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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!


Auto Reverse, 2011. New Copy (reissue)
The always hard-to-find (and often completely unavailable second album by one-of-a-kind MC Open Mike Eagle! Something of a hard-sought contemporary indie rap classic, titles include "The Processional (Funeral March)", "Nightmares", "No Body Nose", "NH2 (Grins & ... LP, Vinyl record album
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
Mercury, 1991. New Copy (reissue)
A Native Tongues (more or less) hip hop classic from 1991! We hardly need tell you about this one, but in case you can't remember, this is the LP with "Flavor Of The Month", "Similak Child", "Pass The 40", "To Whom It May Concern", "Butt In The ... LP, Vinyl record album
Well Done (colored vinyl pressing)
Dcide, 2011. New Copy 2LP (reissue)
A pivotal early effort for Action Bronson – working here on a full scale duo effort with underground producer & MC Statik Selektah handling the production! AB is on fire here, and it's no surprise he'd go on to be a prominent figure in hip hop after this, but it's doesn't really sound ... LP, Vinyl record album
Babygrande, 2005. New Copy 2LP (reissue)
The full length arrival of the supergroup Army Of Pharaohs – presented by Jedi Mind Tricks – featuring Esoteric, Celph Titled, Apathy, King Syze, Crypt The Warchild, Vinnie Paz, Chief Kamachi and others! It's the right mix of epic and raw – each MC bringing grit and precision, ... 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
Stones Throw, 2014. New Copy
Madlib's funky sound cues for the excellent Stones Throw documentary My Vinyl Weighs A Ton – his first ever bonafide film soundtrack material – smartly steeped in all the elements that make the Stones Throw label and the the man himself so great! The label's ouvre over the years ... LP, Vinyl record album
Rawkus, 1998. Used
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 ... CD
Rhymesayers, 2018. New Copy 2LP Gatefold
A tougher and more lyrically anxious effort from longstanding independent heroes Atmosphere! True its title, this one is deeply rooted in their south Minneapolis home and the lives they've built for themselves there. A rock solid set of strong, personal hip hop, tailored to the culturally ... LP, Vinyl record album
Mutual Intentions, 2018. New Copy
Includes "Moon Is Out", "It's Black", "My Only Outlet", "Kool Aid Pool", "Chicken Soup", "Make Due", "Mind Games" and more. LP, Vinyl record album
Out Of Sight, Out Of Mind
HHV (Germany), 2018. New Copy
Inlcudes "Intro", "Set It", "Khaled", "Dad", "RIP Parlan", "Moon Is Out Remix", "Love Theme", "Mind Over Matter", "Skip That", "Keep It Rio", "Swim", "Make Due Remix", "Voila ... LP, Vinyl record album
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
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
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
Highway Robbery
Coalmine, 2013/2016. New Copy (reissue)
Detroit's Guilty Simpson teams up with Philly producer Small Professor – with appearances by Boldy James, Statik Selektah, AG, Castle & Euclid – plus remixes by DJ Revolution & Zilla Rocca. Production wise, it's got a lotta dense beats and off-kilter, though walloping percussion ... LP, Vinyl record album
Jive/Get On Down, 1990. New Copy (reissue)
Too Short's third album for Jive and sixth overall, still riding at a near peak level, since Born To Mack and Life Is...pretty much made a him a legend while still in his early 20s! A few tracks have the same dark humor as the above mentioned classics, but he takes a turn into seriousness on " ... LP, Vinyl record album
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
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
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 interesting crop synths and fuzz steeped production and some interesting samples in the mix ... CD
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
In My Mind
Star Trak/Universal, 2006. New Copy 2LP (reissue)
Pharrell's first solo album – finally issued after months of anticipation between the release of the first single and a oft-delayed street date, time enough to wonder which Pharrell would take the lead – the electro-thumping, hip hop revisionist producer with the laidback rhymes, or the ... LP, Vinyl record album
Shorty The Pimp
Jive/Get On Down, 1992. New Copy (reissue)
Too Short still going strong in the early 90s! This one holds up better than we gave it credit for back in the day, with Too Short showing love for Blaxploitation era pimp flick lore, as paired with his already legendary underground rap style of purposefully profane lyrics and distinctive approach ... LP, Vinyl record album
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
Quite A Life
Real People, 2018. New Copy
A milestone effort from Bay Area veteran Lyrics Born – who has been delivering rock solid funky soul-steeped hip hop solo, with his Latyrx duo, and as a producer for well over 20 years by this point – and still delivering the goods after all these years! He's been leaning more on gritty ... CD
By Nights
King Underground (UK), 2016. New Copy (reissue)
