The Best of Underground Hip-Hop

"Blowing marijuana smoke in a smoke filled room
She leaned in my ear said “You ever did shrooms?”
I said “I never did that and I never did you.
If it come in a pack baby I’mma do two.”
Last act of the pact Mary Mack do it too
“If you agree to the terms we can do what it do”
She said “It is what it is.” and we did what we did
Right before we popped 3 caps and 3 stems
She popped that molly, rocked my boy, I fly high and my co-pilot
Psilocybin, got me slidin, slipping into another dimension
Me and this woman made love in Kemet
Traveled to the moon came back when we were finished
Fell to the earth, lost each other, died and we came back sister and brother
In that lifetime we couldn’t have each other
So we killed ourselves and it killed our mother
True romance, in one lap dance
I was in my future, my present and past”

- Killer Mike

Download Killer Mike & El-P's new collab EP Run The Jewels.

It’s so fuckin’ outlandish, heavy hitting, and phenomenal that my mind is still having trouble comprehending what I just heard. Truly some of El-P’s best production yet.

Aesop Rock, Slug, Immortal Technique, and El-P have a spur of the moment freestyle session…holy fuck yes!


And apparently at 4:30 A.M. Slug didn’t know where his head was at.

A-Trak - Piss Test (Remix) (ft. Juicy J, Jim Jones, Flatbush Zombies, El-P & Flosstradamus)

I’m just going to start by saying this is El-P’s most potent verse ever. In combination to A-Trak's zany beat, he absolutely kills it! His order was put last, since you should always end a song that has numerous features on it with the best feature. This is also why Big K.R.I.T.’s inhumanly dope verse on A$AP Rocky’s song 1 Train was put last. It was easily one of the best of 2012. It’s like how in standup comedy you’re supposed to start your act with your second best joke and end with your best joke. Leave the audience with something to think about. The same rules apply with successful hip-hop collabs of higher magnitudes.

Additionally, in my opinion, Jim Jones lays down his best verse ever as well, which really goes to show how well this song was put together. A lot of polish goes a long way. I also really like how the chorus is purposely more straightforward so when each lethal verse comes on you can’t help but get blown back. I didn’t like the chorus at first, because it seemed too mundane, but then I realized this is the type of song that’s definitely best enjoyed when you listen to it fucked up (hence the song title). In that state of mind you really get into the chorus and general feel of the song. You honestly can’t help but talk along with Juicy J in your mind. Piss Test (Remix) is off of the label compilation album Loosies for A-Trak’s label Fools Gold. There is also a badass Music Video that was made recently for this song.

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My Song Rating: 9.9 out of 10

If you’re a fan of Cannibal Ox, El-P, Aesop Rock, Def Jux, or underground hip-hop in general, this mini documentary is a must see.  As you can tell, this was made a while ago…back when Def Jux was first starting to really take off.

Cannibal Ox - Def Jux documentary (Part 1)

Cannibal Ox - Def Jux documentary (Part 2)

Cannibal Ox - Def Jux documentary (Part 3)

Killer Mike – Big Beast (ft. Bun B, T.I. & Trouble)

Big Beast is my second favorite song off of Killer Mike’s outstanding 2012 album R.A.P. Music, my favorite song being Reagan. The stark difference between these two songs is very apparent.  He can spit intelligent political raps just as well as he can rip motherfuckers to pieces with his crushing flow.  It perfectly exemplifies Killer Mike’s superb versatility, and serves as an important reminder that rappers who sound the same on every track simply aren’t skilled or creative enough to create more dynamic music.  This is a fundamental problem for one-dimensional hip-hop genres such as ‘hood rap’.  If a rapper only raps about money, hoes, and weed…it gets old pretty fast…especially if every rapper in that genre is doing the exact same thing.

Killer Mike – Reagan (Prod. by El-P)

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My Song Rating: 9.6 out 10

Album Art

This is a snippet from a mini documentary about Cannibal Ox and Def Jux. It’s officially my favorite hip-hop documentary of all time. I REALLY love how Vast Aire talks in normal conversation, since he always sounds like he’s flowing with no beat. This is my favorite quote from any documentary I’ve seen concerning music or hip-hop. Vast Aire is a very profound dude, which you would already know if you’ve listened to any of his verses from Cannibal Ox’s classic album The Cold Vein. If you’re a fan of Cannibal Ox, El-P, Aesop Rock, Def Jux, or underground hip-hop in general, this is a must see. As you can tell, this was made a while ago…back when Def Jux was first starting to really take off.

Cannibal Ox - Def Jux documentary (Part 1)

Cannibal Ox - Def Jux documentary (Part 2)

Cannibal Ox - Def Jux documentary (Part 3)

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Despot - Look Alive

Look Alive is off of the 2009 label compilation album Definitive Jux Presents IV.  Back when I first heard this song I was actually somewhat disappointed, since it absolutely blew me away, and at the time Despot didn’t really have any other songs available.  His reputation has been steadily growing since then.  He’s been featured on a lot of badass songs, such as Mr. Muthafuckin eXquire’s epic The Last Huzzah, but he’s still pretty damn low-key at this point.  Look Alive was also recently re-released on an outstanding compilation mixtape to promote El-P, Mr. Muthafuckin’ eXquire, Killer Mike, and Despot’s Into The Wild Tour.  If you don’t know these artists, you really need to download this mixtape.  You’ll be happy you did.
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My Song Rating: 9.7 out of 10

Killer Mike - Reagan (Prod. by El-P)

When I first heard that Killer Mike and El-P were teaming up for a collab album, I was extremely surprised and excited. I didn’t think it would live to my expectations though…turns out I was wrong. Not only is this Killer Mike’s best album (which is definitely saying something since all of his previous albums are pretty damn solid), it’s easily one of the best hip-hop albums of the year. El-P’s production is top notch throughout every song, and Killer Mike’s lyrical content is as potent as ever. This particular song is favorite off of it. Killer Mike spits lyrics with such a strong message you can’t but help listen to it a second time.

"But thanks to Reaganomics, prisons turned to profits
Cos free labor is the cornerstone of US economics
Cos slavery was abolished, unless you are in prison
You think I am bullshitting, then read the 13th Amendment
Involuntary servitude and slavery it prohibits

That’s why they giving drug offenders time in double digits”

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My Song Rating: 9.8 out of 10

El-P - The Overly Dramatic Truth

This is my favorite song by El-P.  He is a lyrical genius, and I firmly believe he’s the greatest abstract hip-hop producer of all time.  No one else even comes close.  I just bought The Cold Vein on vinyl, so I felt it necessary to show some much needed appreciation to the man behind Def Jux and Cannibal Ox.  I’ve also seen him live. It was a great show.

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My Song Rating: 9.7 out of 10

(Source: Spotify)