While You Were Sleeping: Top 10 Underground Hip-Hop Albums Of September 2013 (Part 2)
Tanya Morgan x 6th Sense - Rubber Souls (ImprintOne80) 9.24.2013
Two of the most important Rap groups of the past decade are easily the aforementioned crew The Procussions and Tanya Morgan (Moonlighting, The Bridge EP, Brooklynati & You & What Army). Ever since Tanya Morgan first emerged on the scene back in 2004, eventually leading up to their classic 2006 LP Moonlighting they've found new ways to keep their sound fresh and evolve with each subsequent release. Rubber Souls is no different as they collaborate with producer 6th Sense to craft what will no doubt end up on most Best Of... lists at the close of the year.
Rubber Souls features guest appearances from Nitty Scott MC, Spec Boogie, 6th Sense, Rocki Evans (of CharlieRED), Spree Wilson, Outasight and more. Rubber Souls can be bought via iTunes, Amazon, Fat Beats, UGHH, stream & purchase it from DJBooth.net or cop the deluxe edition package directly from ImprintOne80. If you appreciated the Native Tongue aesthetic and love original quality Hip-Hop music then you must own this record.
Madlib x Freddie Gibbs - Deeper EP (Madlib Invazion/Stones Throw) 9.24.2013
You've no doubt already heard the Thuggin' EP. You more than likely have already heard the Shame EP. Do I really need to sell you on the concept of Madlib and Freddie Gibbs anymore? I honestly didn't think so. The vinyl only release Deeper EP can be purchased from the Stones Throw Store, UGHH, Fat Beats & HHV (for the overseas readers). The album Pinata drops February 4th, 2014 via Madlib Invazion/Stones Throw. Was that hard?
Danny Brown - Old (Fools Gold) 9.30/10.8.2013
Danny Brown has been gaining more & more traction in his career since he dropped the Nick Speed helmed free album Hot Soup back in 2008. His profile was raised significantly on the Hip Hop blogosphere in 2010 after the back to back releases Detroit State Of Mind 4 and The Hybrid. Afterwards, even mainstream Rap publications couldn't ignore him anymore. Danny Brown was so hot at that time his former G Unit associate Tony Yayo released their collaborative project Hawaiian Snow to capitalize off of it. Ultimately Danny signed with Fools Gold and dropped two more excellent projects in 2011, XXX & his collaborative project with Black Milk Black and Brown! .
Danny has toured & done numerous guest appearances all leading up to his present tour co-headlining with Action Bronson in anticipation of his new release, Old. Old features appearances from Schoolboy Q, Freddie Gibbs, Ab-Soul, ASAP Rocky, Charli XCX, Zelooperz, Scrufizzer & Purity Ring. Production is handled by Oh No, Paul White, A-Trak, Rustie, SKYWLKR, Frank Dukes and Darq E Freaker amongst others. If you're curious to hear it, Old is streaming right now on Spotify and is available for pre-order via iTunes, Amazon, UGHH, Fat Beats or you can instead cop it straight from Fools Gold. Your iTunes library ain't s%#! if it ain't got no Danny in it...
BONUS PICK: Mr. Probz - The Treatment (Left Field Recordings/Traumashop) 9.17.2013
Mr. Probz' album is everything these major label soundalike albums wish they could be. Lyrical. Melodic. As multiple songs could potentially work on terrestrial radio without sounding like they were intentionally made to do so. In addition to all of that, The Treatment is a concise album from top to bottom. The reason you may not have heard of Mr. Probz before now is because he's an independent MC based in The Netherlands. Luckily for you, Dart Adams is a Hip-Hop fan and Hip-Hop is GLOBAL. You can hear The Treatment for yourselves on Soundcloud & then cop it from iTunes. You're all welcome...
EVEN MORE RAWNESS: Alage - Throwaway Series (Alage Music) 9.2.2013, AG Da Coroner x ATG - Crushed Grapes EP (Man Bites Dog) 9.18.2013, EPP - Chrome Plated Chronicles (Bandcamp) 9.24.2013, Deltron 3030 - Event II (Deltron Partners/Bulk Recordings) 9.30.2013 & True Master - Master Craftsman (Persia Legacy) 9.17.2013
While You Were Sleeping will return in a few more weeks to showcase the rest of the best underground & independent Hip-Hop releases October has to offer. Until then, this is Dart Adams saying "Don't sleep".