Thats the problem the list I have is pretty bare in the past few years. Which is part of the reason why I decided to make this a wider thread about what people consider to be the best, or most important albums of the last 17 years.
But anyway in answer to your question:
Hip Hop artists I really like and are among my favorite of any genre:
The Beastie Boys
M.I.A (Only her early stuff though could give or take her last few albums)
A Tribe Called Quest
Other Hip Hop Artists I like:
K’naan (Okay maybe not musically the most interesting but I love the internationalist perspective. Fan of his first album and the following live one)
De La Soul
Some slightly cringey political uk hip-hop
Artists Ive listened to a fair bit but never really clicked:
Madvillain - Found it boring
Run The Jewels - The lyrics put me off
I think I like either relaxing music with interesting, conscious or story related lyrics. Or energetic empowering danceable stuff. I also like stuff that is a bit idiosyncratic.