Hip-Hop Rotational Play

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.

DL Incognito — A Sample and a Drum Machine

DL Incognito — Organic Music for a Digital World

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.

Diabolic — Liar and a Thief

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.

Vakill — The Darkest Cloud

Punch-line lyrcism atop of some really grimy production. Turn it up.

Atmosphere — When Life Gives You Lemons, You Paint That Shit Gold

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.

Brother Ali — The Undisputed Truth

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.


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