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Kid Cudi

Man On The Moon III: The Chosen

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After ten years, one of the greatest trilogies in hip-hop gets its final chapter.Kid Cudi unveils his anxiously awaited 7th full-length studio album and the third installment of his legendary Man On The Moon series, Man On The Moon III: The Chosen [Republic Records]. Cudi has returned with 18 new songs, such as "Show Out" [feat. Pop Smoke and Skepta], "Lovin' Me" [feat. Phoebe Bridgers], and "Rockstar Knights" [feat. Trippie Redd]. CD Softpak.

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Too $hort

Life Is… Too $hort [LP]

Vinyl: $21.99 Buy

Life Is…Too $hort was Too $hort’s fifth studio album and is his highest selling album to date. It is considered the cornerstone on which all of Bay Area hip-hop was built.

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Daniyel

82 [Digipak]

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Daniyel's ability to make art that's truthful to his experiences is one of the many reasons why local Portland publication, PDX Monthly, has deemed him the next big thing. With the goal to hit full throttle in 2021, Daniyel is set to release his upcoming project, 82, dedicated to 82nd Avenue, the street he grew up on. In keeping true to his roots, 82 digs into the feel-good nostalgia and uniqueness of what makes Portland the place it is and the person it has helped him become, illustrated by the emotional "LOST ONES," directed by Cole Bennett of Lyrical Lemonade, and the energetic "IT'S OK."
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Method Man

Method Man Presents Street Life

Vinyl: $26.98 Buy

A true legend of modern hip hop, Method Man, presents this debut album from his new prodigy, the thugged out emcee Street Life - now available for the first time ever on vinyl!Features the hard hitting singles featuring Method Man "Can't Stop, Won't Stop" and "Street Education" plus "A Star Is Born" featuring fellow Wu Tang alum Inspectah Deck!Raw, real and ready for his close up, Street Life comes well equipped with astounding lyrical skills and has appeared on tracks by the venerated Wu Tang Clan, Method Man and others!Available in RED vinyl!
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Playboi Carti

Whole Lotta Red [2 LP]

Vinyl: $29.99 UNAVAILABLE

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As a gift to fans, Playboi Carti releases his Whole Lotta Red album after a two-year hiatus. Whole Lotta Red features 24 tracks with appearances by rap superstars Future, Kid Cudi and Kanye West. This is Playboi Carti's second studio album, following Die Lit which was released in 2018 and debuted at #3 on the Billboard 200 chart. It has clocked a staggering 1.6 Billion streams for its tracks to date.
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CZARFACE & MF DOOM

Super What

Vinyl: $28.99 Buy

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Clouds (The Mixtape)

Vinyl: $24.99 Buy

Nf - Clouds (The Mixtape)
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DUSTY LOCANE

Untamed [Digipak]

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Having quickly risen to the top of the New York hip-hop scene, the mercurial Brooklyn-based drill rapper, Dusty Locane, drops his debut album, UNTAMED. At twenty tracks, the album showcases Dusty's lyrical chops as an emcee and star power & versatility that makes him a unique artist. Working with fellow New York artists Rah Swish, KG MORE BREESH, 8ANDITT & 3Kizzy, as well as rising labelmates OBN Jay & Yung Bleu, Dusty speaks on how he became king of the streets and looks to prove why he deserves to stay on top for years to come. The world is closely watching Dusty, and he's ready to deliver.
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Lil Baby

My Turn [Black Ice Deluxe 3 LP]

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Grammy-nominated rap superstar, Lil Baby, brings us the deluxe version of his latest studio project, “My Turn” via Quality Control Music. With a massively dedicated fan base and constant flow of  hits, “My Turn” quickly became the first album of 2020 to go double platinum. Black Ice Deluxe 3 LP available for the first time ever. Gatefold Jacket.

