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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!


Ne'Astra, Late 90s. New Copy
Lost tracks for the Fantastic Vol 2 sessions and beyond – recorded from the mid-to-late 90s and featuring perfect production by Jay Dee! For years onward we appreciated music that came out under the Slum Village banner, even without the much-heralded early line-up – those later efforts ... LP, Vinyl record album
Happysad
Stones Throw, 2018. New Copy
An impressive blend of jazz and hazy hip hop beatcraft from Kiefer – his best yet! We dug Kiefer's earlier Kickinit Alone a lot, too, but Happysad feels like a next level effort. Jazz piano really stands out as the leading light in the sound here – it's the real thing, too – ... LP, Vinyl record album
Sacrifices
Lex, 2018. New Copy
Prefuse 73 doing his distinctive thing – mood-setting, hypnotic beats that roll from raw and deconstructionist to big and boisterous – with plenty off off-kilter melodic touches between! The range from stripped down and mellow to dense and rollicking is impressive as always, and his way ... CD
Happysad
Stones Throw, 2018. New Copy
An impressive blend of jazz and hazy hip hop beatcraft from Kiefer – his best yet! We dug Kiefer's earlier Kickinit Alone a lot, too, but Happysad feels like a next level effort. Jazz piano really stands out as the leading light in the sound here – it's the real thing, too – ... CD
Mass Appeal, 2018. New Copy 2LP
Detroit producer/MC double threat Black Milk is back with a rhymes-centric effort after the soul jazzy instrumentals of The Rebellion Sessions with Nat Turner – a true-to-form move given his unpredictable, diverse career to date – and sure enough it's another creative win! Compelling ... LP, Vinyl record album
Mello Music Group, 2017. New Copy
Soul searching rhymes in a distinctive narrative style by Lando Chill! The Boy Who Spoke To The Wind has a farther reaching sound than his first album, though it's his unique, not so chill voice that impresses us even more. It's innovative stuff production wise, with a far-reaching global hip hop ... LP, Vinyl record album
Chrysalis, 1993. New Copy 3LP (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
Music To Drive By
Sony/Get On Down, 1992. New Copy (reissue)
The third and perhaps peak effort from Compton's Most Wanted – one of the strongest in the early 90s west coast gangsta scene! Then and now, Compton's Most Wanted stood out for the lean, moody approach to the sound and style, hewing strongly to the prominent beats and funk samples, but in the ... 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
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
Fresh/Capitol, 1988. New Copy 2LP (reissue)
EPMD's incredible full length debut – a straight up all caps CLASSIC late 80s effort – raising the bar for the genre and helping pave the way for so much of the best golden age hip hop to come! Bottom heavy funky soul beats and masterful use of samples anchor the production, and the ... LP, Vinyl record album
Fresh/Capitol, 1989. New Copy 2LP (reissue)
The second album from EPMD, and the second triumph! Unfinished Business continues in the style of the classic debut, but that's anything but a problem at this point, there was really no one at their doing like Erick Sermon and Parrish Smith at the time! Their style of heavy east coast funky soul ... 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
Pay Jay, Early 2000s. New Copy (reissue)
J Dilla at his grittiest, most rugged & raw in the production realm – on his long unreleased original mixes for his early 00s classic Ruff Draft! 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 ... LP, Vinyl record album
Organix
Remedy, 1993. New Copy 2LP
The first, independent, Roots LP with so many classics that never made it to their later import and major label releases. What more can we say... Tracks include "The Roots Is Comin", "Pass The Popcorn", "The Anti-Circle", "Writers Block", "Good ... LP, Vinyl record album
Columbia, 1994. New Copy (reissue)
20th anniversary edition of Nas's masterpiece Illmatic – which will probably stand forever as one of the greatest hip hop full lengths of its time – maybe even for all time. Nas has had some creative ups-and-downs over the years, but nothing can take away the impact of this damn near ... LP, Vinyl record album
Untitled Unmastered
Interscope, 2016. New Copy
Untitled Unmastered, though masterful material from Kendrick Lamar – another great stride in his astonishing mid teens creative win streak– a low key and low stakes release compared to the huge platform for To Pimp A Butterfly, but damn, it sure does resonate with a similar haze of ... LP, Vinyl record album
Warp, 2016. New Copy 2LP
Danny Brown moves over the Warp label still riding high on a longstanding creative win streak – title aside, this exhibition is magnificent – hopping back and forth stylistically between straight-forward, compelling boom bap and brazenly manic weirdness! Danny's bugged out approach to ... LP, Vinyl record album
Stones Throw, 2003/2007. 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 ... 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
Loud/Violator, 2001. New Copy 2LP (reissue)
Mobb Deep steps into a new millennium with a slightly bigger sound, but without losing the plot! Long-heralded for being gritty and raw in the best kind of way, Prodigy & Havoc had nothing left to prove on that front – so taking a slight left turn with a more introspective lyrical bent ... LP, Vinyl record album
Loud, 1999. New Copy 2LP (reissue)
The last album from Prodigy & Havoc's classic run in the 90s – still with the distinctively raw, now legendary street style of the early to mid-period Mobb Deep – with appearances by Nas, Raekwon, Big Noyd, 8-Ball, Lil Cease, Lil Kim and more. In their prime, Mobb Deep had a way of ... LP, Vinyl record album
