Looking for something fresh for your post-Turkey Day listenings? Independent record shops on Black Friday take part in an annual Record Store Day event featuring exclusive vinyl and CDs you can't get anywhere else. And there's plenty of fresh titles available for hip-hop lovers! Check out our list of the must-have rap releases available at all participating stores.
Before he was bringing Law & Order to the streets, Ice was introducing gangsta rap to the world. Rhyme Pays is his debut album from 1987, and it's coming out on yellow vinyl with all the tracks you remember, like "6 'N Da Mornin'" and "Make It Funky."
Tha D-O-double-G turned the West Coast into a hip-hop force to be reckoned with starting with his guest appearances on Dr. Dre's The Chronic. He kept the excellence going a year later with his debut album Doggystyle, featuring the Top 10 hits "Who Am I (What's My Name)?" and "Gin and Juice." The album is now available as a 2LP picture disc for the first time ever.
Ol' Dirty Bastard
The Wu-Tang takeover began with the first wave of the hip-hop legends' solo albums, and ODB's Return to the 36 Chambers: The Dirty Version was the second in their arsenal. The album remains a street classic 25 years after it first came out - and now, the highly collectible instrumental version of the album will be released to the public on 2 LPs, plus two "stripped" versions of "Shimmy Shimmy Ya" and "Brooklyn Zoo" on a 7" single!
Record Store Day brings not only one but two special Weezy releases on CD. First up is the official physical release of his acclaimed 2009 mixtape No Ceilings, including the bonus track "Kobe Bryant." Then, 2018's chart-topping Tha Carter V will be released as a deluxe edition, including three bonus tracks and seven new cuts.