best underground hip hop

Blueprint - So Alive

So Alive is my favorite song off of Blueprint’s outstanding 2011 album Adventures In Counter Culture.  I saw him perform pretty much the whole album live last year on 4/20.  It was quite a show.  Blueprint randomly had a guitarist playing with him that must’ve been 6’6” and 300 lbs and had extremely long hippy hair, which made for an amusing hip-hop combo.  Not to mention DJ Abilities was on the scratch…some truly sick shit.  ————————————————————————— 

My Song Rating: 9.4 out of 10

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Asher Roth - The World Is Not Enough

Asher Roth has unarguably become one of the most consistent hip-hop artists in the game. Everything he’s released within the last couple years is absolutely phenomenal; however, his fame has unfortunately dwindled due to his firm stance on only making music with substance and avoiding making another watered down song like I Love College. His fan base would be much much bigger if he went the sellout rout and only rapped about simplistic concepts over poppy beats, such as how much weed he smokes and how hard he balls. He’s no cookie cutter rapper. He a unique entity in hip-hop with many intelligent things to say to the world, and for this I have the utmost respect for him.

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My Song Rating: 9.5 out of 10

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Atmosphere - Always Coming Back Home To You

When it comes to songs about home towns, Always Coming Back Home To You is hands down my favorite one. Slug has a way with words. He’s definitely one of the best hip-hop lyricists of all time.

“Mosey down the road thinkin’ bout the old. I use to roam this zone with two feet of snow. Right here, this use to be a record shop. I’ve gotten love, I’ve gotten drunk, I’ve gotten beat up in that parking lot. I’ve had my lake street pride for three decades. These alleyways, and these streetlights have seen my best days.”

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My Song Rating: 10 out of 10

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Deltron 3030 - Madness

Deltron 3030 is the hip-hop collaborative consisting of DJ Kid Koala, producer Dan The Automator, and Del the Funky Homosapien (if you couldn’t already tell by his extremely unique voice and flow). Having two skilled people behind the production of the instrumentals for every song on their 2000 self titled album Deltron 3030 makes for some very epic beats.  After 12 long years, they’re finally releasing their second collab album Deltron Event II.  It’s supposed to drop sometime this fall.  I’m hoping it’ll be just as good, if not better than their first album.

“I’m glad I love music and life, cuz it’s easy to see the pain and strife, and end it all tonight.”

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My Song Rating: 8.4 out of 10

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Mac Miller - Of The Soul (Remix) (ft. Posdnous & Raekwon)

I really liked the original version of Of The Soul, but it’s blatantly obvious that this remix is a hell of a lot better thanks to the Wu-Tang and De La Soul features (they absolutely kill it). Surprisingly Mac still holds his own amongst the two legends…mostly because the verse he spits is one of his all time best.

I feel Mac Miller’s biggest problem is his versatility, since a lot of his songs seem to just drone on with the same standard Mac Miller flow and subject matter, and adding solid variation to his music in any way inevitably improves his works. So when this variation comes in the form of two outstanding features, some truly great hip-hop is produced. He needs to start doing this much more often.

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My Song Rating: 9.9 out of 10

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Macklemore & Ryan Lewis - Wings

This is hands down one of the best hip-hop music videos ever.  The song was already outstanding, but the video paints a beautifully vivid and profound story words alone could not achieve.  I only wish their were more hip-hop songs like this…hip-hop with an intelligent message that is depicted through personal experiences.

Amazing poetry emotionally spit over a ridiculous beat…there’s truly nothing like it.

If you’ve never heard of Macklemore before, you should definitely check out his other outstanding works, such as Otherside & Church (ft. Geologic).

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My Music Video Rating: 10 out of 10

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My Song Rating: 9.8 out of 10

Common - The Believer (ft. John Legend)

Wow, all of a sudden I have VERY high expectations for his new album The Dreamer/The Believer (dropping December 20). I can tell Common is definitely striving to make this a true piece of collective art…which is appropriate considering how average his last album was. I already really enjoyed Common’s first single Ghetto Dreams, but I like this one even more. I have a feeling this will be a very diverse album. Can’t wait to get it!

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My Song Rating: 9.7 out of 10

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MF DOOM - Hoe Cakes (Jake One Remix)

Jake One has had many successful colaberations.  My favrorite song he’s ever done though is this remix.  The orignal was already really great, but Jake One turned it into something truly amazing.  I’ve played this at a lot of the parties I’ve hosted.  If all of your friends are MF DOOM fans it’s an extremely effective song to set the mood.  The original version of Hoe Cakes is off of MF DOOM’s outstanding album MM.. Food, and this remix is off of the corresponding remix album MM.. Leftovers.

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My Song Rating: 9.9 out of 10

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