Top 15 Hip-Hop Vinyl Black Friday Record Store Day (11/24): Dilla, DMC, Murs, Latyrx, Kid Kudi, Snoop, ICP, Danger Mouse +RTJ+Big Boi

Posted by Billyjam, November 24, 2017 10:59am | Post a Comment
For today Black Friday Record Store Day at Amoeba among the many great releases from all genres are the top fifteen hip-hop vinyl releases exclusive to today's big shopping/crate digging day that are listed below. As with the annual April Record Store Day (RSD), the Black Friday RSD exclusives are restricted to in store purchases. Remember the whole original idea of Record Store Day was to celebrate the brick and mortar stores like Amoeba. However tomorrow Saturday (as with the day after the April RSD) any remaining RSD titles will be listed for sale on the Amoeba online store so if you are outside the three Amoeba retail store areas go look online first thing Nov. 25th. Meanwhile note that today's store hours are: Amoeba Berkeley 11am - 10pm, Amoeba San Francisco 11am - 8pm, and Amoeba Hollywood 10am - 11pm.

Note that if you are at any of the three Amoeba Music stores today that you should take advantage of the many one day (RSD) only items such as the sale on select turntables and the really special offer (basically like getting $25 for free) on gift certificates. EG if buy a $100 gift certificate you only pay $75. Actually this offer, which is available between 3pm and 4pm only today, is for any amount up to $100 so if you wanted to get someone a $20 Amoeba gift certificate you would pay only $15. But onto the Black Friday Record Store Day releases listed here and specificially the hip-hop releases below are the top fifteen which, please note, customers can only buy one each of. Thanks for reading and happy crate digging. 


1:  J. Dilla  Dilla's Delights Vol. 1 and Dilla's Delights Vol. 2 (LP) (Yancey Media Group)
These are two albums, each in colored vinyl (purple and green), exclusively for Black Friday Record Store Day from the late great producer J. Dilla who continues to be more prolific posthumously than in life. As noted by Amoebite's RSD posting the two LPs are  packaged together with Vol. 1  on green wax and Vol. 2 on purple vinyl and with a portion of the proceeds directly benefits Dilla's daughters, whose profiles are featured in the album art. Note that only 1300 copies of each were pressed up.

2:   Latyrx The Album [20th Anniversary Deluxe Edition]  (Real People/Get On Down)
2LP + one 7" single. This is a must-have collectible of a Cali classic: a 2-LP set (colored vinyl as seen in above image) plus bonus 7” of “Lady Don’t Tek No” b/w “Lady Don’t Tek No Instrumental” (prod. by DJ Shadow) to celebrate the 20 year anniversary of its initial release. A  gatefold album it contains new liner notes by Eric Arnold on the legendary release The Album by lyricists Lyrics Born and Lateef The Truthspeaker, with production from DJ Shadow, Chief Xcel and Lyrics Born. Reportedly recorded over two years period, the album was first full-length release from the Solesides collective (later to become Quannum). According to Brian Coleman at Get On Down, for RSD only, the first 1,000 buyers will get the first-time-ever pic sleeve 7-Inch version of the group’s 1997 single “Lady Don’t Tek No.”

3: Murs Murs 3:16 The 9th Edition LP  (Empire/Murs 316)

Murs 3:16 The 9th Edition is a must-have vinyl reissue from West Coast emcee Murs. A friend of Amoeba who came from from the Living Legends crew and who has been a collaborator with such fellow indie hip-hop greats as Slug (Atmosphere) for the Felt projects and (Little Brother/North Carolina) producer 9th Wonder with whom his first collaborative project was 13 years ago with the initial release of this seminal album that's been out of print on vinyl for many years. Tracks include  "Trevor An' Them," "Walk Like A Man" and "The Animal (feat. Phonte of Little Brother)."

4: Danger Mouse “Chase Me (feat. Run The Jewels & Big Boi) (Columbia) 12”

Only 2000 copies pressed up of this sure to sell out fast 12" single from producer Danger Mouse and featuring both Run The Jewels and Big Boi of OutKast fame. You will recall that this great track, that samples The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion's 1994 Orange album track “Bellbottoms,” was in the opening of the Edgar Wright summer 2017 film Baby Driver.  The track itself was found on the 2017 Baby Driver OST - the 2CD version but not on the  LP vinyl version for some reason. So that makes this 12" release extra special.

5: Kid Cudi Passion, Pain & Demon Slayin' LP (Republic)
For RSD Republic Records pressed up 3000 double-vinyl version copies of multiplatinum rap star  Kid Cudi's January 2017 album Passion, Pain & Demon Slayin' CD. The artist's sixth album it boasts 18 tracks in all that  feature the three singles "Baptized In Fire", "Frequency," and "Surfin'".

6: Daedelus Invention & The Quiet Party (15th Anniversary Edition)  (Magical Properties)
The Los Angeles producer/musician/creator born Alfred Darlington and best known as Daedelus has pressed up 1000 two-vinyl sets of his 2002 release Invention & The Quiet Party  and included along with 2LP package the complimentary color vinyl EP The Quiet Party that features appearances from Busdriver, Madlib and (Madlib's) Yesterday's New Quintet.

