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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!


NERD (Neptunes)

Nothing
Star Trak/Interscope, 2010. New Copy 2LP (reissue)
The fourth full length set from NERD, and one that really shows the group at the top of their mainstream game – maybe more in the territory of catchy soul than before, and definitely heading in the direction that Pharrell would take in his solo work to come! There's a bit of hip hop in the ... LP, Vinyl record album
Universal, 2001. New Copy 2LP (reissue)
A classic set from Nelly, from a moment when he was riding high in the charts, and effortlessly spinning the fast rhymes and catchy lyrics that would make him a big crossover star at the start of the millennium! The lyrics definitely have some of the posturing to fit his image on the cover, but ... LP, Vinyl record album

Madvillain (Madlib & MF Doom)

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
Columbia/Get On Down, 2002. New Copy 2LP
An early oughties classic – with an appearance by Tupac from beyond the grave – plus guest work from Alicia Keys, Bravehearts, and Kelis – on tracks that include "Revolutionary Warfare", "Hey Nas", "Zone Out", "Made You Look", "Get ... LP, Vinyl record album

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 ... CD

Fugees

Score
Columbia, 1996. New Copy 2LP
We'll forget about the first Fugees LP, this is the one that really launched the career of Lauryn Hill, both as an MC and a vocalist. And back then, even Wyclef and Pras were kinda dope. 13 tracks on double vinyl, including "How Many MC's", "Ready Or Not", "Killing Me ... LP, Vinyl record album
Idlers/Traffic, 1988. New Copy (reissue)
The legendary album by the third star in the original Native Tongues trinity! Before the first De La and Tribe LPs, and with hint of all the great stuff that was to come – jazzy beats, nice rhymes,and straight butter all the way through. This double vinyl version includes a bonus track ... LP, Vinyl record album
Metal Face, 1999. New Copy 2LP (reissue)
The first full length from MF Doom –setting the standard for underground hip hop to come! On this modern classic, Doom caps off the 90s with more jazzy soul in the beats, and some semblance of straightforward, if busy rhyme mastery from Doom & his guests – taken to the outer limits! ... LP, Vinyl record album
Loud/RCA, 1993. New Copy (reissue)
The classic first LP with Method Man, Ghost Face Killer, Raekwon, Ol' Dirty Bastard, and The Genius. The start of a generation, and of the hip hop enterprise that overshadowed a lot of the mid 90s! 12 tracks, including "Can It All Be So Simple", "Method Man", "Da Mystery ... LP, Vinyl record album

Freddie Gibbs

Alfredo
ESGN, 2020. New Copy
Freddie Gibbs's gradual ascent to the upper echelon of modern hip hop – and his impeccable choice in production partners, this time working from beginning to end with long serving beat king The Alchemist – shows no signs of slowing down! Lyrically, Freddie is riffing on mob lore on ... LP, Vinyl record album

Ghostface Killah

More Fish
Def Jam, 2006. New Copy 2LP (reissue)
Def Jam must've been as high on Fishscale as the rest of the hip hop heads – as here's an official end of '06 addendum LP to the one of the better LPs from a Wu Tang alum in years! More Fish brings in a few more appearances by Ghost's Theodore Unit roster – with production by J-Live on ... LP, Vinyl record album
Metal Face, 1994. New Copy 2 CDs
A legendary record from KMD – one that languished unreleased for far too long! Black Bastards has few tracks the maintain the jazzier sound of the first album, but they're mostly coming a little bit rawer, perfectly balancing their earlier style that gritty early 90s hip hop vibe. As solid as ... CD
Jive/Traffic, 1986. New Copy
CD...$7.99 16.98
The classic first solo album from Kool Moe Dee – pivotal solo rap from the onetime Treacherous Three rhyme slinger – formative stuff that works nearly as well, to our ears anyway, as his platinum breakout How You Like Me Now! 9 tracks on the original album: "Go See The ... CD

Just-Ice

Masterpiece
Fresh/Traffic, 1990. New Copy
CD...$7.99 15.98
A later set by Just Ice – produced by Grandmaster Flash – and record that sounds a lot better than we remembered! Tight, hard hitting dawn of the 90s beats from Flash and that gruff, tight rhyme delivery from Just-Ice. It might not be a masterpiece on par with Kool & Deadly, but ... 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
Wreck/P-Vine (Japan), 1995. New Copy
Classic Boot Camp hip hop from the Clik's peak era – with timeless production by Da Beatminerz. Stark, hard hitting beats of forthright rhymes from the heart of the mid 90s – such a classic era for hip hop in general, and this one strands strong even in such impeccable company! It might ... CD

