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Hip-Hop Classics on 7″

Frankie Cutlass “Puerto Rico / Boriquas On The Set”

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There is no doubt that there has been a huge spurt in 45-only djing, and here are 4 essential hip-hop releases to add to your arsenal. First up is one of the biggest NYC party anthems of the ’90s, “Puerto Rico” with “Boriquas On The Set” on the flip. This is the first time the Frankie Cutlass classic is available on a 7″, and the song still holds much potency, so act quick and make sure to cop doubles.


Raekown “Criminology” Vinyl 7″

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Another 7″ that hit the site is Raekwon’s “Criminology” from his CLASSIC Only Built For Cuban Linx. RZA on production, and Ghostface Killah turns in a fine guest verse. On the flip is “Glaciers of Ice,” which features Mater Killer, and both songs are available for the first time on 7″.


The Beatnuts “Off The Books” Vinyl 7″

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How incredible is the Buddy Baker “Sign Song”- sampling beat? Couple that with Big Pun‘s early, high respected verse, and “Off The Books” easily becomes one of the best and most successful from Psycho Les and JuJu.


Too Short “Blow The Whistle” Vinyl 7″

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And last but certainly not least, here is a 2006 smash from the veteran Oakland MC Too Short. “Blow The Whistle” still bangs (“I go on and on”), and in addition Short going on “the people who can’t fucking hang,” Lil Jon’s bouncy production ensures maximum impact on the dancefloor.

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More Black Friday Record Store Day 2016 Titles Available Now!

All Record Store Day 2016 Releases

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More Black Friday RSD 2016 releases! From Pop The Clutch, a compilation of early rockabilly tunes, to the Underworld soundtrack, there is something for vinyl lovers of varying tastes. Below is the list of all the titles included in the latest batch, or just click on the thumbnail above for more info:

– The Bangles Ladies And Gentlemen… the Bangles! Translucent Red Vinyl LP
– Electric Wizard Witchcult Today Silver and Clear Vinyl 2LP
– Bolt Thrower Those Once Loyal Gold Vinyl LP
– Porno For Pyros Good God’s Urge Vinyl LP
– Scepter Records Out In The Streets Again – The Soul Sounds of Scepter Red Vinyl LP
– Timothy Leary The Psychedelic Experience Psychedelic Magenta Splatter Vinyl LP
– The Beach Boys Becoming The Beach Boys – Highlights From The Hite & Dorinada Morgan Sessions Red, Blue, or Yellow Vinyl LP
– Bill Callahan Apocalypse Transparent Blue Vinyl LP+DVD
– Sesame Street Sesame Road Red, Blue, Yellow, or Green Vinyl LP
– Aquarium Drunkard Lagniappe Sessions Gold Vinyl LP
– Steve Grossman Some Shapes To Come Vinyl LP
– Video Liszt Ektakrom Killer 180g Vinyl LP
– Rick Rubin “Jabba Flow” Pic Disc Vinyl 10″
– Motley Crue “Kickstart My Heart / Home Sweet Home” Pic Disc Vinyl 12″
– Sun Ra At Inter-Media Arts 1991 Vinyl 3LP

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Black Friday Record Store Day 2016 Bundle #1

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For those that decided to stay in for Black Friday Record Store Day 2016, some of the of the remaining copies of goodies from the day are now available on the site. Sitting at the top is the deluxe, lavender vinyl reissue of Uncle Acid and The Deadbeats 2011 debut album Bloodlust, which is limited to only 1000 copies. Next is Soundgarden’s Satanoscillatemymetallicsonatas, and the bonus EP to the band’s 1991 album Badmotorfinger sees a 25th anniversary, first-time-ever-on-vinyl release, limited to 3000 copies. James Vincent McMorrow’s We Move – Solo Acoustic Version follows, which compiles never-before-heard demos and alternate takes from the Irish singer-songwriter, and we’ve also got a 7-inch green vinyl treat of the out-of-print “Steady, As She Goes / Store Bought Bones” from Detroit rockers The Raconteurs. Situated in the middle is the beautiful clear yellow vinyl pressing of The Wonder Years soundtrack, which will certain take you back to the Vietnam War era, and many of the rough, demo cuts from the influential rock / power pop band Big Star are pressed on vinyl for the 1st time on Complete Third, Vol. 1 – Demo Sessions to Roughs. Rounding out this impressive bunch is the post-rock soundtrack to the film Love Survivor, which resulted from a collaboration between Texas band Explosions in the Sky and film composer Steve Jablonsky. Stay tuned for more!

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More Black Friday Record Store Day 2016 Bundle #4

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Another solid bunch here, 2016 Black Friday RSD has proven to be super on point. “Moog For Love” from the UK brothers Disclosure is pressed on clear mint vinyl, and Death Grips’ instrumentals (Fashion Week and Interview 2016) are available physically for the first time. Prophets of Rage, the super rap-rock group consisting of Rage Against the Machine (Tom Morello, Tim Commerford, Brad Wilk), Public Enemy (Chuck D + DJ Lord) and Cypress Hill (B-Real) drops its debut EP, The Party’s Over, on very limited red vinyl pressing, and “human cartoon character” rapper Lil Yachty’s debut mixtape receives a fitting red vinyl pressing (dude has red beads, if you haven’t been following his explosive rise in 2016). The 1991 classic from Geto Boys, “My Mind is Playing Tricks on Me,” is offered on green vinyl (to raise awareness for mental health issues, proceeds will go to benefit the JED Foundation), and finally, Erykah Badu drops her first project in 5 years (But You Caint Use My Phone), with a dope cover of Drake’s “Hotline Bling” and more tracks that fuse hip-hop, r&b, jazz, and art rock in a way that only she can. All pressed in small quantities, so act quick!

