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The Pharcyde Release A Deluxe Edition Of Their Debut Album With 16 Bonus Songs (Audio)

Next week (November 24) marks 25 years since The Pharcyde released debut album Bizarre Ride II The Pharcyde. With that milestone, a new "deluxe edition" box-set emerges to celebrate the gold-certified Delicious Vinyl LP with 16 bonus songs. Crate Recordings assembles the material, which is available for stream (below). The... Read more

JAY-Z’s Physical Copies Of 4:44 Include 3 “Revealing” Bonus Songs. Here Are The Titles.

JAY-Z's 4:44 has reached platinum less than one week after release. However, the party is just getting started for the album's roll-out. What began as an exclusive to Tidal subscribers and Sprint customers is now coming to physical release, joining Jay's 12 additional solo titles. JAY-Z’s Video Is A Powder... Read more

UndergroundHipHop.com Will Remain Open After A Hip-Hop Artist Purchases Store

UPDATE: Following the December 28 report (below), UndergroundHipHop founder Adam "Quest" Walder has announced that the vendor and website will have some new ownership, preventing its previously announced closing. In a January 3 update, Walder discussed the outpouring of support from customers, forum users, and artists. "I had a fantastic... Read more

One Of Phife Dawg’s Final Recordings Releases & It’s Trademark Malik (Audio)

At the close of the '90s, A Tribe Called Quest would go on an extensive recording hiatus. Q-Tip, Phife Dawg, and Ali Shaheed Muhammad would all pursue solo and side interests. For Phife, that was Ventilation: Da LP. Released on Groove Attack Records in 2000, "the 5 Foot Assassin" would... Read more

Daddy-O Releases Biggie’s Original Demos For Junior M.A.F.IA. For The First Time Ever (Audio)

When The Notorious B.I.G. (a/k/a Christopher Wallace) was murdered on March 9, 1997, he did not leave much music behind, relatively speaking. Later that month (March 25), Bad Boy Records would release Life After Death, a diamond-certified double-album containing 24 tracks from the Brooklyn, New York MC. To that point,... Read more

Kool Herc Says HBO Unfairly Used His Likeness…& Now He’s Suing

HBO's Vinyl has become the latest in the television network's string of hit series. Based on 1970s New York City, it traces the music industry's growing pains and triumphs and centers around a record executive played by Bobby Cannavale. Given the series' location and theme, it comes as no surprise... Read more

C.L. Smooth & Skyzoo Have “Perfect Timing” With A Record Store Day Remix (Audio)

Today (April 16) is Record Store Day. One artist whose catalog has long been celebrated on vinyl albums is C.L. Smooth. With partner Pete Rock, throughout the early 1990s (and for a couple 12" singles in the early 2000s), the pair made sought-after Elektra Records wax. Today, the New Rochelle,... Read more

A-F-R-O’s Razor Sharp Flow Cuts Right Into Vinyl Grooves. Literally. (Video)

Bellflower, California MC A-F-R-O has gone from Internet-fan obscurity to downright stealing the show with his inventive rhyme patterns and nimble flow. After a prominent part in Vh1's The Breaks, the R.A. The Rugged Man protege now has captivated the attention of Colin Hanks. Heads may know Hanks from his... Read more

This Virtual Crate Digging Is Like Touching And Feeling Your Favorite 90s Hip-Hop Records

Crate digging is an inseparable part of Hip-Hop culture. Whether or not there is a local record store in your vicinity, chances are you've heard or seen your favorite artists taking part in the tradition. In the days before digital music, Serato, and USB drives, record stores provided producers and... Read more

Press Play On Jeru The Damaja’s 1991-1992 Guru-Produced Demo (Audio)

Jeru The Damaja emerged as one of—if not the biggest star of the Gang Starr Foundation. The Brooklyn, New York MC would sign with Guru's Ill Kid Records in the early 1990s, before releasing acclaimed DJ Premier-produced albums The Sun Rises In The East and Wrath Of The Math. Both... Read more

What Music Does a Genius of Rap Like? GZA Explains (Video)

For more than 20 years, Wu-Tang Clan’s GZA has been viewed as a genius of Rap, literally and figuratively. But, what does he listen to in his spare time? When he's not advancing Hip-Hop culture with his mind-expanding rhymes, GZA's tastes in music are decidedly retro and diverse. He recently... Read more

Columbia House May Go Back To Its Roots…Mailing Vinyl Records

Many music Heads undoubtedly remember Columbia House Music. In junk mail and in magazine tear-out ads (with lick-and-stick album covers), the distributor offered vinyl, 8-tracks, cassette tapes, and eventually compact discs to consumers by mail. To gain subscribers, the Terre Haute, Indiana-based company often promised bulk mailings of music, for... Read more

Wu-Tang Clan, Cypress Hill & Jurassic 5 Get Back To Their Essence For Record Store Day

Record Store Day is just a month away (April 18), and Get On Down Records has unveiled some awesome deluxe releases set for the occasion. They have put together special deluxe vinyl sets for the Wu-Tang Clan, Cypress Hill, and Jurassic 5 which will only be available for in-person purchases... Read more

Tim Westwood’s Reggae, Dub & Classic Hip-Hop Vinyl Weighs A Ton (Video)

To younger Heads, Tim Westwood may be known for his wild enthusiasm during guest-stops from the likes of Eminem, Drake, and Jay Z. However, the London-based BBC DJ has nearly 30 years rooted in bridging the gap and crossing the oceans in making Hip-Hop, Reggae, Dancehall, Dub, and House mixes.... Read more

Rap-A-Lot Records Re-Releases Geto Boys, Do Or Die, Scarface Albums To Vinyl

Dating back to 1986, Houston's Rap-A-Lot Records is from the era when Hip-Hop was more prevalent on vinyl than CD. Growing demand for J. Prince's catalog has made the "Hot Club Wax," as promos used to be called, scarce surrounding some albums. Just days after Universal Music Group's similar announcement,... Read more

DJ Premier speaks on turntables, Serato and what it takes to be a DJ (Video)

Anyone who is a fan of DJ Premier knows he is a hip-hop purist.  So...you may be surprised to hear his thoughts on Serato.  Here's a cool interview where Primo breaks down his thoughts about Vinyl, Serato and what it takes to be a DJ, generally.  He also talks about... Read more

Hip-hop may not be dead but vinyl officially is. The legendary Fat Beats record store closed on 9/4/10. Check out DJ Premier's tribute.

The art of DJ'ing lives on through Serato, but for purists who prefer vinyl things just got a little tougher.  Fat Beats record store was a staple of hip-hop in NYC (as well as in LA and Amsterdam) and it closed its doors forever (or at least in that location...)... Read more