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