Just thought we’d share 10 albums that you may not know. Too often people say there is no good Hip-Hop released anymore and the truth is, there’s lots of it. It’s just there’s a lot of bad and there’s some that makes you want to rip your ears off in disgust.
There are many albums we could have posted and these don’t necessarily represent the best 10 albums you haven’t heard but they’re there or thereabouts. We haven’t posted any CunninLynguists albums for example, cause they’ve done several and they’re starting to get well known as is the case with a few other artists. We’ve tried to find a balance that to be fair will won’t work for everyone but that’s life! If you’ve paid much attention to what we post on Facebook/Twitter/G+ then you’ve probably heard a few of these before anyway.
There’s no real science to this list, it’s just 10 dope albums! Not going to go into too much depth on each album, just posting a video of one of our favourite joints from each album with a brief explanation. Hope you like them!
Kenn Starr – Starr Status
Kenn has a rather unique, laid back style. It works perfectly on this album which is mostly produced by M-Phazes & Kev Brown. Kenn, if you’re reading this, the people need more!!
Blue Scholars – Bayani
This bangs all the way through. The production sounds a bit computer generated at times but it works very well and when the live instruments get thrown in, it sounds amazing. Blue Scholars are very unique and certainly one of my modern day favourites.
Iomos Marad – Deep Rooted
Hoping to hear more from Iomos soon. This album is about 10 years old now and is criminally slept on. Iomos is very proud of his roots and the realness he portrays. Really is an album for the old school heads.
Yamin Semali – Yamin
Producer & emcee Yamin is starting to make some moves and this album showcases his talent perfectly. A very conscious emcee and a guy who is passionate about his surroundings and subject matter. One of 2013’s best albums and the fact it’s still on my iPod is testament to that.
Prefuse 73 – One Word Extinguisher
Where to start with this album? I’d have to call it experimental Trip-Hop. Sometimes Prefuse 73’s music doesn’t really do it for me as it’s a bit too experimental. I don’t know if he had a good stash of some exceptional weed when making this but he really did find his creative genius. Different is an understatement but it’s so very good.
Micall Parknsun – First Second Time Around
Definitely couldn’t do a list without including our homie Mr Parknsun. To be fair, we could have included his recent album “Me, Myself & Akai” but this one just swings it cause of the track we’ve posted. Parky is a real head who loves the old school and works hard to give himself a career in Hip-Hop. Dope beats, dope rhymes, a must purchase.
Shad – TSOL
Nearly didn’t include this as this album has done well. However, I think a lot of people have over looked it. I expect true greatness from Shad in future years. I think he has the potential to be known amongst the greats. This album showcases his talent and the diversity of his music as well.
Oddisee – Rock Creek Park
Another artist that is making some serious moves. Mostly instrumental but this highlights Oddisee’s immense production talents. Not even sure you can class all of it as Hip-Hop but regardless, it’s dope!
The Procussions – 5 Sparrows For 2 Cents
I have a lot of time for The Procussions. They tackle subjects like Autism & child abuse amongst others that you don’t too often hear in the Hip-Hop world. All of their releases have been good but this one just pips it, it’s strong from front to back and has some real bangers.
SoulStice – Dead Letter Perfect
Was quite difficult to decide which SoulStice album to include. They all come with super nice production which SoulStice compliments perfectly. Another emcee which tackles subjects that aren’t always covered in the Hip-Hop world like mixed race marriage. A very intelligent guy too, for the brainiacs out there!