Planet Asia - Black Belt Theatre & Rapsody - The Idea Of Beautiful (tie)
It's a tie! Planet Asia's overlooked album Black Belt Theatre and the First Lady Of Jamla's opus The Idea Of Beautiful both deserve your attention, Hip-Hop listeners. Do the right thing.
REKS x Numonics - REBELutionary
You want bars? You want beats? You want consciousness? You crave some social commentary in your Hip-Hop? You love rebel music? You want some you can bang in your whip or your iPod Touch? Cop REBELutionary then. You're welcome.
Sean Born - Behind The Scale
Sean Born of Low Budget Crew made the 2012 version of "The Purple Tape" if the setting was the back roads of Baltimore in the late 90's as opposed to late 80's era Gotham. Once you hear Behind The Scale you'll want to kick your own A$$ for sleeping on it. Salute to Kev Brown, Kenwood, Oddisee, Quartermaine and Dunc for providing the sonics.
Sene - Brooklyknight
Brooklyknight is one of those albums that you hear and rewind again and again with your head nodding sporting a look of exasperation on your face like "HOW DID HEADS SLEEP ON THIS JAWN?". I think that every time I play it on my iPhone 3GS or my MacBook and it blares out of my headphones. Go see what I'm talking about for yourselves.
7evenThirty - Heaven's Computer
Mississippi rookie MC 7evenThirty dropped an ambitious debut concept album that y'all really need to be checking for. There's more emcees in Mississippi than David Banner, Kamikaze and Big K.R.I.T., folks. Get familiar...
Skyzoo - A Dream Deferred
Skyzoo's official sophomore effort exhibited that the homie has entered the exact opposite of a slump. A Dream Deferred ended up on my shortlist of Album Of The Year contenders alongside Nas, Kendrick Lamar, House Shoes, KA, Roc Marciano, OC x Apollo Brown, etc. Skyzoo slayed production provided by 9th Wonder, Black Milk, DJ Khalil, !llmind, Focus..., Eric G, Jahlil Beats, Tall Black Guy and more then gave us gem upon gem. If you missed it when it dropped, cop it now. No late passes necessary because classic material is timeless. Word life.