Complex included him on the "Best New Artists of the Month" list in June 2020. Anthony Fantano of The Needle Drop gave the album "a strong 8 to a light 9", and ranked it at number 11 on his Top Albums Of The Year list, raving over its rapping, production and subject matter.
Ty Farris – No Cosign Just Cocaine 3
This album is a perfect blend of Part 1 & 2. The story telling and introspective songs from #NCJC1 combined with the witty and aggressive bars of #NCJC2. Also check out his release with Bozack titled “Wired Different”
Blimes & Gab - Talk About It
Presenting the dynamic rap duo comprised of Seattle MC Gifted Gab and San Francisco-bred Blimes Brixton. Together they are Blimes and Gab, your badass aunties who secure the B.A.G. Their first single “Come Correct” reached 10M+ views: a hell of a feat for a music video that was released on a wintry Friday night.
Run the Jewels - RTJ4
RTJ4 is the fourth studio by the duo Run the Jewels. It was released digitally through their own Jewel Runners imprint via BMG Rights Management on June 3, 2020, two days earlier than scheduled, with physical editions released in September 2020. As with their previous albums, a download of the album is available for free through their website, with the option of paying for it via other digital providers. The album features guest appearances from Greg Nice, DJ Premier, 2 Chainz, Pharrell Williams, Mavis Staples, Josh Homme, and frequent collaborator Zack de la Rocha.
Third Root – Passion Of The Poets
Third Root returned with their fourth full-length album, Passion of the Poets, produced by Grammy winner Adrian Quesada, nu-cumbia legend El Dusty, and veteran beatsmith Illfudge. With features from Black Pumas, Kam Franklin, Grupo Fantasma, Bavu Blakes, and Mad1ne. The album celebrates the ardor of the musicians and poets who fill the world with inspiration to carry on during this time of action.
Wrecking Crew – Raheem’s Lament
Wrecking Crew is Philadelphia duo Curly Castro and PremRock . Appearances by Wrecking Crew affiliates BLUU Edwards and FreshKils as well as from Hubbs and Backwood Studioz heavy-hitters Armand Hammer certainly add to a great album.
Skyzoo – Milestones
This is a conceptual EP, where each song is a story that holds hands with the ones before and after it, It’s named “Milestones”, after Skyzoo’s son Miles, and also signifying the milestones that fathers reach in life as one grows into fatherhood. This project is solely about growing Up with a dad, being a dad, and the importance of it all. Skyzoo also released The Bluest Note with Dumbo Station earlier in the year. Its worth checking out.
Young Black and Gifted - The Second Coming
Young Black and Gifted consists of producer Kidd Called Quest, and emcee Azariah. Released on June 5 it’s the follow-up to 2013’s “Long Time Coming,” “The Second Coming” projects unfailing self-determination. Another amazing album.July
The Good People x Carta P x Horror City x Quentin Gilmore - The Starting 5ive EP
Saint and Emskee of The Good People team up with Horror City, Carta P, and Quentin Gilmore for a 6-track EP entitled ‘The Starting 5ive.’ You couldn’t ask for a better starting lineup.
Sum-01 - Makin’ Moves
In the Summer of 2019 Sum-01 and DJ Hullewud traveled to Truro, Nova Scotia to record a project with DJ Moves. Spending time learning the turbulent history of Africville and the trials of East-Coast early black settlers, the trip to Nova Scotia inspired Sum-01 to write an East-Coast inspired record. After a few short days of writing and recording, the Makin’ Moves EP was birthed. With DJ Moves cantankerous instrumentation and Sum-01’s calculable flows, the pair demonstrated they could make moves expeditiously.
Apollo Brown & Che' Noir - As God Intended
Buffalo & Detroit are America’s broken dream. They are once thriving cities, now known for frigid temperatures and violent crime. The cities were birthed in a different era, forged in fire, built of cold steel. It follows that the rawest Hip-Hop in recent memory has bled from these two regions. No two artists exemplify this hard truth more than legendary Detroit producer Apollo Brown and Buffalo’s maverick emcee Che’ Noir. The two artists came together to create a sound as natural as calm after the storm. Che’ Noir has a few other releases this year that is a must to check out.
Joey Bada$$ - The Light Pack
Joey Badass is a rapper, singer, songwriter, record producer and actor. A native of Brooklyn, New York, he is a founding member of the hip-hop collective Pro Era, with whom he has released three mixtapes, as well as his numerous solo projects.
Blu & Exile – Miles
2020 marked eight years since Blu & Exile's last full-length album 'Give Me My Flowers While I Can Still Smell Them'. Now in an effort to make up for lost time, the dynamic duo dropped the double album 'Miles: From An Interlude Called Life' ('Miles' for short). Released through Dirty Science Records, the album includes features from Blu‘s childhood friend and now platinum recording artist Miguel, Exile’s childhood friend Aloe Blacc, Dirty Science alum Fashawn, along with several emerging artists like The Last, Artful Dodger, Choosey, Iman Omari, and more!
Young Noble & Deuce Deuce - Watch The Signs
The Outlawz member Young Noble & Concrete Mob member Duece Duece team up once again to bring out another solid project. There are some great features on this album by Faith Ealker, Edi Mean & Aktual.
Daddy-O - G.O.A.T Antidote
Coming off of 2019's critically acclaimed album "From My Hood 2 U," Daddy-O brings another banger with "G.O.A.T. Antidote." The album features twelve tracks of pure boom-bap laced with some of the strongest lyricism of his career and features memorable guest spots from Chuck D, Wise Intelligent, Big Mike, Andre Nickatina, Ruste Juxx, and Indigo Phoenyx. If you love Hip-Hop you'll love this album.
Grand Daddy I.U. - The Essence
Grand Daddy I.U. presents The Essence is an album with an all-star cast of newcomer and veteran emcees. The project features appearances from artists like Sadat X, Ruste Juxx, Craig G, Large Professor, Rah Digga, Lil’ Fame, Bumpy Knuckles, General Steele, D.V. Alias Khrist, and Method Man, to name a few.
Kid Abstrakt – Jazzy Vibes
Kid Abstrakt and Polish beat magician Emapea have teamed up for an intriguing album called Jazzy Vibes, a throwback to ‘90s Golden Era hip-hop updated with a 2020 spin.
Kool Taj the Gr8 - When Iron Sharpens Iron
This album is an organic combination of a veteran hip-hop eMCee and a highly respected beat producer. Both their skills artistically colliding in effort to sharpen one another like two fierce swords in battle.
Ray Swoope - Thou Shalt Not Kill
Ray Swoope is a Chicago wordsmith and self-described "scholar with the knowledge of God, who be on street sh!@". His style of vivid storytelling, as well as his inapt ability to connect with the listener while expressing his view of life's triumphs and tragedies.
