Hip-Hop Vinyl [New, Reissues & Upcoming] Sly5thAve, Black Moon, Wiki, Wu-Tang, GZA, Playboi Carti, Pharcyde, A-Scratch, Vic Mensa

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Top Five Hip-Hop Vinyl Reissues: 11:22:17

1: GZA/The Genius Liquid Swords: The Singles Collection [Box Set] (7") (Geffen)

A lot of new vinyl this past week including many reissues starting with this 45, 7" four record box set from GZA/The Genius: Liquid Swords: The Singles Collection [Box Set] (7") (Geffen). Note it is just one of numerous Wu-Tang Clan related vinyl releases recently. As seen in the above photo Liquid Swords: The Singles Collection [Box Set] (7") contains in really nice packaging the title track single “Liquid Swords” (with the A and B sides being respectively the LP and instrumental versions) plus three other singles from the famed WU member. The other singles are “I Gotcha' Back” (LP version with instrumental on B-Side) and “Cold World” (LP version and RZA mix). Meanwhile the fourth single, listed as Sides G and H in the 7” series, is “Shadowboxing (LP version)” on Side A and “4th Chamber (LP Version)” on the B-side. Still in stock but box sets like this tend to sell out fast. Buy here: Ships free in USA 

2:  Black Moon Enta Da Stage: The Remixes LP (Fat Beats)

In demand new double LP set from BK legends Black Moon arrived into Amoeba last Friday (November 17th) via Fat Beats on double vinyl: Enta Da Stage: The Remixes.  The album, a collection of remixes and alternate versions (many avail on 12" releases before) comes a month after Fat Beats reissued on vinyl (also as a 2LP set) the regular album version of  Enta Da Stage LP - the 1993 hip-hop classic from the influential BK crew. This latest double LP set contains 13 tracks including Buckshot's new vocal version of "Shit Iz Real," Da Beatminerz remix of "Buck Em Down,"  the Rugged Ruff mix of "Fuck It Up, and" M.W. Smooth's mix of "Who Got Da Props?." Also included are "Murder MC's (B-Side vocal)," "Buckshot's Freestyle Joint" and "I Got Cha Opin (remix)." Additionally there's DJ Evil Dee's remixes of "How Many MC's," "U Da Man" and "Son Get Wrec."

3: The Pharcyde Bizarre Ride II LP (Craft Recordings)

2LP set reissue of the 1992 Delicious Vinyl release of The Pharcyde's groundbreaking debut Bizarre Ride II LP Craft Recordings who also are responsible for the cassette version reissue came out a week ago and the upcoming five-record set "Deluxe" version of this West Coast golden era classic that also celebrates the landmark album's 25 year anniversary.  Scroll down to the Upcoming Top Five Hip-Hop Vinyl Upcoming chart for details and pre-order link of that mid-December 2017 release.

4: Wu-Tang Clan “Bring Da Ruckus" / "Shame On A Nigga” (7") (Get On Down)

Continuing this week's Wu-Tang Clan vinyl thread is “Bring Da Ruckus" / "Shame On A Nigga” (7") which is the first of two more new WU reissues c/o the Get On Down who've been reissuing these gems originally on Loud Records (Steve Rifkind’s trailblazing record label that released these hip-hop classics originally back in the 90’s). Get On Down also designed the covers of these seven inch singles with the iconic Wu-Tang Clan logo on them.

5: Wu-Tang Clan "Clan In Da Front" / "Wu-Tang: 7th Chamber" (7") (Get On Down)

Wu-Tang Clan's "Clan In Da Front" / "Wu-Tang: 7th Chamber" (7") is the second 7" single reissue from the famed Shaolin crew this week care of Get On Down who earlier this month also reissued two other Wu-Tang 7" singles:  "Can It Be All So Simple" / "Da Mystery Of Chessboxin'" (7") and "Wu-Tang Clan Ain't Nothin To F' Wit" / "C.R.E.A.M." (7"). Those two singles are already sold out so snag the two latest ones while you can.

Top Five Hip-Hop Vinyl New 11:22:17

1: Sly5thAve The Invisible Man: An Orchestral Tribute To Dr. Dre LP (on CD) (Tru Thoughts)
As  Sly5thAve's album title implies The Invisible Man: An Orchestral Tribute To Dr. Dre LP is an orchestral homage to multi-platinum producer who first came to fame as a member of N.W.A and went on to be a super successful solo artist and producer (and mentor) who would launch such careers of that as Snoop Dogg, The Game, Eminem and Kendrick Lamar. This tribute album includes Dre's early 90's years via versions of such songs as “Still D.R.E.” and “Let Me Ride” with the latter (a single) featuring the gospel-tinged soulful vocals of JImetta Rose who is just one of this album's many collaborators. For example “California Love” is a collaboration with Cory Henry while Tru Thoughts Records label mate, producer Quantic joins Slyf5thAve on “The Edge.”

