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!


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
Livin' Proof
Payday/Get On Down, 1995. New Copy 2LP (reissue)
Classic debut of Group Home from the height of the Gang Starr foundation, when Primo just couldn't miss on the production front – always a rock solid backdrop from on point rhymes, which is just what you get from Lil' Dap & Melachi The Nutcracker. Strong work that stands up strongly these ... LP, Vinyl record album
Ghetto Music: The Blueprint Of Hip Hop
Jive/Get On Down, 1989. New Copy (reissue)
Classic Boogie Down Productions circa '89 – with prime street poetry from KRS, perfectly raw beats and overall peak end of the 80s production! Blueprint is an apt title for a couple reasons – the beats aren't what we'd call spare, but they're raw and unvarnished – a perfect ... LP, Vinyl record album
Soul On Ice
Priority, 1996. New Copy 2LP (reissue)
The debut of Ras Kass – kind of a watershed mark of the intellectual/complicated rhyme style for the mid 90s era, if you will – finding the west coast MC bursting out of the starting gates with some his best ever work! Includes all of the early singles and some classic level deeper ... LP, Vinyl record album
ABB, 2002. New Copy 2LP (reissue)
The debut from North Carolina organic hip hop crew Little Brother – an unexpectly strong and soulful effort in the vein of the Roots, mid-career Tribe Called Quest, and early Slum Village! The trio of Phonte, Pooh, and 9th Wonder have been kicking around Durham, NC and the southern hip hop ... LP, Vinyl record album
Sub Pop, 2017. New Copy
Shabazz Palaces takes spacey hip hop further out then they've every done before, while still somehow holding ground in hazy, headnodding beats and rhymes – delivering 2 separate albums loosely centered around a cosmic character called Quazarz! Far out as concept is and as thickly atmospheric ... LP, Vinyl record album
3AM (with download)
Cold Busted, 2017. New Copy
Includes "Soul", "When I", "Venice", "Off In The Sky", "It Can Be", "Mood", "Hidden", "Window Seat", "Floating", "Street Light", "Inside", "Drift" and more. LP, Vinyl record album
Supa Dupa Fly
East West, 1997. New Copy 2LP (reissue)
The debut of Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliot! Supa Dupa Fly was roundly acknowledged as an instant classic upon arrival, and we all knew it was no flash in the pan, but it's pretty amazing how fresh it sounds after all these years, and seamless mix of hip hop, soul and lean, unforgettable ... LP, Vinyl record album
Leaving, 2017. New Copy
Cali beatmaker & producer Kiefer is Kickinit Alone (or almost alone, anyhow) for Leaving Records – on a nice set of hazy beats, nice of use jazzy keys and other time-honored, classic-schooled hip hop production – all the while giving it a fresh feel! Nice stuff, audio handled by ... 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
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
Mos Def & Talib Kweli Are Black Star
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 ... CD
Lost Cargo Vol 1 EP
Culture Power 45, 2017. New Copy (pic cover)
A tremendous EP from the increasingly stellar Culture Power 45 team! The Moon Cricket Project is is spearheaded by Memphis via Chicago hero Infinito 2017 and producer The Geaux, with one side of this massive EP featuring three heavy tracks under the Moon Cricket Project moniker. ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Warner/Get On Down, 1989. New Copy 2LP (reissue)
Ahh, the glory days of the Native Tongues. Remember a time when dropping knowledge and keeping rumps bumpin' weren't mutually exclusive? This sophomore LP from the Jay Beez is a smorgasbord of funky breaks, jazzy samples and lyrical niceness from the golden era of hip hop. 16 tracks, including ... LP, Vinyl record album
Glassnote, 2017. New Copy 2LP
Childish Gambino once again transcends anything you might be expecting from an actor/musician – this is not some vain star trip at all, but a worthy, boundary-busting effort – and a pretty sizable step away from idiosyncratic, yet accessible hip hop into spacey pop funk! Strong stuff, ... LP, Vinyl record album
Def Jam, 1986. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)
The game changing Def Jam classic – and possibly the greatest album by the Beastie Boys – even though they'd grow up a whole lot after this! Profane party anthems galore, and the Beasties would distance themselves from much of the attitude of this album, making their career arc from ... LP, Vinyl record album
Def Jam, 2016. New Copy Gatefold
Former Clipse co-leader Pusha T steps out with really strong sophomore solo effort – and it's certainly some of best material in a decade or so! Tough rhymes, on point top shelf production, and style that wisely avoids current trends, even when he spits rhymes on topical subjects here and ... LP, Vinyl record album
Jive/Get On Down, 2006. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)
The long-gestated follow up to the breakout Lord Willin' record by Clipse! Hell Hath No Fury may have been on ice for years, but it appeared as an instant classic, WAY up at the top of the list of greatest hip hop LPs of the mid 00s. The Neptunes beats are very spare and chilly, despite the fiery ... LP, Vinyl record album
Elektra/Get On Down, 1992. New Copy (pic cover, reissue)
The hip hop uberclassic "They Reminisce Over You (TROY) by Pete & CL – truly one of the bedrock jams of the early 90s hip hop golden age – plus the nearly as great "Straighten It Out" on the flip. Heartfelt, on point rhymes and some of the finest jazzy hip hop ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Columbia, 1993. New Copy (reissue)
Big L's travels to hell and back on "Devil's Son" – intended for his Lifestyles Ov Da Poor & Dangerous but didn't make the final cut of that classic album – much like the other gritty underground classics, one-time promo-only, but classic level tracks in this vital EP! The ... 12-inch, Vinyl record
 
Updated July 22, 2017


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