Ruste Juxx & Amadeus 360 The Beat King – James Brown Of Tha Underground
This 17-track album has features from Rockness Monsta, Skanks The Rap Martyr & Forever Chosen. A well put together album. There needs to be a part 2. Juxx dropped an album called Sulfuric Acid back in January, which was also very good.
Westside Gunn - Flygod Is an Awesome God 2
If there’s one thing the most prominent members of the Griselda crew (Westside Gunn, Conway the Machine, Benny The Butcher) don’t get enough credit for, it’s their ability to bring the absolute best out of guesting MCs. For Gunn’s Flygod Is an Awesome God 2—which arrived less than three months after his critically acclaimed Pray for Paris—this means scene-stealing performances from Syracuse MC Stove God Cooks (“Jose Canseco,” amongst several appearances), fellow Buffalo native and Griselda signee Armani Caesar (“Lil Cease”), and NYC’s Rome Streetz (“Steve Behr”). The billings on Flygod 2 are indeed a bit lower profile than those on Pray for Paris, but if there’s one thing that doesn’t suffer for it, it is the quality of raps. Gunn himself sets the bar—no pun intended—with wildly imaginative quips about cooking “half a brick in an air fryer” and copping a “mansion and a speedboat” immediately following a jail stint. Additional guests on Flygod 2 include Benny the Butcher, Boldy James, and Keisha Plum, all serving as a reminder that Griselda itself is a family of stars.
Righteous - Be Conscious Of...
July of 2020, Righteous released his new EP ‘Be Conscious Of’ which features Es, G Dot & Born, Edo G, Eddie Kaine, Recognize Ali, Faith Walker & Dominique Gorley with production by Domingo, DJ Corbett, Statik Selektah, and DJ Merciless. The lead single “CMO III” features Craig G of the Iconic Juice Crew along with vocalist Lomel. Stay tuned for more from Righteous!
The Lox - Living Off Xperience
Living Off Xperience is the fourth studio album by American hip hop group The Lox. It was released on August 28, 2020 through D-Block Records and Roc Nation. The album features guest appearances from Benny the Butcher, Clay Dub, DMX, Dyce Payne, Jeremih, Oswin Benjamin, T-Pain and Westside Gunn.
Dave East - Karma 3
Karma 3 was released on August 14, 2020 via Mass Appeal/Def Jam Recordings. Production was handled by several record producers, including AraabMuzik, Mike & Keys, DJ Paul, Dougie On The Beat, G Koop, Jake One, MP808, OGTha3, and SAP. It features guest appearances from Jozzy, A Boogie wit da Hoodie, Benny the Butcher, Bino Rideaux, Doe Boy, Mary J. Blige, Popcaan, Trey Songz, Trouble and Young Dolph.
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Buckwild - Music Is My Religion
Buckwild is a producer from The Bronx borough of New York City. He is a member of Diggin' in the Crates Crew along with Lord Finesse, Showbiz and A.G., Diamond D, Fat Joe, Big L, and O.C. He has produced a number of tracks, including The Notorious B.I.G.'s "I Got a Story to Tell" and Black Rob's "Whoa!". In 2013, he was described by HipHopDX as "one of Hip Hop's most prolific and acclaimed producers". He has been involved in numerous releases/collaborations in 2020 to go along with Music Is My Religion.
Jay Royale - The Baltimore Housing Project
The sophomore full length LP from Jay Royale "The Baltimore Housing Project" with features from Skyzoo, Ransom, Ill Conscious, Termanology amongst others. A solid effort!
Felt - Felt 4 U
Felt 4 U is the fourth studio album by Felt, a duo made up of Murs and Slug. Entirely produced by Ant, it was released by Rhymesayers Entertainment in 2020.
Nam Nitty - Crack Baby
The 12-track album features an élite group of fellow heavy-hitters including Hollywood Peoples, Chop, Voice, Bentley, Scrooge Owens, and MXNXPXLY members John Jigg$, Rockwelz, and M.O.U.F.
Napoleon Da Legend & Giallo Point - Street Universe
Bilingual, Hip-Hop/Afrobeat artist, Napoleon Da Legend transferred his skills on the basketball court to the wax. But wait before that, he had to teach himself English. He kept his ears glued to the radio. He had a few other amazing releases in 2020 such as The Stuff of Legend, Chikara & Dragon Ball G.
Nas - King's Disease
King's Disease is the thirteenth studio album by Nas. It was released on August 21, 2020, through Mass Appeal Records. It succeeds his twelfth studio album, Nasir, released two years prior. The album features guest appearances from Charlie Wilson, Hit-Boy, Big Sean, Don Toliver, Lil Durk, Anderson Paak, Brucie B, Nas's supergroup The Firm, Fivio Foreign, and ASAP Ferg.
Dizhwar - Take Me Back… The Rap Archives
Love the game but hate the politics. Dizhwar has many attributes: Durty Rob, Dizhwar, Eye Be Supreme. Dizhwar takes you back with a solid project. Enjoy some jewels & good music.
Ransom – Directors Cut Scene 3
Ransom and producer Nicholas Craven unleashed an excellent collaboration in 2020 of 10 bangers!
Recognize Ali – Recognition
After releasing Dueling Experts with Mello Music Group and Guerilla Dynasty with Stu Bangas the highly talented mc Recognize Ali comes with his latest offering “Recognition” his third album release of the year 2020 and this one features heavyweights such as Vinnie Paz, Havoc, Ill Bill, Tragedy Khadafi, Ransom, Planet Asia and more.
Cut Beetlez – What Beetlez
Cut Beetlez is a finnish hip hop dj/producer -duo working with dusty vinyl records and armed with a serious but fun-loving attitude towards music and hip-hop culture. HP & J-Man create beats that make you go oooo.
ILL Conscious & Aloeight - The Epic of Gilgamesh
The Baltimore elite emcee teams up with West Coast producer, Aloeight to create a 7-track powerhouse.
Action Bronson - Only For Dolphins
Only for Dolphins, released on September 25, 2020. The cover art was painted by Bronson himself. Bronson described the album as "ANOTHER BRIGHT THREAD WOVEN INTO THE TEXTURE OF THE COSMOS"
Agallah & Sadat X - The Gods Have Arrived
Agallah & Sadat X are in the running for releasing one of the hardest rap joints of 2020 with 'The Gods Have Arrived' an absolute heater packed with unrivaled sh*t-talking from two of NYC’s finest. Lyrics aside, Agallah puts his production prowess on full display with a menacing, hard-bodied bangers made for the streets.
Arrested Development - Don't Fight Your Demons
Legendary. 2 Grammy awards for Best New Artist and Best Rap Single (Tennessee), 2 MTV awards, a Soul Train Music Award, & the NAACP Image Award. Speech & Configa work well together. One of the best albums of the year!
