Hip-Hop LPs Top 10 New Vinyl inc. reissues & upcoming: DJ Rhettmatic, Cut Chemist, Tuff City Box-Set, Princess Nokia, Sugar Hill v/a +

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New Vinyl Hip-Hop Top Ten:11:04:17 [New, Reissues & Upcoming]

1: DJ Rhettmatic Rhett Got Beats LP (Street Corner Music)
From the (World Famous) Beat Junkies turntablist crew and the Visionaries hip-hop supergroup and such other projects as Dirty Disco Squares (with Prince Paul and Mr LenDJ Rhettmatic who, like chart entry number three below Cut Chemist, is another iconic turntablist from LA. This new to vinyl collection instantly proves that Rhett does indeed got them killer beats! The single LP Rhett Got Beats LP is a 40 minute instrumental collection from the endlessly talented artist born Nazareth Nirza. Previously released digitally and on cassette back in the summer Rhett Got Beats LP this week finally got issued on vinyl by Street Corner Music. An 18 track release of almost all instrumentals, it's is a must-have for DJs, beat collectors, and hip-hop fans. Note that in eighteen cuts include two bonus tracks; one being the Rhett / Hiero collaboration song  “With The Illest (feat. Opio & Pep Love).”

2: Various Artists Tuff City Records 33 1/3 Anniversary [Box Set] (Tuff City Records)
An amazing box set from Tuff City Records to celebrate their 33 1/3 anniversary; it contains five 12” records plus one 7” as well as a 20 page booklet. Tuff City Records 33 1/3 Anniversary [Box Set] is  one of those lovingly assembled collections that delivers on its promise of serving up a collection of  “pure street hip hop from the era of old school as it was moving from drum driven beats and breaks to the synthesizer driven beats of the electro era" and all culled from "an un-reissued trove of old school hip hop from 1982-1986.” Those years were the all important first four years of the pioneering NYC hip-hop label that tapped into hip-hop's beat and breaks roots. This wonderful collection includes such artists as Spoonie Gee, Cold Crush Brothers, and the Fearless Four. In all the box-set has 32 tracks that are spread out over five 12"s and one 7" (the single featuring on Side A Cold Crush Brothers "Punk Rock Rap (Party Mix)" and Side B. Barry Boulevard's "Barry’s Routine").  For collectors of early hip-hop you cannot go wrong with this collection. Just randomly pick out any one of the five 12” albums from this box-set collection and drop the needle on the record, and you will not be disappointed. For example LP 4’s two sides feature these seven historic hip-hop cuts: Cold Crush Brothers’ “Fresh Wild Fly & Bold (Radio Edit),” Funkmaster Wizard Wiz’s “Knucklehead Rappers” and Phantom Rock and MC Bebop’s “The Story of MC Bebop” all on Side A. Meanwhile on LP 4’s Side B are Beatbox Master Quick (Featuring Funkmaster Wizard Wiz)’s “Beatbox Master Quick,” The Mighty Mike C’s “I’m Stupid Fresh,” and both MC New York & The Smokin’ Commission’s “Good Morning Mr. Phelps” and their track “I Am New York.” Among the many other old school hip-hop tracks are Papa Austin with The Great Peso's "Wrong Girls To Play With," Funkmaster Wizard Wiz's “an’t You Take A Hint (I’m A Bellevue Patient)" and Freddy B and the Mighty Mic Masters'  "It’s The Hip Hop."  Unlike the Sugar Hill compilation below (#4 chart entry), this Tuff City box set goes even deeper in presenting tracks that many may never have heard before.
3: Cut Chemist Madman EP (The Content Label/A Stable Sound)
The brand new four song 12” Madman EP from Cut Chemist is actually more of a various artists compilation and/or collaborative project than simply a Cut Chemist solo joint. On it the famed LA DJ/producer born Lucas Macfadden,  who is the record's Project Coordinator, does the title track “Madman” as well as collaborates with Deantoni Parks  on “War In Pieces.” Meanwhile Mumbles delivered the EP track “Badlands” while Gone Beyond produced ”Try Again.”  Each of these four sample driven songs are selections culled from Cut Chemist's 2015 mixed album release Funk Off Megamix from A Stable Sound.  

