The 50 Most Important Indie Hip-Hop Albums

March 27th, 2015

 The 50 Most Important Indie Hip-Hop Albums

There have been several lists coming out lately on social media that inspired us to come up with this one. Shouts to FactMag.com and our homie, Alex from Steadybloggin.com, for the brain spark. Keep in mind that we’re talking about “indie” hip-hop here and because it has seen tremendous growth over the years, we’ve implemented a few filters to round out the list to the 50 most important ones.

No old-school releases are included, i.e. your early BDP type stuff. Nothing with major label distribution behind it. No singles, EPs, compilations or soundtracks (sorry Soundbombing). No subsidiary of major labels (think Relativity/Sony). No mixtapes, demos or out-the-trunk releases (sorry 40 water). We tried our best to make this independent-as-fuck. This order does NOT represent the greater release, rather the lasting impact it had on the artist/group, label, culture and hip-hop in general. Of course, this is the opinion of T.R.O.Y. and we welcome yours in the comments section.   –Philaflava

List after the jump…

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Hot 97 Freestyles Compilation

March 18th, 2015

We saw this on the forums and thought we’d share with you the great work Step One continues to do for us. There was a time, many, many moons ago that Hot 97 was the place where classic freestyles happened on the reg. This 14 track compilation features some of the finest the station has produced. Be sure to check out the thread for more goodies such as the 10-minute freestyle by ATCQ, Consequence and Monie Love on the B-Side show. And for more compilations Step One has a dope blog you can peep here. –Philaflava

1 – Cold Crush Brothers – Hot 97 promo (1994)
2 – KRS One, MC Serch & Scarface (1994)
3 – Fat Joe, Charlie Brown & Red Hot Lover Tone (1994)
4 – Pete Rock & CL Smooth (1994)
5 – Ol Dirty Bastard (1995)
6 – A Tribe Called Quest (1996)
7 – Cormega (1997)
8 – Def Squad (1998)
9 – KRS One & Common (1998)
10 – Lord Finesse & Triple Seis (1998)
11 – Beanie Sigel & Freeway (2002)
12 – Jay Z (2005)
13 – The LOX (2007)
14 – Clipse / Re Up Gang (2008)



Which rapper would you like to grab a drink with?

February 18th, 2015

By drink, I mean coffee, beer, water, whatever. The point is to pick the one rapper you’d like to have a real conversation with. Please only select one from the list of 10 rappers. I mixed them up to make it somewhat challenging. Join the discussion here.

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    Coolio – It Takes A Thief [HeRBaN DeLuXe VeRSioN]

    January 27th, 2015


    Label: Tommy Boy Records/ BuDD@H BLe$$eD EnT.
    Released: 2015 (Originally Released In 1994)

    1. Fantastic Voyage [Timber Mix] {ft. G.A.T.}
    2. County Line
    3. Mama I`m In Love With A Gangsta {ft. LeShaun}
    4. Hand On My Nutsac
    5. Ghetto Cartoon (Includes Cleo`s Mood) {ft. Junior P.}
    6. Smokin` Stix {ft. The Homies}
    7. Can-O-Corn {ft. The Homies}
    8. U Know Hoo! {ft. WC}
    9. It Takes A Thief {ft. Spoon}
    10. Bring Back Something Fo` Da Hood {ft. The Homies}
    11. `N Da Closet {ft. G.A.T.}
    12. On My Way To Harlem
    13. Sticky Fingers
    14. Thought You Knew {ft. Billy Boy & PS}
    15. Ugly Bitches {ft. The Homies}
    16. I Remember {ft. Billy Boy & J-Ro}
    17. Fantastic Voyage [Funk Master Flex Rmx (Clean Radio Edit)]
    18. Fantastic Voyage [Dave Bellochio Street Mix]
    19. County Line [Radio Version]
    20. Sticky Fingers [Radio Version]
    21. I Remember [Original Version] {ft. Billy Boy & J-Ro}

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    HeRBaN DeLuXe went to great lengths to explain everything about this release and about Coolio in general. Definitely check it out and you might just end up enjoying this release even more. –Philaflava
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    Rick Rubin Compilation (1984-1989)

