Monsta Island Czars —
Come Up ... LP Dope Folks, Late 90s. New Copy ...
Seven unreleased tracks from the Monsta Island Czars collective – material that's got a really strong sense of urgency, and which adds plenty to their too-small catalog! The MCs vary from track to track, which further deepens the sound – and some of the best moments are the cuts where ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Myka 9 was one of the founding members of LA's fantastic Freestyle Fellowship back in the 90s – and this great short set focuses both on his later material, and offers up a new track as well! The bulk of the set has that intensity that Myka brought to the Fellowship – that moment when ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A great Arthur Baker and John Robie electro remake of Manu Dibango's funky global classic, with The Awesome Foursome! 12-inch, Vinyl record
Illmatic ... LP Columbia/Get On Down, 1994. New Copy (reissue)...
Just Sold Out!
Nas's debut LP masterpiece Illmatic – which will probably stand forever as one of the greatest hip hop full lengths of its time – maybe even for all time. Nas has had some creative ups-and-downs over the years, but nothing can take away the impact of this damn near perfect slice of ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Tracks include "Sometimes", "Gangsta's Watch", "Cocaine Business" feat. Kelis, "Wethuggedout" with Missy Elliott, "First Day Home", "If U Want It", "Half Baked", "Oh No", and more. LP, Vinyl record album
(Clean edited promo in a Penalty sleeve.)
Notorious BIG —
Born Again ... LP Bad Boy, 1999. New Copy 2LP (reissue)...
Just Sold Out!
Tracks include "Dangerous MC's" featuring Snoop Dogg & Busta Rhymes, "I Really Want To Show You" featuring Nas with K-Ci & Jo-Jo, "Rap Phenomenon" featuring Redman & Method Man, "Tonight" featuring Mobb Deep, "Let Me Get Down" featuring ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The last great Notorious BIG single issued in his lifetime! "Hypnotize" gets your head nodding right out of the gate, Puffy & company's production bringing a funky heft to that impeccably sampled bass groove from Herb Alpert's "Rise", Biggie spitting pure charisma all the ... read more12-inch, Vinyl record
Produced, arranged and mixed by Prince Quick Mix & The Undercover Brother. 10 tracks in all, with a sort of jeep beat East coast feel, all pretty short, which we guess is why the cover says "hip hop elements". Titles include "Da Bridge Beats", "Rocket Neats", ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A stone classic from the west coast scene – and a record that just seems to get better and better over the years! What sounded like a disappointing, and way too calculatedly provocative follow-up to Straight Outta Compton back in 1991 now sounds to us like the peak of Dr. Dre's career as a ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Benchmark west coast gangsta – and one of the hardest hitting albums of the era in any genre! We're not gonna lie, we played this record to death when it came out – and it still holds up better than most of the material put out by former NWA's, and most of the West Coast sound-alikes ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Nice early Ruthless compilation, issued on Macola in '87, and a year later on Priority with a slightly altered tracklist – featuring NWA and other affilated members of the Ruthless stable at the time – with tracks by NWA, solo Eazy-E and Fila Fresh Crew featuring DOC! A genuine ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
People Under The Stairs —
OST ... LP Om Records, 2002. Near Mint- 2LP Gatefold ...
Just Sold Out!
A stone classic from People Under The Stairs – a record that not only stands as some of their strongest work on wax, but which undeniably helped a lot of the west coast find a way forward after too many years stuck in the shadow of thuggish posturing! The set bristles with the kind of ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Recent remaster in a gatefold cover, includes the printed inner sleeves. Cover has a bumped corner.)
A backward step from the second 80 Blocks From Tiffany's project – one that shows just how strong Pete Rock remains as a producer over the years – and how great the rock-solid rhythms of his work can be, even without any vocals! Pete first helped set the tone for a generation 25 years ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Long-awaited instrumentals version of the 2016 team-up LP with Smoke DZA! Where the original LP is still stands strong as a showcase for DZA guests as varied as Dave East, Rick Ross, Cam'Ron & Nymlo, BJ The Chicago Kid, Jadakiss & Styles P, Wale, Mac Miller, Big KRIT & more, the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Pete Rock returns with his inimitable soul beat style – from hard funk, to solid soul, to some airier, jazzy bits – all with the personal touch of not only one of NY's Finest , but one of best hip hop beatmakers who ever lived! Soul Brother #1 has been flying the flag for a true school ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Killer funky work from Pete Rock – a set that's still rooted in the hip hop traditions he helped form over the past few decades, but which also has a strong degree of instrumental funk as well! Pete did the set with the Soul Brothers quartet – a great group with riffing guitars, funky ... read moreCD
The fantastic solo debut of Pharoahe Monch – served up after a few years of guest appearances that were really raising our ears to his mighty talents! The Pharoahe returns the favor here – inviting in guest versions from Common, Talib Kweli, Canibus, Apani B Fly, Busta Rhymes, MOP, and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(20th Anniversary limited edition red & orange swirled vinyl pressing!)
A mix of styles served up nicely in support of the final season of the series Suburra – with just the right blend to match the crime narrative of the story! Some cuts are instrumental and more familiar soundtrack styles – others offer up contemporary Italian soul and hip hop modes ... (Soundtracks, Hip Hop)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The sound of future past from The Greatest Beats series! An early Arthur Baker electro classic for you to pop and lock to your heart's content to, plus a Lil Jon remix featuring R&B vocals by Lathun. 12-inch, Vinyl record
(Promo in a stickered sleeve with some wear and staining.)