A fantastic debut from Yogisoul – a great producer with an ear for just the right sort of sounds to match the evocative title and cover of the record! The whole thing's nicely chilled out, but never sleepy – warm keyboards illuminating the corners of the beat architecture in this ... 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
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
Rhymesayers, Late 2000s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold (reissue)
A great little anthology of Atmosphere's seasonal Sad Clown Bad EP series from 2007-2008 – Summer, Fall, Winter & Spring – in a 2LP set! Slug & Ant were at peak creativity and peak activity at that point, especially considering how strong this stuff is and howwell it holds up ... LP, Vinyl record album
Bad Boy, 1994. New Copy (pic cover, reissue)
A peak era single by Notorious BIG! On "Juicy" Puffy does a nice job producing this signature 'reminiscing-now-that-I-made-it' hit, and the remix by Pete Rock is even better. "Unbelievable" is Biggie with amazing prodution, as always, by Premier. 12-inch, Vinyl record
Flexin Hard 2
Woodwurk (UK), 2018. New Copy
All the samples used in DJ Woody's Flexicuts 3 and 4 – served up here on a special album of skip-proof scratch phrases! The whole thing takes us back to the sorts of DJ tools albums that emerged at the end of the 90s – lots of short vocal bits and sound snippets, all waiting to be ... 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
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
Redefinition, 2018. New Copy
DJ Spinna's third and maybe best beat tape yet for the Redefinition label! It's head nodding beatcraft with raw soul power, but going deeper than that with some seriously deft use of samples and layered atmospheric elements. The beats clap and the bass bounces, keeping it in straight forward boom ... LP, Vinyl record album
Templar, 2009. New Copy (reissue)
The debut of Seattle indie hop hop luminaries Shabazz Palaces – one of the cooler hip hop albums of the late 00s/early teens for sure – and one of the least predictable creative comebacks of the era, too – being the contemporary vessel from Ishmael Butler, aka Butterfly from ... LP, Vinyl record album
Redefinition, 2000s/2018. New Copy 4 x 7 inch
A 4 X 7" testament to the longevity and timeless craft of 3 hip hop legends – MC Edo G and masterful producers DJ Premier & Pete Rock! It's a great little round up of old school style rap singles in a single package, pairing vocal versions with instrumentals, with 4 rock solid tracks ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Delicious Vinyl/Craft, 1992. New Copy 2LP
The essential early 90s classic by The Pharcyde, the group's high water mark, and one of the greatest hip hop albums of the era! Along with Del and the Souls Of Mischief, the Pharcyde were one of the few West Coast units to achieve any kind of widespread popularity using the uniquely loopy, ... LP, Vinyl record album
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
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
Happysad
Stones Throw, 2018. New Copy
An impressive blend of jazz and hazy hip hop beatcraft from Kiefer – his best yet! We dug Kiefer's earlier Kickinit Alone a lot, too, but Happysad feels like a next level effort. Jazz piano really stands out as the leading light in the sound here – it's the real thing, too – ... LP, Vinyl record album
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
Unseen Breaks
Loveturl, 2018. New Copy
A 7 inch edit of of the modern classic underground Detroit hip hop chronicle The Unseen – A Detroit Beat Tape – the documentary feature and stellar soundtrack featuring the work of Amp Fiddler, Waajeed, House Shoes, Big Tone, J Dilla and many more! Unseen Breaks takes beats from the doc ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
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
Deltron 3030
75 Ark/Deltron Partners, 2000. New Copy 2 LPs (reissue)
Del Tha Funkee Homosapien, Kid Koala, and Dan The Automator pool their skills for this dawn of the 2000s sci-fi hip hop classic – the masterful Deltron 3030! The guest list is almost too long to get into, but Money Mark, Prince Paul, PB Wolf and Mr. Lif are all here, along with many others. ... LP, Vinyl record album
Rhymesayers, 2018. New Copy 2LP
Soul searching & personal storytelling from Dem Atlas, with resonating and relatable rhymes and big sounding boombap with funk, soul and rock accents – all prime aspects of Rhymesayers hip hop, but Dem Atlas brings a unique voice into the trademark style! Dem Atlas can sing and rhyme, ... LP, Vinyl record album
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
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
Juvenile Hell
4th & Broadway/Universal, 1993. New Copy (reissue)
The oft-overlooked full length debut of Mobb Deep – a raw formative effort cut for 4th & Broadway that deserved better both then and now! As the title promises, this is a younger, but already streets-hardened Havoc & Prodigy – spitting unapologetically raw lyrics over benchmark ... LP, Vinyl record album
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
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
 
Updated October 21, 2018


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