Posts Tagged ‘indie hip-hop’

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

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Hydra Beats – The Complete Collection Flood

Thursday, April 27th, 2017

Huge thank you goes out to Dirt Dog for this massive flood on the Philaflava forums. All volumes have been properly tagging and features all 14 releases from Godfather Don, The Beatnuts, Ghetto Pros, Nick Wiz and A Kid Called Roots to name a few. Links after the jump.

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Independent Hip-Hop Tribute

Monday, March 27th, 2017

Episode 8 is our Jansport (backpack) special. A tribute to the independent hip-hop movement that helped spawn labels like Fondle ‘Em, Hydra, Rawkus, Stones Throw, Def Jux and ABB records. A time, where the internet played a major role in the music. This era allowed people to DIY, giving them an outlet never had. This movement created dreams, jobs, life-long careers and of course, some amazing music too. Speaking of music, if we covered everything this episode would be 20 hours instead of 2. We picked obscure cuts all the way to classics heard from the late 90s to the early 00s. We got everybody from Mos Def, Company Flow, MF Doom, Murs, Planet Asia, J-Live, Juggaknots, Weatherman, Saukrates, Jigmastas, Cannibal Ox, L-Fudge, Godfather Don, All Natural, Non-Phixon, Cage, Latryx, Mr. Voodoo, K-Otix, and Vakill to name a few. You don’t want to miss this!

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Fuck Slug (Atmosphere)

Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011

That is what I used to say years ago. We’ve all done it, right? Writing off a rapper before even giving them a shot. In hip-hop it’s way too easy (and fun) to discriminate, to the point it’s to be expected. This is how we sift out the insignificant, the insufficient and the imitators. While the light was dimming on the Golden Era, the indie tide starting rippling. Ever since hip-hop began, the indie movement has always been prevalent. But it wasn’t until the mid 90s where we suddenly witnessed the effects Al Gore had on us. When sites such as HipHopsite had us refreshing for their News On The DL or when Ed and his mother would take their lackadaisical approach at fulfilling our orders at Sandboxautomatic, we were married to the internet. Many groups came and went by ways of the internet. The outlet was not only substantial, but it allowed anyone with an ounce of aspiration to partake in our culture.

For many of us, we grew up in a distinguish era with a familiar sound. Not everybody could get us open like Black Moon. There is a difference in being observant and being tolerant. I knew what was talking place, I just had no interest in entertaining it. I came from a time where rappers looked a certain way, played a certain way and spoke a certain way. Call it complacent, I call it comfort.
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