Craig G – The Fragile Ego
Craig G was a top tier freestyle battle rapper, memorably battling Supernatural on several occasions, and in the early 2000s wrote and coordinated the battle verses used by Eminem and his opponents in the film 8 Mile. The next year he wrote the character Dangerous' lyrics in 50 Cent's feature film Get Rich or Die Tryin'. His battle with fellow battle rapper Supernatural was a subject of the 2005 documentary Freestyle: The Art of Rhyme.
In 2008, he was part of a reunited Juice Crew, performing at the A3C Hip Hop Festival in Atlanta, Georgia.
In 2012 he released his fourth solo album Ramblings Of An Angry Old Man. Craig G dropped his fifth LP titled I Rap & Go Home on June 3, 2016. Fragile Ego was released September 4th, 2020
Crimeapple – If I Don’t See You In Paradise
It’s Judgement Day for the competition as Crimeapple sends all rivals to the grave on “If I Don’t See You In Paradise!” Experience the 8-track extravaganza by listening from beginning to end.
Reks – T.H.I.N.G.S.
On his twelfth studio LP in nearly 20 years, Reks sounds just as hungry and passionate on T.H.I.N.G.S. (The Hunger Inside Never Gets Satisfied) as he did when Along Came The Chosen dropped back in 2001. Perhaps even more so. There seems to be a fire that gets lit under the Lawrence, MA native whenever he begins crafting a new album.
eLZHi – Seven Times Down Eight Times Up
This 12-track LP is a collage of memories and metaphors layered atop beats crafted by up-and-coming producer JR Swiftz. With collabs from Detroit artists, Monica Blaire and Fes Rock on two of the albums stand-out tracks, Elzhi’s new masterpiece showcases his ability to create meaningful concepts while Detroit’s own comedian and “Real Hip Hop Advocate” Foolish provides commentary throughout the album.
Nappy Roots – 40RTY
Nappy Roots is an American alternative Southern rap quartet from Louisville, Kentucky. The group met in Bowling Green, Kentucky in 1995 while attending Western Kentucky University. They are best known for their hit singles "Po' Folks", "Awnaw", "Roun' The Globe" and "Good Day". They were the best-selling hip-hop group of 2002. The group consists of Milledgeville, Georgia native Fish Scales and Kentucky natives Skinny DeVille, B. Stille and Ron Clutch.
Es & Pandamonium - The Connected EP
“The Connect EP” is a collaborative project between Canadian emcee, Es and United Kingdom DJ/Producer/Engineer, DJ Pandamonium. The two connected via a DJ Pandamonium post on a Facebook hip-hop group page which caught Es’ attention. The two would eventually connect, get better acquainted with each other’s musical prowess, and the rest, you can say is history. This 6 track EP came together within a few months and showcases their mutual love for true school inspired boom bap hip-hop. From two different continents, hip-hop was the connecting force.
The Rip Mobb - Spit Spreads Death
Mr. Ripley and Mobb The God are two solo artists from different parts of the world that came together to make up The Rip Mobb. Their new EP titled Spit Spreads Death features a guest appearance by Mars Hall as well as production by Burn Herm, Wolfgang Mercury, Rice Master Yen, Lee Maygrz and Litman.
GQ & 9th Wonder – A Midsummer’s Nightmare
Oakland rising star rapper GQ has releases his new A Midsummer’s Nightmare EP, which brings legendary Hip-Hop producer 9th Wonder in for production.
Public Enemy – What You Gonna Do When The Grid Goes Down
What You Gonna Do When the Grid Goes Down? is the fifteenth studio album by American political hip hop group Public Enemy. It was released on September 25, 2020 through Def Jam Recordings, making it their first album for the label since 1998's He Got Game. Production was handled by C-Doc, The LBX, DJ Infinite, DJ Pain 1, DJ Premier, Easy Mo Bee, Flavor Flav, Johnny "Juice" Rasado, Racer X and Threepeeoh. It features guest appearances from George Clinton, Jahi, Ad-Rock, Black Thought, Cypress Hill, Daddy-O, Ice-T, James Bomb, Mark Jenkins, Mike D, Ms. Ariel, Nas, PMD, Pop Diesel, Questlove, Rapsody, Run-DMC, The Impossebulls and YG. It was supported by two singles: "State of the Union (STFU)" and "Fight the Power: Remix 2020".
Lyric Jones – Closer Than They Appear
The title Closer Than They Appear serves as a motif inspired by half the fine print warning on the side view mirrors of vehicles: “objects in mirror are closer than they appear”. The symbolism of the phrase weaves a web connecting many things in Lyric Jone’s life, especially her music career. The title sort of speaks to the questions she’s feared asking herself as she’s matured.
Bronx Slang – The Bronx Kill Mixtape
As Bronx Slang, Jerry Beeks and Ollie Miggs yield not to evil as the calls for golden age purism grow louder. They offer a solid gold guarantee of being able to “pickpocket your playlist, shoplift your pop hits / and show you how gritty hip-hop can get”. “If hip-hop is dead, then it’s a brand-new start” – welcome to a resurgence straight out the Boogie Down Bronx.
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Busta Rhymes - Extinction Level Event 2 The Wrath of God
Extinction Level Event 2: The Wrath of God is the tenth studio album by American rapper Busta Rhymes. The album features guest appearances from Kendrick Lamar, Mariah Carey, Anderson .Paak, Q-Tip, Rick Ross, Mary J. Blige, Rapsody, Ol' Dirty Bastard, Rakim, Pete Rock, Vybz Kartel, Bell Biv DeVoe, M.O.P., Nikki Grier, Chris Rock, and Louis Farrakhan. It is a sequel to 1998’s E.L.E. (Extinction Level Event): The Final World Front, and his first studio album since 2012's Year of the Dragon.
Common - A Beautiful Revolution (Pt 1)
Common (formerly Common Sense), is a rapper, actor, and writer. Common debuted in 1992 with the album Can I Borrow a Dollar? gained critical acclaim with his 1994 album Resurrection, and maintained an underground following into the late 1990s, after which he gained mainstream success through his work with the Soulquarians.
Benny The Butcher - Burden of Proof
Burden of Proof is the second studio album by Benny the Butcher. It was released on October 16, 2020 through Griselda/Empire. Produced entirely by Hit-Boy, it features guest appearances from Big Sean, Conway the Machine, Dom Kennedy, Freddie Gibbs, Lil' Wayne, Queen Naija, Rick Ross and Westside Gunn. It debuted at number 27 on the Billboard 200 with about 19,000 equivalent album units sales.
Sa Roc - The Sharecropper's Daughter
Since signing with Rhymesayers in 2015, Sa-Roc has continued to both invigorate and grow her fanbase with a string of singles, accompanied with powerful and visually enthralling music videos, including "Forever", which has over 4 million views on YouTube. In that time, she has continued to cultivate and sharpen her skill sets, and now her first album released for the label.
J-Live – Drawn Up
J-Live's music has been a staple of inspiration for listeners of underground hip hop for over 20 years. His discography includes more than 15 full projects, as well as countless guest appearances. The artists and producers J-Live has recorded and toured with are a who's who of hip hop icons from DJ Premier, DJ Jazzy Jeff, Prince Paul, The Roots, Black Star, Wu Tang Clan, and many more.
