Hip Hop — Recently Added

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


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Kollage
Chrysalis/Universal, 1996. New Copy (reissue)
Not one filler track this strong debut LP from one of the dopest MCs of the 90s! There's jazzy soul pedigree to the production that pairs perfectly with her rhymes, with excellent use of samples – a mode that was falling out of mainstream fashion by this point in the decade, but it's fresh ... LP, Vinyl record album
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Ne'Astra, 2000. New Copy 2LP (reissue)
One of the most influential albums of recent hip hop history! Fantastic wasn't considered a masterpiece upon its long-delayed original release, it needed some time to sink in, but we all now know there is no denying the genius of Jay Dee's production and T3 and Baatin at the top of their games. ... LP, Vinyl record album
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Warlock/Idlers, 1988. New Copy 2LP (reissue)
The legendary album by the third star in the original Native Tongues trinity! Before the first De La and Tribe LPs, and with hint of all the great stuff that was to come – jazzy beats, nice rhymes,and straight butter all the way through. This double vinyl version includes a bonus track ... LP, Vinyl record album
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Mercury/Legion, 1994. New Copy 2LP (reissue)
Classic level mid 90s NYC hip hop from Legion – who made some minor waves on couple incredible singles that SHOULD be remembered as pivotal classics from the period in the run-up this criminally slept on 1994 full length. Mostly self-produced and damn near perfectly so – with guest ... LP, Vinyl record album
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Elektra/Get On Down, 1994. New Copy 2LP (reissue)
One of most essential hip hop albums of the 90s – arguably among the best ever! The Main Ingredient is a great title for the album, as this one finds Pete & CL working with the core essenses of their timeless hip hop sound. Pete Rock's soul and funk sample enriched sound at it's very ... LP, Vinyl record album
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Capital Punishment
Loud/Get On Down, 1998. New Copy 2LP (reissue)
The late 90s all caps CLASSIC by Big Pun – a precise rhyme spitter who, sadly, wouldn't live long enough drop follow up masterpiece in his lifetime, but will always have Capital Punishment. Pun was a big mean, but his flow his lean and precise, and while there's some brief throwaway moments, ... LP, Vinyl record album
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Loud/RCA, 1993. Near Mint-
The classic first LP with The RZA, The GZA, Ol' Dirty Bastard, Inspektah Deck, U-God, Ghostface... you know the rest. 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", ... LP, Vinyl record album
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Get On Down, 2002. New Copy (reissue)
"Virginia" is one of the slower, moodier cuts from Clipse's classic Lord Willin – one of best major label hip hop records of the early 00s, and it's slays to this day! "Grindin" needs no introduction, a benchmark Neptunes production and one of the great singles of its day! 7-inch, Vinyl record
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Loud/Get On Down, 1999. New Copy (pic cover, reissue)
The classic early single from Dead Prez – with squelchy funk steeped production and razor sharp rhymes – originally released in the run-up to their debut full length for Loud! "Hip Hop" hints at strident material to come from the duo, who stood out from the Loud Records scene, ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
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Profile/Get On Down, 1996. New Copy (reissue)
Follow up to the classic "Coolie High" and maybe one of the last genuinely classic singles ever released on Profile! In the tradition of Main Source and Digable Planets, nice mellow but still energetic production using a nice Herb Alpert-style brass loop and straight, uplifting lyrics. ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
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Ruthless/Real Gone, 1989. New Copy
The classic album by the DOC from glory days of Ruthless Records – really up there in excellence with NWA in the gritty west coast canon – with timeless production by Dr. Dre! Nice mic skills paired with tight, funky production from Dre when he still hungry and on the ascent. 13 tracks ... CD
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To Pimp A Butterfly
Interscope, 2015. New Copy
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 ... CD
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Untitled Unmastered
Interscope, 2016. New Copy
Untitled Unmastered, maybe, but it's thoroughly masterful material from Kendrick Lamar – another great stride in his astonishing mid teens creative win streak It's a low key and low stakes release compared to the huge platform for To Pimp A Butterfly, but damn, this one resonates with a ... CD
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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
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Big Grams (180 gram pressing – with download)
Epic, 2015. New Copy
Adventurous ATL hip hop veteran Big Boi teams up with NYC electro pop duo Phantogram as Big Grams! Big Boi has never lacked for creative ambition – his one time repuation as the straighter-laced half of Outkast sold him short back in the day – as he always had a incredible way of ... LP, Vinyl record album
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LaFace, 1996. New Copy (pic cover, reissue)
The big single off Atliens, which would've been a standout track any day! "Elevators" defied trends in the mid 90s, strongly influenced by early 80s era George Clinton productions, with Outkast's southern swagger –here in the classic album version, a pair of great remixes, acapella ... 12-inch, Vinyl record
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Jive, 1989. New Copy
One of THE landmark hip hop albums – and the full length debut of great Tribe Called Quest! We hardly need to tell you about this classic – but it will always bear repeating. De La Soul might have kicked the door open on leftfield, anything goes artistry about a year or so earlier, ... CD
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Assam (voc, inst)
Funk Night, 2014. New Copy
A tight Detroit hip hop single on Funk Night – with rhymes by underground veteran Guilty Simpson and production by Musca – purportedly representing Saint Petersburg, Russia! It's actually a pretty straight up, no BS hip hop cut – with fresh flowing rhymes and a gritty beat that's ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
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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
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Pay Jay, 2016. New Copy
Perhaps the best, and almost certainly the most carefully put-together posthumous Dilla LP – rooted in Dilla recordings in the first couple of years of the 00s – strong enough work to have positioned him to break out as a solo star had his health not held him back. Diary is finally ... LP, Vinyl record album
 
Updated July 24, 2016


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