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Latest Hip Hop News: From Banks to Badu

Hip Hop’s been acting up…

But that’s nothing new. I mean let’s be real, hip hop wouldn’t be hip hop if shit didn’t go down from time to time. The main beef of the moment is Azealia Banks and Erykah Badu, and like all good modern beefs it’s a twitter beef.


Someone asked Badu a question on twitter

They asked Erykah Badu if she’d ever listened to Azealia Banks (while @ing Azealia.) Badu responded with a single, shade-filled word: “Tried.” Shit was on. Azealia Banks didn’t take long to see the tweet (I mean she was @ed), because she’s always on twitter and probably never sleeps.

Erykah Badu

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First she just asked why the shade, but then the twitter goddess went off like only she can. She called Badu jealous, then went on to talk about how older artists take any chance they get to throw shade one younger generation and how they can’t let go. They eventually made up and said they were both cool, but then Azealia kept going and talking some shit about Badu. The streets are hanging on every word.


Kanye X Chappelle

In case you been sleeping under a rock, Kanye’s got some kicks coming out. The Yeezy Boosts are gonna go for $350 and all the pre-orders are already reserved. Yeezus said he’s gonna make sure everyone can get a pair though, so out of the benevolence of his heart they’ll keep making them until the world’s rocking Yeezys. Anyways, apparently Kanye and Dave Chappelle ran into each other and Kanye took the Yeezys off his feet and gave them to Dave right there.

Dave Chappelle

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Now, aside from further showing how altruistic Yeezus is, this gives me hope for some sort of collab between the 2 geniuses. Chappelle was always very musically inclined (just look at the musical guests on Chappelle’s Show), and he put Kanye on before many other folks did. I’m not expecting an album or anything, but maybe a Blame Game-type situation where Chappelle’s got a funny ass guest spot? I’m just saying.


There’s some other Kanye news too

Like his fashion show, some new tracks he’s dropped (keep ya eyes open for a review on here soon), and more Yeezy Boost facts, like how he hand-delivered Drake’s pair. Kanye’s doing his part to spread love throughout a world that desperately needs it, considering all the beefs going around and all the shade being thrown. Let’s hope he continues his crucial work, and that the Nobel Peace Prize committee finally figures it out and sends one his way.


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The Dopest Hip Hop Belt Buckles

Trynna stay fresh? Spit Talking can help.

Today we got some dope hip hop belt buckles you should check out. For less than 10 bucks (in most of these cases), you can get a dope belt buckle to hold up your pants and look fresh. That way, no matter wherever you are you’ll look good and hold it down.

Tape Belt

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(Get a Cassette Belt Buckle like the one above)


Why a belt buckle?

Why a hoodie? Why a tee? Why the newest Jordans? To look good, obviously. If you’re like me and you only have one pair of jeans and it looks mad bummy, think of all the possibilities with just a few belt buckles.

  • Your pants will be held up so they won’t be dragging along the street, and they’ll just be straight up cleaner.

 

  • A fresh new buckle will make your pants look cleaner, so you’ll save on laundry costs.

 

  • You can wear the same pants every day, and just switch the belt buckle so it looks like a different pair. This will also save you untold amounts of laundry costs.

Let’s get to the buckles.

So now that you know how much better your life will be with a few dope belt buckles in it, which one(s) should you buy? Well there’s a lot of gems out there, but also a lotta trash. Lucky for you, Spit Talking’s found the hottest ones you could possibly rock. Some of these are in limited supply, and most of them are under 10 bucks, so if you see something you like go scope it.


Hip Hop Belt Buckle

Hip Hop Belt BuckleLet’s start with one that’s not so subtle. If you wanna just tell the world what you’re about, no-nonsense, pick up this buckle. It’s clean and straight to the point, and it comes in some louder colors that pop more, but this one’s a bit toned-down. If you wanna look slick at a business meeting, rock this buckle.

