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XOld school, true school, golden age, random rap, west coast, east coast, independent, southern, and midwestern hip hop -- as well as some commercial classics!


Portraits (colored vinyl pressing)
Mello Music Group, 2018. New Copy
Unfiltered portraits of the artist formerly known as Red Pill – delivering the goods under his own name on a solid set for the Mello Music Group! Real life, self searching and personal statement making hip hop from a voice rooted in classic 90s school craft – not so much with a neo-class ... LP, Vinyl record album
Ghetto Sci Fi, 2018. New Copy
Atmospheric instrumentals from Ras G – his kinda blues laced by a stark mood for sure, albeit taking flight over heavy, gritty beats and soulful vocal samples, bits of psych soul guitars, organ and more! Thickly hazy hip hop instrumentals from a modern master. 10 untitled tracks. LP, Vinyl record album
Omerta, 2018. New Copy
Debut project from Chicago producer Icytwat – and profane as the name, cover and they rhymes are there's a diverse, skillful craft that covers some pretty wide terrain – from the heavy atmospheric hip hip soul of "Clouds" with Kyeoshin, the piano and chimes laced title track ... LP, Vinyl record album
Lord Giveth, Lord Taketh Away (with bonus tracks)
Omerta, 2011. New Copy (reissue)
A raw duo effort from MC Freddie Gibbs and producer Statik Selektah! It's a nice one, with solid boots and some stark, moody touches like an ominous bit of organ, strains of cinematic soul strings, timeless scratches and more – with guest appearances by Daz, Slaine, Reks, Termanology, Fred ... LP, Vinyl record album
Nature Sounds, 2018. New Copy
One of kind rhymer Westside Gunn, with a flow as unique as his tone, produced in gritty full by Mr Green! The rawness and the hazy vibe of Mr Green's work here is a fine foil for WG's off the cuff sounding style, the vocals echoing back for emphasis on the vocal side and Green's brilliant ... LP, Vinyl record album
Mello Music Group, 2016. New Copy
Nice joint effort from a couple of diverse figures – Texas producer Gensu Dean and Detroit producer/MC Denmark Vessey! Denmark is on the vocals here and Gensu is on the beats, with just a couple guest appearances, and pretty solid sound throughout! Strong stuff for sure. Includes "The ... LP, Vinyl record album
Blackhouse
Mello Music Group, 2012. New Copy
A solid duo instrumentals project from Georgia Anne Muldow and DJ Romes – working together as Blackhouse – and delivering one of the best records yet on the prolific Mello Music Group label! Georgia's a restless creative spirit, and true to form, the beats and production she delivers ... LP, Vinyl record album
Easy Truth (with download)
Mello Music Group, 2017. New Copy
Crackling beats and on point rhymes from the Apollo Brown & Skyzoo! Produced by top notch Detroit instrumentals maestro Apollo, underneatth the wise, skillful voice of Brooklyn's Skyzoo, and on the ever-reliable, creative hip hop engine Mello Music Group as the label you'd have to expect this ... LP, Vinyl record album
Relativity/Traffic, 1994. New Copy 2LP Gatefold (reissue)
The first Beatnuts full length LP - and as a double LP for superior sound – raw NYC hip hop at it's early-to-mid 90s finest! Raw, funky and jazzy beatcraft that's pretty much a blueprint for some of our east coast hip hop of the era, with sharp, on point rhymes, this one's a pure classic and ... LP, Vinyl record album
Plush Seats
Mello Music Group, 2018. New Copy
Instrumentals from rising production talent Calvin Valentine! CV shows a real love for sampled soul throught Plush Seats, along with spacey keyboard texture, some nice nods to classic scratch work and other classic touches. Having recently crafted a full set of beats for an Illa J project, you ... 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
Wild Pitch, 1991. New Copy 2LP (reissue)
A record that no hip hop home should be without – the one and only album from Main Source, but a set that's more than strong enough to stand next to the best from contemporaries like De La Soul, Tribe Called Quest, and Black Sheep! Like all three of those groups, these guys have a way of ... LP, Vinyl record album
Czarface Meets Metal Face
Silver Age, 2018. New Copy
The Czarface team of Wu-Tang veteran Inspectah Deck and Boston underground hip hop heavyweights 7L & Esoteric are joined by the one-and-only MF Doom – a bonafide supergroup – and one of the finest comic book/sci-fi rap records since Madvillainy! Each one of these characters is so ... LP, Vinyl record album
