Rap Music Guide

The Most Extensive Database of Rare, Underground and Out of Print Rap & Hip-Hop Music

Rap Music

Guide is an online encyclopedia dedicated to the most rare, hard to find, and out of print

rap & hip-hop

albums in existence. From

compact discs

, to

cassette tapes

& 12"
vinyl records
, Rap Music Guide showcases the most album information in one place. We are the ultimate destination for music collectors and the #1 authority for confirming the authenticity of rap & hip-hop albums!


The compact disc (CD) still remains the standard for music releases, but for underground record companies some albums may only have 100 - 1000 copies in existence.

At Rap Music Guide we focus on these rare albums, displaying their album art, barcodes, catalog numbers and matrix ring codes to help you identify between original releases, re-release's & bootlegs.

Cassette Tapes

Cassette tapes made it possible for rap music to sweep the nation. Cheap and convenient, pioneers such as Too Short sold his first albums out the trunk of his car, coining the term "Trunk Tape".

Tapes are also the only form of media some album were released on. These releases are considered to be "Tape Only" and are extremely valuable to rap collectors around the world.


Long-Playing (LP) vinyl records are the very first form of recorded rap music in the United States.

During the early era of hip-hop, the only way to have your music heard was to release your album on wax to have it played by DJs.

Rap Music Guide strives to deliver the most rare and hard to find records ever released.

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Cassette Tapes

Fresh Out The Jacka Tribute Album

03/13/2015 - 01:06 AM | 0 Comment(s) | submitted by Garrett Blanton

The news of The Jacka’s passing was, and still is a tough pill to swallow for rap fans in the Bay Area and all over the world. To help remember, appreciate and celebrate The Jacka, we’ve compiled a special tribute … Continue reading

Devin the Dude Houston Chronic

03/12/2015 - 09:54 PM | 0 Comment(s) | submitted by Garrett Blanton

Devin the Dude is from Houston, Texas and is best known for his unique rapping style in addition to his long career as an artist signed to Rap-A-Lot Records. The advertisement below is from 1998 and promotes Devin’s very first … Continue reading

Fresh Out Volume Seven

03/01/2015 - 04:02 AM | 0 Comment(s) | submitted by Garrett Blanton

We are back again with the seventh volume of Fresh Out. As always, this is a completely FREE digital release compiled by the infamous underground record label L-wood Media and exclusively available for you here now. Click the following link … Continue reading

Congratulations to the Geto Boys

03/01/2015 - 03:16 AM | 0 Comment(s) | submitted by Garrett Blanton

Believe it or not, this is actually an advertisement for Sound Arts Recording Studio in Houston, Texas. Their marketing technique was placing these ads in rap magazines, not only to congratulate the Geto Boys for their Gold LP “We Can’t … Continue reading

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