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The Explosive Evolution of Hip-Hop in India

Illustration by Sijya Gupta

In India, the world’s second most populous nation, underground rap has reached a milestone. What started off as mimicry of American hip-hop in the early 2000s has matured into an original art form, one that’s gradually branching out into various styles and subgenres. With a firm foundation in place, the stage is set for innovation.

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The Best Hip-Hop on Bandcamp: April 2019

best-hip-hop-1244This month’s celebration of the ten most essential new hip-hop releases on Bandcamp includes a West Coast project in the lineage of Madlib’s extended musical family, a sterling collaboration between a Rochester street spitter and a cinematic German producer, and a successful mash-up of contemporary U.K. jazz players and golden era MCs. We also make a pit stop in Eastern India for a time-traveling album that goes deep on ancestral themes. Continue reading