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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!


Notorious BIG

Born Again
Bad Boy, 1999. New Copy 2LP (reissue)
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 ... LP, Vinyl record album
Aftermath, 2012. New Copy 2 LP Gatefold
The much-hailed major league debut of Kendrick Lamar! Includes "Bitch, Don't Kill My Vibe", "The Art Of Peer Pressure", "Money Trees" with Jay Rock, "Poetic Justice" with Drake, "m.A.A.d City" with MC Eiht, "Singing About Me, I'm Dying Of ... LP, Vinyl record album

Madlib/Kieran Hebden

Sound Ancestors
Madlib Invazion, 2021. New Copy
A hell of a collaboration – core sounds by Madlib, which are then re-arranged by Kieran Hebden – at a level that seems to open up new dimensions in both artists! The sound is definitely Madlib's, but there's also a sense of majesty that seems to flow through the whole thing – ... LP, Vinyl record album
Def Jam, 2021. New Copy 2LP
Not the Let's Get It record, but instead a Thug Motivation collection of classics – a package that's overflowing with hits – including "Trap Star", "And Then What", "Soul Survivor", "My Hood", "Go Getta", "I Luv It", "Lose ... LP, Vinyl record album
Silver Age, 2021. New Copy
MF Doom left our planet all too soon, and he left behind a great legacy of music, too – including a previous collaboration with the Czarface collective, nicely matched by this posthumous set! The balance here is great, and the set brings the metal man of mystery into great play with his ... LP, Vinyl record album
BBE (UK), 2001. New Copy 12 x 7 inch box set
A classic masterpiece from J Dilla – a record that set the tone for countless hip hop releases in years to come – but which still shows Jay Dee as one of the smartest, sharpest, most forward-thinking producers to rule the roost! The set's got some incredible live instrumentation – ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
LaFace, 1996. New Copy 4LPs (reissue)
A landmark album – both for Outkast and the Atlanta scene too – as the set soars forward from the territory of their debut Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik – with crazy, free flowing, inventive rhymes and soulful outer space grooves that still manage to stay grounded enough to ... LP, Vinyl record album
URP Music/Monster Entertainment, 2021. New Copy 7 inch & comic book
A very cool package – and one that's way more than just a limited edition 45 for Record Store Day! The set does feature the tracks "Will To Survive" and "Deserts Of The Real" – with guest work from Vic Mensa, presse dup on a 7" single – but it also comes ... 7-inch, Vinyl record

Twilite Tone

Clearing
Stones Throw, 2020. New Copy
A really great Stones Throw debut from Twilite Tone – a Chicago beatmaker who's been one of our local heroes for years, and who finally gets the wider exposure he's deserved for way too long! Tone's done some big name work for Common, Kanye, and others – but here, he's very much at ... LP, Vinyl record album
Planet Mu, 2021. New Copy
DJ Manny's got roots in the Chicago footwork scene, but his sound here is much more soul-based overall – nicely spare, but surprisingly tuneful – served up with a mixture of instrumental moments, sung passages, and a few hip hop lines as well – all at a level that shows just how ... LP, Vinyl record album

J Dilla

Dillatronic
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 ... LP, Vinyl record album
Nature Sounds, 2005. New Copy
A full length live set from the one-and-only MF Doom – pure concert madness from everyone's favorite rap villain! Doom chugs through classics, album tracks, and comparatively rare tracks from Operation Doomsday through the present, including ones from the Madvillian & MM Food LPs! Doom ... LP, Vinyl record album
Stones Throw, 2008. New Copy 2LP
Madlib's reworked, re-imagined and remixes of the mighty Madvillainy LP! The original album is arguably one of the greatest Stones Throw album ever, held up by many as one of the best indie hip hop albums of its decade if not all time – so Madlib is wise to take a freewheeling, fairly loose ... LP, Vinyl record album

Stezo

Last Dance
Blacklife, 2021. New Copy
We lost the mighty Stezo during 2020, but his music lives on in this well-titled final set – a record that really has us surprised at how much strong sounds the 80s hip hop pioneer has to offer! You might know Stezo from his early efforts for Sleeping Bag – and although this set is a ... CD

LL Cool J

Radio
Def Jam, 1985. New Copy
A hip hop milestone for the Def Jam label and early rap superstar LL Cool J! This the fantastic first LP for LL – one that really helped kicked off a whole new school of hip hop – and proved to be huge game changer for the early Def Jam era! Radio features straight up excellent early ... CD
Profile/Get On Down, 1984. New Copy (reissue)
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 ... LP, Vinyl record album

Nas

Illmatic
Columbia/Get On Down, 1994. New Copy (reissue)
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 ... LP, Vinyl record album

