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  • Def Jam 30th Anniversary: Greatest Hits Def Jam 30th Anniversary: Greatest Hits Quick View

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    Def Jam 30th Anniversary: Greatest Hits


    Limited Edition Classic Turntable 6 LP Box Set + T-Shirt


    Def Jam Recordings, the label credited as the most definitive voice in the spread of hip-hop from an underground music phenomenon to a worldwide
    movement, is celebrating its 30th anniversary all year long in 2014, along with Def Jam founders Rick Rubin and Russell Simmons. This box set is a
    culmination of the labels greatest hits from its extensive roster of artists.


    Hip-hop - and its most definitive voice, Def Jam - has been an astonishingly tireless engine of change in American and global culture. For 30 years, the
    greatest names in the history of hip-hop - from LL Cool J and the Beastie Boys to Rihanna and Kanye West, from Public Enemy to Jay-Z, Rick Ross,
    Jeezy, Ludacris, The Roots, Nas, 2 Chainz and dozens more - have made Def Jam Recordings the ultimate destination for urban artists around the
    world.

    Volume 1
    1. Rock The Bells - LL COOL J
    2. 911 Is A Joke - PUBLIC ENEMY
    3. Children's Story - SLICK RICK
    4. Fight The Power - PUBLIC ENEMY
    5. Crossover - EPMD
    6. Hip Hop Junkies - NICE & SMOOTH
    7. Slam - ONYX
    8. Tonight's Da Night - REDMAN
    9. Deeper - BOSS feat. PAPA JUGGY
    10. Regulate - WARREN G feat. NATE DOGG
    11. This Is How We Do It - MONTELL JORDAN
    12. I'll Be There For You/You're All I Need To Get By - METHOD MAN feat. MARY J. BLIGE
    13. Doin It - LL COOL J
    14. Ruff Ryders Anthem - DMX
    15. Touch Me Tease Me - CASE feat. FOXY BROWN


    Volume 2
    1. Get Me Home - FOXY BROWN & BLACKSTREET
    2. Foolish - ASHANTI
    3. Put It On Me - JA RULE & VITA
    4. Make Me Better - FABOLOUS feat. NE-YO
    5. Oh Boy - CAM'RON & JUELZ SANTANA
    6. Move Bitch - LUDACRIS feat. MYSTIKAL & I-20
    7. Get Busy - THE ROOTS feat. DICE RAW & PEEDI PEEDI
    8. Guess Who's Back - SCARFACE feat. JAY Z & BEANIE SIGEL
    9. Hustlin - RICK ROSS
    10. Put On - JEEZY & KANYE WEST
    11. Can't Tell Me Nothing - KANYE WEST
    12. No Lie - 2 CHAINZ
    13. My Last - BIG SEAN feat. CHRIS BROWN
    14. Niggas In Paris - JAY Z & KANYE WEST
    15. My Nigga - YG feat. JEEZY & RICH HOMIE QUAN


    Selections From The Roots Of Def Jam
    (as Curated by Rick Rubin, Co-Founder of Def Jam Recordings)

    1. Body Rock - THE TREACHEROUS 3
    2. Rockin It - THE FEARLESS FOUR
    3. On The Radio - CRASH CREW
    4. Funk Box Party - THE MASTERDON COMMITTEE
    5. Action (12 Version) - ORANGE KRUSH
    6. Live At The Fever - STARSKI
    7. Looking For The Perfect Beat (12 Version) - AFRIKA BAMBAATAA
    8. Optimo - LIQUID LIQUID
    9. Al-Naafyish (The Soul) - HASHIM
    10. Drum Machine - JAYCO RECORDS
    11. Set It Off - STRAFE
    12. Fresh Is The Word - MANTRONIX
    13. A Fly Girl - THE BOOGIE BOYS

    Various Artists
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  • Game Theory Game Theory Quick View

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    Game Theory

    Dilltastic Vol Won(derful)
    False Media
    Game Theory
    Don't Feel Right
    The Music
    Take It
    Baby
    Here I Come
    Long Time
    Livin' In A New World
    Clock With No Hands
    Atonement
    Can't Stop This
    The Roots
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  • The Blueprint (Awaiting Repress) The Blueprint (Awaiting Repress) Quick View

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    The Blueprint (Awaiting Repress)

    Ranked 464/500 on Rolling Stone Magazine's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.