DJ Fresh & Curren$y

Tonite Show With Curren$y
Fresh In The Flesh, 2020. New Copy
Fresh hip hop from Bay Area producer DJ Fresh & New Orleans rhymer Curren$y! This one kicks off smoothly with with a smooth jazz sample before settling in to tight mix bass heavy beats anchoring some diverse atmosphere on the production tip, Fresh can roll from synthy and light keys floating ... LP, Vinyl record album
Capitol, 1989. New Copy 2LP Gatefold (reissue)
The Beasties' masterpiece – and one of the original nightmares for sampling opponents everywhere – the cut & paste hip hop classic Paul's Boutique! The Dust Brothers unapologetic way of weaving very famous samples with soul, funk and film score obscurities would steal the show if ... LP, Vinyl record album

Snoop Dogg

Last Meal
No Limit/Capitol, 2000. New Copy 2LP (reissue)
Snoop Dogg's last and best album for No Limit – a turn of the millennium effort that stands a a lot stronger in retrospect, and certainly signaling the coming resurgence Snoop would carrying pretty strongly in the new decade. After Death Row hit hard times and Snoop found into the No Limit ... 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
Mass Appeal, 2020. New Copy
Seasons and styles change, but Nas stays true to his strong suits and status as one of the longest running living legends in the game! He stays in his neo-classic comfort zone on King's Disease – leading the way throughout with remarkably wordy, charismatically delivered rhymes, never fading ... CD

Lil Wayne

Funeral
Universal/Republic, 2020. New Copy 2LP Gatefold
The album's no funeral for Lil Wayne – and instead it's a bit of a rebirth, the kind of set that not only shows the world that Weezy's alive and well – but he's also not going anywhere anytime soon! The pace really picks up on a number of these tracks – maybe showing more youth ... LP, Vinyl record album

Cold Crush Brothers

Troopers
West Side/Demon (UK), 1988. New Copy (reissue)
The Cold Crush Brothers were a seminal force in New York hip hop in the mid 80s – thanks to singles on Tuff City, Profile, and B Boy – but this is the first full album the group ever issued, and really the only one until later collections of their work! The vibe here follows from the B ... LP, Vinyl record album
BBE (UK), 2006. New Copy 2LP Gatefold
A glorious send off from J Dilla – with some of the most soulful productions Dilla's ever laid down! It's impossible to listen to The Shining without considering the sad circumstances surrounding its release, and all too easy to over praise, but this record is filled timelessly inventive ... LP, Vinyl record album
Sooper, 2020. New Copy 2LP Gatefold
A fantastic second album from Chicago's Sen Morimoto – and, like the first, a set that really moves beyond simple definition! Sen's got years of experience in jazz and rock – and those elements come into play with his hip hop production, in ways that make for a real genre-crossing ... LP, Vinyl record album
Def Jam, 2020. New Copy Gatefold
Public Enemy gave us plenty of knowledge and power back in the day – and we maybe need their message more than ever in 2020 – a year that marks their return to their original home at Def Jam! The group have help from plenty of guests here – maybe more so than they would have had ... 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
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

Professionals (Madlib & Oh No)

Professionals
Madlib Invazion, 2020. New Copy
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 ... LP, Vinyl record album
Rhymesayers, 2020. New Copy 2LP
A smoking Rhymesayers debut from Sa-Roc – one of the most inventive female MCs of the past decade, and an artist who just continues to explode with fresh energy on each new release! The album's mostly produced by Sol Messiah – Sa-Roc's longtime musical partner, and a talent who really ... LP, Vinyl record album
Warner, 2020. New Copy
A short, brilliant blast of creative wordplay from Earl Sweatshirt – who'd been riding a peak for years leading up the Feet Of Clay and shows no signs of coming down – with production by ES himself, Alchemist, Ovrcast and a Mach Hommy, all tasked with providing a moody, headnodding ... LP, Vinyl record album

Slum Village & Abstract Orchestra

Fantastic 2020 Vol 2 (red vinyl pressing)
Ne'Astra, 2020. New Copy
Slum Village teams up with the hip hop-reared jazz funk collective Abstract Orchestra for this worthy revisit/live band rework of the legendary Fantastic Vol 2 – a soulful Detroit hip hop classic and a vital piece of the late great J Dilla's legacy! A few cuts have prominent vocals, others ... LP, Vinyl record album
Interscope, 2010. New Copy 2LP Gatefold
Titles include "Fashion Beats", "Don't Stop The Party", "Love You Long Time", "Time (Dirty Bit)", "Someday", "Whenever", "Best One Yet", "Just Can't Get Enough", "Play It Loud", "Do It Like This", ... LP, Vinyl record album
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
Fake Four Inc, 2020. New Copy (pic cover)
Oddball, brilliant, slyly concept-driven hip hop from Serengeti in his Kenny Dennis alter ego! The story behind the 1979 Kenny Dennis Demos is that the working class Chicago every man Kenny got signed and cut a couple demos in the style of the times in the late 70s – an opportunity to hear ... 7-inch, Vinyl record