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Roc Marciano

Mt. Marci

Vinyl: $32.98 Buy

Mt. Marci is the 8th studio album from legendary emcee / producer Roc Marciano. This new album is in conjunction with Josue Thomas of The Gallery Dept, and without question is a must have for the true music / Roc Marciano fan.
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Atmosphere

God's Bathroom Floor

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Initially written and recorded when Atmosphere and fledgling label Rhymesayers Entertainment were still making a name for themselves in the Minneapolis hip-hop scene, "God's Bathroom Floor" was an early standout for the group. Turning heads and drawing new fans in with Slug's introspective raps over producer Stress' hypnotic jazzy beat, the song was performed live frequently, becoming an audience favorite before ever appearing on an actual release. Even then, it was only a live performance they made available, and only on a limited mixtape they released in 1996. It would be another year before the 4-track studio recording would surface on Atmosphere's Overcast! EP, a collection of focus tracks promoting their debut full-length album, but "God's Bathroom Floor" never made it onto the album itself and slowly slipped into obscurity from there. Now, in celebration of it's 25th anniversary, the original recording has been unearthed, remastered, and pressed on this limited edition 7-inch vinyl. Plus, in a nod to the song's original release as a live version, we've included a new live performance of the song, recorded recently in Montreal, mixed and mastered exclusively for this special release. Whether you're a lifelong fan whose first introduction to the group was through this song, a new fan looking to explore the group's historical roots further, or somewhere in between, this release will be a welcome addition to your Atmosphere collection.
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Big Sean

Detroit 2 [2LP]

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Double vinyl LP pressing. Detroit 2 is the long-awaited successor to Detroit (2012), Big Sean's penultimate fourth career mixtape. News of Sean's fifth studio album has been widely proclaimed in Rolling Stone, Billboard, Pitchfork, Complex, VIBE, Highsnobiety, XXL and more. Featured A-listers include Nipsey Hussle, Jhene Aiko, Travis Scott, Stevie Wonder, Lil Wayne and a solid list of Detroit rappers.
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Madlib

Sound Ancestors (arranged By Kieran Hebden)

Vinyl: $27.98 Buy

CASSETTE. 2021 release. Music by Madlib. Edited, arranged and mastered by Kieran Hebden. "I was listening to some of his new beats and studio sessions when I had the idea that it would be great to hear some of these ideas made into a Madlib solo album... arranged into tracks that could all flow together in an album designed to be listened to start to finish... we decided to work on this together with him sending me tracks, loops, ideas and experiments that I would arrange, edit, manipulate and combine. I was sent hundreds of pieces of music over a couple of years." - Kieren Hebden.
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Ice-T

Iceberg / Freedom Of Speech Just Watch What You Say [Limited 180-Gram Transparent Red Colored Vinyl]

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Limited 180gm transparent red colored vinyl LP pressing. The Iceberg/Freedom of Speech... Just Watch What You Say!(1989) is the third studio album by infamous rapper Ice-T. The album has an uncharacteristically gritty sound, featuring some of the darkest musical tracks that Ice-T ever released.
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Pop Smoke

Shoot For The Stars Aim For The Moon [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Clear 2 LP]

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Pop Smoke's legacy continues with the release of his posthumous debut album, Shoot For The Stars Aim For The Moon. The album finds Pop's voice in concert with collaborators both old and new such as Quavo, Roddy Ricch, Lil Baby, and more. Staying true to his intention to use his debut album to show the breadth of his artistry, fans will discover a Pop Smoke that they had yet to see - one that is singing, stepping outside of the Brooklyn drill sound that he helped bring to a global level and more.

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DaBaby

BLAME IT ON BABY [Deluxe 2LP]

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The deluxe version of DaBaby’s album, BLAME IT ON BABY, now available on vinyl. The revamped, deluxe edition consists of ten new tracks, including new single “PEEPHOLE” and the Black Lives Matter remix of “ROCKSTAR,” which was released on June 12th amidst worldwide protests. Double LP Set.

