Editors’ Notes In hip-hop, what’s considered “alternative” is often dependent on geography and era. Back in the early ‘90s, as the rap airwaves were taken over by smooth ladies' men in stylish suits (with the glossy production to match), East Coast crews like De La Soul and Digable Planets were distinguished by both the lack of gold jewelry around their necks and a sonically dense sound that incorporated breezy horns and reverberating basslines plucked straight from the instrument itself. Meanwhile, on the West Coast, groups like The Pharcyde and Souls of Mischief provided a cerebral counterpoint to party-pumping gangsta rap, by rhyming about emotional complexities and social anxieties over jazz and funk samples. But alternative rap is also a forum for artists to experiment with persona: Del Tha Funkee Homosapien adopted the sci-fi alter ego Deltron 3030, while Madvillain’s MF DOOM became one of rap’s most revered MCs by posing as a comic-book anti-hero.

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It's Bigger Than Hip-Hop (Hip-Hop Remix)
3:34
 
Lovin' It (feat. Joe Scudda)
3:51
 
The Seed (2.0) (feat. Cody Chestnutt)
4:27
 
Go!
Be
3:44
 
Much More (feat. Yummy)
4:05
 
Electric Relaxation
4:03
 
Fu-Gee-La
4:20
 
Rebirth of Slick (Cool Like Dat)
4:21
 
93 'Til Infinity
4:46
 
3:46
 
Dead Bent (12" Version)
3:16
 
Blockbuster Night, Pt. 1
2:32
 
None Shall Pass
4:03
 
4:03
 
Waves
3:31
 
4:09
 
Diddy Bop (feat. Raury & Cam O'bi)
3:28
 
GUMMY
4:21
 
Qualifiers
3:31
 
Micheal Knight
3:15
 
Exhibit C
5:31
 
Modern Man's Hustle
3:45
 
Never Catch Me (feat. Kendrick Lamar)
3:54
 
Don't Rush Me (Bonus Track)
4:32
 
Clubhouse
3:00
 
Grown Up
2:19
 
BagBak
2:40
 
1:58
 
A Couple Dollars (feat. Joell Ortiz)
4:44
 
Simply Amazin' (Steel Blazin')
4:38
 
Mellow My Man
4:41
 
What's Golden
3:08
 
Body Rock (feat. Mos Def & Q-Tip)
5:17
 
4:02
 
Alphabet Aerobics (The Cut Chemist 2 1/2 Minute Workout)
2:13
 
A Beautiful Mine
5:29
 
7:29
 
This Way
4:05
 
Break Up (The OJ Song)
4:08
 
Me and Jesus the Pimp In a '79 Granada Last Night
7:10
 
Get By
3:47
 
Nappy Heads (Remix)
5:22
 
5:04
 
U.N.I.T.Y.
4:10
 
Pain (feat. Snoop Dogg)
4:39
 
The Choice Is Yours (Revisited)
4:03
 
Done By the Forces of Nature
3:49
 
4:51
 
Bonita Applebum (includes 'Can I Kick It' Intro)
3:49
 
People Everyday (Metamorphosis Mix)
4:56
 
Kick, Push
4:15
 
The Love Song
4:18
 
3:55
 
Ace (feat. Smino & Saba)
3:02
 
3:30
 
Sunshine
3:36
 
Shine a Light (feat. Thaddillac)
2:41
 
Won't Do
3:52
 
JUNKY
4:08
 
Talk to Me
2:31
 
Really Doe (feat. Kendrick Lamar, Ab-Soul & Earl Sweatshirt)
5:19
 
Baby Blue (feat. Chance the Rapper)
4:40
 
DEVASTATED
3:27
 
This Is America
3:45
 
Ms. Fat Booty
3:43
 
The Fire (feat. John Legend)
3:41
 
Love of My Life Worldwide (feat. Queen Latifah, Angie Stone & Bahamadia)
5:26
 
Work It Out (feat. Dave Matthews Band)
3:51
 
3:29
 
Bad M.F.
3:07
 
4:13
 
The Light
4:21
 
Selfish
3:45
 
Gettin' Up
3:17
 
D.R.U.G.S. (Featuring DJ Hi-Tek)
4:45
 
Lyrical Magic
3:57
 
Gun for the Whole Family
3:53
 
Fazers
3:17
 
Yesterday
3:23
 
Guild (feat. Mac Miller)
3:53
 
Pursuit of Happiness (Nightmare) [feat. MGMT & Ratatat]
4:55
 
Black Mags
3:11
 
Stereo Hearts (feat. Adam Levine)
3:30
 
2:38
 
LOGOUT (feat. Chance the Rapper)
2:30
 
The Thing About It
4:24
 
On a Good One (feat. Kokane)
2:45
 
Complexion (A Zulu Love) [feat. Rapsody]
4:23
 
Nike Boots
4:18
 
Movin Backwards
4:41
 
Brown Skin Lady
5:46
 
Concrete Schoolyard
5:21
 
La Schmoove
4:57
 
4:32
 
Drift
2:49
 
Keep It 100
6:57
 
Awomen Amen
4:24
 
Like Me
3:44
 

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