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Hip Hop — Recently Added

XOld school, true school, golden age, random rap, west coast, east coast, independent, southern, and midwestern hip hop -- as well as some commercial classics!


Secret City, 2018. New Copy
Strong, righteously motivated, sharp lyricism from Shad! A Short Story About War takes on cultural, social ills that comes off more as personal storytelling, making the title here relevent – it's not a laundry list of the worlds problem, more of an artful view. Really strong stuff! Includes ... LP, Vinyl record album
Instrumentals From The Reflecting Sea
Redefinition, 2019. New Copy
Instrumentals from The Reflecting Sea LP – producer & instrumentalist Damu The Fudgemunk's backdrops for that excellent record featuring lyricist and emcee Raw Poetic on the vocal version! Damu delivers funky soul beats, samples, scratchwork and guitars, and as much as we dig the main ... LP, Vinyl record album
TRDMRK EP
Hot Plate, 2019. New Copy
DJ Numark & Slimkid3's TRDMRK project does an amazing job of defying just about every expectation you might have if you're expecting a rehash of their most popular past works with Jurassic 5 and The Pharcyde – but are right on target if you expect the unexpected (and you may very well be ... LP, Vinyl record album
Sure Shot, 2019. New Copy
If there's a sure thing when it comes funky drum breaks records, there's no surer bet than on on DJ Paul Nice! Volume 1 in his Sure Shot Drum Series is another deeply dug collection of drum breaks put together for the first time on wax, curated and culled from we can't even guess how many records, ... LP, Vinyl record album
Soul Survivor
Loud/Nature Sounds, 1998. New Copy 2LP (reissue)
A milestone for Pete Rock – stepping out on his own after the split of his legendary duo with CL Smooth for one of the finest producer headlined hip hop records of the late 90s! An all star lineup is on the mic – including Inspectah Deck, Kurupt, Method Man, OC, Raekwon, Ghostface, ... LP, Vinyl record album
Likwidation
RCA/HHV (Germany), 1997. New Copy 2LP (reissue)
A late 90s classic from the 'Liks – with track or skit appearances by Xzibit, Whoridas, Nas, King Tee, ODB, Keith Murray, LL Cool J, and Lootpack – star-studded to say the least and a vital snapshot of a later year in the golden age of hip hop! All credit to the core Alkaholiks trio of ... LP, Vinyl record album
Mortier, 2000. New Copy 2LP (reissue)
The first full length by underground favorite J-Live! The Best Part had legendarily long gestation period, but for all the time it took to see a proper release – begun as early as '97 and finally seeing release at the dawn of the new millennium – but for all the stops and starts behind ... LP, Vinyl record album
Czarface Meets Ghostface
Silver Age, 2019. New Copy
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! ... LP, Vinyl record album
Czarface Meets Ghostface
Silver Age, 2019. New Copy
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! ... CD
Rhymesayers, 2009. New Copy 3LP Gatefold (reissue)
POS of the Doomtree Collective ups the ante on his third album – an appropriately-titled one at that! POS rhymes with skill, smarts and authority here, riffing on his life in the cultural enviroment of the time in way that holds up surprisingly well, with even the most topical material penned ... LP, Vinyl record album
Prolific Hits 3
Culture Power 45, 2000s/2010s. New Copy
A concise and crucial compilation of standout tracks by the tireless Infinito 2017 – the Chicago-born underground hip hop phenom who's been prolific and on target for a solid couple of decades! Infinito rhymes and records as he lives and breathes, hundreds of tracks over the years, and ... LP, Vinyl record album
Elektra/Get On Down, 1992. New Copy 2LP (reissue)
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 ... LP, Vinyl record album
Profile/Traffic, 1997. New Copy 2LP (reissue)
The late 90s classic from Sonny Cheeba & Geechi Suede –Camp Lo's benchmark Uptown Saturday Night! Certainly one of the finer hip hop LPs of '97, when we can return to over and over again, with great singles and stellar album tracks alike, such as "Luchin AKA This Is It", "C ... LP, Vinyl record album
Elektra/Get On Down, 1995. New Copy 2LP (reissue)
Ol' Dirty Bastard...Osiris...Big Baby Jesus...what can we say? Whether ODB had really fallen off the deep end or if it was just an act, this is still one of our favorite Wu-Tang related LP's – with more energy and sense of humor than most, and featuring the best hip hop singing since Biz ... LP, Vinyl record album
No Need For Alarm
Elektra/Traffic, 1993. New Copy 2LP (reissue)
The incredible follow-up to I Wish My Brother George Was Here – and a record that was initally underappreciated, mostly because it was such a radical departure from the George – but it's one that we loved from day one and we're thrilled is getting some love all these years later! ... LP, Vinyl record album
Loud/Get On Down, 1995. New Copy (pic cover, reissue)
Both parts of the "Shook Ones" saga – one the benchmark single that put Mobb Deep on the map – and amongst the finest gritty hip hop singles of the era! Part 2 is from the first LP and Part I part one is the original, one-time promo only version with arguably sharper lyrics. ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Fool's Gold, 2017. New Copy 2LP Gatefold
