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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!


Nature Sounds, 2020. New Copy Gatefold
A strong little record that speaks its message right in its title – and which follows up with some inventive production touches that are sure to set Preservation apart from the pack! Much of the aesthetic here seeks to bridge a space between New York and China – using the melting pot ... LP, Vinyl record album
Metal Face, 1994. New Copy 2LP (reissue)
A legendary record from KMD – one that languished unreleased for far too long! Black Bastards has few tracks the maintain the jazzier sound of the first album, but they're mostly coming a little bit rawer, perfectly balancing their earlier style that gritty early 90s hip hop vibe. As solid as ... LP, Vinyl record album
Columbia, 2002. New Copy 2LP Gatefold (reissue)
Nas's sorta comeback record from the dawn of the millennium– a strong one at the time that still stands strong today! Stillmatic was a welcome change of pace after some not so great work in the later 90 – with the return-to-form rally cry "One Mic" setting the pace – ... LP, Vinyl record album
Interscope, 1994. New Copy
The first and only volume from Tupac's Thug Life group – with Big Syke, Macadoshis, Mopreme, The Rated R guest appearances by YNV & Nate Dogg – raw street rap with an uncommonly soulful backdrop for the time! Thug Life came out in the midst of the early 90s gangsta rap media ... LP, Vinyl record album
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
Warner/Get On Down, 1989. New Copy 2LP (reissue)
Ahh, the glory days of the Native Tongues. Remember a time when dropping knowledge and keeping rumps bumpin' weren't mutually exclusive? This sophomore LP from the Jay Beez is a smorgasbord of funky breaks, jazzy samples and lyrical niceness from the golden era of hip hop. 16 tracks, including ... LP, Vinyl record album
Dirty Science, 2020. New Copy 2CD
Maybe the most ambitious set so far from the duo of Blu & Exile – an expansive double-length set, delivered after a hiatus of new material for a number of years – and a record that really shows just how much the pair have grown during that time! Hip hop is still at the core of the ... 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

Madlib

Pinata Beats
Madlib Invazion, 2014. New Copy
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 ... CD

Tribe Called Quest

Beats, Rhymes & Life
Jive, 1996. New Copy
Beats, Rhymes & Life – crucial aspects of Tribe Called Quest and hip hop in general – and the fourth album by the inimitable Tribe! After a couple or three years of down time following Midnight Marauders, the Tribe returned with this extra stripped down sound, collaborating with ... CD
BBE (UK), 2001/2005. New Copy
CD...$8.99 18.99
The deeply in-demand beats for Jay Dee's now classic 2001 effort – The first of BBE's forays into new school hip hop – finally available! We don't need to tell you that Welcome 2 Detroit turned out to be and a wonderful debut for the initial BBE hip hop series. It really started out ... CD
Madlib Invazion, 2010. New Copy
CD...$6.99 15.98
Low Budget Hi Fi Music from Madlib – the eleventh entry in his epic Madlib's Medicine Show series – 28 tracks of hip hop unofficially dubbed the Dirty Demos! The set feature sample enriched instrumentals by Madlib as Loop Digga and collaborations with Strong Arm Steady, J Rocc, Madlib ... CD

Lil Wayne

Funeral
Universal/Republic, 2020. New Copy 2LP Gatefold
The album's no funeral for Lil Wayne – and instead it's a bit of a rebirth, the kind of set that not only shows the world that Weezy's alive and well – but he's also not going anywhere anytime soon! The pace really picks up on a number of these tracks – maybe showing more youth ... LP, Vinyl record album
Return To Analog (Canada), 1998. New Copy 2LP (reissue)
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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

Professionals (Madlib & Oh No)

Professionals
Madlib Invazion, 2020. New Copy
A masterful duo project from Madlib & Oh No – Madlib on the beats and younger brother Oh No on the mic, 2 independent hip hop heavies still riding a creative peak after a couple decades in the game! The Professionals moniker is more than earned here. Madlib has been one of the most ... LP, Vinyl record album
Def Jam, 2020. New Copy
A plain blue piece of vinyl in a sleeve – but a record that defines a whole new chapter in the career of Kanye West – and maybe a whole new style of music as well – a blend of Kanye's more familiar modes with spiritual themes and a pretty heavy dose of gospel music! The shift ... LP, Vinyl record album

