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Important Indie Hip-Hop Releases

Wednesday, June 7th, 2017

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

Video: Take It Personal Podcast (Episode 8): Indie Hip-Hop Tribute

Saturday, April 8th, 2017

Single Series: Company Flow

Tuesday, December 14th, 2010

Company Flow dropped their debut single in 1994 on Libra Records. The year after that they dropped EP, Funcrucher on Official Recordings which was followed with two more singles also dropped on Official Recordings, Infokill and Eight Steps To Perfection. Soon after they signed to Rawkus and in 1997 dropped their full-lengh debut Funcrusher Plus who instantly became widely recognized as an underground classic. The album was followed with two more singles, Blind and Fire In Which You Burn (recorded under the name Indelible MC’s [Company Flow, Juggaknots & J-Treds]). In 1998 they released one more single, End To End Burners, also on Rawkus.

All of those singles mentioned above you can download in the following post.


Juvenile Technique VLS (1994)

01. Juvenile Technique (Radio Edit)
02. Juvenile Technique (Instrumental)
03. Juvenile Technique (LP Version)
04. Juvenile Technique (Essentials Mix)

–>Download Juvenile Technique VLS<–

More singles after the break!


No Hooks w/Blockhead

Thursday, October 30th, 2008

i’ve always had an appreciation for songs that would forgo the whole “verse-hook-verse-hook” monotony and would just be all about the rapping. songs that were just an mc rhyming over a beat with no frills. it feels as if these kinds of songs were standard for most golden age albums made by any respectable mc of that era. ranging from album intro’s to full on 48 bar verses to album outro’s, these are all songs where the mc would go for theirs ,without worrying about when the hook was gonna drop, and simply show and prove.

1)creative control: O.C.
2)portrait of a masterpiece: the D.O.C.
3)the grime and grit: pep love
4)mc’s out to murder the world: the cenobites
5)no omega: Eric B. and Rakim
6)On the jazz tip: maestro fresh wes
7)timebomb: public enemy
8)communism: Common sense
9)kool is back: kool g rap and dj polo
10)no chorus: kool kieth
11)phuck’em up U: grand daddy I.U.
12)akbar’s joint: jamalski (but actually akbar)
13)the master: freddie foxxx
14)braggin’ writes: J-live
15)planet brooklyn: freshco
16)brainstorm: latee
17)outro: outkast



Blockhead Blesses Us

Tuesday, September 30th, 2008

Stretch & Bobbito’s demo tape

1)Skam demo
2)talk about it: skam
3)mysteries of life: Lewis Parker
4)SOS demo
5)east/west: the colony
6)problem child:constant deviants
7)blue: kurious
8)lyrical professor:genesis
9)come inside: tony bones
10)deep in your bones: tony bones
11)better then you: mad scientist
12)born to live (original demo version): O.C.

Blockhead, producer and part-time Philaflava poster laced us with this Stretch & Bob demo tape from his stash. Hopefully there will be more to come.

— Philaflava