Hip Hop

Our Vinyl Weighs A Ton [CD/DVD] (CD)

This documentary is for avid Stones Throw fans. You’re in for a surprise if you think they are strictly a Hip Hop label. It gives you a small peek of what goes on in the eclectic brain of founder Peanut Butter Wolf and insight into his start in the music industry.

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Hot Soup (CD)

Before he broke through with the hipster-approved XXX and Old, Brown was a struggling up-and-coming rapper with a number of mixtapes. This reissue of the Hot Soup mixtape gives you a chance to hear this strange and singular talent in formation,but it’s also strong enough to stand on its own.

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The Barrel Brothers (CD)

NYC emcees Skyzoo & Torae collaborate on some old-school-flavored productions, with guest appearances by Blu, Living Proof, Sean Price, Guilty Simpson and production by Oh-No, Illmind and others.

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The Tortoise & The Crow (CD)
This release is a testament of the love and dedication this duo have for Hip Hop. Giving us not one, not two, but THREE albums. Always evolving as artists and as human beings, which is evident in their music. Something to listen to when you need your spirits lifted. Read more
Good To Be Home (CD)

Blu’s seventh LP is a complex love letter to his hometown of L.A. and the G-funk of his youth, hot off last year’s excellent York.

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9th Wonder Presents: Jamla Is The Squad (CD)

Sick comp from this underheralded indie hip-hop label, led by producer 9th Wonder and featuring appearances by Talib Kweli, Rapsody and Blu, Jadakiss and many more.

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Lese Majesty (CD)

Led by Ishmael Butler (formerly ‘Butterfly’ of Digable Planets) and multi-instrumentalist Tendai ‘Baba’ Maraire, Seattle duo Shabazz Palaces take hip-hop out of the streets and into the astral plane. Their 2011 debut Black Up was a critically acclaimed space age masterpiece with fragmented beats over dark, hallucinatory soundscapes. The follow up, Lese Majesty, continues where Black Up left off while sprawling into other dimensions of sound and space. Featuring 18 songs grouped into seven suites, the album expands rather than drags, showcasing Tendai’s dilated rhythmic mastery and Ishmael’s inimitable way with words. With a playing time of 45 minutes, Lese Majesty takes us back to an age when musicians embraced the long player format. Each song beautifully melts into the next one to create a mood instead of just another hit. Like a galactic sonic roller coaster, Shabazz Palaces are challenging and expanding the hip-hop landscape, taking it to the moon and beyond.

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12 Step Program (CD)

Angeleno most-known-unknowns return with album #9 of fiercely DIY hip-hop on a scale many so-called mainstream rappers would envy. Vacilating as ever between throwing an incredible party and defiantly hyper-intelligent bouncing swirling wordplay, deep samples, keen ears for composition and change within a track, and an ever present love for commitment to not just hip-hop but musical history. The PUTS are aging like the luxury items they are, becoming better and more valuable with age, forever giving the impression that their most fruitful period is always the current one.

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7 Days Of Funk (CD)

In the words of the Holy Ghost of Funk, Bootsy Collins: "Well glory be! The funk's on me!" 7 Days of Funk's debut EP is a revelatory event for for fans of and freaks for The Funk, and should be particularly pleasing for those whose funk du jour is syrup-thick mid-tempo boogie-funk seasoned heavy with synthesizers a la Yarborough & Peoples or Zapp. This latter strain of funk has seen a resurgence in recent years, aided in large part by Angeleno Dam-Funk who makes up half of 7 Days of Funk's funknamic duo. Who's the other half? None other than the Doggfather himself, Snoop aka Snoop Lion aka Snoopzilla for this release, in an explicit homage to the Bootsman. Snoop has flirted with throwback funkestries on previous releases and is responsible for the global dispersal of the G-funk sound, but never before has be given himself so wholeheartedly to the funkmersive concerns expressed on this EP. Easily transcending the side-project ghetto, 7 Days of Funk is two major voices in contemporary music, subsuming their individual identities into something new and simply huge. A match made in funk heaven.

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Green Language (CD)

Influenced by “nature, birds, and sunrise,” the title of Rustie’s sophomore release Green Language can be translated as the language of birds; a mystical, divine and magical language used by birds to communicate to the initiated. According to Rustie’s press release, Green Language refers to “a language that’s non-dualistic, that speaks to you directly to your emotions without the mind interfering with the message.” It’s a fitting title considering the dizzying and often times disjointed feeling of the record. Expanding on the Day-Glo electronic maximalism of his 2011 debut Glass Swords, there are elements of trap, bounce, R&B, hard house and synthetic prog-rock mixed in as well as contributions from Danny Brown, Gorgeous Children, and D Double E. The result can feel a bit unfocused at times but Rustie’s electronic experimentation and mastery at ambience makes this a solid contribution to glitch hop.

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