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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!


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
DAFFI
Hit & Run, 2018. New Copy 2LP
Multi-talented producer, rhymer and all around artist Jeremiah Jae delivering a win for the Hit & Run label and another excellent example of the depth and distinctiveness bubbling underground in the Chicago scene! Raw and abstract on the production tip and clear and direct on the rhymes front, ... LP, Vinyl record album
Redefinition, 2018. New Copy
The first full length solo rap effort from neo-classic stylist Kev Brown in more than a decade! Kev's stayed busy enough with top shelf production gigs and solid collaborative projects, you could almost forget it's been so long since he's had a straight-up solo rap and production tour de force like ... LP, Vinyl record album
Retrospective
Paxico, 2010s. New Copy 2LP
Enthralling, atmospheric beatcraft from Ohbliv – and really nicely done assortment of material from a decade or so in the Richmond-native producer's ouvre from the fine fine folks at Paxico! Includes "Bubble Jacket With The Gore Tex", "Afrofreeq", "Dreamreal", ... LP, Vinyl record album
Three/Three
Ghostly International, 2018. New Copy 2LP
The long-awaited return to Dabrye – capping off a spacey hip hop trilogy with a third entry as innovative and timeless we'd hoped – with guest appearances by legends and current faves alike, including Ghostface, Doom, Guilty Simpson, Denmark Vessey, Danny Brown, Roc Marciano & ... LP, Vinyl record album
Delicious Vinyl/Craft, 1995. New Copy 2LP Gatefold (reissue)
The second Pharcyde record – and though not as blunted and playful as the first one, it's still nearly as great – with that unrivaled, wholly original, easy west coast vibe! The production is more steady-handed this time around, which alienated fans of Bizarre Ride early on, but it ... LP, Vinyl record album
Vignettes (3LP colored vinyl)
Redefinition, 2017. New Copy 3LP
The ever-ambitious and creative Damu The Fudgemunk delivers a sprawling, double dose of hypnotic instrumental Vignettes – more than 2 hours of it in a 3LP set! Originally issued as a double cassette set, first half being a ton shelf batch of distinctive, cleverly titled cuts including "Di ... LP, Vinyl record album
Art Of The Sample
Young Heavy Souls, 2018. New Copy
Blockhead living an ambitious, artistically-driven hip hop producer's dream here – getting access to the legendary DeWolfe Sound Library catalog – and crafting his own hip hop instrumentals/sound library set out of it! The great thing here is that it's a true blue hip hop instrumentals ... LP, Vinyl record album
Metal Detectors (colored vinyl)
Duck Down, 2018. New Copy
A fierce project from the late Sean Price and producer Illa Ghee – raw and riveting rhymes from SP as always and backed by appropriately rugged beats! After a the fitting intro this one kicks into high gear immediately with the sinister cinematic funk backdrop "The Bryan Song" ... LP, Vinyl record album
Runaway Slave
Payday/Island, 1992. New Copy (reissue)
A legendary record from Show & AG – and one of the best of the early 90s from the DITC camp! Runaway Slave came about during the end of an era when major labels still seemed to be hungry to popularize underground hip hop without watering it down – with London/Polygram stepping in ... LP, Vinyl record album
Breakin' Combs
Vinyl Digital (Germany), 1993. New Copy 2LP (reissue)
A largely unsung, but classic level early 90s set of jazzy soul reverent hip hop from Dred Scott – a brillant record that really deserved to break out in a big way! It's a testament to Dred's love for classic sounds that he's waxing nostalgic on the opening track "Back In The Day", ... LP, Vinyl record album
Deeper EP (limited edition EP)
Madlib Invazion, 2013. New Copy (pic cover)
The best to date of any of the duo projects from adventurous hip hop legend Madlib and no nonsense MC Freddie Gibbs! As cool as Madlib's more envelope-pushing, unpredictable and cosmos-expanding productions are, it's always fantastic to hear him produce for straight-forward rhymers. "Deeper&q ... 12-inch, Vinyl record
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
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
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
