Looking to discover some socially-conscious, ear-catching hip-hop music outside of all the nonsensicalness in the charts? Then check out the following albums that I’ve been avidly listening to recently.
According to Wikipedia, DL Incognito ranks among the few Canadian hip-hop artists to release four full-length albums. I literally only just discovered this guy yesterday, and I’m really liking his sound. Very uplifting.
Despite being overshadowed by his label partner and founder, Immortal Technique, on the song below, Diabolic is no doubt a very talented up-and-coming emcee. His debut album Liar and a Thief was released last month and is causing a huge stir on the underground scene. Hard beats and heard rhymes, already a contender for one of the best hip-hop albums of 2010.
Punch-line lyrcism atop of some really grimy production. Turn it up.
The first ever Atmosphere album I bought was 2003’s Seven’s Travels, and to this day I can’t seem to enjoy the album no matter how many times I attempt to listen to it. Still, I remained optimistic about the talents of the group — consisting of rapper Slug and DJ/producer Ant — and copped this album, which I’ve been pretty much addicted to listening to for three to four months now. Just brilliant.
Debates about the Brother Ali’s ethnicity will go on, but if you’re more concerned with good, thought-provocative political hip-hop then I suggest checking out The Undisputed Truth, arguably the rapper’s most accomplished album. Essential listening.