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!


Jive/Legacy, 1997. New Copy 2LP Gatefold (reissue)
Mystikal's solid second album, still with pretty lean production, but that's all the better to frame Mystikal's forever forceful, gritty and gravelly barked rhyme style – with appearances by Silkk The Shocker, Master P, Snoop Dogg, E-40, Mia X and more. Includes "Born 2 Be A Soldier" ... LP, Vinyl record album
Profile/Legacy, 1991. New Copy (reissue)
DJ Quik's classic debut – arguably one sturdiest records bridging the first wave of the LA gangsta rap era to the G Funk era of the early-to-mid 90s – and definitely one of the tighter and most focused albums of its kind around that time, when rap records were getting largely getting a ... LP, Vinyl record album
Duck Down, 2017. New Copy 2LP
Gruff and gritty rhymes with tough, no nonsense production the likes of which is rarely made these days – and it's all the heavier given that the man behind the mic passed away a couple years before this saw release! Sean Price was one of a kind, stubbornly sticking with 90s style rawness, ... LP, Vinyl record album
Love N War
Street Corner, 2017. New Copy
A moody set of beatcraft from LA producer Reallynathan – from synthy soul beats and samples blended to hypnotic effect, to rawer bits with a bit more dust and grit, to more richly layered vibes – recorded over a 5-or-so year period and assembled and selected here by the always tasteful ... LP, Vinyl record album
Enta Da Stage
Wreck, 1993. New Copy 2LP (reissue)
The legendary debut of Black Moon – and a landmark classic indie hip hop classic from the early 90s east coast scene! Beloved by the deeper digging hip hop heads back in the day, and making a few waves commercially with the singles "Who Got Da Props?" and "I Got Cha Opin" ... LP, Vinyl record album
Jive/Legacy, 1995. New Copy 2LP (reissue)
A strong early effort from Bay Area legend E-40 – his first with major label backing, stepping up and delivering in a major way – the title tells no lies! True to his roots, his working with Slick Wid' label collaborators both on the mic and in the production booth – including Sam ... LP, Vinyl record album
Rarebreed, 2017. New Copy
A cut & paste collage pf funky beat, basslines and dialogue sample paired with moody, melodic jazz funk keyboard atmoshere – setting up a consistent, flowing mode atmososhere! Fine craftsmanship from Didaflo/Sir Froderick with enough recognizable sampled bits to keep fans of modern ... LP, Vinyl record album
Jive/Zomba, 1988. New Copy 2LP (reissue)
One of those rare moments where a mainstream hit goes onto preface years of creative talent to come – even though the whole thing might have seemed like a bit of a one-off at the time! The young Will Smith is fantastic as the Fresh Prince – full of charm, at a level that really upped ... LP, Vinyl record album
Female Fun, 2005. New Copy 2LP (reissue)
A later career win from the unpredictable, inimitable Prince Paul – not exactly an instrumentals records, hence the deliberately spelled title – really more of leftfield hip hop beat suite with plenty of vocal samples and a few high caliber guest appearances! Paul's styles here rarely ... LP, Vinyl record album
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
Columbia, 2015. New Copy
Another brilliant window into the odd, honest mind of Earl Sweatshirt – a disfunctional outcast who doesn't even need to leave the house to be one the realest, most distinctive hip hop voices of his time. As much as we admired the Doris album, we didn't know where else he could take things, ... 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
LaFace/Legacy, 1994. New Copy (reissue)
The mid 90s instant classic! Outkast's debut set hem up as one of the most distinctive hip hop duos ever, right out of the gate, but it also helped to established the freewheeling, funky dirty south sound, thanks to genius Organized Noize production! The Outkast sound would get bigger and more ... LP, Vinyl record album
Raising Hell
Profile/Get On Down, 1986. New Copy (reissue)
The massive third album from Run DMC – made at the top of their game – an pivotal effort that brought them to peak popularity and helped break hip hop in a huge way in the pop culture landscape! Part of the album's strength is its guitar-heavy sound on some of the grooves – ... LP, Vinyl record album
Deltron 3030
75 Ark/Deltron Partners, 2000. New Copy 2 LPs (reissue)
Del Tha Funkee Homosapien, Kid Koala, and Dan The Automator pool their skills for this dawn of the 2000s sci-fi hip hop classic – the masterful Deltron 3030! The guest list is almost too long to get into, but Money Mark, Prince Paul, PB Wolf and Mr. Lif are all here, along with many others. ... LP, Vinyl record album
Dinked (UK), 2017. New Copy (pic cover)
Solid independent hip hop from the ever-reliable DJ Chicken George with producer Adrian Quesada, plus Reggie Coby, D'Shade, Riders Against The Storm, Bavu Blakes & Vocab! "Reflection Of The Times", as you guess from the title, takes on topical concerns in the rhymes by Reggie Coby, ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Resurrection
Relativity, 1994. New Copy (reissue)
In 1994 when everyone seemed to be turning hardcore, Common Sense wasn't having it. Introspective tales of growing up and living on the South Side that fit perfectly with No I.D.'s mellow production and spiced up with two guest appearances by Y-Not aka Twilight Tone. Classic LP, solid all the way ... LP, Vinyl record album
Alpha Pup, 2017. New Copy
Spacey, yet pretty rousing, almost anthemic hip hop soul instrumentals from Zach Witness – a batch originally put together as a birthday gift to friend and collaborator Andre 3000 (hence the title), and really indicative of the kind of soaring electro funky vibe of that side of Outkast ... LP, Vinyl record album
Between Now & Now
Vinyl Digital, 2017. New Copy
First ever solo album from German hip hop producer Don Philippe of Freundeskreis – one of the most successful German rap crews – and it's a nice one, steeped heavily classic soul jazz inspired atmosphere! Solid stuff built on stuttering drums and steady bass, looped straights of jazz ... LP, Vinyl record album
Byrds
Street Corner, 2017. New Copy
Trippy but strangely melodic abstract hip hop instrumentals on Street Corner! Foisey has this great way of mixing scattershot elements with bits melody holding it all together – if the beats are somewhat straightforward there'll some scattershot samples tripping it out just so – if the ... LP, Vinyl record album
 
Updated October 23, 2017


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