King Magnetic & Tone Spliff - Nobody's Safe
Everything happens 4 a reason. In 2007, King Magnetic & Tone Spliff met on the Vast Aire / Copywrite "Weatherproof" tour. Over the years they collaborated on a dozen songs via features and other artists while releasing various solo projects. In 2019, they shot a video for the Ruste Juxx / Tone Spliff "Magma" LP and decided to do some work for King Magnetic's Weekly Vibes 2020. This began the creation of the "Nobody's Safe" LP.
Mic Gutz – G Notes & Notestradamus
Motive Music Canada released of its tenth project of 2020. “G Notes” an exciting collaborative project between Mic Gutz & in-house Motive Music Canada producer Notestradamus of Crosspitch Gang. Mic Gutz EP G Notes was entirely produced by Notestradamus.
Black Thought - Streams of Thought, Vol. 3 Cane And Abel
Streams of Thought, Vol. 3: Cane & Able is the debut studio album by Black Thought. It was released on October 16, 2020, by Passyunk Productions and Republic Records. Primarily produced by Sean C, the album is the sequel to his second EP, Streams of Thought, Vol. 2, released in 2018. It features guest appearances by Pusha T, Swizz Beatz, Killer Mike, Portugal. The Man, The Last Artful, Dodgr and Schoolboy Q, among others.
JR Writer – I Really Rap Too
J.R. Writer has released one studio album and fifteen mixtapes since 2003, having collaborated with Cassidy, Fred Money, Lloyd Banks, Tito Green, Ransom, Drag-On, Sen City, Paul Wall, T.W.O., Duke Da God, A-Money, Vado, Jae Millz, AraabMuzik and more. He released his debut album History in the Making in 2006, through Koch and Diplomat Records. The album peaked at number 25 on the Billboard 200 and at number 2 on both the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums and Top Rap Albums, held from the top spot of both charts by Pimp C's Pimpalation.
On February 23, 2014, Writer released a 13-track mixtape titled The Return Of Greatness, which includes guest appearances from Styles P, Fat Trel, Vado, Hell Rell and Fred Money as well as production from Track Officialz, SpecX2, Butter Beats DBK, Razah, Myes William, Stat Five Ave, Stoopid On The Beat and Automatik Beatz.
Jay Nice x Ru$h x Tha God Fahim - An Album Called Classic
Success is imminent for American Rapper RU$H. Thanks to his braggadocious rap style, his commercial presence elevates with every release. He raised his profile again with his Ep, ‘FLy Art’ Costarring Roc Marciano & Willie the Kid with fellow emcee Jay NiCE as well as the studio Album ‘An Album Called Classic’ with Jay NiCE & Tha God Fahim. RU$H also released Fendi Don & ‘Supreme Fashion Raps’.
Rome Streetz – Noise Kandy 4
Rome Streetz. New York-based emcee Rome Streetz has been making steady strides in the industry as of late, releasing six albums and five EPs over the last four years. This year, Rome went back to the lab to bring you Noise Kandy 4, the fourth installment of his acclaimed Noise Kandy series.
Wise Intelligent & Snowgoons – Omnicide
Wise Intelligent of the legendary Poor Righteous Teachers and the Snowgoons teamed up for this project to get the message out.
Roc Marciano - Mt. Marci
Mt. Marci is the eighth full length album from legendary emcee/producer Roc Marciano featuring Schoolboy Q, Kool Keith, Action Bronson, Stove God Cook$ and Trent Truce.
Blaq Poet & Serious Truth – Cultural Revolution
Blaq Poet & Serious Truth share the brunt of the writing and performing with one feature from John Jigg$ of MXNXPXLY Musicon the song "Heavy Industry". DJ Grazzhoppa lays down a great deal of the hooks with his scratching mastery. Serious Truth handles the overall production and executive production, dictating the direction of the album and how it will sound from front to back. Blaq Poet also came out with “Simon Phoenix” earlier in the year.
One Be Lo - Baby (Being a black youth)
One Be Lo is a HipHop writer/emcee/producer from Pontiac Michigan, currently living in Cairo, Egypt.
Mickey Factz - Warped Collages
Mickey Factz attended Adlai E. Stevenson High School, which is known for being the high school of hip hop pioneer Afrika Bambaataa. The school is notable for delivering students of musical prowess.
Factz was exposed to music at an early age and his father would frequently rap to him. In return, he began reciting his very own rhymes, watching music videos, and studying the performances of his favorite music artists. After high school, Factz went to New York University School of Law where he dropped out to pursue music.
Apokalips The Archangel – 1137Q
11372 is the zip code of the hood where Apokalips The Archangel was Raised A.K.A. Jackson Heights, Queens New York City. Which is why he chose the title 1137Q. Seasra23 was Raised in Neighboring Woodside, Queens New York City. They Linked Up in 2011 to Form the Group Top Shelf Muzik.
Billy Danze & TooBusy – The Listening Session
M.O.P. ‘s Billy Danze connected with producer TooBusy to put out the 13-track album “The Listening session with features from Method Man, La Boogie & Frontline, Havoc of Mobb Deep, DJ Premier, Lol Fame, Daz Dillinger as well as Cormega.
Wu-Syndicate – Underworld Kings
Vol. 3 of the BSOM Wu-Syndicate Trilogy. This project almost never saw the light of the day as intended. Underworld King, not to be confused with the rushed digital release. This is the final mastered version contain the missingl song "Elo heem" and all artwork.
The Visionaries “V”
The Visionaries is an underground hip hop crew from Los Angeles, California. The crew formed in 1995 and have since released four full-length albums on Up Above Records. The crew's six members have collectively released over forty solo and side projects.
Statik Selektah - The Balancing Act
Legendary DJ and producer Statik Selektah released his ninth studio album, The Balancing Act. The album features Nas, 2 Chainz, Jack Harlow, Killer Mike, Benny The Butcher, Conway The Machine, Dave East, Method Man, Black Thought, Joey Bada$$, Bun B, Paul Wall, Havoc, Sean Price, Gary Clark Jr. and Styles P.
Valid - The Plum Brandy EP The Refill
Early last year before the pandemic hit, Valid released The Plum Brandy EP, a concept project using exclusively producers and musical samples from the Balkan region. The reissue of this project entitled “The Refill” presented by blackouthiphop.com and Valternativa Radio, with 3 new tracks, a remix, and other small tweaks and changes.
