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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!


Rhymesayers, 2008. New Copy 2LP (reissue)
Atmosphere's 6th proper album and one that finds them riding high at a post-millennium peak – and the dynamic duo is as hard hitting and cathartic as ever! Beatmaker Ant got more and more diverse with his killer wall of sound as the years went on and may have never been better than he is ... LP, Vinyl record album
EC Illa, Early 2000s/2018. New Copy (pic cover)
A classic early 00s-era slice of Chicago hip hop history – with forthright rhymes by EC Illa and production by Kanye West! "Strugglin'" and "Mask & A Pump" were recorded back in 2002, when Kanye's solo breakout College Dropout was on the horizon – hence the title ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Geffen, 1995. New Copy 2LP (reissue)
A Shaolin hip hop essential! Heavy numerological rhymes, and the some of the best production on any Wu project ever. One of our absolute favorite albums in the classic Wu pantheon – indisputably one of the very best – one of the very few that plays with hard solidity from start to ... LP, Vinyl record album
M3
Playlist (Germany), 2018. New Copy
A masterful set of soul jazz steeped hip hop from DJ Jazzy Jeff – officially the finale of The Magnificent trilogy of that began in 2002, but a timeless, brilliant standalone effort if you're just now jumping in – anchored by Jeff's piloting and cuts, live instrumentation by Kaidi ... CD
Geffen, 1995. New Copy 2LP (reissue)
A Shaolin hip hop essential! Heavy numerological rhymes, and the some of the best production on any Wu project ever. One of our absolute favorite albums in the classic Wu pantheon – indisputably one of the very best – one of the very few that plays with hard solidity from start to ... LP, Vinyl record album
Brown Album
KB, 2004. New Copy (reissue)
A alternate producer's take on Jay Z's still epic (though now we know not really a final statement) Black Album – and it really pays off creatively! Kev Brown brings the 70s soul and light funk groove to most of the tracks from Jigga's supposed final mission statement, and for the most part ... LP, Vinyl record album
Babygrande, 2008. New Copy 2 LPs (reissue)
German hip hop production duo Snowgoons attract a whose who underground rap luminaries circa the late 00s for the big and boisterous Black Snow LP – featuring Defari, Smif & Wesson, Killah Priest, ILL Bill, Outerspace, C-Rayz Walz, R.A. The Rugged Man, Pacewon, Edo G, Equinox, Maylay ... LP, Vinyl record album
Def Jam, 1990. New Copy 2LP (reissue)
A huge moment for LL Cool J – and a set that has him balanced nicely between the sharp rhymes of his roots and the rising stardom of his role in the larger world of R&B as well! Marley Marl produced, and the whole thing's still got a nice edge – even though some of these tunes ... LP, Vinyl record album
Shady/Interscope, 2002. New Copy 2LP (reissue)
How 50 Cent manages to stand out as such a genuinely exciting MC is in such a crowded field of street hip hop around the time this breakthrough came out is as mysterious as it is beside the point. Dr. Dre's love for that minimalist ghetto synth orchestra sound is in full depth here – this is ... LP, Vinyl record album
Def Jam, 1990. New Copy (reissue)
A huge moment for LL Cool J – and a set that has him balanced nicely between the sharp rhymes of his roots and the rising stardom of his role in the larger world of R&B as well! Marley Marl produced, and the whole thing's still got a nice edge – even though some of these tunes ... LP, Vinyl record album
Shady/Interscope, 2002. New Copy 2LP (reissue)
How 50 Cent manages to stand out as such a genuinely exciting MC is in such a crowded field of street hip hop around the time this breakthrough came out is as mysterious as it is beside the point. Dr. Dre's love for that minimalist ghetto synth orchestra sound is in full depth here – this is ... LP, Vinyl record album
Madvillainy
Stones Throw, 2004. New Copy 2 LPs
A Stones Throw sci-fi masterpiece – one that was destined for greatness from conception, but we're still pretty well blown away by the final product! MC Doom and beatmaster Madlib couldn't be better suited for a collaboration. As much as we've dug the best of Doom's material of the last ... LP, Vinyl record album
Stones Throw, 2007. New Copy
Hazy beatcraft steeped in Indian soundtrack style funk, strings and percussion from the indefatigable Madlib – Volume 3 in the increasingly adventurous and conceptual outings of the Beat Konducta! This time out Madlib, er, Beat Konducta is conducting beats, strings & things from India ... LP, Vinyl record album
Nasir
Mass Appeal, 2018. New Copy
An on target salvo from one of hip hop's longest reigning mic maestros, produced by a mercifully focused Kanye West! With a taut running time of around 27 minutes and a title as no nonsense as Nasir, you could be forgiven if you hit play expecting something as sharply honed as Illmatic, but neither ... CD