4: Various Artists Original Hip Hop Classics Presented By Sugar Hill Records 2LP (Sanctuary Records)

Sanctuary Records' newly curated  Original Hip Hop Classics Presented By Sugar Hill Records 2LP is a well chosen sixteen song selection of tracks from the vaults of the pioneering hip-hop label Sugar Hill Records. A new first pressing compilation of all previously released material, it's got appeal for old school heads as well as for new students of a four-and-a-half old decade genre that back in Sugar HIll's heyday was still suspiciously treated as a fad by many.  As such these tracks are historic hip-hop in that they helped end that misconception as well as helped introduce a new American urban music form to the world. These landmark hip-hop singles included The Sugarhill Gang’s “Rapper's Delight,”  Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five’s 1982 Top 40 hit about urban decay “The Message,” as well as Grandmaster Flash & Melle Mel's's 1983 crossover hit “White Lines (Don't Do It)."  All three are on this new collection. So too is the 1979 single "Funk You Up" by the pioneering female rap trio The Sequence comprised of Angie Stone, Cheryl the Pearl and Blondy ("yeah that's me"). The Sugarhill Gang’s “Apache (Jump On It),”  “8th Wonder,” “Passion Play” and “Hot Hot Summer Day” are on here too. Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five’s 1981 single “Its Nasty (Genius of Love)” is included as is The Furious Five’s “Step Off,” plus the solo Flash landmark megamix turntablist solo “The Adventures of Grandmaster Flash On The Wheels of Steel” originally released in 1981 when this concept was still alien to most. Another DJ track is The Crash Crew’s “Scratching.” Rounding out this must-have collection are Funky Four + One’s hip-hop classic “That's The Joint,” Positive Force’s “We Got The Funk,” The Treacherous Three’s “Yes We Can, and the breaker classic by the West Street Mob: “Break Dance Electric Boogie”

5: Statik Selektah Spell My Name Right [10th Anniversary Edition] LP (Brick Records)

Spell My Name Right
[10th Anniversary Edition] LP
is a most welcome vinyl reissue of Statik Selektah’s
that Brick Records has put out today in celebration of its tenth anniversary (well three days shy of its Nov 6, 2007 original release). And what a treat this somewhat slept on, star-studded hip-hop debut album by the outstanding East Coast producer is!  Standout tracks on the one hour, 2LP set include the four minute, MC and DJ talent packed “No Mistakes Allowed” on which Statik Selektah is joined by a lineup that includes DJ GI-Joe, DJ Revolution, DP-One, Doug E. Fresh, Esoteric, Scram Jones, and Tony Touch. On the album’s title track intro he’s joined by DJ Premier and Termanology. The latter fellow MA born artist, his rapping partner in the group 1982, appears on numerous other tracks throughout this album including on “Stop, Look, Listen” that also features Styles P and Q-Tip.  Fellow ATCQ member Consequence cameos on “Express Yourself” alongside Talib Kweli and Termanology. Other album guests include The Large Professo, Joell Ortiz, Kool G. Rap, KRS-One, Cassidy, and Freeway to name some of the many great album guests: one that also features DJ Khaled from a decade ago before he became the cultural icon he is today. Khaled appears on the short interlude track “Make A Movie.” 
  6: EPMD Back In Business 2LP reissue (Def Jam)
Reissued last week as a 2LP set from Def Jam and in heavy demand since is EPMD’s Back In Business 2LP. The album was the hip-hop duo’s fifth album originally released 20 years ago and their 1997 “return” album following their sudden 1992 break up due to personal problems. The album includes such killer funk-fueled tracks as the hit single "Da Joint.” Like Erick Sermon and Parrish Smith's other albums with “business” in the title and dating back to their 1988 debut Strictly Business, Back In Business followed that theme. EPMD’s last album was 2008’s We Mean Business. Fans should note that EPMD will return with the new album Dynamic Duos: Big Business via Roc Nation. On his new solo joint that just dropped five weeks ago Business Mentality by RBC who also released Welcome To The Goondox four years ago, Parish “PMD” Smith confirms his duo’s anticipated upcoming return release on his recent fourth solo album. That he does in rhyme when making mention on the the funk-drenched in the traditional EPMD styled “Good To Go” when he raps “and EPMD drops Big Business and it's on the way.”
7:  Ro Spit & 14KT RSXGLD LP (Fat Beats)

