A rock solid effort from one of the finer producers on Stones Throw at this stage in the label's esteemed history! If you expect 1988 to be throwback effort by the number title, think again, but he's not as predictable as that anyway. He sets an impeccable and unpredictable mood that stays rooted ... 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
The debut of Ras Kass – kind of a watershed mark of the intellectual/complicated rhyme style for the mid 90s era, if you will – finding the west coast MC bursting out of the starting gates with some his best ever work! Includes all of the early singles and some classic level deeper ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Lord Quas returns for another batch of booming, mad-blunted hip hop – an even more sprawling, surreal ride than the Unseen LP! Quasimoto was and still is Madlib's outlet for his most cartoonishly blunted, eccentric tendencies – and he really lets 'em fly on this set! The Unseen LP had ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
People Under The Stairs —
OST ... LP Om Records, 2002. Near Mint- 2LP Gatefold ...
Just Sold Out!
A stone classic from People Under The Stairs – a record that not only stands as some of their strongest work on wax, but which undeniably helped a lot of the west coast find a way forward after too many years stuck in the shadow of thuggish posturing! The set bristles with the kind of ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Recent remaster in a gatefold cover, includes the printed inner sleeves. Cover has a bumped corner.)
The cuts to check for here is Jay Z's "In My Lifetime remix", twice as long as the original, and the best track he's done in a while and "Celebration" featuring Jay Z, Memphis Bleak, Sauce Money and Wais. Also includes Jay Z "Only A Customer", MOP "My Nigg@ Hill ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeves. Cover has a promo stamp and some edge wear.)
23 tracks including Jay Z "Freestyle", "Fantastic Four Pt 2" with the Lox, Camron, Nature & Fabolous, "Getting It" with Busta Rhymes &Rah Digga, "CREAM 2001" with Raekwon & Ghostface Killah, "What The Beat" with Eminem, Method Man & ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Madvillain (Madlib & MF Doom) —
Madvillainy ... CD Stones Throw, 2004. Used ...
Just Sold Out!
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 moreCD
The sound of future past from The Greatest Beats series! An early Arthur Baker electro classic for you to pop and lock to your heart's content to, plus a Lil Jon remix featuring R&B vocals by Lathun. 12-inch, Vinyl record
(Promo in a stickered sleeve with some wear and staining.)
Production by Large Professor, Eric B, Biz Markie and G Rap keep the beats fresh, while the MC with the crisp lisp delivers the lyrical goods on classics like "Talk Like Sex", "Erase Racism", "Streets Of New York" and "Money In The Bank". Also includes ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing! Cover has a gold promo stamp in one corner.)
A beautiful revolution from Common – a set that's maybe got more of a message than most of his music of the past decade – but which also comes across with a more interesting musical palette as well! Part of the album's sound comes from heavy contributions from PJ – singer Paris ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
These guys are known by some as the backing band of Anderson.Paak, but they're a hell of a group on their own – rock-solid right at the core, and able to effortlessly craft a sweet blend of funk and soul – yet also leave room for plenty of guests along the way! The musicianship here is ... (Neo Soul, Hip Hop)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The funky Root Down EP by the Beastie Boys – riding high on a mid 90s creative peak! Root Down featuring a trio of versions of the title track and Ill Communication album standout, based on the Jimmy Smith's classic of the same name – and in hindsight, you really have to hand it to the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Notorious BIG —
Born Again ... LP Bad Boy, 1999. New Copy 2LP (reissue)...
Just Sold Out!
