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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
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
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
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

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
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
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

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
Decon, 2011. New Copy 2LP Gatefold (reissue)
A strong solo shot from Pusha T – essentially a major label solo album, though following up the Fear Of God mixtape – and it stands up pretty strongly after all these years, maybe even stronger than it did at the time with a couple of Clipse masterpiece LPs in recent memory. Guests ... LP, Vinyl record album
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
Giant/Reprise, 1991. New Copy (reissue)
The movie may not be one of the all-time classic action films, but it certainly gave the world a pretty great soundtrack – one that gave key mainstream exposure to some hip hop acts, and also served up a few mainstream R&B hits as well! Plus, the whole thing also gave Ice T some of his ... LP, Vinyl record album
Culture Power 45, 2019. New Copy
The epic third entry in Culture Power 45's Lost Cargo series – featuring standout veteran and rising talents from the Chicago hip hop scene as well top notch collaborators from other climes – including Fatnice, Tensei with Blu, Philmore Greene & Thaione Davis, Vic Spencer, Navarro, ... 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

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

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

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

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
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
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
Delicious Vinyl/Craft, 1995. New Copy 2LP Gatefold (reissue)
The second Pharcyde record – and though not as blunted and playful as the first one, it's still nearly as great – with that unrivaled, wholly original, easy west coast vibe! The production is more steady-handed this time around, which alienated fans of Bizarre Ride early on, but it ... 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, 2019. New Copy 2LP
LA underground mic hero Blu sounding as fresh and furiously-paced brilliant as he has in years – and teaming up with SoCal production favorite Oh No on this gem for Nature Sounds! Kicks off after the intro with the masterful "Lost Angels Anthem", setting bar pretty high with with ... 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
Columbia, 1995. New Copy
The classic first solo album by Big L – with bedrock DITC production by Buckwild, Showbiz and Lord Finesse – perfectly framing the rhymes by Harlem's finest. Big L didn't leave a huge wealth of recordings before he was taking away from the world, but he started out strong, and this ... CD
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
Wu/Sanctuary, 1990s. New Copy 2LP
A live set by Wu Tang – one that documents a good portion of their earlier work, plus solo material as well – from a show recorded in Cali in 2004. Titles include "Ice Cream", "Ghost Deini", "CREAM", "Clan In Da Front", "Da Mystery Of ... LP, Vinyl record album
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

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

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

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
Polygram/Get On Down, 1991. New Copy (reissue)
Ed OG's nice debut, with a slightly jazzy touch on the production and literate, intelligent lyrics. We really couldn't get with "Bug A Boo", but besides that, this first LP's solid from start to finish, from the days when that wasn't so uncommon. Drop the needle on this and head back in ... 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

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
Sleeping Bag/Demon (UK), 1985. New Copy (reissue)
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 ... 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

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

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

Beat Junkies

BJIOS Training Wax 2.0
Beat Junkie Sound, 2019. New Copy
A practice tool LP for DJs or turntablists looking to learn the tools of the trade or sharpen their skills – produced by turntable icons The World Famous Beat Junkies! Made specifically by this legendary crew to help you take your mixing, scratching and beat arranging prowess to higher ... LP, Vinyl record album

Choosey & Exile

Black Beans
Dirty Science, 2019. New Copy 2LP Gatefold
The long awaited return of Choosey – celebrating his Afro-Chicano roots on this one, and doing so with top notch Exhile production. Titles include "I Did", "Black Beans", "You Got It" with Jimetta Rose", "Satisfied" with Deshawn, "Ain't ... 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
Interscope, 2008. New Copy 2LP (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
Elektra/Get On Down, 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
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
Geffen, 2004. New Copy 2LP (reissue)
The Roots make kind of a return to their own roots with Tipping Point – a loose, funky, hip hop soul opus from the legendary Philly crew! The record's got a much more streamlined and focused ambition than Phrenology or Things Fall Apart – and it's a brilliant extenuation of their ... LP, Vinyl record album
Rawkus, 1998. New Copy
The first full-length from Mos Def and Talib Kweli together as Black Star – a benchmark moment in hip hop history, and one of the finest duo vocal hip hip records of the 90s – and one of the best ever on Rawkus! In hindsight, it's all the more rewarding given Talib Kweli's longevity in ... LP, Vinyl record album
75 Ark/Deltron Partners, 2001. New Copy 2LP (reissue)
Del Tha Funkee Homosapien, Kid Koala, and Dan The Automator pool their skills for this dawn of the 2000s classic – the masterful Deltron 3030 – pared down the sci-fi hip hop funk essentials on the Automator and Koala instrumentals! One of the benchmark albums in the leftfield ... LP, Vinyl record album

Roots

Undun
Def Jam, 2011. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)
Hip hop's reigning kings of longevity The Roots deliver another great album with Undun – we'd have to think it's entirely uncompromising and they're doing exactly what they want to do on this one – so if you thought their day (eh, latenight) job would would bring their album work into ... LP, Vinyl record album
Mortier, 2000. New Copy 2LP (reissue)
The first full length by underground favorite J-Live! The Best Part had legendarily long gestation period, but for all the time it took to see a proper release – begun as early as '97 and finally seeing release at the dawn of the new millennium – but for all the stops and starts behind ... 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
 
Updated August 20, 2019


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