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21 Savage / Metro Boomin

Savage Mode II

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2021 release. Savage Mode II is a collaborative studio album by Atlanta-based rapper 21 Savage and American record producer Metro Boomin. The album serves as a sequel to the duo's extended play Savage Mode (2016). It features guest appearances by Drake, Young Thug, and Savage's cousin Young Nudy. Features the singles: "Runnin" and "Mr. Right Now".
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Childish Gambino

Because The Internet [2LP]

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Because The Internet is the sophomore album from Childish Gambino, the stage name of Grammy, Golden Globe, and Emmy Award-winning recording artist, actor, and producer Donald Glover. Released in 2013, the album lends perspective to the complications born from an Internet-obsessed society. In creating Because The Internet, Glover set out to not just release an album but to build a world, also releasing a companion screenplay and short film, "Clapping For The Wrong Reasons."

Because The Internet is presented on 2LP 12" 180g vinyl, comprises 19 songs including "3005" and "Sweatpants", and features appearances from Chance The Rapper, Jhene Aiko, and Azaelia Banks.

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Mac Miller

Swimming In Circles

Vinyl: $99.98 Buy

Mac Miller's family announces a double-disc vinyl box set of his albums Swimming and Circles. Swimming In Circles collects Miller's two final studio albums, which were conceived by the late artist as companion albums, into one deluxe presentation. Now, fans will be able to listen to both releases on vinyl side by side for the first time, experiencing the full narrative arc expressed across the two albums. The new box set will be available on November 20, 2020 through Warner Records.

Circles was released in January 2020 and was the most pre-added album in Apple Music history upon its release. It also debuted at #3 on the Billboard 200 Chart, marking Miller's sixth consecutive Top 5 debut on the chart. The album was completed with the assistance of producer Jon Brion, with whom Miller worked on Swimming and had been working together on Circles at the time of his passing.

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Jay Electronica

A Written Testimony [LP]

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A Written Testimony, the long-awaited debut studio album from Jay Electronica, was recorded over 40 days and 40 nights, starting December 26th, 2019. Includes appearances from Travis Scott and The-Dream, as well as production from NO I.D., Swizz Beatz, Hit-Boy, The Alchemist and Khruangbin. LP available on May 15th.
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YFN Lucci

Wish Me Well 3

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The Wish Me Well series has been a staple in YFN Lucci's catalog for over 5 years, from the beginning of his career with Wish Me Well to now, with the highly anticipated Wish Me Well 3. Throughout his career YFN Lucci his been very open about the influence Tupac has had in his life and music so it should come as no surprise that he titled this album "Wish Me Well 3: Me Against the World." The theme of "Me Against the World" is very relatable especially in our current climate. While creating this album Lucci reflected on feeling like he has only a few allies in the industry and truly feeling like he's on his own. This can be heard in songs like "Part 2" and "Hate's Real" featuring Boosie. The album also has moments for the ladies as well with his chart topping "Wet Remix" featuring Mulatto and "Both of Us" featuring Rick Ross and Layton Greene. Overall, this album will give you in depth look on YFN Lucci's personal life and show you how he has grown as an artist, father and business man.
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Benny The Butcher

Burden Of Proof

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There is no disputing that Benny the Butcher has arrived. With anticipation now at a fever pitch, Benny the Butcher puts a bow on his and Griselda's genre-shifting year with his new album Burden Of Proof; an album that aligns the best rapper alive, with the hottest producer (Hit-Boy) of 2020.Mastered by Guru, Burden of Proof is The Butcher's official level up. With Burden Of Proof, Benny took his time and holed up in LA with Hit-Boy to craft a masterpiece; and the one producer methodology, though a somewhat new concept for Benny, aids the albums musical variance, depth and diversity. It's still gritty and vintage, but coupled with the melodic and anthemic production of Hit-Boy; Benny's Pyrex vision raps have never sounded more festival ready."I always wanted to name my first album, The Most Anticipated, because that's always been my position and it's my position now. I've always been a dope artist from the hood, from the city, but I never really put out "the album" Benny commented. "I've recorded a lot of great music. Dope projects, mixtapes, features and people see me on that level to where when I deliver the album it has to be "that album" because expectations are high and I thrive under pressure. Burden Of Proof is that album. We worked hard on this project. I got a lot of input from the team. This is what I wanted to give the people; Burden Of Proof."
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Logic