Freddie Gibbs & Madlib

Bandana
RCA, 2019. New Copy
Maybe the best Madlib-produced LP since the highest peaks of the prime Stones Throw era, and Freddie Gibbs is on fire throughout! Each one does what he does best here and ups the ante. 'Lib is focused on crackling soul beats and hazy funk – masterfully utilizing vintage and contemporary ... LP, Vinyl record album
Roc-A-Fella/Def Jam, 1997. New Copy 2LP
Jay Z's second LP, the one right before he adopted the "hot"/Swizz Beats sound. Like the first LP, there's a good mix of more hip hop tracks like "Streets Is Watching", "Friend Or Foe '98", "Rap Game/Crack Game" and even the more radio friendly are still ... LP, Vinyl record album

Q Tip

Renaissance
Universal/Motown, 2008. New Copy 2LP
A damn good record by Q-Tip – his first official album of the new millenium (not counting the unfairly mooted Kamaal The Abstract) – featuring both spacey keyboard grooves and some Native Tongues style boom bap! Q-Tip really does kind of pick up where he could have left off years ago, ... LP, Vinyl record album
Interscope, 2010. New Copy 2LP Gatefold
Titles include "Fashion Beats", "Don't Stop The Party", "Love You Long Time", "Time (Dirty Bit)", "Someday", "Whenever", "Best One Yet", "Just Can't Get Enough", "Play It Loud", "Do It Like This", ... 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
Ill Adrenaline, 2020. New Copy
Spinna takes on this sweet cut from Slum Village – keeping things lean, but adding in these great spacey soul touches that really set a different mood for the lyrics! The flipside features a very different take from Jazz Spastiks – almost a Cadet/Concept kind of jazzy crackle with the ... 7-inch, Vinyl record

Beastie Boys

Root Down EP
Grand Royal/Capitol, 1995. New Copy
The funky Root Down EP by the Beastie Boys – riding high on a mid 90s creative peak! Root Down featuring a trio of versions of the title track and Ill Communication album standout, based on the Jimmy Smith's classic of the same name – and in hindsight, you really have to hand it to the ... CD
Tommy Boy/Traffic, 1986. New Copy
CD...$7.99 16.98
A classic from Stetsasonic – who truly were On Fire in their prime! It seemed like Stet were the group that could do it all in the early days, with live instrumentation, beat boxing, and Prince Paul on the 1's and 2's. This LP's a classic of bygone days, will we ever feel this vibe again? ... CD
Jive/Traffic, 1986. New Copy
CD...$7.99 16.98
The classic first solo album from Kool Moe Dee – pivotal solo rap from the onetime Treacherous Three rhyme slinger – formative stuff that works nearly as well, to our ears anyway, as his platinum breakout How You Like Me Now! 9 tracks on the original album: "Go See The ... CD
Madlib Invazion, 1990s/Early 2000s/2010. New Copy
CD...$6.99 15.98
Formative Madlib beatcraft – music made by 'Lib from 1990-2000 – crafted into a tight full length album that feels as fresh as ever! History Of The Loop Digga features funky hip hop instrumentals made at a time when he was producing underground beat tapes for himself and the Crate ... CD
Lewis, 2005. New Copy
CD...$6.99 15.98
Edan returns with a new set of his sample heavy wizardry – this time out steeped heavily in late 60s pysch out flourishes, yet still sporting the thickest breakbeats available. His rhyme style is both ridiculous and genius – with tongue twists that pay homage and blast forward ... CD
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
Rawkus/WAR Media, 1999. New Copy 2LP (reissue)
The fantastic solo debut of Pharoahe Monch – served up after a few years of guest appearances that were really raising our ears to his mighty talents! The Pharoahe returns the favor here – inviting in guest versions from Common, Talib Kweli, Canibus, Apani B Fly, Busta Rhymes, MOP, and ... LP, Vinyl record album
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

KMD

Mr Hood
Elektra/Traffic, 1994. New Copy 2 LPs (reissue)
Finally back on wax, and pressed up on double vinyl to boot! Pre-MF Doom/Metal Fingers, et al, classic from then-Zev Love X and DJ Sub Roc. The last chance before everybody had to be hardcore. Humor, knowledge and pure niceness, on par with the first De La album, though it never broke as huge. ... 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
Delicious Vinyl, 2013. New Copy 2 CDs
CD...$7.99 17.98
The full length debut of the Yancey Boys – Frank Nitt & Illa J – the former of the venerable duo Frank N Dank, the latter J Dilla's rhyme centric younger brother – who come together with the dual purpose of keeping J Dilla's production pedigree alive, and to simply deliver ... CD

