Best Hip Hop Vinyls That You Must Own

Madvilliany – Madvillain What I would consider one of the best records on vinyl is this offering by super duo Madvillain – made up of landmarks of the alternative hip hop genre Madlib and MF DOOM.

Some Rap Songs – Earl Sweatshirt Earl was incredibly inspired by Madvillain, and we can see shades of both Madlib and DOOM on display here, with hauntological and bizarre loops laying a bed for bars taken even further into abstraction.

Paul’s Boutique – Beastie Boys We have one of the original crowning statements in experimental hip hop by the now ubiquitous household name the Beastie Boys.

You’ll Cowards Don’t Even Smoke Crack – Viper One of the more surreal oddities from gangsta rap comes in the form of viper, a seeming parody of many of the cliches and tropes of middle-American hip hop who above all else takes himself a lot more seriously than others.

Illmatic – Nas Putting all sorts of his contemporaries to shame, including those over at Death Row Records, we have the one and only nasty Nas whose debut solo album Illmatic still frequently tops lists of the best albums of the 90s.

Midnight Marauders – A Tribe Called Quest You could pick any one of their first three albums and be satisfied that you have chosen the right album for the job of representing them, for each one exhibits a different side to them that is nothing short of marvelous.