No Pressure [LP]

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Double vinyl LP pressing. Logic returns with No Pressure, reuniting with legendary super-producer No I.D. Logic, 6ix and No I.D. come full circle for a sequel to his debut album, Under Pressure, with the first new music since Confessions Of A Dangerous Mind.
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Youngboy Never Broke Again

Top

Vinyl: $29.98 PREORDER

Double vinyl LP pressing. TOP - which marks the highly anticipated third album from the still rising YoungBoy, follows the release of a superstar collaboration with Snoop Dogg on "Callin," the record which hit #1 on YouTube and amassed over 7 million views in one week. In addition, the album features recent singles as "All In," "Sticks With Me," and "Kacey Talk." The booming, energetic album solidified YoungBoy as one to watch as a rising superstar in the rap game.
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Youngboy Never Broke Again

38 Baby 2

Vinyl: $24.98 PREORDER

Vinyl LP pressing. 38 Baby 2- which marks the long awaited sequel to YoungBoy's 2016 breakthrough mixtape, 38 BABY-proved an even greater triumph, debuting at #1 on the Billboard 200 as well on the "Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums" and "Top Rap Albums" tallies. Indeed, the release's phenomenal success made history, affirming YoungBoy as only the third artist to ever have three Top 5 albums on the Billboard 200 in a 12-month period.
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Youngboy Never Broke Again

Ai Youngboy 2

Vinyl: $29.98 PREORDER

2022 release. AI Youngboy 2 - which marks the long awaited follow-up to 2017's RIAA gold certified AI Youngboy - includes the hit singles, "Self Control" and "Slime Mentality," both of which earned critical acclaim upon their releases, with Hypebeast praising the former for "(showcasing) the rapper's more introspective and reflective side. Throughout 'Self Control,' the Baton Rouge superstar uses his melodic flows to reveal how he dealt with loved ones losing their lives, the temptations of substance abuse and more." Meanwhile, HotNewHipHop hailed "Slime Mentality" as "a gritty cut that falls directly in line with the sort of vibes NBA YoungBoy has been dropping for the last twelve months. There is something about this kid that just screams consistency and it's what has his fans going crazy whenever he decides to grace us with new music."
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Kirby

Sis. [Colored Vinyl] (Grn)

Vinyl: $25.98 PREORDER

On January 31st of 2020, the accomplished songwriter turned songstress released her debut EP 'Sis.', a 7-track EP produced by Homer Steinweiss and The Menahan Street Band of Amy Winehouse's famous album 'Back To Black'. With this project the rising, Memphis-bred artist introduced her own take on modern soul, using live instrumentation and melodic prowess to blend contemporary and nostalgia. The project was met with widespread acclaim, earning her a spot on NPR's Tiny Desk [6/11], three separate usages in this season of HBO's series 'Insecure', and over 20 million streams across streaming platforms.
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Money Man

Blockchain [Digipak]

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After making waves and receiving coverage from a wide range of outlets such as Complex and Coindesk for being the first artist in history to accept a $1M advance in Bitcoin, Money Man drops off the aptly titled crypto-inspired album, Blockchain. The album coincides with the release of his first NFT which saw fans clamoring to snatch up the limited amount of tokens available to mint within a matter of days. Money Man flexes his knowledge of cryptocurrency and financial gains across 13 tracks, enlisting help from Moneybagg Yo, Jackboy, & Yung Bleu as we see his star power headed to the moon.
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Freestyle Fellowship

Innercity Griots (2pk)

