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The Best Hip-Hop on Bandcamp: September 2018

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Two bona fide classic ‘90s hip-hop albums from De La Soul and Digital Underground recently arrived on Bandcamp. Naturally, we’ve included them in our celebratory roundup of the best new rap releases to hit the platform. Beyond the reissue scene, we also spotlight the lullaby poetics of Chicago’s next breakthrough voice, the latest heavyweight block corner dispatches from Buffalo, and a trap-soul-style project representing North Carolina.

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Album of the Day: Nostrum Grocers, “Nostrum Grocers”

Earlier this month, Elucid, an inventive underground rapper from New York, and Rory Ferreira, who records under the names milo and scallops hotel and lives in Maine, issued their first self-titled record as a duo, Nostrum Grocers. In the past half-decade, both rappers have seen their audience grow in both size and rabid interest, despite the fact that both work outside the major label—or even major indie—machine, and neither make concessions, stylistic or otherwise, to the demands of the market. Nostrum Grocers is a brief, gorgeously-produced record that makes the abstract feel immediate.

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Kenny Segal is a Revered Producer in the L.A. Rap Scene

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There’s no guarantee that your art will afford you an audience or a living. An obvious but no less disappointing reality, confronting it requires the maturity to accept compromise, the wisdom to step back and appreciate the long view.

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This Week’s Essential Releases: Classic Soul, Indie Pop, Hip-Hop, and More

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Welcome to the first 2018 edition of Seven Essential Releases, our look at the week’s crucial LPs and singles. And since the world of Bandcamp is so vast, we also include one killer release from the vaults that you may have missed the first time around.

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The Best Hip-Hop Albums of 2017

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As the year comes to a close, it’s time to engage in the time-honored tradition of rounding up its essential releases. Over the course of the last 12 months, Bandcamp was home to some of the most thrilling, creative, and innovative albums in hip-hop, with MCs embarking on lyrical flights of fancy over beats that skew experimental, but still keep it funky. Presented in alphabetical order, here’s your 10 hip-hop sure shots for the rap year 2017.

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Biggest Ups: Over 40 Artists Share Their Favorite Albums of 2017

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Bandcamp artists pick their favorite albums of the year.

One of the features on Bandcamp Daily that generates the greatest amount of enthusiasm is Big Ups. The concept is simple: we ask artists who used Bandcamp to recommend their favorite Bandcamp discoveries. So, in honor of our Best of 2017 coverage, we decided to take Big Ups and super-size it. Here, more than 40 artists to tell us their favorite albums of the year.

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The Best Albums of 2017: #40 – #21

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We’ll be revealing the full list, 20 albums at a time, this whole week.

Last year, the Bandcamp Daily staff put together our first “Best Albums of the Year List,” 100 albums we felt defined 2016 for us. At the time I remember thinking, “This is tough, but it will probably get easier as the years go on.” Now, one year later, I’m realizing that I was wrong. The truth is, the world of Bandcamp is enormous, and it contains artists from all over the world, in every conceivable genre (including a few who exist in genres of their own invention), and at every stage of their career. The fact of the matter is, any list like this is going to fall short because, on Bandcamp, there is always more to discover. Right now, there’s probably someone in their bedroom in Buenos Aires, making a record on their computer that is going to end up on next year’s list. So as comprehensive as we’ve tried to make this list, we realize that, even at 100 albums, we’re only scratching the surface of what’s available. The albums that made this list, though, were the ones that stayed with us long after they were released—the ones we returned to again and again and found their pleasures undimmed, and their songs still rewarding.

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The Best New Hip-Hop on Bandcamp: September 2017

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There’s a strong political slant to September’s best hip-hop albums. Some of them disparage a certain occupant of the Oval Office; others criticize law enforcement for killing unarmed black people; a few take a more hopeful tack, suggesting socially-conscious ways to survive the times. Then, there’s Odd Ralph, whose album is about the misadventures of a pink Labrador. We’ll explain.

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