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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!


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
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
Interscope, 2008. New Copy (reissue)
NERD sees sounds all right – and those sounds are far looser and more free associative than the precise hitmaking formula that main NERDs Pharell Williams and Chad Hugo spun as superstar production team The Neptunes! The sounds to see, feel, and hear, include jittery synthesizer beatcraft, ... LP, Vinyl record album
Sleeping Bag/Octave (Japan), 1986. New Copy
The follow up to the classic first LP! Listening to Kurtis Mantronik productions all of these years later is a definite educational experience, given the huge influence the crisp synth sounds had on the future of hip hop – not only as a matter of necessity, given the cost of sample clearance ... CD
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
Bulk, 2018. New Copy 2LP Gatefold
The instrumental companion to the triumphant return of Dr Octagon – finally a worthy follow-up to the Dr Octagon/Dr Octagonecologyst album, one of the most influential hip hop LPs ever – we can't imagine Madvillian and so many other other willfully out there rap classics would've ... 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
Coup D'Etat/Mortier, 2002. New Copy 2LP (reissue)
Nothing fancy – just a way too long in the making, straight up hip hop record from J-Live, a record that takes a lot of pride in the wordplay and stands the test of time! This record would sit well next to some of your favorite 90s hip hop, despite the early 00s release date, J-Live with the ... 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

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

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
Dirty Science, 2019. New Copy
Ras G down to Earth and in gritty boombap beats mode! As much as we love Ras when he's exploring the cosmos, there's something so impressive about his ability to keep things grounded in a straight forward headnodding hip hop instrumentals realm – classic level MPC sampler craft with insistent ... 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
CD...$9.99 15.98
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

Kids See Ghosts

Kids See Ghosts
Def Jam, 2018. New Copy
KKanye 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 ... CD
Bad Boy, 1990s. New Copy 2LP
A strong batch of classic Notorious BIG! Greatest Hits took some hits upon release for falling short of being the single definitive statment on Biggie's tragically short career that you might expect from the title, but history has been a little more kind to it, as it should be – really is a ... LP, Vinyl record album

Kendrick Lamar

To Pimp A Butterfly
Interscope, 2015. New Copy 2LP Gatefold
Kendrick Lamar takes wider creative left turns than ever before on To Pimp A Butterfly – with a funk steeped production style that filters tried-and-true P Funk influences through leftfield modern beatcraft styles, inspired by cats like Madlib to Thundercat, the latter of whom is an official ... 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
Bulk, 2018. New Copy
The triumphant return of Dr Octagon gets a full scale remix treatment – a spacey, worthwhile alternate version/companion piece to Moosebumps! On Moosebumps, Kool Keith, Dan The Automator and DJ QBert finally delivered worthy follow-up to the landmark Dr Octagon/Dr Octagonecologyst album, one ... 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

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

Kanye West

Ye
Def Jam, 2018. New Copy
Pop culture baggage aside, this is some pretty mesmerizing stuff from Kanye West! Ye the album, if his persona hasn't turned you off by now, is a compelling effort from what we'll dub Kanye's "puzzle period" – this strange era of his recorded output that's a long time since his ... LP, Vinyl record album
Silver Age, 2019. New Copy LP & Comic Book
High concept hip hop from team Czarface – 7L & Esoteric joined by Wu-Tang veteran Inspectah Deck – doing their own action-packed thing once again after full length collaborations like-minded adventuror MF Doom and fellow Wu legend Ghostface Killah. The core Czarface trio is ... 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

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
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
ALC, 2019. New Copy
Alchemist mixing up hypnotic aural elixirs in ways we've never heard from the legendary hip hop producer – working with samples, sounds and atmosphere from French jazz, funk, soundtracks and psychedelia – half a world away from the bedrock hip hop he made is name on! It's a rewarding ... 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

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

J Dilla (Jay Dee)