    The Blueprint is the sixth studio album by American rapper Jay-Z, released September 11, 2001 on Roc-A-Fella Records in the United States. Its release was set a week earlier than initially planned in order to combat bootlegging. Recording sessions for the album took place during 2001 at Manhattan Center Studios and Baseline Studios in New York City. Contrasting the radio-friendly sound of Jay-Z's previous work, The Blueprint features soul-based sampling and production handled primarily by Kanye West and Just Blaze. At the time of its recording, Jay-Z was awaiting two criminal trials, one for gun possession and another for assault, and had become one of hip hop's most dissed artists, receiving insults from rappers such as Nas, Prodigy, and Jadakiss.

    The Ruler's Back
    Takeover
    Izzo (H.O.V.A)
    Girls, Girls, Girls
    Jigga That N***a
    U Don't Know
    Hola' Hovito
    Heart of the City (Ain't No Love)
    Never Change
    Song Cry
    All I Need
    Renegade (feat. Eminem)
    Blueprint (Momma Loves Me)
    Jay-Z
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  • From Nothin' To Somethin' From Nothin' To Somethin' Quick View

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    From Nothin' To Somethin'

    1. Yep, I'm Back
    2. Return Of The Hustle - (featuring Swizz Beatz)

    3. Change Up
    4. Make Me Better - (featuring Ne-Yo)
    5. So Fabolous
    6. Diamonds - (featuring Lil Wayne)
    7. Hustler's Poster Child - (featuring Cassidy)

    8. Real Playa Like - (featuring Lloyd)
    9. Foggin' Up The Windows - (featuring R. Kelly)
    10. What Should I Do
    11. Back To School
    12. All Jokes On You
    13. I Shine, You Shine - (featuring Makeeba)

    14. First Time
    15. Paperman - (featuring Ne-Yo)

    16. Brooklyn
    17. Chirp Back - (featuring Blue DaVinci)
    18. Gangsta - (featuring Junior Reid)
    19. This Is Family - (featuring Freck The Billionaire/Ransom/Joe Budden)
    Fabolous
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  • 808s And Heartbreak (Awaiting Repress) 808s And Heartbreak (Awaiting Repress) Quick View

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    808s And Heartbreak (Awaiting Repress)


    Includes CD


    The ten time Grammy Award winning musical phenomenon, Rapper, producer and singer embarks on a new musical journey taking his audience to new
    heights. Kanye West returns with his fourth album 808s & Heartbreak. His highly anticipated 2008 album features the heart pounding first single, 'Love
    Lockdown' which premiered live for the first time on the 2008 MTV Video Music Awards.


    This is a reissue of an out of print 2 vinyl version plus the original CD format.

    LP 1
    1. Say You Will
    2. Welcome To Heartbreak [feat. Kid Cudi]
    3. Heartless
    4. Amazing [feat. Young Jeezy]
    5. Love Lockdown
    6. Paranoid [feat. Mr Hudson]


    LP 2
    1. RoboCop
    2. Street Lights
    3. Bad News
    4. See You In My Nightmares [feat. Lil Wayne]
    5. Coldest Winter
    6. Pinocchio Story


    CD
    1. Say You Will
    2. Welcome To Heartbreak [feat. Kid Cudi]
    3. Heartless
    4. Amazing [feat. Young Jeezy]
    5. Love Lockdown
    6. Paranoid [feat. Mr Hudson]
    7. RoboCop
    8. Street Lights
    9. Bad News
    10. See You In My Nightmares [feat. Lil Wayne]
    11. Coldest Winter
    12. Pinocchio Story

    Kanye West
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  • Rising Down Rising Down Quick View

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    Rising Down

    Rising Down marks the 10th album released by the legendary Roots crew. The darkly funky, politically charged release is the product of more than a year of recording and it includes a slew of complimentary guest appearances by Common, Chrisette Michele, Talib Kweli, Dice Raw, Peedi Peedi, Mos Def, Styles P and Fall Out Boy's Patrick Stump.

