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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!


Sleeping Bag/Octave (Japan), 1985. New Copy
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 ... CD
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/Get On Down, 1984. New Copy (reissue)
The classic self-titled debut LP from Run-DMC – one that changed hip hop (and much of modern pop and rock) forever! There's little we can add to the canon for this record. Run DMC ushered in a new era in contemporary urban culture, a harder hitting style of rap the managed to bust out of ... LP, Vinyl record album
Loud/RCA/Get On Down, 1995. New Copy 2LP Gatefold
Chef Raekwon cooks up one of finest hip hop albums in history – a standout moment in the Wu Tang canon and the 90s in general! Given Ghostface's presence throughout, the prime RZA production and other top shelf guests, you could almost call this one a Wu Tang Clan album, if not for Raekwon's ... LP, Vinyl record album
Elektra/Get On Down, 1995. New Copy 2LP (reissue)
Ol' Dirty Bastard...Osiris...Big Baby Jesus...what can we say? Even if we didn't know ODB had really fallen off the deep end or if his wildness was just an act, this was always sone of our favorite Wu-Tang related LPs and it always will be – with manic energy and tripped out sense of humor ... LP, Vinyl record album

Your Old Droog

Looseys EP
Nature Sounds, 2019. New Copy
Charimatic Brooklyn rhymer Your Old Droog returns on prime gritty form – with a style that's reminiscent of some of best no nonsense east coast rappers ever, with an impressive roster of veteran producers including P Brothers, Alchemist, Black Milk, Oh No, Statik Selektah and Jonwayne. ... LP, Vinyl record album

Fab 5 Freddy, Grandmaster Caz, Chris Stein, etc.

Wild Style – Original Soundtrack
Animal/ICA, 1981. New Copy (reissue)
An excellent reissue of the Wild Style soundtrack that exactly reproduces the original single LP format! The album's nice and lean, with 12 great tracks – including "Wild Style Theme Rap 1" by Grandmaster Caz & Chris Stein, "Basketball Throwdown" by Cold Crush Bros ... LP, Vinyl record album
Silver Age, 2019. New Copy
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 ... LP, Vinyl record album
Geffen/Doggy Style, 2004. New Copy 2LP Gatefold
Snoop brings Doggy Style over to Geffen – also the home to the Neptunes' Star Trak, Snoop's partners for this seriously strong later effort – also working with a diverse roster of producers and vocal guests including Alchemist, Lil Jon, 50 Cent, Hi Tek, and others. Snoops laidback rhyme ... LP, Vinyl record album

Ghostface Killah

Ghostface Killahs
Music Generation Corp, 2019. New Copy
Ghostface in his raw and direct mode once again, sounding pretty great after a string of collaborative and more theme oriented efforts – definitely more in the vein of his work around Supreme Clientele and Fishscale that more recent records in which he shared billing with producers and ... LP, Vinyl record album
Warp, 2019. New Copy
The unpredictable Danny Brown delivers another leftfield gem, reinventing himself in subtle ways without leaving behind that distinctively voiced, playfully rhymed, smart yet profane style we've always loved! He's a hip hop genre unto himself here, mixing dirty jokes and earnest self reflection ... LP, Vinyl record album

Gifted Gab

Cause & Effect
Crane City, 2019. New Copy
Slyly inventive hip hop by Gifted Gab for consistently solid Crane City label! GG's hailed by some as Seattle's Queen Of Rap, and given how seamlessly she can steer from an unabashedly profane rhyme style to sweeter, laidback soul singing without missing a turn, we can see why she'd be pegged for ... LP, Vinyl record album
Beats Of All Nations, 2019. New Copy
A different side of Chi beatmaker Sev Seveer – one of more adventurous and boundlessly creative hip hop instrumentalists around – showcasing some of his more straightforward, harder-hitting unreleased hip hop-geared production work! It's more focused towards compelling straight up hip ... 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

Beastie Boys

Root Down EP
Grand Royal/Capitol, 1995. New Copy
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 ... CD
Alim (UK), Early 2000s/2019. New Copy
2 sides of classic era Jay Dee circa Welcome 2 Detroit – including a tight Mr. Thing edit! "Rico Suave Bossa Nova" has always been a stunner in the Dilla catalog – as diverse of a beatmaker and producer as he always was, the bossa beat and jazzy piano backdrop on this one ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Radius, 2019. New Copy
A bicontinental beathead summit with Chicago's own Radius Etc pairing up with Paris producer Jostereo! Jostereo's side is an impressive blend that kicks off with a bit of classical piano that quickly settles in beats and bass that subtles pulls it into heady instrumental hip hop, and gets richer ... 7-inch, Vinyl record

