Recommendations

Reviews scoring at least 9/10

2018

Apollo Brown & Locksmith: No Question
Damu the Fudgemunk & Flex Mathews :: Dreams & Vibrations
Jericho Jackson :: Jericho Jackson
L’Orange & Solemn Brigham: Marlowe

2017

Big K.R.I.T.: 4eva Is a Mighty Long Time
Common: Black America Again
Illogic + Lucid Optics: Lucid Logic
Oddisee: The Iceberg
Rapsody: Laila’s Wisdom
Sean Price: Imperius Rex

2016

Aesop Rock: The Impossible Kid
De La Soul: and the Anonymous Nobody
Elzhi: Lead Poison
Kano: Made in the Manor
Kendrick Lamar: untitled unmastered.
Torae: Entitled

2015

D’Angelo and the Vanguard: Black Messiah
The Essence: The Essence
The Game: The Documentary 2 & 2.5
Kamasi Washington: The Epic
Kendrick Lamar: To Pimp a Butterfly
Lupe Fiasco: Tetsuo & Youth
Nicolay: City Lights Vol. 3: Soweto
Scor-Zay-Zee: Aeon: Peace to the Puzzle
Slimkid3 & DJ Nu-Mark: Slimkid3 & DJ Nu-Mark

2014

Big K.R.I.T.: Cadillactica
Blueprint: Respect the Architect
Diamond District: March on Washington
Eligh: Nomads
The Grouch + Eligh: 333 (The Tortoise and the Crow)
J-Live: Around the Sun
Logic: Under Pressure
Mistery: Way of the Warrior
Pharoahe Monch: PTSD: Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
Run the Jewels: Run the Jewels 2

2013

Asheru: Sleepless in Soweto
Cyrus Malachi: Black Athena
Deca: The Ocean
Demigodz: KILLmatic
DJ Akilles & Professor P: The Realism
Ghostface Killah & Adrian Younge: Twelve Reasons to Die
Illogic & Blockhead: Capture the Sun
Innate & EP: Such As I
Ka: Night’s Gambit
Qwel & Maker: Beautiful Raw
Tanya Morgan: Rubber Souls
Tonedeff: Glutton

2012

Apollo Brown & O.C.: Trophies
Danny!: Payback
DJ Premier & Bumpy Knuckles: KoleXXXion
Killer Mike: R.A.P. Music
Nas: Life Is Good
Plan B: Ill Manors
Roc Marciano: Reloaded

2011

Analog(ue) Tape Dispenser & Skech185: New Age Middle Finger
Classified: Handshakes and Middle Fingers
Elzhi: Elmatic
J-Live: S.P.T.A. (Said Person of That Ability)
Charles Mingus: Black Saint and the Sinner Lady
Rashad & Confidence: The Element of Surprise
Reks: Rhythmatic Eternal King Supreme
Saigon: The Greatest Story Never Told
Vakill: Armor of God

2010

Big Boi: Sir Lucious Left Foot… The Son of Chico Dusty
Brotha Lynch Hung: Dinner and a Movie
Canibus: Melatonin Magik
Freeway & Jake One: The Stimulus Package
Kno: Death Is Silent
Janelle Monae: ArchAndroid
Kanye West: My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
Nas & Damian Marley: Distant Relatives
Pigeon John: Dragon Slayer
Reflection Eternal: Revolutions Per Minute
The Roots: How I Got Over
Skyzoo & !llmind: Live From the Tape Deck
Zion I: Atomic Clock

2009

Ancient Astronauts: We Are to Answer
Brother Ali: Us
D. Black: Ali’Yah
D-Sisive: Let the Children Die
Drake: So Far Gone
Eyedea and Abilities: By the Throat
Fela Kuti: The Best Best of Fela Kuti
Gift of Gab: Escape 2 Mars
Illy: Long Story Short
The Jacka: Tear Gas
Jay Electronica: What the Fuck Is a Jay Electronica?
Kage Sparks: The World Is My Block
Kid Cudi: Man on the Moon: The End of Day
k-os: Yes!
K-Rino: The Blood Doctrine
K-Rino: Solitary Confinement
KRS-One & Buckshot: Survival Skills
Oh No: Dr. No’s Ethiopium
Phillip Morris: The Process of Addiction Has Its Costs
P.O.S.: Never Better
Prozak: Tales From the Sick
Slaughterhouse: Slaughterhouse
Slug & MURS: Felt 3: A Tribute to Rosie Perez
Souls of Mischief: Montezuma’s Revenge
Tech N9ne: King Of Darkness (K.O.D.)
Tree City: The TreE.P.
Trife Diesel: Better Late Than Never
Us3: stop. think. run

