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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!


Beat Junkie Sound, 2018. New Copy
Vol 6 in J Rocc's Funky President Edits series – this time not only paying homage to the now nearly bygone era of breakbeat funk edits, but blending with the kind golden age hip hop that sprang from classic funky breaks, too – 2 sides of party rocking mastery with recognizable samples ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Enemy Soil, 2018. New Copy 2LP Gatefold
Philly underground hip hop veterans Jedi Mind Tricks still going strong! JMT have been trends-resistant vessel for gruff rhymes and raw, gritty no nonsense production for more than 2 decades at this point and Vinnie Paz, Stoupe and guests carry that tradition forward strongly here. Includes "Sa ... LP, Vinyl record album
Fat Beats, 2018. New Copy
Elaquent's entry in the Baker's Dozen series! Elaquent has a way of bringing out a lot of the atmospheric elements prominently in the mix alongside the beats – be it looped bits of piano, some jazzy vibes, thick layers of spacey synth or more mellow keyboard soundscapes – without ... LP, Vinyl record album
Jack Of Spades (voc, inst)
Jive/Dinked, 1989. New Copy (reissue)
A hip hop masterpiece circa '89 – lifted from BDP's Ghetto Music – The Blueprint Of Hip Hop LP – with KRS-One in peak form and firing at full force! Includes the classic vocal and impeccable instrumental on the flip. 7-inch, Vinyl record
Spice 1
Jive/Get On Down, 1992. New Copy (reissue)
The first full length classic from Spice 1 – an MC who came up in the wake of Too Short on the west coast, but has definitely found his own style by the time of this set! Some tracks almost have an Ice Cube mix of biting social commentary and view from the streets – while others are ... LP, Vinyl record album
Stashboxxx
Fat Beats, 2014. New Copy 2LP (reissue)
Gritty soul-steeped hip hop instrumentals from DJ Harrison – covering an impressive range styles from stripped down boom bap to thickly atmospheric spacey and lots of points between! It's excellent stuff, playing really well as beginning-to-end album as opposed to a grab bag of beats. He also ... LP, Vinyl record album
Portraits
Mello Music Group, 2018. New Copy
Unfiltered portraits of the artist formerly known as Red Pill – delivering the goods under his own name on a solid set for the Mello Music Group! Real life, self searching and personal statement making hip hop from a voice rooted in classic 90s school craft – not so much with a neo-class ... CD
Ne'Astra, Late 90s. New Copy
Lost tracks for the Fantastic Vol 2 sessions and beyond – recorded from the mid-to-late 90s and featuring perfect production by Jay Dee! For years onward we appreciated music that came out under the Slum Village banner, even without the much-heralded early line-up – those later efforts ... LP, Vinyl record album
Bastard Jazz, 2018. New Copy
A fresh blend of spacey hip hop soul and lively electronic production from Potatohead People – essentially the duo of Nick Wisdom & Astrological – who wrote, produced and play with a great guest roster of live instrumental and vocal accompaniment! Anchored by head nodding beats and ... LP, Vinyl record album
Consumers Park
Nature Sounds, 2018. New Copy 2LP Gatefold
Neo-classic hip hop of the highest caliber, courtesy Pro Era collective MC and producer Chuck Strangers in his solo debut! As much as we always have and always will love dusty soul and jazz sample hip hop, it takes real finesse these days to work in that realm without sounding self-consciously ... LP, Vinyl record album
Sacrifices
Lex, 2018. New Copy
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 ... CD
Foreign Exchange, 2018. New Copy
Phonte squarely rooted on the hip hop side of the hip hop soul divide he's been so masterfully striding between since his early days with Little Brother and in Foreign Exchange later on – with +FE fellow travellers and other indie soul & hip hip heroes & heroines Carmen Rodgers, Zo!, ... CD
Happysad
Stones Throw, 2018. New Copy
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 – ... LP, Vinyl record album
Madvillainy
Stones Throw, 2004. New Copy 2 LPs
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 ... LP, Vinyl record album
Universal (Japan), 1992. New Copy (pic cover, reissue)
A track that was one of the rarest singles from Showbiz & AG when issued as a 12" – back for a limited time on this Japanese Record Store Day release! 7-inch, Vinyl record
Universal (Japan), 1992. New Copy (pic cover, reissue)
Special limited pressing of this classic cut from Show & AG – which includes the hard to find off beat mix! 7-inch, Vinyl record
Universal (Japan), 1992. New Copy (pic cover)