Tracks include "Dangerous MC's" featuring Snoop Dogg & Busta Rhymes, "I Really Want To Show You" featuring Nas with K-Ci & Jo-Jo, "Rap Phenomenon" featuring Redman & Method Man, "Tonight" featuring Mobb Deep, "Let Me Get Down" featuring ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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 ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Childish Gambino once again transcends anything you might be expecting from an actor/musician – this is not some vain star trip at all, but a worthy, boundary-busting effort – and a pretty sizable step away from idiosyncratic, yet accessible hip hop into spacey pop funk! Strong stuff, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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 ... read moreCD
The classic self-titled debut LP from Run-DMC – one that not only changed hip hop, but much of modern pop and rock forever! There's little we can add to the canon for this record, but the way Run-DMC ushered in a new era in contemporary urban culture, a harder hitting style of rap that ... read moreCD
Tommy Boy includes a little bit of everything on each volume of it's Greatest Beats series – from the early Soul Sonic Force classics and dance tracks up through the latest hits. We'll admit there's not too many of the more obscure tracks like Black By Demand's "All Rappers Give Up" ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Collection of instrumental loops from 10 classic hip hop tracks from around 1988-1993. And they're dj friendly enough to list the BPM for each track. Includes instrumental loops from Beatnuts "No Equal", Jeru "Static", BDP "Black Cop", Public Enemy "Louder Than A ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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 ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Super Smoky Soul —
Cycling ... CD Circulations (Japan), 2007. Used ...
The beats have Super Smoky Soul all right – but they're also loaded with atmospheric instrumental hip hop and headnodding funk! The Tokyo based production duo of Super Smoky Soul blend a solidly funky beat with off kilter samples, cosmic keys and layers of off kilter elements around the ... (New Grooves, Hip Hop)read moreCD
Classic underground early 90s street hop from J-Rock The Messiah – produced by J-Rock, DJ Premier and Easy Mo Bee – heavy, funky a** beats and cuts like they just don't make anymore! J-Rock is a master of the various techniques of the era, while the beats document Primo in his prime. ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Conway The Machine certainly earns his name here – as there's a focused directness to his sound that makes the whole record feel like it's an automatic, effortless effort from the MC! There's great production help along the way – from Alchemist, Daringer, JR Swiftz, Rick Hyde, and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Hand-numbered limited ediiton of 1000!)
Terrace Martin & Devi Dev —
Here My Dear ... LP De Rap Winkel (Netherlands), 2010. New Copy 2LP (reissue)...
A set inspired by the Marvin Gaye album of the same name, but delivered here in a very contemporary spirit – handled with lots of fantastic production from Terrace Martin – who moves between a mix of hip hop and some of the cosmic jazz touches that have become his strength in more ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Tracks include "Check The Rhime", "Bonita Applebum", "Award Tour", "Can I Kick It?", "Scenario", "Buggin' Out", "If The Papes Come", "Electric Relaxation", "Jazz (We've Got)", "I Left My Wallet In El ... read moreCD
Seattle rapper Da Qween looks relaxed and regal on the cover – but the sound of the set has a taught intensity that comes through right away – fast rhymes, crispy beats, and a sense of urgency that holds on all the way through! There's a few sung vocal moments that get nice and mellow ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A split album – featuring work from Seattle up-and-comer AJ Suede, and longstanding resident artist Specswizard! There's a strong sense of history that runs through the AJ Suede titles – vintage soul snippets and historical recordings – laced together carefully to accompany AJ's ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Striking sounds from Seattle female rapper/producer Stas Thee Boss – a record that has a core of sounds inspired by the Miles Davis album On The Corner – referenced here in the title and cover graphic – with a shifting array of sounds and rhymes that the trumpeter would have been ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A wonderfully fully-formed album from Detroit MC Elzhi – a set that's likely to become a key statement from the Motor City underground, given the rich songcraft and production – and help from some other members of the scene! The set begins with a great introduction by Foolish, then ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Twit One has always had a great way with taking classic sounds, stripping them down, and making them into some really sweet contemporary beats – and that quality really continues here – in a set that's lean, but which has a resonant sense of depth from its roots! Tracks are relatively ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The solo debut of Roc Marciano, and a record that more than shows the MC can stand on his own – serving up edgy rhymes over beats that show a strong NYC tradition – often spare and lean in construction, but with compelling core elements that continue that tradition started by Wu-Tang so ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(10th Anniversary edition – done as a very cool double pic disc pressing!)
