THE NON-ESSENTIAL A-Z: HIP-HOP
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!