Editors’ Notes As rap went mainstream in the late ’80s, an underground emerged to reinforce the music’s outsider ethos. There was the lo-fi, conscious rap of artists like The Jungle Brothers, Queen Latifah, and A Tribe Called Quest, who offered a more intellectual alternative to the materialist raps heard on the radio. Around the turn of the millennium, the scene reoriented itself around the atmospheric soul samples of producers 9th Wonder and J Dilla (and their respective crews, Little Brother and Slum Village). To this day, the underground remains a space where rap fans go to discover music that’s as lyrically potent as it is sonically adventurous.

SONG
ALBUM
N.Y. State of Mind
4:54
 
Heart of the City (Ain't No Love)
3:43
 
Alright
3:39
 
Nosetalgia (feat. Kendrick Lamar)
3:36
 
Above the Clouds
3:41
 
4:00
 
Imperius Rex
2:29
 
Ray Mysterio (feat. Westside Gunn & Conway)
3:43
 
The Blast (feat. Vinia Mojica)
3:07
 
Rock Co.Kane Flow (feat. MF Doom)
3:05
 
Coming Off
3:45
 
Flamboyant
3:07
 
How Many MC's...
3:40
 
Momma Told Me (feat. J.I.D)
3:54
 
Benz Boys (feat. Ty Dolla $ign)
3:38
 
Robes (feat. Domo Genesis & Earl Sweatshirt)
5:04
 
I Used to Love H.E.R.
4:38
 
Blue Laces 2
4:10
 
Battle Cry (feat. Just Blaze)
5:04
 
Deadman (feat. Jadakiss & Nino Man)
3:02
 
For a Reason (feat. Elcamino)
2:21
 
It's My Thing
5:42
 
Silly Girl (Featuring Joe Scudda)
3:46
 
The Life of Kings (feat. Evidence & Big K.R.I.T.)
3:27
 
Simon Says (Acapella)
2:22
 
Ante Up (Robbin Hoodz Theory)
4:08
 
What We Do (feat. JAY-Z & Beanie Sigel)
3:49
 
Skitzo
3:20
 
Straighten It Out
4:13
 
Hood Politics
4:52
 
The Realest (feat. Kool G Rap)
4:19
 
Ordinary L*** S***, Pt. 2
4:04
 
Purified Thoughts (feat. GZA & Killah Priest)
3:30
 
93 'Til Infinity
4:46
 
Alphabetical Slaughter (feat. Papoose)
4:48
 
Headlines (feat. Westside Gunn, Conway & Benny)
3:27
 
Squad Up (feat. Havoc)
3:38
 
Boblo Boat (feat. J. Cole)
4:42
 
Zendaya (feat. J. Cole)
4:18
 
NBA (feat. Wiz Khalifa & French Montana)
5:05
 
Baby Blue (feat. Chance the Rapper)
4:40
 
Don't Need It (feat. Merna)
4:17
 
Vice City (feat. Black Hippy)
4:43
 
It's a Shame
4:02
 
Triumph (feat. CappaDonna)
5:38
 
Soi3
4:41
 
A Bullet Never Lies (feat. Vinnie Paz)
3:24
 
Much More (feat. Yummy)
4:05
 
Who Got Da Props
4:30
 
Heaven & Hell
4:56
 
Mass Appeal
3:41
 
Empty Plates (feat. Fred the Godson)
2:53
 
Sleep Walkin
3:04
 
3:46
 
My Philosophy
5:40
 
Exhibit C
5:31
 
A.D.H.D
3:35
 
Gave My Dog Bands (feat. Conway the Machine)
3:34
 
This Can't Be Life (feat. Scarface)
4:48
 
3:09
 
It Was Written
4:12
 
Bring da Ruckus
4:11
 
Second Round K.O.
4:37
 
A Suicidal Failure
4:30
 
Time: The Donut of the Heart
1:38
 
2:43
 
Ms. Fat Booty
3:43
 
Lovin' It (feat. Joe Scudda)
3:51
 
The PJ's (feat. Raekwon & Masta Killa)
4:44
 
Maintain (F**k How You Feel)
3:14
 
3:03
 
Chaos
2:36
 
Little Young
3:07
 
Respiration (feat. Common)
6:05
 
Hot Thing (feat. will.i.am)
3:48
 
Whateva Man (feat. Erick Sermon)
3:08
 
Wat's Wrong (feat. Zacari & Kendrick Lamar)
5:30
 
I Like It (I Wanna Be Where You Are)
4:23
 
4:44
 
Corporal Punishment (feat. Elzhi)
3:23
 
Russo’s on the Bay (feat. Vinnie Paz)
3:18
 
3:43
 
MC's Act Like They Don't Know
4:55
 
You Live at Home with Your Mom
4:00
 
Passin' Me By
5:03
 
Beanie (Mack Bitch)
4:13
 
25th Hour
4:12
 
Good Times
3:31
 
The Games We Play
2:46
 
2:01
 
Stay Right Here (feat. Xavier Omär & Mick Jenkins)
3:30
 
Look Back at It
2:59
 
CLONES
2:51
 
Black Balloons Reprise (feat. Denzel Curry)
2:41
 
RUNNING OUT OF TIME
2:57
 
Big Wheels
1:36
 
Jailbreak the Tesla (feat. Aminé)
3:19
 
Sugar Mama
2:17
 

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