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Respect The Classics: 2Pac “2Pacalypse Now” Vinyl 2LP and The Roots “Illadelph Halftime” Vinyl 2LP Reissued

The Roots Illadelph Halftime Vinyl 2LP

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With two albums under their belts, the legendary Roots crew released Illadelph Halflife in 1996. The samples-meets-live-instrumentation sound is truly something the Philly icons owned, and this is the LP that really opened up the group’s sound to a wider audience. Couple Questlove, Kamal, Hub, Rahze, and Scratch’s music with lyrics from Black Thought, it’s no coincidence that songs like “Section,” “Clones,” “It Just Don’t Stop,” and “UNIverse at War” still band after 20 years. Much respect to the Respect The Classics series for repressing this hip-hop classic.

2Pac 2Pacalypse Now Vinyl 2LP

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Another addition to the Respect The Classics series is the debut album from 2Pac. Originally released in 1991, this year marks the 25th anniversary of 2Pacalpyse Now, the album that highlights the late MC’s views on racism, poverty, teenage pregnancy, police brutality, and other societal ills. ‘Pac would go on to personify the “THUG LIFE” that he is more often associated with due to the subject matter of his subsequent works, but in songs like “Trapped,” “I Don’t Give A Fuck,” “Soulja’s Story,” and “Brenda’s Got A Baby,” the rap great offers a sharp, retaliative message toward real issues that are, unfortunately, still relevant today. A certified hip-hop classic without a doubt, and we’re glad to see a 180g reissue of the album.

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Three Albums from Drake on Vinyl LP Available Now

Drake Take Care Vinyl 2LP

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Drake on vinyl??? “HYFR.” Three releases from rap’s biggest name (arguably) are available on wax now, starting with 2011’s multi-platinum album Take Care. Enlisting producers like Jamie XX, the LP marks a defining moment of Champagne Papi’s moody, r&b and electronica-informed style, and huge hits like “Take Care,” “Marvins Room,” and “Headlines” continue to softly bang hard (you know how them Drake tracks go).

Drake If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late Vinyl 2LP

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How is this just a “mixtape”? It’s certified 2x platinum now, and it’s filled with a ton of crossover hits that most artists dream of just making one of in their careers. Anyway, from the smooth, low-end heavy beats that leave plenty of room for Drizzy’s verses to lines like “I was running through the 6 w/ my woes” (the mid-song, shouted version, not that soft ish in the beginning), If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late outperformed many proper “albums” and ended up on many “Best of…” lists. 10 bands!

Drake & Future What A Time To Be Alive Vinyl LP

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Just 6 days in ATL, and Drake & Future create this tape that perfectly captures the current vibe of the rap game. Fun 16s from Aubrey, Purp-influenced (supposedly) drawl bars from the Free Band Gang rapper, plus snappy beats from Metro Booming work together to create monster hits like “Jumpman,” “Digital Dash,” “Big Rings,” and “I’m The Plug.” You’ve probably listened to this project a million times (more according to Spotify), and now you can enjoy it on vinyl. What a Time To Be Alive (sounded so much better before the election)!

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4AD Day of the Dead – Great Dead Tribute Vinyl 10LP Boxset

4AD Day of the Dead – Grateful Dead Tribute Colored Vinyl 10LP Boxset

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4 years in the making, and the colossal Grateful Dead tribute is finally here. A visually striking vinyl 10LP boxset, the trippy, marbled pressings hold more than 50 tracks recorded by artists like The National (the release was curated by Aaron and Bryce Dessner of the band), Cass McCombs, The Flaming Lips, Charles Bradley, Menahan Street Band, Anohni, Angel Olsen, and more, and it represents the vast songwriting and experimental spirit of The Grateful Dead w/ extras like individual color sleeve, outer flip-top box, and a full-color poster. Certainly a welcome addition to any Dead Head’s collection!

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Kyle Dixon & Michael Stein “Stranger Things Vol. 1” Soundtrack Vinyl 2LP Available in 3 Different Colors

Kyle Dixon & Miahcel Stein Stranger Things Vol. 1 Soundtrack Vinyl 2LP

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The Netflix smash that captivated many, and here is the music that played such a crucial part in the sci-fi greatness of it all. Survive (they just dropped an album, RR7349) is the name of the band, and two members (Kyle Dixon & Michael Stein) from it worked their analog-synth magic to cook up retro soundscapes that perfectly complemented the ’80s setting of the show. Stranger Things Vol. 1 Soundtrack is available now in three different colors, clear, clear black smoke, and black, but the biggest question remains, IS ELEVEN ALIVE OR DEAD?

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