Hip Hop Belt Buckle


Boom Box Belt Buckle

Boom Box Belt BuckleIf you want one with a bit more color, check out this boom box buckle. Its message is also a simple one, just telling everyone who sees it that you’re all about that hip hop while shouting out the old school. The colors are simple enough here that they’ll work on any pair of jeans, but stand out just enough so that folks notice.

 Boom Box Belt Buckle


Headphones Belt Buckle

Headphones Belt Buckle

Speaking of ways to listen to hip hop, you can go a quieter route than the boom box with this headphones buckle. Those look like some comfy over ear headphones right there, and it’d be mad cute if you rocked this while wearing headphones. Get these for the lover of hip hop/the DJ in your life.

Headphones Belt Buckle


Turntable Belt Buckle

Turntable Belt BuckleActually, maybe you wanna get this one for the DJ in your life. This is the most complex design of the buckles we’ve picked, but it works. The only thing is someone might have to lean in close to see what it even is, but hey, maybe that’s what you’re going for. If you got some record cufflinks, you’d pretty much be the James Bond of DJs.

Turntable Belt Buckle


 100 Dollar Bill Belt Buckle

100 Dollar Bill Belt BuckleAs we’ve discussed, belt buckles tell the world what you’re about. This one tells folks you’re all about them Benjamins. You don’t fuck around, so neither should your belt buckle. “$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$” – you, while rocking this shit.

100 Dollar Bill Belt Buckle


Try to find doper hip hop buckles than these.

Seriously, hit me with a comment so we can buy that shit. Anyways, this has been a collection of the dopest shit you can throw on your belt. Pick up any of these and watch the world come to you.


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Rap Gift Ideas: Socks, Wallets and Beyond

You know I’m always looking for dope rap gift ideas.

I got a new batch for you today. Whoever you’re looking for, I got enough random hip hop gifts here for you to make them happy. Whether you’re looking for some classic hip hop or just an iPhone case, this is a random edition of dope rap gifts.


50 Cent Wallet

50 Cent WalletThis 50 Cent wallet is top 5 realest things you can buy for someone. If you wanna keep your money safe, best trust 50 with your cash and see someone try to fuck with it. It’s a good bifold which is all you need because trifolds are trash, so don’t expect me to take you seriously if you have a trifold wallet. Also, added bonus with this wallet: next time you get mugged and try to tell dude you only got 50 cent in your pocket, you won’t be lying!

50 Cent Mens/Womens Hip Hop Wallet


Tupac and Biggie Socks

Odd Sox Rap GodsLook at your life or the person’s life you’re shopping for, and try to tell me that life wouldn’t be better with these socks. When you put them together, Big and Pac symbolically unite in harmony. If you wanna celebrate the end of the years-long east coast west-coast rap beef (one of the best group beefs of all time), go on and buy a pair of these socks. They look mad dope from afar and even doper from up close.

Odd Sox Rap Gods Retro Socks


 Hip Hop Box

Hip Hop BoxMaybe you know someone who’s trynna get into hip hop, or someone who bumps all sorts of hip hop, but they only got mp3s and don’t have any physical copies of dope hip hop. For either of these cases (and probably a few other ones), hook em up with the Hip Hop Box. It’s a box set of all the classic hip hop, from Rapper’s Delight to The Message to U.N.I.T.Y. to C.R.E.A.M. to Regulate to 21 Questions. It’s pretty much a CD encyclopedia of dope (classic, mainstream) hip hop.

The Hip Hop Box


Run DMC Baby Shirt

Run DMC Baby ShirtCome on, this shit’s just mad cute. If you got a baby in your life, make sure they stay fresh to death from birth, starting with the shit they rock. This is just a classic clean look, and you could just get yourself a tee with the same shit on it and look fresh, but fuck that hook a baby up instead. Come on, share a little of that shine and pick up a Run DMC Baby Shirt. It’s probably the dopest look that a baby can pull off.

