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Underground Hip Hop

Posted: Wed Dec 01, 2004 1:00 pm
by thinsafetypin
hey everybody - i apologize if i'm retreading old ground here. i did a search and didn't immediately see anything but was too lazy to really look around. what i'm hoping this thread will be is a place for us who aren't exactly on top of the hip hop game to get suggestions from each other of new artists to check out. i found out about solo through the "golden age" thread and thought it would be cool to have a thread devoted to turning each other on to great new things.

my contribution is a guy i ran across the other day named listener. you can find some free songs at his purevolume site (, and can buy more through the iTunes music store. (click here: ... Id=3878690)

anybody else?

Posted: Wed Dec 01, 2004 1:41 pm
by Jake
You know you can edit your posts, right? Well, you can.

Posted: Wed Dec 01, 2004 1:49 pm
by thinsafetypin
i SWEAR that edit button wasn't there a minute ago.

*runs away flushed with tail between legs*

Posted: Wed Dec 01, 2004 3:12 pm
by Proptronics
A lot of my lunch money has been devoted to this lately...

Things that I've totally dug:

Madvillain - Madvillainy (think De la Soul if the only newsource they had was comic books)

Mike Ladd - Welcome To The After Future (psych'd out with smart rhymes)

Jaylib - Champion Sound (part dub, part P Diddy, all funky)

Subtle - A New White (the guy from cLOUDDEAD gets all orchestrated with a live band)

Prince Po - The Slickness (old school raps with progressive production)

Posted: Thu Dec 02, 2004 12:31 am
by Tom4
Whenever you're talking Underground Hip Hop, you have to check out:

Talib Kweli and Mos Def - Black Star
Mos Def - Black on Both Sides
Madvillain - Madvillainy
MF Doom - Mm...Food
Common - Like Water for Chocolate
Blackalicious - Blazing Arrow
RJD2 - Deadringer
Prefuse 73 - One Word Extinguisher
Aesop Rock - Labor Days

Posted: Thu Dec 02, 2004 10:59 am
by explosionsinthesky
I'm all about Madvillan, Prince Po and Aesop Rock. Other good undyground hippity hoppity includes Cannibal Ox, C-Rayz Walz, Murs, Atmosphere, Eyedea and Abilities, Brother Ali, Dead Prez, and many many more I can't think of now. If you haven't heard any of the afor mentioned go check them out now, you will be doing yourself a favor.

Posted: Thu Dec 02, 2004 1:07 pm
by Proptronics
Three out of three can't be wrong... we all listed Madvillain. Tight!

Posted: Thu Dec 02, 2004 2:38 pm
by steve-o
I second Prefuse 73. Also, Dizzee Rascal should be mentioned. And in the last thread someone mentioned Alchemist, his work with Jurassic 5 and Dilated Peoples are definitely worth checking out.

Posted: Thu Dec 02, 2004 7:05 pm
by Proptronics
I think I'm the only one who hates Dizzee Rascal. Man, though, I hate him. His music makes think of what an epileptic seizure must feel like.

Posted: Thu Dec 02, 2004 7:52 pm
by Tom4
Prop, I only recently began to enjoy Dizzee. I was in your exact shoes until about 3 months ago.