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|Under The Underground...|
Right...so here's a short list of underground hip-hop gems that you may have missed. Make sure that, while you're digging on Mobb Deep, Odd Future and CunninLynguists, you take the time to check these out too, lest you miss something truly amazing.
|1||Asheru and Blue Black|
A heavily jazz-infused hip-hop album from the guy who does the theme song for The Boondocks. One of my favorites, absolutely.
An underground collaborative gem from Abstract Rude, Aceyalone and Mikah 9. The beats don't get in the way here, allowing for the flow to shine. It's worth picking up for "Non Compos Mentis" alone.
|3||K. M. D.|
The group from whence sprang forth MF Doom, except this is from waaaay back in the day. Excellent flow, awesome beats, and a distinctly nostalgic flavor...what more could you ask for?
Perhaps the biggest name in Christian Rap right now. If you can stomach the blatantly religious lyrics (and if you call yourself a music fan, you should), you'll find an album showcasing an insanely talented hip-hop artist at the top of his game.
The Minstrel Show
Reminiscent of more mainstream conscious rappers like Common or Mos Def. Album is straight BOSS.
The Language of My World
Caught this guy earlier this year at SXSW while waiting for Immortal Technique, and he absolutely blew me away. No, really...if you dig Alternative Rap like Atmosphere or Aesop Rock, you owe it to yourself to grab this album next. Like RIGHT NOW.
Amongst The Madness
Laid-back hip-hop...jazzy, but not quite as jazzy as #1. Good stuff to listen to or to chill to.
Definitely one of the most unique hip-hop albums I've ever heard, DJ Nomak samples traditional songs from his homeland of Japan and makes beats out of them. Half of the album is instrumental, half of it has rapping...ALL of it is beautiful.
|You guys really need to check out at least a few of these, especially if you don't think there's anything good about hip-hop (and hopefully, there aren't too many people like that here on Sputnik).|
|Good list. Finally, someone who knows what's up!|
|Hahaha, thanks, Armpit :-P|
|wheres living colour|
No Bird Sing - Devil Trombones
MF Grimm - Gingy
Eyedea and Abilities - By The Throat
Glue - Winners Never Sleep
|FadeToBlack - I think it runs late-night on BET nowadays...:-P|
Armpit - Thanks, guy! I'm familiar with E&A, and have heard of of MF Grimm (because of his work with MF Doom), but the others...not so much. You listen to Astronautalis?
|Nah, never heard of it. |
Astronautalis - 'Pomegranate'
(He's an alternative rapper, to let you know).
|I'll be honest, I didn't like it. At least it's different, though.|
|All I've heard is 5, which I didn't like. I've been meaning to check out 3 for a while now thanks for reminding. Might look into some of the other stuff.|
|I heard 1, didn't like it|
|NAS, or Wu Tang|
|Awesome list as usual Masochist. Keep em comin'. I'll make sure to check some of these out. |
|Nice list. Really like 8, probably gonna check out the others today.|