A big step forward for Psalm One – possibly the best female MC in Chicago – featuring some of best production we've heard by a number Chi hip hop figures – all of which is to say her sophomore album and debut for Rhymesayers is a damn fine effort all around! We were impressed by ... read moreCD
Laidback beats with plenty of boom – just the right sort of mellow setting to allow the rhymes to flow in the best way possible – core lyrics from Emcee Sick, with contributions from Cudtry Cadillac, Dheema, and Jon Blazini! There's a nicely jazzy current – almost in an early 90s ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
PE's third LP, and their last with full on Bomb Squad production. With classics like "Fight The Power", "Burn Hollywood Burn", "Welcome To The Terrordome", "Power To The People", "911 Is A Joke" and the title track. CD
Public Enemy at the height of their power – all the best cuts from their early years on Def Jam Records – from a time when they were really helping expand the scope and political power of hip hop! The group were essential in taking the music from the parties in the streets to the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(First time on vinyl in the US – indie exclusive!)
Public Enemy gave us plenty of knowledge and power back in the day – and we maybe need their message more than ever in 2020 – a year that marks their return to their original home at Def Jam! The group have help from plenty of guests here – maybe more so than they would have had ... read moreCD
Public Enemy gave us plenty of knowledge and power back in the day – and we maybe need their message more than ever in 2020 – a year that marks their return to their original home at Def Jam! The group have help from plenty of guests here – maybe more so than they would have had ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Lord Quas returns for another batch of booming, mad-blunted hip hop – an even more sprawling, surreal ride than the Unseen LP! Quasimoto was and still is Madlib's outlet for his most cartoonishly blunted, eccentric tendencies – and he really lets 'em fly on this set! The Unseen LP had ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Some of the earliest work ever recorded by Ras Kass – as you might guess from the title – well-restored demo tracks that have a really strong underground vibe – everything you'd love in the MC, but with an even sharper Cali style! Voodu and Bird handled production on most tracks, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The debut of Ras Kass – kind of a watershed mark of the intellectual/complicated rhyme style for the mid 90s era, if you will – finding the west coast MC bursting out of the starting gates with some his best ever work! Includes all of the early singles and some classic level deeper ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Featuring "C-Beam Dreams" by Roc Marciano, "Providing This Vibe" by Flee Lord, "Backtrack" by Eto, "Tell Me" by Maxo and Pink Siifu, and "Better Run" by Masta Ace, Kool Keith, AG, and Sadat X! LP, Vinyl record album
Redman, where hath thee been? One of the most reliable and unique voices of 90s hip hop finally drops a long delayed second official record in the 00s – after getting killed by Chucky in one of those killer doll movies and a failed sitcom – thankfully picking up his day job right where ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the insert. Cover has marker through the barcode.)
Who is this man, yoy might ask? It's John Robinson, a stellar MC with a busy, thoughtful and dexterous mic flow – who's had this tight album finished since 2004, and it's only now seeing the light of day in the US! It may have languished due to the usual politics of the business, but in ... read moreCD
The solo debut of Roc Marciano, and a record that more than shows the MC can stand on his own – serving up edgy rhymes over beats that show a strong NYC tradition – often spare and lean in construction, but with compelling core elements that continue that tradition started by Wu-Tang so ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(10th Anniversary edition – done as a very cool double pic disc pressing!)
A French group, fronted by an MC from Chicago – working here in a style that's every bit as striking as the cover! The core sounds blend together older Afro Funk elements with jazz – in a groove that's nice and lean, and which provides a really unique setting for the rhymes of Days ... (Global Grooves, Hip Hop)read moreCD
Roforofo Jazz —
Fire Eater ... LP Office Home (France), 2021. New Copy ...
A French group, fronted by an MC from Chicago – working here in a style that's every bit as striking as the cover! The core sounds blend together older Afro Funk elements with jazz – in a groove that's nice and lean, and which provides a really unique setting for the rhymes of Days ... (Global Grooves, Hip Hop)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The classic critical breakthrough from The Roots – the one that really cemented their legacy as one great hip hop live bands ever, and help paving the way for many fascinating records to come! Do You Want More is a modern hip hop essential, chainging the way we looked at hip hop, and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A landmark effort from the Legendary Roots Crew – one that a lot of folks hail as their greatest album – given the lavish deluxe edition it richly deserves! Laced with jazzy soul backdrops and lyrics that are both personally and culturally reflective – and it's also the best ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Deluxe 3LP pressing – comes in great box sleeve with foldout inner sleeves and booklet!)
Run-DMC's great second album, with rock hard production by Russell Simmons and classic cuts! It's fascinating to listen to this album all these years later, with the knowledge that this hungry hip hop act from Queens was so soon to conquer the world. Great stuff from a legendary crew! This is ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing. Cover has a cut corner, staining on the spine, and light wear.)
The massive third album from Run DMC – made at the top of their game – a pivotal effort that brought them to peak popularity and helped break hip hop in a huge way in the pop culture landscape! Part of the album's strength is its guitar-heavy sound on some of the grooves – ... read moreCD
The classic self-titled debut LP from Run-DMC – one that not only changed hip hop, but much of modern pop and rock forever! There's little we can add to the canon for this record, but the way Run-DMC ushered in a new era in contemporary urban culture, a harder hitting style of rap that ... read moreCD