Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Why I'm Excited About Hip Hop

This is just the list of artists that I'm aware of who are actively creating music and/or performing (in order that I like them within each category, the categories are NOT a hierarchy) that have had at least one song that I know of that I like at least enough to have a positive opinion of the artist. This is the longest the list has been in a long, long time.

Masters Still Working

Public Enemy
Eminem
Nas
The Coup
Kanye West
KRS-One
Mos Def
Outkast/Big Boi/Andre 3000
Ice Cube
De La Soul
RZA
Q-Tip
Dr. Dre
Jay-Z
Common
Talib Kweli
Ms. Lauryn Hill
Wu-Tang Clan
R.A. the Rugged Man
Dead Prez
Busta Rhymes
Del tha Funkee Homosapien
Wyclef Jean
Ludacris
Cypress Hill
Snoop
Naughty By Nature
E-40
DMX
Black Moon
Jean Grae
Cee-Lo Green/Goodie Mob
LL Cool J

The Next Generation

Kendrick Lamar
Childish Gambino
Saul Williams
Scroobius Pip
Macklemore
Afroman
Das Racist/Heems
Killer Mike
Danny Brown
D12
The Streets
M.I.A.
El-P
Busdriver
Lupe Fiasco
Atmosphere
Royce Da 5'9
Kid Cudi
Obie Trice
Latyrx
Dizzee Rascal
Roots Manuva
Paul Wall
Tragedy Khadafi

Up-and-comers to Watch

Mac Miller
Schoolboy Q
Jasiri X
Hopsin
J. Cole
Death Grips
Blackalicious
Angel Haze
Action Bronson
Jay Electronica
Final Outlaw
Beat Bop Scholar
Shabazz Palaces
Papoose
Earl Sweatshirt
Pusha T
Lil Dicky
Blu
Chimurenga Renaissance
Lil B
Homeboy Sandman
Ab-Soul
Iggy Azalea
Fashawn
A$AP Rocky
Joey Bada$$
Kid Ink
IamSu
Meek Mill
Lil Twist
Don Trip
Ty
A$AP Ferg
Trinidad James
Mikey Factz
English Frank
Giggs
Fredo Santana
Cory Mo
Big Sean
Yelawolf
A+
Machine Gun Kelly
Dizzy Wright
Ty Dolla $ign
David Dallas
Dev
Ptaf
Tyler, the Creator

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