Ice T, MC Shan, Big Daddy Kane, & Others

Colors – Original Soundtrack (magenta vinyl pressing)
Warner, 1988. New Copy (reissue)
One of the first classic hip hop movie soundtracks of the late 80s, and a motherlode of great cuts! As divisive, hard hitting and uncompromising as the movie was, the Colors soundtrack does a great job of delivering on the tone with Ice T's title track and theme some, a snapshot of mid-to-late 80s ... LP, Vinyl record album
Grand Royal, 1994. New Copy (reissue)
What can we say? The Beasties rise to an even higher level with their manic trio hip hop style mixed with the live jazz/funk/garage rock sounds and keyboards by Money Mark – featuring a bunch of their classic hits and underappreciated album cuts alike. They could really do no wrong at this ... LP, Vinyl record album

Kendrick Lamar & Others

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

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
Profile, 1984. New Copy
The classic self-titled debut LP from Run-DMC – one that changed hip hop (and much of modern pop and rock) forever! There's little we can add to the canon for this record. Run DMC ushered in a new era in contemporary urban culture, a harder hitting style of rap the managed to bust out of ... CD
Tommy Boy, 1995. New Copy 2LP (reissue)
Tracks include "Clap Yo Hands", "Respect Due", "Slang Bang", "World Go Round", "Hang Out And Hustle", "City Of Ci-Lo", "Holdin Fort", "Shout Out", "It's Workin", "Feel Me Flow", "Chain ... LP, Vinyl record album

Pete Rock & CL Smooth

Mecca & The Soul Brother
Elektra, 1992. Used
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 ... CD
Def Jux/Ihiphop, 2001. New Copy 4LP (reissue)
The dark, innovative, head crushing classic by Cannibal Ox – perhaps the signature LP of fairly brief, but legendary Def Jux era! Vordul and Vast Aire from the Atoms Family crew twist metaphors and create dark visuals of NYC and outer space with ease on one of the most forward thinking hip ... LP, Vinyl record album
Uncle Howie, 2007. New Copy 2LP (reissue)
Ill Bill's big, heavy and maniacally fun Black Metal – following the Non-Phixion era and bringing out La Coka Nostra – with appearances by Jeru The Damaja, Q-Unique, Sick Jacken and more. Includes "Black Metal", "Ten Wheel Drive", "Come One, Come All", ... LP, Vinyl record album

Fat Jon The Ample Soul Physician

Wave Motion (colored vinyl pressing)
Young Heavy Souls, 2002. New Copy 2LP (reissue)
An early classic solo jam from Fat Jon – one of our favorite underground hip hop beat wizards in the immediate post millennium – and a more than ample effort that still sounds great today! Combining his Dyslexic and Stasis EPs, it features a trademark batch Fat Jon's chilled out hip hop ... LP, Vinyl record album
Psychopathic, 2019. New Copy 2LP Gatefold
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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
Columbia/Get On Down, 1996. New Copy 2LP Gatefold (reissue)
The second album, and even if it's not as dope as as the mythical Illmatic, but how could anyone hope to live up to those expectations? The Trakmasters come up with some nice beats, chided for being a bit on the commercial side by critics at the time, but they've aged a lot better than most street ... LP, Vinyl record album
Culture Power 45, 2019. New Copy
An impeccably put together batch of instrumentals from the Culture Power 45 collective – with beats and production from Blaak tha 9th Man, Conscious 5, Ba Pace, Fatnice, Empee of BVS, Kush Oxford, Cuzzin Vinny, International MC, Dion Brown, Adon, Soultastic and more! Even with a long list of ... LP, Vinyl record album
Young Heavy Souls, 2007. New Copy 2LP (reissue)
The late 00s REBIRTH of One Be Lo, aka One Man Army – with production by Texture, K Kruz, Memo of Chicago's mighty Molemen, Beanone, Vitamin D and 14KT. Tracks include "Rebirth", "Born N Raised", "Smash", "Headlines", "War", "House ... LP, Vinyl record album
Columbia, 2019. New Copy
Earl Sweatshirt's first new album in a few years, and right up there with his best ever! Some Rap Songs is a purposely underwhelming title, but it's fitting in that he's doing his wholly distinctive thing over kind of low key dusty soul sample production backdrop – and what a high it is for ... LP, Vinyl record album

Mobb Deep

Hell On Earth
Loud/Get On Down, 1997. New Copy 2LP (reissue)
While the other standouts of mid 90s class like Nas, Jay Z and AZ drifted towards the mainstream street rap, Mobb Deep avoided that trend in this tight follow-up to their legendary Infamous debut! Their subject matter may not have evolved or expanded too much, but their strong production is top ... LP, Vinyl record album
TruSoul, Early 90s/2019. New Copy
Early Pete Rock beats from the 90s golden age – beginning with the dawn of that decade when Pete was at the forefront the era's pioneering production heavies ushering in a new era in hip hop, to closer to the end of the decade and his solo debut Soul Survivor. It's a testament to his ... LP, Vinyl record album
Mass Appeal, 2015. New Copy 2LP Gatefold (reissue)
A wild mix of hip hop and avant pop spearheaded by Alchemist & Oh No – put together as an "inspired by" soundtrack to Grand Theft Auto V! Welcome To Los Santos is ultimately an oddly appealing mix of the kind of timeless headnodding hip hop craft of Alchemist & Oh No – ... LP, Vinyl record album

