THE NON-ESSENTIAL A-Z: HIP-HOP
Words by Gummo Clare
[Image: Oliver Macdonald Oulds]
We’re back with another alphabetical array for your delectation. As ever, the only unifying theme for this playlist is variety – there’s some New Orleans Bounce from Big Freedia, a portrayal of life as a minibus driver in Tanzania from X Plastaz, and YG and Nipsey Hussle’s anthemic ‘FDT’, one of the only good things to have come out of the Trump presidency.
I’ve also included two tracks (‘Are You In Peace’ and ‘Infogee Rhapsody’) that, for me, show the incredible creative potential of jazz/hip-hop collaborations. Don’t go in expecting Robert Glasper or A Tribe Called Quest though - both tunes are miles away from the work of the usual ‘jazz-rap’ suspects, and are all the better for it.
P.S. Make sure you take a look at the video for Mista Grimm’s ‘Indo Smoke’. While the tune verges on the cheesy, the footage features pretty much a who’s-who of West Coast legends.