2008

Akrobatik: Absolute Value
Atmosphere: When Life Gives You Lemons, You Paint That Shit Gold
Blue Sky Black Death: Late Night Cinema
Braille: The IV Edition
Danny!: And I Love H.E.R.
D-Sisive: The Book
D-Sisive: Like This (Plus Three)
Elzhi: The Preface
Erykah Badu: New Amerykah: Part One (4th World War)
Guilty Simpson: Ode to the Ghetto
Gnarls Barkley: The Odd Couple
Grip Grand: Brokelore
Herbaliser: Same as it Never Was
Immortal Technique: The 3rd World
J*Davey: The Beauty in Distortion EP
Jean Grae: Jeanius
Ludacris: Theater of the Mind
Million Dan: Spektrum: Special Edition
Opio: Vulture’s Wisdom, Volume One
Rhymefest: Mark Ronson Presents Rhymefest – Man in the Mirror
The Roots: Rising Down
Shad: The Old Prince
Sha Stimuli and DJ Victorious: March on Washington
Snoop Dogg: Ego Trippin’
T.I.: Paper Trail

2007

Animate Objects: Riding in Fast Cars With Your Momma
Brother Ali: The Undisputed Truth
Chamillionaire: Mixtape Messiah 3
Chamillionaire: Ultimate Victory
Common: Finding Forever
Common Market: Common Market
Dilated Peoples: The Release Party (DVD & CD)
Doomtree: False Hopes
El-P: I’ll Sleep When You’re Dead
Evidence: The Weatherman
Guru: Jazzmatazz 4 – The Hip Hop Jazz Messenger: Back to the Future
Jay-Z: American Gangster
Little Brother: Getback
Lupe Fiasco: The Cool
Lyrics Born: Overnite Encore: Lyrics Born Live!
M.I.A.: Arular
M.I.A.: Kala
Mistah F.A.B.: The Baydestrian
Pharoahe Monch: Desire
The Pharcyde: Instrumentals
Public Enemy: How You Sell Soul to a Soulless People Who Sold Their Soul
Sage Francis: Human the Death Dance
Sankofa: The Tortoise Hustle
Talib Kweli: Ear Drum
UGK: Underground Kingz
Urthboy: The Signal
Wyclef Jean: Carnival Vol. II – Memoirs of an Immigrant
Zeph & Azeem: Rise Up
Z-Ro: I’m Still Livin’ (Chopped & Screwed)

2006

Clipse: Hell Hath No Fury
Cut Chemist: The Audience’s Listening
Debaser: Crown Control
De La Soul: Impossible Mission TV Series Pt. 1
Dudley Perkins: Expressions
Eternia: It’s Called Life
The Game: Doctor’s Advocate
J Dilla (Jay Dee): Donuts
J Dilla (Jay Dee): The Shining
Jurassic 5: Feedback
The Lost Children of Babylon: The 911 Report: The Ultimate Conspiracy
Lupe Fiasco: Food & Liquor
Nas: Hip Hop is Dead
Oh No: Exodus into Unheard Rhythms
RJD2: Magnificent City Instrumentals
The Roots: Game Theory
Soul Position: Things Go Better with RJ and Al
Strange Fruit Project: The Healing
Swollen Members: Black Magic
Z-Ro: I’m Still Livin

2005

AZ: A.W.O.L.
Atmosphere: You Can’t Imagine How Much Fun We’re Having
Blackalicious: The Craft
Blueprint: 1988
Cage: Hell’s Winter
Cormega: The Testament
The Coup: Steal This Double Album
David Banner: Certified
Daz Dillinger + Dion Neuble: Samplin to the Beat of the Drum
DL Incognito: Life’s a Collection of Experiences
DJ Rhettmatic: Exclusive Collection
The Jacka: The Jack Artist
Kano: Home Sweet Home
Kanye West: Late Registration
Likwit Junkies: The L.J.’s
Little Brother: The Minstrel Show
Lone Catalysts: Good Music
Lyrics Born: Same !@#$ Different Day
Murs & Slug: Felt 2: A Tribute to Lisa Bonet
Murs 3:16: Walk Like a Man
Neil Armstrong: Bittersweet
O.C.: Starchild
Opio: Triangulation Station
The Perceptionists: Black Dialogue
Pete Rock: Petestrumentals
Talib Kweli: Right About Now – The Official Sucka Free Mix CD
Zion I: True & Livin’

