It's been noted in the past that the last decade was an absolute dumpster fire, but goddamn was it a good time for hip-hop.
The phrase "rap is the new rock'" gets thrown around a lot, but that doesn't make it untrue. Artists like Kendrick Lamar, Tyler the Creator, Death Grips, BROCKHAMPTON and Danny Brown all released some of the best albums of their careers and of the decade - and in the case of a couple of them, some of the best albums of al time.
Due to this level of saturation though, and also due to streaming services making it easier for artists to release their work, many albums by independent, underground artists end up flying under the radar despite being just as mind-blowing and often much bolder than many mainstream albums. Let's take a moment to appreciate some of those albums that you might not have heard over the last ten years.
This was a struggle to compile and there could have been so many more on here, so some honourable shout outs are in order to Aesop Rock, Busdriver, Sean Price, clipping. Injury Reserve, Youngster Jiji, Angry Blackmen, Open Mike Eagle, Ugly Frank, Young Deuces, Ultra Suede and FLANCH...
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