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
Hard To Earn
Chrysalis, 1994. New Copy 2LP (reissue)
Gang Starr at pretty close to peak level here on 1994's Hard To Earn – and rather than continue to ride the waves they made on the previous couple classic albums, Guru sharpens the lyrical tone just a bit – spitting some more incisive rhymes over apporpriately gritty soul jazz beats ... 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
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
Nasir
Mass Appeal, 2018. New Copy Gatefold
AAn on target salvo from one of hip hop's longest reigning mic maestros, produced by a mercifully focused Kanye West! With a taut running time of around 27 minutes and a title as no nonsense as Nasir, you could be forgiven if you hit play expecting something as sharply honed as Illmatic, but ... LP, Vinyl record album
Ye
Def Jam, 2018. New Copy
Pop culture baggage aside, this is some pretty mesmerizing stuff from Kanye West! 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 ... LP, Vinyl record album
Kids See Ghosts
Def Jam, 2018. New Copy
KKanye West's & Kid Cudi's joint debut as Kids See Ghosts! Each looks inward and tackles existential personal issues on the lyrical front, with kind of a spacey melancholy vibe to the production, and with cool synths and fuzz-steeped production with some really interesting samples in the mix ... CD
Freddie
ESGN, 2018. New Copy
One of the toughest, leanest, tightest and most on point efforts from Freddie Gibbs to date – and one of the best! Despite the dead on perfect homage to the Teddy Pendergrass's quiet storm soul classic Teddy with the cover art here, make no mistakes, the material is Freddie Gibbs at his most ... LP, Vinyl record album
Undun
Def Jam, 2011. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)
Hip hop's reigning kings of longevity The Roots deliver another great album with Undun – we'd have to think it's entirely uncompromising and they're doing exactly what they want to do on this one – so if you thought their day (eh, latenight) job would would bring their album work into ... 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
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
Koch, 2004. New Copy 2LP Gatefold (reissue)
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Fill In The Blank
Redefinition, 2018. New Copy
Kev Brown doing a lot more than merely filling in the blank, he's filling out a furiously paced release schedule with win after another – some of most rewarding and stylistically farthest reaching material in his career to date! This one follows up his solo rap return-to-form Homework and ... LP, Vinyl record album
Rhymesayers, 2018. New Copy 2LP Gatefold
A tougher and more lyrically anxious effort from longstanding independent heroes Atmosphere! True its title, this one is deeply rooted in their south Minneapolis home and the lives they've built for themselves there. A rock solid set of strong, personal hip hop, tailored to the culturally ... LP, Vinyl record album
Enemy Soil, 2018. New Copy 2LP Gatefold
Philly underground hip hop veterans Jedi Mind Tricks still going strong! JMT have been trends-resistant vessel for gruff rhymes and raw, gritty no nonsense production for more than 2 decades at this point and Vinnie Paz, Stoupe and guests carry that tradition forward strongly here. Includes "Sa ... LP, Vinyl record album
Love Memo/S'Women (colored vinyl)
Crane City, 2018. New Copy
A split LP from 2 leading lights of Seattle's fiercely creative independent hip hop scene – Chong The Nomad and Stas Thee Boss! Stas previously made waves as half of the enigmatic cosmic soul duo Thee Satisfaction and she lays out a hypnotic abstract hip hop vibe really strongly here, with a ... LP, Vinyl record album
Live In Manchester
Mass Appeal, 2018. New Copy 2LP Gatefold
An incredibly well-captured set by the legendary DJ Shadow, Live In Manchester in October of 2017 – and come to think of it, the live album format is pretty underutilized in hip hop – who better than Shadow to pull it off so well! It's impeccably recorded and sounds great, so get enough ... LP, Vinyl record album
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
Wild Style – Original Soundtrack
Animal/ICA, 1981. New Copy (reissue)
An excellent reissue of the Wild Style soundtrack that exactly reproduces the original single LP format! The album's nice and lean, with 12 great tracks – including "Wild Style Theme Rap 1" by Grandmaster Caz & Chris Stein, "Basketball Throwdown" by Cold Crush Bros ... LP, Vinyl record album
Bulk, 2018. New Copy 2LP Gatefold
The instrumental companion to the triumphant return of Dr Octagon – finally a worthy follow-up to the Dr Octagon/Dr Octagonecologyst album, one of the most influential hip hop LPs ever – we can't imagine Madvillian and so many other other willfully out there rap classics would've ... LP, Vinyl record album
