Underground Hip Hop

Artist: 
Blockhead
Label: 
Young Heavy Souls Records

Uncle Tony’s Coloring Book starts with an interesting collection of phrases and questions, “Oh boy, this will be fun! I’m going to pretend to be anything I please today. And you pretend? Ride along with me. Where shall I begin?”, and a beautiful rhythmic guitar ensues, reminiscent of flamenco-esque vibes. When our Banger Queen introduced Blockhead as being “the go-to person of all things underground rap”, I had to cop.

Sounds Like: 
Moby
Sounds Like: 
Fatboy Slim
Name: 
Maximilian Serventi
Date Reviewed: 
04/26/2017
Artist: 
WebsterX
Label: 
Closed Sessions

   WebsterX's new album, Daymares reveals the darker sides of his lyrical ability and beat composition. The introductory song "Nightmares" has a slow, heavy and bar set with deeply emotional weight to the lyrics. The tracks on the album contain this echoing, rippling sounds, high and low notes combined to emanate the emergency alarm sensation beneath your skin.

Sounds Like: 
Micheal Christmas
Sounds Like: 
Fringe Element
Sounds Like: 
Jaca Zulu
Name: 
Ellery Page
Date Reviewed: 
04/21/2017
Artist: 
Little Simz
Label: 
2016 Age 101

 Little Simz aka Simbi Ajikawo introduces her concept album "Stillness in Wonderland" with LMPD, one of the wittiest constructions of lyrics I have heard all year, throwing in references to the heroes of black culture in America, Garvey, to Marley, to Martin Luther King, she even weaves in references to the pineal gland ( the third eye, soul reservoir as it is also called.) Her music rides on dark vibes, heavy trill beats, anger dripping in the background without distracting from the integrity that her sound holds itself to.

Sounds Like: 
Aesop, Raury
Sounds Like: 
Rhianna, 330, Kate Tempest
Name: 
Ellery Page
Date Reviewed: 
02/13/2017
Artist: 
Action Bronson
Label: 
Vice

Action Bronson is set to release his debut album "Mr. Wonderful" in March and he just dropped the lead single off the album "Actin Crazy." Produced by Noah "40" Shebib out of the OVO camp, Bronson sounds smooth and his punchlines are on point as usual, delivering some hilarious quips about Anita Baker while also riding around in four different cars throughout his two verses. The hook is what really makes this one though, as Bronson's colorful personality shines through in an earworm of a chorus.

Sounds Like: 
Ghostface Killah
Sounds Like: 
Roc Marciano
Name: 
André Pettman
Date Reviewed: 
01/16/2015
Artist: 
Runt & Gunky Knuckles
Label: 
WeAreBugginOut.com

This is real deal hip hop, no facades, just "in your face" jams. Runt (Jivin Scientists) and producer Gunky Knuckles teamed up for the first edition of the We Are Buggin' Out Dyad Series. Runt is an expert when it comes to well thought out lyrics, some tracks are very upbeat while others have a more reflective feeling. This is an awesome EP. Play it on your show.

Free Download:

http://wearebugginout.com/the-dy-ad-1-grunckles-gulch-runt-x-gunky

Tracklist:

Sounds Like: 
Atmosphere
Sounds Like: 
Brother Ali
Name: 
Michael Heslinga
Date Reviewed: 
10/18/2014