Rap & Hip-Hop
Shabazz Palaces’ Black Up, the group’s Sub Pop debut, was recently hailed as one of the best albums of the decade by outlets like Pitchfork, Gorilla Vs Bear, and Variety. Pitchfork summed it up thusly: “Black Up is drowned in murky instrumentals and bombastic, introspective rhymes. The sounds flirt with jazz but also root themselves in a firm understanding of silence, or the sparse magic of simplicity. The songs teem with unexpected climaxes...From great mystery exploded an album of impossible vision.” That “impossible vision” has continued to confound and engage Shabazz Palaces fans over the course of four acclaimed albums and two EPs. Each release feels like an evolution, letting the music speak for itself, while slowly revealing more about its creator. With The Don of Diamond Dreams, the group’s fifth album, that spirit remains, this time embracing modernism in hip-hop and rap. Featuring 10 tracks in 43 minutes, the album features the highlights “Fast Learner (ft. Purple Tape Nate),” “Chocolate Souffle,” “Bad Bitch Walking (ft. Stas THEE Boss), and “Thanking The Girls.” It also features contributions from singer/keyboardist Darrius Willrich, Seattle’s OCnotes (who collaborated with Shabazz leader Ishmael Butler on the Knife Knights project), Los Angeles musician Carlos Overall, and bassist Evan Flory-Barnes. The Don of Diamond Dreams was recorded throughout 2019 and produced by Shabazz Palaces at Protect and Exalt: A Black Space in Seattle, mixed and engineered by Erik Blood at Studio 4 Labs in Venice, California, and mastered by Scott Sedillo at Bernie Grundman Mastering in Los Angeles.
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10th Anniversary special edition vinyl of Wiz Khalifa's seminal mixtape Kush & Orange Juice. First time ever to be released physically. Die-Cut Jacket Packaging. Pressed on 180-gram, transparent green/black (galaxy-effect) colored vinyl
After releasing two critically acclaimed albums in the span of 10 months (TA13OO and ZUU, respectively), Denzel Curry starts off 2020 with a menacing and concise full length produced entirely by Kenny Beats. Unlocked is the product of a manic 3 day studio session following Denzel recording for an episode of Kenny's YouTube show, The Cave. The project finds the two mining sounds outside of what prompted their respective rises in recent years. While Denzel pulls influence from various members of The Wu-Tang Clan, Kenny taps into a sound inspired by the holy trinity of Madlib, Dilla & MF Doom. Despite these classic influences, Unlocked sounds like something completel y new and sees Denzel setting the tone for a new decade once again just as he and Raider Klan at the outset of the 2010's. Unlocked will also arrive with a half live action, half stop-animation companion film featuring every song from the project.
Jesus Is King is the ninth studio album by American rapper and producer Kanye West. It was released on October 25, 2019, through GOOD Music and distributed by Def Jam Recordings. The album follows a Christian theme, with West describing it as "an expression of the gospel."
Most known for his confident wordplay, revealing accounts of his life growing up in Detroit, overcoming addiction, and holding Rap peers accountable, Royce sits with Hip-Hop’s elite and continues to be one of raps most trusted brands. Through his hard work and dedication to his craft, Royce has built and maintained a cult following and the artistic pedigree of Ryan Montgomery has never been called into question. Instead, through recent releases, including Layers (2016), and The Book Of Ryan (2018), Royce has been credited as a leader in the culture by making thought-provoking, thematic releases. The once self-proclaimed “best-kept secret” of Rap, this platinum-selling, list-topping MC continues to earn his accolades though his ability to release new music with an unmatched consistency.
SremmLife is the group's 2014 debut album. Produced primarily by Mike Will Made It and A+, the album spawned five hit singles, including the smash "No Flex Zone", and "No Type." The 2LP version of SremmLife will be released on translucent red 180-gram vinyl in a gatefold configuration, the first time the release will be cut on a 2-disc vinyl configuration.
Circles is the sixth and final studio album by Mac Miller. Conceived as a sister album to 2018's full length Swimming, the album was completed with the assistance of Jon Brion, with whom Miller worked on Swimming and had been working together on Circles at the time of his passing. While sonically distinctly different than its predecessor, Circles features many of the hallmarks for which Swimming was critically-acclaimed upon its release -- Miller further realizing his singing voice in addition to rapping, live instrumentation and earnest, confessional lyrical content. Listeners will hear shades of some of the album's influences in its songs, from the T-Rex guitar tone of "Surf" to the Plastic Ono Band-era John Lennon feel of its production and the inspired cover of Arthur Lee's 1972 single "Everybody's Gotta Live." It's a momentous final entry into the discography of an artist that remains at the center of reimagining the limits of rap.
