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Hip-Hop has made a fair departure from the respective golden eras of the 80s and 90s, but crying about it will get you nowhere. The upside is that the culture has made a change for the better in recent years. We’ve also seen a resurgence in lyrics and a clear spark in individuality — some instances are a bit more extreme than others.

To emphasize this fact, we decided to list 15 bodies of work that changed the very fabric of the culture over the past five years. During this time, the game experienced a changing of the guard.

No longer the ringtone era, we were in the midst of a period that has yet to be defined; one that uses the Internets as a means to communicate with the people.

Without getting too prophetic, let’s just say that fans received some quality tunes during these years.

See 15 projects that changed the game in the past five years on the following pages. As always, don’t hesitate to let your thoughts be known in the comments.

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