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Top 10 Record Store Day 2019 Hip-Hop Vinyl [+ links to purchase @ 5am Sunday April 14]: Too $hort, Pete Rock, Ed O.G., RZA, ODB etc

Posted by Billyjam, April 13, 2019 10:21am | Post a Comment


Today is 2019 Record Store Day (RSD), the twelfth annual music holiday celebrating independent record stores all over including the three Amoeba locations (Berkeley, SF, LA) with all genres represented including, of course, hip-hop; a genre proudly born out of vinyl manipulation and sampling of records. This Amoeblog focuses on the best hip-hop vinyl picks for RSD 2019 including a top ten chart of this year’s exclusive RSD releases available at Amoeba. Note that while all are available on a first come, first served in-store purchase today, that many leftover titles will be available for sale online tomorrow (Sunday April 14th) from 5am local Pacific time. The Top 10 chart includes links to each of these but not that there is no guarantee that all of them will still be available tomorrow morning. Also note that all RSD sales, whether today instore or tomorrow online, are limited to one copy per title per customer.

While traditionally many RSD releases are reissues of long out of print on vinyl titles, special colored vinyl LP & 12" reissues, plus first time 7" pressings of previously released tracks there are also many brand new releases unveiled on Record Store Day or else released the day before (April 12) with an alternate version for RSD. This year these include such titles as the tight Vinnie  Paz  x Tragedy Khadafi Camouflage Regime LP via Jedi Mind Tricks and the Enemy Soil label plus the collaborative album from rapper Diabolic and producer Vanderslice and their anticipated album Collusion. Pictured right this is a must-get for any fan of roots hip-hop; IE golden era and nineties hip-hop layered with clever lyricism and soulful head-nodding production. Released via the always dependable hip-hop label Coalmine the vinyl for this new album comes in two different colors including two ‘pot luck’ color variants; Diabolic’s “Deviled Egg (white/orange color-in-color) and Vanderslice’s Hawaiian Shirt (white w/ blue and yellow splatter) with artwork designed by FRKO (Action Bronson), equipped with a dual-sided insert, as detailed by the RSD curators

Among the myriad of other hip-hop RSD releases to be on the lookout for are such 7” singles as the colored vinyl 45 of Anderson.Paak’s Bubblin' and power duo Masta Ace & Marco Polo’s "E.A.T." single which is a previously unreleased outtake from the power duo’s acclaimed 2018 album A Breukelen Story. This sick ass track, first unveiled last month as a download, finds the duo joined by  Evidence on the mic and DJ Premier on production. 

In colored vinyl album format is  Twiztid’s Trick or Treat LP released in orange/white/black vinyl. In “splatter” vinyl is  XXXTENTACION Presents: Members Only, Vol. 3. Old school collectors will no doubt be happy to find the Sugar Hill Records 12" D.J. Box Set which is six twelve inch singles from the historic hip-hop label who helped make hip-hop a global movement back in the late 70’s with the release of "Rappers Delight." Now onto the RSD top ten hip-hop vinyl list.


RSD 2019 Top 10 Hip-Hop Records
(inc. links to purchase online from 5am Sunday April 14)
Note: limited to one title per customer


#1: A tie between Pete Rock's Return Of The SP1200 [Record Store Day] (LP) (Tru Soul Records)
                                             Don't Smoke Rock Instrumentals Record Store Day LP (Baby Grande)


#2 Too $hort The Pimp Tape [Gold colored Vinyl] LP (Dangerous Music)

#3 Ed O.G. & Da Bulldogs Life Of A Kid In The Ghetto LP (Get On Down)

#4 Roc Marciano The Prequel [Red Vinyl] LP (Marci Enterprises)

#5  RZA Birth Of A Prince [Blue Smoke Vinyl] 2LP (Sanctuary Records)

#6  Dr. Dre Nuthin' But a "G" Thang 12" single (Death Row)

#7  Ol' Dirty Bastard Intoxicated EP [Yellow Vinyl] 12" (E1 Entertainment)

#8  DJ Khaled Victory ("money green" colored vinyl] LP (E1 Entertainment)

#9 Death Grips  Steroids (Crouching Tiger Hidden Gabber Megamix) LP (Harvest)

#10 Various Artists New Jack City OST silver vinyl LP (Giant Records)

The two Pete Rock albums that share the #1 slot on this chart are both first time vinyl releases.  Return Of The SP1200 [Record Store Day LP on the legendary artist's new imprint Tru Soul Records features the long lost tracks that the iconic hip-hop producer began posting in video form to IG two years ago when he wrote “Ha! Pulled this thing out and found some disk that still work this SP1200 Freddie Foxxx gave me.” A must-have for any DJ and hip-hop collector, reportedly just 3000 copies of this new release were pressed up worldwide. Meanwhile the Pete Rock Don't Smoke Rock Instrumentals Record Store Day LP is the (first time released) instrumental version of critically acclaimed album by Smoke DZA that Pete Rock produced. It includes a bonus instrumental from a previously unreleased track.

Too $hort The Pimp Tape [Gold colored Vinyl] LP (Dangerous Music) is the vinyl version of the late 2018, guest-heavy release from Empire by the Oakland rap pioneer. A true golden era hip-hop classic lovingly reissued by Get On Down is Ed O.G. & Da Bulldogs' Life Of A Kid In The Ghetto LP . Among the new releases is distinctive emcee Roc Marciano The Prequel [Red Vinyl] LP. Wu-Tang Clan are represent with two members' colored vinyl releases this RSD.  In  blue colored double vinyl pressing is  RZA Birth Of A Prince [Blue Smoke Vinyl] 2LP (Sanctuary Records) while the late great ODB gets showcased with   Ol' Dirty Bastard Intoxicated EP [Yellow Vinyl] 12" (E1 Entertainment).

Just as the aforementioned “Rapper’s Delight” introduced many to hip-hop, Dr. Dre’s late 1992 Nuthin' But a "G" Thang 12" single (Death Row) was equally important a release in the history of the globalization of hip-hop. The lead single from his landmark The Chronic album, it both helped make hardcore gangsta rap mainstream and introduced the world to Snoop Doggy Dogg.  Other top ten entries include DJ Khaled's Victory ("money green" colored vinyl] LP, unique noise rock meets hip-hop act Death Grips'  Steroids (Crouching Tiger Hidden Gabber Megamix) LP (Harvest), and the early 90's various artists R&B and hip-hop (including Ice T) collection New Jack City OST silver vinyl LP (Giant Records).

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