Run DMC Baby Shirt


Gangsta Rap Made Me Do It iPhone 5/5s Case

Gangsta Rap Made Me Do It iPhone 5/5s CaseFinally, this is a practical gift that anyone can appreciate, but especially the NWA fan in your life. It’s a nice cork case that just has those simple words on them to not ruin your iPhone’s look, so it isn’t just one of those trash plastic ones you pick up when you’re in line at Walgreen’s. I’m about to pick a couple up for myself because I’m sick of the $5 cases that barely do anything. This shit’s about to look mad good on my phone, so buy one for yourself or a friend.

Black Ink Bamboo Wood Cover for iPhone 5 / 5S


Let me know if you found something for whoever you’re looking out for.

I got a good spread of stuff here, and I guarantee that the hip hop fan in your life will like any of these rap gifts. Whether they need a place for their phone, or their cash, or even their feet, I covered a lot. But if you’re still looking…

Scope some dope gifts for hip hop heads here.

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Hip Hop Books

Hip Hop is a mad lyrical genre…

so you might like the written word if you like rap. If you do, Spit Talking’s got you. These are some dope hip hop books, of all types. Whether you want books about rappers, books by rappers, comics about hip hop or even a hip hop coloring book, I got you covered. I like to read anything I can about hip hop, and the following are all books I’ve come across doing this. These are my personal favorites.


 Holler if You Hear Me – Michael Eric Dyson

Michael Eric Dyson - Holler if you Hear Me

In case you couldn’t guess from the title, this is a book about Tupac. It’s not so much a biography as it is a quest for his message, what he stood for, and his legacy after his death. It’s written by Michael Eric Dyson, who is not only a Georgetown professor, but also maybe the smartest hip hop commentator out there, as he’s also edited a book about Illmatic. If you love Tupac and are still bumping his shit after all these years, you might like this. I mean he only releases like 2 albums a year nowadays so if you wanna understand Tupac more, since you can’t hear straight from him, take it from Michael Eric Dyson.

Holler If You Hear Me (2006)


The Tao of Wu – RZA

RZA - The Tao of WuThe Tao of Wu is a bit more like a biography, but only a little bit, cause I mean it is RZA, he’s not just gonna write a boring old auto-biography. It’s the RZA’s tale of his own enlightenment rather than his hip hop career, but it’s a great book. Pick this up if you want to read more about how the Wu-Tang Clan was actually formed, as he runs down those formative years in Staten Island. RZA is mad honest and funny, and hearing him tell stories about his childhood and his life in general (heavily including the Wu) is just great. This is unlike most celebrity memoirs, but that’s not surprising because RZA is not like most celebrities.

The Tao of Wu


Hip Hop Family Tree – Ed Piskor

Russell Simmons HHFTHip Hop Family Tree is the shit. It’s pretty much a comic history of rap, and I think it’s easily the best comic about hip hop. The writing and art are great, and it’s also just a great way to know your shit about old school hip hop and how we got to where we are now. From the very beginning of hip hop on the streets to its growth in the studios, Ed Piskor is taking readers through hip hop’s birth and adolescence, and he’s about in the mid 90’s right now so there’s plenty left to write about. Read more about Hip Hop Family Tree here in my writeup. Also, for dope pictures like the one on the left, follow @edpiskor on twitter for updates from the artist.


 Bun B’s Rap Coloring and Activity Book – Bun B and Shea Serrano

Bun B's Rap Coloring and Activity BookThis is the most unexpected but also maybe dopest one I got for you. It’s a hip hop coloring book. It’s exactly what it sounds like, and you should probably have this as a coffee table piece, and if you don’t have a coffee table you should probably go get one then put this on it. Bun B and Shea Serrano have put together a masterpiece of a coloring/activity book. If you wanna teach someone (of any age) about hip hop, this would be a good way to go about it. They got little facts for each rapper.

