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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!


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

Talib Kweli & Madlib

Liberation
Blacksmith, 2007. New Copy
The dynamic duo of Talib Kweli & Madlib making jazzy & funky, stripped down, beautiful hip hop together – originally released as a surprise free download on Stones Throw's website – now on LP on Kweli's Blacksmith label! Liberation finds Talib rocking his precise, thoughtful, ... LP, Vinyl record album
Celluloid/Distance, Early 80s. New Copy
CD...$2.99 11.99
A great collection of early 80s hip hop and electro singles on Celluloid – featuring some of the best tracks from the label, hand-picked by the Micronauts! Titles include "The Roxy" by Phase II, "Crazy Cuts (long version)" by Grandmixer D St, "The Wildstyle ... CD
BBE (UK), 2001/2005. New Copy
CD...$9.99 18.99
A classic masterpiece from J Dilla – a record that set the tone for countless hip hop releases in years to come – but which still shows Jay Dee as one of the smartest, sharpest, most forward-thinking producers to rule the roost! The set's got some incredible live instrumentation – ... CD
Rhymesayers, 2004. New Copy 2LP Gatefold (reissue)
The bugged sci fi maestro MF Doom's mid 00s masterpiece – and a straight up tie with Madvilliany for the championship title of best Doom-related LP since his immortal debut! As you'd guess from the title, this album has a running theme with food, each title funnier than the last, but stays ... LP, Vinyl record album
Metal Face, 1994. New Copy 2LP (reissue)
A legendary record from KMD – the group's second album, which was unissued at the time because their label had an issue with the now-famous cover image! The set is every bit as fantastic as their first – with some of that strong influence from jazz that marked their music as a real ... LP, Vinyl record album

Viktor Vaughn (MF Doom)

Vaudeville Villain
Sound Ink/Get On Down, 2003. New Copy
Sinister sounds from MF Doom – working here under his Viktor Vaughn identity, yet serving up the same fantastic blend of hardness and wit as in the other records under his own name! There's a lean, mean quality to the record that's wonderful – thanks to production from King Honey, Max ... CD

Slum Village

Fantastic Vol 1
Long Player/Ne'Astra, 1997. New Copy
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 ... CD

Slum Village

Fantastic Vol 2
Barak, 2000. New Copy
CD...$8.99 19.98
An instant classic from Slum Village – one of those records that kind of snuck out into the world, then became legendary as the years went on! Of course, with work from Jay Dee, there's no surprise that the album's got plenty of staying power – as he does a killer job here, throughout, ... CD
Pay Jay, Early 2000s. New Copy 2 CDs
CD...$6.99 14.98
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
Def Jam, Late 80s/1990s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold (reissue)
Public Enemy at the height of their power – all the best cuts from their early years on Def Jam Records – from a time when they were really helping expand the scope and political power of hip hop! The group were essential in taking the music from the parties in the streets to the ... LP, Vinyl record album
Diggers Factory, 2021. New Copy
A collection of lost tracks from DJ Cam – the French producer who first caught our ears with his effortless laidback funky tracks in the 90s – and who's gone on to keep on making great music over the years, even though less of the world is paying attention! Case in point is the work on ... LP, Vinyl record album

DJ Quik

Rhythm-Al-Ism
Profile/Be With (UK), 1998. New Copy 2LP (reissue)
A nicely surprising turn for DJ Quik – a set that has him bringing in a bit of an R&B vibe to his rhymes, and also unlocking maybe a bit more of his star power too! Quik really embraces the bass-heavy old school funk that was the stock in trade of the west coast scene for most of the 90s ... LP, Vinyl record album

DJ Quik

Safe & Sound
Profile/Be With (UK), 1995. New Copy 2LP (reissue)
Think what you want about DJ Quik, the west coast hip hopper is a key part of the sound of his scene in the 90s – and also maybe one of the most dedicated to the legacy of old school funk as well! This album's overflowing with wonderful samples – work by Cameo, Parliament, One Way, ... LP, Vinyl record album
E One, 2006. New Copy 2LP Gatefold (reissue)
... 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
Tommy Boy, 1994. New Copy 2LP (reissue)
Includes "Fantastic Voyage", "County Line", "Mama I'm In Love Wit A Gangsta" and more. LP, Vinyl record album
Island, 2011. New Copy Gatefold
... LP, Vinyl record album

Roc Marciano

Mt Marci
Fat Beats, 2021. New Copy 2LP
Roc Marciano's holding a paint-splattered gun on the cover – and it's clear that the weapon's just there for show, as the laidback image of Roc in the driver's seat is the real representation of the sound within! Marciano has a way of delivering a lyric that sounds incredibly casual, yet ... LP, Vinyl record album