Dr Dre

2001
Aftermath/Interscope, 1999. New Copy 2LP (reissue)
Dre's solid and hugely successful follow-up to The Chronic, and production-wise it holds up really well after all these years! Chronic set the sound bar so high, even 6 or 7 years later its shadow loomed large, but Dre delivers a headnodding groove that was pretty tough to resist, then and now. The ... LP, Vinyl record album

Tribe Called Quest

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

Tribe Called Quest

Hits, Rarities & Remixes
Jive, Late 80s/1990s. New Copy
A pretty great follow up to the previous hits package Retrospective – this one with many of the Tribe's OTHER hits, plus 2 previously unreleased nuggets! Alternate mixes, out of print soundtrack and 12-inch cuts, plus album tracks that weren't ingrained into the mainstream consciousness ... CD
Jive, 2016. New Copy 2LP
A hell of a comeback for Tribe Called Quest – maybe one of the best musical comebacks ever, and a fantastic reminder of why we loved the group so much in the first place! 18 years have passed since we last heard from the trio (now, sadly, a duo) – and that time only seems to have ... LP, Vinyl record album

Various

Daisy Age
Ace (UK), Early 90s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold
A fantastic collection of work from a real golden age in hip hop – a period that you'll probably guess from the image of the Native Tongues posse on the front – served up here in a compilation that brings together classics from De La Soul, The Jungle Brothers, Monie Love, and many ... LP, Vinyl record album
BBE (UK), 2001. New Copy 2LP
The deeply in-demand beats for Jay Dee's now classic 2001 effort! We don't need to tell you that Welcome 2 Detroit turned out to be a wonderful debut for the initial BBE hip hop series. It really started out as a breakbeat project from the late Detroit legend, but soon morphed into a full-on ... 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

Various

Daisy Age
Ace (UK), Early 90s. New Copy
A fantastic collection of work from a real golden age in hip hop – a period that you'll probably guess from the image of the Native Tongues posse on the front – served up here in a compilation that brings together classics from De La Soul, The Jungle Brothers, Monie Love, and many ... CD
Alim (UK), Early 2000s/2019. New Copy
2 sides of classic era Jay Dee circa Welcome 2 Detroit – including a tight Mr. Thing edit! "Rico Suave Bossa Nova" has always been a stunner in the Dilla catalog – as diverse of a beatmaker and producer as he always was, the bossa beat and jazzy piano backdrop on this one ... 7-inch, Vinyl record

Maker

Sight Unseen
Now Again, 2020. New Copy
CD...$8.99 14.98
The mighty Maker takes a deep dip into the catalog of the Now Again label – using that Stones Throw offshoot's rich blend of African, Brazilian, psychedelic, funk, and soul reissues to come up with some fantastic grooves of his own! The work is partly in a hip hop mode, but also has some of ... CD
BBE (UK), 2016. New Copy
CD...$8.99 14.99
An appropriately-titled effort from DJ Spinna's & Kryminul's legendary duo Jigmastas – beloved by underground/indie hip hop fans for a small, but stellar run of recordings from the the mid 90s to early 00s – and criminally overlooked by the mainstream to this day! Spinna has always ... CD

J Dilla

Shining
BBE (UK), 2006. New Copy
A glorious send off from J Dilla – with some of the most soulful productions Dilla's ever laid down – and appearances by Common, D'Angelo, Pharoahe Monch, Madlib, MED, Black Thought and others! It's impossible to listen to The Shining without considering the sad circumstances ... CD

Leaders Of The New School

Future Without A Past
Elektra/Traffic, 1991. New Copy
CD...$6.99 15.98
The amazing debut of those most hyperactive of the Native Tongues, the short-lived, ultra fresh Leaders Of The New School! Busta & Co. splintered apart after just two albums, but this will always be a shiny trophy in the mantle with the all time freshest East Coast hip hop. It sounds great to ... CD
LaFace, 2003. New Copy 4LP Gatefold
Pick any 10 words out of any Outkast album description on our pages at random, and you'll see how dearly we've loved these boys throughout the years – but truth be told, deep down we didn't think that they would be able to pull off the double album/solo album project(s). We were seriously ... LP, Vinyl record album

Medline & Stephane Carricondo

Quest Called Tribe (red vinyl pressing)
My Bags (France), 2019. New Copy
A beautiful tribute to A Tribe Called Quest – in case you can't tell from the title – served up through a variety of instrumental musings by Medline that almost feel as if they were scraps from the production room of Q-Tip back in the day! The music is awash in jazzy elements, and ... 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
 
Updated September 23, 2020


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