Strange Neighbor, 2018. New Copy
A nice mix of broken beat and leftfield hip hop soul production and some of the finer independent soul and hip hop voices on a solid EP! Featuring Georgia Anne Muldrow, Blu, MED, Jimetta Rose, Mndsgn and more – and production by Dizzl, Swarvy, titles include "We Make It Look Easy" ... 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
2U4U
Hundos Editions, 2018. New Copy
A nice little live instrumental tribute to the beats, style and craft of J Dlla by Fat Albert Einstein! It's a testament to the range and reach of the kind of hip hop production styles Dilla pioneered, and to the imaginative ideals and musical skills of Fat Albert Einstein in that FAE doesn't set ... LP, Vinyl record album
Koreatown Oddity, 2018. New Copy
A hip hop instrumentals set by Koreatown Oddity inspired by Solange's Seat At The Table LP! Includes "A Beat At The Table Anthem", "We Royalty Not Slaves", "Smile Right Quick", "Masterpiece Theater", "Take It & Break It", "Blackness ... LP, Vinyl record album
Metal Face/Nature Sounds, 2000s. New Copy
The first two volumes from Doom's spice rack of beats! These ingredients stretch way back, all the way to the KMD days, plus other beats, samples, and instrumental stew from the Operation: Doomsday LP, King Ghidora, and less familiar efforts. Beats by Metal Fingers, Spinna, Subroc, Cucumber ... CD
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
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
Aftermath/Interscope, 2017. New Copy
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 ... CD
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
Stunts, Blunts, & Hip Hop
Mercury, 1992. New Copy 2LP (reissue)
The early 90s hip hop masterpiece from Diamond D! Along with Showbiz and AG's first EP, and Lord Finesse's first couple releases, this record helped introduce the world to one of the most solid crews in hip hop, DITC – who reigned supreme for years, making top quality records one after ... 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
Loud/Violator, 2000. New Copy (reissue)
Masterful dawn of the 00s street sounds from Prodigy of Mobb Deep! "Keep It Throro" is a gritty gem to this day, flavored by a solid beat, punchy piano sample and that ill, perfect Prodigy flow. Thorough, indeed. Produced by Alchemist at a peak point! Includes a slew of mixes, ... 12-inch, Vinyl record
Profile, 1984. New Copy
The classic self-titled debut LP from Run-DMC – one that changed hip hop (and much of modern pop and rock) forever! There's little we can add to the canon for this record. Run DMC ushered in a new era in contemporary urban culture, a harder hitting style of rap the managed to bust out of ... CD
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
Columbia, 1999. New Copy 2LP (reissue)
Nas balancing classic level depth and dexterity with more off the cuff and spontaneous rhymes on the once written off, belatedly better respected Nastradamus LP – his second album of 1999! How anyone could ever have completely disprected an album with a track as masterful as "Project ... LP, Vinyl record album
Ruffhouse/Sony, 1996. New Copy (reissue)
Mid 90s classic Fugees tracks get the remix treatment on Bootleg Versions – with worthy alternate mixes of some of the highpoints from their back-to-back milestones The Score and Blunted On Reality – seriously among the greatest successive album efforts in late 20th century popular ... LP, Vinyl record album
Rawkus, 1998. New Copy
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 ... LP, Vinyl record album
Ye
Def Jam, 2018. New Copy
Pop culture baggage aside, pretty mesmerizing stuff from Ye! 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 creative and popular ... CD
Washington Classics, 2018. New Copy
Neo-classic jazzy hip hop from Funky DL – putting a contemporary spin on a style of hip hop that recalls classics like Tribe Called Quest's Midnight Marauders one hand – rich with jazz breaks and inspiration – but more intimate, straight-forward and skillful rhyme craft on the ... CD
Blueprint (with bonus tracks)
Nature Sounds, 2018. New Copy 2LP
Prolific, reliable independent hip hop mainstay Blu joins forces with Shafiq Husayn of Sa-Ra and go-to producer of adventurous figures from all over the underground and mainstream hip hop soul scenes – and both are in inspired form here! There's a deep, murky sound that serves it well – ... LP, Vinyl record album