Slum Village

Fantastic Vol 1
Long Player/Ne'Astra, 1997. New Copy 2LP (reissue)
Slum Village's legendary Fantastic Vol 1 – one of the most sought-after hip hop albums of the era – with the most rugged-and-raw Jay Dee production on record! Honestly, we're left pretty close to speechless by how tightly these tracks hold up. This is indeed the template for so many ... LP, Vinyl record album
Sony/Traffic, 1992. New Copy 2CD
CD...$9.99 20.98
The debut full length from Pete Rock & CL Smooth – a standard-setting record from the 90s that's still among one of the greatest of the decade! The set bristles with new energy and excitement right from the start – as Pete Rock's trademark mix of heavy soul, jazz, and funk ... CD

Del The Funky Homosapien

No Need For Alarm
Elektra/Traffic, 1993. New Copy
The incredible follow-up to I Wish My Brother George Was Here – and a record that was initially 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! ... CD

Boogie Down Productions

Man & His Music
B-Boy/Traffic, 1988. New Copy
CD...$6.99 15.98
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 ... CD
B-Boy/Traffic, 1987. New Copy
CD...$6.99 14.98
A collection of female rappers on the B-Boy label – with L.A. Star, Sparky Dee and Five Star Moet, with 2 tracks produced by BDP and Ced Gee. Remaining tracks produced by Keyboard Money Mike. 10 tracks on the original album – including Sparky Dee's "Throw Down" and "Spar ... CD

Tuff Crew

Back To Wreck Shop
Warlock, 1989. New Copy
CD...$6.99 14.98
The Tuff Crew burst out of the Philly scene with this overlooked gem from the end of the 80s – an album that may not be top of the history books, but which still has all the raw creative energy of those great indie years before the first big assault on hip hop by the major labels! The ... CD

Tuff Crew

Phanjam
Soo Deff, 1987. New Copy
CD...$6.99 15.98
An underground Philly hip hop classic – and a set that's got the same raw edge as the best early work by Schooly D! The Tuff Crew work here with the Krown Rulers – in the kind of record that almost feels like the kind of late nite, party-heavy vibe that made east coast hip hop radio so ... CD
Fresh/Traffic, 1986. New Copy
Just-Ice wasn't actually part of the old school – although to some, the 1986 release might seem pretty darn close – but he definitely does a good job here of keeping things nice and clean on his classic debut! Production is from Mantronik, but there's also a harder edge than most of ... CD

Various

Daisy Age
Ace (UK), Early 90s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold
A fantastic collection of work from a real golden age in hip hop – a period that you'll probably guess from the image of the Native Tongues posse on the front – served up here in a compilation that brings together classics from De La Soul, The Jungle Brothers, Monie Love, and many ... LP, Vinyl record album
Grand Royal, 1995. New Copy (reissue)
Be warned – this might not be the Beastie Boys you know and love, because this special set has the trio returning to their punk rock roots – getting some help from Awol, and blasting through tracks that are as loud and fast as the work on their early Polly Wog Stew EP! In fact, the ... LP, Vinyl record album

Various

Daisy Age
Ace (UK), Early 90s. New Copy
A fantastic collection of work from a real golden age in hip hop – a period that you'll probably guess from the image of the Native Tongues posse on the front – served up here in a compilation that brings together classics from De La Soul, The Jungle Brothers, Monie Love, and many ... CD

Tribe Called Quest

Low End Theory
Jive, 1991. New Copy 2LP (reissue)
The second album from the immortal Tribe Called Quest – one of the absolute essential hip hop LPs, and a record that should be an anyone's shortlist of the best albums in several subsections of hip hop – just a straight up masterpiece anyway you cut it. The album is so high up on the ... LP, Vinyl record album

JJ Doom (Jneiro Jarel & MF Doom)

Key To The Kuffs
Lex, 2012. New Copy 2LP
Janeiro Jarel and MF Doom – united as JJ Doom – and it's one of the fresher late Doom projects! As unique as MF Doom is on the production tip, we gotta say we dig his joint efforts more when he's on the rhymes and another producer is behind the beats. Of course, the reason is that ... LP, Vinyl record album
LaFace/Legacy, 1994. New Copy (reissue)
The mid 90s instant classic! Outkast's debut set hem up as one of the most distinctive hip hop duos ever, right out of the gate, but it also helped to established the freewheeling, funky dirty south sound, thanks to genius Organized Noize production! The Outkast sound would get bigger and more ... LP, Vinyl record album
Ruck Down, 2015. New Copy 2LP
A sharp, sprawling mixtape styled set from the dearly departed Sean Price – who cemented his legend as one of the mighty Boot Camp Click and as half of the Heltah Skeltah duo back in the 90s, before becoming a masterful solo presence and defining voice of the 2000s underground. Price passed ... LP, Vinyl record album
Priority, 1988. New Copy (reissue)
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 ... LP, Vinyl record album