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
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
Slice Of Spice, 1994. New Copy 2LP Gatefold (reissue)
Instrumentals for the classics second Organized Konfusion LP – on double vinyl for better sound! Of course it's got amazing production ranging from laidback to more uptempo sounds –- with a nice edge even without the lyrics from Pharoahe Monch and Prince Po. One of those once rare, ... LP, Vinyl record album
Defari, 2018. New Copy
Likit Crew and solo veteran Defari still in sharp focus and fine form – Rare Poise, indeed! Produced in full by Evidence, so you know this one's got a consistent, timeless sound – with guest spots for Krondon, Rakaa Iriscience, Brew and Phil Da Agony. Title include "It's Like I'm ... LP, Vinyl record album
Def Jam/Music On Vinyl (UK), 1989. New Copy
A late 80s masterpiece for Def Jam by MC Serch and Sinister Pete Nice – mixing funny, yet bitingly satirical rhymes, densely-layered, sample-heavy production. The biggest couple of hits are brillliant for sure – the Bomb Squad-produced "Steppin To The A.M." and the Prince Paul- ... CD
RTJ3 (gold colored vinyl)
Mass Appeal, 2017. New Copy 2LP Gatefold
A vital third act in the thankfully ongoing RTJ saga! The first album was unsurprisingly excellent, but surprisingly popular. The second album not only turned out to be a bigger hit, it was also a creative peak for both El-P and Killer Mike – which is really saying something. So the stakes ... LP, Vinyl record album
Mass Appeal, 2014. New Copy 2LP Gateold
The Run The Jewels duo project from El-P & Killer Mike return for another round, thankfully – they're just too good together to have left it as a one-off – and RTJ 2 more than lives up the indie rap classic debut! Killer Mike's limber, charismatic flow is served strongly by El-P's ... LP, Vinyl record album
Fool's Gold, 2013. New Copy 2LP (reissue)
El-P and Killer Mike finally deliver a killer duo record! We knew that this one would be a win, considering how great the El-P produced RAP Music album by Killer Mike turned out to be, how versatile the El-P futuristic production vibe is and how timelessly inventive each rapper is on their own. ... LP, Vinyl record album
Black Panther
Interscope, 2018. New Copy
A modern classic hip hop soundtrack to Black Panther that should make T'Challa proud! It was pretty clear early on that Black Panther might be one of the greatest modern super hero movies – and an important one for the political and cultural climate of the late teens – so the pressure ... CD
Dillatronic
Vintage Vibez, Late 80s/1990s/2000s. New Copy 2LP (reissue)
A killer compilation of rare Dilla instrumentals that hones in on his electronic-influenced side! It's the first time his archives have been mined with this sharp of a focus – but Dilla being the diverse cat that he was, it's STILL got a incredible stylistic sprawl! The beats are head nodding ... LP, Vinyl record album
Sun Go Nova
Mello Music Group, 2018. New Copy
Denmark Vessey blending jittery, unpredictable beats with sunny soul keyboards and abstract rap with pointed lyricism – as unpredictable and inspiring as ever! Guest include Ada, DrxQuinnx & Vic Spencer, and production by Earl Sweatshirt & Knxwledge. Includes "ZZZZZZ" feat ... LP, Vinyl record album
Atlantic/Vice, 2018. New Copy
Action Bronson with a no nonsense approach on his second proper full length – also serving as an entry Blue Chips mixtape series – bringing a stripped to the core, rugged and raw style that's more than welcome at a time when he's a legit media personality when not spitting rhymes! The ... LP, Vinyl record album
Ne'Astra, 2000. New Copy 4CD
Slum Village's legendary Jay Dee-produced Fantastic Vols I & II, with instrumentals, bonus songs, in a nicely-priced 4CD set! Vol I was at one time one of the most sought-after hip hop albums of the era – with some of the most rugged-and-raw Jay Dee production on record! Honestly, we're ... CD
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
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
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
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
Fat Beats, 2017. New Copy (reissue)
