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 moreCD
A timeless, crackling soul and west coast funk-inspired hip hop instrumentals set from Melting Pot Music supergroup Betty Ford Boys – the triple threat production trio of Suff Daddy, Dexter and Brenk Sinatra! Each one manages to serve up what we've dug to date from their earlier, separate ... read moreCD
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 moreCD
Rapper Big Pooh drops another tight underground set – sharp, rugged and raw, with production by past, present, and future collaborators Khrysis & 9th Wonder, plus Jake One, Ill Mind, Dae One, Young RJ, Phonix, Mickey Free and others. Guests include Torae, Ab Soul, Jozeemo, Chaundon, Joe ... read moreCD
A solid, relatively underappreciated effort from Bishop Nehru and MF Doom – one we appreciate even more with bit of time on its side! Doom is more or less focused on the production side on this one while the former handles the majority of the rhymes – and having arrived at a time when ... read moreCD
Biz's second LP from 1989 – what can we tell you about the Biz that you don't already know? As far as we're concerned there's a lot of MC's that could learn a lesson or two from the Biz, and producers too. Good time middle school hip hop, with nice sample based production and a great sense ... read moreCD
BJ The Chicago Kid —
1123 ... CD Motown, 2019. New Copy ...
BJ The Chicago Kid's second full length for Motown! BJ has a way of recalling classic Chicago soul in the earnest, emotional realness of his lyricism and relatively mellow style, which is a nicely grounding anchor given the modern overall aesthetic. It's a contemporary sound with a timeless soul ... (Neo Soul, Hip Hop)read moreCD
Solid hip hop soul by BJ The Chicago Kid – featuring support from a star-studded guest roster that includes Chance The Rapper, Kendrick Lamar, Big Krit and more! It's fitting that BJ should get a high profile headlining effort of his own – on Motown, of all labels – after years of ... (Neo Soul, Hip Hop)read moreCD
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 moreCD
Black Milk —
DiVE ... CD Mass Appeal, 2019. New Copy ...
Black Milk has been one of the more soul reverent voices and producers in independent hip hop for quite while in the run up to DiVE (billed as an EP, but a generously lengthy one to say the least, with 11 tracks in all) – and really takes a head first dive even further into hip hop soul here! ... read moreCD
An unusual set of work from the ever-changing Luke Vibert – a collaboration with MC BlueRum13 – whose lyrics provide a great mix with Luke's beats and instrumentation on the album! All those crisp, creative elements that we love from older Vibert records are still very much in the mix ... (New Grooves, Hip Hop)read moreCD
One of the best debuts in the history of hip hop – and one of the most important albums the genre ever produced! Criminal Minded is a landmark for a number of reasons. Among the biggest is, of course, that it was recorded with the late great DJ Scott La Rock – and he was soon to fall ... read moreCD
A bit of a rarity for hip hop albums – how many live sets can you name? With 19 live versions of classic KRS tracks, including "Lick A Shot", "Jack Of Spades", "My Philosophy", "Still #1 (freestyle)", "Poetry", "Criminal Minded", ... read moreCD
The classic Scott La Rock tribute album – with BDP classics and remixes – originally issued as a 2LP set that was put together following the South Bronx-repping hip hop pioneer's shooting death. Alternate versions, remixes and BDP medley's from their most classic late 80s period. 15 ... read moreCD
Cypress Hill's debut masterpiece – one of the biggest and best first albums in 90s hip hop! There's little we can add to the canon when it comes to describing this album's impact, but it's still pretty revelatory. Like other west coast rap heavies of the time, Cypress Hill documents real ... read moreCD
Wu Tang veteran Inspectah Deck and Boston hip hop heavies 7L & Esoteric return with thier comic book hero scale supergroup – a half decade after starting out at what you might've thought was a mere side project – delivering sharp work that in a just world would bring them Run The ... read moreCD
A thematic rap triumph from the hip hop superhero team of Czarface – already a veritable supergroup featuring Boston underground veterans 7L & Esoteric with the Wu Tang's Inspectah Deck – bringing in Wu MVP Ghostface Killah for the unsurprisingly massive Czarface Meets Ghostface! ... read moreCD
Czarface (Inspectah Deck + 7L & Esoteric) —
Czarface ... CD Brick/Fly Casual, 2013. Used ...
Tight hip hop from the superhero team of Inspectah Deck with 7L & Esoteric – mostly produced by 7L, with a most welcome guest producer in the legendary DJ Premier – and it's a strong statement from the underappreciated Wu Tang gamer and the ever-creative DJ 7L! On the production ... read moreCD
All hits and almost no misses – starting with "Oooh", easily the best single of the '00, featuring some nice quotes from classic hip hop tracks ranging from the Funky 4 + 1 to Mos Def, and some of Redman's best verses in a while. De La Soul basically started the whole skits-between- ... read moreCD
The first post-Tommy Boy De La Soul album – and it's a winner! We've been on board with De La throughout their long career – anyone with open ears must know that even their spottiest records (and this is NOT one of those) feature at least a handful of treasure tracks. Grind Date is ... read moreCD
(Out of print, promotional release with rear tray card.)
