While You Were Sleeping: Top 6 Underground Hip-Hop Albums From January 2013
Moe Pope x Rain Let The Right Ones In 1.22.2013 (Brick)
Moe Pope x Rain’s follow up to their critically acclaimed 2011 collaborative LP Life After God was released two Tuesdays ago on Boston based indie powerhouse label Brick Records. Let The Right Ones In is a versatile and diverse album full of intricate worplay and top notch production handled by Rain, The Arcitype and Headnodic. We can count on seeing Let The Right Ones In included in many Best Of 2013 lists 11 months from now. You can purchase it from iTunes, Amazon, Fat Beats, UGHH or preview it and purchase it from Bandcamp.
Jesse Abraham I Am Water 1.29.2013 (Fat Beats)
2011 UMA Lyricist Of The Year Jesse Abraham, whom we last heard on his 2011 UMA Album Of The Year nominated project One Day teamed with Fat Beats and DJBooth.net to release his new concept album I Am Water this past Tuesday. All proceeds from I Am Water will be donated to Charity Water, an organization committed to funding & organizing fresh water projects in developing countries worldwide. Every two copies sold will provide one person with fresh water that previously didn’t have access to it. The project will be available to purchase on Fat Beats, UGHH, iTunes & Amazon in the near future but for now you can stream and cop I Am Water from DJBooth.net & Bandcamp.
Uptown XO Colour de Grey 1.29.2013 (Mello Music Group)
Uptown XO is one of most well regarded emcees in the DMV (D.C./Maryland/Virginia) area and is also 1/3 of the supergroup Diamond District with Oddisee and yU. Following a string of excellent well received mixtapes & solo projects (Realmatic, Monumental, One. One. Ten., Monumental 2 & The Color Grey) Uptown XO teamed with his frequent collaborator AB The Pro to release his first proper solo project on Mello Music Group, Colour de Grey. This 13 track Hip-Hop tour de force is sure to be regarded as one of the best efforts of the year. You can purchase Colour de Grey from iTunes, Amazon, Fat Beats, UGHH or you can stream it and purchase it from Bandcamp.
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