Hip-hop that isn’t bullshit.
It’s rough to find legitimately good acts these days, so post your favorites, and please no Lil Wayne, Wiz Khalifa or any of that shit.
P.O.S. – Optimist
This song is almost impossible to be angry listening to. Smooth and well thought out lyrics.
Sage Francis – Slow down Gandhi
Politically charged, easy to understand but motivating nonetheless, anti-war hip-hop at its best.
Death Grips – Guillotine
Now what can I possibly say about death grips… this is REALLY hard to get into but completely worth it. If I had to analogize it, I’d probably call this stuff audible PCP. A little bit frightening, a lot rough around the edges, but god damn it knocks you the fuck over and out, and you’ll find yourself saying "Itgoesitgoesitgoesitgoesitgoes" to yourself for some undecipherable reason. Give it a chance and listen past the (initially) rough vocals and you’ll get one of the most original and insightful hip-hop acts to come about in a long fucking time. I can’t say enough about Death Grips. This shit is raw.
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If you guys ever listen to me, listen to me now and buy this album: http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/the-knewbook/id507609474 or off bandcamp: http://knowmadfam.bandcamp.com/album/the-knewbook
It was supposed to be released today but came out last night for the east coasters. I suggest you buy this album, smoke a bowl, put on some headphones, and play it through, listening to every word.
ps. don’t torrent it because it deserves the 10 bucks.
This is AWESOME!!! I’m so happy to see that there are people who are jazzed about REAL hip-hop!
This song has fed me inspiration day after days since I first heard it. I know hes a “big name” but this dude has soul and knows what inspirational, sophisticated hip-hop is all about
Sometimes – Ceelo Green
Awe shit, bout time there was a good hip hop thread. Australia is where it’s happening
Chase That Feeling: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uq8PyyMbrYQ
I Love It: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hpz__0-DnSQ
Bliss n Eso:
Moses Twist: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Fx_d7CNAaI
North Star: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lYfZ4TJk1pc
Hot Right Now: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GdJTqXLjLj8
Talib kweli I remember buying this lp the day it came out when cd’s were still a thing
Devin the dude haha i love this song dude is so creative
scarface (the real king of the south sorry t.i.)
and for the sake of hiphop one of the best beefs
I’m pretty shocked nobody has mentioned Lupe Fiasco yet. Food & Liquor + The Cool = two of the best alternative hip hop albums you’ll ever hear. Recently he has been a bit devoid of passion, but when he came onto the scene he was so fricking dope.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OiNcuqxzucY – this is Put You On Game, from his 2nd album, The Cool. He is rapping from the perspective of the devil looking at humanity. Deep. If you like this then go and grab the two albums I mentioned up there.
Blackalicious has a positive message (first two songs) and is probably the toughest rapper to match styles with. His lyrical abilities are unlike any rapper/hip-hop artist I’ve heard (next 4 songs)
“Rock the spot” – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7nZhGxZU6m4
“Aural Pleasure” – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sJoffeDqv9c
“Reanimation” – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ylhNHqYowCM
“Blazing Arrow” – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FdrossKXGb4
Arguably my favorite rapper – MOS DEF
“Miss Fat Booty” – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B-y-lS0YqF0
“Speed Law” – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B-y-lS0YqF0
“Mathematics” – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m5vw4ajnWGA
“Habitat” – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BXdOF3GvI7k
I have a lot more hip-hop/rap artists to recommend – If you like waht I’ve shared so far, please ask for more..
Also, plesae ask for more Blackalicios/Mos Def if you want more recommendations as well
Another artist I’m fond of is Akala – he’s a UK conscious rapper, again, he is lyrically magnificent and sending out good messages.
There are two tracks I would recommend of his:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sEOKgjoxoto <- Fire in the Booth pt 1 – there is a radio show in england where mcs come and basically freestyle over a beat. This is Akala's attempt and it's fuckin jaw dropping.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0r01LUHG5Zo <-Find No Enemy. Probably my favourite hip hop track of all time. If youre browsing High Existence, then you NEED to hear this.