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|Jash Does: Rap|
Since coming back I've noticed a lot more users here are into rap/hip-hop, so I wanted to make a list with some under-the-radar classics as well as modern releases I feel are essentials or need more exposure.
The Sanity Annex
These sprawling, hypnotic beats are a perfect backdrop for the gentle stream of consciousness flows that glide above. One of the late 90's most overlooked albums.
Fun and funky, if you love 90s's era hip-hop and haven't heard this get amongst it now!
|3||People Under the Stairs|
The product of commercial pressure, world travels, and deep crate digging paved the way for one of the 2000's greatest albums.
Death My Irony Surpasses All Others
Noto's self-reflective and retrospective rhymes are paired perfectly with his own production compiled of nostalgic samples, all of which are woven together by brief interludes and field recordings to produce an incredibly smooth listen.
|5||Lord Jah-Monte Ogbon|
I exactly can't put my finger on what draws me to this release so much, but it's been in constant rotation since it dropped. Ogbon's rapping is just as infectious as Navy Blue's production.
This one is for anyone who got down with Saba's "Care For Me", his latest EP was fire too so I'm really looking forward to the next LP.
Wiki's impeccable storytelling and confident flow are paired with great production, as well as some fantastic features, all coming together to stand as one of the better albums of 2019.
Elephant In The Room
Mick has an ear for a good hook and good beats. With his ability to write flows as catchy as his hooks, this record is not one to overlook.
|9||Roc Marciano and The Alchemist|
The Elephant Man's Bones
When two veterans collide. Uncle Al and Marciano weave together to create an absolute standout in both their already impeccable discography's.
A Martyr's Reward
An incredibly overlooked OG of the NY scene, though that's probably exactly what he wants. The lyricism and beats are top-notch, a good starting point for anyone wanting to dive further into his work.
|11||Dr. Yen Lo|
Days With Dr. Yen Lo
Ka once again flexes his lyrical prowess, but this time over an album of beats produced by Preservation (who produced last year's incredible Billy Woods album 'Aethiopes').
Song of Sage: Post Panic
The skater turned rapper/producer comes into his own on this record. The lyrics and flows here are more mature than his previous effort, but his finesse as a producer really starts to shine on this release, showing why multiple rappers have asked him to produce for them since.
Fly Anakin's nasally and infectious flow is paired perfectly with smooth production. Any fans of the '90s sound looking for a modern twist can land here.
After a detour to his more punk side, Pink Siifu returns to his rapping routes and flexes all his different flows over a varied collection of beats, all while maintaining a confident swagger that makes his detour to punk make perfect sense.
Billy Woods has been an underground New York staple for two decades now, and when he's not curating forward-thinking releases on his label Backwoodz Studioz he's continuing to showcase his incredible ability to weave narratives over whatever beat is beneath him. This isn't my favourite release by him, nor his most impressive, but the fact that he followed up the near-perfect Aethiopes with this in the same year is a real testament to how talented he really is.
|16||Moor Mother and Billy Woods|
The incredible chemistry of Billy Woods and Moor Mother's off-kilter storytelling is taken on a beautifully chaotic journey from the avant-garde production.
I Told Bessie
Elucid has been a solid companion to Billy Woods in Armand Hammer for some time now, but with "I Told Bessie" he finally comes into his own as a solo artist. His wayward flow is paired perfectly with every production choice, and more importantly, he sounds more focused and direct than ever.
This is the album where Billy Woods and Elucid's project fully realized their potential. The production is as jarring as their fervorous delivery.
So The Flies Don't Come
Lyrical gymnastics, cultural references, and innuendos, all done with an incredibly smooth flow over immaculate production.
purple moonlight pages
The second coming of Milo, with production from a backing band consisting of two iconic LA producers Mr. Carmack and Kenny Segal, alongside LA bassist Mike Parvizi. Rory sounds as ferocious as ever sliding in between each musical note with grace.
|21||Kenny Segal, Serengeti|
Two underground hip-hop greats join to create a masterclass of vibe and storytelling. Serengeti's storytelling is soundtracked perfectly by Segal's ever-evolving beats.
