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
The aspect about Vel that we adore most is the way that she bares all on the track. Her pain is our pain and the vulnerability she exhibits makes the connection so much stronger between lyricist and audience.
BALDWINPARKBURST, BICOASTAL, BLENDS, BRIGHTSIDE, BRIGHTSPOT, california, connection, FOCUS, FREAKJET, FRUTAS, HIHATS, KONCEPTJACKSON, LA, LASENA, LOOPS, love, LOVELIFE, MARIPOSA, NATURE, PATTERNS, repertoire, SAMPLE, SOLARPLEX, sounds, STARKER, STRUCTURE, TAKEMEBACK, TOPSHELF, TROPHYWIFE, VELLYVEL, VELNINE, VELTHEWONDER, VIVACIOUSVEL, WONDROUS, YL, ZOOMO
JAH MONTE IS HOLDING IT DOWN – WORD TO ALLAH. BEFORE HE GOT ON HE WOULD POP UP AT EVERY SOUND CHECK IN HIS CITY TO NETWORK. AS AN ANIMATED FORCE HE DERIVED HIS KINGSHIP FROM STUDYING HEBREW ISRAELITES.
adlibs, AKRONOHIO, AUNTIERICA, BEACONJOURNAL, charlotte, CHUCKSTRANGERS, ENTANGLEMENT, function, grimey, griselda, HEBREWISRAELITES, humanity, HUMOR, irony, JAHMONTEOGBON, JEWELRYRAP, KINGCALLIS, KLUMSYPHIL, MARKROSADO, mutantacademy, network, OUTLANDISH, peterosenberg, philadelphia, PLANET, RIDE, SADHUGOLD, STARKER, SUPPLYNDEMAND, TAGS, THERAVADA, UBUNTU, UNCUTGEMS, underground, UNDERGROUNDHIPHOP, VOCAL, VULGAR, wisdom, ZOOMO
Those who move in silence will always prevail. Spanish Ran earned his way to the platform he currently inhabits. As …
6DEGREES, AL-DOE, AUDITORYTRAINING, BLOGERA, BLOO, bronx, CONCEPTS, CONTEXTUAL, conversation, defjam, DONABLANCA, EARTUNING, EGALITARIAN, FLYANAKIN, GRAVITATION, griselda, gritty, LEARNANDGRIND, LINKANDBUILD, mixtapes, NICKELUSF, ORGANIC, progress, rocnation, SAINTRAYMONDHS, SAUCEHEIST, SMOOTH, soulful, SPANISHSAUCE, STARKER, UNISON, uptempo, vision, wisdom
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
It is amazing that this is the first time we have given Starker coverage. Who is this Tony Starker guy …
BANDCAMP, DICEY, DJSKIZZ, ghostface, goretex, japan, JOURNEY, LOCEASAR, OFFTOP, OHUMAD, REBA, revolve, ROMESTREETZ, ROPERWILLIAMS, RUFFRYDERS, SLICKCARTEL, STARK'TERYX, STARKER, TONYSTARKS, UNITEDMASTERS, wutang, ZOOMO
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