DAMN!, indeed – Kendrick has yet to take even a small step down from the creative peak he's been riding for years – and takes another daring step forward with this strong, strident, no-mess-taking classic in the making! The surprise-announced DAMN! finds him taking on timely concerns ... read moreCD
(Hand-numbered limited edition collectors edition – with the tracks in reverse order!)
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 ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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 ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The first full-length from Mos Def and Talib Kweli together as Black Star – a benchmark moment in hip hop history, and one of the finest duo vocal hip hip records of the 90s – and one of the best ever on Rawkus! In hindsight, it's all the more rewarding given Talib Kweli's longevity in ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition two-toned vinyl with star pattern – very nice!)
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 ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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 ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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 ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The verses for these tracks are based on various jump-roping rhymes, but the best parts are the goofy non-sense vocals, sort of like the Zoom language, that you'll recognize from the Cold Cut remix of "Paid In Full." All done over that 1980-era loping rollerskating style music. 12-inch, Vinyl record
In My Mind ... LP Star Trak/Universal, 2006. New Copy 2LP (reissue)...
Just Sold Out!
Pharrell's first solo album – finally issued after months of anticipation between the release of the first single and a oft-delayed street date, time enough to wonder which Pharrell would take the lead – the electro-thumping, hip hop revisionist producer with the laidback rhymes, or the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Nasir ... LP Mass Appeal, 2018. New Copy Gatefold ...
Just Sold Out!
An on target salvo from one of hip hop's longest reigning mic maestros, produced by a mercifully focused Kanye West! With a taut running time of around 27 minutes and a title as no nonsense as Nasir, you could be forgiven if you hit the play button or drop the needle expecting something as sharply ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Common lean, filler free late 80s Finding Forever – a set that's definitely the thematic follow up to the semi-comeback BE LP – and a solid one, with highpoints that equal Com's best work of the decade! The set is largely produced by Kanye West, with some terse, harder hitting moments, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the hippest French albums we've heard in years – a laidback blend of hip hop and jazz that really lives up to the cover's homage to the legendary Black Jazz label! The Jazz Liberatorz have a great way with a groove – a style that's openly flowing and instrumentally jazzy – ... (New Grooves, Hip Hop)read moreCD
Dr Dre's first proper album in 15+ years, and you just know he wouldn't even bother if didn't have something solid to put there, right? Sky high expectations aside, it's a damn strong effort. Dre is in ringmaster and super-producer mode here, bringing in a diverse roster of vocal players and doing ... read moreCD
An incredibly wonderful record from The Art of Noise – their first full LP, following the ep Into Battle With – and a much more open-ended array of beats, sounds, and that wonderful chunky Trevor Horn production! The album's got versions of some of the older singles – like "B ... (Soul, Hip Hop)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear and a bit of pen on back.)
Danny Brown —
XXX ... LP Fool's Gold, 2011. Used 2LP Gatefold ...
Just Sold Out!
A raucous set from Detroit rhymer Danny Brown that finds that was poised to bust out pretty big like – and he's got the goods. His voice is unique, to say the least – with a kind of odd drawl that suits the semi-hinged, profane and undeniably skillful rhymes. Production by Frank Dukes ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
People Under The Stairs continues their longstanding win streak with Highlighter – another solid set that may indeed be a highlight in their career to date! Sample-flavored hip hip at it's absolute best in 2011 – which is pretty much what we might say about any record in PUTs' decade ... read moreCD
More electro beats, of course. This one has less of a novelty feel than some of their other singles, though the vocal version does have some goofy vocoder "computer" voice saying "Push The Button." 12-inch, Vinyl record
(In a Sunnyview sleeve.)
Anderson Paak —
Malibu ... LP Steel Wool, 2016. New Copy 2LP ...
A brilliant creative leap for singer/rhymer/producer Anderson .Paak as a solo star – released months after his standout, near show-stealing moments on Dr. Dre's Compton record! .Paak's proved himself a stellar collaborator many times over by the Malibu dropped, and here he proves a stellar ... (Neo Soul, Hip Hop)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The follow up to the classic first LP! Listening to Kurtis Mantronik productions all of these years later is a definite educational experience, given the huge influence the crisp synth sounds had on the future of hip hop – not only as a matter of necessity, given the cost of sample clearance ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Two remixes off the Magnificent LP, with Osunlade turning in the club version of "Rock Wit U" featuring vocals by Erro, with a nice syncopated house groove, and a sweet jazzy dub take with a different beat altogether. Jazzy Jeff does his own remix of "For Da Love Of Da Game", ... read more12-inch, Vinyl record
LP reissue of the first two volumes from Doom's spice rack of beats! These ingredients stretch way back, all the way to the KMD days, plus other beats, samples, and instrumental stew from the Operation: Doomsday LP, King Ghidora, and less familiar efforts. Beats by Metal Fingers, Spinna, Subroc ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
4th volume in this set of production tools, featuring drums solo-ed up, all the way through, with tight rhythms for you to work with. This one's called the "Light Rock" set, so it has some more mellow and slower bits, and while the really downtempo tracks don't have much character, there ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Compilation of Payday artists with some tracks that don't appear on any other LP. Production by Premier, Buckwild, Big Jazz and Ice Cube. Includes Jay Z "In My Lifetime (rmx)", Gabrielle feat. OC "Give Me a Little More Time", Group Home "Tha Realness", "Sacrifice ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Original pressing of the first release by Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth, and as dope as the classic first LP. Different versions of songs that appeared on the first LP, plus some tracks that were never on another LP or 12". 12-inch, Vinyl record
(German pressing. Label has a sticker spot. Cover has a center split in the top seam.)
Kanye West —
Ye ... CD Def Jam, 2018. New Copy ...
Pop culture baggage aside, pretty mesmerizing stuff from Ye! Ye the album, if his persona hasn't turned you off by now, is a compelling effort from what we'll dub Kanye's "puzzle period" – this strange era of his recorded output that's a long time since his creative and popular ... read moreCD
The second Pharcyde record – and though not as blunted and playful as the first one, it's still nearly as great – with that unrivaled, wholly original, easy west coast vibe! The production is more steady-handed this time around, which alienated fans of Bizarre Ride early on, but it ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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 ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
11 tracks, including "Puerto Rico/Black People", "Feel The Vibe", "You & You & You", "Boriquas On Da Set" (original and remix), "The Cypher Pt 3", "Know Da Game" and "Pay Ya Dues", featuring an all start cast of rappers, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
With "Boom Biddy Bye Bye (Fugees rmx)", "Throw Your Hands In The Air", "Intellectual Dons", "Hand On the Pump (Muggs' blunted mix)", "Whatta You Know", "Hits From The Bong (T-Ray's mix)", "Illusions (Q-tip rmx)", "Latin ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A milestone effort from Bay Area veteran Lyrics Born – who has been delivering rock solid funky soul-steeped hip hop solo, with his Latyrx duo, and as a producer for well over 20 years by this point – and still delivering the goods after all these years! He's been leaning more on gritty ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A milestone effort from Bay Area veteran Lyrics Born – who has been delivering rock solid funky soul-steeped hip hop solo, with his Latyrx duo, and as a producer for well over 20 years by this point – and still delivering the goods after all these years! He's been leaning more on gritty ... read moreCD
A set that's maybe a bit different than other Nigerian grooves you might know from the early 80s – as Hycento Junior has a strong influence from American hip hop, and also a bit of reggae as well! Side one of the album feels almost as if it was lifted from the same scene as Grandmaster Flash ... (Global Grooves, Hip Hop)read moreLP, Vinyl record album