Donuts
Stones Throw, 2005. New Copy 2LP
The classic batch of instrumentals from J Dilla – one that strongly transcends the hip hop genre – and perhaps his rawest, and most adventurous listening experience ever! The loopy soul samples, rich synth/electro shine, and thumping bass and soul beats that Dilla largely made his name ... LP, Vinyl record album
Nature Sounds, 2000s. New Copy 2LP (reissue)
Heavily funky sci fi weirdness from the Metal Face archives! If you dig Doom beats – and why wouldn't ya?! – this is pretty prime stuff. They come nice and heavy, with all the rolling soul sample loops, peppered with odball dialog snippets from horror and sci fi flicks here and there. ... LP, Vinyl record album

Ghostface Killah & Adrian Younge

Twelve Reasons To Die 2
Linear Labs, 2015. New Copy
A superior sequel to Ghostface Killah & Adrian Younge's Twelve Reasons To Die saga – cementing the mid teens Ghostface creative resurgence in a major way – with some of the finest production work by Younge to date! It's a stunning reminder of how sharp Ghostface can be this late in ... LP, Vinyl record album
Glassnote, 2017. New Copy
Childish Gambino once again transcends anything you might be expecting from an actor/musician – this is not some vain star trip at all, but a worthy, boundary-busting effort – and a pretty sizable step away from idiosyncratic, yet accessible hip hop into spacey pop funk! Strong stuff, ... 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
Polydor/Cherry Pop (UK), 1984. New Copy 2CD
A pair of 80s street soul soundtracks – Breakin and Breakin 2 – reissued here with the title as Breakdance, which is how they appeared in the UK! Maybe Breakin wasn't the most accurate, most faithful portrait of life on the streets in the early 80s – but the film was a great ... CD
Sugar Hill/Rhino, Late 70s. New Copy 6 x 12 inch singles set (reissue)
A hefty tribute to the 12" single at Sugar Hill Records – a label who really helped but that format on the map in the world of hip hop! Sugar Hill were one of the first to really embrace the 12" for the sounds of the South Bronx – and they managed to get theirs out to more ... 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
Bad Boy/Atlantic, 1994. New Copy (reissue)
Classic era Bad Boy hip hop pairing tracks by Craig Mack & Biggie – both gone but never to be forgotten – originally issued as a promo-only sampler in 1994 and reissued here for the first time ever as a LP & cassette combo! The Craig Mack side includes the classic single "Fl ... 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
HHV (Germany), 1998. New Copy 2LP (reissue)
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 Here", "All ... LP, Vinyl record album
Koch, 2004. New Copy 2LP Gatefold (reissue)
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HHV (Germany), 1997. New Copy 2LP
The solid EP follow-up to the semi-slept on classic World Deluxe – and much like that near flawless record, it's an overlooked gem that ought to be on shelf of any fan on classic mid-to-late 90s jazzy hip hop! Includes "Live & Direct", "The Greatest MC's", "Turnin' ... LP, Vinyl record album

Pete Rock

Soul Survivor
Loud/Nature Sounds, 1998. New Copy 2LP (reissue)
A milestone for Pete Rock – stepping out on his own after the split of his legendary duo with CL Smooth for one of the finest producer headlined hip hop records of the late 90s! An all star lineup is on the mic – including Inspectah Deck, Kurupt, Method Man, OC, Raekwon, Ghostface, ... LP, Vinyl record album
Warner, 2011. New Copy 2LP Gatefold (reissue)
Lupe Fiasco proves again why he's one of the most respected voices in early post-millennium hip hop on Lasers – running the show here, but with some guest spots by Skylar Grey, Trey Songz, MDMA and others. Lupe is that fascinating figure who is more likely to be heard plotting a route out of ... LP, Vinyl record album

Czarface & MF Doom

Czarface Meets Metal Face
Silver Age, 2018. New Copy
The Czarface team of Wu-Tang veteran Inspectah Deck and Boston underground hip hop heavyweights 7L & Esoteric are joined by the one-and-only MF Doom – a bonafide supergroup – and one of the finest comic book/sci-fi rap records since Madvillainy! Each one of these characters is so ... LP, Vinyl record album
 
Updated June 26, 2019


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