RSXGLD LP is the brand new vinyl release via Fat Beats from Ro Spit and 14KT.  The double album set’s four sides feature such tracks as “Err'Body Know That,” “Brillian Cut (Up),” “What's Happenin' Brutha,” “I Believe (feat. JMSN),” and “Converse (feat Jerreau).” Other featured artists include Detroit talent Elzhi on “Over Your Shoulder” and DJ Assault, JMSN, and Royce Da 5'9" who together are all  featured on the song “True.”

8: Atmosphere Overcast! LP  (Rhymesayers Entertainment)

When's Minneapolis hip-hop group Atmosphere's debut album Overcast! LP (Rhymesayers Entertainment) originally dropped on August 5th, 1997: both Rhymesayers and Atmosphere were far from the world known label and artist they've become 20 years later for which this anniversary vinyl reissue of Overcast! LP is a celebration. Back at this point the duo was a trio. In addition to the known Atmosphere duo of producer Ant and distinctively voiced emcee Slug  was also MC Spawn. This is the only album he would appear on.

9: UPCOMING Princess Nokia 1992 Deluxe LP Upcoming Nov. 10th Release Pre-Order (Rough Trade)

Rough Trade planned ahead to schedule the physical LP and CD versions of the Princess Nokia mixtape / album 1992 Deluxe (1992 being the year that the 25 year old talented NYC rapper was born) to drop on the same release date: one week away on November 10th. But you can now place your order for 1992 Deluxe LP Upcoming Nov. 10th Release Pre-Order as well as for Pre-order the 1992 Deluxe.CD version. Princess Nokia is known for her collaboration with Wiki and the NY crew Ratking (she appears on the 2014 XL release So It Goes under her older pseudonym Wavy Spice) as well as her feminist collective Smart Girl Club, and in recent weeks for getting into a confrontation on a New York City subway with a racist.

10: UPCOMING Tyler, The Creator Flower Boy LP Upcoming Dec 1st Release) (SONY/Legacy)

Tyler, The Creator's Flower Boy LP Upcoming Dec 1st Release (SONY/Legacy) that can be pre-ordered now is the 2LP vinyl set version follow up to the Odd Future member's late July solo album release of the same title on Flower Boy CD version and on CD Explicit version with the full uncensored title Scum Fuck Flower Boy.  At that time Amoeba reviewers wrote about the album: "This immaculately produced, beat-heavy, lyrically brilliant album sure doesn’t seem to be pulling any punches when Tyler repeatedly raps about his constant state of loneliness and boredom, so why doubt him? Perhaps we should just sit back, enjoy this amazing album, and listen to the man himself talk. “I’m the loneliest man alive/But I keep on dancing to throw them off,” he says at one point. In the end, what really matters about Flower Boy is how across-the-board awesome it is and how Tyler speaks his mind without any apologies. He’s as formidable as ever." Pre-order the December 1st release Flower Boy LP now. Note that like all vinyl ordered online from Amoeba, it ships free to anywhere in USA.

Relevant Tags

Opio (6), Esoteric (1), Scram Jones (1), The Sequence (1), Dj Rhettmatic (2), Hieros Rhettmatic (1), Sugar Hill Compilation (1), Pep Love (10), Cut Chemist (22), Tuff City Box Set (1), Princess Nokia (6)