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!


Land Of The Crooks EP
Coalmine, 2014. New Copy (reissue)
Sean Price & M-Phazes team up for the Land Of The Crooks – with appearances by Roc Marciano, Billy Danze of MOP, Maffew Ragazino, Guilty Simpson and DJ Babu. A very cool pairing of the raw mic craft the late great Sean Price and solid, horns and piano-laced, all around timeless M-Phazes ... LP, Vinyl record album
Crane City, 2017. New Copy
A nice primer on the underground hip hop scene in Seattle, circa the post-millennium teens! Solar Power doesn't really set out to round up a succinct snapshot of a particular Seattle style and sound, so much showcase how diverse and distinctive the voices and producers in the city are. Compiled by ... LP, Vinyl record album
Lowtech/Joe Left Hand (Austria), 2017. New Copy
Infinito 2017/Marcellous Lovelace has been one of independent Chicago hip hop's strongest, most consistent voices for quite a while, and he's as sharply on point here as he's been in years! Raw wisdom on the mic has always been a strong suit for Infinito, and he's as solid as ever here – ... LP, Vinyl record album
Nice & Smooth
Fresh/Priority, 1989. New Copy 2LP (reissue)
One of our favorite hop hop records from the end of the 80s – a set that sprang onto the scene out of nowhere and instantly won us over! They're not exactly the same, but we'd like to think of Nice & Smooth in the same space as De La Soul and Tribe Called Quest – because, like ... LP, Vinyl record album
Lowtech/Joe Left Hand (Austria), 2017. New Copy
Thoughtful rhymes, forcefully delivered by Infinito 2017 on this tight EP! Infinito has the classic school MC quality of delivering his rhymes in such raw, off the cuff, direct vibe that it feels like freestyles, but they lines hit with such pinpoint precision, you just don't know – whether ... LP, Vinyl record album
Warp, 2016. New Copy 2LP
Danny Brown moves over the Warp label still riding high on a longstanding creative win streak – title aside, this exhibition is magnificent – hopping back and forth stylistically between straight-forward, compelling boom bap and brazenly manic weirdness! Danny's bugged out approach to ... LP, Vinyl record album
LaFace, 1996. New Copy 2LP (reissue)
The huge creative leap forward for Outkast – and one of the greatest hip hop albums ever! The duo laid some incredible groundwork with the debut Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik, but this one is really their first (and stunningly, not their last) masterpiece. Timeless and soulful outer space ... LP, Vinyl record album
LaFace/Legacy, 1994. New Copy (reissue)
The mid 90s instant classic! Outkast's debut set hem up as one of the most distinctive hip hop duos ever, right out of the gate, but it also helped to established the freewheeling, funky dirty south sound, thanks to genius Organized Noize production! The Outkast sound would get bigger and more ... LP, Vinyl record album
Bright Moments
Vinyl Digital, 2017. New Copy
Bright, breezy and easygoing, but still nicely funky sample-based production from Flamingosis! Lots of cool 70s and early 80s style sounds and samples are layered in, especiially clubby soul and funk, but various and diverse strains of it – but it's still got a focused vibe from track-to-track ... LP, Vinyl record album
Metal Face, 2000s-Mid 2010s. New Copy 2 LPs
A prime set of Doom collabos – some unexpected, and others perfectly apt – with Talib Kweli, Vast Aire, Count Bass D, Masta Killa, Ghostface, Dilla, John Robinson and others. Essentially, a top notch set of cuts from rare vinyl singles or previously unreleased tracks, guest appearances ... LP, Vinyl record album
Attention K-Mart Choppers
Street Corner, 2017. New Copy
A funky blast from a bygone era of discount retail store background music – as chopped, looped, augmented and funked up Juicy The Emissary – chopping up old K-Mart background music and in-store announcement tapes into surprisingly timeless work of his own ingenious imagination! This is ... LP, Vinyl record album
Stones Throw, 2017. New Copy
Tel Aviv-based, LA underground inspired hip hop production work from Michael Cohen, aka Cohenbeats – a beatmaker with a lot of love for moody jazz & soul beatcraft that's really right at home on Stones Throw! There's a timeless independent hip hop spirit at play here that transcends any ... LP, Vinyl record album
Let's Take A Trip
First Word (UK), 2017. New Copy
A welcome trip with Tall Black Guy! TBG's soulful beats. jazzy keyboard laced grooves, deft ways with sampled vocals really stand out in the contemporary landscape, especially in the way his own full length material can differ from his remixes and production work for others. This one's got a really ... CD
Lex, 2005. New Copy (reissue)
You guessed it. Danger Mouse and MF Doom together – and also a collaboration with the writers and voice talent of Cartoon Network's Adult Swim block of programming circa the mid 00s – so the dangerous duo make room for appearances by Aqua Teen Hunger Force, Space Ghost, Brak, Zorak, ... CD
Jakarta (Germany), 2017. New Copy
Illa J stretches out creatively more than ever before – working with producer Calvin Valentine and delivering probably his strongest solo record to date! Illa J has long since proven his worth outside of the long shadow cast by his brother Dilla, but he's really come into his own now – ... LP, Vinyl record album
Byrds
Street Corner, 2017. New Copy
Trippy but strangely melodic abstract hip hop instrumentals on Street Corner! Foisey has this great way of mixing scattershot elements with bits melody holding it all together – if the beats are somewhat straightforward there'll some scattershot samples tripping it out just so – if the ... LP, Vinyl record album
Resurrection
Relativity, 1994. New Copy (reissue)
In 1994 when everyone seemed to be turning hardcore, Common Sense wasn't having it. Introspective tales of growing up and living on the South Side that fit perfectly with No I.D.'s mellow production and spiced up with two guest appearances by Y-Not aka Twilight Tone. Classic LP, solid all the way ... LP, Vinyl record album
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
Columbia, 1993. New Copy (reissue)
Big L's travels to hell and back on "Devil's Son" – intended for his Lifestyles Ov Da Poor & Dangerous but didn't make the final cut of that classic album – much like the other gritty underground classics, one-time promo-only, but classic level tracks in this vital EP! The ... 12-inch, Vinyl record
Midnight Marauders
Jive, 1993. New Copy (reissue)
A masterpiece from prime era Tribe Called Quest! Midnight Maurauders was Tribe's third LP, and even though there were no tracks yet credited to the Ummah, this is pretty much the beginning of Tribe's transition to that sound – with the same mellow, laid back vibe as their best early material ... LP, Vinyl record album
 
Updated August 17, 2017


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