Mercury, 1991. New Copy (reissue)
A Native Tongues (more or less) hip hop classic from 1991! We hardly need tell you about this one, but in case you can't remember, this is the LP with "Flavor Of The Month", "Similak Child", "Pass The 40", "To Whom It May Concern", "Butt In The ... LP, Vinyl record album
Humble Pi EP
Stones Throw, 2018. New Copy
A tight EP from indie rap dream duo Homeboy Sandman & Edan – and one we're happy to see out on Stones Throw, too, as it's strongly in the spirit of the label's leftfield hip hop roots! Edan's production here is cool balance of psychedelic synth funk and straightforward compelling ... LP, Vinyl record album
Fat Beats, 2004. New Copy 2LP Gatefold (reissue)
Mid school MC Edo G teams up with mid school-to-the-future maestro Pete Rock for a back-to-basics set of blueprint hip hop! Pete lays off the mellower soul flourishes that work into his style on occasion for a more rugged, funky beats approach here to better suit Ed. Straight up, no BS hip hop! ... LP, Vinyl record album
Silver Age, 2018. New Copy (pic cover)
Nice 4 track 7 inch single by 7L & Esoteric and Inspectah Deck's Czarface project – packaged a great 20-page comic book by Marvel illustrator Mike Del Mundo! Titles include "Czarface Theme", "Who's A Good Boy", "Czar In Action" & "End Title". 7-inch, Vinyl record
Freddie
ESGN, 2018. New Copy
One of the toughest, leanest, tightest and most on point efforts from Freddie Gibbs to date – and one of the best! Despite the dead on perfect homage to the Teddy Pendergrass's quiet storm soul classic Teddy with the cover art here, make no mistakes, the material is Freddie Gibbs at his most ... CD
Green Music, 2008. New Copy (reissue)
First full length collaboration from Pacewon & Mr Green, a late 00s gem that's stood out at the time, and stands strong after all these years. Includes "Four Corners", "Children Sing", "The Eye Of The Needle", "I Need Money", "Let A Shot Go", ... LP, Vinyl record album
Vinyl Digital, Mid 90s. New Copy (reissue)
Classic level beatcraft from the mighty Pete Rock – a lost batch of instrumentals from the mid 90s INI era finding their way onto a tight standalone record after all these years – and sounding as fresh as ever! Pete's blend of prominent, headnodding beats with funky basslines and far-rea ... LP, Vinyl record album
Carved From Stone EP (with instrumentals)
Real Deff, 2018. New Copy
Neo-classic Detroit hip hop standard bearer Guilty Simpson, delivering an all killer, no filler handful of tracks on this tight EP with hard hitting beats Reckonize Real. The Queens beatmaker gathers some some rock solid no nonsense productions here – and together they craft pretty much ... LP, Vinyl record album
Universal (Japan), Early 90s. New Copy (pic cover)
A very cool split 7" single – one that features two excellent true school anthems from back in the day! The cover's split, too – Nice & Smooth on the front – and 3rd Bass on the back –and both cuts are in rare mixes! 7-inch, Vinyl record
Message
Sugar Hill, 1982. New Copy (reissue)
The classic debut album by Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five – one of the pioneering groups in hip hop -history- not that we didn't need to tell you that! With prototypical party jams and the original conscious rap landmark "The Message", all over old school grooves laid ... LP, Vinyl record album
Bad Boy, 1994. New Copy (pic cover, reissue)
A peak era single by Notorious BIG! On "Juicy" Puffy does a nice job producing this signature 'reminiscing-now-that-I-made-it' hit, and the remix by Pete Rock is even better. "Unbelievable" is Biggie with amazing prodution, as always, by Premier. 12-inch, Vinyl record
Bad Boy/Rhino, 1997. New Copy (pic cover, reissue)
The last great Notorious BIG single issued in his lifetime! "Hypnotize" gets your head nodding right out of the gate, Puffy & company's production bringing a funky heft to that impeccably sampled bass groove from Herb Alpert's "Rise", Biggie spitting pure charisma all the ... 12-inch, Vinyl record
Sugar Hill, 1980. New Copy (reissue)
"That's The Joint" is one of our favorite grooves from the classic years of Sugar Hill Records – a killer cut based around Cheryl Lynn's "To Be Real" – with the original groove slamming nicely on the bottom, as Funky 4 Plus 1 trade lines over the top! The track's ... 12-inch, Vinyl record
Scorpion
Cash Money, 2018. New Copy 2LP Gatefold
Drake still with lot of sting left in him after all these years on top! You really gotta hand it to him for keeping creatively ambitious at a point when he might be able to do just as well on the charts even if he phoned it in, but he's not doing that at all on Scorpion. There are sparsely-furnished ... 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
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
 
Updated December 15, 2018


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