Top 20 Hip-Hop Projects of 2017

20. Raw Cuts 2 [Various] The term “Soundcloud Rapper” took off in 2017 but spare a thought for the Soundcloud producers – Chillhop Records are a Dutch label that have pulled together another sweet selection of laid back soundscapes from the world’s finest. Twenty one instrumentals with more of a kick (and snare) than their […]

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Sha Stimuli :: Lazarus

Sha Stimuli is the type of emcee you shout from the roof about when you discover his music. An emcee’s emcee cut from a similar cloth to Crooked I and Elzhi, “Lazarus” inevitably landed undetected and I’m left wondering the hell why. Lyricism is often dismissed in favor of minimalism, melodies and crime porn, so […]

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Stormzy :: Gang Signs & Prayer

Stormzy is the #1 rapper in the UK right now. I’m not talking about skills, discographies or how much money he’s got in the bank – Stormzy is a household name who simply has that crossover appeal so few British emcees manage to attain. He uses Twitter correctly for his thoughts on politics or racial […]

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Milano Constantine :: The Way We Were

Who said New York hip hop was dead? It’s harder than ever. The shift from traditional rhyme-machines such as Papoose and Lloyd Banks towards slang-heavy storytellers has brought a Wu-Tang feel not even the Wu can deliver themselves. There are so many artists in this field now: Action Bronson, Roc Marciano, KA, Planet Asia, Freddie […]

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Krept and Konan :: 7 Days

Marketed as a double-LP, Krept and Konan’s second major release is actually two mixtapes: “7 Days” & “7 Nights”. This isn’t exactly groundbreaking in its concept but it certainly benefits from the structural shift from their previous record “A Long Way Home”. For the uninitiated, Krept and Konan are two lyrical cats from London who […]

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Lady Leshurr :: Mode

Social media platforms have created so many avenues for rap artists that it’s hard to keep count of them all. Lady Leshurr’s a key figure within British rap music thanks to her wildly popular one-take videos released on YouTube; known as the “Queen’s Speech” series, each episode sees Lady Leshurr (pronounced Lee-Shur) poking fun at […]

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Swifty McVay :: Grey Blood

It’s easy to overlook Eminem’s group D12 as a fun side project that ended up feeling the brunt of both Eminem’s semi-retirement and Proof’s death in 2006. Their low-point came in 2010 when Canibus made a bitch move (much like LL did a decade earlier) by putting D12 on a track that was actually a […]

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Doppelgangaz – Dopp Hopp

  There is a select group of artists who have a knack for saying the weirdest things – Action Bronson is certainly one, but The Doppelgangaz are masters. Casual listeners may not be able to decipher a single line of any of the tracks on “Dopp Hopp”, but experienced ears will enjoy picking apart obscure references and […]

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Oddisee – The Iceberg

I’ve thought long and hard about why Oddisee named his latest record “The Iceberg”. There’s very much a colder sound to this than his last LP, 2015’s “The Good Fight”, but it also has hidden depths that reveal themselves over time. The global warming effect on icebergs is another angle – the white man (a.k.a. […]

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