, Spinna, Subroc, Cucumber ... read more CD

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NERDNO_ONE EVER REALLY DIES ... CD
I Am Other/Columbia, 2017. New Copy ... $11.99
The Neptunes & co.'s ever-evolving hip hop/electro pop creative outlet NERD is back with their best in years! NERD not only never ever really dies, they're also never ever to be dismissed as an occasional throwaway side project, and they never put out the same record twice. This one finds ... read more CD
Also available NO_ONE EVER REALLY DIES ... CD 4.99

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Prefuse 73Sacrifices ... CD
Lex, 2018. New Copy ... $11.99 12.98
Prefuse 73 doing his distinctive thing – mood-setting, hypnotic beats that roll from raw and deconstructionist to big and boisterous – with plenty off off-kilter melodic touches between! The range from stripped down and mellow to dense and rollicking is impressive as always, and his way ... read more CD
Also available Sacrifices ... LP 20.99

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✨✧ Sidewalk ChalkShoulder Season (CD & DVD) ... CD
Ropeadope, 2018. New Copy CD & DVD ... $10.99 16.99
Really great work from this up-and-coming combo – a group who seems like they can spin together neo soul and hip hop better than most of the rest – and who also make great use of some live jazzy instrumentation as well! The set compiles live performances done around the midwest in ... (Neo Soul, Hip Hop) read more CD

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Skinny BoysWeightless ... CD
Warlock/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1986. New Copy ... $18.99
The Skinny Boys may be weightless, but they've got a nicely heavy sound that often comes as much from their own human beat box work as it does from sampled beats and other instrumentation! The album's an early set on Warlock, and it's got that raw, straight from the streets vibe that made the ... read more CD
(Part of the Golden Age Hip Hop Masterpiece series!)

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Slum VillageFantastic Collection (4CD set) ... CD
Ne'Astra, 2000. New Copy 4CD ... $16.99 19.98
Slum Village's legendary Jay Dee-produced Fantastic Vols I & II, with instrumentals, bonus songs, in a nicely-priced 4CD set! Vol I was at one time one of the most sought-after hip hop albums of the era – with some of the most rugged-and-raw Jay Dee production on record! Honestly, we're ... read more CD

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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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South Central CartelSouth Central Madness (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Pump/Snow Dog, 1991. New Copy ... $12.99
The first album by South Central Cartel – and funky, rugged, rawm profane snapshot early 90s independent west coast gangsta! NWA might've busted open the floodgates, but SCC was among the earlier crews to set sail on the massive gangsta rap wave to follow – and while they never burst ... read more CD
Also available South Central Madness ... LP 18.99

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Sparky DThis Is Sparky D's World (with bonus tracks) ... CD
B-Boy/Octave (Japan), 1988. New Copy ... $18.99
Maybe not the first full length album by a female MC, but a really well-remembered set from the early days – and one that hardly tries to go for any crossover modes at all! Instead, Sparky-D really keeps it live and close to the streets – beginning the set with an acapella track that ... read more CD
(Part of the Golden Age Hip Hop Masterpiece series!)

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StezoCrazy Noise (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Fresh/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1989. New Copy ... $18.99
Crazy noise, and a crazy great album from Stezo – really the one and only set that the man ever gave us – but a gem that really represents that great shift in hip hop lyricism in the generation of Rakim, EPMD, and Audio two! The production is wonderful – full of raw samples, but ... read more CD
(Part of the Golden Age Hip Hop Masterpiece series!)

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T La RockLyrical King (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Octave (Japan), 1987. New Copy ... $18.99
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 more CD
(Part of the Golden Age Hip Hop Masterpiece series!)

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Tuff CrewDanger Zone (with bonus track) ... CD
Octave (Japan), 1988. New Copy ... $18.99
Beat-heavy work from the Tuff Crew – a group who definitely live up to their name on the bottom end! Much of the work here is very drum machine-heavy – in a style that was maybe used more widely a few years before in hip hop, but which still gives this album by the group a nice sense ... read more CD
(Part of the Golden Age Hip Hop Masterpiece series!)

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Tuff CrewPhanjam (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Soo Deff/Octave (Japan), 1987. New Copy ... $18.99
An underground Philly hip hop classic – and a set that's got the same raw edge as the best early work by Schooly D! The Tuff Crew work here with the Krown Rulers – in the kind of record that almost feels like the kind of late nite, party-heavy vibe that made east coast hip hop radio so ... read more CD
(Part of the Golden Age Hip Hop Masterpiece series!)

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TyWork Of Heart ... CD
Jazz Refreshed (UK), 2018. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
Nice one from Brit hip hop mainstay Ty – living up to the title with personal lyricism from the heart, but soulful a broader, universal sense too – with appearances by John Robinson, Deborah Jordan, N'fa Jones, Julie Dexter, Umar Bin Hassan and more! Ty is hands on with the production ... read more CD
Also available Work Of Heart ... LP 26.99

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VariousBoombox 3 – Early Independent Hip Hop, Electro, & Disco Rap – 1979 to 1983 ... CD
Soul Jazz (UK), Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy 2CD ... $18.99 22.99
A mighty tribute to the days before iPods and headphones – when the only option for portable music was the boombox – a sonic powerhouse that ruled the streets and the subways, and seemed to create an instant party whenever it arrived! The tracks here are underground gems from back in ... (Funky Compilations, Hip Hop) read more CD
Also available Boombox 3 – Early Independent Hip Hop, Electro, & Disco Rap – 1979 to 1983 (3LP set) ... LP 29.99

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VariousI Am A Vocoder ... CD
Neon Finger, 2018. New Copy ... $14.99 15.98
To folks back in the 80s, the vocoder seemed like the sound of the future – and all these many years later, it turns out it's still the sound of the present – thanks to a range of younger artists who've helped breathe new life into the old electro stalwart! The tracks here are totally ... (Neo Soul, Hip Hop) read more CD
 
 



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