Wildchild

Omowale
KRB, 2022. New Copy 2LP
There's been a gap since the last solo project from Lootpack legend Wildchild – but it's also clear that he's grown a lot in the process – really bringing this mature sensibility to the way he addresses some of the still-current issues that were there in his earlier work, and working ... LP, Vinyl record album
Polydor/Get On Down, 1984. New Copy (reissue)
Sure, 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 breakout moment for hip hop culture in the mainstream, and also helped sell the new style with a heavy dose of soul! The real stars here are Ollie & ... LP, Vinyl record album

Elzhi & Georgia Anne Muldrow

Zhigeist
Nature Sounds, 2022. New Copy
A surprisingly strong set from a match that might sound a bit odd at first, but which comes across beautifully throughout! At some level, Elzhi is the lead act here – dominating most of the songs with his well-crafted rhymes – and letting Georgia Anne Muldrow to handle the production, ... LP, Vinyl record album
Warlock/Idlers, 1988. New Copy
A fantastic set from the late 80s – one of the first records to really herald the new generation to come with De La Soul and Tribe Called Quest – served up by Native Tongues partners The Jungle Brothers! While this set never got the major label push that debuts by the other groups ... LP, Vinyl record album
Nature Sounds, New Copy 2LP
... LP, Vinyl record album
Def Jam, 2021. New Copy 2LP
Not the Let's Get It record, but instead a Thug Motivation collection of classics – a package that's overflowing with hits – including "Trap Star", "And Then What", "Soul Survivor", "My Hood", "Go Getta", "I Luv It", "Lose ... LP, Vinyl record album

Ultramagnetic MCs

New York What Is Funky
Tuff City, 1996. New Copy
Early work from the Ultramagnetic MCs – all from the mid-80s, and predating their later album classics – but cuts that show the trio very much at the top of their game! Kool Keith is already full-formed as the unique talent we know and love – and Ced Gee provides plenty of raw ... LP, Vinyl record album
Nature Sounds, 2022. New Copy
Gift of Gab left this planet all too soon – but he left behind this final set of tracks that shows that his lyrical skills were every bit as sharp as in his early days in Blackalicious! As back then, there's a deftness to both the dynamics and the subjects of the lyrics – delivered at ... LP, Vinyl record album

Stezo

Last Dance
Blacklife, 2021. New Copy 2LP
We lost the mighty Stezo during 2020, but his music lives on in this well-titled final set – a record that really has us surprised at how much strong sounds the 80s hip hop pioneer has to offer! You might know Stezo from his early efforts for Sleeping Bag – and although this set is a ... LP, Vinyl record album

Curren$y & Harry Fraud

Director's Cut
SRFSCHL, 2021. New Copy
Hard to believe this is the fifth project together between Curren$y and Harry Fraud – and definitely a standalone project, despite what you might guess from the title! The album was originally supposed to be a deluxe take on Outrunners, but the duo are so quickly collaborative, they ended up ... CD

Epik 1

Epik 1.2
Underpaid Productions, 2021. New Copy
A fresh update from Chicago MC, DJ and producer Epik 1 – following up his strong, features-free solo debut with a second album featuring an all star roster that includes Chicago heroes and heroines like DJ 3rd Rail, MzSaigon and Lyric Versatile, fellow midwest veteran Copywrite, NY heavies ... LP, Vinyl record album

Nathaniel Merriweather Presents – Lovage

Music To Make Love To Your Old Lady By (with instrumentals)
Bulk, 2001. New Copy 2CD
Hip hop for the Gainsbourg fan? This Handsome Boy Modeling School spin off has Nathaniel Merriweather, aka Dan The Automator, working in his smoothest, sexiest, loungiest mode ever! Like Handsome Boy, Lovage is packed to the rafters with mysterious guest appearances, including the turntable and ... CD

AJ Suede/Specswizard

Long May We Rain/Lost Gems
Crane City, 2021. New Copy
A split album – featuring work from Seattle up-and-comer AJ Suede, and longstanding resident artist Specswizard! There's a strong sense of history that runs through the AJ Suede titles – vintage soul snippets and historical recordings – laced together carefully to accompany AJ's ... LP, Vinyl record album
BBE (UK), 2001. New Copy
CD...$9.99 14.99
A classic masterpiece from J Dilla – a record that set the tone for countless hip hop releases in years to come – but which still shows Jay Dee as one of the smartest, sharpest, most forward-thinking producers to rule the roost! The set's got some incredible live instrumentation – ... CD
Fresh/Traffic, Late 80s/Early 90s. New Copy 2CD
CD...$7.99 16.98
A nicely done compilation of the some of the best of Just-Ice – culled from the legendary Fresh, Warlock and Sleeping Bag recordings – a solid entry point for hardcore hip hop pioneer if you don't already own those records! Includes some the most legendary Mantronix productions, the ... CD
Warlock/Traffic, 1989. New Copy
CD...$6.99 15.99
Righteous sounds from this overlooked duo – a record that was one of the first in the Blackwatch movement, and which also features guest work from Professor X too! There's a spirit to the lyrics that prefaces some of the more conscious work to come in the early 90s – and titles include ... CD