Digital Underground

This Is An EP Release
Tommy Boy, 1990. New Copy (reissue)
Maybe just an EP, but a short set that's every bit as important to the Digital Underground catalog as their full length albums – as the whole thing is overflowing with the kind of funky tracks that made these guys a standout right from the start! The set's only got six tracks, but that maybe ... LP, Vinyl record album
Island, 1987. New Copy
Paid In Full, indeed. Eric B & Rakim's seminal album still pays off in so many ways, and it was such a vital link between the party rockin' style of the old school and the terse, hard-hitting beats and rhymes of what was then the new school, we can't even come up with the words for the praise ... CD
Death Row, 2001. New Copy 4LP
2Pac may have left the planet in 1996, but his music kept on coming strong – thanks to the release of a set like this – which brought together all sorts of unissued material the rapper had left behind in the vaults – most of it recorded during his Makaveli period! Tracks include ... LP, Vinyl record album
Geffen, 1994. New Copy 3LP (reissue)
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, changing the way we looked at hip hop, and ... LP, Vinyl record album

Declaime

Last Stand
Someothaship, 2021. New Copy 2LP
Declaime sounds incredibly fresh here – maybe thanks in part to help from a host of classic and contemporary guests – who seem to gather round the MC with a wonderfully collaborative spirit! Production is by Dudley Perkins, Steve Spacek, Georgia Anne Muldrow, Braxton Cook, and Josef ... LP, Vinyl record album
Columbia/Get On Down, 1991. New Copy
Cypress Hill's debut masterpiece – one of the biggest and best first albums in 90s hip hop – in cased here in skull for its 25th Anniversary! 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 ... CD
Fat Beats, 2021. New Copy Gatefold
A pretty fantastic chapter in the career of one of the most unique MCs to emerge in recent years – the Ukraine-born Your Old Droog, spinning out tracks here that echo the struggles of his youth as an immigrant in Brooklyn! The set's got a very freewheeling vocal style – the quick-spun ... LP, Vinyl record album

Outkast

Aquemini
LaFace, 1998. New Copy 3LP (reissue)
Still the Hot-lanta duo's high water mark – and yes, we did love Stankonia. Relentless hype, Grammys, and the Village Voice be damned! Tracks include "Rosa Parks", "Skew It On The Bar-B" featuring Raekwon, "Aquemini", "Synthesizer" featuring George ... LP, Vinyl record album
Jive, 2016. New Copy 2LP
A hell of a comeback for Tribe Called Quest – maybe one of the best musical comebacks ever, and a fantastic reminder of why we loved the group so much in the first place! 18 years have passed since we last heard from the trio (now, sadly, a duo) – and that time only seems to have ... LP, Vinyl record album
Madlib Invazion, 2021. New Copy
A hell of a collaboration – core sounds by Madlib, which are then re-arranged by Kieran Hebden – at a level that seems to open up new dimensions in both artists! The sound is definitely Madlib's, but there's also a sense of majesty that seems to flow through the whole thing – ... LP, Vinyl record album
Dope Folks, 1994. New Copy
Unreleased tracks from the recordings for Saafir's Boxcar Sessions debut, plus rare early cuts from the vaults – all brought together here as a full length set that offers up a great prequel to his solo career! The cuts here are from a time when the Bay Area MC was coming off of ... LP, Vinyl record album
Fresh/Get On Down, 1986. New Copy (reissue)
Just-Ice wasn't actually part of the old school – although to some, the 1986 release might seem pretty darn close – but he definitely does a good job here of keeping things nice and clean on his classic debut! Production is from Mantronik, but there's also a harder edge than most of ... LP, Vinyl record album
Return To Analog (Canada), 2000. New Copy 2LP
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Crane City, 2021. New Copy
Seattle rapper Da Qween looks relaxed and regal on the cover – but the sound of the set has a taught intensity that comes through right away – fast rhymes, crispy beats, and a sense of urgency that holds on all the way through! There's a few sung vocal moments that get nice and mellow ... LP, Vinyl record album

AJ Suede/Specswizard

Long May We Rain/Lost Gems
Crane City, 2021. New Copy
A split album – featuring work from Seattle up-and-comer AJ Suede, and longstanding resident artist Specswizard! There's a strong sense of history that runs through the AJ Suede titles – vintage soul snippets and historical recordings – laced together carefully to accompany AJ's ... LP, Vinyl record album

Freddie Gibbs & Madlib

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
Tommy Boy, 1990. New Copy 2LP (reissue)
A fantastic debut from Digital Underground – an early 90s classic that opened the door for a whole new audience for hip hop at the time! The set effortlessly mixes old school funk with contemporary hip hop modes – and also maybe brings back in a bit of the party sort of vibe of early ... LP, Vinyl record album
 
Updated October 21, 2021


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