"Non conceptual non-exeptional, everybody's either crime related or sexual"
- O.C. from his oldschool single "Times up"
It seems that everybody’s favorite rapper these days is illiterate or, at best, reads at a fourth-grade level. Intelligent lyricism has fallen by the wayside, while catchy meaningless grunting combined with repetitive party beats have invaded the airwaves. Here are 10 songs that you are guaranteed not to hear on the radio or see on “TRL”. You have probably heard of maximum three artists on this underground mixtape. If this is indeed the case and you consider yourself a fan of this corrupted art form we call hip-hop, please take a few minutes and feel very ashamed of yourself. Then do some research and open your ears to some rap music that’s not blasting up from south of the Mason-Dixon Line.
— Gabe Hernandez ’07, who most certainly included himself on the mix.
1. Jedi Mind Tricks feat. GZA - “On the Eve of War” from Legacy of Blood
2. Non Phixion - “Black Helicopters” from The Future is Now
3. The Arsonists - “Pyromaniax” from As the World Burns
4. Sage Francis - “Slow Down Gandhi” from A Healthy Distrust
5. R.A. the Rugged Man and J-Live - “Give it Up” from Think Differently Music: Wu-Tang Meets the Indie Culture
6. De La Soul feat. MF DOOM - “Rock Co.Kane Flow” from The Grind Date
7. Immortal Technique - “The 4th Branch” from Revolutionary Vol. 2
8. Del tha Funkee Homosapien - “Virus” from Deltron 3030
9. Black Moon - “War Zone” from War Zone
10. The Skeptics feat. MC Platano - “Long Way from Home” from The Equinox
We do aknowledge there are still some great Artists out there that are more familiar for instance:
As far as mainstream (used to be underground artists) that actually do have mad skill we would aslo add our favorites: Busta Rhymes who's rhyme and Cadence are superb.
also on the list of great artists that are also well known, would be LL Cool J "who also has held his own since the early days of Hip Hop.
Other ultra tight "Lyricists" that can hold it down on the mic- Nas, AZ, Jay-Z, Beenie Man, Redman, Methodman, Das EFX, Heltah Skeltah, Smiff n Wesson, The High n The Mighty, NINE, Tech Nine, Common, Jadakiss, Styles P, The Funkologist, Guru, Sticky Fingaz and Skillz to name a few.