Check out these selections in Alternative Hip-Hop and Rap featuring Kid Cudi, 9th Wonder, RATATAT & Curren$y
[Throwback Hip-Hop]: Origins of Alternative Rap
[Chill Rap w/EDM influence]
Super Boo – KiD CuDi (produced by Scott “Kid Cudi” Mescudi)
You can be my Super Boo, oh oh
You can be my Super Boo, I need you,
to come…and chill with me
Come on, 1…, 2… Check!
Alive (feat. RATATAT) – KiD CuDi
Glock Nines (RATATAT Remix) – Beanie Sigel feat. Jay-Z
On G’s – Curren$y
[Indie/Underground Conscious Rap]
My Grind – I-An-I
[Dope Rap over Dope Beats]
Step Up – Busta Rhymes [prod. by J Dilla]
Today’s throwback post would be remiss if I didn’t start it off mentioning a few of the players responsible for the massive growth of alternative hip-hop through the 2000s. For those not in the know, think “rap music that you wouldn’t hear on the radio” then think about why you don’t hear it on the radio. Sure, in some cases maybe it’s not a good song, or maybe it doesn’t have the mainstream, wide-audience appeal, and that’s what makes it great.
I had the good fortune of being exposed to many of these artists that produce real hip-hop: this genre ranges from still hard-banging (just not radio friendly) Cam’Ron, Vado, Action Bronson, BIG K.R.I.T., Jay Electronica, Curren$y, Nipsey Hussle, producers Araabmuzik and J Dilla, among many more. On the lighter side of alt. rap, you’ll find the Kid Cudis, Breezepark, Two-9, Lil B “The BasedGod”, Murs & 9th Wonder, Aesop Rock, 88-Keys and more.
Some of these artists would be considered underground. Some were alternative and moved into the limelight: Wiz, Wale, Curren$y, many of the rappers featured in XXL’s Freshman lists in the past several years apply as well.
[Alternative, Conscious Hip-Hop]
What It Used to Be (feat. Wiz Khalifa) – Nicolay [produced by 9th Wonder)
The world has changed so very much, from what it used to be…
No Future – 9th Wonder & Buckshot [from The Formula]
Eyes on the future, what to do, do?
Must I feel they’ll be no future? What to do, do?