Whether you remember these joints from the glory days of the Paradise or Bam's parties at the Bronx River Projects or are discovering them for the first time, these classic electro/hip hop/breakin'/dance tracks are a must-have for any DJ's crates. Tommy Boy's done a great job with these reissues, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Cypress Hill's debut masterpiece – one of the biggest and best first albums in 90s hip hop! There's little we can add to the canon when it comes to describing this album's impact, but it's still pretty revelatory. Like other west coast rap heavies of the time, Cypress Hill documents real ... read moreCD
The second LP from Cypress Hill, and as far as we're concerned, the last good one. Muggs' beats get a bit darker on this album, but are still sharp enough to cut through even the thickest clouds of smoke. 14 tracks in all, including "I Wanna Get High", "I Ain't Goin' Out Like ... read moreCD
7 Days Of Funk (Snoop Dogg & Dam Funk) —
7 Days Of Funk ... CD Stones Throw, 2013. Used ...
Just Sold Out!
Dam-Funk and Snoopzilla, aka Snoop Dogg, teaming up as 7 Days Of Funk – and it's not merely a new day for the timeless G-Funk sound – they're packing a whole week of it! Producer Dam-Funk and MC/singer Snoop couldn't be a better match – Snoop delivering laidback rhymes and easy ... read moreCD
Hip hop's reigning kings of longevity The Roots deliver another great album with Undun – we'd have to think it's entirely uncompromising and they're doing exactly what they want to do on this album – if you thought their day (eh, latenight) job would would bring their album work into ... read moreCD
Ms Hill's notorious double album follow up to the Miseducation Of. . .album – a pretty nice set of unvarnished, intimate performances that would have gone done a lot smoother in an earlier era! After the whirlwind success of her first solo album, Lauryn, either a) decided that the peak of ... read moreCD
The in-your-face dirty, violent original gangsta rap with Willie Dee, Scarface, Bushwick Bill and Ready Red, now a certified classic. Tracks include "Read These Nikes", "Assassins", "Trigga Happy Nigga", "Mind Of A Lunatic", "Scarface", "Let A ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An early 90s effort from Houston rap pioneers The Geto Boys! This one features Big Mike in the place of recently departed MC Willie D, and while earlier Geto Boys records might've set the expections bar pretty high for this one live up to, it holds up pretty strongly. After all these years, it's ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Promo in a stickered CB4 sleeve, with index label.)
Freddie Gibbs & Madlib —
Pinata ... LP Madlib Invazion, 2014. Used 2LP ...
Just Sold Out!
Streetwise raps from Freddie Gibbs, backed by inventive production from Madlib – here on one of the best records yet on 'Lib's own Madlib Invazion imprint! If you'll forgive us a little bit of repetition – because we KNOW we've written this before – there's just something extra ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A soul-searching effort from J Cole! 2014 Forest Hills Drive is named after the address of his NC childhood home, which is crystal clear clue of the introspective nature here – but it's got fresh, head-nodding hip hop soul production that carries it over all the more strongly. Solidly ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Akinyele keeps up the potty-mouthed sex raps that put him on the map first go 'round, but this LP's only got 2 beats by Large Pro (plus one by Lord Finesse, and one by Buckwild), which is what made the first album worthwhile. But it does have the huge hit "Put It In Your Mouth", plus ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Tracks include "Got Kinda Hi", "Typical American", "Whatcha Got Is Whatcha Gettin", "Ru Down Wit Da Goats", "Cumin In Ya Ear", "Burn The Flag", "Hip Hopola", "Do The Digs Dug", and "TV Cops". LP, Vinyl record album
A landmark effort from the Legendary Roots Crew – one that a lot of folks hail as their greatest album – and there's a strong case to be made for that! Jazzy soul backdrops and lyrics that both personally and culturally reflective – and it's also the best produced Roots album to ... read moreCD
The sharp Bomb Squad-spearhead soundtrack to Juice – standing the test of time very well over the years, thanks to the genuine dopeness of prime early 90s tracks by Cypress Hill, Brand New Heavies, Eric B & Rakim, EPMD and more! Some of the nicest includes Naughty By Nature's "Uptown ... read moreCD
A stellar collection of some of GMF and the Furious Five's best early cuts for Sugarhill, all with the legendary Doug Wimbish, Keith Le Blanc, Skip McDonald rhythm section! As ingrained into the consciousness as "The Message" is now and always will be, it's nice how fresh some of the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout notch with some staining & a small rip in the opening.)