Your Old Droog – Dump YOD Krutoy Edition
Your Old Droog is an American rapper from Brooklyn, New York. He first gained public attention in June 2014 when online rumors were circulated that his self-published debut EP was actually recorded by veteran New York rapper Nas under an alter ego, before revealing himself in August of that year as a 25-year-old Ukrainian American. His self-titled debut album was released digitally on November 25, 2014. The name "Droog" comes from the Russian word 'друг' meaning "friend"
Focus the Truth – Immortal
Raised in Jamaica Queens, New York, Focus The Truth is fond of cartoons and Hip Hop. Focus uses his love of visual and creative arts to recreate lyrical experiences that transcend generations. MC’ing since the age of 14, Focus has learned the power of lyrics and how they can be used to deliver a message, rather than present largely untrue tales to reinforce stereotypes like a lot of Hip Hop these days. His tenacity in the music industry is a force to be reckoned with. He started out his career battle rapping and writing poetry.
Planet Asia - Trust The Chain
Planet Asia has recorded several albums with single producers (or production teams) throughout his prolific career. He has dropped classic material with DJ Muggs, Apollo Brown, Gensu Dean, DJ Concept, and of course his boys DirtyDiggs. However, according to King Medallions himself, his 38 Spesh-produced album "Trust The Chain" might be his best single-producer album yet. The pairing of PA’s funky linguistics and Spesh’s soul loops is a match made in Hip-Hop heaven. To further bolster the flavor on this fly affair Rasheed Chappell, The Musalini, Fred The Godson, and Elcamino each pitch in a drum.
Jahi & Configa - Forward Future
MC Jahi and Producer Configa bring you their thought provoking, knowledgeable, politicised and updated Golden Era rich sounds. The album is unique in today's climate in that it features NO outside features or production - simply put: ALL rhymes by Jahi, ALL beats by Configa.
DJ Beanz – Deadly Venoms
A member of Eto’s New Crack Era & Tour DJ for some of your favorite underground Hip Hop artists. Beanz strives to bring listeners the hottest Hip Hop to prove Bars & production matter!
Supreme Cerebral & D.Mar - Soul Trained
After years of anticipation, Supreme Cerebral (LA) & super producer D.Mar (OC) came out with the long awaited "Soul Trained “album. These two first dropped the single Prophetic Jewels featuring Cali Agents legend Planet Asia in 2016. Then within the next few years after followed with Writings on the Wall Featuring Definite Mass, Underground Kings Featuring SmooVth & Eloh Kush, On The Corner Featuring Rec Ali & Ill Conscious & A video for the single Change. With all this scattered throughout the 4 years Supreme Cerebral dropped countless projects but we all still wondered when the album Soul Trained was dropping. Now we have it. This 14 song Lp is beautifully put together with features also including the likes of Tristate, Hus Kingpin, Ralphiie Reese & Banish Habitual this is truly one of Supreme's best albums to date. Also check out Supremes’ latest release titled “Ultimate Mind”.
Stove God Cook$ & Roc Marciano - Reasonable Drought
Stove God Cooks is a brilliant melting pot of brick raps, incredibly engaging cadence and melodic tone. Over the past few years, Cook$ has perfected his craft, culminating in his proper debut album. Produced entirely by Roc Marciano, Reasonable Drought cleverly plays on the title of Jay-Z’s debut album, Reasonable Doubt, although that’s where the similarity ends.
DJ Kay Slay - Living Legend
Even as the line between albums and mixtapes has gotten blurrier in hip-hop’s prolific digital era, this New York City fixture remains a faithful practitioner of the latter format. As always, Kay Slay’s deep and enduring connections in the rap game serve him well on Living Legend, as he collects verses from top-tier spitters and perennial favorites. Who but The Drama King could conjure the trio of Bun B, Jadakiss, and Queen Latifah for the thematically apt title track? Elsewhere, he jumps effectively between unlikely team-ups like Dave East with Juicy J on the rugged “No Permission” and local reunions like “Growing Up in These Streets” with AZ, Ghostface Killah, and Raekwon.
Cas Metah and Blast Mega - Pow Bundy
Cas Metah and Blast Mega proudly present Pow Bundy. A blue collar hip-hop album.
Jay Electronica - A Written Testamony
A Written Testimony is the debut studio album by Jay Electronica. It was released on March 13, 2020 through Roc Nation. The album follows the release of Jay Electronica's debut mixtape, Act I: Eternal Sunshine (The Pledge), almost 13 years earlier. The former was primarily recorded in 40 days, from December 2019 to February 2020. It was supported by "Shiny Suit Theory", featuring vocals from Jay-Z and The-Dream, released in November 2010 and later rereleased as a single on Tidal in September 2018
CJ Fly – Rudebwoy
CJ Fly of Pro Era Dropped his debut Album ‘RUDEBWOY’ Featuring Joey Bada$$ &Conway the Machine. Statik Selektah produced the entire project.
Jadakiss – Ignatius
Ignatius is the fifth studio album by American rapper Jadakiss. It was released through Def Jam Recordings on March 6, 2020, making it Jadakiss's first solo release since 2015's Top 5 Dead or Alive.The album features guest appearances from 2 Chainz, Chayse, DeJ Loaf, Emanny, John Legend, Millyz, Nino Man, Pusha T, Rick Ross and Ty Dolla Sign. It was preceded by the release of the singles "Me" in 2019, "Kisses to the Sky" in January 2020, and "Hunting Season" in February 2020.
MC Eiht – Official
Official is a 27-Track album that is fire from beginning to end. He also had another release in 2020 titled “Lessons”
Clear Soul Forces – Forceswithyou
After an explosive comeback in 2019 with their album STILL, the Clear Soul Forces came back in 2020 with their best work to date Forceswithyou! The 10 track Magnum Opus continues to show how the teamwork, and sound of the Detroit quartet can constantly evolve. The group's producer Ilajide brings his signature hard hitting drums to the plate and meshes them seamlessly with a tenacious funk inspired sound. The result of the pairing is a sonic landscape that is hard to compare to say the least.
Tab One - Balancing Act
Tab-One was born and raised in North Carolina. He currently resides in Raleigh, NC and is best known for his work with Kooley High.
Tab weaves insightful lyricism with soulful beats. Over a decade of writing, recording and performing have solidified Tab's spot as one of the best hip hop artists to arise from the North Carolina scene.
Cormega – Mega
Cormega (Mega) brings you a secret project entirely produced by STREETRUNNER with Co-Production by Tariq Azzouz. Mega describes this as art, culture and vibes. This project has only one feature by Havoc of Mobb Deep on the song “Live Your Best Life”. All Instrumentals are also featured on this release. Lyrics to all the songs are printed on the back of the vinyl record jacket and in CD and Cassette artwork. This is Cormega’s first solo release since his 2014 Large Professor produced “Mega Philosophy”.
Casual – Big Head Science
Big Head Science is the latest release by Casual. Produced by Big Head Science, this album is an expansion on Casual's contributions towards the advancement of wordplay and rhyme schemes in hip hop music.
Hakim Green - Mad Izm Who Want That Smoke?