For over 20 years, Atmosphere have pursued the underbelly of what it means to be human with a rabid curiosity. Ant’s dusky production has provided the pulse for Slug’s evolving and matter-of-fact pen. As Slug transitioned from throwing-up-in-the-backseat-raps to holding-hands-when-you-cross-the-street-raps, Ant has grown to be a master of crate digging and unearthing the humanity of a drum loop. Thriving at the intersection of guttural and self-effacing, Atmosphere will go down as some of America’s best archivists. On Whenever, the duo continue to move in lockstep. Within the minutiae lie clues they’re still struggling with mortality and the need to protect emotional energy, as on previous releases, but there’s a quiet romanticism now, with Slug sounding—reluctantly—in love with life. And no other producer can pull truths out of a rapper like Ant fishes the blues out of Slug. Be it the twinkle of “Bde Maka Ska” leading into twanging guitars, or the anxious skitter of “Lovely,” Slug finds obvious comfort in working with Ant. “Postal Lady” recounts the simplicity of Slug’s life over warm and enveloping production, while “Romance” recalls God Loves Ugly with its undulating glitches, as if we crawled through Ant’s drum machine. It’s clear the pair’s harmony is reaching new peaks. These aren’t dad-raps, these aren’t anti-establishment-raps, and these aren’t chasing-old-fire-raps. Even at its darkest (“You’re Gonna Go”) Whenever houses blessed-to-be-alive-raps. The album breathes in the way only Slug and Ant could summon a collective breath. On Whenever, the duo inhale panic and exhale greatness.
Music to Be Murdered By is Eminem's eleventh studio album. The album was produced by Eminem and Dr. Dre, amongst other producers, and features collaborations with Black Thought, Q-Tip, Juice Wrld, Ed Sheeran, Young M.A, Skylar Grey, Don Toliver, Anderson .Paak, Royce da 5'9", Kxng Crooked and Joell Ortiz among others.
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Rapsody's third studio album, Eve, was released digitally on August 23rd, 2019. The track-list pays homage to influential black women, including Michelle Obama, Oprah Winfrey, Myrlie Evers, and Aaliyah. The album will be released on vinyl on January 31st. Limited edition 2LP pressed on white and black marble vinyl.
Highly anticipated debut album from Brooklyn based rapper. Her debut single "OOOUUU" made her a breakout star in 2016. 21 track album released 10 years to the day from her brother's tragic passing. Standout singles include "PettyWap," "Bleed," and "Stubborn Ass." Already featured in NY Times, Vogue, MTV, The Fader, Elle, VICE, ESPN, Fallon appearance. Videos planned for 11 tracks! Full US tour beginning Feb 2020.
uknowhatimsayin¿ marks a buoyant new chapter in Danny's career, a transitional and celebratory moment. His profile has grown since Atrocity and now armed with a cable TV show and a co-sign from one of rap's icons, we will look to solidify his positioning as a ubiquitous entertainer, independent rap hero, and one of the essential cultural voices of this era, while still retaining the edgy, maverick style that makes him a fan-favorite. The album is executive produced by Q-Tip, and features production by Q-Tip, JPEGMAFIA, Flying Lotus, Paul White, Standing on the Corner and more.
Legendary Hip-Hop duo Gang Starr is set to release their seventh and final studio album, their first since 2003. The first single, "Family & Loyalty", features J. Cole, with a video directed by Hip-Hop Legend Fab 5 Freddy. The album will feature previously unreleased vocals from lyricist Guru [who passed away in 2010] and new, original production from DJ Premier. The project is 16 tracks long, and features Q-Tip, Talib Kweli, M.O.P., Group Home, Royce da 5'9", Jeru the Damaja, Big Shug, Freddie Foxxx, J Cole, Ne-Yo and Nitty Scott.
Regarded as their breakthrough album, The Roots' 'Things Fall Apart,' was recorded during the infamous Soulquarian recordings at Electric Lady Studios resulting in legendary collaborations from the collective. With allstar features from Erykah Badu, Common, Mos Def, Jay Dee, DJ Jazzy Jeff, Dice Raw, Eve, Beanie Segal, Jill Scott, Lady B, and Ursula Rucker, 'Things Fall Apart' recieved numerous accolades and awards. This is a deluxe edition of 'Things Fall Apart' on 3 LPs.
Music has been the genesis of Common’s creative life. Let Love is the culmination of a journey. Common spent 2018 and 2019 immersed in self-care and, ultimately, catharsis. In the process, he underwent a transformation as he examined God, faith, fatherhood, community, and love. He unites with prominent forces from different eras of the culture to deliver a timeless dedication to hip-hop. As such, the record details his past and present and shines a light on a bold and bright future. Of hip-hop, Common admits on lead single HER Love, “You gave me a voice in the world, it’s been hard to choose another girl.” “a State of the Rap Union as he addresses the rise and expansion of hip-hop throughout the past 25 years” – VIBE “his most impactful body of work yet,” - OkayPlayer. “Common’s homage to hip-hop” – Rolling Stone
NF's fourth full-length album: The Search, produced by Tommee Profitt, features hiphop, pop and cinematic elements, of which are evident in tracks such as 'When I Grow Up,' 'Returns,' title track 'The Search,' and lead single 'Time.' The album follows the 2017 release, Perception, which took the industry by surprise when fans propelled it to #1 on the Billboard 200 upon release. Perception is now certified Platinum in the US with over 2M album-equivalent units.