    1. Rising Down (Featuring Mos Def and Styles P)
    2. Get Busy (Featuring Peedi and Dice Raw)
    3. @ 15 - Interlude
    4. 75 Bars (Black's Reconstruction
    5. Becoming Unwritten
    6. Criminal
    7. I Can't Help It
    8. Singing Man
    9. Lost Desire (Featuring Talib Kweli)
    10. The Show Must Go On (Featuring Common)
    11. Rising Up (Featuring Michelle and Wale)
    12. Birthday Girl (Featuring Patrick Stump)
    The Roots
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  • Blackout! 2 Blackout! 2 Quick View

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    Blackout! 2

    With over 16 years in the business, Redman & Method Man are certifiable rap superstars with a devoted fan-base that spans the globe. The secret to their longevity as one of raps longest lasting duos is due in part to the fact that the two emcees bring fun to hip-hop. Hardly taking themselves too seriously, Red & Meth have always been about good times and carefree humor, as evidenced on their debut album Blackout! (1999) and the follow-up How High Soundtrack (2001). Their comedic personalities allowed them to transition to the big screen in the cult classic film How High (2001) as well as the small screen with the FOX sitcom Method & Red (2004). Now they're back with the sequel to their debut, Blackout 2! The album features production from Pete Rock, Erick Sermon and Rockwilda among others.
    1. BO2 (Intro)
    2. I'm Dope Ni**a
    3. A-Yo
    4. Dangerus MCees
    5. Errbody Scream
    6. Hey Zulu
    7. City Lights
    8. Father's Day
    9. Mrs. International (Skit)
    10. Mrs. International
    11. How Bout Dat
    12. Diz Is 4 All My Smokers
    13. Lock Down (Skit)
    14. Four Minutes To Lock Down
    15. Neva Herd Dis B4
    16. I Know Sumptn
    17. A Lil Bit
    Method Man And Redman
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  • The Takeoff (Discontinued) The Takeoff (Discontinued) Quick View

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    The Takeoff (Discontinued)

    The latest southern rap duo Playaz Circle made their debut in 2007 with Supply & Demand. Signed to the groundbreaking Disturbing tha Peace label, founded by multi-platinum and Grammy winning artist and actor Ludacris and Disturbing Tha Peace CEO Chaka Zulu, these Georgia boys continue to make noise with their current hit Stupid featuring OJ Da Juiceman from their sophomore album Flight 360: The Takeoff. We come from the era when hip-hop really had substance, Tity Boy says. We were students of artists like NWA, Too Short and Big Daddy Kane. We knew all of that music. Growing-up in the College Park section of Atlanta at a time when hometown groups like Goodie Mob and Outkast were pioneering a southern hip-hop sensibility, the Playaz Circle rap duo Tity Boy and Dolla were boyhood friends before either had ever busted a rhyme. Playaz Circle proves that there is little competition when it comes to being the hottest crew from the south. On our songs, we just strive to make timeless songs that make you feel good, says Tity Boy. There is no argument; Playaz Circle has achieved that goal.
    1. Turbulence
    2. Look What I Got feat. Korleone
    3. Stupid feat. Oj da Juiceman
    4. Skit
    5. Hold Up
    6. Yeah We Getting Rich feat. Ludacris
    7. Cant Remember feat. Bobby V
    8. Big Dawg feat. Llil Wayne
    9. Quit Flossin feat. The Casey Boys
    10. Skit
    11. Big Wheel Whippin
    12. Weight Droppin feat. Raekwon
    13. DJ Know Me feat Young Dro
    14. Ghetto feat Cee-lo & Sunny
    15. Skit
    16. Outta Here
    Playaz Circle
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  • Good Girl Gone Bad Good Girl Gone Bad Quick View

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    Good Girl Gone Bad

    Good Girl Gone Bad is Rihanna's groundbreaking third studio album and it follows up the rising star's debut Music of the Sun and her sophomore release A Girl Like Me. Along with the album's overall success, its singles have gone on to become major hits including the worldwide number-one hit single with Jay-Z Umbrella, the top three U.S. hit, Don't Stop the Music, and Hate That I Love Youand Shut Up and Drive, which respectively became top ten and twenty hits on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100. The eighth single, Rehab, became the album's seventh single to reach the top 20 on the Hot 100, which made Good Girl Gone Bad the second album in history to have seven singles reach the top twenty on the Billboard Hot 100, the first being Janet Jackson's 1989 album Rhythm Nation 1814.
    1. Umbrella featuring Jay-Z
    2. Push Up
    3. Dont Stop the Music
    4. Breakin Dishes
    5. Shut Up and Drive
    6. Hate That I Love You featuring Ne-Yo
    7. Say It
    8. Sell Me Candy
    9. Rehab
    10. Question Existence
    11. Good Girl Gone Bad
    12. Lemme Get That
    Rihanna
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  • Wu Massacre Wu Massacre Quick View

