Hip-Hop Vinyl/LP Top 5 New Arrivals: Blockhead, P.O.S., Dark Lo & V Don, N.O.R.E., The Grouch [Music Video Version]

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#1 Blockhead Free Sweatpants LP (also on CD) (Backwoodz)

Filed under both hip-hop and electronic is super producer Blockhead whom most know via his releases on the Ninja Tune label such as 2010's Music Scene and dating back to 2004's Music By Cavelight
CD version has two extra Blockhead solo tracks and clocks in at approx eleven minutes longer.  
The NYC producer, whose last album was 2017's amazing all instrumental Funeral Balloons 2LP,  shines both in his solo instrumental projects as well as when he collaborates with emcees. The brand new  Free Sweatpants LP (also on CD) offers an equal balance of both instrumental and emcee-collaborative tracks. For the latter he is joined by some of the best including Open Mike Eagle, Aesop Rock, Homeboy Sandman and billy woods. Down with billy woods and his Backwoodz label who released this album,  the emcee/label head appears on two tracks on the new album.  woods, who did a memorable inshore performance at Amoeba Berkeley a couple of years back, cameos on “Slippery Slope” along with Open Mike Eagle and Breezly Brewin. Then with his partner in rhyme in side project Armand Hammer, Elucid he guests on “Be Safe.”  Other guests include Hemlock Ernst, Marq Spekt and Vic Spencer.  Below is the audio-only video for the killer album track featuring Aesop Rock, “Kiss The Cook.” 

Blockhead “Kiss The Cook (feat. Aesop Rock)” [Audio] from  Free Sweatpants LP (also on CD)

#2 P.O.S. Never Better [10th Anniversary Edition] 3LP (Rhymesayers) 

Midwest talent P.O.S's critically acclaimed third album from 2009 has been lovingly reissued in collectable vinyl as the colored triple vinyl set Never Better [10th Anniversary Edition] 3LP (Rhymesayers).  The Doomtree star artist's last album was 2017's Chill,Dummy LP (also on CD). Meanwhile this new deluxe 10 year anniversary edition of the decade old classic was pressed up on cyan, magenta and yellow colored vinyl  as seen above in pic. It comes with four bonus tracks, a screen-printed side F, and a free digital download card. In addition to vocals P.O.S. also plays guitar, bass, keyboards and organ on this album that he is currently on tour in support of.  This weekend he is doing shows in California with scheduled performances at San Francisco’s Neck Of The Woods on Friday (Feb 8th) and at The Roxy in LA Sunday (Feb 10th). Below is the 2009 Isaac Gale directed music video for the reissued album's title track. 

P.O.S. “Never Better” from Never Better [10th Anniversary Edition] 3LP (Rhymesayers) 

#3 N.O.R.E.  5E LP (Mass Appeal Records) 

Two and a half decades on and Queens, NY hip-hop vet N.O.R.E. is still putting it down as witnessed by his latest solo,  5E LP.  Initially unveiled last July the album  is now available on vinyl from Amoeba c/o Nas’ imprint, Mass Appeal Records. The album from the artist formerly known as Noreaga, who originally rose to fame as half of legendary 90’s NYC hip hop duo Capone-N-Noreaga, finds common ground between the old school and new school rap sounds, has a grip of great features that include Wyclef Jean, Yung Reallie, Fat Joe, Sevyn Streeter, Pharrell and Tory Lanez. The album’s title 5E  is inspired by number of the Corona Queens apartment that the 41 year old rapper born Victor Santiago Jr. grew up in. Upon its initial digital release last summer, the ever active N.O.R.E. tweeted that it would be his “last album.” Although the “Drunk Uncle” artist, whose schedule includes producing his Drink Champs podcast and a food show with Complex called On the Run Eatin', has made similar statements in the past about quitting recording. Among the 11 track album’s standout songs are the Fat Joe featured “Don’t Know” (music video below), The Dream produced and featured “Woof,”  the weed anthem “LaLa” that’s impressive features include Wyclef, Jadakiss and Phokus who also produced the song, and “Uno Mas” with long time collaborator Pharrell Williams. Longtime fans of N.O.R.E. and Pharrell will recall how back in 1998 on his first self-titled solo album how The Neptunes (Pharrell with Chad Hugo) produced their breakout hit for  “Superthug.” 

N.O.R.E. “Don't Know (feat. Fat Joe) from  5E LP (Mass Appeal Records) 

#4 The Grouch Crusader For Justice 2LP + Making Perfect Sense 2 LP (

Two albums tie for number 4 slot from the same mic talent; The Grouch’s  Crusader For Justice 2LP  and Making Perfect Sense 2 LP. These two most welcome vinyl reissues of late 90’s/early 2000’s out of print albums from the Living Legends’ legendary emcee The Grouch come from Euro label This is the Berlin based record label (and online record store) that’s been busy lovingly reissuing on vinyl forgotten classics from hip-hop greats. Originally released in 1999 The Grouch’s classic Making Perfect Sense features most of his Living Legends collective partners such as Murs, Asop, Eligh, PSC, Scarub, Sunspot Jonz, and Bicasso (on the cuts). Also featured on this 99 West Coast classic were Abstract Rude and Aceyalone of SoCal’s Haiku D'Etat. The other Grouch reissue is the artist’s critically acclaimed, self-produced seventh solo album originally released by Legendary Music back in 2002 and then again in 2004; the 15 track classic  Crusader For Justice 2LP. Reissued with the 2004 version cover artwork, the album’s many bangers include Dragonfly, Crumble Your Tower, Backseat Drivers featuring Safari and Scarub, and “Crusader For Justice.” With guitar played by Stu Blank cuts by Bicasso, the title track’s accompanying music video appears below. 

The Grouch “Crusader For Justice” from Crusader For Justice 2LP  that, along with Making Perfect Sense 2 LP , is one of two essential vinyl reissues from the Living Legends co-founder. 

#5 Dark Lo & V Don  Timeless LP (Next Records)

Good news for vinyl collectors and fans of the hardcore duo team of OBH Records rapper Dark Lo and super producer V Don. The vinyl version of the their late 2018 released collaborative album Timeless is now available on vinyl with features including ETO, Roc Marciano and Benny The Butcher. Check out the video for the standout album track "Lost" below.

Dark Lo & V Don “Lost” fromTimeless LP (Next Records)

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