Important Indie Hip-Hop Releases

I’m not saying all these are classics, though many are. I’m not saying that some of these are even the best releases by these artists. I am saying that these are some of the most important independent hip-hop releases of all-time, in my opinion. These 36 albums, many of which are still influential to this day, helped define the genre.

This isn’t a definitive list and I know there are plenty more that deserve a spot, but these are my selections (no order). Indie hip-hop is the foundation. There is no major without it. I hope many of you have listened to most of these, because they are the very reason we still invest in the music today. I could easily have made this into 50+ with The Best Part, Time Waits For No Man, Movies For The Blind, Beauty And The Beat, Champion Sound, A Piece of Strange, Revolutionary Vol. 1- 2, Leak Bros, the list can go on and on. I’d love to hear your picks, please post them on our Facebook or Instagram or in the comment section below. –Philaflava

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2 Responses to “Important Indie Hip-Hop Releases”

  1. cfunke says:

    Any chance we could get a written list? I love stuff like this but there’s some covers on there I don’t recognize and I’d love to give them a listen if I could identify them.

  2. dochiphop says:

    great list
    another one imo is Murs – the end of the beginning

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