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    Wu Massacre

    For the first time, three of the legendary Wu-Tang Clans most dynamic emcees step out together to create a supergroup with a distinctly shaolin sound. Method Man, Ghostface Killah and Raekwon have banded together on their new album of street bangers, Wu Massacre. Joined by fellow Wu-Tang alums Inspectah Deck and Cappadona on several tracks, and featuring production by RZA and Mathematics, Meth, Ghost and Raes Wu Massacre is guaranteed to satisfy the legions of fans in the Wu Army. From the soulful street single Our Dreams, to the thunderous lead-off track Criminology 2.5, Wu Massacre finds the three hip-hop legends in razor-sharp form.

    1. Criminology 2.5
    2. Meth vs. Chef
    3. Ya Moms Skit
    4. Smooth Sailing (Remix) feat. Solomon Childs
    5. Our Dreams
    6. Gunshowers feat. Inspectah Deck & Cappadonna
    7. Dangerous
    8. Pimpin Chipp
    9. How To Pay Rent Skit feat. Tracy Morgan
    10. Miranda
    11. Youngtown Heist
    12. Breaka Breaka Its That Wu Shit
    13. Made Men (Bonus)
    Meth, Ghost, And Rae
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  • Pleasure & Pain Pleasure & Pain Quick View

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    Pleasure & Pain

    Side A:
    Let This Go
    What If
    U Already Know
    Damn
    Nowhere
    Last To Know
    I'm Sorry (Interlude)
    My Mistakes
    If I Hit


    Side B:
    The Way
    We Goin' Be Alright
    Why Can't We Get Along
    That's How Close We Are
    Closing The Club
    What The Hell Do You Want
    God Knows

    112
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  • The Last Kiss The Last Kiss Quick View

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    The Last Kiss

    1. Pain & Torture
    2. Can't Stop Me
    3. Who's Real
    4. Grind Hard
    5. Something Else
    6. One More Step
    7. Stress Ya
    8. What If
    9. Things I've Been Through
    10. I Tried
    11. Rockin' With The Best
    12. Smoking Gun
    13. Cartel Gathering
    14. Come And Get Me
    15. By My Side
    16. Letter To B.I.G.
    17. Something Else Remix
    18. Death Wish
    Jadakiss
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  • 534 534 Quick View

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    534

    Side A:


    534
    Interlude
    Dear Summer
    Like That
    Infatuated
    The One
    First, Last and Only


    Side B:


    Get Low
    Oh Baby
    Smoke The Pain Away
    Hater Free
    Alright
    All About Me
    Straight Path

    Memphis Bleek
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  • How I Got Over How I Got Over Quick View

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    How I Got Over

    1. A Peace Of Light
    2. Walk Alone
    3. Dear God 2.0
    4. Radio Daze
    5. Now Or Never
    6. How I Got Over
    7. DillaTUDE: The Flight Of Titus
    8. The Day
    9. Right On
    10. Doin' It Again
    11. The Fire
    12. Tunnel Vision
    13. Web 20/20
    14. Bonus* Hustla
    Roots
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  • The Solution The Solution Quick View

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    The Solution

    1. All the Above
    2. 'Bout That (Let Me Know)
    3. U Ain't Ready 4 Me

    4. Go Low

    5. Gutted
    6. Shake It For Me
    7. I'm In
    8. H.H.E.H.
    9. What They Gonna Say to Me
    10. Day, The
    11. Rain (Bridge)
    12. Dear Self (Can I Talk to You)
    13. Prayer
    Beanie Sigel
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  • Watch The Throne (Picture Disc) Watch The Throne (Picture Disc) Quick View

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    Watch The Throne (Picture Disc)

    Music icons and pop culture visionaries Jay-Z and Kanye West have inspired each other to new heights with their collaboration on Watch The Throne recorded in person at various locations around the world. Over a year in the making and a truly global affair, the duo recorded in London and Bath in the U.K., Abu Dhabi, Sydney, Paris and New York City. The album has already been heralded a masterpiece and features production from the likes of RZA, The Neptunes and Kanye's longtime collaborator Mike Dean. The short list of featured artists includes Frank Ocean, Beyonce, Curtis Mayfield and Mr. Hudson while lead track Otis, brilliantly samples Otis Redding's Try A Little Tenderness.
    LP1
    1. No Church In The World (ft. Frank Ocean)
    2. Lift Off (ft. Beyonce)
    3. Niggas In Paris
    4. Otis (ft. otis Redding)
    5. Gotta Have It
    6. New Day
    7. That's My Bitch
    8. Welcome To The Jungle


