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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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Mello Music Group, 2016. New Copy
The first full length from indie legend Mr Lif in seven long years, and just his fourth overall – hard to believe that's all given his longstanding, well-earned legacy as one of the best and brightest of the Def Jux era and beyond – but less is more when you're work is as distinctive ... CD
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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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War Report
Penalty/Traffic, 1997. New Copy (reissue)
The first LP from before Nore went completely thugged out, before Capone was unavailable, before they had beef with Tragedy. Nice production throughout from Buckwild, Charlemagne, Marl Marl, EZ Elpee, Clark Kent and more. Tragedy-Khadafi appears on about half the tracks. Stand out tracks include ... LP, Vinyl record album
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Operation Unknown, 2007. New Copy
Uncut, full version Jay Love Japan – one of the best of the early posthumous Dilla releases – originally slated exclusively for the Japanese market! This is Dilla in a mostly uptempo vibe, with soulful strings and vocal samples and blunt, snapping beats. There are a couple vocal ... CD
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Rebellion Sessions (instrumental album)
Computer Ugly, 2016. New Copy
Soul jazz-steeped, largely instrumentals set from always jazz reverent, but rare so solidly jazz rooted producer Black Milk – played in live band arrangements by the group Nat Turner – and it's a stunner! It's got prominent bass lines, airy keyboards, and funky drums inspired by some of ... CD
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Redefinition, Early 90s. New Copy
Rare instrumentals from the K-Def archives – a tight set of 90s beats with titles that include "Jersey In The House", "I Was Reaching", "Can You Let Me Know", "It's Fat", "Walk And Big", "Super Nig", "Feel The Vibe And Rap" ... LP, Vinyl record album
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Sugar Hill/Sequel (UK), 1983. New Copy (reissue)
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BMG/RCA, 1988. New Copy (reissue)
Too Short's follow up to Born To Mack, with the same raw, stripped down Bay Area vibe. It's too bad that gangsta, pimp and street rhymes have gone on to become such a cliche, but when we hear these early classics, we're reminded of how fresh this stuff was at the time. Still sounds great today, ... LP, Vinyl record album
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Kurtis Blow
Mercury, 1980. New Copy (reissue)
One of the biggest major label hip hop albums of the early 80s – and easily one of the best ever full length sets from Kurtis Blow! There's a straightforward simplicity here that's totally great – a slight elevation of the Sugar Hill groove towards a more mainstream audience – ... LP, Vinyl record album
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Tyson, Early 80s. New Copy (reissue)
First school hip hop from Family Four, one of those tracks extended posse cuts that never cracked the mainstream, but always shows old school hip hop on want lists. A nice party rocker from the post disco, post Sugar Hill Gang scene. 12-inch, Vinyl record
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Jive/Get On Down, 2006. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)
The long-gestated follow up to the breakout Lord Willin' record by Clipse – announced in fall 2003 – finally released in late 2006! Hell Hath No Fury may have been on ice for 3 years, but it appeared as an instant classic, WAY up at the top of the list of greatest hip hop LPs of the ... LP, Vinyl record album
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Columbia/Traffic, 1995. New Copy 2LP (reissue)
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 ... LP, Vinyl record album
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Loud/Get On Down, 1998. New Copy (pic cover, reissue)
Big Pun's follow up to the huge hit "Not A Player", that similarly struck a chord with the streets, the radio, too! The flip "Twinz (Deep Cover 98)" features Fat Joe. Sharp tracks from the classic Capital Punishment that cut deep to this day. 7-inch, Vinyl record
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Fat Beats, 2016. New Copy (pic cover)
Nice little 10-inch single by Union Analogtronics & Blu – with remixes by indie production all stars Exile, Dibia$e & Jann Kesz! Hip hop being the cross-cultural/trans-global unifying musical ambassador that it is, "LA Counting" finds SoCal independent legend produced by ... 12-inch, Vinyl record
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Stones Throw, 2016. New Copy
Homeboy Sandman lyrically on point and fascinating as always – with production and/or appearances by Jonwayne, Georgia Anne Muldrow,Edan, Steve Arrington, yU, J-Zone and others. Includes "Heart Sings", "Eyes", "Real New York", "Seam By Seam", "It's ... LP, Vinyl record album
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Cobb/Palisades
ALC, 2016. New Copy
Blu produced by Alchemist – for a tight single on Alc's Craft Singles series of limited edition 45s! "Cobb"" is a tight cut with rugged rhymes by Blu, a solid beat backdrop lighted up by piano and chimes samples in the mix. The flipside "Palisades" also features Killa ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
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Mobile Home, 2000s/Early 2010s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold
A funk-steeped trip through the Lyrics Born catalog – and it's not some label-curated hodgepodge/contract fulfilling set either – this one feels as carefully and thoughtfully assembled as could be! Irresistible stuff, be it post 90s Bay Area boom bap or more funky soul-reverent stuff, ... LP, Vinyl record album
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Coalmine, 2016. New Copy
Veterans Planet Asia & DJ Concept team-up – with appearnces by DJ Pain1, Tristate, Marvelous Mag, Sean Price & DJ Devastate, Blu, Agallah, John Robinson & Smoovth, Includes "Valuable Metals" with DJ Pain 1, "The Expo" with Tristate, "Fresh" with Blu ... LP, Vinyl record album
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Crenshaw Jezebel
Red Apples 45, 2016. New Copy
West Coast MC Blu and producer Ray West pair up for a solid set on the always reliable Red Apples 45 label with appearances by AG & Dave Dar. We wouldn't go quite so far as to call it a concept album, but there's a lyrical musical theme, with a melodic bent to production that provides space for ... LP, Vinyl record album
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Vintage Vibez, Late 90s/2000s. New Copy
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
 
Updated May 25, 2016


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