Section.80 by Kendrick Lamar — this is Lamar’s first album. Some massive talent here . . .
Greatest Story Never Told by Saigon — this album is incredibly solid and diverse all the way through
Cats and Dogs by Evidence — a solid album. What else can I say? The track below samples Philip Glass.
The Family Sign by Atmosphere — this is hip hop at its most “spoken word”
Undun by The Roots — one of my favorite Roots albums in a while
The Abandoned Lullaby by Icebird (Rjd2 & Aaron Livingston) — solid stuff
Shaolin vs Wu Tang by Raekwon (and Ghostface) — pretty solid album by the only arts of the Wu Tang still making music worth checking for.
The Martyr by Immortal Technique — about as solid a mixtape as you’re going to find. Plus, Immortal Technique’s politics are generally pretty right.
Honkey Kong by Apathy — not the most creative subject-matter in the world, but Apathy is a wordsmith