2004

Boom Bip: Corymb
Braille: Shades of Grey
Brother Ali: Shadows on the Sun
Cee-Lo: Cee-Lo Green… is the Soul Machine
Chops: Virtuosity
Cormega: Special Edition
Danger Mouse: The Grey Album
De La Soul: The Grind Date
DM & Jemini: Twenty-Six Inch EP
Edo G: My Own Worst Enemy
Eightball & MJG: Memphis Underworld
Evidence: Yellow Tape Instrumentals
Flynn: In Like Flynn
Four Tet: Rounds
Ghostface: The Pretty Toney Album
The Gift of Gab: 4th Dimensional Rocketships Going Up
John Doe/1200 Hobos: Popular Fallacies
Kabir: Fuel for the Fire
Killah Priest: Black August
Klashnekoff: The Sagas of K-Lash Nek-Off
KutMasta Kurt: Redneck Games
The Last Emperor: Music, Magic, Myth
Mac Dre: Ronald Dregan (Dreganomics)
Madvillain: Madvillainy
Masia One: Mississauga
Masta Killa: No Said Date
Money Mark: Demo? Or Demolition?
Nas: Street’s Disciple
Nelly: Sweat
Nelly: Suit
Paris: Sonic Jihad
People Under the Stairs: … Or Stay Tuned
Pete Rock: Lost & Found
Sage Francis & Gruvis Malt: Dead Poet, Live Album
S.A.R.S.: Sick Artists Runnin’ Shit Volume 2 – The Outbreak
Soul Position: 8 Million Stories
The Streets: A Grand Don’t Come for Free
Time Machine: Slow Your Roll
Unknown Mizery & Logikal Ethix: It Will Fail…
Vintage Imperial: Synergy
Wordsworth: Mirror Music
X-Ecutioners: Revolutions

2003

Akrobatik: Balance
Aceyalone: Love & Hate
Canibus: Rip the Jacker
Cunninlynguists: Southernunderground
C-Rayz Walz: Ravipops (The Substance)
GangStarr: The Ownerz
Greenhouse Effect: Life Sentences
Jay-Z: The Black Album
Jedi Mind Tricks: Visions of Gandhi
Juggaknots: Clear Blue Skies
KRS-One: Kristyles
Lexicon: Youth is Yours
Little Brother: The Listening
MacDermot, Galt: Up from the Basement – Unreleased Tracks Volumes 1 & 2
MF Doom is Viktor Vaughn: Vaudeville Villain
Mr. Lif: I, Phantom
OutKast: Speakerboxxx/The Love Below
Rhythmicru: Open Canvas
RJD2: The Horror
Roosevelt Franklin: Something’s Gotta Give
Sintax.The.Terrific: Simple Moves
Soul Position: Unlimited EP
Stark Reality: Now
Zion I: Mind Over Matter

2002

7L & Esoteric: Dangerous Connection
Anti-Pop Consortium: Arrhythmia
AZ: Aziatic
The Avalanches: Since I Left You
Blackalicious: Blazing Arrow
Cee-Lo: Cee-Lo Green and His Perfect Imperfections
Deepspace 5: The Night We Called it a Day
DJ Quik: Under Tha Influence
DJ Shadow: The Private Press
Freddie Bruno: The Ballpoint Composer
Gershwin B.L.X.: Sunch Punch
GZA: Legend of the Liquid Sword
The Immortal Micunion: A Declaration of Independents
Jean Grae: Attack of the Attacking Things
J-Live: All of the Above
Journalist: Scribes of Life
Jurassic 5: Power in Numbers
Justice System: Uncharted Terrain
J-Zone: Pimps Don’t Pay Taxes
Murs: Varsity Blues
Non Phixion: The Future is Now
Pacewon: Won
Sage Francis: Personal Journals
Scratch: The Embodiment of Instrumentation
Skratch Commando: Incredible DJ’s
The Streets: Original Pirate Material
Talib Kweli: Quality

2001

7L & Esoteric: The Soul Purpose
Aceyalone: Accepted Eclectic
The Arsonists: Date of Birth
Dungeon Family: Even in Darkness
Greenhouse Effect: The Up to Speed EP
J-Live: The Best Part
Lone Catalysts: Hip Hop
Mission: One
Nas: Stillmatic
Pep Love: Ascension
Prefuse 73: Vocal Studies + Uprock Narratives
Roots Manuva: Run Come Save Me
Soulman: Neva Stop Diggin’
Typical Cats: Typical Cats
Ursula Rucker: Supa Sista

