Heard someone mentioned Charles Hamilton on this thread. Charles Hamilton has a great voice for hip hop, he can (I think) probably add certain lyrics that would flow better because his voice lets him get away with it that certain rappers wouldn't be able to do. I sorta wish more rappers would put in more practice & work in their vocal performance/vocals.
I've been sorta busy so I haven't been able to check through his list of songs, what songs would you recommend for me to listen to? My 2 fav tracks from him was Brooklyn Girls & Charles Hamilton is Back.
The Weeknd's Balloons trilogy gets an honorable mention (though it's R&B).
A few other lesser-knowns that have released mixtapes or albums recently that I enjoy:
J. Cole (Liked most of his mixtapes better than his album, but it was still solid, hopefully him and Kendrick get around to making their collab album)
ScHoolboy Q (part of Kendrick Lamar's 'crew')
Big K.R.I.T. (new mixtape coming in a couple of weeks)
Cris Cab (not hip hop, more reggae and he can be a bit corny, but I like his style. Great cover of Wiz's Black & Yellow)
And what I'm listening to right now: J. Lately, dropped a new album just today. He isn't well-known, but you can get all his music for free on his bandcamp website in just about any format you want (V0 VBR, 320 MP3s, or FLAC). I'm not affiliated in any way, but this is his best song IMO.
I don't think anyone who thought Hip Hop was dead is looking hard enough. There ought to be a new genre for these Pop/Bubblegum/Suburban/Mainstream rappers to make a clearer distinction for those that don't know any better. There's still real Hip Hop out there and I think people are slowly realizing that. Plus, a lot of the guys I listed above are in their early 20s or younger, the future looks bright IMO. This is actually somewhat true in a lot of different genres too, I have quite an eclectic music selection (or I like to think so ).
Rhyme asylum have some of the bets wordplay i've ever heard eg:
"****** flamethrowers, I throw flames from the naPALM of my hand" " I double crossed christ cos' once wasnt enough" "i rub in salt into bulletholes just to make the slug dissolve" " It ain't a similie when i say i dont like you"
Tech's new EP leaked. Dunno if its available on torrent/download sites yet but I got it early
I always listen to the EPs before buying (always buy his LPs/Collabs) though, and Ill be honest Im not sure if I want to buy this one. I cant get into iMayday!s production. Tech kills it like always though