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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

Jungle Brown

Full Circle
Mr Bongo (UK), 2019. New Copy
Soulful UK hip hop from Jungle Brown! The core trio of Ric Flo, MAEAR & Tony Bones comes Full Circle with a sound that leans on a classic jazzy soul inspired hip hop mode, on one hand putting a contemporary spin on a vibe that recalls legends like Tribe Called Quest, Jungle Brothers and De La ... CD

Jungle Brown

Full Circle
Mr Bongo (UK), 2019. New Copy
Soulful UK hip hop from Jungle Brown! The core trio of Ric Flo, MAEAR & Tony Bones comes Full Circle with a sound that leans on a classic jazzy soul inspired hip hop mode, on one hand putting a contemporary spin on a vibe that recalls legends like Tribe Called Quest, Jungle Brothers and De La ... 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

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
Profile/Get On Down, 1985. New Copy (reissue)
Run-DMC's great second album, with rock hard production by Russell Simmons and classic cuts! It's fascinating to listen to this album all these years later, with the knowledge that this hungry hip hop act from Queens was so soon to conquer the world. Great stuff from a legendary crew! This is ... 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

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
Beats Of All Nations, 2019. New Copy
A different side of Chi beatmaker Sev Seveer – one of more adventurous and boundlessly creative hip hop instrumentalists around – showcasing some of his more straightforward, harder-hitting unreleased hip hop-geared production work! It's more focused towards compelling straight up hip ... LP, Vinyl record album

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
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
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
Bad Boy, 1990s. New Copy 2LP
A strong batch of classic Notorious BIG! Greatest Hits took some hits upon release for falling short of being the single definitive statment on Biggie's tragically short career that you might expect from the title, but history has been a little more kind to it, as it should be – really is a ... LP, Vinyl record album
BBE (UK), 2001. New Copy 2LP
The first of BBE's forays into current hip hop – and a wonderful debut in the series! The album started as a breakbeat project from Detroit's Jay Dee, but soon morphed into a full-on hip hop album – complete with real instrumentation on Fender Rhodes, trumpet, keyboards, and drums, ... 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
Idlers/Traffic, 1988. New Copy (reissue)
The legendary album by the third star in the original Native Tongues trinity! Before the first De La and Tribe LPs, and with hint of all the great stuff that was to come – jazzy beats, nice rhymes,and straight butter all the way through. This double vinyl version includes a bonus track ... LP, Vinyl record album

Inspectah Deck

Chamber No 9
Music Generation Corp, 2019. New Copy
Wu Tang stalwart Inspectah Deck back in the Shaolin style on Chamber No 9 – complete with Asian action cinema soundbites, an ODB tribute track, and the flying guillotine on the cover – and whether you want to chalk it up to nostalgia or not, it's pretty nice to hear him revisiting his ... LP, Vinyl record album

Freddie Gibbs & Madlib

Pinata
Madlib Invazion, 2014. New Copy 2LP
Streetwise raps from Freddie Gibbs, backed by inventive production from Madlib – here on one of the best records yet on 'Lib's own Madlib Invazion imprint! If you'll forgive us a little bit of repetition – because we KNOW we've written this before – there's just something extra ... LP, Vinyl record album
HHV/Elastic (Germany), 1995. New Copy 2LP (reissue)
A masterclass in underground hip hop from Chicago's own Rubberoom – one of the more criminally underappreciated crews from the 90s onward! Gothic Architecture is an early (and at the time cassette-only) classic that precedes their better known "debut LP" Architechnology by a few ... 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
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
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

