Rap Music Guide

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Rap Music Guide is a privately built online encyclopedia containing information on rap & hip-hop albums, artists, labels, and their recordings. Rap Music Guide is constantly growing as we add releases to our database.

This site is not intended for individuals who are interested in bootlegging, that is why we watermark every image in our database with our logo. This site is intended for educational purposes, and to reflect on all the accomplishments rap and hip-hop has achieved over the years. As technology progresses, we should not forget the pioneers who laid the foundation for us today. Let us pay respect to these albums by not trying to reproduce anything you see from this site. We here at Rap Music Guide are in it for the history and preservation for our younger generations to appreciate.

Our passion for collecting original rap CDs, cassettes, and 12” vinyl records, is why we’re known worldwide. Compiling a database of our vast rap collections into one location is finally a reality. Without the help and the knowledge of the following rap collectors none of this would have been possible!

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Garrett Blanton

Founder & President

Garrett is a new media entrepreneur & marketing guru who is dedicated to the music industry. What started as an .mp3 music archive project back in the 90’s, slowly turned into a website containing the most extensive database of rare and out of print rap & hip-hop music on the World Wide Web. As Founder of Rap Music Guide, he is responsible for the content, editorial management and direction of one of the most widely read rap & hip-hop music guides in the world. His pastime of collecting rap CD’s, 12" vinyl records, and cassettes grew since he was first introduced to it back in the 80’s. When he’s not in the office, you can find him jumping his motocross bike, riding freestyle jet skis, or digging through music at your local record stores.

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Garrett Blanton

R8R

Senior Rap Editor

As an East Bay product I was raised on Too $hort, 415 and I.M.P. (Cougnut & C-Fresh). In the mid 80’s all I really had was the radio and that’s where I first heard UTFO, LL Cool J, Fat Boys & Run DMC. Those sounds coming out of the old boom box were addicting. My neighbors dad came to visit him one day and I remember hearing some dope music as he pulled up so I asked him for a copy. It was my first Original mix tape, a DJ mixed 60 minute Danon tape with all the latest artists you didn’t hear on the radio mixed with radio hits. The tracks on there is what set me off into my new love RAP. After, my older cousin also would help plug me with new tapes and that’s where I first heard Too $hort. Once 415, I.M.P., N.W.A. came along there was no turning back. In Jr. High/High School I connected with my friend Bee who had a mixer and turntables. Our click of friends would spend as much time as we could over there fooling around with the turntables or hitting Rainbow Records and later Stop, Look & Listen to pick up everything we could. I still have my Mac Dre “Young Black Brotha” EP and a number of others from those runs. Before buying Mac Dre had no idea who he was but in those days you had a much better chance of hitting on something dope vs. subpar material. The time spent at Bee’s place has carried with me and today inspires me to make mixes with the help of my dude L-wood. I still have the same love for the West Coast sound, specifically Northern California. Being around since the birth of the genre, through the Bay’s golden age and still here supporting the good music has been an honor and privilege. This site is a product of all of us sharing the same interest in these OG tapes, records and CDs. Our goal is to inform you of artists & releases that you otherwise may never hear or see again.

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DJ Remarkable

Senior Rap Editor

Born into a family who loves music, I grew up in the 80's listening to Rock, Pop, Soul, Disco and Hip Hop. My love for Hip Hop started in 1984 when I first saw my uncles breakdance to Grandmaster & Melle Mel's "White Lines". Amazed by their dance moves and entertained by the sounds I was hearing from their boombox, I quickly became a fan of Hip Hop music. As a child, I found myself watching music videos on Mtv more than I was watching cartoons. Later, in the early 90's, I listened to the radio a lot more to hear what new songs were being played in the Bay Area. That's when my love for West Coast Rap started. Because of artists like E-40, 2Pac, Snoop Dogg, Dr Dre, Dru Down and Rappin' 4-Tay, I was always wanting to make a trip to the local record store to buy the hottest Rap tape release. In the late 90's I got hooked on music like it was a drug; I became addicted. I started collecting vinyl records and started DJing clubs, parties, and special events just for the love of music. Now, with the help of the Rap Music Guide family lead by Cashflow, we hope to keep the history of Rap music strong by providing info on past releases.

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L-Wood

Senior Rap Editor

Like many I’ve been a music person since birth and some of my earliest memories are taking trips to the “record” store. I was into whatever until I became old enough to develop my own taste in music. Started really listening to rap in ‘84 and with the emergence of NWA & Too Short a few years later I got hooked on these new more local west coast sounds. Once Mac Dre, 415, Spice 1, The Click, E-40, N2Deep, IMP, RBL, 4-Tay, GLP & others came on the scene I quickly became a dedicated Northern California listener and remain one to this day. Other areas I dig have been those heavily influenced by that bay sound and include the Northwest, Denver & Kansas City. Over the years I’ve picked up a few CD’s & tapes from most regions but can no way be considered proficient, just too much out there to track it all. You can say I’m more of an old head being that a vast majority of what I own was released in the 90’s and with the help of R8R have begun a series of area mixes highlighting some of the more underground classics from that era. This site is the result of a lot of hard work and shared passion by our boy Cash and I just hope to contribute what I can to the cause as it grows.

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