TOP 10 HIP HOP RELEASES AND PRE-ORDERS

Last updated: Monday 13th May

1

Common – “Let Love”

The 12th album from Chicago’s Lonnie Lynn AKA Common.

Includes “HER Love” which uses a previously unreleased J Dilla beat and “Hercules”.

 

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2

Freddie Gibbs & Madlib – “Bandana”

Follow-up to their last collaborative album “Piñata” in 2014, with guest spots from Pusha T, Killer Mike, Yasiin Bey, and Black Thought.

The duo’s seamless collaboration juxtaposes two giant talents: Madlib,the prolific producer with a record collection spanning all genres and eras, an adept sampler, peer to the late J Dilla (his collaborator on Champion Sound and his musical soulmate), foil for DOOM, hip hop’s Charlie Parker, with whom he created the landmark album “Madvillainy”. Freddie Gibbs, the gravel-voiced rapper, a vocal athlete, a star-on-the-rise knocked off course who refused to give up and has since offered some of the most compelling rap music in the past ten years.

 

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3

Tyler The Creator – “Igor”

5th solo album from Tyler, entirely self-produced with guest appearances from Playboi Carti, Lil Uzi Vert, Solange, Kanye West, and Jerrod Carmichael, along with backing vocals from Santigold, Jessy Wilson, La Roux, CeeLo Green, Charlie Wilson, Slowthai, and Pharrell, among others.

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4

Beastie Boys – “Paul’s Boutique”

Paul’s Boutique is the Beastie Boys second studio album released on July 25, 1989, on Capitol Records. Featuring production by the Dust Brothers, the album was recorded in Matt Dike’s apartment and the Record Plant in Los Angeles from 1988 to 1989, and mixed at the Record Plant. Aside from the vocals, the album is almost completely composed of samples.

 

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5

Dangerdoom – “The Mouse & The Mask”

2005 collaboration album between British-American rapper/producer MF DOOM and U.S. producer Danger Mouse.

The album is composed almost entirely of raps by MF DOOM, performed over beats created by Danger Mouse sampling music from various television shows airing on Cartoon Network’s programming block Adult Swim. The album was heavily promoted by the network prior to its release.

Includes guest appearances from Ghostface, Cee Lo Green, Talib Kweli and more….

 

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6

Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth – “Mecca And The Soul Brother”

1992 debut album from the New York duo, widely regarded as one of the greatest Hip Hop albums of all time. Contains their best known song, “They Reminisce Over You (T.R.O.Y.)”.

 

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7

Schoolboy Q – “Crash Talk”

Fifth album from the Californian rapper with guests Travis Scott, 6lack, Ty Dolla Sign, YG, 21 Savage, Kid Cudi, and Lil Baby.

 

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8

Mobb Deep – “The Infamous…”

Second studio album by the American hip hop duo Mobb Deep (Havoc and Prodigy). Originally released in 1995, the album features guest appearances by Nas, Raekwon, Ghostface Killah, and Q-Tip, who also contributed to its production and mixing.

 

 

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9

Chali 2na & Krafty Kuts – “Adventures Of A Reluctant Superhero”

Ex-Jurassic 5 rapper Chali 2na teams with Brighton DJ Krafty Kuts for their first album together, with guests Lyrics Born, Gift Of Gab, Harry Shotta, Skye (from Morcheeba), Omar and Dynamite MC.

 

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10

Raekwon – “Only Built 4 Cuban Linx…”

The solo debut album of Wu-Tang Clan member Raekwon, originally released in 1995. The album was loosely composed to play like a film with Raekwon as the “star,” fellow Wu-Tang member Ghostface Killah as the “guest-star,” and producer RZA as the “director”. It features appearances from every member of the Wu-Tang Clan and affiliates Cappadonna, and Blue Raspberry. It also features an acclaimed guest appearance from rapper Nas, which marked the first collaboration with a non-affiliated artist on a Wu-Tang related album.

 

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