Vinyl: $44.99 PREORDER

Innercity Griots, the second album from Freestyle Fellowship, is perhaps *the* essential West Coast left-field rap album of the early '90s. Released in 1993 on 4th & Broadway, it's a towering, progressive hip-hop masterpiece that expanded rap's boundaries through lyrical elevation and production innovation. Their talent was ahead of everybody else by light years. This is pure b-boy jazz.The original single vinyl LP is now hideously scarce, and of course the sound suffers from not being officially released as a double. This Be With re-issue fixes both problems, and for completeness also includes "Pure Thought" from the CD version of the album. This incredible display of imaginative hip-hop sounds better than ever.Freestyle Fellowship were some of the earliest technically dazzling rappers to come out of California. Mikah 9, P.E.A.C.E., Aceyalone and Self Jupiter - along with DJ Kiilu - forged their famed lyrical dexterity in the ultra-competitive crucible of the Good Life Cafe. Founded in Leimert Park, South Central LA in December 1989, this earthy health-food store and cafe was where the city's finest microphone fiends would gather to showcase their freestyle skills at the Thursday night open-mic.Forcing MCs to raise the bar and stay fresh every week (a challenge made even tougher by the strict "no cussing" policy) the Good Life became an incubator for groups like the Pharcyde and Jurassic 5 and their events attracted big-names like Ice Cube, Snoop Dogg, Ice-T, Pharrell, and John Singleton. To Self Jupiter, the Good Life was "college - you had to come with something peculiar, left-field each week". It served as a predecessor to the Project Blowed scene, and inspired influential club nights like Low End Theory. The Fellowship's "chopping" double-time raps were an evolutionary step for lyricism. A style that sounds freestyled: abstract hip hop before it existed. "We do double-time passages and runs and riffs" Mykah 9 told the LA Times in a 1993 article, "we improvise and play off of each other's words and sounds-like jazz musicians do. What we are is liberators, liberating rap from it's R&B/funk structures - that 4/4 [time] prison". All 4 members were very different but they all had a unique jazz-scat style that was fresh. Their flamboyant chopping technique seemed like they were trying to rap at the speed of thought and it influenced everyone from Snoop to Ras Kass to Xzibit to Kendrick Lamar.Innercity Griots has been described as the Rosetta Stone for rap styles. The group's dense, vibrant wordplay and enviable interplay quickly earned the attention and respect of the city's hip-hop underground. Frenetically trading acrobatic rhymes with agility and grace, the Fellowship used their voices as instruments like true virtuosos, spraying improvised raps like a Coltrane sax solo.With the bulk of the album's production handled by The Earthquake Brothers, and Bambawar, Daddy-O, and Edman taking over for some of the tracks, Innercity Griots dances between organic and programmed music, largely forgoing sampling and instead built around live jazz jams. The likes of Freddie Hubbard's "Red Clay" and Miles Davis's "Black Comedy" were used more as templates for house band The Underground Railroad Band to spiral out from. As Pitchfork noted in their recent 9.0 review of this classic album, "Freestyle Fellowship embodied the style and spirit of jazz on a molecular level. They shared the effortless cool and tough countenance of the great bebop players from the '50s without verging into jazz-rap parody. Their innate jazziness felt tangible and hard-earned".Indeed, just days after it's release, they chose to celebrate Innercity Griots at Hollywood's Ivar Theatre not by sharing the stage with contemporary rappers, but instead by performing live with jazz legends Horace Tapscott and Don Cherry, as well as proto-rap spoken-word ensemble The Watts Prophets.The unusual approach to the music was matched by the Fellowship's lyrics. Eschewing