Rap Coloring BookHip Hop Coloring Book Hip Hop Coloring Book Table of Contents

And if you already know all your stuff, you’ll probably want this anyways too as a stress reliever or just funny ass book to have. Remember, it’s not just coloring pages, there are also activities, like mazes and word searches, so this is the best rainy day book out there. Added bonus — if you can’t decide what to listen to, just open a random page and there you got your coloring soundtrack for the day.

Talib Kweli Hip Hop Coloring Book

If you don’t believe me, check out my work to your left. I picked Talib because he’s the illest but also I liked the picture. If you’re like me, literally the only thing you won’t like about this is there’s so much pressure on yourself to color well cause you only got one shot and the pictures are all so dope. Also you don’t want some garbage drawing to get out on twitter because you don’t want no beef with some of these rappers. Anyways, cop the rap coloring book because it’s one of the best hip hop books out there.

Bun B's Rapper Coloring and Activity Book


So whether you’re looking for books about hip hop for someone trying to get into it, or you want something for longtime fans, Spit Talking’s got you.

Pick something up as a gift for someone or a gift for yourself, and then let me know what you chose!


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Make Hip Hop Beats Free: Auxy: Beat Studio

If you want to make dope hip hop beats for free, and you have an iPad, you’re in luck.

If you want to make hip hop beats free, go download Auxy: Beat Studio for your iPad right now. It’s totally free, and doesn’t even have any in-app purchases or anything, so it’s actually free. It isn’t the best way to make final polished beats or anything, but it’s a great way to strike some inspiration.

Auxy: Beat Studio Menu

Auxy: Beat Studio - Auxy


The first thing that strikes you is how simple the app is

It’s got a very minimalist feel, and aside from starting with a quick but helpful tutorial, pretty much just leaves you to start working on some loops. It’s essentially a bunch of different synth kits nicely packed into one screen. It’s basic, but with drums, bass, and melody synths you pretty much have everything you need to get your ideas going/to mark them down before they pop out your head.


It’s so simple, you can just focus on the music you’re making

Instead of having to spend hours learning a more sophisticated program, one can just start working on the music. Different settings, like tempo and separate loop volume levels pop up on the same screen instead of plunging you into endless menu screens. Because of that almost non-existent learning curve, it’s a bit limited, but this is a great place for someone to start just toying with possible beats.

Auxy: Beat Studio Auxy: Beat Studio Settingsblank space

It’s not just good for beginners, though. If you’re an experienced producer who already has a few programs you like that are more fully-featured, you can consider this an extra note-taking type app when you don’t wanna deal with the full word processor. Let’s say a beat pops into your head when you’re on the bus or on the plane or something. Just make it in Auxy: Beat Studio real quick (a minute or two, tops) and go on with your day until you can start making the full beat.


So regardless of your experience level, you’ll find this app easy and valuable

Auxy: Beat Studio Loop Maker

It’s mad simple to start working on your loops as you literally map them out with your finger. It’s easy to control settings like levels and tempo. It’s also really quick to do all of these things, so even if you know better programs, this will come in handy if you’re in a hurry. Best of all, it’s totally free (you don’t even have to worry about missing out, because there are no in-app purchases), so it’s a no risk try. I think if you download it you’ll find some use for it.


If this all sounds good to you, download it for your iPad, and let me know if you enjoy it like I do!

 Auxy: Beat Studio - Auxy


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Hip Hop: Cars Edition (Part 3)

Take advantage of time in your car by bumping the good shit.

Here are 5 more albums that make up the essential hip hop: cars edition.

Scope Part 1 here.

Scope Part 2 here.


Life is Good – Nas

imageOnce you’re bumping Illmatic in your ride, add Life is Good to the collection. Hip Hop’s greatest storyteller comes through with some updated lyrics on mostly throwback beats, but it’s all dope. The first like 4 songs will kick off any road trip on the right foot, and by Anthony Hamilton’s feature in World’s an Addiction, you’ll be sold.

