Oddisee is a producer who’s worked with Black Milk, and to be honest that’s the only name I recognize from his undoubtedly impressive repertoire of associated artists. Nonetheless, his beats are certainly cool, with a lot of soul (both meanings of the word), and a true underground feel. Mental Liberation is a 2009 release with a collection of tracks that he has collaborated and produced on. It has some really cool tracks such as ‘Let the Music’, ‘Q&A’, and ‘Rhymes Get Written’. Check it out!
Download: Oddisee – Mental Liberation
One criminally under-listened to MC, THIRTY FIVE LISTENERS, it’s a DAMN shame because it is a solid, solid rap album. It has a very back to the classics / oldschool feeling and the level of production is astoundingly high for someone who I assume is unsigned. The rapping is slow paced and very straightforward, but it should definitely not be disappointing someone looking to listen to some solid hip hop. Don’t go in looking for anything groundbreaking, however!
Up for free download on his bandcamp here: K- Nine – Best Kept Secret
Random Axe making its way to my hip-hop album of the year, sweet flows, heavy beats, the odd sprinkling of R&B swooning, and three MCs dropping verses like deuces. Whilst it’s nothing particularly out of the box (although some of the beats are quite interesting) the solid level of production and no bullshit rapping make it one of my favourite albums this year.
Download: Random Axe – Random Axe