Pray for Paris
Westside Gunn is (in my opinion) the most important player in rap right now. His own output is incredibly consistent, and his curation as an executive producer, label owner, and fashion designer is next to none in the scene. As solid as all his records are, there's something about Pray For Paris that just sticks out to me, and I would say it's must listen for any modern rap fan.
Pray For Haiti
This a perfect example of Westside Gunn's impressive vision for curation. A previously tired-sounding Mach-Hommy is born again and drop's by far the most impressive album of his career, the run off which produced the almost equally as good Balens Cho (Hot Candle's).
THE LIZ 2
Griselda's first lady, Armani raps with ferocity over another perfectly curated album from Westside Gunn, further proving herself as more than the sum of her previous endeavors.
KISS THE RING
One of the best new exports from NY, Rome Streetz casually murders every beat on this album and leaves you wanting more.
|Hey Sputnik, i'm back|
Now somebody feature this simply because I had a list of 100 albums but it didn't post so I did this shorter version instead
|Sweet list. Only heard people under the stairs. Will need to check this!!|
|I'll check some of these, cheers for making this list|
|v nice. Pray for Paris/Haiti duo is unstoppable. def checking some of these I haven't heard|
|1 looks cool, shame it’s not on Spotify |
|listen to suga free|
|Just threw on Smell My Finger and it rules so far, thanks for the red|
Mirror mirror on the wall am I feeling like ahhhhhhhh
|This looks like a great list. A few I've heard but most of it would be new to me. A great excuse to do another hip hop deep dive, it's been way too long.|
|Side note, hit me with your own rec’s peeps!|
|commenting so i can remember to listen to the ones i havent heard|
|@drifter I listened to Suga Free’s “Smell My Finger” for hours while helping my newly divorced homie move into his apartment today, honestly the perfect soundtrack for it|
|Storm In A Teacup|
|Looks like a fun list maybe|
|I know I chose Mach-Hommy’s Pray For Haiti for this list, but his best two songs come from Balens Cho (Wooden Nickels/Self Luh)|
|smell my finger fucking rips good choice |
|Looking forward to going over the rest of his stuff|
|smell my finger is his magnum opus in my eyes. his debut is his "classic" but all his albums are awesome. |
|Drifter the only one out here giving rec’s to me, let’s go squad I know more of y’all have something to input. Also anyone who’s checked anything from this list out give your opinions, would love to hear them|
|Where should I start? I’ve seen his name around for ages and remember not digging what I heard years ago but I haven’t given him a proper chance|
|One hip hop record I'd absolute recommend is InI - Center of Attention|
|Thanks, added to my list |
|@jash finally rich and back from the dead. then if youre ready almighy so |
|Aye aye on the list |
|Listened to 25 a couple of days ago. Incredible.|
|Yeah man it’s continues to grow on me more even now |
|bizzy bone - alpha and omega|
|Thanks for another rec, enjoyed your first so i’m looking forward to this one |
|25 is definitely an album on this list|
|Real good |
|@jash it’s a masterpiece. not his most accessible but it’s incredible. never heard a rapper more hungry than on that album |
|Peep $ilkmoney's discog|
Check out Kenny Mason, Smino, Robb Banks, & Keef too while you're at it. All 4 dropped amazing albums recently and not a single one of em has a review on here.
|Been meaning to check $ilkmoney since I saw Elucid repping his newest album, and I’ve defs seen Kenny Mason’s name around a bunch so I’ll grab that too. Robb Banks is such a throw back, I remember listening to “Fine$t” on repeat back in the day, I’ll check his new stuff out for sure. |
Put on that Noto album for probably the 300th time today, and then I checked, I’m still the only one on here with a ratings… y’all need to get on that so we can chat about it
|Lord Jah-Monte Ogbon has a new album dropping tomorrow night, for those of you who have peeped his last, get hyped. For those who haven’t, now is the perfect time to get acquainted |
|O.S.T is a top top top album|
|Agreed, Acid Rain Drops is a top tier tune|
|Navy Blue, Lord Jah-Monte Ogbon, and Mach-Hommy have all dropped new projects recently, get amongst it everyone! Also, talked to Noto recently and he’s dropping a new album this year which he called “my XXX/History Will Absolve Me to celebrate my 30th birthday”, which has me way too excited, so get on his debut in prep for that |