An excellent reissue of the Wild Style soundtrack that exactly reproduces the original single LP format! The album's nice and lean, with 12 great tracks – including "Wild Style Theme Rap 1" by Grandmaster Caz & Chris Stein, "Basketball Throwdown" by Cold Crush Bros ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Promo in a stickered sleeve, with an index label.)
Fat Albert Einstein —
2U4U ... LP Hundos Editions, 2018. New Copy ...
A nice little live instrumental tribute to the beats, style and craft of J Dlla by Fat Albert Einstein! It's a testament to the range and reach of the kind of hip hop production styles Dilla pioneered, and to the imaginative ideals and musical skills of Fat Albert Einstein in that FAE doesn't set ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Unpretentiously excellent beatcraft from Chicago's Fess Grandiose – it's NOT all in the name, Fess delivers an instrumentals LP that's great in ways that are understated and easygoing rather than lofty or bombastic – and mesmerizing all the way. Fess is a veteran of the Chicago live ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Largely instrumental craft from Cologne producer Flitz & Suppe! Mirage works well on dual fronts – setting up a laidback, often breezy jazz flavored atmosphere of dreamy keys, piano smoothed out sax and more – but it's got a very compelling beathead and aesthetic, too, with sampled ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Byrds ... LP Street Corner, 2017. Near Mint- ...
Trippy but strangely melodic abstract hip hop instrumentals on Street Corner! Foisey has this great way of mixing scattershot elements with bits melody holding it all together – if the beats are somewhat straightforward there'll some scattershot samples tripping it out just so – if the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Previously unreleased fire from Frank N Dank and producer Jay Dee! Gritty, beat heavy, rumbling genius from Dilla in straight forward, floor-shaking style – the perfect backdrop for the on beat, focused rhymes. Includes vocal and instrumental versions of "Let's Go", "Things Ain' ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Off the first Freddie Foxx LP, produced by Eric B. 12-inch, Vinyl record
(White label promo in an MCA sleeve.)
Freddie Gibbs & Madlib —
Pinata ... LP Madlib Invazion, 2014. Used 2LP ...
Just Sold Out!
Streetwise raps from Freddie Gibbs, backed by inventive production from Madlib – here on one of the best records yet on 'Lib's own Madlib Invazion imprint! If you'll forgive us a little bit of repetition – because we KNOW we've written this before – there's just something extra ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Classic electro from the team of John Rocca and Arthur Baker. "Pop Goes My Love" was one of the catchier groovers from the time – and on the flip, Whiz Kid does some nice scratching on the dub mix! (Soul, Hip Hop)12-inch, Vinyl record
The first and best batch from Son Doobie & Tomahawk Funk – produced by DJ Muggs, DJ Ralph M and T-Ray – mad blunted beats and tight, forceful rhymes – very much in the mode of early Cypress Hill and the prime Soul Assassins sound! Titles include "The Funkiest", ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Neo-classic jazzy hip hop from Funky DL – putting a contemporary spin on a style of hip hop that recalls classics like Tribe Called Quest's Midnight Marauders one hand – rich with jazz breaks and inspiration – but more intimate, straight-forward and skillful rhyme craft on the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of our favorite grooves from the classic years of Sugar Hill Records – a killer cut based around Cheryl Lynn's "To Be Real" – with the original groove slamming nicely on the bottom, as Funky 4 Plus 1 trade lines over the top! The track's filled with classic rhymes from ... read more12-inch, Vinyl record
(Promo in a Sugar Hill sleeve, with a large name in marker. Labels have some pen.)
"That's The Joint" is one of our favorite grooves from the classic years of Sugar Hill Records – a killer cut based around Cheryl Lynn's "To Be Real" – with the original groove slamming nicely on the bottom, as Funky 4 Plus 1 trade lines over the top! The track's ... read more12-inch, Vinyl record
A strong soundtrack album put together by Future! Of course Future doesn't set out to replicate the sound and style of the classic early 70s soundtrack to the original film by Curtis Mayfield, so we can honestly say there's really no reason to cry sacrilege here. It's mostly done in Future's & ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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 moreLP, Vinyl record album
A great club number from the early 80s, and we're not saying that because we love vocoder vocals so much either. Without as bass heavy an approach as Roger or Zapp, but not quite fully electro either, this mid tempo club number pops along nicely in a midtempo groove that'll stick in your head for ... (Soul, Hip Hop)read more12-inch, Vinyl record
With these two off the Liquid Swords LP, the RZA was at the height of his production skills, before the whole orchestra/harpsicord started getting old. With guest vocals by various Wu-members. "4th Chamber" has that manic Killa Bees sound while "Shadowboxin'" is on the more ... read more12-inch, Vinyl record
(Promo in a stickered sleeve.)