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Remastered from the rare analog tape the special edition vinyl will be on 2LP for the first time. Limited double vinyl LP repressing of this 1988 debut album from the Rap kingpin. The Great Adventures Of Slick Rick topped Billboard's R&B/Hip Hop albums chart for five weeks and peaked at #31 on the Billboard 200 chart.
With a career spanning two decades and 11 releases, L.A. hip hop duo People Under the Stairs bid farewell with their final LP. Their unique style is on full display; lyrically dense spliced with vintage boom bap. Self produced, self recorded and NO features but with multiple instrumentalists to supplement their trademark dusty breaks. Gatefold CD in case with artwork by @drewtoonz
Free Spirit is the second studio album by Khalid, set to be released on April 5, 2019, through RCA Records. It is the follow-up to his 2018 EP Suncity, and includes the single "Talk". Khalid also announced the release of a short film directed by Emil Nava to accompany the album.
Simbi Ajikawo, crowned Little Simz, let's her work do the talking - and her prolific releases and boundary-breaking achievements clearly tell a story of a pioneering Hip Hop artist who leads the way on her own terms. Giving lauded, energetic performances, critically acclaimed albums, sold-out headline shows around the world, and international tours with the likes of Gorillaz, Anderson.Paak and Ab-Soul, this visionary 24 year old woman from North London is living out her childhood dreams to heights of excellence - and inspiring her generation to do the same.
Dylan Owen is a New York artist who combines rap and songwriting into his own brand of confessional, heartfelt storytelling. Holes In Our Stories is Dylan's first full-length album in nine years and his first time on vinyl format. His words have earned him undeniable fans who have played his songs more than 8.9MM times on Spotify. As RESPECT Mag puts it, 'Artists like Dylan Owen make it clear that no amount of corporate marketing can quite replicate the potential of a microphone, a laptop and a strong team of supporters.' He has shared stages with Grieves, Mac Miller, Yelawolf, Logic, Watsky, Ceschi, and Skizzy Mars, performing a live set with musicians on guitar, trumpet, and violin. Dylan has received praise on Earmilk, RESPECT Mag, hotnewhiphop.com, DJ Booth, This Song Is Sick, Pop Matters, has landed sync placements on WWE Smackdown and MTV, and was named a Billboard 'Next Big Sound' artist.
Fresh off 2018 s collaborative LP with the enigmatic MF DOOM, CZARFACE meets METAL FACE, the adventure continues as CZARFACE now faces off with Wu-Tang Clan s GHOSTFACE KILLAH. "Czarface meets Ghostface brings strictly mind melting beats and bars as 3 emcees clash like villains & heroes in the Savage Land. Czarface, a hip-hop & comics force comprised of WU-TANG CLAN General Inspectah Deck, Esoteric (who recently penned an X-Men comic for Marvel) and super producer 7L team up with Ghostface aka Iron-Man aka Tony Starks for murderous mayhem! Czar commando's Rebel INS & Esoteric trade lines such as "follow in my footsteps might tear your Achilles," & "flow customized got that Dapper Dan touch" with Ghost on the assist "chain is off the cooler, charm look like a shrunken head". With track titles like "The King Heard Voices", "Mongolian Beef", "Czarrcade '87", "Masked Superstars" & "Powers and Stuff" expect nothing short of a super charged collaboration! 12 brand new tracks produced entirely by The Czar-Keys (7L & Jeremy Page)
Aesop Rock has been credited as one of the most verbose MC's in Hip-Hop today. Known for his dense and abstract wordplay, he manipulates language to illustrate elaborate stories and difficult concepts with sharp clarity. Tobacco is a member of psych-electronic band Black Moth Super Rainbow. Known for working with pre-digital electronic instruments like analog synths and tape machines, he crafts distorted, experimentalist beats that intertwine feelings of tension and anxiety with sensations of bemusement and pleasure. Together, Aesop Rock and Tobacco are... Malibu Ken.
Ice Cube’s upcoming album, Everythangs Corrupt, will be released on December 7, 2018 on Interscope Records. It will be the first album from Ice Cube in 8 years (I Am The West was released in September of 2010 and peaked at #6 on the Billboard Top Rap Albums chart). Since then, he’s released the hit film, Straight Outta Compton, been inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and received a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Multi-platinum Ohio rapper & singer Trippie Redd releases his new album Life’s A Trip which includes his latest track "Taking A Walk" produced by Scott Storch (10K Projects/Caroline). On his own terms 19-year old Trippie Redd has impacted hip-hop culture, being named “rap’s next Rockstar” by XXL, Mass Appeal, Pigeons & Planes and Noisey. In addition to his 1.2 billion+ streams he was named a Spotify “Rise Artist” Artist to Watch by Rolling Stone and landed on the 2018 XXL “Freshman Class” cover.