    November 20th, 2014

    Words cannot express how much I appreciate Rick Rubin. If you’re no stranger to the Philaflava message boards, you’ll know I even dedicated an entire forum to the man. There may not be a more accomplished producer to have mastered almost every genre of music. Whether it was LL Cool J, T-La Rock, Run DMC, Beasties, Slayer, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Danzig, Johnny Cash, Tom Petty, NIN, Jay-Z or Lana DelRay, Ricky Rubin has pretty much worked with every accomplished artist you can think of. Below is a mix our homie claaa7 was kind to cook-up. Respect the God. –Philaflava

    Rick Rubin Compilation (1984-1989)

    01. T La Rock – “It’s Yours”
    02. LL Cool J – ” I Need A Beat” [Original]
    03. LL Cool J – “Rock The Bells” [Original]
    04. Beastie Boys – “Rock Hard”
    05. Hollis Crew “It’s The Beat”
    06. Run DMC – “Christmas in Hollis”
    07. Jazzy Jay – “Def Jam”
    08. Junkyard Band – “The World”
    09. Jimmy Spicer – “This is It”
    10. Jazzy Jay – “Cold Chillin’ in the Spot”
    11. Run DMC – “Jam Master Jammin'”
    12. LL Cool J – “Going Back to Cali”
    13. LL Cool J – “Jack The Ripper”
    14. Run DMC – “Mary, Mary”
    15. Queen – “We Will Rock You” [Remix Reduced by Rubin] [*]

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    The Philaflava/T.R.O.Y. Message Boards

    October 31st, 2014

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    Poll: Greatest Debut To Sophmore Album

    October 14th, 2014

    There are tons to include in this poll but here are the most common ones. Rather than waste votes on stuff that might be worth of mention but stand no chance of winning, choose one from the list provided. I can assure you that the right answer is included in this list and that’s indisputable. Choose wisely yo! –Philaflava

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    The Greatest Mix In All of Spotify (1992-95 Hip-Hop by Philaflava)

    October 3rd, 2014

    This is mammoth! 390+ tracks, 27+ hours of music featuring Masta Ace, Spice 1, Lord Finesse, World Renown, Brand Nubian, Tha Alkaholiks, Mic Geronimo, Mac Mall, all the way to Da King & I. This has to be the most complete 92-95 mix of hip-hop you’ll hear on Spotify. Check it out and enjoy your weekend!


      T.R.O.Y. Quiz – How Hip-Hop Are You? #4

      September 12th, 2014


      Ladies and gents, round 4! This results will determine how your weekend will be.

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      Boot Camp Clik / Duck Down – Promo Joints 95-99

      September 10th, 2014


      Thanks to for cooking up this marvelous compilation of obscure, promo-only tracks from the Boot Camp Click.  Duck Down really had that unreleased vinyl, b-side game on lock back in the late 90s. Enjoy! –Philaflava

      01) OGC – Hard 2 The Core
      02) Steele – Practice Session
      03) Fab 5 – Leflaur Leflah (Part 2)
      04) Cocoa Brovaz – All About the Cash
      05) Buckshot – Doo Wop Freestyle
      06) BCC – Niggaz Ain’t Ready
      07) Cocoa Brovaz – Drama
      08) BCC – Night Riders (Remix)
      09) Heltah Skeltah – Therapy (Remix)
      10) OGC and Cocoa Brovaz – Likkle Youth (Original version)
      11) BCC – Off The Hook
      12) BCC – Bootcampian Champians
      13) Cocoa Brovaz – Mary Juana
      14) BCC – My Mic Sounds Nice
      15) Buckshot – Follow My Lead (Remix)
      16) Fab 5 – Doo Wop Role Call
      17) Fab 5 – Leflaur Leflah (Remix)
      18) Cocoa Brovaz – Teenage Luv
      19) Buckshot – Air Tight
      20) OGC – Monday Blues For Brooklyn Crews
      21) BCC – Tony Touch Freestyle
      22) Heltah Skeltah – Lockdown Skit
      23) BCC – Off The Hook (Instrumental)
      24) Cocoa Brovaz – Drama (Instrumental)
      25) Fab 5 – Leflaur Leflah (Remix Instrumental)
      26) Heltah Skeltah – Therapy (Remix Instrumental)
      27) Cocoa Brovaz – All About the Cash (Instrumental)
      28) BCC – My Mic Sounds Nice (Instrumental)
      29) Buckshot – Follow My Lead (Remix Instrumental)
      30) BCC – Night Riders (Remix Instrumental)
      31) Heltah Skeltah – Hot 97 Freestyle (Bonus)