Hard to go wrong with Show & AG at this point – especially with the street mix of "Fat Pockets", backed by the mighty nice "Catchin Wreck" – all served up as a limited Japanese Record Store Day 45! 7-inch, Vinyl record
Fresh/Capitol, 1988. New Copy 2LP (reissue)
EPMD's incredible full length debut – a straight up all caps CLASSIC late 80s effort – raising the bar for the genre and helping pave the way for so much of the best golden age hip hop to come! Bottom heavy funky soul beats and masterful use of samples anchor the production, and the ... LP, Vinyl record album
Music To Drive By
Sony/Get On Down, 1992. New Copy (reissue)
The third and perhaps peak effort from Compton's Most Wanted – one of the strongest in the early 90s west coast gangsta scene! Then and now, Compton's Most Wanted stood out for the lean, moody approach to the sound and style, hewing strongly to the prominent beats and funk samples, but in the ... LP, Vinyl record album
I Do What I Do
Up Above/Vinyl Digital, 2005. New Copy 2LP (reissue)
Producer & MC Kev Brown's proper full length debut – as fresh today as ever! When this first came out, it felt like something of a torch carrier for the jazzy and soul-based beats and overall mood of legendary producers like DJ Premier – in league with contemporaries like 9th Wonder ... LP, Vinyl record album
Radio Silence
Javotti Media, 2017. New Copy 2LP
Talib Kweli strongly carrying the torch for classic, mic-centric hip hop – still going strong after a solid couple decades in the game! It's invigorating to hear him delivering such precisely spat, brilliantly written rhymes track after track here – he's one of the best ever of his kind ... LP, Vinyl record album
Loyalty Is Royalty
Nature Sounds, 2018. New Copy 2LP
The return of always sharp Wu Tang hero – with a pretty solid set on Nature Sounds! Includes "Return Of The Masta Kill" feat Young Dudas & Cappadonna, "Loyalty Is Royalty (RIF – Rappin' Is Fundanmental)" feat AB & JR, "Therapy" feat Method Man & ... 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
Mass Appeal, 2018. New Copy 2LP
Detroit producer/MC double threat Black Milk is back with a rhymes-centric effort after the soul jazzy instrumentals of The Rebellion Sessions with Nat Turner – a true-to-form move given his unpredictable, diverse career to date – and sure enough it's another creative win! Compelling ... LP, Vinyl record album
Mello Music Group, 2017. New Copy
Soul searching rhymes in a distinctive narrative style by Lando Chill! The Boy Who Spoke To The Wind has a farther reaching sound than his first album, though it's his unique, not so chill voice that impresses us even more. It's innovative stuff production wise, with a far-reaching global hip hop ... LP, Vinyl record album
Happysad
Stones Throw, 2018. New Copy
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 – ... CD
Chrysalis, 1993. New Copy 3LP (reissue)
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 ... LP, Vinyl record album
Grand Royal, 1993. New Copy 2LP Gatefold (reissue)
If Paul's Boutique was the Beasties' psychedelic hip hop Sgt Peppers, then Check Your Head is their White Album – a raw, stylistically sprawling, yet always connected batch of live instrumentation – backing rhymes that range from stream of consciousness to expertly written. Check Your ... 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
In Sound From Way Out!
Grand Royal/Universal, 1996/1998. New Copy (reissue)
The Beasties' peak-era, retro-style instrumentals LP! Even at their weakest vocal moments, we've always dug the Beastie Boys' firm commitment to funky instrumental backing – their albums are filled with lots of nice interludes, instrumentals, and backing grooves – but they often seemed ... LP, Vinyl record album
Get On Down, 1996/2018. New Copy
It's been more than 20 years, but the Doctor is in! "Octagon Octagon" is the first new track by the legendary trio of Kool Keith, DJ Qbert and producer Dan The Automator working together under the Octagon name in a couple decades, and it's a solid return to form. You know they have faith ... 12-inch, Vinyl record
Deltron 3030
75 Ark/Deltron Partners, 2000. New Copy 2 LPs (reissue)
Del Tha Funkee Homosapien, Kid Koala, and Dan The Automator pool their skills for this dawn of the 2000s sci-fi hip hop classic – the masterful Deltron 3030! The guest list is almost too long to get into, but Money Mark, Prince Paul, PB Wolf and Mr. Lif are all here, along with many others. ... LP, Vinyl record album
Fresh/Capitol, 1989. New Copy 2LP (reissue)
The second album from EPMD, and the second triumph! Unfinished Business continues in the style of the classic debut, but that's anything but a problem at this point, there was really no one at their doing like Erick Sermon and Parrish Smith at the time! Their style of heavy east coast funky soul ... LP, Vinyl record album
Loud/Violator, 2001. New Copy 2LP (reissue)
