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#1 Posted by Rudyftw (554 posts) -

Whats your favorite underground or underappreciated band/ artist/ rapper?

Just looking for some new music to get into!

These are my favorites.

ALT. BANDS:

RAPPERS:

#2 Posted by Tsoglani (585 posts) -

Said it before and I shall say it again: E-40 from the Bay rips it nicely. One of the most under rated emcees, and one of the most successful independents.
 
Also RA The Rugged Man

#3 Posted by the_OFFICIAL_jAPanese_teaBAG (4308 posts) -

Ive listened to Immortal Technique today and his flow bothers me.  He cant rap to the beat.  Good lyrics but he should really work on it...  Also dont listen to music by battle rappers

#4 Posted by joeq1159 (111 posts) -

All the bands I used to follow seem to be gone now which totally blows. They were all New York based but I think my favorite one was Afflitus. Google them. But if you're ever in the New York City area you should check out Bronx Underground. They have some pretty sweet bands that play at their shows.

#5 Posted by BraveToaster (12590 posts) -

I am?

#6 Posted by JammyJesus (770 posts) -

J.Z.

#7 Posted by Tesla (1923 posts) -

Sage Francis, Slug, Aceyalone, Aesop Rock, People Under the Stairs, Del the Funky Homosapien, Mr. Lif, Cannibal Ox, Cunninglynguists, Blu

Underground rappers are super hit or miss for me. The majority have some pretty wack flows.

#8 Posted by SpencerTucksen (423 posts) -
@Tsoglani said:
Said it before and I shall say it again: E-40 from the Bay rips it nicely. One of the most under rated emcees, and one of the most successful independents.  Also RA The Rugged Man
Agreed. Also, Tech N9ne. The greatest rapper of all time, overall, as far as I'm concerned.
#9 Posted by MikkaQ (10288 posts) -

MF Doom for sure. His bizarre but interesting lyrics and smooth flow are absolutely godlike in the world of hippety hop.

#10 Edited by phish09 (1109 posts) -

I dunno....Phish I suppose...you probably can't name a song by them anyway.

Here's a taste though. They return to Madison Square Gardens for another sold out 4 night run this New Years Eve. And yet no one seems to know who they are.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W9RxuMrYzpc

#11 Posted by EuanDewar (4908 posts) -
#12 Posted by CandiBunni (465 posts) -

@Axxol said:

I am?

You are.

#13 Posted by PeasantAbuse (5138 posts) -

@Axxol said:

I am?

Do you make music?

#14 Posted by Chumm (240 posts) -

@Tesla said:

Sage Francis, Slug, Aceyalone, Aesop Rock, People Under the Stairs, Del the Funky Homosapien, Mr. Lif, Cannibal Ox, Cunninglynguists, Blu

Underground rappers are super hit or miss for me. The majority have some pretty wack flows.

This list is super solid, would recommend all.

Atmosphere (Slug) and Brother Ali are the best in the underground in my opinion, it's great to have followed their music from being young and angry to fathers and husbands satisfied with their lives. When the music's personal it means that much more. Here's a couple of their newer, happier tracks, but there's a ton of stuff out there.

#15 Posted by bombHills (632 posts) -

I love all the Rhymesayers crew, but Slug and Brother Ali are far from underground these days. Not that I care, they have worked hard for a long time and deserve some limelight.

#16 Posted by BisonHero (6517 posts) -

@Axxol said:

I am?

YOU are Heavy's favourite underground artist. AGH HA HA HA.

#17 Posted by Little_Socrates (5677 posts) -

High Infidelity, though only because I know only a couple actual underground groups and because they do the world's greatest Journey and Bon Jovi covers live. I can't find any of their best videos when it comes to Journey, though. I just enjoy seeing these songs played for five dollar tickets, though.

#18 Posted by ShadowConqueror (3051 posts) -

Lustmord.

Or am I getting too literal with the "underground" part?

#19 Posted by matthias2437 (985 posts) -

I'm not sure how underground they are anymore but both Touche Amore and La Dispute are bands that still arent to well know.

#20 Posted by BraveToaster (12590 posts) -

Ekoms eht Retfa

#21 Posted by plaintomato (599 posts) -

New Model Army (=band, not rapper artists). I don't know, they're probably not underground if you are from UK or Europe, but I saw them in the states this year and the club had less than 100 people in it...this is a long time and successful band, but people in the states mostly prefer thoughtless party music I guess, and NMA don't sing about cash, gin, dope, guns, bitches, or ass-shaking so I guess they'll never take off here.

#22 Posted by Tomzombie (397 posts) -

i know this is not relevant to this post but i just want a reason to post this on this site.

