The Rawkus label was one of the pioneers of the hip-hop underground movement that we know and love today. Even after suffering some devastating stumbling blocks that almost caused the label’s demise, Rawkus is back and stronger than ever! Rawkus is taking advantage of this downloading phase of accessing music by releasing several underground artists’ albums digitally. When I say several, I mean several! Out of the many albums that have been dropped there are three that stand out for me amongst the others and today I will share those titles with you. First up is that dude L.E.G.A.C.Y. from the Justus League and his album is called “Rawkus 50 Presents L.E.G.A.C.Y.!” As far as Justus League emcee rankings go, Legacy is my second favorite lyricist behind Phonte. Reason being is that he has a strong presence on the microphone when he rhymes, plus his lyrics are unpredictable. If you are a fan of his previous projects this new album will be right up your alley. If you have never heard of L.E.G.A.C.Y. until this very moment, check this new joint out and hear what you think. Then go back and find his previous stuff if you are diggin’ it!
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Next up one my favorite emcees from the Low Budget camp (Kev Brown, Kenn Starr) named Cy Young. I first discovered that kat back in the late 90s when he was working with the Magnificent Jazzy Jeff. He’s been featured on several Low Budget underground projects, but had never released a solo joint that I was aware of anyway. Rawkus has released a Cy Young album entitled “Rawkus 50 Presents Exactly” that will hopefully put Mr. Young on the hip-hop map? Cy Young’s strengths are his delivery and lyrical cadence, but that’s not what makes this emcee stand out though. The first thing that you’ll realize is that Cy is about 6’ 7” tall! The Jolly-Green Giant of rap if you will! He’s a pro baller turned rapper that’s definitely on the come up. This debut album is solid and with production duties being handled by the Low Budget ring leader Kev Brown, how could it not be. If you are a fan of the Low Budget movement already, be sure to check this joint out as well.
GET THE CY YOUNG ALBUM HERE!
The third runner-up is Roddy Rod, who just so happens to be another Low Budget crew member. Rod is a DJ/Emcee so he understands both perspectives of his craft pretty well. He knows what it takes to rock a party and how to keep folks heads bobbing. He currently has two projects out that both dropped back in November. The “Cuba After Market” album is a broken-beat/soul project that are for music lovers that are not afraid of pushing the creative envelope a little bit. This joints has a limited amount of independent soul guest appearances, so the majority of the album is full of broken-beat type instrumentals. This Rawkus release entitled “Rawkus 50 Presents Blunt Park Sessions” is strictly underground hip-hop. One of the highlights of this album is the dope production, which is normally the most important part for any album to me. When you get a chance put your ears on this album too.
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Support these types of artists not only because they need it, but because they deserve it!