Life Is Good [Deluxe Edition]


 Wolf – Tyler, the Creator

Tyler the Creator - WolfWolf is Tyler’s least grimy album by far, so you can feel better about putting it in your car. The jazzier, softer parts complement the darker songs like Rusty well, and the Earl and Domo features (along with the others, like Frank’s) are always good. This is one for your longer road trips more than it is for errands, to get the full experience.

Wolf (Deluxe Version)


Game Theory – The Roots

The Roots - Game TheorySometimes when you’re driving you just want tight drums and a dope beat. No one’s gonna give you doper drums than Questlove, so you better get yourself some Roots. Game Theory is just one of their many albums, but in my opinion it’s the best. The self-titled track goes the hardest, and goes perfectly with being behind the wheel.

Game Theory


 Cadillactica – Big K.R.I.T.

Big K.R.I.T. - CadillacticaI really don’t need to explain to you why an album called Cadillactica belongs on a list for the best hip hop for your car. This is also gonna be for the longer road trips, to fully appreciate the change and growth throughout the album. As usual, K.R.I.T. comes at you hard with the bangers but strong with the ballads.

Cadillactica


 good kid, m.A.A.d. city – Kendrick Lamar

Kendrick Lamar - good kid, m.A.A.d. city

This shit pretty much takes place in Kendrick’s mom’s car, and with the skits it sounds like it was recorded there too. Even though Kendrick is washed now this shit is West Coast, so it was literally made to be bumped while driving. Listening to this while driving will make you feel like you’re watching a movie.

Good Kid: M.A.A.D City


That’s all I got.

But that’s obviously not every album out there that it’s crucial for every hip hop head to have ready for the car. What do you got playing when you’re driving to work, across the country or just to taco bell? Let me know, and if you haven’t yet…

Scope Part 1 here.

Scope Part 2 here.


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Hip Hop: Cars Edition (Part 2)

Make use of that dope car sound system with some dope hip hop

Even the worst stock sound system in a car sounds pretty dope. What albums do you need in your car to enjoy any ride though? These are 5 more crucial rap albums to make up the essential hip hop: cars edition.

Scope Part 1 here.

Scope Part 3 here.


My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy – Kanye West

Kanye West - My Beautiful Dark Twisted FantasyIf you literally only have one CD for a road trip, this has gotta be it. The songs are real varied, so whether you’re going for a banger or a ballad you’ll be happy. The lyrics and production are both on point, and the features are perfectly chosen/spread out. This album was almost made for long car rides.

My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy


 Doggystyle – Snoop Dogg

Snoop Dogg - DoggystyleThis spot could have also gone to The Chronic, considering they’re both about 50/50 Snoop and Dre, but this is my personal G Funk choice. All they do round there is drive, so I think they know what to play in the car. Whether you’re blunt cruising or just going spot to spot, you’re gonna wanna bump this shit.

Doggystyle


Old – Danny Brown

Danny Brown - OldThis is another one that works as well for grocery shopping as it does for a road trip. Shit, both sides almost make their own albums. Listen to side A for the deep shit that’ll make you think, and listen to side B for the bangers that’ll keep you up. Whenever you pop in your car and need something to bump, Danny Brown’s got you.

Old


Black on Both Sides – Mos Def

Mos Def - Black on Both SidesThis is that shit when you’re looking for some poetry and some real shit in the car. Sometimes when I’m driving I’ll replay a track from this toy fully enjoy it again. So I guess it’s pretty much a double album for the car, then. If you’re into Mos Def, dope beats, real shit in general, or just hip hop, go for this CD.

Black on Both Sides


Piñata – Freddie Gibbs and Madlib

Freddie Gibbs & Madlib - PiñataFinally, if you want that classic Madlib shit with more shorter songs, go for this. Freddie Gibbs is the tightest rapper in the game (like, he never leaves a rhyme unfinished #NoLooseEnds) and Madlib is the most unique rapper out there. One of the best albums of 2014 will make a hell of an addition to any car ride you got. Scope.

Pinata


Pick up any of the above albums and bump some dope shit on your next trip.

