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

Fesu War With No Mercy

08/17/2014 - 10:49 PM | 0 Comment(s) | submitted by Garrett Blanton

Fesu is from the streets of Greenspoint in Houston, Texas. He first came to national attention when he became Source Magazine’s ‘Unsigned Hype’ in May of 1993. After signing to Continuum Records in 1994, his EP “Blind Cripple And Crazy” … Continue reading

By Any Means Necessary: 17th Ward New Orleans

07/29/2014 - 02:00 AM | 0 Comment(s) | submitted by Garrett Blanton

By Any Means Necessary was an underground rap group from the 17th ward of New Orleans, Louisiana. They released their music on the label Alliv Records, which was owned by producer and entrepreneur Donald “Duck” Coleman. The black & white … Continue reading

Big Daddy Kane Rope Chains & Finger Rings

07/24/2014 - 11:09 PM | 0 Comment(s) | submitted by Garrett Blanton

Big Daddy Kane started his career in 1986 as a member of the rap group the Juice Crew,¬†founded by producer Marley Marl and radio DJ Mr. Magic. With his new school lyrics,¬†choreography and tailored costumes he revolutionized hip hop fashion … Continue reading

Digital Underground On Spice!

06/27/2014 - 01:30 AM | 0 Comment(s) | submitted by Garrett Blanton

Digital Underground is acting a fool in this Spice! Magazine photo. From Shock G’s zany white hat, to the airbrushed jean jacket, you can tell hip hop fashion has come a long way. If you look hard enough you can … Continue reading

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