A far-reaching, style-hopping, head-nodding party all the way from producer Nick Hook – with a guest list as expansive as the vibe – including Nasty Nigel, Spank Rock, Hudson Mohawk, DJ Rashad, Chino Moreno, Prefuse 73, 24hrs, Titles include "+3" feat DJ Rashad, DJ Paypal & ... LP, Vinyl record album
Breakin' Combs
Vinyl Digital (Germany), 1993. New Copy 2LP (reissue)
A largely unsung, but classic level early 90s set of jazzy soul reverent hip hop from Dred Scott – a brillant record that really deserved to break out in a big way! It's a testament to Dred's love for classic sounds that he's waxing nostalgic on the opening track "Back In The Day", ... LP, Vinyl record album
Well Done (colored vinyl pressing)
Dcide, 2011. New Copy 2LP (reissue)
A pivotal early effort for Action Bronson – working here on a full scale duo effort with underground producer & MC Statik Selektah handling the production! AB is on fire here, and it's no surprise he'd go on to be a prominent figure in hip hop after this, but it's doesn't really sound ... LP, Vinyl record album
Glassnote, 2017. New Copy
Childish Gambino once again transcends anything you might be expecting from an actor/musician – this is not some vain star trip at all, but a worthy, boundary-busting effort – and a pretty sizable step away from idiosyncratic, yet accessible hip hop into spacey pop funk! Strong stuff, ... LP, Vinyl record album
Kids See Ghosts
Def Jam, 2018. New Copy
KKanye 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 cool synths and fuzz-steeped production with some really interesting samples in the mix ... CD
Sugar Hill, 1980. New Copy (reissue)
"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 ... 12-inch, Vinyl record
Soul Assassins, 2019. New Copy
DJ Muggs in a raw, neo classic NY gritty hip hop mode – and if you're going to pull that blueprint off convincingly, you may as well be one the architects – really doing a solid, timeless job here! This is tough, terse, top notch stuff with a strong guestlist to suit, including legends ... LP, Vinyl record album
Sure Shot, 2019. New Copy
If there's a sure thing when it comes funky drum breaks records, there's no surer bet than on on DJ Paul Nice! Volume 2 in his Sure Shot Drum Series is another deeply dug collection of drum breaks put together for the first time on wax, curated and culled from we can't even guess how many records, ... LP, Vinyl record album
Bad Boy/Rhino, 1997. New Copy (pic cover, reissue)
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 ... 12-inch, Vinyl record
Thuggin EP (limited edition EP)
Madlib Invazion, 2011. New Copy (pic cover)
A collaborative effort from Madlib and Freddie Gibbs – the union of one the most prolific producers in abstract hip hop and a hugely talented rhymer! We've said it before and we imagine we'll say it many more times, but Madlib really delivers when he's paired with straight forward MCs – ... 12-inch, Vinyl record
Nature Sounds, 2018. New Item USB
A USB producer kit featuring a collection fantastic sounds from the original recordings the late great producer Jay Dee made for Slum Village – put together by sample service Splice, the Nature Sounds label and Slum Village! This is the blueprint production materials for an important piece of ... Misc
Madvillainy
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 ... CD
Warner, 2011. New Copy 2LP Gatefold (reissue)
Lupe Fiasco proves again why he's one of the most respected voices in early post-millennium hip hop on Lasers – running the show here, but with some guest spots by Skylar Grey, Trey Songz, MDMA and others. Lupe is that fascinating figure who is more likely to be heard plotting a route out of ... LP, Vinyl record album
Message
Sugar Hill, 1982. New Copy (reissue)
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 ... LP, Vinyl record album
Delicious Vinyl/Craft, 1995. New Copy 2LP Gatefold (reissue)
The second Pharcyde record – and though not as blunted and playful as the first one, it's still nearly as great – with that unrivaled, wholly original, easy west coast vibe! The production is more steady-handed this time around, which alienated fans of Bizarre Ride early on, but it ... LP, Vinyl record album
Interscope, 2008. New Copy 2LP (reissue)
NERD sees sounds all right – and those sounds are far looser and more free associative than the precise hitmaking formula that main NERDs Pharell Williams and Chad Hugo spun as superstar production team The Neptunes! The sounds to see, feel, and hear, include jittery synthesizer beatcraft, ... LP, Vinyl record album
Licensed To Ill
Def Jam/Columbia, 1986. Used
The game changing Def Jam classic – and possibly the greatest album by the Beastie Boys – even though they'd grow up a whole lot after this! Profane party anthems galore, and the Beasties would distance themselves from much of the attitude of this album, making their career arc from ... CD
Undun
Def Jam, 2011. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)
Hip hop's reigning kings of longevity The Roots deliver another great album with Undun – we'd have to think it's entirely uncompromising and they're doing exactly what they want to do on this one – so if you thought their day (eh, latenight) job would would bring their album work into ... LP, Vinyl record album