    LP2
    1. Who Gon Stop Me
    2. Murder To Excellence
    3. Made In America (ft. Frank Ocean)
    4. Why I Love You (ft. Frank Ocean)
    5. Illest Motherfucker Alive
    6. H.A.M.
    7. Primetime

    Jay-Z & Kanye West
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  • Don't Be S.A.F.E Don't Be S.A.F.E Quick View

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    Don't Be S.A.F.E

    2013 album from the Trinidad/American rapper discovered through various YouTube postings. The 'All Gold Everything' rapper has been in high demand since dropping his Don't Be S.A.F.E mixtape. Not only receiving recognition from fans and critics alike for his New Atlanta sound, many have taken to James' unique trendsetting style. At just 25 years old, James has formed an impressive following with his Gold Gang movement, catching the attention of music heavyweights such as Andre 3000, Diddy, Rihanna, Rick Ross and ultimately, Def Jam Recordings.
    1. Tonk For The Money

    2. Females Welcomed (Feat. Reija Lee)

    3. Gold On My MacBook

    4. Team Vacation (Feat. Spook, Coop & Snake)

    5. One More Molly

    6. All Gold Everything

    7. Sneaky Vs Selfish

    8. Madden on GameCube (Feat. Juke)

    9. Givin No F*cks

    10.$outh$ide (Feat. Forte Bowie)
    Trinidad James
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    The Bling Ring Soundtrack

    Def Jam releases the official soundtrack for The Bling Ring-- the new Sofia Coppola-directed, Emma Watson-starring film based on the true story of a group of kids in L.A. who robbed celebrities' homes.


    The film was scored by Daniel Lopatin, aka synth experimentalist Oneohtrix Point Never, working with with longtime Coppola collaborator Brian Reitzell. Reitzell also served as the executive soundtrack producer and music supervisor, putting together a very eclectic mix of rap (Kanye, Azealia Banks, Rick Ross) and krautrock (Klaus Schulze, Can) plus the likes of Sleigh Bells, M.I.A., Frank Ocean, and Phoenix.


    Lopatin and Reitzell previously worked on music for the Kelsey Grammer-starring television show Boss. Reitzell previously worked with Coppola on Marie Antoinette, Lost in Translation, and The Virgin Suicides. Lopatin and Reitzell also collaborated on a track for the Bling Ring soundtrack, Bling Ring Suite.

    1. Crown On The Ground - Sleigh Bells
    2. 9 Piece - Rick Ross ft. Lil Wayne
    3. Sunshine - Rye Rye ft. M.I.A.
    4. 212 - Azealia Banks
    5. Ouroboros - Onehotrix Point Never
    6. Money Machine - 2 Chainz
    7. Bad Girls - M.I.A.
    8. All of the Lights - Kanye West
    9. Drop It Low - Ester Dean ft. Chris Brown
    10. Gucci Bag - Reema Major
    11. Halleluwah - Can
    12. Power - Kanye West
    13. Freeze - Klaus Schultze
    14. FML - deadmau5
    15. Bling Ring Suite - Brian Reitzell & Daniel Lopatin
    16. Bankrupt! - Phoenix
    17. Super Rich Kids - Frank Ocean ft. Earl Sweatshirt
    Various Artists
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  • Flesh Of My Flesh, Blood Of My Blood Flesh Of My Flesh, Blood Of My Blood Quick View

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    Flesh Of My Flesh, Blood Of My Blood

    DMX's second studio album Flesh Of My Flesh, Blood Of My Blood was released within 7 months of his debut record. And just like his debut, it reached
    number 1 on the Billboard 200 chart in it's first week, making DMX the second rapper to have two albums released in the same calendar year to debut at
    number one, 2Pac being the first. In similar fashion to his debut album X continued to deliver uncompromising intensity and hard core hard menacing raps
    throughout the record.
    1. My Niggas (Skit)
    2. Bring Your Whole Crew
    3. Pac Man (Skit)
    4. Ain't No Way
    5. We Don't Give a Fuck
    6. Keep Your Shit the Hardest
    7. Coming From
    8. It's All Good
    9. The Omen
    10. Slippin'
    11. No Love 4 Me
    12. Dogs for Life
    13. Blackout
    14. Flesh of My Flesh, Blood of My Blood
    15. Heat
    16. Ready to Meet Him
    DMX
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    It's Dark And Hell Is Hot