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
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
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
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
Loud/RCA, 1993. New Copy
The classic first LP with Method Man, Ghost Face Killer, Raekwon, Ol' Dirty Bastard, and The Genius. 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", "Da Mystery ... LP, Vinyl record album
Black Panther (180 gram pressing)
Interscope, 2018. New Copy 2LP Gatefold
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 ... 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
Fantastic Vol 1
Long Player/Ne'Astra, 1997. New Copy 2LP (reissue)
Slum Village's legendary Fantastic Vol 1 – one of the most sought-after hip hop albums of the era – with the most rugged-and-raw Jay Dee production on record! Honestly, we're left pretty close to speechless by how tightly these tracks hold up. This is indeed the template for so many ... 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
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
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
Stones Throw, 2003. New Copy 2LP
Damn! The MASSIVE collaborative album from the dynamic duo of Madlib and J Dilla! Essentially, Madlib handles the production on the even numbers in the set with Dilla on the vocals, and the roles are reversed on the odd numbers. Each producer does his own thing, as only he can do it – ... 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
Rap-A-Lot/Priority, 1991. New Copy (reissue)
Houston in the days before the screwed era, when the city was still putting a whole different spin on the rap game! Where NWA were deivering the hardcore rhymes filled with anger, Scarface, Wllie D and Bushwick Bill were coming with a whole other horror story. Tracks include "We Can't Be ... 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
Stones Throw, 2014. New Copy
Madlib's funky sound cues for the excellent Stones Throw documentary My Vinyl Weighs A Ton – his first ever bonafide film soundtrack material – smartly steeped in all the elements that make the Stones Throw label and the the man himself so great! The label's ouvre over the years ... LP, Vinyl record album
A Stable Sound, 2018. New Copy 2LP Gatefold
A modern classic from the legendary Cut Chemist – delivering on his reputation as a true school/blueprint era hip hop torch carrier while transcending it at the same time! You've got to expect that anything Cut Chemist produces, remixes, or applies his DJ skills to will be a rewarding aural ... LP, Vinyl record album
Interscope, 1993. New Copy 2LP (reissue)
A masterful second album from 2Pac – and a breakout that helped lay the groundwork for his brief but ever rising repuation and legacy! Kicking off with the thumping "Holler If Ya Hear Me" with the frenetic, almost Bomb Squad level wall of sound production by Live Squad that's ... LP, Vinyl record album
Hard To Earn
Chrysalis, 1994. New Copy 2LP (reissue)
Gang Starr at pretty close to peak level here on 1994's Hard To Earn – and rather than continue to ride the waves they made on the previous couple classic albums, Guru sharpens the lyrical tone just a bit – spitting some more incisive rhymes over apporpriately gritty soul jazz beats ... LP, Vinyl record album
Reloaded
Mass Appeal/Decon, 2012. New Copy 2LP Gatefold (reissue)
Roc Marciano steps up his game on Reloaded – a strong set for Decon with production by Roc himself for the most part – ultimately just as solid as allstar guests including Alchemist, Ray West and Q-Tip! It's really all about the well-written street narratives with a deft, no nonsense ... LP, Vinyl record album
Parallel Uni-Verses (colored vinyl)
Gold Dust, 2009. New Copy (reissue)
Heiro hero Del The Funky Homosapien teams up with Artifacts and Weathermen veteran Tame One to trade rhymes – with production by Parallel Thought – a solid set and another winner on the Gold Dust Media label, which is put out a number of classic era reverent records to date! The beats ... LP, Vinyl record album
Fat Beats, 2018. New Copy
Off-kilter, creative, and always headnodding beats from Exile – one of the most frequently impressive and underrated producers of the past decade and more – and a perfectly apt producer for an entry in the Fat Beats Baker's Dozen series! Exile is is a master of mixing solid soulful bits ... LP, Vinyl record album
Ghostly International, 2002. New Copy (reissue)
A tight early effort from Dabrye! Early on, Dabyre got lumped in with self-consciously modern "glitch hop" hop producers by comparison, but he's always had a style all his own – leaning pretty strongly on classic hip hop influences, just with a spacier sound. This one sounds pretty ... LP, Vinyl record album
Unseen Breaks
Loveturl, 2018. New Copy
A 7 inch edit of of the modern classic underground Detroit hip hop chronicle The Unseen – A Detroit Beat Tape – the documentary feature and stellar soundtrack featuring the work of Amp Fiddler, Waajeed, House Shoes, Big Tone, J Dilla and many more! Unseen Breaks takes beats from the doc ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
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
Pay Jay, Early 2000s. New Copy 2CD (reissue)
J Dilla at his grittiest, most rugged & raw – in both the production and rhyme realms – 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 ... CD
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
I Am Other/Columbia, 2017. New Copy 2LP
The Neptunes & co.'s ever-evolving hip hop/electro pop creative outlet NERD is back with their best in years! NERD not only never ever really dies, they're also never ever to be dismissed as an occasional throwaway side project, and they never put out the same record twice. This one finds ... LP, Vinyl record album
 
Updated June 19, 2018


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