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The Best Hip-Hop on Bandcamp: October 2018

Hip Hop

October’s round-up of crucial Bandcamp hip-hop releases is colored by melancholy, with one of the Wu-Tang Clan’s most charismatic lyricists spitting over soul-drenched productions, a young voice from Florida delivering pensive, worldly musings, and a project from the Rhymesayers camp that tackles self-doubt and depression. There’s also an unearthed gem from a cult experimental hip-hop pioneer.

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Eight Artists At the Forefront of the Twin Cities Hip-Hop Charge


Finding Novyon

The leading lights of the Twin Cities hip-hop scene haven’t had a lot of time to worry about chart status or mainstream fame—even when it arrives. Instead, their DIY work ethic, community-minded focus, and everybody-knows-everybody support system has resulted in one of the most distinct and tight-knit indie rap scenes in all of North America. A haven for the nonconformists, Afropunks, backpackers, and cross-cultural iconoclasts that keep the indie-rap fires stoked, Minneapolis and St. Paul have nurtured the venerable label Rhymesayers, their affiliated record store/rap-nerd Valhalla Fifth Element, the long-running destination festival Soundset, and a number of renowned artists from Atmosphere to Brother Ali to Doomtree.

And while there’s been no shortage of recent success stories—pretty much all of Minnesota is pulling for Lizzo to blow all the way up—there are still a crucial number of artists who have set up shop in the Twin Cities and made their names by staying there to find a career-sustaining niche. A few of these artists go way back, and some are just establishing themselves, but they’re all contributing to—and advancing—one of the most eclectic, loyal, and adventurous indie scenes going.

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