Posts Tagged ‘j. dilla’

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

The 50 Most Important Indie Hip-Hop Albums

Friday, 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 and our homie, Alex from, 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…


Black Sun – Donut Holes (2006)

Friday, August 27th, 2010

Black Sun hails from Pittsburgh, PA. Sun has been recording since the mid-90s, and in 2006 he released this album over J. Dilla’s Donuts LP. Don’t be surprised by how ill this MC you never heard of flip’s this classic, Sun is one of the most respected artists around the way.

01 – Intro
02 – Workinonit
03 – Waves

04 – Light My Fire

05 – The New

06 – Stop

07 – People

08 – The Diff’rence

09 – Mash

10 – Time

11 – Glazed

12 – Airworks

13 – Lightworks

14 – Stepson of the Clapper

15 – The Twister

16 – One Eleven

17 – Two Can Win

18 – Don’t Cry

19 – Anti-American Graffiti

20 – Geek Down

21 – Thunder

22 – Gobstopper

23 – One For Ghost

24 – Dilla Says Go

25 – Walkinonit

26 – The Factory

27 – U-Love

28 – Hi.

29 – Bye.

30 – Last Donut of the Night

31 – Outro

You can link with Black Sun on Twitter


Rory Webb