DJ Spinna

1997 Beat Tape
Redefinition, Late 90s. New Copy
Supreme prime era boom bap from the mighty DJ Spinna! It's stunning how rich and relevant these instrumentals sound after all these years. Straight from the original DAT, he humbly describes this as simply "a batch of beats", but Spinna is a producer who always took things one step deeper ... LP, Vinyl record album
Delicious Vinyl/ORG, 2005. New Copy (reissue)
The long, long, LONG awaited return of Fatlip – armed with self-deprecating wit, an occasional heart-on-the-sleeve confessional, and beats by 45 King and J-Swift. The quality is a bit erratic, but the best tracks here are pretty great – and certainly a lot stronger than recent Pharcyde. ... LP, Vinyl record album

Kendrick Lamar

Untitled Unmastered
Interscope, 2016. New Copy
Untitled Unmastered, though masterful material from Kendrick Lamar – another great stride in his astonishing mid teens creative win streak– a low key and low stakes release compared to the huge platform for To Pimp A Butterfly, but damn, it sure does resonate with a similar haze of ... LP, Vinyl record album
BBE (UK), 2001. New Copy 2LP
The deeply in-demand beats for Jay Dee's now classic 2001 effort! We don't need to tell you that Welcome 2 Detroit turned out to be a wonderful debut for the initial BBE hip hop series. It really started out as a breakbeat project from the late Detroit legend, but soon morphed into a full-on ... LP, Vinyl record album

Pete Rock

Petestrumentals
BBE (UK), 2001. New Copy 2LP
A mad bit of funk from the great Pete Rock! Pete's easily one of the best hip hop producers of the past decade – and this album's a sublime batch of instrumental tracks that focuses on his talent for remaking an older groove. The set's one of the first on BBE's groundbreaking Beat ... LP, Vinyl record album
BBE (UK), 2001. New Copy 2LP
The first of BBE's forays into current hip hop – and a wonderful debut in the series! The album started as a breakbeat project from Detroit's Jay Dee, but soon morphed into a full-on hip hop album – complete with real instrumentation on Fender Rhodes, trumpet, keyboards, and drums, ... LP, Vinyl record album

Dibia$e

Bonus Levels
10 Thirty, 2019. New Copy
Dibia$e takes on 8-bit video game era samples – putting together a fun, funky blast of a hip hop instrumentals set that pairs retro futuristic synth tones, bleeps and bits from classic video game franchises with more straightforward timeless beatcraft! It's wonderful stuff that for sure ... LP, Vinyl record album
Melting Pot (Germany), 2019. New Copy Gatefold
Jazzy hip hop from German producer FloFilz – and by describing it as jazzy hip hop, we mean that for real, it's genuinely inspired by classic and contemporary UK club and soul jazz while still being pretty firmly rooted timeless, latenight vibe hip hop. Hypnotic beats and loping atmosphere ... LP, Vinyl record album

Big Tone & House Shoes

Big Shoes
Street Corner, 2019. New Copy 2LP
Producer House Shoes and rhymer Big Tone team up as Big Shoes – one of the most fitting 2 man supergroups in independent hip hop of the late teens for sure – with a solid roster of guests including Demark Vessey, Quelle Chris, Jimetta Rose, Blu, MoSel, Ta'Raach and more! There's a ... LP, Vinyl record album

Jedi Mind Tricks

Legacy Of Blood
Babygrande, 2004. New Copy 2LP (reissue)
Jedi Mind Tricks at pretty near peak level, with gruff and gritty Vinny Paz rhymes and production that pairs up hard hitting beats and oddly effective moodier production touches by Stoupe. Guests include Killah Priest and GZA on a couple of tracks, Sean Price and Des Devious. Tracks include "Th ... LP, Vinyl record album
Lightyear, 2019. New Copy
An uncommonly soul-steeped hip hop soul soundtrack and musical companion piece to the documentary 16 Bars – spearheaded by Speech from Arrested Development, in which he visited and recorded with incarcerated singers and rappers finding hope in a prison rehabilitation program. The soundtrack ... LP, Vinyl record album

Freddie Gibbs & Madlib

Bandana
RCA, 2019. New Copy
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 ... LP, Vinyl record album

Kendrick Lamar

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
Babygrande, 2008. New Copy 2LP (reissue)
GZA's back doing what he does best on Pro Tools – more of a literally relevant title than it is a nod to modern recording apparatus – as it's a return to gritty classic style Wu sounds and smart, measured rhymes. One could argue that no new ground is broken, but we're pleased with ... LP, Vinyl record album
 
Updated December 15, 2019


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