Gensu Dean —
Raw ... CD Mello Music Group, 2016. Used ...
Nice joint effort from a couple of diverse figures – Texas producer Gensu Dean and Detroit producer/MC Denmark Vessey! Denmark is on the vocals here and Gensu is on the beats, with just a couple guest appearances, and pretty solid sound throughout! Strong stuff for sure. Includes "The ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Nice one from top notch producer/rhymer duo of Gensu Dean, one of the finer producers on the ever-strong Mello Music Group label, and MC Wise Intelligent of the legendary Poor Righteous Teachers! After the crackling soul beats & keys w/ spoken word intro, this one hits a gritty groove on the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The in-your-face dirty, violent original gangsta rap with Willie Dee, Scarface, Bushwick Bill and Ready Red, now a certified classic. Tracks include "Read These Nikes", "Assassins", "Trigga Happy Nigga", "Mind Of A Lunatic", "Scarface", "Let A ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An early 90s effort from Houston rap pioneers The Geto Boys! This one features Big Mike in the place of recently departed MC Willie D, and while earlier Geto Boys records might've set the expections bar pretty high for this one live up to, it holds up pretty strongly. After all these years, it's ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Ghostface Killah and Adrian Younge team up for this most intriguing artist and producer/composer collaboration – one with a promising concept and they deliver in full – shadowboxing their way to a knockout! On the mic tip, Ghostface is in his comfort zone – spitting lyrics laced ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Cinematic hip hop from the steadily productive, furiously on point rhyme slinger Ghostface Killah – working here with the excellent Toronto jazz funk ensemble Badbadnotgood – and as much as we dug Ghostface's funk band backed efforts of the previous couple years, Sour Soul might be best ... read moreCD
Tracks include "Got Kinda Hi", "Typical American", "Whatcha Got Is Whatcha Gettin", "Ru Down Wit Da Goats", "Cumin In Ya Ear", "Burn The Flag", "Hip Hopola", "Do The Digs Dug", and "TV Cops". LP, Vinyl record album
From the height of the Cold Chillin/Juice Crew glory days. We always considered Grand Daddy IU as dope any of the other first generation Cold Chillin MC's, but somehow this album was slept on, and after Lead Pipe, who knows what happened to him? Biz Markie produced giving this set the feel of ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Nice mellow hip hop from the Cold Chillin glory days produced by Biz Markie using the "I'm Your Puppet" sample. On the remix by Cool V, Biz Markie sings the chorus as only the Biz can sing it. 12-inch, Vinyl record
You can't front on this nice single off his his first solo LP, with the non-LP b-side "Mind Your Business" about Puba's early days with Masters of Ceremony. Beats by Puba, T Ray and the Stimulated Dummies. 12-inch, Vinyl record
The late 80s comeback effort! Flash had gone on to make 2 LPs without the Furious Five earlier in the decade, but this final album finds the original line-up reunited! Flash proves he's still got the skills on the 1's and 2's on "This Is Where You Got It From" and "The Boy Is ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(White label promo. Cover has a promo stamp, cutout notch, hype sticker, and a name in marker. Labels have a name in marker.)
A stellar collection of some of GMF and the Furious Five's best early cuts for Sugarhill, all with the legendary Doug Wimbish, Keith Le Blanc, Skip McDonald rhythm section! As ingrained into the consciousness as "The Message" is now and always will be, it's nice how fresh some of the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout notch with some staining & a small rip in the opening.)
"It's Nasty" features the old-school live in the studio back and forth rhyming style, backed by the classic Doug Wimbish, Keith Leblanc and Skip McDonald Sugar Hill band and spiced up with some nice effects from the Tom Tom Club's "Genius of Love". 12-inch, Vinyl record
(In a Sugar Hill sleeve, with a large name in marker. Labels have some pen.)
Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five —
Message ... LP Sugar Hill, 1982. New Copy (reissue)...
Just Sold Out!
The classic debut album by Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five – one of the pioneering groups in hip hop -history- not that we didn't need to tell you that! With prototypical party jams and the original conscious rap landmark "The Message", all over old school grooves laid ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Soulful and moody Long Island duo hip hop on Stones Throw – Grandmilly on the mic and Shozae on the beats! There's a kind of eerie mood to it, with some really great use of vocal samples throughout, and an approach to the beatcraft that's atmospheric but never too murky – always in ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Grouch steps up his game! As you might expect from the title, Grouch was in no mood to suffer fools at this point, but the record isn't about angry rants, it's more thoughtful and measured in approach than that by far, and he's at his most versatile on the mic on this one. Titles Includes "I'm ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(First ever 2LP pressing – on orange colored vinyl.)