Fill In The Blank
Redefinition, 2018. New Copy
Kev Brown doing a lot more than merely filling in the blank, he's filling out a furiously paced release schedule with win after another – some of most rewarding and stylistically farthest reaching material in his career to date! This one follows up his solo rap return-to-form Homework and ... LP, Vinyl record album
Nasir
Mass Appeal, 2018. New Copy
An on target salvo from one of hip hop's longest reigning mic maestros, produced by a mercifully focused Kanye West! With a taut running time of around 27 minutes and a title as no nonsense as Nasir, you could be forgiven if you hit play expecting something as sharply honed as Illmatic, but neither ... CD
Wild Pitch, 1991. New Copy 2LP (reissue)
A record that no hip hop home should be without – the one and only album from Main Source, but a set that's more than strong enough to stand next to the best from contemporaries like De La Soul, Tribe Called Quest, and Black Sheep! Like all three of those groups, these guys have a way of ... LP, Vinyl record album
Nasir
Mass Appeal, 2018. New Copy Gatefold
AAn on target salvo from one of hip hop's longest reigning mic maestros, produced by a mercifully focused Kanye West! With a taut running time of around 27 minutes and a title as no nonsense as Nasir, you could be forgiven if you hit play expecting something as sharply honed as Illmatic, but ... LP, Vinyl record album
Freddie
ESGN, 2018. New Copy
One of the toughest, leanest, tightest and most on point efforts from Freddie Gibbs to date – and one of the best! Despite the dead on perfect homage to the Teddy Pendergrass's quiet storm soul classic Teddy with the cover art here, make no mistakes, the material is Freddie Gibbs at his most ... CD
Elektra/Modern Classics, 1993. New Copy 2LP (reissue)
A jazz-inspired hip hop uberclassic! While Digable Planets might not have pioneered the jazzy hip hop vibe – we mightnod to the Native Tongues scene and DJ Premier's productions in the late 80s for that – Digables set a new standard with breezy but head nodding production and mellow, ... LP, Vinyl record album
East West/Music On Vinyl (Netherlands), 1993. New Copy (reissue)
The somewhat slept on second album by Das Efx – and in hindsight, it's just as solid as Dead Serious – maybe even more consistently strong than the breakout debut! Dray and Skoob keep up the loco syllabic tempo and tongue tripping rhymes on this one – over the head nodding Solid ... LP, Vinyl record album
LaFace, 1998. New Copy (pic cover, reissue)
Outkast's first single from Aquemini – one of the great southern hip hop singles of the late 90s and an important creative benchmark for Big Boi, Andre 3000 and Organized Noize however you might feel about their use of the civil rights heroine's name! As fresh, soulful & uniquely Outkast ... 12-inch, Vinyl record
Black Panther (180 gram pressing)
Interscope, 2018. New Copy 2LP Gatefold
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 ... LP, Vinyl record album
ALC, 2019. New Copy
Alchemist mixing up hypnotic aural elixirs in ways we've never heard from the legendary hip hop producer – working with samples, sounds and atmosphere from French jazz, funk, soundtracks and psychedelia – half a world away from the bedrock hip hop he made is name on! It's a rewarding ... LP, Vinyl record album
Free Sweatpants
Backwoodz, 2019. New Copy
Blockhead still delivering the goods after and a solid decade and a half delivering distinctive, solo producer driven independent hip hop! Free Sweatpants is a pretty straightforward (and wisely timeless in sound, even if some the track titles give away the late teens era) headnodding hip hop ... LP, Vinyl record album
Quarterthing
Joey Purp/Caroline, 2019. New Copy
A pretty fantastic record from Chicago rapper Joey Purp – the kind of set that makes us mighty proud to share our hometown! If there's one thing that seems to come from Chicago of late, it's the sense of surprise in hip hop – that maybe the city's style is no sense of style at all ... LP, Vinyl record album
Pinata
Madlib Invazion, 2014. New Copy 2LP
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 ... LP, Vinyl record album
Nature Sounds, 2000s. New Copy 2LP (reissue)
Heavily funky sci fi weirdness from the Metal Face archives! If you dig Doom beats – and why wouldn't ya?! – this is pretty prime stuff. They come nice and heavy, with all the rolling soul sample loops, peppered with odball dialog snippets from horror and sci fi flicks here and there. ... LP, Vinyl record album
Delicious Vinyl/Craft, 1992. New Copy 2LP
The essential early 90s classic by The Pharcyde, the group's high water mark, and one of the greatest hip hop albums of the era! Along with Del and the Souls Of Mischief, the Pharcyde were one of the few West Coast units to achieve any kind of widespread popularity using the uniquely loopy, ... LP, Vinyl record album
DAMN.
Aftermath/Interscope, 2017. New Copy 2LP Gatefold
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 ... LP, Vinyl record album
 
Updated February 16, 2019


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