    It's Dark & Hell Is Hot is the debut album from DMX that has been referred to as one of the best debut rap albums of all time. Critics called the album a necessary introduction to one of the greatest hardcore rappers in hip-hop and Dark Man X was praised for his imagery, stories, and gritty lyricism. The album debuted at #1 on Billboard Top 200 and went on to be certified 4x platinum.
    1. Intro
    2. Ruff Ryders' Anthem
    3. Fuckin' Wit' D
    4. The Storm (Skit)
    5. Look Thru My Eyes
    6. Get At Me Dog
    7. Let Me Fly
    8. X-Is Coming
    9. Damien
    10. How's It Goin' Down
    11. Mickey (Skit)
    12. Crime Story
    13. Stop Being Greedy
    14. ATF
    15. For My Dogs
    16. I Can Feel It
    17. Prayer (Skit)
    18. The Convo
    19. Niggaz Done Started Something
    DMX
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  • It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back (Awaiting Repress) It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back (Awaiting Repress) Quick View

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    It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back (Awaiting Repress)

    Ranked 78/500 On Rolling Stone Magazine's 500 Greatest Albums Of All Time.


    25th Anniversary


    I hated that record, said Public Enemy's Chuck D. Believe it or not, he's referring to Bring the Noise, the frenetic first track of It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back, the group's 1988 agit-rap masterpiece and breakthrough album. Public Enemy had recorded the song in October 1987 for the soundtrack of the forgettable Less Than Zero. When Chuck (a.k.a. Carlton Ridenhour) first heard the final version, he said, I practically threw it out the window.


    He changed his mind later that year when Public Enemy were on tour in England. I kept hearing people ask, 'What's this record you've got out? People are going crazy over it,' he remembered. I was like 'OK, pull that acetate out, and let's play it [in concert].' People went berserk.


    Bring the Noise, along with Rebel Without a Pause and Don't Believe the Hype - all conceived in 1987 at the group's Hempstead, Long Island, studio, Spectrum City - would become the foundation of It Takes a Nation of Millions, an album that's loud, obnoxious, funky, avant-garde, political, uncompromising and hilarious all at once. Chuck may have been disgruntled over Bring the Noise, but he always liked Rebel Without a Pause, the track that introduced Public Enemy's trademark sirenlike horn squeals. Hank Shocklee of PE's production team, the Bomb Squad, says that Rebel started out as a response to Eric B. and Rakim's I Know You Got Soul. We were going for something that had the same feel but with more aggression, Shocklee said. Because we were angry.


    For Rebel, PE coupled piercing squeals (a snippet from the J.B.'s' The Grunt played backward) with James Brown's Funky Drummer (Because that song was my milk, said Shocklee). Then it fell on Chuck to write the lyrics. I remember locking myself in the house for 24 hours, Chuck said. He emerged with verses that emulated Rakim's off-the-rhythm flow but stayed true to his own booming-baritone persona (Soul, rock & roll, comin' like a rhino); Chuck also dropped the name of black activist Joanne Chesimard, hinting at the political direction that his rhymes would soon take.


    Don't Believe the Hype, recorded just before Bring the Noise, was Chuck's first foray into full-fledged polemics, in this case against the media. The lyrics were inspired by a slight against Chuck by New York-area radio DJ Mr. Magic. PE had serious doubts about that song, too. We thought 'Hype' was just garbage, said Shocklee. Again, they saw the response the song got when DMC (of the group Run-DMC) blasted the track out of his Bronco in Harlem on a Saturday night. The whole block was grooving to it, says Shocklee.


    In January 1988, it all fit together. You had the combination of the noise from 'Rebel,' says Chuck, the tempo of 'Bring the Noise' and the subject matter of 'Don't Believe the Hype.' It set off Takes a Nation pretty nice.


    - Rolling Stone

    LP 1
    1. Countdown To Armageddon
    2. Bring The Noise
    3. Don't Believe The Hype
    4. Cold Lampin' With Flavor
    5. Terminator X To The Edge Of Panic
    6. Mind Terrorist
    7. Louder Than A Bomb
    8. Caught, Can We Get A Witness?