Del The Funky Homosapien

No Need For Alarm
Elektra/Traffic, 1993. New Copy
The incredible follow-up to I Wish My Brother George Was Here – and a record that was initially underappreciated, mostly because it was such a radical departure from the George – but it's one that we loved from day one and we're thrilled is getting some love all these years later! ... CD

Just-Ice

Desolate One
Fresh, 1989. New Copy
CD...$6.99 14.98
The second post Mantronik set from the frequently slept on 80s rap genius Just-Ice – featuring production by none other than KRS-One – with a few righteous and ruthless tracks that stand up with the best from the earlier classic LPs! The rugged and raw KRS backdrop serves Just-Ice's ... CD
Broc (France), 2015. New Copy
Mykill Miers works here with beats from the Parisian scene – a nicely intense, layered blend of sonic currents over the beats on "Stressed Out" – which seems to produce an equally intense quality in the lyrics! "Target Practice" is a bit more varied, with turntable ... 12-inch, Vinyl record
Metal Face, 1999. New Copy 2LP (reissue)
The first full length from MF Doom – a record that set 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 rhyme mastery from both Doom & his guests – taken to the outer ... LP, Vinyl record album

Deltron 3030

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

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

Elzhi & Georgia Anne Muldrow

Zhigeist
Nature Sounds, 2022. New Copy
A surprisingly strong set from a match that might sound a bit odd at first, but which comes across beautifully throughout! At some level, Elzhi is the lead act here – dominating most of the songs with his well-crafted rhymes – and letting Georgia Anne Muldrow to handle the production, ... CD
Sony/Traffic, 1992. New Copy 2CD
CD...$9.99 20.98
The debut full length from Pete Rock & CL Smooth – a standard-setting record from the 90s that's still among one of the greatest of the decade! The set bristles with new energy and excitement right from the start – as Pete Rock's trademark mix of heavy soul, jazz, and funk ... CD
Profile/Traffic, 1989. New Copy
CD...$7.99 16.98
Tough, righteous rap from King Sun – 1989's XL – a set that still looms large after all these years! King Sun dropped knowledge from a Five Percenter influence with a flow that's as smooth, solid and authoritive as any Bronx rapper of the day – and the production by Sun Born ... CD

Cash Money & Marvelous

Where's The Party At?
Sleeping Bag/Traffic, 1988. New Copy
CD...$6.99 14.98
Maybe the crowning achievement of DJ Cash Money – a sharp DJ from the early Philly scene – and a talent who was every bit as great at the time on as Jazzy Jeff on the wheels of steel! Cash is paired here with Marvelous, an MC whose sense of wit really matches the sharpness of the ... CD
Cash Money, 2010. New Copy 3LP Gatefold
The debut of Nicki Minaj – a record that's issued in a much longer legacy than some might have thought at the time! The charms of Nicki are well-known, and we hardly need to recount them here – but that take-charge quality of her work still comes through loud and clear after all these ... LP, Vinyl record album
Cash Money, 2010. New Copy 2LP Gatefold (reissue)
The debut of Nicki Minaj – a record that's issued in a much longer legacy than some might have thought at the time! The charms of Nicki are well-known, and we hardly need to recount them here – but that take-charge quality of her work still comes through loud and clear after all these ... LP, Vinyl record album
Metal Face, 1994. New Copy 2 CDs
A legendary record from KMD – the group's second album, which was unissued at the time because their label had an issue with the now-famous cover image! The set is every bit as fantastic as their first – with some of that strong influence from jazz that marked their music as a real ... CD
Operation Unknown, 2007. New Copy
Uncut, full version Jay Love Japan – one of the best of the early posthumous Dilla releases – originally slated exclusively for the Japanese market! This is Dilla in a mostly uptempo vibe, with soulful strings and vocal samples and blunt, snapping beats. There are a couple vocal ... CD
Blue Note/Music On Vinyl (Netherlands), 2003. New Copy 2LP (reissue)
Madlib invades Blue Note! He gets free reign of the catalog for this mix of sampler genius and live band interpretations, too, as/with Ahmad Miller, Yesterdays New Quintet, Malcolm Catto, Medaphoar, and others from the Stones Throw camp. This one's truly a conceptual triumph, if there ever was ... LP, Vinyl record album
 
Updated May 20, 2022


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