Essential Hip Hop LP Bundle
We couldn’t build a collection of products for the audiophile without including a selection of vinyl. So we scoured the best New York City shops to find A+ albums from five different genres. From Dre to Bowie, we curated some of the best tracks from the last half-century, all brand new and ready for some heavy listening. Shop four-LP collections of Jazz, Classic Rock, Modern Classics, Folk Rock and Hip Hop.
Enter the Wu-Tang Clan (36 Chambers)
RZA produced, mixed and arranged the album with an extremely small budget which lent to the album’s distinctly gritty sound and matched the aggressive lyrics and vocal styling of the nine-member group. Raw and direct, Enter the Wu-Tang Clan is a cornerstone album of the East Coast Rennaissance that paved the way for later East Coast greats such as The Notorious B.I.G., Mobb Deep and Jay-Z.
Dr. Dre - The Chronic
Released in December of 1992, The Chronic defined the signature G-Funk style becoming at once bellwether and benchmark for the distinct sound that would dominate West Coast hip-hop for the majority of the 1990s. His first album after parting ways with N.W.A., The Chronic was crucial to establishing Dre as a West Coast lynchpin, in no small part due to the lyrical laid-back flow of guest Snoop Dogg which resulted in an album that Rolling Stone said: “drops raw realism and pays tribute to hip-hop virtuosity.”
A Tribe Called Quest - The Low End Theory
If a hip-hop fan were stranded on a desert island they’d likely choose The Low End Theory in lieu of food and water, if only as to perish with the melodic bass undertones and tightly-woven lyrics playing in their ears. The second album from A Tribe Called Quest, released in 1991, is a milestone for alternative hip-hop with its signature jazz-infused sound.
Mos Def and Talib Kweli - Mos Def and Talib Kweli are Black Star
The only studio album ever released from the duo, Black Star is, as pop music writer Colin Larkin writes “a highly intelligent and searching examination of black culture, harking back to the classic era of rap epitomized by Public Enemy and KRS-One.” Beautifully balanced between its sophisticated musical arrangement and probing lyrics. Standing in contrast to the negativity and violence of Gangster Rap, Mos Def and Talib Kweli unleash their unique chemistry in this 1998 release.