the tired rap tropes of the time, this multifaceted album instead explores their ruminations on greed and homelessness, weed, sex, survival, insecurity and tribalism. The album's abrasive opening salvo of "Blood" and "Bullies of the Block" will knock you sideways. P.E.A.C.E. spits a quick a cappella piece before "Bullies of the Block" swaggers in with a stabbing, rolling could-be-Bootsy bassline to die for with wild horn snatches and knocking drums. The effortless, enviable flows quickly establish that you're hearing something utterly unique and completely captivating. Aceyalone boldly claiming that he's "making the kind of music that will outlast you" - that's nearly 30 years ago now and he's not been proved wrong yet."Everything's Everything" brings a breezy lightness to the archetypal hype posse cut, and shows off the Fellowship's thrilling chemistry. With assurances that everything's "all right y'all", there's a sense that tempers are cooled, microphones prevail and a certain Kendrick Lamar may have taken notes.The bouncy "Shammy's" is a loping dedication to the pursuit of the opposite sex, produced by Stetsasonic's Daddy-O, whilst the quick-fire "Heat Mizer" has the spirit and feel of a totally improvised cipher. The moody P.E.A.C.E. solo track "Six Tray" is an off-kilter slo-mo rider anthem, bringing that smooth, syrupy-sticky LA sound whilst looping up strangled horns. The brilliantly chaotic, siren-heavy "Danger" comes on like a West Coast Bomb Squad production, the group detonating lyrical and stylistic bombs at will. All four members rip through their verses and rhymes at break-neck pace, ricocheting through the tracks with seemingly limitless energy. It'll leave you spinning.An undeniable highlight (on an album packed with them) the peerless "Inner City Boundaries" invites Daddy-O to stop on by again, this time to drop off a smooth instrumental and lace a verse. Featuring an irresistibly catchy, sing-a-long hook, it sounds like it was recorded in a smokey jazz lounge late one Saturday night. The Fellowship rap - and occasionally scat - over a live backdrop, searching for the freedom to express themselves in a world that's hostile to their very existence: "I gotta be righteous, I gotta be me/I gotta be conscious, I gotta be free"."Cornbread" is Aceyalone's remarkably faithful 808-drenched tribute to old school hip-hop and '80s electro. Synth drums, handclap snares, elastic bassline - it's all there. "Way Cool" is probably the funkiest hip-hop track about cannibalism ever recorded and on hot club track "Hot Potato", the crew again trade lines and harmonise old school routines over funky organ. The blissed-out "Mary" is a mellow ode to weed, riding a duo of samples from O'Donel Levy's version of "Never Can Say Goodbye" and Henry Mancini's "Lujon". Everyone sounds as horizontal as you'd expect. Mykah 9's beautiful and moving "Park Bench People" is one of Innercity Griots' most beloved and unique tracks, something that wouldn't feel out of place on a traditional vocal soul-jazz record. Arguably as skilled a singer as he is a rapper, Mykah 9 weaves a downbeat tale of the homeless in Leimert Park and across LA, channeled into stream-of-consciousness scats and whispers, bellows and moans. Just sensational.The strung-out "Heavyweights" reveals the Fellowship at their most adversarial. They bring plenty of back-up to this rowdy posse cut, perfectly distilling the uproarious intensity of a cutthroat MC battle. The album closes with the patchwork rap kaleidoscope of "Respect Due" and of course, for the sake of completeness, there's also "Pure Thought" from the CD release, a stunning track full of elegant fireworks and a brilliant sample of Billy Cobham's "Stratus". Amazing.The Fellowship weren't all that concerned with following industry trends and 4th & Broadway struggled to market the group and get air play. Overshadowed by the hype around fellow '93 rap classics (Wu-Tan
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Blockhead

