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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!


Delicious Vinyl/ORG, 2005. New Copy (reissue)
The debut solo set from Fatlip – a record that showed the world that he maybe had even more to offer on his own than as a member of Pharcyde! The title might seem strange, but it's a play on the name Thelonious Monk – and that sort of wordcraft is key to the album's strength – as ... LP, Vinyl record album
Mongoloid Breaks, 2019. New Copy 2LP
A reliable ride all the way from Brooklyn's Your Old Droog – carrying on the tradition of classic 90s-hip hop inspired rhymecraft without leaning too hard on any particular influence that's on par with his best work to date! It's the second YOD to be released in just a couple of months and it' ... LP, Vinyl record album
Ruck Down, 2015. New Copy 2LP
A sharp, sprawling mixtape styled set from the dearly departed Sean Price – who cemented his legend as one of the mighty Boot Camp Click and as half of the Heltah Skeltah duo back in the 90s, before becoming a masterful solo presence and defining voice of the 2000s underground. Price passed ... LP, Vinyl record album

J Dilla

Jay Love Japan
Operation Unknown, 2007. New Copy (reissue)
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 ... 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
BBE (UK), 2001. New Copy 12 x 7 inch box set
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 – ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
URP Music/Monster Entertainment, 2021. New Copy 7 inch & comic book
A very cool package – and one that's way more than just a limited edition 45 for Record Store Day! The set does feature the tracks "Will To Survive" and "Deserts Of The Real" – with guest work from Vic Mensa, presse dup on a 7" single – but it also comes ... 7-inch, Vinyl record

Twilite Tone

Clearing
Stones Throw, 2020. New Copy
A really great Stones Throw debut from Twilite Tone – a Chicago beatmaker who's been one of our local heroes for years, and who finally gets the wider exposure he's deserved for way too long! Tone's done some big name work for Common, Kanye, and others – but here, he's very much at ... 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

Earl Sweatshirt

Doris
Columbia, 2013. New Copy
The major label debut of one of the teens most distinctive voices in hip hop – and certainly one of it's most surprising creative AND sales success stories! It's impossible to consider his rhymes without factoring in the "troubled youth" lore, "Free Earl" merch, etc. that ... 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
Dirty Science, 2020. New Copy 3LP
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 ... LP, Vinyl record album
Warner, 2020. New Copy
A short, brilliant blast of creative wordplay from Earl Sweatshirt – who'd been riding a peak for years leading up the Feet Of Clay and shows no signs of coming down – with production by ES himself, Alchemist, Ovrcast and a Mach Hommy, all tasked with providing a moody, headnodding ... LP, Vinyl record album
Metal Face/Nature Sounds, 2004. New Copy 2LP
A baker's dozen doses of special herbs from the Metal Fingers kitchen! You get all the dank goodness you could hope for here from the hands of the artist formerly known as Zev Love X, to keep things nice and spicy for maximum flavor satisfaction – prime timeless beats from the earlier days ... LP, Vinyl record album

DJ Fresh & Freddie Gibbs

Tonite Show
Fresh In The Flesh, 2014. New Copy
An overlooked collaboration between Freddie Gibbs and DJ Fresh – a producer who provides a very different setting for Gibbs' lyrics, but in a way that reminds us just how versatile and creative Freddie can be! The album came out at a time when Freddie was retrenching himself in the indie ... LP, Vinyl record album
Loud/RCA, 1993. New Copy (reissue)
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

Fugees

Score
Columbia, 1996. Used
16 tracks in all, including "How Many MC's", "Ready Or Not", "Killing Me Softly" (Lauryn Hill's amazing version of the Roberta Flack classic), "Fu-Gee-La", and "No Woman, No Cry". CD

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
Columbia/Get On Down, 1991. New Copy (reissue)
Cypress Hill's debut masterpiece – one of the biggest and best first albums in 90s hip hop! There's little we can add to the canon when it comes to describing this album's impact, but it's still pretty revelatory. Like other west coast rap heavies of the time, Cypress Hill documents real ... LP, Vinyl record album

