If you’ve not yet been introduced to American hip-hop label Humble Beast, consider this your introduction. You’ve probably never heard of the names Odd Thomas, Braille or Propaganda, but on the site (which is here, by the way) you can download their albums free of charge.
I’m kind of new to hip-hop, but I gather that there’s a level of honesty in their rapping that’s pretty rare, and they couple amazing wordplay with powerful testimony. My personal favourite is Art Ambidextrous, a collaboration between Propaganda and Odd Thomas that you can download here, but Braille has also just finished a new album called Native Lungs that I’ve got playing as I write this, and it’s pretty awesome.
Check out Feel It, the lead single, below:
I’ve not got to it yet, either, but A Music Manifesto from the late Citizen Aim – also available free on the site – is reportedly incredible too.