    LP 2
    1. Show 'Em Whatcha Got
    2. She Watch Channel Zero?!
    3. Night Of The Living Baseheads
    4. Black Steel In The Hour Of Chaos
    5. Security Of The First World
    6. Rebel Without A Pause
    7. Prophets Of Rage
    8. Party For Your Right To Fight

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    At the time that Bacdafucup hit the record racks and airwaves, Onyx seemed to be inventing a genre all their own: heavy metal rap. Of course, on closer inspection, it is not at all surprising stylistically, given their link to Def Jam and Run DMC, the record company and crew that introduced heavy guitar riffs into hip-hop. Onyx, though, seemed far more threateningly hardcore than Run DMC ever were, and each song on their debut album seems like a quick-triggered, menacing chip set squarely on the shoulders of MCs Big DS, SuavÉ, Fredro, and Sticky Fingaz. That the entire album from beginning to end circumvents almost any backlash by being so brilliantly catchy as well, is a sterling tribute to how strong a quartet Onyx truly is on this first effort. The group gives the impression that they wanted to spotlight the sort of cartoonish, directionless anger that existed in a lot of hardcore rap, and then funnel that sort of energy into songs full of singalong choruses and joyous, chanted hooks that lend a certain feeling of camaraderie to the whole album. The release is mostly co-produced by Run DMC's Jam Master Jay and newcomer Chyskillz, and its music has a tense, wired edge that amplifies the vividness of the threatening lyrics. Sonically, it has a hardcore East Coast/New York City cast, full of throbbing bass and screeching siren-like effects. The grimy urban vibe is matched by Onyx's narrative thuggery, discharged straight from the streets like pumped-up news dispatches and predating the roughneck rap trend by several years. It's hard to imagine, given the gritty content of the album, that Onyx was aiming for airplay with Bacdafucup; nevertheless, almost in spite of itself, it was so good that it earned just that.


    - Stanton Swihart (All Music Guide)

    1. Bacdafucup

    2. Bichasniguz

    3. Throw Ya Gunz

    4. Here 'n' Now

    5. Bust Dat Ass

    6. Atak Of Da Bal-hedz

    7. Da Mad Face Invasion

    8. Blac Vagina Finda

    9. Da Bounca Nigga

    10. Nigga Bridges

    11. Onyx Is Here

    12. Slam

    13. Stik 'n' Muve

    14. Bichasbootleguz

    15. Shiftee

    16. Phat ('n' All Dat)

    17. Da Nex Niguz

    18. Getdafucout

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    Lenticular Collector's Edition


    Back for the First Time is the debut studio album from three-time Grammy winner Ludacris. The album has hard-hitting keys, snares and more than
    enough boom for the beat junkies and plenty of lyrics for hip-hop purists. UGK, Foxy Brown, and Pastor Troy all stop by to lend a lyrical hand, but
    Ludacris is the star on this record. He's got a lyrical style and charisma that transcends coastal allegiances. No gimmicks. Funny skits. Moving music.


    In celebration of Def Jam's 30th Anniversaery UMe will be reissuing this classic debut album back on vinyl and giving the cover a 3D lenticular treatment.
    A must have for any Hip-Hop fan.

    1. U Got A Problem?
    2. Game Got Switched
    3. 1st & 10
    4. What's Your Fantasy
    5. Hood Stuck
    6. Get Off Me
    7. Stick 'em Up
    8. Ho
    9. Catch Up
    10. Southern Hospitality
    11. What's Your Fantasy Remix
    12. Phat Rabbit
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    Limited Edition Anniversary Cover


    Radio is the debut album from LL Cool J, and is Def Jam's very first full-length album release. With the breakthrough popularity of Radio, LL Cool J
    became one of the first hip-hop acts to achieve mainstream success. The album's success also served as a career breakthrough for Rick Rubin, who
    produced the entire record. Radio's release coincided with the growing new school scene and subculture, which marked the beginning of hip-hop's
    golden age. In celebration of Def Jam's 30th Anniversary this classic album is being reissued on vinyl with a limited edition anniversary cover.

    1. I Can't Live Without My Radio
    2. You Can't Dance
    3. Dear Yvette
    4. I Can Give You More
    5. Dangerous
    6. Untitled
    7. Rock the Bells
    8. I Need a Beat (Remix)
    9. That's a Lie (featuring Russell Rush)
    10. You'll Rock
    11. I Want You
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