This album features KRS-One, Treach of Naughty By Nature, General Steele of Smif N Wessun, Keith Murray, Doitall Kelly of The Lords of the Underground, Sadat X of Brand Nubian, Dres of Black Sheep, Thirstin Howl The 3rd, Lord Digga, Beez Portiva & Minty Nurnz.
Jungle Brothers - Keep It Jungle
Jungle Brothers is an American hip hop trio composed of Mike Gee), Afrika Baby Bam & DJ Sammy B Known as the pioneers of the fusion of jazz, hip-hop, and house music, they were the first hip-hop group to collaborate with a house-music producer. The trio released their debut album, Straight out the Jungle in July 1988. Their hip-house club hit single, "I'll House You" was added to the album in late-1988 reissues. The single was the first non-Chicago hip-house record. It changed the course of hip-hop and dance music by expanding it. Fostered by Kool DJ Red Alert, the Jungle Brothers success would pave the way for De La Soul, A Tribe Called Quest, and eventually the Native Tongues collective that they founded.
Killarmy - Full Metal Jackets
Killarmy returned to action in 2020 with their first LP since 2001’s Fear, Love & War. The Wu-Tang Clan affiliates reassembled for the album titled Full Metal Jackets.
Knowledge The Pirate - Family Jewels
Roc Marci’s righthand man was quietly building another masterpiece and as usual he’s kept his circle small. The album is fully produced by Pirate’s regular collaborator E.l.e.m.n.t. and noted Italian producer Cuns. There is no features on this project because KTP felt the need to keep the spotlight firmly focused on himself this time around.
Quelle Chris & Chris Keys - Innocent Country 2
If Quelle Chris and Chris Keys’ Innocent Country 2 sounds like an antidote for a moment of surreal anxiety, the same could be said of it a decade from now. It’s an album best understand in a dialogue with the first volume of the series. Released in 2016, the initial Innocent Country focused on isolation, pessimism, and the notion of finding peace within pain. At a time when those feelings convey the mood of the moment, Quelle and Keys have responded with a soundtrack that offers soothing light in a bleak timeline. A hopeful record in a hopeless moment, precisely when it’s needed most.
R.A. The Rugged Man - All My Heroes Are Dead
All My Heroes Are Dead is the third studio album from New York City hip hop artist R.A. the Rugged Man. The album was released on April 17, 2020 by Nature Sounds. It is the follow up to 2013's Legends Never Die. The album features guest appearances from Ghostface Killah, Inspectah Deck, Kool G Rap, Ice-T, Chuck D, Timbo King, Atmosphere, Vinnie Paz, Eamon, Onyx, M.O.P., and Brand Nubian, among others. The album's production was handled by Prince Paul, Psycho Les, Mr. Green and Classified among others.
Stu Bangas & Blacastan – Watson and Holmes 3 The Case of the BPM Killer
A powerful 15-track album produced entirely by Stu Bangas featuring Esoteric, Planetary, Vinnie Paz, Celph Titled, Block McCloud & Apathy.
Awon & BluntOne – Antitheses
A N T I T H E S I S is a new wave piano project by Georgii Speakman and Phil Lewis that’s visually creative, inspiring and sonically simple - rooted in storytelling, thematics, and strong content. The name A N T I T H E S I S is inspired by concepts of dichotomy, relativity, polarity and yin, and yang. In every God given moment in life; situations, circumstances - the universe in totality has existing opposites. There are themes of antitheses throughout everything we do, think and experience. It’s all about perspective.
The Bad Seed & Team Demo - Kill Switch
In this concept album, 10-year-old Malik is a good innocent kid who has a deep curiosity for street life and hood culture. He finds a comic book called "KILL SWITCH" which chronicles life in hell, exposing a world of violence, robbery, extortion etc. As he reads, Malik begins to find himself immersed in the world. Will he remain the innocent little boy...? Or will he become what he is reading?
Conway & Big Ghost Ltd. - No One Mourns the Wicked
This is the 7th EP from Buffalo emcee Conway the Machine. In case you don’t know, he’s been running the underground for the past 5 years as 1/3 of the trio Griselda with Westside Gunn & Benny the Butcher by consistently been putting out 1 modern East Coast classic after another. Earlier this year we saw The Alchemist entirely produce La Maquina’s previous EP LULU & a couple months later, Big Ghost Ltd. is getting tapped on for No One Mourns the Wicked.
Freddie Gibbs & The Alchemist – Alfredo
Alfredo is a collaborative studio album by Freddie Gibbs and American hip hop producer The Alchemist. It was released on May 29, 2020, through Gibbs' own record label ESGN Records, as well as ALC Records and Empire Distribution.
The album is the first project between only Gibbs and The Alchemist, as it also marks the second time they have collaborated on a full-length project, following 2018's Fetti with fellow rapper Currensy. It features guest appearances from fellow rappers Rick Ross, Benny the Butcher, Tyler, the Creator, and Conway the Machine. It received a nomination for Best Rap Album at the 2021 Grammy Awards.
Flee Lord & Buckwild – Hand Me My Flowers
Flee Lord gets wicked with the wordplay on 10 bangers laced by the legendary Buckwild! Flee Lord has numerous releases during 2020. All are banging!
Joell Ortiz & KXNG Crooked - H.A.R.D.
Joell Ortiz & KXNG Crooked met the year they both won XXL's coveted Freshmen of the Year Award. The two's careers are as legendary as any in the rap game. Joell Ortiz started by signing to Dr. Dre's Aftermath label, then moving to Shady records as part of the Super group Slaughterhouse with Joe Budden, Royce Da 5'9 and KXNG Crooked. Add to that a fresh feature on Eminem's newest album "Music to Be Murdered By." Meanwhile, KXNG Crooked was signed to Virgin Records at just 17 before joining Death Row Records. He's had a flourishing solo career including collaborations along the way with TechN9ne, 2Pac, Benny The Butcher, Raekwon, Akon, Ray J and more. The West Coast LBC representer KXNG Crooked and Brooklyn's Joell Ortiz came together in 2020 for the project "H.A.R.D."
JORUN-PMC - JORUN-PMC
This 14-track album is on point from A to Z. They even got a feature from Jaquan from The Foundation
Taiyamo Denku & Bo Faat – Kollab Kong
Here's the first collab of Taiyamo Denku & BoFaatBeatz (known for his dope producer records via Chopped Herring) on vinyl. 12 tracks in total plus all the instrumentals with a heavy feature list including Conway The Machine, Busta Rhymes, Benny The Butcher, Tragedy Khadafi, Skyzoo and more.
Bishop Nehru - Nehruvia My Disregarded Thoughts
Bishop Nehru remembers the title of his eighth album, My Disregarded Thoughts, appearing to him in a vision when he was in the seventh grade.
“I knew I wanted to make a concept record about what it takes to free yourself from mental enslavement,” the New York rapper recalls over a crackly phone line. “The plan was to make something that showed real vulnerability and was, like, the polar opposite of masking how I felt.”