Czarface & MF Doom

Super What?
Silver Age, 2021. New Copy
MF Doom left our planet all too soon, and he left behind a great legacy of music, too – including a previous collaboration with the Czarface collective, nicely matched by this posthumous set! The balance here is great, and the set brings the metal man of mystery into great play with his ... LP, Vinyl record album
Lewis, 2002. New Copy 2LP (reissue)
The record that put Edan on the map – a set that came out at the start of the century, but which feels much more like a throwback to classic years of hip hop – a move that was especially welcome at the time! There's a real back-to-basics feel going on – and the album is a sincere ... LP, Vinyl record album
Mercury/Get On Down, 1991. New Copy 2LP (reissue)
An early 90s Native Tongues classic – one that sounded great way back when, and has held up beautifully over the years – and rightly considered amongst the greatest hip hop albums ever! Wolf In Sheep's Clothing is playful rap at its best, with funky and and funny cuts galore – ... LP, Vinyl record album
Stones Throw, 2020. New Copy 2LP
A long-overdue second set from Quakers – and a set that's got even more intensity than their debut! Beats are by the core trio of Supa K (Katalyst), 7STU7, and Fuzzface (Geoff Barrow) – and there's a very old school vibe to most of the record – a focus on core elements on each ... LP, Vinyl record album
Pay Jay, Early 2000s. New Copy 2LP (reissue)
J Dilla at his grittiest, most rugged & raw – in both the production and rhyme realm – 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 draw ... LP, Vinyl record album
Pay Jay, Early 2000s. New Copy (reissue)
J Dilla at his grittiest, most rugged & raw in the production realm – on his long unreleased original mixes for his early 00s classic Ruff Draft! 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 ... LP, Vinyl record album

Czarface & MF Doom

Super What?
Silver Age, 2021. New Copy
MF Doom left our planet all too soon, and he left behind a great legacy of music, too – including a previous collaboration with the Czarface collective, nicely matched by this posthumous set! The balance here is great, and the set brings the metal man of mystery into great play with his ... CD
Metal Face, 1994. New Copy 2 CDs
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 ... CD
Epic/36 Chambers, 2000. New Copy
A fantastic meeting of the minds – as director Jim Jarmusch makes a film that's a nod to the old martial arts films of the 70s that inspired the Wu-Tang Clan in their music – and RZA gets a chance to contribute to the soundtrack, with help from the Clan as well! The music is maybe the ... CD
Pay Jay, Early 2000s. New Copy 2 CDs
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

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

MC Lyte

Eyes On This
First Priority/Traffic, 1989. New Copy
CD...$6.99 14.98
MC Lyte's second full length record – a bit overlooked in the grand scheme, if only because the preceding Lyte As A Rock was a tough act to follow – so now's a great time to catch up with it! To our ears, Eyes On This is every bit as nice as the debut, and it that last of Lyte's no ... CD

Black Rock & Ron

Stop The World
RCA/Get On Down, 1989. New Copy
CD...$6.99 14.98
The rare, late 80s gem from Black Rock & Ron – dedicated to and featuring production by the late, great Paul C McKasty – along with some production by Jazzy Jay and Skeff Anselm. You can hear Paul C's influence in the edits, the tightness of the beats and the layering and chopping ... 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
Profile, 1984. New Copy
The classic self-titled debut LP from Run-DMC – one that not only changed hip hop, but much of modern pop and rock forever! There's little we can add to the canon for this record, but the way Run-DMC ushered in a new era in contemporary urban culture, a harder hitting style of rap that ... CD
Death Row, 2001. New Copy 4LP
2Pac may have left the planet in 1996, but his music kept on coming strong – thanks to the release of a set like this – which brought together all sorts of unissued material the rapper had left behind in the vaults – most of it recorded during his Makaveli period! Tracks include ... LP, Vinyl record album
Geffen, 1994. New Copy 3LP (reissue)
The classic critical breakthrough from The Roots – the one that really cemented their legacy as one great hip hop live bands ever, and help paving the way for many fascinating records to come! Do You Want More is a modern hip hop essential, changing the way we looked at hip hop, and ... LP, Vinyl record album