2000

Aesop Rock: Float
Akrobatik: The EP
Binary Star: Masters of the Universe
Blackalicious: Nia
Common: Like Water For Chocolate
Dan the Automator: A Much Better Tomorrow
De La Soul: Art Official Intelligence
Del: Deltron 3030
D.I.T.C.: D.I.T.C.
DJ Quik: Balance & Options
Esau: The Debut Album…
Ghostface Killah: Supreme Clientele
Guru: Jazzmatazz * Streetsoul
Illogic: Unforeseen Shadows
Japhia-Life: Pages of Life
Jehst: The Return of the Drifter
J-Zone: A Bottle of Whup-Ass (The EP)
Masters of Illusion: KutMasta Kurt Presents Masters of Illusion
MF Doom: Operation Doomsday
M.O.P.: Warriorz
OutKast: Stankonia
Quasimoto: The Unseen
Talib Kweli & Hi Tek: Train of Thought
Tony Touch: The Piece Maker
Ugly Duckling: Journey to Anywhere
Xzibit: Restless

1999

Dr. Dre: Chronic 2001
Fat Jack: Cater to the DJ
GangStarr: Full Clip
L’Roneous: Imaginarium
Mac Dre: Rapper Gone Bad
Ming + FS: Hell’s Kitchen
Mos Def: Black on Both Sides
Pharoahe Monch: Internal Affairs
Prince Paul: A Prince Among Thieves
Prince Paul & Dan the Automator: Handsome Boy Modeling School
Public Enemy: There’s a POISON Goin On..
Styles of Beyond: 2000 Fold

1998

Aceyalone: A Book of Human Language
Big Punisher: Capital Punishment
BlackStar: Mos Def & Talib Kweli..
Brand Nubian: Foundation
DJ Quik: Rhythmalism
GangStarr: Moment of Truth
Hieroglyphics: 3rd Eye Vision
Lewis Parker: Masquerades & Silhouettes
M.O.P.: First Family 4 Life
Pete Rock: Soul Survivor
Xzibit: 40 Dayz & 40 Nightz

1997

Bush Babees: Gravity
Busta Rhymes: When Disaster Strikes…
Camp Lo: Uptown Saturday Night
Company Flow: Funcrusher Plus
DJ Skribble: Traffic Jams
Dr. Octagon: Instrumentalyst
The Grits: Factors of the Seven
Jay-Z: In My Lifetime, Vol. 1
Lateef and Lyrics Born: Latyrx
Puff Daddy & The Family: No Way Out
Rakim: The 18th Letter

1996

10BASS T: Do You Know the Way?
Above the Law: Time Will Reveal
Chino XL: Here to Save You All
De La Soul: Stakes Is High
Dr. Octagon: Dr. Octagon
DJ Shadow: Endtroducing…
Jay-Z: Reasonable Doubt
Jeru the Damaja: Wrath of the Math
Originoo Gunn Clapazz: Da Storm
OutKast: ATLiens
Prince Paul: Psychoanalysis (What is It?)
Redman: Muddy Waters
The Roots: Illadelph Halflife
UGK: Ridin’ Dirty
Westside Connection: Bow Down
Young Zee: Musical Meltdown

1995

2Pac: Me Against the World
Tha Alkaholiks: Coast II Coast
Big L: Lifestylez Ov Da Poor & Dangerous
Bone Thugs-N-Harmony: E. 1999 Eternal
Dream Warriors: Subliminal Simulation
Goodie Mob: Soul Food
GZA: Liquid Swords
Luniz: Operation Stackola
Masta Ace: Sittin’ on Chrome
Mobb Deep: The Infamous
Ol’ Dirty Bastard: Return to the 36 Chambers
Onyx: All We Got Iz Us
The Pharcyde: Labcabincalifornia
Raekwon the Chef: Only Built 4 Cuban Linx…
Show & A.G.: Goodfellas
Silent Eclipse: Psychological Enslavement
Smif-N-Wessun: Dah Shinin’
Tricky: Maxinquaye

1994

Artifacts: Between a Rock and a Hard Place
Bone Thugs-N-Harmony: Creepin On Ah Come Up
Common Sense: Resurrection
The Coup: Genocide & Juice
Digable Planets: Blowout Comb
Gravediggaz: 6 Feet Deep
Jeru the Damaja: The Sun Rises in the East
Method Man: Tical
Nas: Illmatic
Notorious B.I.G.: Ready to Die
O.C.: Word…Life
Organized Konfusion: Stress: The Extinction Agenda
Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth: The Main Ingredient
Redman: Dare Iz a Darkside
Scarface: The Diary
UGK: Supertight

1993

Andre Nickatina (Dre Dog): The New Jim Jones
De La Soul: Buhloone Mindstate
Digable Planets: Reachin’ (A New Refutation of Time and Space)
Kam: Neva Again
Mac Dre: Young Black Brotha
Snoop Doggy Dogg: Doggystyle
Souls of Mischief: ’93 Til Infinity
A Tribe Called Quest: Midnight Marauders
Wu-Tang Clan: Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)

