The Non-Essential A-Z: Hip-Hop II

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

FEBRUARY '16

Words by Gummo Clare

[Image: Oliver Macdonald Oulds]

Here’s 26 more hip-hop tunes for your listening pleasure, from a range of styles, languages, and periods. You can find some laid-back and jazzy drawlers (Guru, Edan and Insight), some fiery and politically-charged rappers (One Day as a Lion, and Keny Arkana), and a lot in between.

In light of the announcement of his impending retirement, I’ve included a slightly lesser-known track by Yasiin Bey aka Mos Def. While his career has maybe lacked consistency, he has released some indisputably classic songs, and his verse on the anti-police banger ‘Made You Die’, included here, shows his skills as a lyricist and MC. Also check out Wu-Tang affiliate Hell Razah’s track, featuring some great verses and MF DOOM’s signature production.


A

Aceyalone and Mumbles - The Walls and Windows (1997, A Book of Human Language) 


B

Bamcirca86 x Freddie Joachim - Mist of the Madness (2011, God Jah Speed Bless)


C

The Coup - 5 Million Ways to Kill a C.E.O (2000, Party Music)


D

DOOM ft. Count Bass D - Potholderz (2004, MM... Food?)


E

Edan ft. Insight - Funky Voltron (2005, Beauty and the Beat)


F

Freddie Gibbs, Madlib and Scarface - Broken (2014, Piñata)


G

Guru - Loungin' (1993, Jazzmatazz Vol. 1)


H

Hell Razah ft. Talib Kweli & Viktor Vaughn - Project Jazz (2007, Rennaissance Child)


I

Illegal - Back in the Day (1994, The Untold Truth)


J

Jeru the Damaja - Brooklyn Took It (1994, The Sun Rises in the East)


K

Keny ArkanaLa - Rage (2006, Entre ciment et belle étoile)


L

Lady of Rage - Get With Da Wickedness (1997, Necessary Roughness)


M

MARCO POLO FT. MASTA ACE - NOSTALGIA (2007, PORT AUTHORITY)


N

NYOIL - CULTURE FREEDOM (2013)


O

One Day As A Lion - Wild International (2008, One Day As A Lion)


P

Pharoah Monche feat. Canibus - Hell (1999, Internal Affairs)


Q

Quasimoto - Return of the Loop Digga (2000, The Unseen)


R

The Roots - Guns Are Drawn (2004, The Tipping Point)


S

Souls of Mischief - Spark [RJD2 Remix] (2002)


T

A Tribe Called Quest ft. Busta Rhymes and Redman - Steppin' It Up (2013, The Abstract and the Dragon)


U

U.G.K - It's Supposed To Bubble (1994, Super Tight)


V

Viktor Vaughn - Mr. Clean (2003, Vaudeville Villain)


W

Wu-Tang Clan ft. Junior Reid - One Blood Under W (2000, The W)


X

Xzibit ft. DJ Premier - What A Mess (2002, Man Vs. Machine)


Y

Yasiin Bey, Dead Prez and mikeflo - Made You Die (2012, Justice For Trayvon Martin Mixtape)


Z

Zack De La Rocha ft. Last Emperor and KRS-One - C.I.A (Criminals in Action) (1998, Lyricist Lounge, Vol. 1)