Uncle Tony's Coloring Book

Vinyl: $35.98 UNAVAILABLE

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Blockhead's highly sought after Uncle Tony's Coloring Book" is back on vinyl! This latest run is pressed on limited edition green and cream records. Packaged in a wide-spine LP jacket, with full-print inner sleeves.
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Blu

The Color Blu(e) [LP]

Vinyl: $26.99 Buy

Acclaimed L.A. rapper Blu has left an indelible mark on the hip-hop landscape, crafting an impressive catalog instilled with the essence of the vibrant city he calls home. Now, the gifted lyricist is back with the new album "The Color Blu(e)". Among Blu's most conceptual projects to date, "The Color Blu(e)" is an artistic thesis statement, celebrating and reflecting on a remarkable creative journey. The word "Blue" is featured in every song title, and "Blue" is also weaved into each of the album's soundscapes. "This album is the ultimate cartoon series about myself," Blu explains. "The Color Blu(e) is the cool breeze. Another day in the life of being Blu." While he typically works with a single producer on each project, Blu recruited Sirplus, J57, and longtime collaborator Exile to shape the album's sonic texture. An unapologetically personal collection with no features, "The Color Blu(e)" is packed with intricate wordplay and dynamic production, reaffirming the unique talent of the artist known as Blu.
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Pouya

Blood Was Never Thick As Water

CD: $13.49 PREORDER

Independent hip hop artist Pouya releases his fourth studio album, Blood Was Never Thick As Water. Lyrical Lemonade says, "He's one of the most creative minds in music right now. His songs are always versatile and complex, considering he fills them with a plethora of true stories and experiences, and his music videos never disappoint."
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Epmd

The Big Payback

Vinyl: $18.98 Buy

EPMD's initial success in 1987 seemed to take a lot of people by surprise. Without build-up or fanfare, they launched this stunning debut 12" and, so ill-prepared were people for it, that the label was still misspelling their name.Those early 12" copies of 'It's My Thing' - and the hard to find UK 7" that followed shortly after - have them billed as EPEE MD. Before they were signed, they were going by EEPMD, but they decided to drop an E due to the success of the west coast's Eazy E. The one person not surprised by their success, however, was hip-hop pioneer and producer Kurtis Mantronik, who actually signed them to Fresh Records.It's fitting that he's the man that saw their promise, as he himself was one to go against the grain. His electro-influenced productions for Mantronix and Just Ice were ahead of their time, and perhaps in EPMD he saw kindred spirits. Because, at the time this dropped, hip-hop was going up tempo, taking it's cue from James Brown samples and picking up the pace.On both 'It's My Thing' - underpinned by the languorous 'Seven Minutes of Funk' by The Whole Darn Family - and 'You're a Customer', with it's combination of ZZ Top and Steve Miller Band - Erick Sermon and Parrish Smith slow things right down. It gives their vocals time to breathe and allows us to enjoy the interplay of their metaphor and simile-heavy lyrics. As calling cards go, they don't come any better than this.
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Epmd

Big Payback (Orange) [Colored Vinyl] [Limited Edition] (Org)

Vinyl: $20.98 Buy

EPMD's initial success in 1987 seemed to take a lot of people by surprise. Without build-up or fanfare, they launched this stunning debut 12" and, so ill-prepared were people for it, that the label was still misspelling their name.Those early 12" copies of 'It's My Thing' - and the hard to find UK 7" that followed shortly after - have them billed as EPEE MD. Before they were signed, they were going by EEPMD, but they decided to drop an E due to the success of the west coast's Eazy E. The one person not surprised by their success, however, was hip-hop pioneer and producer Kurtis Mantronik, who actually signed them to Fresh Records.It's fitting that he's the man that saw their promise, as he himself was one to go against the grain. His electro-influenced productions for Mantronix and Just Ice were ahead of their time, and perhaps in EPMD he saw kindred spirits. Because, at the time this dropped, hip-hop was going up tempo, taking it's cue from James Brown samples and picking up the pace.On both 'It's My Thing' - underpinned by the languorous 'Seven Minutes of Funk' by The Whole Darn Family - and 'You're a Customer', with it's combination of ZZ Top and Steve Miller Band - Erick Sermon and Parrish Smith slow things right down. It gives their vocals time to breathe and allows us to enjoy the interplay of their metaphor and simile-heavy lyrics. As calling cards go, they don't come any better than this.
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Aesop Rock & Blockhead

Garbology [Random Color 2LP]

Vinyl: $29.98 Buy

When Aesop Rock debuted in the late 90s with Music For Earthworms and Appleseed, Blockhead was also a part of the process, not only as a producer, but also helping coordinate sales of the CDRs to hungry Hip Hop fans. Blockhead and Aesop continued to collaborate, creating an impressive list of songs along the way, including two of Aesop’s most popular songs to date; “Daylight” and “None Shall Pass”. In recent years, Blockhead has contributed production, as well as remixes, to many of Aesop’s solo releases and group projects, and Aesop has made a handful of guest features on Blockhead’s solo projects, but in all that time, Aesop and Block have never done a full album together, until now!
 