1992

Boogie Down Productions: Sex and Violence
Das EFX: Dead Serious
Dr. Dre: The Chronic
Diamond: Stunts, Blunts, & Hip Hop
EPMD: Business Never Personal
GangStarr: Daily Operation
Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth: Mecca and the Soul Brother
The Pharcyde: Bizarre Ride II the Pharcyde
Redman: Whut? Thee Album
A Tribe Called Quest: The Low End Theory
U.G.K. (Underground Kingz): Too Hard to Swallow
Ultramagnetic M.C.’s: Funk Your Head Up

1991

Caveman: Positive Reaction
De La Soul: De La Soul Is Dead
Del Tha Funkee Homosapien: I Wish My Brother George Was Here
Freestyle Fellowship: To Whom it May Concern…
Geto Boys: We Can’t Be Stopped
Hijack: The Horns of Jericho
Ice Cube: Death Certificate
Ice-T: O.G. Original Gangster
Main Source: Breaking Atoms
N.W.A.: Efil4Zaggin
Organized Konfusion: Organized Konfusion
Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth: All Souled Out
A Tribe Called Quest: People’s Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm

1990

The D.O.C.: No One Can Do it Better
EPMD: Business as Usual
Ice Cube: AmeriKKKa’s Most Wanted
King Sun: Righteous But Ruthless
LL Cool J: Mama Said Knock You Out
Lord Finesse & DJ Mike Smooth: Funky Technician
(Masta Ace) Master Ace: Take a Look Around
Public Enemy: Fear of a Black Planet
X-Clan: To the East Blackwards

1989

Beastie Boys: Paul’s Boutique
De La Soul: 3 Feet High and Rising
EPMD: Strictly Business
Kool G. Rap & DJ Polo: Road to the Riches
Special Ed: Youngest in Charge

1988

Boogie Down Productions: By All Means Necessary
The Krown Rulers: Paper Chase
Slick Rick: The Great Adventures of Slick Rick

1987

Boogie Down Productions: Criminal Minded

1986

Beastie Boys: Licensed to Ill
Run-D.M.C.: Raising Hell (Deluxe Edition)

1984

Run-D.M.C.: Run-D.M.C.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Greatest Hits

Big Daddy Kane: The Very Best of Big Daddy Kane
Biz Markie: Greatest Hits
Del Tha Funkee Homosapien: The Best of Del (The Elektra Years)
Ghostface Killah: Shaolin’s Finest
IAM: Anthologie 1991-2004
Mac Dre: Tha Best of Mac Dre
M.O.P.: 10 Years and Gunnin’
Nas: Greatest Hits
N.W.A.: The Best of N.W.A.: The Strength of Street Knowledge
Public Enemy: Power to the People and the Beats
The Roots: The Best Of…

Re-Issues

Aceyalone: All Balls Don’t Bounce – Revisited
Dr. Dre: The Chronic: Relit and From the Vault
GZA: Liquid Swords – The Chess Box
Jurassic 5: J5 Deluxe Re-Issue
Notorious B.I.G.: Ready to Die – The Remaster CD & DVD
Nas: Illmatic XX

Miscellaneous

Aberfoyle Springs Compilation
The Allies: D-Day
Bad Brains: Bad Brains
Big Fun in the Big Town (DVD)
Centrifugal Phorce Records Presents: Euphony
Chrome Children
Creators: The Weight
Deeper Concentration 3
Dillinger: CB200 + Bionic Dread
DJ Craze: Crazee Music
DJ Logic: The Anomaly
DJ T-Rock: Sikinthehed
Ego Trip: The Big Playback
The French Connection
Funkadelic: Maggot Brain
The Funky 16 Corners
Halftooth Records Presents: You Don’t Know the Half
Gil Scott-Heron: The Revolution Will Not Be Televised
Godflesh: Love and Hate in Dub
Grand Theft Auto Vice City O.S.T. – Volume 5: Wildstyle Pirate Radio
Hil St. Soul: Black Rose
Jay-Z: The Black Album Acappella
The Roots: The Best Of…
Rawkus Records – Best of Decade I (1995-2005)
Return of the DJ Vol. 4
School of Emceeing – Volume 1
Scientist: The Best Dub Album in the World
Sean Paul: Dutty Rock
SoleSides Greatest Bumps
Soundbombing 2
Stones Throw 101 (CD + DVD)
Solange Knowles: A Seat at the Table
The Harder They Come Soundtrack
Tommy Boy Presents: Hip Hop Roots
Turntables by the Bay
WWF Aggression