2: Vic Mensa  The Autobiography [White Vinyl 2LP] (LP) (Roc Nation)
Vic Mensa's The Autobiography [White Vinyl 2LP] is the double LP (white vinyl pressing) of the 24 year old Chicago rapper/singer's debut solo album that initially dropped back in July on CD version. The artist, who came to fame as a member of Kids These Days who broke up four years ago, is also founder of the hip-hop collective Savemoney whose most noteworthy contributing member is Chance the Rapper.

3: Tony Skratchere , DJ Yamin , Quickie Mart  Nola Bounce Breaks Vol. 3 7"  (Superjock)

New Orleans skratch DJ and sometime regional DMC battle organizer Tony Skratchere teams up with NoLa's DJ Yamin and Quickie Mart for the Superjock Records release  Nola Bounce Breaks Vol. 3 7"  which is the latest seven inch release in the ongoing series (geared for DJs) of break records (with skipless tracks)

4: MED , Blu , Madlib The Turn Up 12"  (Bang Ya Head/Fat Beats)
The Turn Up 12"  on Bang Ya Head/Fat Beats is the hip-hop power trio of MED Madlib and Blu  collectively known as The Bad Neighbor who two years ago released a full length project under that name. This latest 12" release also features a guest spot from Oh No.

5: Playboi Carti  Playboi Carti LP  (also on CD) (Interscope)

Playboi Carti's self-titled album  Playboi Carti LP  (Interscope) is the vinyl version of the that dropped six weeks earlier. A single disc LP album, it runs 47 minutes with 15 tracks total: including two with Lil Uzi Vert (“Lookin” & “Wokeuplikethis”). The album's only collaborators are A$AP Rocky and Leven Kali.

Top 5 Upcoming Vinyl Hip-Hop Releases

1:  The Pharcyde Bizarre Ride II The Pharcyde [Deluxe Edition] (5LP) PreOrder Upcoming Release) (Craft Recordings)

The 25th Anniversary Edition of the 1992 hip-hop classic from The Pharcyde: Bizarre Ride II The Pharcyde [Deluxe Edition] (5LP) PreOrder Upcoming Release). This upcoming (December 15th) release that can be pre-ordered now from Amoeba comes care of Craft Recordings who also recently released the 2LP set reissue Bizarre Ride II LP and the cassette version reissue. As seen in the image below of the full package, this Deluxe Edition contains the main album (2LPs) in yellow and blue vinyl records plus (in black vinyl) three bonus long out of print 12" singles: "Passin' Me By," "Otha FIsh" and “Ya Mama." The "Ya Mama" single's three versions include the LP mix, the Murphy mix, and the Cosby mix.”  Meanwhile the “Otha Fish” single contains five different versions: “Video Edit” “Video Edit Instrumental” “LA Jay Remix” “The Angel Remix” and “Live At Dodger Stadium.” Note that this special Deluxe edition, which is expected to be in very high demand, is limited to one per customer. 12/15/17 release date.  PreOrder here

2: Wu-Tang Clan The Saga Continues LP (E-1 Entertainment)
Following up on the mid October release of the CD version of Saga, this week comes the 2LP vinyl set of the Wu-Tang Clan's recommended new album The Saga Continues LP via E-1 Entertainment. Although it drops on Friday 24th, which is Black Friday Record Store Day,  it is not an RSD release.  With exclusive production by Mathematics, the 51 + minute album features most (not all) WU warriors including Ghostface Killah, Method Man, GZA, Raekwon, Inspektah Deck and Masta Killa. There's additionally some great album guests including the late great Sean Price (don't sleep on his new posthumous solo album Imperius Rex) and Redman who is featured on a few tracks including "Lesson Learn'd" and the recent single/video "People Say."


3: Wiki
No Mountains In Manhattan LP pre-order (XL Recordings)

You can also pre-order Wiki's official debut album before its December 8th release in double vinyl: No Mountains In Manhattan LP pre-order (and the No Mountains In Manhattan CD to be released same date). The 24 year old New York City rapper began his career while still a teen at the start of this decade with acclaimed underground NYC crew Ratking along with MC Hak and Sporting Life and featuring such affiliate artists as Princess Nokia. Earlier this year Wiki joined creative forces with another under-appreciated NYC talent Your Old Droog (now based in LA) on the all killer underground EP What Happened To Fire? In addition to Ghostface Killah, Your Old Droog also guests on this album.

4: Tyler, The Creator Flower Boy LP pre-order (Columbia/Legacy) (avail in CD)

Tyler, The Creator's Flower Boy LP pre-order  before its December 1st release via SONY/Legacy. It is the 2LP vinyl set version of CD version from the Odd Future  member that dropped back in late July. It was also released then as an  Explicit version CD under 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 2LP

5:  A-Scratch Big Wheel Breaks (7Scratch)

DJ A-Scratch is prepping to unleash his Big Wheel Breaks seven inch single on December 1st which will be yet another DJ breaks and battle tool in this currently popular 7" format. For his release the Minneapolis,  Minnesota DJ/producer promises all new unheard sounds and samples, reportedly
mined  from  "hundreds  of  childrens  records, obscure  beatbox   drum-sounds,  unused  classic  and  recent  acapella  phrases." As such it will be a welcome addition to this ever expanding section of 7" releases geared for DJs and producers.

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