While we often like to share footwear collections, we are partial to an assortment of top-quality records. There is something untouchable about the record experience; while the sounds are important, the variety of artwork adds a unique aesthetic to each one.
For this size? Collections, we invited Lenzman to showcase his extensive collection of records. While Lenzman is renowned as a drum & bass producer, he has been obsessed with hip hop since the early ’90s. This has sparked a recent obsession with record digging for hip hop vinyl. From Westside Gunn to Action Bronson & The Alchemist – Lenzman has a taste for a hip hop classic.
Lenzman spoke to us about the collection and picked out some of his favourites – have a browse…
“I first got into Hip Hop in the early 90s. It really spoke to me as a teenager and got me interested in making music. Back then, I was collecting the music on tapes; I had shoebox upon shoebox full of them, but to me, the artwork was just an integral part of the culture of rap. I think that’s why – in recent years – I got involved in collecting records.”
Action Bronson & The Alchemist – Rare Chandeliers
“This is my favourite Action Bronson project – a mixtape that, for a long time, wasn’t available on vinyl or streaming platforms. The Alchemist is one of my favourite producers, and this has got some of my favourite artists on features: Sean Price, Roc Marciano and ScHoolboy Q. I’m glad I managed to grab a copy – this thing sold out in just a minute or two.”
Westside Gunn – Hitler Wears Hermes 2
“In the last half of a decade, Griselda has changed the game. I first started listening to Westside Gunn back in 2014 on Soundcloud. I can’t quite remember when it dropped on vinyl, but Hitler Wears Hermes 2 was limited to 150 copies on Daupe Media. All the early Griselda catalogue goes for crazy money on Discogs now. This is probably still my favourite Griselda project, and the cover is iconic.”
Organized Konfusion – Stress: The Extinction Agenda
“I love this album – it has just always kept me interested somehow. Unfortunately, it’s out of print and unavailable on streaming platforms due to artist/label disputes. The beats just take me back to a time and place where Hip Hop music was still quite new to me, and it felt vibrant and exciting – quintessentially 90s. Pharoahe Monch and Prince Po lyrically were so ambitious they really pushed the boundaries artistically.”
Tim Dog – Penicillin On Wax
“I’m adding this one because I just love the cover. Musically, it’s not the best album, but the cover is one of the hardest of all time for me.”
Capone-N-Noreaga – The War Report / Raekwon (feat. Ghostface Killah) – Only Built 4 Cuban Linx / Mobb Deep – The Infamous
“These three albums really are genre-defining street rap albums. There’s just something about them in terms of production that stands the test of time. All three covers are iconic too.”
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