Trip ... CD Melting Pot (Germany), 2013. Used ...
Funky hip hop beatcraft laced with far out psychedelic samples from German producer Dexter – and it's a trip, alright – a far out funky one at that! Dexter lays down a thick layer of hypnotic beats underneath a sprawling batch of sampled sounds from the psychedelic area and beyond, but ... read moreCD
Volumes 3 & 4 in the Hi Hat Club series of Melting Pot hip hop instrumentals – the profoundly jazz centered Jazz Files set from Dexter and the Chop Shop from Brenk X Fid Mella – on a single CD! The artist at the center of the first 18 tracks on the CD is German producer & MC ... read moreCD
This is really some different sh*t. Divine Styler takes abstract to the next level, about as out as you can get and still be hip hop, if this is hip hop – playing a ton of instruments himself, and backed by a live band for the most part, singing and delivering spoken word as often as he's ... read moreCD
A nice compilation of hard-hitting hip hop from the Queens-based Hydra Entertainment roster – with Mobb Deep, Screwball, DJ Fusion, Godfather Don, E-Boogie, Dennis Kellman, Big Meal, Ghetto Professionals, The Unsociables, Nick Wiz and more! It's a very strong selection of some greatest Hydra ... read moreCD
A nice, moody hip hop/funk album from one of the deepest talents on the Stones Throw roster! Dudley came to underground hip hop fame as Declaime, but really stepped forward as a durable, innovative artist with the Dudley Perkins singles that have dropped thus far – and A Lil Light soundly ... read moreCD
Soulful hip hop from Cali's Fashawn – the storytelling sense, and in the way the tunes hit you deeply where it counts – with appearances by Blu, Exile, Aloe Blacc & others. Exile produced, and he did so excellent, with resonantly soulful and sometimes jazzy sounds, with surprising ... read moreCD
Flying Lotus wastes little time seizing the senses on Cosmogramma – bursting with thick, bubbling wave of electronics that float off just as quickly and make room for hypnic harp and buzzing eastern string sounds – and gets more adventurous and unrelenting from there! We've been on ... (New Grooves, Hip Hop)read moreCD
An early crossover classic from Tommy Boy – and one of the first albums to mix together hip hop and mainstream R&B! As you can guess from the cover, there's more of the latter going on than the former – as Force MDs were really more of a sweeter soul group than a crew from the ... (Soul, Hip Hop)read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Freddie Gibbs & Madlib —
Bandana ... CD RCA, 2019. New Copy ...
Just Sold Out!
Maybe the best Madlib-produced LP since the highest peaks of the prime Stones Throw era, and Freddie Gibbs is on fire throughout! Each one does what he does best here and ups the ante. 'Lib is focused on crackling soul beats and hazy funk – masterfully utilizing vintage and contemporary ... read moreCD
Freddie Gibbs & Madlib —
Pinata ... CD Madlib Invazion, 2014. New Copy ...
Just Sold Out!
Smart , streetwise raps from Freddie Gibbs, backed by restlessly 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 ... read moreCD
A nearly LP length comeback EP from Freestyle Professors – with beats by Show, Branesparker & Backtrack – and a classic era approach! Vintage is a perfect title – the sound and the rhyme style are straight up golden age, if newly produced. It's not a straight up ... read moreCD
Featuring freestyles from Notorious BIG, Xzibit, Jay Z, Foxy Brown, Lady Saw, Akinyele, Boot Camp Click, Lost Boyz, DAS EFX, Cormega, all worked into a mix of 1997 hip hop hits and a few old school cuts, including "How About Some Hardcore", "Hip Hop Hooray", "Uptown ... read moreCD
A new Gang Starr album nearly a decade after the Guru passed away, and a surprisingly strong one - One Of The Best Yet might not come really come close to genre redefining classics like Step In The Arena or Daily Operation, but it when it comes to careful assembled posthumous projects, this one ... read moreCD
A later effort from the one-and-only Grandmaster Flash, without the Furious Five, though Kid Creole and Rahiem are still on board. Despite the record's late appearance in the chronology, there are some moments in which Grandmaster lights it up – at a time in which old school party rocking ... read moreCD
Legendary experimental project featuring artist Jean Michel Basquiat – expanded with remixes by Todd Rundgren, Hank Shocklee, King Britt, Sal P (Liquid Liquid), Deantoni Parks, Tewz, Free The Robots, and The Gaslamp Killer – plus appearances by Amir Yaghmai and Kool Keith! (Rock, Hip Hop)CD
Guru's second foray into the jazz/rap crossover world, with a huge amount of guest stars, and a little bit less of Guru. In parts, it actually seems to work better than the first one. Why? Because there's not as much of a forced effort to bring jazz and rap together in an obvious way, which ... read moreCD
Another solid set from J-Live! The album kicks off with live funk fueled sound, thanks to the backing of Soulive on the first track, but J does a great job of keeping it tight for the rest of the set – much of which was self-produced with fairly timeless feel, with roots in the brainy NYC ... read moreCD
Jeru's first LP, a double vinyl set of great tracks that more than lived up to the "Come Clean" single. Now classic, with great production by DJ Premier, and loads of good stuff like "Come Clean", "You Can't Stop The Prophet", "D. Original", and more. CD
All praise to the mighty J5 – reminding us in the early 00s that hip hop could still be about funky, party rockin' beats and flowing on beat, with witty, intelligent rhymes – and sound as fresh as ever! This album's mostly produced by Cut Chemist, though Nu Mark has a hand in a number ... read moreCD
Sparely funky, yet heavily atmospheric hip hop productions from unsung titan Kankick – made up mostly of late 90s material – and it's right up with some of our favorite leftfield producers of the period! Kankicks was perhaps best known as a Lootpack affiliate around this time, and sure ... read moreCD
(Still sealed with obi!)
