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!

Get On Down, 1996/2018. New Copy
It's been more than 20 years, but the Doctor is in! "Octagon Octagon" is the first new track by the legendary trio of Kool Keith, DJ Qbert and producer Dan The Automator working together under the Octagon name in a couple decades, and it's a solid return to form. You know they have faith ... 12-inch, Vinyl record
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
Ghostly International, 2006. New Copy 2LP (reissue)
Dabrye returns with more a richer, fuller set of spacey hip hop than the preceding One/Three – this one with a stellar roster of guests including Jay Dee, MF Doom, Beans, Vast Aire, Waajeed of Platinum Pied Pipers, Big Tone, Phat Kat and more! This one stood out for it's unique mix of ... LP, Vinyl record album
B-Boy/Octave (Japan), 1988. New Copy
Maybe not the first full length album by a female MC, but a really well-remembered set from the early days – and one that hardly tries to go for any crossover modes at all! Instead, Sparky-D really keeps it live and close to the streets – beginning the set with an acapella track that ... CD
Consumers Park
Nature Sounds, 2018. New Copy
Neo-classic hip hop of the highest caliber, courtesy Pro Era collective MC and producer Chuck Strangers in his solo debut! As much as we always have and always will love dusty soul and jazz sample hip hop, it takes real finesse these days to work in that realm without sounding self-consciously ... CD
Warlock/Octave (Japan), 1989. New Copy
The Tuff Crew burst out of the Philly scene with this overlooked gem from the end of the 80s – an album that may not be top of the history books, but which still has all the raw creative energy of those great indie years before the first big assault on hip hop by the major labels! The ... CD
Octave (Japan), 1988. New Copy
Beat-heavy work from the Tuff Crew – a group who definitely live up to their name on the bottom end! Much of the work here is very drum machine-heavy – in a style that was maybe used more widely a few years before in hip hop, but which still gives this album by the group a nice sense ... CD
Soo Deff/Octave (Japan), 1987. New Copy
An underground Philly hip hop classic – and a set that's got the same raw edge as the best early work by Schooly D! The Tuff Crew work here with the Krown Rulers – in the kind of record that almost feels like the kind of late nite, party-heavy vibe that made east coast hip hop radio so ... CD
Octave (Japan), 1987. New Copy
A well-titled set from the lyrical king – the mighty T La Rock, one of the key mid 80s MCs who helped introduce a whole new level of sophistication to hip hop! T La Rock maybe never hit the heights of KRS-One, Rakim, or other contemporaries – but this set has all the sharp fire and ... CD
Tall, Dark, & Handsome
B-Boy/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1988. New Copy
Tall, Dark, & Handsome may not be one of the best-remembered crews from the 80s – but they've got a fresh, playful approach that really keeps things interesting! These guys really remind us of the energy that the right group of MCs could bring to a party back in the day – yet they'v ... CD
Fresh/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1989. New Copy
Crazy noise, and a crazy great album from Stezo – really the one and only set that the man ever gave us – but a gem that really represents that great shift in hip hop lyricism in the generation of Rakim, EPMD, and Audio two! The production is wonderful – full of raw samples, but ... CD
Warlock/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1986. New Copy
The Skinny Boys may be weightless, but they've got a nicely heavy sound that often comes as much from their own human beat box work as it does from sampled beats and other instrumentation! The album's an early set on Warlock, and it's got that raw, straight from the streets vibe that made the ... CD
Warlock/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1988. New Copy
A great solo set from the Krown Rulers – a New Jersey crew, but one who worked often with Philly's Tuff Crew – as evidenced by the album's production help from Dave of that group! The cover art might look a bit gimmicky, but the set's nice and raw – bursting with beats and stark ... CD
Fat Beats, 2018. New Copy
Off-kilter, creative, and always headnodding beats from Exile – one of the most frequently impressive and underrated producers of the past decade and more – and a perfectly apt producer for an entry in the Fat Beats Baker's Dozen series! Exile is is a master of mixing solid soulful bits ... LP, Vinyl record album
All City, 2018. New Copy
Sultry synth funk and soul inspired beats and moodcraft from Onra – taking inspiration from the sleek, but not too slick sounds of the mid-to-late 80s post electro production era – but in his own nocturnal, neon-lit modern classic vibe all the way! Familiar elements of the above ... CD
Jazz Refreshed (UK), 2018. New Copy 2LP Gatefold
Nice one from Brit hip hop mainstay Ty – living up to the title with personal lyricism from the heart, but soulful a broader, universal sense too – with appearances by John Robinson, Deborah Jordan, N'fa Jones, Julie Dexter, Umar Bin Hassan and more! Ty is hands on with the production ... LP, Vinyl record album
Jazz Refreshed (UK), 2018. New Copy
Nice one from Brit hip hop mainstay Ty – living up to the title with personal lyricism from the heart, but soulful a broader, universal sense too – with appearances by John Robinson, Deborah Jordan, N'fa Jones, Julie Dexter, Umar Bin Hassan and more! Ty is hands on with the production ... CD
Metal Face/Get On Down, 1999. New Copy 7 x 7 inch
The first solo full length from MF Doom – busting out the future of underground hip hop – capping off the 90s with a record with more jazzy soul in the beats, and some semblance of straightforward, if busy rhyme mastery from Doom & his guests – taken to the outer limits! What ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Vinyl Digital (UK), Mid 90s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold (reissue)
A classic from Soul Brother Number 1! Back when Pete Rock & Cl Smooth were beginning to part ways, and Pete Rock was easing out of their deal with Elektra, he started putting together some side projects for groups like INI, whose single is a big collector's piece and whose album would become ... LP, Vinyl record album
Loyalty EP
Bang Ya Head Entertainment, 2018. New Copy
Raw and no nonsense, but still soulfully-inspired hip hop from veterans MED & Guilty Simpson – who've long since come out of the shadows of MED's onetime producer-collaborator Madlib and Guilty's onetime producer-collaborator J Dilla as as solid headliners to say the least – and ... LP, Vinyl record album
Updated March 23, 2018

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