7: Prodigy
H.N.I.C. (Get On Down)

Another posthumous hip-hop release, this one via Get On Down from Prodigy of Mobb Deep fame who died back at the start of this summer at age 42. H.N.I.C. is a 2-LP, black vinyl version of the first solo (and arguably best) album by the much missed Queens rapper.

8: Snoop Dogg Neva Left (Doggystyle/Empire)

This is a 2LP vinyl version of the July 2017 CD release of Neva Left by Snoop Dogg with 2000 copies pressed up. The 16 track album was reviewed, upon its initial release, in part as, Snoop refuses to take a back seat to the groove and raps like he’s still got something to prove. Production wise, the album is 21st century G-Funk, with soul samples, whiny synthesizers, and vocoders galore. It’s the sound long associated with the rapper, and the one that fits his unique, effortless flow most naturally. Apart from the K Camp-assisted “Trash Bags,” which dips its toe into trap music, the record remains true to its classic feel throughout.

9: Sean Price "Refrigerator P" (Coalmine Records)

This is a special 10" vinyl pressing - limited edition of 1000 copies made - of the beloved late great BK rapper Sean Price's Imperius Rex album track "Refrigerator P" c/o Duck Down who released it and gave permission to Coalmine to do this limited ten inch version.

10NxWorries Yes Lawd! Remixes LP (Stones Throw)

NxWorries which is the combined creative forces of vocalist Anderson .Paak and producer Knxwledge follow up the CD version of Yes Lawd! Remixes (also via Stones Throw) for this RSD vinyl version remixed reworkings of their collaborative debut that could be filed under soul as well as hip-hop.

11: Lil Jon & The East Side Boyz Kings of Crunk (15th Anniversary Double Platinum Vinyl Edition) (TVT)

Care of TVT comes this limited 2LP set (1500 copies pressed up) of the album credited with putting crunk on the map and cementing  Lil Jon & The East Side Boyz as rap music icons a decade and a half ago. You'll likely recall many of the popular star-studded tracks included on this release, that ranked as a double platinum release, such as "Knockin Heads Off (featuring Jadakiss & Styles P),"  "I Don't Give A F*** (featuring Mystikal & Krayzie Bone)," "Rep Yo City (featuring E-40, Petey Pablo, Bun B & Eightball)," "Diamonds (featuring Bun B & MJG)," and "Get Low (featuring Ying Yang Twins)."

12: Three 6 Mafia
Chpt. 2 [20th Anniversary Edition] LP (Get On Down)

Like the previous RSD release, here's another dirty south rap album worth picking up, especially since this was never before released on vinyl commercially.   Three 6 Mafia album in 2-LP, black vinyl pressing that celebrates the 20 year anniversary of the initial 1997 release of the  album that dropped years before the Memphis group's 2006 Academy Award for “It’s Hard Out Here For A Pimp.” Chpt. 2: World Domination was the third album by the group (who initially went by the name The Backyard Posse) and their first on Relativity. It features such tracks as “Tear Da Club Up ‘97,”  "Who Got Dem 9s (feat. Project Pat)" and “Neighborhood Hoe.”
13: DMC “Back From The Dead: The Legend Lives” 12" (Brookvale Records)
Return of the DMC? Yep pretty much as DMC, as in pioneering hip-hop figure Daryl “DMC” McDaniels of Run-D.M.C. fame who last released a solo full-length back in 2006 (Checks, Thugs and Rock N Roll), returns here with this hard rocking rap joint, the 12” single “Back From The Dead: The Legend Lives” (Brookvale Records)  that was pressed up on 4000 vinyl copies for this RSD.

14: Insane Clown Posse The Great Milenko: 20th Anniversary Edition (Psychopathic Records)

With a quantity of 2700 copies pressed of this 2LP set, Insane Clown Posse celebrate the 20 year anniversary of their controversial record. The Great Milenko: 20th Anniversary Edition (Psychopathic Records) drops two decades after the horrorcore rap album was famously pulled from stores by Disney-owned Hollywood Records, which only helped propel the Juggalo stars to further worldwide fame. Tracks include "Halls of Illusions" with Slash on guitar, "Under The Moon," "Boogie Woogie Wu" and "The Neden Game" - the latter three being  the three tracks that Disney had requested be removed from the release two decades ago.

15: Twiztid "Ain't Been Right"/"Sad Christmas Song (featuring Blaze Ya Dead Homie)"  7” ( Majik Ninja )

Similar to the previous RSD release is this fellow Detroit horrorcore act Twiztid who are also part of "the movement" that ICP spearhead. This new RSD release from the duo who formed in 1997 is a 7" green vinyl single and features the brand new Twiztid track "Ain't Been Right" and (on the B-side) the holiday themed "Sad Christmas Song (featuring Blaze Ya Dead Homie)."

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