Kanye West —
Ye ... CD Def Jam, 2018. Used ...
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 moreCD
Kiefer bringing the funky hip hop instrumentals and keyboard jazz realms together as brilliantly as ever! What stands out so strongly here as how well it works as both hip hop and jazz – with thick bass-lined headnodding beatcraft, to standout piano and analog synth solos, he shows a deft ... read moreCD
1988 ... CD Stones Throw, 2020. New Copy ...
Just Sold Out!
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 moreCD
Legendary hip hop eccentric and pioneer of multi-personality hip hop Kool Keith teams up with producer Mr Sche! The pairing works out well, thank you very much – with Keith delivering his trademark sci fi and sex obsessed rhymes as tightly as he has in years – and Sche's southern hip ... read moreCD
9 tracks in all, including "Rudy & The Snake", "The Uhh! Song", "What's A Skeezer?", "Just Chillin' (part 1)", "Stop To Start", "Don't Push Me", "She Only Rock & Rolls", "Just Chillin' (part 2)" and "For ... read moreCD
Features Mary J Blige, Grace Jones, & Junior Mafia. Tracks include "Custom Made", "Suck My D**k", "Revolution", "Notorious Kim", "No Matter What They Say", 'Queen B!tch Pt 2", "Don't Mess With Me", "Hold On", and more. CD
The "lost" Lootpack album! In case you're uninitiated, the Pack is Madlib's hip hop crew – featuring 'lib, Wildchild and DJ Romes. Declaime (aka Dudley Perkins), God's Gift, Kazi, Oh No, Medaphoar and other Stones Throw figures drop in. Tracks include "Inner Soul", ... read moreCD
The full length debut of Madlib as the Rock Konducta is a doozy – and 'Lib sounds as distinctly mad as ever – utilizing prog and psych samples, along with his usual bottomless reserve of funky building blocks, to craft one of his finest hip hop instrumentals sets in quite a while! The ... read moreCD
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 moreCD
(Still sealed with the Medicine Show obi.)
Madvillain (Madlib & MF Doom) —
Madvillainy ... CD Stones Throw, 2004. New Copy ...
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 moreCD
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 moreCD
The follow up to the classic first LP! Listening to Kurtis Mantronik productions all of these years later is a definite educational experience, given the huge influence the crisp synth sounds had on the future of hip hop – not only as a matter of necessity, given the cost of sample clearance ... read moreCD
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 moreCD
16 tracks of funky French hip hop from MC Solaar, including "Caroline", "La Musique Adoucit Les Moeurs", "Bouge De La", "Funky Dreamer", "Quartier Nord", "Victime De La Mode", "Armand Est Mort", and "A Temps Partiel". ... read moreCD
The epic length collection of the best instrumental beats from the villainous one! Here the one-and-only MF Doom blends his beats into 2 separate 75-minute mega mixes on 2CDs – plus a bonus 3rd disc featuring rare instrumentals from the KMD era! Doom is of course best known for the grin-indu ... read moreCD
(Out of print, and includes bonus third disc with KMD instrumentals! Mark through barcode.)