A solid, relatively underappreciated effort from Bishop Nehru and MF Doom – one we appreciate even more with bit of time on its side! Doom is more or less focused on the production side on this one while the former handles the majority of the rhymes – and having arrived at a time when ... read moreCD
Brooklyn hip hop heavies Buckshot, 5ft and DJ Evil Dee rise together for the first proper Black Moon album in 15 years – produced by the Da Beatminerz and featuring just a handful of guest spots, from Method Man, General Steele, Smif N Wessun, Rockness Monsta and Tek – doing their ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The fantastic solo debut of Pharoahe Monch – served up after a few years of guest appearances that were really raising our ears to his mighty talents! The Pharoahe returns the favor here – inviting in guest versions from Common, Talib Kweli, Canibus, Apani B Fly, Busta Rhymes, MOP, and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(20th Anniversary limited edition red & orange swirled vinyl pressing!)
MED & Guilty Simpson return with with their trademark take on timelessly gritty, inventive independent hip hop. Titles include with production and/or appearances by Madlib, Georgia Anne Muldrow, Kokane, 14KT, Apollo Brown, Black Milk, Exile & more. Titles include "Face Down", ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
MED & Guilty Simpson —
Loyalty EP ... LP Bang Ya Head Entertainment, 2018. New Copy ...
Raw and no nonsense, but still soulfully-inspired hip hop from veterans MED & Guilty Simpson – who've long since come out of the shadows of MED's onetime producer-collaborator Madlib and Guilty's onetime producer-collaborator J Dilla as as solid headliners to say the least – and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One-take, all vinyl, favorite funky sample flips by Damu The Fudgemunk for Ego Trip! Essentially a private press mix companion piece to an Ego Trip feature with Damu in which he discussed favorite sample craft – none of which is essential info for enjoyment, as it stands plenty strong on its ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The first album from legendary producer Diamond D in years – and in a way, he's going back to his roots, in that it's entirely self-produced, unlike the multi-producer collaborative Hugh Hefner Chronicles – and he's in fine form! Diamond D has the cache to get a far-reaching roster of ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Sure, it was mis-used crazily in the Central Park case, but "Wild Thing" is still one of the greatest pop hip hop crossover tunes from the end of the 80s – a cut that still has no trouble getting a party started! 7-inch, Vinyl record
Features DJ Revolution on the mix. Tracks include "The Anthem" featuring RZA, Eminem, Xzibit, Pharoahe Monch, Kool G Rap, KRS-One, "Rework The Angles" by Dilated Peoples, "Above The Clouds" feat Gang Starr and Inspectah Deck, "Improvise" feat Jurassic 5, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Clean edited promo in a stickered sleeve, with lightly bent corners.)
Classic Boot Camp hip hop from the Clik's peak era – with timeless production by Da Beatminerz. Stark, hard hitting beats of forthright rhymes from the heart of the mid 90s – such a classic era for hip hop in general, and this one strands strong even in such impeccable company! It might ... read moreCD
The legendary debut of Black Moon – and a landmark 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", this ... read moreCD
Too Short's third album for Jive and sixth overall, still riding at a near peak level, since Born To Mack and Life Is...pretty much made a legend while still in his early 20s! A few tracks have the same dark humor as the above mentioned classics, but he takes a turn into seriousness on "The ... read moreCD
Benchmark west coast gangsta – and one of the hardest hitting albums of the era in any genre! We're not gonna lie, we played this record to death when it came out – and it still holds up better than most of the material put out by former NWA's, and most of the West Coast sound-alikes ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Freeze Factor —
Chill ... LP Epic, 1989. Very Good ...
10 tracks in all, including "Lay Back & Chill", "Don't Turn Back", "Keep On Groovin'", "Money, Money", "Black All The Way", "The Truth (Beat Biters)", "Funky Fresh Stuff", "Slick Chick", "Direct Opposites" ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve. Cover has light wear.)
Featuring freestyles from Notorious BIG, Xzibit, Jay Z, Foxy Brown, Lady Saw, Akinyele, Boot Camp Click, Lost Boyz, DAS EFX, Cormega, all worked into a mix of hits from 1997 and a few old school cuts, includes "How About Some Hardcore", "Hip Hop Hooray", "Uptown Anthem" ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album