5 Exceptional Hip-Hop Albums From Earth That I Listened to This Week

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guys, guys, shit’s crazy.

i found some more raw, real, cortex-withering rap music that some earthlings made.

it never ceases to amaze me just how much wild good earth music is out there.

the galaxy of rap alone just goes and goes and goes and goes and goes and goes and goes and goes and goes and goes and goes and goes and goes and goes and goes and goes.

anyway, if you’re in need of some raps 4 ur soul, this is where it’s at.

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Signor Benedick the Moor — ‘garage raps vol​.​1’: inimitably grimy

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you should probably experience the genre-blurring junkyard-carnival rap shenanigans of Signor Benedick the Moor.

‘garage raps’ is probably the most apt title ever for a rap project. this EP has the frenzied wild spontaneous playful energy of your ideal self’s cool punk garage band in late high school. as one commenter on Bandcamp put it:

“Signor Benedick’s music is the equivalent of a young Danny Brown playing every instrument in a punk band.”

let the world shake.

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If You Haven’t Listened to Jon Hopkins, You Should. For Your Grandmother.

1. put on some earbuds or preferably high-quality headphones
2. listen to ‘Immunity’ in full.
3. realize while listening that Jon Hopkins is a motherfucking genie
4. praise the universe for allowing such holy sounds to exist

Producer CoryaYo is a Wellspring of Soothing Soul Butter

cover art of CoryaYo's 'Leftover Vibes'

CoryaYo’s soundscapes conjure a sense of a distant and ideal time and place. they ring with the spirit of ‘Golden Age’ hip-hop music, pulling the listener back into the 70s, 80s, or 90s.

yet his music also feels tropical, calling to mind images of hot sand and crashing waves. it feels vintage yet fresh, and there’s an aura of timelessness that seems at once related to almost-psychedelic undertones in the music and the fact that CoryaYo samples sounds from mucho old vinyl of the soul, funk, jazz, and R&B varieties.

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Milo, Open Mike Eagle, & Busdriver Join Forces on ‘Catcher Of The Fade,’ & The Cosmos is Pleased

Open Mike Eagle, Busdriver, milo, VerBS, Nietzche Cortez, and William Thedford IV have teamed up for this wildly supple new project. Stream this thing immediately and let the blessings flow. Peace.

If You Don’t Dig Scallops Hotel’s ‘Plain Speaking,’ I Fear Your Soul is Ill-Constituted

jk. ur soul is kool. maybe. maybe not. shit.

also, ‘scallops hotel’ is another one of milo’s rap monikers, if u weren’t aware. this is his second project as scallops hotel. it’s really grand as fuck.

just listen to it on repeat until you attain enlightenment.

Jonwayne’s ‘Jonwayne is Retired’ is a Majestic Unicorn of an Album

Why All Music Genres are Lies

The Paradise by Salvatore Di Giovanna. Photo Credit: Wiki Commons

Some dude on reddit called me out. WUT, SRSLY?!?! I know, right, crazy, wow, someone on reddit with an opinion.

This isn’t the first time this has happened. In fact it’s probably the 382839576th. Whatever.

Anyway, so /u/nnacan had the following to say about my recent “Art Rap Syllabus” post:

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Art Rap Syllabus: 42 Rap Albums That Evidence Artistic Genius

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A while back, I published an essay titled “What is ‘Art Rap’?” in which I argued that the “art rap” movement—spearheaded by rapper Open Mike Eagle and his cohort—is decidedly not a pretentious circle-jerk, but rather, a movement which seeks to elevate the entire genre of rap “to the status of a legitimate art-form of extraordinary richness, depth, and relevance, valuable as other canonized, Ivory-Tower-prioritized art-forms, evidencing the work of numerous artistic geniuses.”

I noted that “art rap” has been defined as “hip-hop as high art” and expanded this definition to the following: “a type of rap music that possesses a meta-awareness of itself as a divergent movement in the lineage of rap and broader art history, as a force that seeks to draw upon a wide array of lenses that have historically been underrepresented in rap music or art generally.”

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Poignant Thoughts on Ferguson & Militarized Police From Art Rapper Open Mike Eagle

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“. . . They get to present evidence, they get to make a case that the homicide was justified, and on the other side you have a dead man that can’t defend himself at all.  There’s no story from the dead man.”

Open Mike Eagle, the rapper-philosopher-jokester who coined the term “art rap,” started a podcast called Secret Skin a couple months ago. The show is an effort to “examine what’s really going on behind the face that hip-hop artists put on for the public.” I’ve admittedly only scratched the surface of the “secret radio hour,” but so far it seems smart, witty, multifaceted, and necessary.

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