Bumping beats and lots of electricity from Milez Benjamin – a collaboration between beatmakers Gerd, Delgui, and Colonel Red! The work here has plenty of qualities you'd expect from the lineup – a crackling approach to rhythm that's informed by hip hop, but which is usually a few steps ... (New Grooves, Hip Hop)read moreCD
The Final Adventure of Murs & 9th Wonder as a duo – until the reunion, anyway! (Folks can hope, right?) It's been a pretty solid ride for this partnership – with 9th Wonder's raw, gritty and soulful hip hop serving is a hella strong foil for Murs' creative rhymes and distinctive ... read moreCD
Murs is back – on a new label, but continuing on with 9th Wonder behind the boards! Tracks include "Murs Day", "Murray's Law", "Silly Girl" feat Joe Scudda, "Barbershop" feat Big Pooh, "Yesterday & Today", "Dreamchaser", "LA ... read moreCD
A sequel to Nas's legendary Lost Tapes with beats by a who's who of post-millennium hip hop production heavyweights and versatile rhymes by one of best ever! The original Lost Tapes was a game changer, a raw showcase for his rhymes style at it's core essence that followed a hit and miss creative ... read moreCD
One of our favorite hop hop records from the end of the 80s – a set that sprang onto the scene out of nowhere and instantly won us over! They're not exactly the same, but we'd like to think of Nice & Smooth in the same space as De La Soul and Tribe Called Quest – because, like ... read moreCD
A crisp batch of groovy beats and hip hop soul production prowess from maestro Nicolay – the force behind the stellar Foreign Exchange album! Nicolay brings the breadth of his skills to this set – a largely instrumental experience that runs from heavy and triumphant, to laidback and ... (New Grooves, Hip Hop)read moreCD
The best yet from Nneka – a creative beacon for modern artists balancing political and social lyricism with universally resonant hip hop soul! The Nigeria-born, Germany-based singer bridges genres masterfully, skirting trends and delivering straight up excellent, unique songs. Reggae ... (Neo Soul, Hip Hop)read moreCD
(Digipack has some wear.)
NxWorries (Anderson Paak & Knxwledge) —
Yes Lawd! ... CD Stones Throw, 2016. Used ...
Just Sold Out!
Anderson .Paak and Knxwledge's full length debut as a duo – and the most triumphant Stones Throw record in years! To this (still early) point in young .Paak's career, his voice has already proved to be a prime vessel for natural grit and mood, if not gamechanger songwriting, best paired with ... (Neo Soul, Hip Hop)read moreCD
Oh No once again delivers on the conceptual front – an allstar hip hop project built on Dolemite samples – produced and arranged by Oh No and featuring a stellar guest roster with Erick Sermon, MF Doom, Evidence, Alchemist, Big Pooh, Frank Nitt, Roc C, Guilty Simpson, Jose James, Phife ... read moreCD
A whirling maelstrom of sample-based hip hop funk instros from Oh No – working here as Dr No, thank you very much – and here he's going even deeper with the Dolemite samples-heavy formula of the preceding Ohnomite set! That record is a fresh, creative twist on the time-honored ... read moreCD
Probably the most hyped hip hop album by rock critics of the last decade – but don't hold that against Stankonia, because these ghetto grooves from planet P-Funk were exactly what world needed in 2000! The millenium blowout party jam feel throughout is surely a nice change of pace from all ... read moreCD
The legendary Percee P – who's been a pivotal figure in the hip hop underground since the end of the 80s – on Stones Throw and produced by Madlib for his first ever official LP! P's presence is inimitable as ever, with Madlib providing beats that are as straight up hip hop as anything ... read moreCD
The debut full length from Pete Rock & CL Smooth – and a bonafide hip hop classic if there ever was one – one of the best ever! Pete Rock's trademark mix of heavy soul, jazz & funk beatcraft pretty much set the bar to a level that's been impossible to top ever sense. On top of ... read moreCD
(A great deluxe box set edition of one of the great, game defining hop hop albums of all time!)
The most uncategorizable grooves in the canon of Guillermo Scott Herren – his Rhodes, Wurlitzer, and otherwise keys-and-drums centered Piano Overlord guise – and a collection of rare vinyl singles cut from 03-05! Maestro Scott wrote, plays, and produced all the tracks – done with ... (Deep Funk, Hip Hop)read moreCD
Ghislain Poirer once again delivers a batch of synthetic rhythms and computer groove with a thump learned from hip hop – and the results are far more enjoyable than many of the more pretentious laptop chin scratchers out there! Ghislain's beats occasionally ratchet up to floorshaking levels, ... (New Grooves, Hip Hop)read moreCD
A masterful duo project from Madlib & Oh No – Madlib on the beats and younger brother Oh No on the mic, 2 independent hip hop heavies still riding a creative peak after a couple decades in the game! The Professionals moniker is more than earned here. Madlib has been one of the most ... read moreCD
15 tracks in all: "The Resume", "Diamond In The Ruff", "One Shot", "The Set Up", "Nature Of The Beast", "Me, That's Who", "H To The C", "The Ugly Place", "Better You Than Me", "Canarsie Artie's ... read moreCD