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
Aftermath, 2012. New Copy 2 LP Gatefold
The much-hailed major league debut of Kendrick Lamar! Includes "Bitch, Don't Kill My Vibe", "The Art Of Peer Pressure", "Money Trees" with Jay Rock, "Poetic Justice" with Drake, "m.A.A.d City" with MC Eiht, "Singing About Me, I'm Dying Of ... LP, Vinyl record album
Enjoy The Ride/Jive, 1990s. New Copy (pic cover, reissue)
The signature hip hop TV theme song of the 90s by DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince – backed by their breakthrough hit! "Yo Home To Bel Air" will always be remembered in the US for the opening credits of Will Smith's sitcom, but was a sizable hit single overseas back in the day ... 12-inch, Vinyl record
Polydor/Cherry Pop (UK), 1984. New Copy 2CD
A pair of 80s street soul soundtracks – Breakin and Breakin 2 – reissued here with the title as Breakdance, which is how they appeared in the UK! 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 ... CD

Poor Righteous Teachers

Holy Intellect
Profile, 1990. New Copy (reissue)
The classic debut of Poor Righteous Teachers – a creative benchmark for the Five Percenter movement – and one best records to come from the dawn of the 90s hip hop scene! Tight group rap of the highest caliber – with a distinct approach, courtesy of leader and lyricist Wise ... LP, Vinyl record album
Def Jux/Ihiphop, 2001. New Copy 4LP (reissue)
The dark, innovative, head crushing classic by Cannibal Ox – perhaps the signature LP of fairly brief, but legendary Def Jux era! Vordul and Vast Aire from the Atoms Family crew twist metaphors and create dark visuals of NYC and outer space with ease on one of the most forward thinking hip ... LP, Vinyl record album
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
Mello Music Group, New Copy 2LP Gatefold
A solid compilation from Mello Music Group, looking back to their roots as mix tape compilers & curators, before growing into one of stronger independent hip hop labels of their era – featuring Stik Figa, Oddisee, Buff1, Has-Lo, XO, Fresh Daily, Georgia Anne Muldrow, The 1978ers and more. ... 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
Interscope, 1993. New Copy 2LP (reissue)
A masterful second album from 2Pac – and a breakout that helped lay the groundwork for his brief but ever rising repuation and legacy! Kicking off with the thumping "Holler If Ya Hear Me" with the frenetic, almost Bomb Squad level wall of sound production by Live Squad that's ... 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
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
Columbia/Traffic, 1995. New Copy 2LP (reissue)
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 ... 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
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

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

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
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
Def Jam, 1988. New Copy 2LP (reissue)
Slick Rick's first solo album – one of the vital early front-to-back hip hop albums of the late 80s Def Jam prime era – and up there with the best ever! MC Ricky D introduced the world to a whole new rap style on Doug E Fresh's "The Show" and by the time this album dropped the ... 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
Loud/RCA, 1993. New Copy
The classic first LP with Method Man, Ghost Face Killer, Raekwon, Ol' Dirty Bastard, and The Genius. The start of a generation, and of the hip hop enterprise that overshadowed a lot of the mid 90s! 12 tracks, including "Can It All Be So Simple", "Method Man", "Da Mystery ... LP, Vinyl record album

Nas

Illmatic
Columbia/Get On Down, 1994. New Copy (reissue)
Nas's debut LP masterpiece Illmatic – which will probably stand forever as one of the greatest hip hop full lengths of its time – maybe even for all time. Nas has had some creative ups-and-downs over the years, but nothing can take away the impact of this damn near perfect slice of ... LP, Vinyl record album
Alim/BBE (UK), Early 2000s/2019. New Copy
A bonafide modern classic hip hop soul jam by DJ Jazzy Jeff, Eric Roberson and Osunlade! Osunlade turning in the club version of "Rock Wit U" has nice syncopated house groove, although it's still great showcase for Erro's vocals, and the single edit still has a pretty expansive vibe ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
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
Babygrande, 2008. New Copy 2LP (reissue)
GZA's back doing what he does best on Pro Tools – more of a literally relevant title than it is a nod to modern recording apparatus – as it's a return to gritty classic style Wu sounds and smart, measured rhymes. One could argue that no new ground is broken, but we're pleased with ... LP, Vinyl record album
 
Updated October 16, 2019


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