Whether it’s across the country or across the street (but I guess you should really just walk in that situation), be prepared.

Scope Part 1 here.

Scope Part 3 here.


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Hip Hop: Cars Edition (Part 1)

There are few times more important to have good hip hop than when driving

No car is complete without a good CD collection. You need more variety for a long road trip than everyday driving, of course, but regardless you always need more than one to switch it up. If you wanna be at all ready to be able to DJ any time in the car, you probably need at least 5 albums. These are those 5 albums to make up the essential hip hop: cars edition.

Scope Part 2 here.

Scope Part 3 here.


Illmatic – Nas

Nas - IllmaticEven though the signature sound in Illmatic is New York trains, you’re still gonna want this shit in your car. It’s lyric-heavy, but the beats are mad dope too, just simple and repetitive (in the best way.) This is one of the best albums for the car because I guarantee you’re not gonna need to skip any of the songs.


 2014 Forest Hills Drive – J Cole

J. Cole - 2014 Forest Hills DriveSpeaking of albums you can just play through… well just read my review. Anyways, this is the best for setting the tone in your ride, because J Cole is the only one on the album, so it’s pretty much a solo performance. The beats ramp up as the album goes on, but they’re mainly chill the whole time.

2014 Forest Hills Drive


 Liquid Swords – GZA

GZA - Liquid SwordsYou need at least some Wu-Tang in your car. If you want funny, go for 36 Chambers, but if you want a tighter concept and ambience, you need Liquid Swords. The skits make it seem like you’re listening to a movie or something, and it almost feels like an audiobook. You at least need Liquid Swords for longer car rides.


 My Name is My Name – Pusha T

Pusha T - My Name is My NameFor shorter car rides (because every song bumps on it’s own, and there’s not really a concept), My Name is My Name is a must. I also love having the album cover in my car, it just feels classy. From the slower 40 Acres to the mad hot Suicide, this is a welcome addition to any car ride. Pick this one up no matter who you are.

 


Ready to Die – Notorious B.I.G.

Biggie - Ready to DieDespite the tone the title implies, this album is mostly a celebration album. It’s a long 17 songs, which makes it perfect for extended road trips or for running errands, because it’s partially a concept album and also has mad variety. By the end track with Diddy it might get you kind of down, but it’ll definitely make you think.

Ready To Die the Remaster - The Notorious B.I.G.


There’s a lot of dope car hip hop out there

But these are my personal recommendations for starting out the collection. What do you got in your setlist? Let me know, because I’m always looking for new ones.

Also, scope Part 2 here.

Scope Part 3 here.


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Hip Hop Hoodies and Hip Hop Tees

Wanna stay fresh?

Get yourself some dope hip hop hoodies and stay warm. Get some tight hip hop tees and stay cool. Whatever you want, just make sure to keep it subtle. You’ll look good.


Hoodies


Biggie

Biggie Smalls Hoodie

You can never go wrong with Biggie. This is a subtle hoodie that just looks like a cool design from far away. When you get closer though, you can see it’s a mad dope picture of Biggie. Show the world that not only do you live for the funk, you die for the funk.

Bang Tidy Clothing Biggie Smalls Hoodie


 Parental Advisory

Parental Advisory HoodieThis shit’s classic. The parental advisory sticker ruins album covers, but makes for a pretty dope hoodie. White hoodies always look mad clean (as long as you don’t get them dirty), and the minimal design keeps it crisp. Pick one up along with your Biggie hoodie for the contrast.

Parental Advisory Explicit Hoodie


 Got Hip Hop?

Got Hip Hop? HoodieIf you’re sick of seeing all those got milk logos around (no disrespect though), you might like this hoodie. It’s nice and general, so you could wear it wherever, but it also tells anyone that you dig the best genre out there. This could not be a slicker look.

