Hip-hop that isn’t bullshit.

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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.


March 4, 2012 at 6:33 pm
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Anonymous (2,653) (@) 5 years, 9 months ago ago

Wu-tang clan ain’t nuttin to fuck with!

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Frederick (5) (@comanche) 5 years, 9 months ago ago

Anything by nujabes is just awesome :)

Jay electronica is pretty good too:

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1.61803399 (246) (@drunkmonkmeth) 5 years, 9 months ago ago

kendrick lamar

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vishnu (1,235) (@vizznou) 5 years, 9 months ago ago

oh man, @frederick, know this anime called samurai champaloo??? nujabes and shing02 – battle cry is the title music!

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SumtinProphetic (4,923) (@sumtinprophetic) 5 years, 9 months ago ago

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)

“Making Progress” – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tnJ0PpdP9MM
“Deception” – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1A0BmbiM53Q

“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

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Anonymous (13) (@) 5 years, 9 months ago ago

For newer hip hop I would say listen to Chiddy Bang they have some good songs.
Theirs also an upcoming rapper here in Oklahoma named Jabee. He has some good stuff. you might try his new album Lucky Me… I listened to it and thought it was pretty dope.

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t-rav (25) (@travis) 5 years, 9 months ago ago

My favorites…
Mr. Lif
Blue Scholars
Sweatshop Union

Excellent labels…
Fake Four

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Mike Wuest (509) (@mikeyw829) 5 years, 9 months ago ago

Aesop Rock, Atmosphere

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Frederick (5) (@comanche) 5 years, 9 months ago ago

@vishnu I do know about it, actually I discovered because of Nujabes :P

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Anonymous (2) (@) 5 years, 9 months ago ago

Aesop Rock, Atmosphere, Murs, The Roots, Sage Francis, Dilated Peoples

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Anonymous (3) (@) 5 years, 9 months ago ago

maaaan, i totally dig aesop rock. completely support that notion.

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Mike Wuest (509) (@mikeyw829) 5 years, 9 months ago ago

He’s got some heavy lyrics

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Eric (1,818)M (@blankey) 5 years, 9 months ago ago

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.

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Anonymous (0) (@) 5 years, 9 months ago ago

Gang Starr- Above the clouds

MF DOOM- Accordion

Blakrock, Busdriver, Eyedea and Abilities, Immortal Technique, Jedi Mind Tricks, Quasimoto

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Anonymous (0) (@) 5 years, 9 months ago ago

Indie rock meets hiphop

Why?- By Torpedo or Crohn’s

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Givan (13) (@liammcfeely) 5 years ago ago


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GrandLotus (126) (@grandlotus) 5 years ago ago

Common with J-Dilla and D’angelo- so far to go http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AdZK0HeYkwM&list=PLF9B1BCA6D734B20B&index=10
anything Atmosphere
Cant forget Eyedea!!

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Anonymous (512) (@) 5 years ago ago

This is the last hip-hop list you’ll ever come across. There’ll be no need to confer with other lists. (I’m teasing, but yeah.)

Ab-Soul, OC, Big K.R.I.T., Big L, Big Pun, Blue & Exile, Blue Scholars, Brother Ali, Chuuwee, Clear Soul Forces, CunninLynguists, Cyne, Dizzy Wright, Eligh, Elzhi, Fashawn, Ces Cru, Grieves, Immortal Technique, Input, Jedi Mind Tricks, Joey Bada$$, Kendrick Lamar, Kno, Knowmads, Logic, Macklemore, MaLLy, Oddisee, QuESt, Sadistik, Sapient, Scarub, Sol, Tech N9ne, TreaZon, Uno Hype, XV, Zumbi


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Anonymous (40) (@) 5 years ago ago


Glad to see Sage in the OP

B. Dolan and Scroobius Pip are also worth checking out. They’re both on StrangeFamousRecords as well with Sage Francis.

Also B. Dolan hates Justin Timberlake.

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EEL (5,363) (@mindlessfreak30) 5 years ago ago

Been into Macklemore lately…and if you’ve only heard thrift shop you’re probably like…why the hell am I posting him here? But he has a lot of other songs that are pretty deep and meaningful.

Inhale Deep-

I actually posted one of his videos here on HE a couple days ago.


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Anonymous (7) (@) 5 years ago ago

Ab-Soul !!!

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Anonymous (7) (@) 5 years ago ago

Macklemore’s old shit was pretty nice as well.

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FindYourGreatness (344)C (@jpete011) 5 years ago ago

Check out my friend, who I’ve been a fan of for 5 years now, who has a truly original hip hop sound. His name’s Kidd Upstairs. Listen to his music for free:

I also did an exclusive interview with him here, if you’re interested:

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ned (1) (@neddatehrany) 5 years ago ago

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

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icecream666 (29) (@icecream666) 5 years ago ago

pharoahe monch

Talib kweli I remember buying this lp the day it came out when cd’s were still a thing

Dialated peoples

Devin the dude haha i love this song dude is so creative

action bronson


scarface (the real king of the south sorry t.i.)

ras kas

and for the sake of hiphop one of the best beefs


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