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
Elektra/Modern Classics, 1993. New Copy 2LP (reissue)
A jazz-inspired hip hop uberclassic! While Digable Planets might not have pioneered the jazzy hip hop vibe – we mightnod to the Native Tongues scene and DJ Premier's productions in the late 80s for that – Digables set a new standard with breezy but head nodding production and mellow, ... LP, Vinyl record album
Washington Classics, 2018. New Copy
Neo-classic jazzy hip hop from Funky DL – putting a contemporary spin on a style of hip hop that recalls classics like Tribe Called Quest's Midnight Marauders one hand – rich with jazz breaks and inspiration – but more intimate, straight-forward and skillful rhyme craft on the ... LP, Vinyl record album
Fresh/Capitol, 1988. New Copy 2LP (reissue)
EPMD's incredible full length debut – a straight up all caps CLASSIC late 80s effort – raising the bar for the genre and helping pave the way for so much of the best golden age hip hop to come! Bottom heavy funky soul beats and masterful use of samples anchor the production, and the ... LP, Vinyl record album
Brand You Can Trust
Suburban Noize, 2009. New Copy 2LP Gatefold (reissue)
A tense and timeless first full length from La Coka Nostra – featuring gruff and gritty rhymes by Ill Bill, Everlast and Slaine, guest appearances by legends Snoop, B-Real and Bun B, genuinely effective rock guitar laced production that you'll be surprised how much you dig if the 90s rap rock ... LP, Vinyl record album
Mass Appeal, 2018. New Copy 2LP Gatefold
A pretty incredible moment for Nas, hip hop history, and American musical culture – in which what was once one of the rawest, realist street hip hop albums ever to break through gets the respect it deserves as important piece of art – live at the Kennedy Center in DC! Includes the ... LP, Vinyl record album
Lost Track
Redefinition, 2018. New Copy
Berlin-based producer Klaus Layer sets aside his headier,more experimental proclivities aside this time for straight forward, no nonsense raw boombap – and pulls it off masterfully! Blu features 4 tracks here, and other guests include Hex One and Simple One, Self, Artifacts and Kunal. Titles ... LP, Vinyl record album
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
Ne'Astra, Late 90s. New Copy
Lost tracks for the Fantastic Vol 2 sessions and beyond – recorded from the mid-to-late 90s and featuring perfect production by Jay Dee! For years onward we appreciated music that came out under the Slum Village banner, even without the much-heralded early line-up – those later efforts ... LP, Vinyl record album
Marci Enterprises, 2018. New Copy 2LP
Roc Marci's reign is one of the best street rap figures of the post-millennium keeps on going at peak level! Spare beats and bits of piano and strings, mood-setting loops and brilliant, unfliching rhymes delivered with skillful precision – no nonsense straight forward craft of the finest ... LP, Vinyl record album
Hardscrabble
Baby Steps Again, 2018. New Copy
Pseudo Slang's back with a solid batch of rhyme-centric, jazzy beats-backed neo classic hip hop! Based in Chicago and with roots Buffalo, NY, there's nothing pseudo about Pseudo Slang's craft...it's the real thing. They have a vibe that's reminiscent of (but never overly indebted to) earlier Common ... Cassette
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
Mello Music Group, 2016. New Copy
The first full length from indie legend Mr Lif in seven long years, and just his fourth overall – hard to believe that's all given his longstanding, well-earned legacy as one of the best and brightest of the Def Jux era and beyond – but less is more when you're work is as distinctive ... LP, Vinyl record album
Ecstatic
Downtown/Universal, 2009. New Copy 2LP (reissue)
Mos Def's first and only LP for the Downtown label, and it's a real return to top shelf, distinctive hip hop for Mos – if the music retail world wasn't in such a strange, troubled period circa '09 this woulda made a much bigger impact and be considered a classic comeback! It's absolutely ... 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
 
Updated August 16, 2018


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