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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!


Def Jam, 1988. New Copy 2LP (reissue)
Slick Rick's first solo album – one of the vital early front-to-back hip hop albums of the late 80s Def Jam prime era – and up there with the best ever! MC Ricky D introduced the world to a whole new rap style on Doug E Fresh's "The Show" and by the time this album dropped the ... LP, Vinyl record album
Def Jam, 1988. New Copy
Slick Rick's first solo album – one of the vital early front-to-back hip hop albums of the late 80s Def Jam prime era – and up there with the best ever! MC Ricky D introduced the world to a whole new rap style on Doug E Fresh's "The Show" and by the time this album dropped the ... CD
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

Freddie Gibbs

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 ... 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
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
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
East West/Music On Vinyl (Netherlands), 1995. New Copy 2LP (reissue)
Das EFX's third album finds them holding down a more jam-packed approach than ever before – longer by half than their previous LPs and with a strong sense of purpose! Das EFX appeared with such a unique rhyme style, by this point they really needed to balance the tasks of being recognizable ... LP, Vinyl record album

Alkaholiks

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

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

MSXII Sound Design

70s Soul Aesthetics
MSX Sound Design, 2018. New Copy
The album's got 70s soul in the title, and 70s soul in the grooves – even though most of the tracks are relatively short instrumentals! Still, there's a production vibe here that takes us back to the best work of the golden decade – echoes of the hipper Motown moments, Philly soul and ... LP, Vinyl record album

Infinito 2017

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

Beastie Boys

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
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

Ras G & The Afrikan Space Program

Stargate Music
Leaving, 2018. New Copy
Perhaps the farthest reaching set of cosmic hip hop instrumentals from Ras G yet! Stargate Music takes flight from a rawly experimental beginning – static-y beats, chimes, a bit of keys and a manipulated vocal sample – but you know it's set to blast off into the blissfully funky cosmos ... LP, Vinyl record album
Interscope, 1991. New Copy 2LP Gatefold (reissue)
The landmark debut of 2Pac – hard rhymes and gritty production laying the bedrock for an iconic legacy! 2Pac's voice is front and center throughout, nothing tentative about the rhymes or delivery, and true to legend, every word feels honest and real, whether you're comfortable with it or not. ... LP, Vinyl record album

Homeboy Sandman & Edan

Humble Pi EP
Stones Throw, 2018. New Copy
A tight EP from indie rap dream duo Homeboy Sandman & Edan – and one we're happy to see out on Stones Throw, too, as it's strongly in the spirit of the label's leftfield hip hop roots! Edan's production here is cool balance of psychedelic synth funk and straightforward compelling ... LP, Vinyl record album

Chris Orrick (Red Pill)

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

Mistafide

Equidity Funk
Land Of Hits (UK), 1980. New Copy (reissue)
Funky old school rap from the Peter Brown vaults! "Equidity Funk is a fantastic mix of funk and early hip hop – the kind of bassy, bubbly cut that feels like it came straight from the party scene in the streets – served up here in a nice long version, which is perfect for the ... 12-inch, Vinyl record
Quannum/Real People, 2003. New Copy
Lyrics Born of Latyrx fame drops a burning full length solo joint – and if we didn't recognize it as in instant classic on the early 00s it's earned that designation over time! This is pretty much entirely produced, arranged, programmed and written by LB, so if you know the style, you know ... CD

Knxwledge

Gladwemet EP
Stones Throw, 2018. New Copy (pic cover)
A tight little EP by LA beatcraft maestro Knxwledge – showing some impressive stylistic range! The vocal track "Relapse" features Traffic on the rhymes, Knxwledge's production bringing in a laidback funky electro soul vibe for Traffic's gritty, though introspective LA streets-schoole ... 7-inch, Vinyl record

Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five

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

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
Geffen, 1995. New Copy 2LP (reissue)
A Shaolin hip hop essential! Heavy numerological rhymes, and the some of the best production on any Wu project ever. One of our absolute favorite albums in the classic Wu pantheon – indisputably one of the very best – one of the very few that plays with hard solidity from start to ... LP, Vinyl record album
Interscope, 1993. New Copy 2LP (reissue)
A masterful second album from 2Pac – and a breakout that helped lay the groundwork for his brief but ever rising repuation and legacy! Kicking off with the thumping "Holler If Ya Hear Me" with the frenetic, almost Bomb Squad level wall of sound production by Live Squad that's ... 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
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