Rasheed Chappell & 38 Spesh - Ways & Means
This 7 track release features Planet Asia, The Musalni as well as Che Noir. Rasheed would go on to release the full-length album Sinners & Saints backed with production by Buckwild in Nov 2020.
Styles P - Styles David Ghost Your Enthusiasm
The 15 track project features ItsTheReal, Whispers, Jadakiss, Snyp Life, Cassandra the Goddess, Dyce Payne, Sheek Louch.
Preservation - Eastern Medicine, Western Illness
Preservation's 20-plus years as DJ and producer spans an array of projects. As tour DJ for Yasiin Bey (fka Mos Def) and Brownsville Ka, Preservation has performed across the globe. His production work includes music with Yasiin Bey, Ka, Mach Hommy, RZA, GZA, Raekwon, U-God, MF Doom, Sean Price, Roc Marciano, Lord Jamar, Ed O.G. KRS 1, Jean Grae, Aesop Rock, Chris Dave, K'naan and Jim Jarmusch
RIM & Vinyl Villain – Poetic Substance
In May of 2020 DaVillins rapper Rim teamed up with Boston beatsmith Vinyl Villain. What they came with is Poetic Substance.
Tha God Fahim - After Every Dark Day Comes Sunshine
With several projects released throughout 2020 Tha God Fahim came out with another banger for the people. Something to help us get through these times.
Lxvndr – Warmth
Released May 7, 2020 this 8-track EP has no features. LXVNDR stands on her own with this project and sets new boundaries. You won’t be able to put her in a box.
John Jigg$ - Jigganometry
Jigganometry is a 13-track album that features Illa Ghrr, Rockwelz, Bubba Rock, Craig G, Napoleon Da Legend & many others. A good listen!
Notes82 – Watch The View
Known musically as Notes82, a self-admitted Hip Hop addict hailing from the East New York section of Brooklyn. A creative, Notes is well respected as a lyricist on the Big Apple's independent Hip Hop scene.
The Koreatown Oddity - Little Dominiques Nosebleed
The Koreatown Oddity started releasing his music in 2012. In 2014, he released a studio album, 200 Tree Rings, on New Los Angeles. In 2014, he released a collaborative album with Ras G, titled 5 Chuckles. LA Weekly included him on the "15 L.A. Bands to Watch in 2015" list. In 2015, he released a collaborative album with Mndsgn, titled Vivians. In 2016, he released another collaborative album with Ras G, titled 5 Chuckles: In the Wrld. In 2017, he released a studio album, Finna Be Past Tense, on Stones Throw Records. In 2020, he released a studio album, Little Dominiques Nosebleed, on Stones Throw Records. It received favorable reviews from AllMusic and Pitchfork.
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BOOK OF LIFE
After reviewing over 300 releases in 2020 we compiled a list based on the albums/EPs received from artists, labels or publicists as well as artists we stumbled across over the year. The following list starts from January 2020 and ends December 2020. These are our favorite Hip Hop releases of 2020. Although we may have missed some great releases during the year, it would be either because we never heard of the artists before or it just never ended up in our inbox. Consider this a recap of many great releases over the year. We encourage artists to email us their project. We will listen to it. Submissions can be sent to http://www.allthewaylivehiphop.com/contact.html. Over the coming weeks we will review albums we may have missed during the year on our site. In the meanwhile, tune in & enjoy. There is so much great Hip Hop out there!
Big Kahuna OG & Monday Night - Thug Tear
Rather than take the hood reporter tact, or the boisterous corner bully, or high rise kingpin, these kids just woke up, went about their day hating themselves and everyone that didn't grow up in the same hallway as them and then made some songs about it.
Charlie Smarts - We Had a Good Thing Going
Charlie starts his solo journey with this vulnerable look into his life.
Dirt Platoon Get Your Handz Dirty
This album features appearances by Ruste Juxx, Guilty Simpson, O.C., and Fel Sweetenberg. Sweetenberg also provides production on the album along with Naplam, DJ Brans, and Abyss Dwella.
Haz - The Promise
With the ever changing climate of todays Hip Hop scene & sound, Haz is one of those artists that keeps lyricism & content at a high priority.
Hit-Boy - Chauncey Hollis Project
Hit-Boy is a record producer, rapper, singer and songwriter. In May 2011, Hollis had signed a 2-year deal with Kanye West's GOOD Music production branch. With this stimulus, he produced singles such as "Niggas in Paris" by Jay-Z and Kanye West, "Trophies" by Drake, "Clique" by GOOD Music and the Grammy-winning "Racks in the Middle" by Nipsey Hussle featuring Roddy Ricch. The song won Best Rap Performance at the 2020 Grammy Awards.
Jordi Laforty - Classically Trained
This will take you back to a time when rap music was fun, had something to say, and made you move. A sample heavy journey for the lyricists, head nodders, breakers, and beat makers.
Dueling Experts - Dueling Experts
Griminess can create beautiful noise. Cryptic phrases occasionally offer absolute clarity. And sometimes, savagery is the most effective form of communication. For that, there are the Dueling Experts, the dark ninjas behind one of 2020’s most filthy, cohesive, and authentic hip-hop records. A self-titled masterclass of verbal carnage and bell-ringing beats that reminds you that if isn’t raw, it’s worthless. Part two was released December 2020.
The Professionals – The Professionals
Beats by Madlib, Raps by Oh No feat. Elzhi, Chino XL, and Adub.
Skanks The Rap Martyr - New World Order
Skanks The Rap Martyr an emcee's emcee out of Crown Heights, Brooklyn. He is the co-founding member of the supergroup Bankai Fam (A & R for france label Shinigamie records) and the CEO of Anarchy Records. Also check out his latest release “Out of Nowhere”
Uncle Murda - Don't Come Outside, Vol.2
"Don't Come Outside Vol. 2" featuring Tory Lanez, Que Banz, Jadakiss, Benny The Butcher, Conway, Styles P, Derez De'Shon, Aviator Keys & Dave East.
Terror Van Poo - The Poolitzer
The Poolitzer produced entirely by D Block’s Own Vinny Idol. The album has features from Leanah Cane, Lord Tariq, Millano Da Leader & Nubi
Thorough - King Articulate
The Lo-Life member Thorough from Queens has just dropped this 11-track project titled "King Articulate", with productions by Pete Rock, DJ Proof, Architect, Sean Lo, Jimmy Dukes, Crazybeatsp and DeeJay KNS.
Vinnie Paz - As Above Sp Below
Vinnie Paz (Jedi Mind Tricks, Army of the Pharaohs, Heavy Metal Kings) returns with his fifth solo album.