The late 90s all caps CLASSIC by Big Pun – a precise rhyme spitter who, sadly, wouldn't live long enough drop follow up masterpiece in his lifetime, but we'll always have Capital Punishment! Pun was a big man, but his flow his lean and precise he's is sharp form throughout. Production wise ... read moreCD
4 tracks off Hi Teknology: "The Sun God" featuring Common & Vinia Mojica in clean and instrumental versions, "Suddenly" with Main Fow of Mood, "Round & Round" in clean and instrumetnal versions with Jonell, and the "Get Back Remix" withTalib Kweli ... read more12-inch, Vinyl record
A strong set of instrumentals by Mujo – producer beatmaker making waves globally, via the Hungary! Lean, jazz-inspired, headnodding goodness all the way. Includes "Forest", "Curry", "Flamingos", "Callan", "Crooklyn Blunts", "King Of ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Beat juggling of an entirely different sort. The grand daddy of really messing with a turntable is caught live with some of the next generation of post modern cut & paste vinyl manipulators, all of the very out, leftfield school of turntable abstraction extraction. DJ Olive, Erik M, Toshio ... (Out Sound, Hip Hop)read moreCD
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
Jerry Harrison of the Talking Heads gets together with Bootsy Collins on this Arthur Russell produced track featuring little sound bits of good old Ronald Reagan dropped over the heavy Linn drum beat. 12-inch, Vinyl record
You can't front on this nice single off his his first solo LP, with the non-LP b-side "Mind Your Business" about Puba's early days with Masters of Ceremony. Beats by Puba, T Ray and the Stimulated Dummies. 12-inch, Vinyl record
Reissue of the first Biz Markie ep on Prism. Includes two tracks that never made it to his first LP: a dope version of "They're Coming To Take Me Away", about Biz being carted away to an insane asylum, and "A One Two", done acapella with just Biz rhyming and beat boxing ... read more12-inch, Vinyl record
Killer cuts from the legendary Schoolly D – exactly the kind of work that made him so different from so many hip hoppers of his generation! PSK has this booming, brash kind of quality – with a chorus that asks "what the hell does it mean?", delivered with confidence from ... read more12-inch, Vinyl record
Gritty soul-steeped hip hop instrumentals from DJ Harrison – covering an impressive range styles from stripped down boom bap to thickly atmospheric spacey and lots of points between! It's excellent stuff, playing really well as beginning-to-end album as opposed to a grab bag of beats. He also ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Hip hop lifers and genre-defiant pop art blenders The Beastie Boys deliver the Hot Sauce – either their 8th or 9th album in 25 years, depending on how you count the Mix Up instrumentals set – a return to the good times hip hop funk style-hopping that the Boys flaunted so brilliantly in ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Black vinyl pressing, including a digital download, a bonus 7 inch with "B Boys In The Cut " & "Pop Your Balloon" & an iron on! Still in the original plastic outer sleeve, with a promo sticker on back.)
More of an EP than an LP: "Keep It Movin" (vocal & instrumental) with Xzibit, "Bag Da Biscuit" (basement mix), "Fine Line", "Money Or Love" (vocal & instrumental), "Body Language" with Choclair and "Play Dis" (sox 99 remix) with ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Born Jamericans —
Yardcore ... LP Delicious, 1997. Near Mint- 2LP ...
2nd album from Born Jamerican, with 13 tracks of hip hop/dancehall fusion, including "Prodigal Sons", "Yardcore", "Superstar", "Cyaan Done", 'Wherever We Go", "Follow The Pace" and "Gotta Get Mine". LP, Vinyl record album
A good example of hip hop from what someone once called the 'backpack' era – in the same area as maybe Masta Ace or the Roughhouse Survivors. "Flip Da Scrip" gets a nice remix from Premier. 12-inch, Vinyl record
Reissue of the only two tracks from the second KMD LP that were ever actually released by Elektra. (After they put out the first single, the group was dropped, supposedly because of the controversial cover art for the LP.) In any case, these two are as dope as their classic first LP – humor ... read more12-inch, Vinyl record