Nujabes

Modal Soul
Hyde Out (Japan), 2005. New Copy 2LP Gatefold (reissue)
There's plenty of great guests here – a lineup that includes Terry Callier, Pase Rock, Apani B, and many others – but the core groove is what really makes the record great, and which stands as maybe the crowning production achievement of Nujabes! Acoustic and electric elements come ... LP, Vinyl record album
Fat Beats, 2021. New Copy Gatefold
A pretty fantastic chapter in the career of one of the most unique MCs to emerge in recent years – the Ukraine-born Your Old Droog, spinning out tracks here that echo the struggles of his youth as an immigrant in Brooklyn! The set's got a very freewheeling vocal style – the quick-spun ... LP, Vinyl record album
Dope Folks, 1994. New Copy
Unreleased tracks from the recordings for Saafir's Boxcar Sessions debut, plus rare early cuts from the vaults – all brought together here as a full length set that offers up a great prequel to his solo career! The cuts here are from a time when the Bay Area MC was coming off of ... LP, Vinyl record album
Fresh/Get On Down, 1986. New Copy (reissue)
Just-Ice wasn't actually part of the old school – although to some, the 1986 release might seem pretty darn close – but he definitely does a good job here of keeping things nice and clean on his classic debut! Production is from Mantronik, but there's also a harder edge than most of ... LP, Vinyl record album
Return To Analog (Canada), 2000. New Copy 2LP
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Return To Analog (Canada), 2000. New Copy (reissue)
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Crane City, 2021. New Copy
Seattle rapper Da Qween looks relaxed and regal on the cover – but the sound of the set has a taught intensity that comes through right away – fast rhymes, crispy beats, and a sense of urgency that holds on all the way through! There's a few sung vocal moments that get nice and mellow ... LP, Vinyl record album

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
Brick, 2021. New Copy
A great back to basics set from Edo G and Insight Innovates – part of a recent run of records on the scene that really seem to redirect hip hop to more straightforward modes – not at a retro level, but in a style that reminds us that at the core, the music is best when it's got a strong ... LP, Vinyl record album
Epic, 2016. New Copy (reissue)
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Gang Starr

One Of The Best Yet
Gang Starr Entertainment, 2019. New Copy 2LP Gatefold
A new Gang Starr album nearly a decade after the Guru passed away, and a surprisingly strong one - One Of The Best Yet might not come really come close to genre redefining classics like Step In The Arena or Daily Operation, but it when it comes to careful assembled posthumous projects, this one ... LP, Vinyl record album

Black Moon

Rise Of Da Moon
Duck Down, 2020. New Copy 2LP
Brooklyn hip hop heavies Buckshot, 5ft and DJ Evil Dee rise together for the first proper Black Moon album in 15 years – produced by the Da Beatminerz and featuring just a handful of guest spots, from Method Man, General Steele, Smif N Wessun, Rockness Monsta and Tek – doing their ... LP, Vinyl record album
Grand Royal, 1982. New Copy (reissue)
Think the Beastie Boys went straight into hip hop? No – back at the start, they were three guys with plenty of energy who dabbled in a number of modes that were brewing big in the New York scene of their youth – including punk rock and reggae, both of which are featured here along with ... LP, Vinyl record album
Jive/Legacy, 1988. New Copy (reissue)
The second album from Too Short, and like the first, a set that firmly established both the Cali scene and the Bay Area as a hotbed of harder-hitting hip hop! And sure, there were countless later gangsta acts that slide into the sorts of cliches that often marred the genre – but back at the ... LP, Vinyl record album
 
Updated August 05, 2021


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