By Alex P80 Parks
Trying to give some shine to artists that you may not be familiar with yet. These cats should be on your radar if they aren’t already. If they are on your radar, salute them and support their growth and contribution to underground hip hop.
Won87: The Cali-based producer has teamed up with an emcee on 3 incredible projects this year; Lord Juco on Clockwork, with SageInfinite on Sleeper Cell, and also with John Creasy on At All Costs. Won87’s production stays minimal but delivers the appropriate mood to fit the theme of the project and the style of the artists he works with.
Check my review of Sleeper Cell here:
Onaje Akbar Jordan: The Chicago producer has had placements on some of the biggest albums of the year including projects from Recognize Ali, Supreme Cerebral, Asun Eastwood and more. His beats hit hard and reflect his no nonsense style of producing bangers.
Check Asun Eastwood’s dope video for Verified Account here:
Check his latest track Dirtee Def Jordan w/ Fade: https://soundcloud.com/zemene-mesafint/dirtee-def-jordan-w-fade
Normal Regular:The Baltimore emcee garnered some attention earlier this year when he dropped the Alchemist produced joint “Lorraine.” He has since given heads a few dope singles and most recently the heater “Power.” Norm Lord is set to make some big noise in the near future, so keep watching.
Check Power here:
Don Carrera: The “God of the ‘Sipp” has blessed heads with his dope beat tape CRRA. Chock- full of widely varied beats, Don brings a mix of styles with sample-based sounds and adds some southern Mississippi flavor for good measure. Don continues to push his creative talents and crafts more refined beats each step of the way.
Check out CRRA here:
Uncle John: Set to drop the EP Lyrical Assassin fully produced by Farma, the Long Island native brings his drawl and smooth flows over dope production. He’s sure to bring an element of his own individual personality on every track he drops. Check his video for “The Light” off Lyrical Assassin here:
Check out his other new video for YooWoo. The track is produced by Escada, who provides a bouncy joint for Tio Juan to ride to. Uncle John recently signed to Promisd Land Records. Check it below and look for Uncle John’s EP with Farma coming soon!
Primo Jab: The Chicago area rapper enlists the talents of some heavy emcees like Ras Kass, Daniel Son and IceLord as features for his latest album, Book of Jab. Keep your ears open for Primo as he’s set to keep rising with this and his future releases.
Available on iTunes here:
Cocareef: The New Jersey native just released his album It’s that Cocareef, with a grimy East Coat sound. A great supporter of the underground HipHop renaissance, Cocareef shouts out all the dope artists doing their thing for the culture.
Available on iTunes here:
Or cop his limited edition cassette w/ OBI strip at:
Deuce Hennessy and Charlie Chan: Hailing from the increasingly deep upstate/West New York area, these 2 have been dropping loosies regularly, catching the attention of fans and hip hop artists alike with gritty rhymes and hardcore East coast boom bap beats.
Check out Chuck Chan’s latest Heavy Moves on SoundCloud here:
Check out Deuce Hennessy’s SoundCloud:
Killyshoot: the Worcester MA emcee brings a tough as nails persona to couple with his hard and grimy rhymes. His beat selection continues to show a more sophisticated taste in the golden eras style. Check his latest album The Killing Time here:
And his latest single, the DJ manipulator produced “The Wor”:
Stay up on these cats, as their stock will surely rise…