The Non-Essential A-Z: Hip-Hop

THE NON-ESSENTIAL A-Z: HIP-HOP

december '15

Words by Gummo Clare

[Image: Oliver Macdonald Oulds]


This selection of tunes is not a comprehensive guide to hip-hop, or an essential list of tunes from the 26 best rappers around. Instead, it’s just a collection of great tracks from a wide range of artists. Some you’ll probably know, and hopefully there will be some you don’t - but nothing has been excluded for not being obscure enough, and likewise tracks aren’t kept in just because of their rarity.

Obviously my  personal tastes are reflected in the list - there’s not much trap or drill in this selection, and golden era-style production has probably been over privileged. Similarly, there’s a decent amount of politically-charged tunes in here (in particular, check out more stuff by Bambu, a recent discovery of mine). Another standout at the moment is Kate Tempest’s new release, Europe is Lost -  a suitably bleak soundtrack to current events.

Have a listen, let us know what you think, and look out for more A-Z playlists coming soon!


A

aesop rock - Daylight

(2001, Labor days)




B

Bambu - Militant Greetings, Baby

(2013, Sun of a Gun)


C

Cakes da killa - Truth tella (Wildkatz mix)

(2014, Hunger prangs)


D

Damu the fudgemunker - day by day (feat. raw poetic)

(2010, kilawatt v. 1)


E

El-p - drones over bklyn

(2012, cancer for cure)


F

freddie foxxx - industry shakedown

(2000, industry shakedown)


G

gang starr - You Know My Steez (Three Men and a Lady Remix) (feat. Lady of Rage)

(1999, Full Clip: A Decade of Gang Starr)


H

Hieroglyphics - Mics of the Round Table 

(1998, 3rd Eye Vision)


I

Intalek What's the Word

(2015)


J

Jyager/Polar Bear Never Giving Up

(Common Ground, 2010)


K

Kate Tempest - Europe Is Lost

(2015)


L

Lux - Why?

(The Man They Call Lux, 1996)


M

milo - an encyclopedia

(So the Flies Don't Come, 2015)


N

Nikki D - Lettin Off Steam

(Daddy's Little Girl, 1991)


O

O.C.- You and Yours

(Jewelz, 1997)


P

Poor Righteous Teachers - Rock Dis Funky joint 

(Holy Intellect, 1990)


Q

Questionmark Asylum- Hey Look Away (feat. Black Girl)

(The Album, 1995)


R

Run the Jewels - OH MY DARLING DON'T MEOW (Just Blaze Remix)

(MEOW THE JEWELS, 2015) 


S

Slakah the Beatchild - Where's Yesterday

(Soul Movement 2, 2014)


T

Tuff Crew - My Part of Town

(Danger Zone, 1988)


U

Ultra magnetic MC's - Watch Me Now

(Critical Beatdown, 1988)


V

Vordul Mega - Stay Conscious

(Mega graphitti, 2008)


W

Willie D - You Ain't No Ganksta

(I'm Going Out Lika Soldier, 1992)


X

X Clan - Heed the Word of the Brother

(To The East, Blackwards, 1990)


Y

Y Society - Good Communication

(Travel At Your Own Pace, 2007)


Z

Zion I - Trippin'

(Mind Over Matter, 2010)