Whats your favorite underground or underappreciated band/ artist/ rapper?
Just looking for some new music to get into!
These are my favorites.
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.
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 ManAgreed. Also, Tech N9ne. The greatest rapper of all time, overall, as far as I'm concerned.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
"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".
This is corny to you??!!!
You're entitled to your opinion, but I want to headbutt you in the throat.
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.
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.
Use your keyboard!
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