Royce da 5'9'' - The Allegory
The Allegory is the eighth studio album by American rapper Royce da 5'9". It was released through eOne Music on February 21, 2020. It features guest appearances from Benny the Butcher, Conway the Machine, KXNG Crooked, Cyhi the Prynce, DJ Premier, Eminem, Grafh, Sy Ari da Kid, T.I., Vince Staples, Westside Gunn, and Cedric the Entertainer among others
Jaz-O - The Warmup
Jaz-O, a King's County's legend famously known for his ties with JAY-Z as his mentor and friend. In 2020 he released an outstanding project called 'The Warmup'
Mayhem of EMS & Reckonize Real - Audio Murals
If you follow May or Reck you know the pair have released a few magnificent singles together over the years. First linking on Ellementt's debut album Verbal Graffiti in 2009. In 2011, Reck produced the banging "I Ain't Lyin'" record for Mayhem, which featured legendary Juice Crew member Craig G. 2013 they were joined by REKS on "Beyond Recognition" off Reckonize's debut album Dopamine. Again in 2015 they joined forces on "Blame Game" featuring Big Pooh of Little Brother. This track was meant to be the first single for an album that never was.
UFO FEV & Statik Selektah - Fresh Air
East Harlem's own UFO Fev hooks up with the legendary DJ/Producer Statik Selektah for his latest release, “Fresh Air”.
Entirely produced by Statik Selktah, “Fresh Air” combines smooth, soulful driven loops to which Statik is best known for. Accompanied by verses, the listener can visualize, and sharp wordplay provided by the NYCHA-raised emcee. In a time of repetition, “Fresh Air” is just that: Fresh Air.
Illah Dayz – Coby
A well put together album by Bronze Nazareth and Illah Dayz.
Finale – 62
Production by Mark Cooper, Apollo Brown, Jon Rogers, Tensei, Beat Fanatics (Slopfunkdust & Sponatola), Illa J, Cleveland P Jones, Finale.Features: Illa J, Cleveland P Jones.
Dr. Enqi - Sound Becomes Light
This is a 21-track album by Dr. Enqi & is a dose of what Hip hop is lacking. Worth checking out for sure!
D Smoke - Black Habits
Black Habits is D Smoke's debut album. The 16-track album serves as a follow up to his 2019 extended play, Inglewood High.
Shabaam Sahdeeq & J57 - Precious Stones
Shabaam Sahdeeq is a hip-hop artist from Bklyn New York City that has featured along side music icons such as Pharoahe Monch, Mos Def, Eminem, Busta Rhymes, Red Man, Method Man, Kool G Rap, Common, Talib Kwali and more. Sahdeeq is internationally recognized for his work on the classic Soundbombing & lyricist lounge series on Rawkus Records. He is regarded as One of NY’s top underground artist.
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38 Spesh - Interstate 38
38 Spesh began rapping in the early 2000s. He began making appearances on Sirius XM show Invasion Radio hosted by fellow Rochester native DJ Green Lantern in 2008 and was featured in XXL Magazine for his music in 2009. Shortly after his initial breakthrough, 38 Spesh spent two years incarcerated and was paroled to Atlanta, Georgia where he began to pursue a full-time career in music.
Following his release, Spesh began releasing several notable mixtapes and albums with other artists affiliated with his Trust Comes First Music group. Spesh's musical style is highlighted by one of the most unique rapping voices in the game and his strong punchlines. Notable rappers who have worked with 38 Spesh include Styles P, Jadakiss, Fred the Godson, AZ, Noreaga and Kool G Rap. He has worked with several high-profile hip hop record producers among the likes of DJ Premier, Pete Rock and The Alchemist.
Ed Dav - I Do This For Hip Hop!
ED DAV Is Short For: Explicit Dialect Damaging Amateurs Verbally. He's One of Hip-Hop's Watch Dogs and Gate Keepers. The Guyanese Born, Brooklyn And S. Carolina Raised and Now Atlanta Based Emcee/Rapper. This Gifted Lyrist and Producer Is A Lifelong Fanatic of The Culture And The Artforms Of Hip-Hop. His Catalog Is Filled with Boom-Bap Hip-Hop Classics That Will Only Be Enjoyed by Few, Because ED DAV Is One Of Hip-Hop's Best Kept Secrets.........
Eddie Kaine & Wavy Da Ghawd - Twelve 24
Sharing the same birth date and working with one another in the past, It’s no surprise that Eddie Kaine & Wavy Da Ghawd would put out such a cohesive project. Twelve 24 is powerful from beginning to end.
Ru$h & Neako - Supreme Fashion Raps
Praised for his uncanny ability to rhyme at the highest level while incorporating his luxurious lifestyle, American Rapper RU$H is sure to win over fans and become one of the world’s most popular new musicians.
Cassidy - Da Formula
Cassidy is a rapper from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He is perhaps best known for his singles "Hotel", "Get No Better", "I'm a Hustla", "B-Boy Stance" and "My Drink n My 2 Step".
Cassidy first gained attention for his freestyles and began competing as a battle rapper in the late 1990s. In the early 2000s, he began making the switch from battle rap to traditional hip hop and in 2002 signed a major deal with Ruff Ryders and Full Surface Records, under the aegis of J Records. His debut studio album Split Personality arrived in March 2004. Last year he released two solid projects Da Science & Da Formula.
Moka Only – Martian 2020
Vancouver artist Moka Only has been releasing music since the mid-‘90s. In the mid-‘00s, he started a tradition of releasing a Martian Xmas album every December. Last year, he decided to drop the façade that these are actual Christmas albums, and just called his December release Martian 2019. Now it’s time for Martian 2020.
Murs & DJ.Fresh – Love & Rockets Vol. 2 The Declaration
Love & Rockets Vol. 2: The Declaration is 12-tracks deep & features appearances from Lady Diviniti, Company Man, and Spiritual Homegirl.
Sixman- The Fix
The album was released on all platforms December 11th 2020. His songs touch on the pandemic, systemic racism, police brutality and mistrust, the highs and lows of professional and personal friendships, being a standout MC with full respect for the culture, and his migration from his Grand Rapids, MI roots to his current residents in Atlanta, GA.
KRS-One - Between Da Protests
By now it is clear, KRS-One is indeed THE GREATEST RAPPER/EMCEE OF ALL TIME! 22 dope albums over a 35-year period? No rapper/emcee has ever reached this legitimate level of excellence and skill. NO ONE! Already proclaimed “a classic”, KRS-One returns with his 23rd album project Between Da Protests which balances revolutionary themes with raw street-poetry over what KRS-One calls “boom-bap beats”. With songs like “Don’t Fall For It”, “Black Black Black”, “Free (The Book Song)” and “Boom Bye Bye”, KRS-One addresses the concerns of average people, working people, thinking people. And while the revolutionary-minded will find much in Between Da Protests to be excited about, it is songs like “Opening Remarks”, “Tight” and “Medu Neter” that remind us just how dope KRS-One actually is on the mic (in studio or live). Between Da Protests—another authentic Hip Hop album project by KRS-One. “Turn The Volume Up”.
OUR FAVORITE HIP HOP RELEASES OF 2020!!!