#23 Posted by Vegetable_Side_Dish (1727 posts) -
@Tomzombie: Not...underground...at....all....sold.....millions....of....records...........
#24 Posted by Mystyr_E (1190 posts) -

Don't know if these 2 count since they're sorta popular but I rarely if ever see people mention them so I'll include em

#25 Posted by AlexW00d (6275 posts) -
#26 Posted by McGrittles (92 posts) -

Just some solid rap

#27 Posted by beard_of_zeus (1684 posts) -
@matthias2437 said:

I'm not sure how underground they are anymore but both Touche Amore and La Dispute are bands that still aren't too well known.

That new La Dispute album is dark as fuck. I'll usually eat up some depressing music, but I might have found my breaking point. Song about child accidentally getting killed in the middle of a gang shooting followed by song about man getting stabbed by his schizophrenic son followed by song which is journal entries from a mother writing about her son who is dying from cancer? There IS one bright spot in the record in terms of tone (which I guess I'll post below, why not), but maaaaaaaaaaan. It's a good album, though; their singer always has such a desperate, urgent spoken-word style that I enjoy.
 
  
#28 Posted by Jerr (531 posts) -

Are Battles still considered underground? They did have that song in the PS3 Commerical. Anyways, I love em.

#29 Posted by DanielJW (4915 posts) -
#30 Posted by Video_Game_King (36272 posts) -

Yes.

#31 Posted by Bruce (5264 posts) -

I hate Immortal Technique -- and rappers like him -- with a passion. No feel for songwriting, just multi-syllabic pissing contests. Not knocking people who are into that sort of rap, but it's just boring and corny to me.

#32 Posted by Guided_By_Tigers (8061 posts) -

@Video_Game_King said:

Yes.

They aren't even close to being an underground band.

#33 Posted by Guided_By_Tigers (8061 posts) -

Tough question but I guess I would have to go with Aughra (Ambient/Electronic band from Virginia)

For me personally, one of the criteria for a band to be underground is they can't have a wikipedia page.....meaning they aren't well known enough or haven't created enough media attention to warrant a wikipedia page.

#34 Edited by mscupcakes (612 posts) -

Mojo Spade!

#35 Posted by Example1013 (4834 posts) -

Heltah Skeltah.

#36 Posted by Example1013 (4834 posts) -

Also it's "Your".

#37 Posted by Vonocourt (2130 posts) -

I've been obsessed with them for a couple weeks now.

#38 Posted by buzz_killington (3532 posts) -

"yo that nicki minaj is pretty dope, amiright? LOL fuck justin bieber. thumbs up if you agree."

Every single top comment on every single music clip on YouTube, ever. It has gotten to a point where I can't even enjoy the music. Fuck.

On the topic at hand, I don't know if it counts really as underground, but I've sporadically enjoyed Tom Morello's solo act "The Nightwatchman".

#39 Posted by Owlhead (153 posts) -

Rappy McRapperson.

seriously.

#40 Posted by Winternet (8018 posts) -

Velvet Underground.

#41 Posted by Harkat (1102 posts) -

Thereis not enough electronica in this thread. I present Burial and Nathan Fake, respectively:

#42 Posted by phuzzybunny (172 posts) -

Smoov E is my favorite underground rapper. Dude should be huge with some of his songs

#43 Posted by Cheesebob (1236 posts) -

MF DOOM count?

#44 Posted by Elerigo (101 posts) -

Vally of Walls

#45 Posted by Rudyftw (554 posts) -

This is corny to you??!!!

You're entitled to your opinion, but I want to headbutt you in the throat.

@Bruce said:

I hate Immortal Technique -- and rappers like him -- with a passion. No feel for songwriting, just multi-syllabic pissing contests. Not knocking people who are into that sort of rap, but it's just boring and corny to me.

#46 Posted by Bruce (5264 posts) -

@Rudyftw:

Yeah, that is corny to me. And I believe I said that people were entitled to their own opinion, so I don't get the whole lame "headbutt" comment. Why not just brush it off as two people who have different tastes?

Plus, I'm like 6'1, so from a practical sense, it'd be pretty hard to headbutt me in the throat unless you were really short.

#47 Posted by Example1013 (4834 posts) -

4 of my favorites on one song

#48 Posted by VisariLoyalist (2992 posts) -

@Axxol said:

I am?

yeah...

#49 Posted by chrismafuchris (1088 posts) -

None of these artists strike me as particularly subterranean.

#50 Posted by Rudyftw (554 posts) -

@Bruce: ...........Wow.

@chrismafuchris: Our avatars go perfect together <3