A strong early effort from one of the founders ofBay Area indie hip hop heavies Living Legends! Grouch has a focused, clearly-enunciating approach that's always helped hip standout in a group setting but gives the solo records all the more solid firmament. Largely self-produced, too, with a handful ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(First ever 2LP pressing – on yellow colored vinyl.)
Guilty Simpson & Small Professor —
Highway Robbery ... LP Coalmine, 2013/2016. New Copy (reissue)...
Detroit's Guilty Simpson teams up with Philly producer Small Professor – with appearances by Boldy James, Statik Selektah, AG, Castle & Euclid – plus remixes by DJ Revolution & Zilla Rocca. Production wise, it's got a lotta dense beats and off-kilter, though walloping percussion ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A groundbreaking meeting of musical icons – with veteran jazz greats, a couple of then-young guns, and one of the MCs who helped bring jazz into hip hop in the first place! Jazzmatazz bridges both stylistic and generational boundaries in incredible ways, not only an earnest effort by Guru to ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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 moreCD
A strong EP from Haleek Maul – one of the more distinctive voices in the independent hip hop scene! Born in Brooklyn and educated in Barbados, it doesn't sound to us like Haleek sets out to meld native sounds from those disparate environments so much as it fuels his creativity – going ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Funky breaking madness! Nice 12" single of Herbie's big hit cut with Bill Laswell – which sounds surprisingly better today than it did back in 1983. Lots of nice early electro keyboards – and some nice scratching from Grandmaster D St! (Soul, Hip Hop)12-inch, Vinyl record
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 moreCD
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 moreLP, Vinyl record album
4 tracks off Hi Teknology: "The Sun God" featuring Common & Vinia Mojica in clean and instrumental versions, "Suddenly" with Main Fow of Mood, "Round & Round" in clean and instrumetnal versions with Jonell, and the "Get Back Remix" withTalib Kweli ... read more12-inch, Vinyl record
"Powers That Be" is a real beauty, very similar to the approach Del took on his fine Both Sides Of The Brain LP – all measured, clear rhymes, deceptively simple beat and vocal samples. "Let It Roll" is even better, with a more frenzied and confrontational Souls Of ... read more12-inch, Vinyl record
A set that's maybe a bit different than other Nigerian grooves you might know from the early 80s – as Hycento Junior has a strong influence from American hip hop, and also a bit of reggae as well! Side one of the album feels almost as if it was lifted from the same scene as Grandmaster Flash ... (Global Grooves, Hip Hop)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the first good hip hop soundtracks, and a motherlode of great cuts like "Paid In Full (7 minute Cold Cut remix)" by Eric B & Rakim, "Butcher Shop" by Kool G Rap, "Colors" by Ice T, "Mind Is A Terrible Thing To Waste" by M.C. Shan, and "Go On ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Debut project from Chicago producer Icytwat – and profane as the name, cover and they rhymes are there's a diverse, skillful craft that covers some pretty wide terrain – from the heavy atmospheric hip hip soul of "Clouds" with Kyeoshin, the piano and chimes laced title track ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Hand-numbered limited edition of 500 copies – on "milk white" colored vinyl. Sold out via the distributor...get it while it's gettable!)
Thoughtful rhymes, forcefully delivered by Infinito 2017 on this tight EP! Infinito has the classic school MC quality of delivering his rhymes in such raw, off the cuff, direct vibe that it feels like freestyles, but they lines hit with such pinpoint precision, you just don't know – whether ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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 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
J Dilla —
Dillatronic ... LP Vintage Vibez, Late 80s/1990s/2000s. New Copy 2LP (reissue)...
A killer compilation of rare Dilla instrumentals that hones in on his electronic-influenced side! It's the first time his archives have been mined with this sharp of a focus – but Dilla being the diverse cat that he was, it's STILL got a incredible stylistic sprawl! The beats are head nodding ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Previously released as 3 separate EPs – now available complete 2LP set a much better price!)
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 moreCD
J Dilla at his grittiest, most rugged & raw – in both the production and rhyme realm – 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 moreLP, Vinyl record album
J Dilla —
Shining ... LP BBE (UK), 2006. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ...
Just Sold Out!
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 moreLP, Vinyl record album