Mobb Deep steps into a new millennium with a slightly bigger sound, but without losing the plot! Long-heralded for being gritty and raw in the best kind of way, Prodigy & Havoc had nothing left to prove on that front – so taking a slight left turn with a more introspective lyrical bent ... LP, Vinyl record album
Loud, 1999. New Copy 2LP (reissue)
The last album from Prodigy & Havoc's classic run in the 90s – still with the distinctively raw, now legendary street style of the early to mid-period Mobb Deep – with appearances by Nas, Raekwon, Big Noyd, 8-Ball, Lil Cease, Lil Kim and more. In their prime, Mobb Deep had a way of ... LP, Vinyl record album
RTJ3 (gold colored vinyl)
Mass Appeal, 2017. New Copy 2LP Gatefold
A vital third act in the thankfully ongoing RTJ saga! The first album was unsurprisingly excellent, but surprisingly popular. The second album not only turned out to be a bigger hit, it was also a creative peak for both El-P and Killer Mike – which is really saying something. So the stakes ... LP, Vinyl record album
Lord Giveth, Lord Taketh Away (with bonus tracks)
Omerta, 2011. New Copy (reissue)
A raw duo effort from MC Freddie Gibbs and producer Statik Selektah! It's a nice one, with solid boots and some stark, moody touches like an ominous bit of organ, strains of cinematic soul strings, timeless scratches and more – with guest appearances by Daz, Slaine, Reks, Termanology, Fred ... LP, Vinyl record album
Portraits (colored vinyl pressing)
Mello Music Group, 2018. New Copy
Unfiltered portraits of the artist formerly known as Red Pill – delivering the goods under his own name on a solid set for the Mello Music Group! Real life, self searching and personal statement making hip hop from a voice rooted in classic 90s school craft – not so much with a neo-class ... LP, Vinyl record album
Jive/Get On Down, 1990. New Copy (reissue)
Too Short's third LP on Jive, the last one before he started becoming a parody of himself. A few tracks have the same humor as his first two Jive LPs, and it includes the hit "The Ghetto" using the classic Donny Hathaway melody, and "Ain't Nuthin But A Word To Me" with Ice Cube ... LP, Vinyl record album
Pay Jay, Early 2000s. New Copy (reissue)
J Dilla at his grittiest, most rugged & raw in the production realm – on his long unreleased original mixes for his early 00s classic Ruff Draft! 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 ... LP, Vinyl record album
Organix
Remedy, 1993. New Copy 2LP
The first, independent, Roots LP with so many classics that never made it to their later import and major label releases. What more can we say... Tracks include "The Roots Is Comin", "Pass The Popcorn", "The Anti-Circle", "Writers Block", "Good ... LP, Vinyl record album
Def Jam, 1986. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)
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 ... LP, Vinyl record album
Warp, 2016. New Copy 2LP
Danny Brown moves over the Warp label still riding high on a longstanding creative win streak – title aside, this exhibition is magnificent – hopping back and forth stylistically between straight-forward, compelling boom bap and brazenly manic weirdness! Danny's bugged out approach to ... LP, Vinyl record album
Stones Throw, 2003/2007. New Copy 2LP (reissue)
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 ... LP, Vinyl record album
Columbia, 1994. New Copy (reissue)
20th anniversary edition of Nas's 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 ... LP, Vinyl record album
Profile/Legacy, 1991. New Copy (reissue)
DJ Quik's classic debut – arguably one sturdiest records bridging the first wave of the LA gangsta rap era to the G Funk era of the early-to-mid 90s – and definitely one of the tighter and most focused albums of its kind around that time, when rap records were getting largely getting a ... LP, Vinyl record album
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
Fresh/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1989. New Copy
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 ... CD
Relativity/Traffic, 1994. New Copy 2LP Gatefold (reissue)
The first Beatnuts full length LP - and as a double LP for superior sound – raw NYC hip hop at it's early-to-mid 90s finest! Raw, funky and jazzy beatcraft that's pretty much a blueprint for some of our east coast hip hop of the era, with sharp, on point rhymes, this one's a pure classic and ... LP, Vinyl record album
75 Ark/Deltron Partners, 2001. New Copy 2LP (reissue)
Del Tha Funkee Homosapien, Kid Koala, and Dan The Automator pool their skills for this dawn of the 2000s classic – the masterful Deltron 3030 – pared down the sci-fi hip hop funk essentials on the Automator and Koala instrumentals! One of the benchmark albums in the leftfield ... LP, Vinyl record album
 
Updated June 22, 2018


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