Classic-schooled, post-millennium independent rhyme slinger Your Old Droog returns with another solid set – with production by Edan, RTNC, 88 Keys and Alchemist – plus appearances by Danny Brown, Heems, Wiki and Chris Crack! Droog's voice, by nature, has a similar sound to Nas, but that' ... LP, Vinyl record album
Gate 13
IOT, 2018. New Copy 2LP
Mic legend Del The Funky Homosapien doing his inimitable thing with far-reaching production Amp Live – taking Del's voice to realms we've never heard him in! Kicking with with a Cali G Funk steeped intro that's something of a comfort zone for Del, it goes from there to lean synth funk, to ... LP, Vinyl record album
Midnight Marauders
Jive, 1993. New Copy (reissue)
A masterpiece from prime era Tribe Called Quest! Midnight Maurauders was Tribe's third LP, and even though there were no tracks yet credited to the Ummah, this is pretty much the beginning of Tribe's transition to that sound – with the same mellow, laid back vibe as their best early material ... 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
Bulk, 2018. New Copy 2LP Gatefold
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 happened without it! Keith's ... 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
Shining
BBE (UK), 2006. New Copy 2LP Gatefold
A glorious send off from J Dilla – with some of the most soulful productions Dilla's ever laid down – and appearances by Common, D'Angelo, Pharoahe Monch, Madlib, MED, Black Thought and others! It's impossible to listen to The Shining without considering the sad circumstances ... LP, Vinyl record album
Jive/Get On Down, 1990. New Copy (reissue)
Too Short's third LP on Jive, the last one before he started becoming a parody of himself. A few tracks have the same humor as his first two Jive LPs, and it includes the hit "The Ghetto" using the classic Donny Hathaway melody, and "Ain't Nuthin But A Word To Me" with Ice Cube ... LP, Vinyl record album
Signal Path
Content Label, 2007. New Copy 2LP (reissue)
Rare late 00s avant hip hop instrumentals set put together by Dday One’s The Content Label & Finnish Sound designer Antti Szurawitzki’s Styge Recordings! Includes "Bright Note" by Inner Science, "Krylo's Tune" by Vario, "I Can’t Handle Dischrord " ... 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
Quannum/Real People, 2003. New Copy
Lyrics Born of Latyrx fame drops a burning full length solo joint – and if we didn't recognize it as in instant classic on the early 00s it's earned that designation over time! This is pretty much entirely produced, arranged, programmed and written by LB, so if you know the style, you know ... CD
Low End Theory
Jive, 1991. New Copy 2LP (reissue)
The second album from the immortal Tribe Called Quest – one of the absolute essential hip hop LPs, and a record that should be an anyone's shortlist of the best albums in several subsections of hip hop – just a straight up masterpiece anyway you cut it. The album is so high up on the ... 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
Czarface Meets Metal Face
Silver Age, 2018. New Copy
The Czarface team of Wu-Tang veteran Inspectah Deck and Boston underground hip hop heavyweights 7L & Esoteric are joined by the one-and-only MF Doom – a bonafide supergroup – and one of the finest comic book/sci-fi rap records since Madvillainy! Each one of these characters is so ... CD
Jive, 2016. New Copy 2LP
A hell of a comeback for Tribe Called Quest – maybe one of the best musical comebacks ever, and a fantastic reminder of why we loved the group so much in the first place! 18 years have passed since we last heard from the trio (now, sadly, a duo) – and that time only seems to have ... LP, Vinyl record album
Epic, 2017. New Copy 2LP
A win for wily hip hip mainstay Big Boi's growing legacy as a solo star! The onetime more subtly innovative half of the Outkast – subtle as compared to Andre 3000's more flamboyant presence, anyway – succeeding mightily out front now, backed with solid, wisely timeless Organized Noize ... 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
75 Ark/Deltron Partners, 2001. New Copy 2LP (reissue)
Del Tha Funkee Homosapien, Kid Koala, and Dan The Automator pool their skills for this dawn of the 2000s classic – the masterful Deltron 3030 – pared down the sci-fi hip hop funk essentials on the Automator and Koala instrumentals! One of the benchmark albums in the leftfield ... LP, Vinyl record album
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
Weightless
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
 
Updated May 25, 2018


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