Garbology came together over the course of the pandemic, as well as in the midst of Aesop processing the loss of a close friend in January of 2020, resulting in a period of time of feeling uncreative. Looking back on that time that feels both like yesterday and forever-ago, Aesop recalls, “The world got real weird during those months. I knew at some point I had to get back to making something. Make a beat. Draw a picture. Write. Just go. But the idea of making a beat felt like math homework, and drawing is just so hard. Writing is hard too, but at some point I had to pick one.” With writing as the chosen path, Aesop hit up Blockhead to send over some beats. At the beginning there wasn’t a plan for an album, or any particular plan beyond creating some songs. However, it wasn’t long before one song became a few, and then a handful, until finally an album was born.
 
Garbology encapsulates the soundtrack of current times, capturing a snapshot of Aes and Block expressing a means of entertaining themselves in the midst of less social interactions than usual, “anchored on a goulash of cabin fever, fear, anger and boredom”, as Aesop describes it.
 
As for the album title, Aesop explains, “Garbology is defined as the study of the material discarded by a society to learn what it reveals about social or cultural patterns. I find a lot of parallels between that and the idea of picking up the pieces after a loss or period of intense unrest, and seeing what’s really there. It’s information that speaks to who I am, who we are, and how we move forward. Furthermore - the idea of digging through old, often neglected music from another time with an ear tuned for taking in that data in a different way than your average listener would is exactly what Tony does. Go through the information and see what you find.”

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"Ever-evolving rapper Token releases the introspective 'IOD' ft. Lil Skies today, where he touches on his struggles with addiction. Watch the music video HERE! The single follows Token's October release "High Heels," featuring fiery rapper Rico Nasty. Both tracks can be found on Token's upcoming album, Pink is Better, which will be released January 14th, 2022 on Token's label Never Too Different, in partnership with Atlantic Records. 'IOD' ft Lil Skies is deeply personal to Token, opening up about his own addiction struggles in the song. "This is the first time I've acknowledged it. Seeing my sister battling addiction scared me because I knew that could've been me. The album addresses my unhealthy habits & the things that led me there. With Lil Skies, you can always hear the pain behind the admittance. He was the perfect fit for 'IOD. ' "Token was recently co-signed by NBA superstar Damian Lillard, who was impressed with Token's freestyle paying tribute to J. Cole. 'Hi J. Cole... ' is one of Token's highest viewed on YouTube, reaching 310k views in it's first 24 hours and 1. 2M views within the first 7 days of release. Additionally, Token's 2021 single "Chit Chat," produced by Ronny J (Juice WRLD, Eminem, Kanye West, Denzel Curry), has over 4M streams since it's May release. Spanning his fast-growing music career, Token has garnered 233M global streams, 193M video views, and 2. 4M followers across all social platforms. TRACKLISTING: 1. A Little Different 2. Caught On Camera 3. High Heels (Ft. Rico Nasty) 4. HOT! 5. Not Love 6. Sip 7. Be Happy 8. WHITE TURNS RED 9. Struck Gold 10. Amsterdam (Ft. Benny The Butcher) 11. Chit Chat 12. Boom (Ft. JID) 13. ROUND OF APPLAUSE 14. Best Highs 15. I Can't Help (Ft. Digital Nas & SAINT LYOR of Van Buren Records) 16. IOD (Ft. Lil Skies & YKD Jah) 17. Pink 18. Thank God.
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