GOT HIP HOP? - Mens Pullover Hoodie


Tees


Cassette Shirt

Tape TeeIf you’re looking for something slick to wear as a tee shirt, go for this. The design is subtle and fades into the shirt perfectly. It also works for multiple genres of music, but ultimately it mostly shows that one is listening to/a fan of hip hop, particularly the older stuff.

Mix Tape Shirt


Support Underground Hip Hop

Support Underground Hip Hop TeeIf you wanna be more obvious about your taste but still want that old school feel, this is what you want. Rock the boom box across your chest while shouting out underground hip hop if you want people to start listening to the good shit. Like everything on this list, this is a classic design.

Support Underground Hip Hop Shirt


Kanye

Kanye Baseball TeeFinally, any list like this would be mad incomplete without a Kanye shirt. And this isn’t just any Kanye shirt, it’s a baseball tee with a ridiculous picture of Yeezus. If you’re gonna rock clothes with Kanye on them, you gotta just run with that shit, you can’t be subtle.

Kanye West T-White Baseball Tee


Bottom line, all of this shit is gonna look good.

Regardless of what you end up getting, you’re gonna look slick. You can get yourself a black shirt with a subtle design for the folks who pay attention. You can also get yourself a white shirt that pops a little more (like anything with Kanye on it does.) Whatever you decide on, you’re making a good choice.


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Rap on Vinyl

Want some hip hop vinyl for a classic sound that’ll last you a long while?

I got some hot rap on vinyl here for you.

The Chronic Vinyl

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If you wanna buy some music, but don’t think mp3s are worth it (even though they are, cause I can see where you’re coming from), grab some hip hop on vinyl!

Records will last longer, you don’t gotta worry about downloading them when you get a new computer, and they sound mad good. I mean, vinyl is honestly the way that most music is meant to be listened to, and even though I can’t act like I have every album I love on vinyl, you can be sure I really, really wish I did. They cost a little more than CDs, but they will last you a lot longer.

They also make great gifts (for folks with record players.) On top of that, the album artwork is much bigger than, say, a CD, so they make great artpieces around the house or on the coffee table. So what are some good ones to get?


Nas - Illmatic

Illmatic is the greatest album of all time, and I ain’t even just talking hip hop. Why do you think they made a movie about it (Time is Illmatic?) Buy this shit. If you do, you’ll almost feel like you live right by a railroad. Nas completely captured and shaped the sound of the ’90s in this shit.

Illmatic [Vinyl]


Kanye West - My Beautiful Dark Twisted FantasyMy Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy is yet another Kanye classic where the production just blows your mind. Shit’s layers (both beatwise and lyricwise) are incredible, and will leave you finding new things each listen through. Yeezus don’t make bad records, grab this one.

My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy [3 LP]


Black Star - Mos Def & Talib Kweli are Black Star

Mos Def & Talib Kweli are Black Star is a damn classic. It also kind of saved or at least helped shape hip hop at the turn of the century. You’re for sure gonna want this one in your collection, and you’re gonna wish you had it earlier because it just sounds right as a record.

Mos Def & Talib Kweli Are Black Star


Danny Brown - Old

Danny Brown’s Old takes full advantage of the record format, as Side A and Side B are totally different. The album starts with an old school sound and eventually builds up to something that could only have been made in the last few years. Pick this one up for sure.

Old


Wu-Tang Clan - Enter the 36 Chambers

It’s the Wu in their debut. They’re all here, and so are the classic skits (including Torture, U-God’s contribution.) If you don’t have this album in some form, you need it. Might as well grab it in a classic format, because even the skits just sound better on vinyl.

Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)


Kendrick Lamar - good kid, m.A.A.d. city

This is a newer album, but it ain’t any less of a classic. Kendrick kills good kid, m.A.A.d. city from the beginning to the end, and it just sounds like it belongs on vinyl. Do it justice by grabbing the proper sounding version and pick up a copy today.

good kid, m.A.A.d city


So pick up some vinyl for yourself or a fellow hip hop head.

And if I’m missing an album that sounds mad dope on a record player, make sure to let me know in the comments.


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