2020 Rolling Hip-Hop Thread

current stuff or in general? this from this year

and this from a couple of years ago might be up your street

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any stuff!

Should have added, more current stuff I love Little Simz, Frank Ocean and Noname

It really is worth going through the recommendations in this thread. The best thread on these boards by some distance.


We try!

+1 for RAP Ferreira.

I like this too…

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wow, big words, have you read the HGWIR: Friends thread?

Will have a read, definitely


some classics based off your taste: (best album name in brackets)

Aceyalone - (All Balls Don’t Bounce)

Camp Lo (Uptown Saturday Night) (this is a god tier rap song imo)

Digable Planets (Reachin’ A New Refutation of Space & Time)

Monie Love (loosely from Native Tongues alongside Tribe & De La) (Down to Earth)

Freestyle Fellowship (Innercity Griots)

not based off your list but you need to love Wu-Tang and all the solo classics (36 Chambers / Only Built 4 Cuban Linx / Supreme Clientele to start)

This thread is good:

and this is the list of picks - if you work your way through all of these you’ll have pretty decent rap knowledge and a strong idea of what you do and don’t like:

The Pharcyde – Bizarre Ride II the Pharcyde
KRS-One — Return of the Boom Bap
Cam’ron — Purple Haze
Digable Planets – Blowout Comb
The Roots — The Tipping Point
T.I. — King
Mobb Deep - Hell on Earth
UGK - Ridin’ Dirty
Little Brother - The Listening
Ice Cube – Death Certificate
Big L - Harlem’s Finest: A Freestyle History Vol. 1 & 2
Missy Elliott- Supa Dupa Fly
Black Moon - Enta Da Stage
Raekwon — Only Built 4 Cuban Linx…
Killer Mike - I Pledge Allegiance To The Grind II
2pac – Me Against the World
Redman – Whut? Thee Album
Quasimito – The Unseen
Masta Ace Incorporated - SlaughtaHouse
A Tribe Called Quest – Midnight Marauders
Juvenile – 400 Degreez
Prince Paul - A Prince Among Thieves


oh my goodness, thanks so much nav!

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been keeping a playlist of this years finest (1 track per album max because there is no fun without arbitrary limits) if that is the kind of thing you’re into


it is, thanks!

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need to start the HHLC back up again imo


Also would personally add to that list J Dilla- Donuts, which is good for getting into hip hop as it is just instrumental so no lyrics to get hung up on. Also it’s some of the best 45 minutes of music ever recorded

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and a few new breed rappers I love.

RAP Ferreira keeps getting mentioned for very good reasons



if you like De La, a lot of their best stuff is found by digging, this is one of my favourite collections of their tracks


if you can’t find a working DL link anywhere I can upload a .zip. the one I downloaded from god knows where has proper sequencing too so it feels like an album not just a list of songs


That’s interesting. I’ve never heard some of that, and would consider myself a fairly big fan (both of De La and BM). Will give it a go.

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Uploaded it because a lot of this is nowhere to be found online somehow. it’s sometimes my favourite De La ‘album’

been listening to Camp Lo nonstop after this thread jogged my memory, never get tired of that dense slang deep lyricism. no-one’s ever quite stepped into this lane since

Lo keeps the party live,
the 80 proof is leaking, got me screeching - Jersey Drive
We’re screaming ‘cause we’re villains and our caliber is “bring it”
I’m laying in the purple rain until I see some action.
We’re moving motionless, continuous, and that’s what’s happening

Got the bubbly pouring through me in Cleopatra’s casino
Sweep back in Coolie High, jacking jitterbugs and little sunshine
Dolemites outta sight, anti-hottest cats in the city
On the money, taking the Tri-State under saucy vine
Billy Holidaying the Foxy Browns with my Harlequins
The penny, he repelling
Reflecting crystals, it’s Hollywood


I remember that being posted on Philaflava years ago. Actually, does anyone remember when De La Soul shared their whole discography a few years back? So badly done - their management basically posted a load of Dropbox links, all on a free account so they stopped working after a few minutes. And when you looked at the track info in iTunes, you could see that they had just used rips of things like Clear Lake Auditorium that they’d found on blogs and forums like Philaflava. Shame really.


Yup, that was a botch job really. Do feel sorry for the lads. Must be incredibly frustrating to have a life’s work all but erased by the streaming era. Ultimately, the number of people listening to MP3s now would suggest that even if they’d nailed that, it wouldn’t have made much difference in the long term, apart from to get the good quality and properly tagged versions of all the material widely out there.

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whispers I think I quite like NLE Choppa

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Yes. I look at sites like Get On Down and just think about how they would clean up with some reissues on funny coloured vinyl. A real shame.

Awesome, thank you!