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
MCA/Universal, 1990. New Copy 2LP (reissue)
The third album from Eric B & Rakim – absolute classic MC/DJ duo hip hop and maybe their most solid from beginning end, as impossible as that should've been after high bars they set with Paid In Full & Follow The Leader! By this point, Rakim was firmly established as one of hip hop's ... LP, Vinyl record album
Madlib Invazion, 2014. New Copy 2LP
The restlessly inventive Madlib beats and production for Pinata, the excellent duo project with MC Freddie Gibbs! If you'll forgive us a little bit of repetition – because we KNOW we've written this before – there's just something extra riveting about Madlib's production work for ... 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
Stones Throw, 2003. New Copy 2LP
Damn! The MASSIVE collaborative album from the dynamic duo of Madlib and J Dilla! Essentially, Madlib handles the production on the even numbers in the set with Dilla on the vocals, and the roles are reversed on the odd numbers. Each producer does his own thing, as only he can do it – ... 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
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
Chrysalis, 1993. New Copy (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
Stones Throw, 2007. New Copy
The long awaited sides C & D in Madlib's incredible blend of Bombay soundtrack-styled funk, blunted Eastern beats, and all round stunning Middle Eastern accented hip hop instros! This time out Madlib, er, Beat Konducta is conducting beats, strings & things from India and/or otherwise East ... LP, Vinyl record album
Stones Throw, 2007. New Copy
Hazy beatcraft steeped in Indian soundtrack style funk, strings and percussion from the indefatigable Madlib – Volume 3 in the increasingly adventurous and conceptual outings of the Beat Konducta! This time out Madlib, er, Beat Konducta is conducting beats, strings & things from India ... LP, Vinyl record album

Gang Starr

Hard To Earn
Chrysalis, 1994. New Copy 2LP (reissue)
Gang Starr at pretty close to peak level here on 1994's Hard To Earn – and rather than continue to ride the waves they made on the previous couple classic albums, Guru sharpens the lyrical tone just a bit – spitting some more incisive rhymes over apporpriately gritty soul jazz beats ... LP, Vinyl record album
Geffen, 2007. New Copy 2LP (reissue)
Common lean, filler free late 80s Finding Forever – a set that's definitely the thematic follow up to the semi-comeback BE LP – and a solid one, with highpoints that equal Com's best work of the decade! The set is largely produced by Kanye West, with some terse, harder hitting moments, ... LP, Vinyl record album
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
Shady/Interscope, 2002. New Copy 2LP (reissue)
How 50 Cent manages to stand out as such a genuinely exciting MC is in such a crowded field of street hip hop around the time this breakthrough came out is as mysterious as it is beside the point. Dr. Dre's love for that minimalist ghetto synth orchestra sound is in full depth here – this is ... LP, Vinyl record album
Def Jam, 1990. New Copy (reissue)
A huge moment for LL Cool J – and a set that has him balanced nicely between the sharp rhymes of his roots and the rising stardom of his role in the larger world of R&B as well! Marley Marl produced, and the whole thing's still got a nice edge – even though some of these tunes ... LP, Vinyl record album

Ghostface Killah

Lost Tapes
Daupe (UK), 2018. New Copy
Ghostface in his comfort zone of dusty cinematic soul beats, strings samples and distinctively dexterous wordplay on The Lost Tapes! Contrary to the title, this an all new effort as opposed to a dive into the vaults – with the production credited to Big Ghost LTD and guest appearances by ... LP, Vinyl record album

Drake

Scorpion
Cash Money, 2018. New Copy 2LP Gatefold
Drake still with lot of sting left in him after all these years on top! You really gotta hand it to him for keeping creatively ambitious at a point when he might be able to do just as well on the charts even if he phoned it in, but he's not doing that at all on Scorpion. There are sparsely-furnished ... LP, Vinyl record album
Elektra/Omerta, 1998. New Copy 2LP (reissue)
Busta Rhymes at his explosive late 90s best, capping off an end times-anticipating trilogy here with the follow-up to The Coming and When Disaster Strikes! An approaching mass extinction apocalypse is as sound of a backdrop for Busta's wildly extrovert rhyme style, one of a kind voice and manic ... LP, Vinyl record album
HHV (Germany), 1998. New Copy 2LP (reissue)
Grouch steps up his game! As you might expect from the title, Grouch was in no mood to suffer fools at this point, but the record isn't about angry rants, it's more thoughtful and measured in approach than that by far, and he's at his most versatile on the mic on this one. Titles Includes "I'm ... LP, Vinyl record album

Kids See Ghosts

Kids See Ghosts
Def Jam, 2018. New Copy
Kanye 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 ... 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

Czarface & Ghostface Killah

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

Madlib & Freddie Gibbs

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
 
Updated April 25, 2019


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