New and Reissued Vinyl 


With the holidays right around the corner, the crucial fourth-quarter flood of new releases is in full effect. Lots of dope records to put on your wish lists, so here's a brief rundown ....

Charizma & Peanut Butter Wolf, Big Shots

Stones Throw has thrown out a few Charizma singles over the years, but here the label has finally dropped a full-length of shots recorded between '91 and '93. Ridiculously bangin' beats, catchy loops, and furious lyricism abound -- every track is a winner, and fans of that classic early-'90s vibe will be overjoyed.

Pete Rock, Lost and Found -- Underground Hip-Hop Soul Classics

Also digging up some older gems is Soul Brother #1 himself, who unearths a pair of previously shelved LPs that ooze funkiness throughout. Lost and Found gives listeners two albums for the price of one: INI's Center of Attention and Deda's The Original Baby Pa. Both are outstanding examples of Pete's universally sweated mid-'90s brilliance.

Hieroglyphics, Full Circle

One of the East Bay's original supercrews, Hiero (featuring Del, Souls of Mischief, Casual, Pep Love, and Domino) returns with some of its best work ever. Flamboyant wordplay and high-octane beats are the order of business here -- after over a decade in the game, these guys still got it.

Feenom Circle, The Pawn Shop

Don't sleep on Feenom. Describing its style as "middleground," this fast-rising East Bay trio is all about intelligent rhymes and mellow production, sometimes incorporating live instruments. This is its second album and best work yet.

Sol Uprising, Sol Power

Like some singing with your raps? This duo comprises Lil' Sci (Scienz of Life) and songstress Stacy Epps, who join forces to create some of the smoothest tracks you'll hear all year. It's not as cheesy as the stereotypical "neo-soul" steez, but you can still play it for Mom without getting embarrassed.

Furthermore, if you're down for the comps, check out Hip Hop Slam's WAR (if it feels good, do it!), a 28-track collection of antiwar jams featuring local rabble-rousers Mr. Lif, Boots, Tino Corp, Cat Five, and DJs of Mass Destruction, among others. Politics never sounded so fresh. Last but not least, on the bootleg CD tip, keep an eye out for DJ Lt. Dan's The Black Remixes: Back to Basics, on which he remixes the entire new Jay-Z record with classic instrumentals from the likes of Snoop, Brand Nubian, Biggie, and Group Home. Holla!


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