The year has begun to close and it is only right that we combine this magnificent discography of underground artists collected for a top 22 albums listened to in 2022.
10, 2000, 38SPESH, alchemist, ALDOE, ANKHLEJOHN, ARMANICAESAR, BESTSIDE, BIGKAHUNAOG, BLACKESTINTHEROOM, BLINDLOVE, buffalo, CABERNETATTHEOPERA, CHENOIR, daveeast, DONTBEAFRAID, ELEPHANTMANSBONES, EYEDRESS, FEELGOOD, FLYANAKIN, flygod, FRANK, FREAKJET, FREDDIEGIBBS, HARRYFRAUD, IKNOWNIGO, JOEYBADASS, KISSTHERING, LASTGASP, LASTREMNANTS, LIZ2, LOVEYOURSELF, MICKEYMOUSE, NONFACTOR, PEACE, POISONOUSPRIMATES, POPSMOKE, PRADAGLOVES, QUEENCITY, RRR, SCIENCECLASS, SEANCE, SERIES, SHOWME, SOULSOLDSEPARATELY, SOVIETRUSSIA, SPANISHRAN, STARKER, SWEET, THERAVADA, THESHINING, THEWONDER, THINKBIG, TYLERTHECREATOR, VEL, YL, YOU, YourOldDroog, ZOOMO
The key to any successful individual is to know your body. In other words – self-familiarization leads to self-actualization. These young men know exactly who they are and utilize their potential to the utmost. Seeing their rise to stardom should inspire ambition – not jealousy.
2003, 2oo4, ACTUALIZATION, adlibs, AMERICA, biggs, BOBALOB, BODEGA, BODYOFWORK, burke, CALM, CATS, CIPHER, DECIPHER, DUTCHMASTER, FAVORITE, fresh, FROZE, IDEALISTIC, japan, Jazz, LACROSSE, MAGNIFICENT, MARKROSADO, MORIOKA, NEWDAY, OUTPUT, peterosenberg, POSE, PRESS, REALIZATION, REFERENCES, REO, RRR, SEBASTIANTELFAIR, SLICK, SMOOTH, sounds, SPECTACULAR, sports, stacks, STARKER, style, SUPPLYDEMAND, SWEET, TOPSHELFPREMIUM, TRIPLER, vinyl, YL, ZOOMO, ZOOMOGUY
Going to Syracuse University only strengthened and solidified the fact that I was seeking real connection amongst down-to-earth people. For an artist named Yung Morpheus from Miami, Florida – his college experience shaped who he became as an artist.
admiration, AQUATEEN, AUDACIOUS, AUDRELORD, black, BLACKFIST, BLACKNESS, BLACKSCHEMATA, Boston, BUILDANDDESTROY, california, CATHARSIS, chakras, CHAMELEON, CLYDEMCKAY, CODESWITCHING, COLLEGE, complex, CRACKERS, DECISIVE, DISMANTLE, EWONEE, EYEDRESS, HUNGERFORCE, improvisation, INCISIVE, LIMEWIRE, master, MATRIX, miami, MOUSEANDMASK, NEONOIR, NEWYORKCITY, OBSCURITY, OBSERVANT, POINTEDTEETH, pride, PROFOUND, RACIALDISPARITY, radical, RAWSHIT, RESONANCE, RRR, SCOOBYDOO, SHROUDED, SKEPTICISM, SPATIALLOCATION, SUPERB, SUPERFLUOUS, syracuse, SYSTEMIC, TACTILE, THERAVADA, VIK, white, WhiteSupremacy, YUNGMORPHEUS
Rome Streetz clearly showed he can get his mixtapes poppin’ on his own. What Westside Gunn did was recognize his ability and accelerate the rate by which he could represent his region.
bennythebutcher, CHARACTERIZATION, COMBINATION, COUPDEGRACE, CypressHill, DAUPEMEDIA, DJMUGGS, FLEELORD, GENERATION, griselda, IMAGERY, IMAGINATION, INFLUYENCE, INTERTWINERHYMES, JOYERIA, london, METAPHORS, MORPH, MUNCH, newyork, RANSOM, Renaissance, rocmarciano, ROMESTREETZ, RRR, STARKER, STORYTELLING, UGHH, UNDERGROUNDHIPHOP, VINYLCULTURE, westsidegunn, YL
RRR bestows insights & post concert press conference style interview statements fresh off the stage hype
1000WORDS, ALDIVINO, AVANTGARDE, BERNARDROLLINS, BEVENSTARY, BOBALOB, brooklyn, burke, CHUCKSTRANGER, CURBCANDY, freshnewsnow, IMGMOS, JAZZSOON, JEALOUS, LAAMSNYC, latenight, LOCEASAR, LOT45, music, peterosenberg, PLUG, roc, ROPER, RRR, STARKER, STUDIO, SUNDAYHOLIDAY, SUPPLYDEMAND, TOPSHELFPREMIUM, VEL, YL
America seemingly has a deeply rooted obsession for violence and toxic lyricism. Thus, when artists spit lines about robbery, mistreatment, or other toxic vocabulary, people tend to chalk it up for what it is – a part of the genre.
ACTIONS, ASPIRE, BEAST, BELLY, ENDEAVORS, Havoc, INSPIRE, lyrics, MULTIFACETED, nas, NYC, QUEENB, raekwon, roc, RRR, STARKER, TOXIC, WOMEN, YL
To vehemently transmit a resonating message in our modern society, an individual must establish oneself as an entity that entirely …
2012, ADAPTIVE, AESTHETIC, ANKHLEJOHN, CLAIRVOYANT, clothing, CONCERTS, crimeapple, experimental, FESTIVALS, FREESTYLE, JONNYSHIPES, mixtapes, MODERN, MUNCHEES, mutantacademy, Nuanced, OBSERVANT, PROFESSIONALWARDROBE, REFLECTIVE, ROLLINGSTONEDAWARD2011, RRR, RUSTYLOWDOWN, SELFPRESERVATION, SERIES, SMOKEDZA, STARKER, STYLISTICGEAR, TEXTURING, UPDATED, VHS, vintage, YL
The most intricately bright part about underground hip-hop progress is the authenticity. Commitment to the hustle, the experimentation, and pocket-shifting …
BOBALOB, BORNAGAIN, CVS, EMCEE, HOT97.1, irony, KICKINITINQUEENS, latenight, LOCEASAR, LUCKEDUP, MIXCLOUD, MIXSMOOTH, newyork, Nuanced, peterosenberg, QUEENSKID, RAGATONI, ROPERWILLIAMS, RRR, SEAMLESSENERGY, STANZA, STARKER, STYLISTIC, SUBSTANCE, SUPERFICIALSTEEZ, ZOOMO
For every blessed individual, the route of least resistance is never considered. The path to greatness resides within strides of …
40SHORTIES, BIGPUN, CLASSICALTUNESVOL.1, CROOKSOFTODAYGENTSOFTOMORROW, DOMINICANREPUBLIC, EMILIEBROOKLYN, FREAKYFLAIRES, jayz, JOMARTE, LAVOZMAG, NYCLAV, ROSEIWA, RRR, STUDIO, SWAVEHMG, syracuse, uptown, VARSITYCELO, WASHEIGHTS
YL is a prolific emcee who personifies the art of “digging in the crates.” Those crates contain records fit for …
AUTHENTICITY, CINNAMON, DWELESONG, IMAGERY, LOCEASAR, LYRICISM, OPEN24, REAL, RECOGNIZE, ROPER, RRR, STARKER, WILLIAMS, YL