J Dilla

Shining
BBE (UK), 2006. New Copy
A glorious send off from J Dilla – with some of the most soulful productions Dilla's ever laid down – and appearances by Common, D'Angelo, Pharoahe Monch, Madlib, MED, Black Thought and others! It's impossible to listen to The Shining without considering the sad circumstances ... CD
Sleeping Bag/Traffic, Late 80s. New Copy 2CD
CD...$7.99 17.98
Prime early electro hip hop genius from Mantronix – fresh beats and rap from Mantronix, including tight singles, 12" mixes and some classic production work for T La Rock, Just Ice and more – 2CDs that cover the vital mid 80s period! Includes those classic early hits with the ... CD
Lewis, 2005. New Copy
CD...$6.99 15.98
Edan returns with a new set of his sample heavy wizardry – this time out steeped heavily in late 60s pysch out flourishes, yet still sporting the thickest breakbeats available. His rhyme style is both ridiculous and genius – with tongue twists that pay homage and blast forward ... CD
Wagram (France), Late 90s. New Copy
A really cool collection, from that great moment when the French hip hop scene exploded on the world with a whole new sound and whole new style! Back in the early days of the old school, some folks thought the French language would never work for rap music – but this generation of performers ... 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

Action Bronson

Only For Dolphins
Loma Vista, 2020. New Copy Gatefold
A dolphin welcomes the listener to the record – a sign that you're clearly in for something different than usual – and that sense of whimsy returns throughout, in a mix of rhythms, sound samples, and other elements that all stand as a nice contrast to the more straightforward rhymes in ... LP, Vinyl record album
Columbia, 2002. New Copy 2LP Gatefold (reissue)
Nas's sorta comeback record from the dawn of the millennium– a strong one at the time that still stands strong today! Stillmatic was a welcome change of pace after some not so great work in the later 90 – with the return-to-form rally cry "One Mic" setting the pace – ... LP, Vinyl record album

Brand Nubian

In God We Trust
Rush/Elektra, 1992. New Copy 2LP (reissue)
Early 90s greatness from Brand Nubian! Once Puba left the group, we were all ready for this sophomore effort to just fall flat. But Sadat X and Lord Jamar aquit themselves nicely on the mic, and the beats are head-noddingly satisfying too, no doubt due to Dante Ross's guidance. And they don't ... LP, Vinyl record album
Pay Jay, 1990s/2000s. New Copy 2 CDs
Formative Dilla beats – raw SP-1200 and Akai MPC material created and cataloged by the legendary producer over the years and served as blueprint/building blocks for some of his most revered productions throughout his career! This being the work of master, it doesn't play like a mere beat ... CD
Pay Jay, Early 2000s. New Copy 2 CDs
J Dilla at his grittiest, most rugged & raw – in both the production and rhyme realms – 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 ... CD

Black Rock & Ron

Stop The World
RCA/Get On Down, 1989. New Copy
CD...$6.99 14.98
The rare, late 80s gem from Black Rock & Ron – dedicated to and featuring production by the late, great Paul C McKasty – along with some production by Jazzy Jay and Skeff Anselm. You can hear Paul C's influence in the edits, the tightness of the beats and the layering and chopping ... CD

Tribe Called Quest

Anthology
Jive, 1990s. New Copy 2LP
Tracks include "Check The Rhime", "Bonita Applebum", "Award Tour", "Can I Kick It?", "Scenario", "Buggin' Out", "If The Papes Come", "Electric Relaxation", "Jazz (We've Got)", "I Left My Wallet In El ... LP, Vinyl record album

Pseudo Slang & Pawcut

Wanderverse
Baby Steps, 2020. New Copy 2LP
Laidback beats with plenty of boom – just the right sort of mellow setting to allow the rhymes to flow in the best way possible – core lyrics from Emcee Sick, with contributions from Cudtry Cadillac, Dheema, and Jon Blazini! There's a nicely jazzy current – almost in an early 90s ... LP, Vinyl record album

Pete Rock & Camp Lo

80 Blocks From Tiffany's II
Soul Brother, 2020. New Copy
A wonderfully old school set from Pete Rock and Camp Lo – beats by the former, rhymes by the latter – and guest work from a host of talents who include Talib Kweli, Uncle Murda, MOP, Tyler Woods, and Mac Miller! The whole thing's got a great 90s hip hop vibe – Pete Rock very much ... CD
Elektra/Music On Vinyl (UK), 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
 
Updated December 01, 2020


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