Part of the TDE crew of LA rappers including Schoolboy Q and Kendrick Lamar, Ab-Soul continues in the ways of socially conscience rappers like Mos Def. Be sure to check out his side project Black Hippy with his TDE label mates, and frequent collaborations with the likes of A$AP Rocky and Childish Gambino.
Life Is Good is Nas’ best album in some time featuring guest stars ranging from Rick Ross to Mary J. Blige. “A Queen’s Story” sounds as big as a film score with a string heavy beat under stories from the street.
El-P produced Killer Mike’s entire 2012 release R.A.P. Music, mixing the MC’s southern styling alongside El-P’s experimental production. This does not sound like Top 40 Hip-Hop and that is why we love it.
Mixing house music and Hip-Hop, Banks has become arguably the best in a group of new female rappers to burst onto the scene in the past couple years. Banks is the real deal and could hold ground with any of her Harlem cohorts. She has been a muse of fashion legend Karl Lagerfeld and is currently in London working with Florence and The Machine producer, Paul Epworth.