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Underground Album Releases 2020

Uncle Murda – Don’t Come Outside, Vol. 2

Favorite Songs: What I Mean Is

Features: Tory Lanez, Que Banz, Jadakiss, Benny the Butcher, Conway, Styles P, Derez De’Shon, Aviator Keys, Dave East


Royce da 5’9″ – The Allegory

Favorite Songs: Dope Man, I Don’t Age, Pendulum, Generation Is Broken, Overcomer, Thou Shall, Fubu, Hero

Features: Emanny, Cedric the Entertainer, Ashley Sorell, Grafh, Oswin Benjamin, DJ Premier, Westside Gunn, Kid Vishis, Conway the Machine, Benny the Butcher, KXNG Crooked, Sy Ari Da Kid, White Gold, Cyhi The Prynce, T.I., Vince Staples, G Perico


A$AP ANT – Addie Pitino

Favorite Songs: Wockkanda, Global Distortion, Dijon Mustard

Features: LuLu P, Baby 9eno, Lil 2dow, Benji Blue


Boldy James – The Price of Tea In China

Favorite Songs: Giant Slide, Surf & Turf, Run-Ins, Scrape the Bowl, S.N.O.R.T, Gret October, Mustard

Features: Vince Staples, Benny the Butcher, Freddie Gibbs, Evidence


The Professionals – The Professionals

Favorite Songs: The Pros, Payday, Give N Take, Superhumans, Buggin, CDP Smackdown

Features: Adub, Elzhi, Chino XL


D Smoke – Black Habits

Favorite Songs: Bullies, No Commas, Haspar Yanga, Top of the Morning, Seasons Pass, Closer to God

Features: Snoop Dogg, Jill Scott, Iguocho, Jackie Gouche, Davion Farris, SiR, Ari Lennox


Sy Ari Da Kid – It Was Unwritten

Favorite Songs: Two Parent Household, Entrepreneurship, Reap What You Sow, Chain Reaction

Features: Rama, Big K.R.I.T., Paxqiiao, Translee, Quentin Miller, Jasmine Janai, T.I., Cyhi The Prynce


Princess Nokia – Everything Is Beautiful

Favorite Songs: Green Eggs & Ham, Happy Place, Wash & Sets, Gemini, Wavy, Soul Food Y Adobo, Blessings, I Am Free

Features: Onyx Collective, Oshun, Terrace Martin


Vic Spencer – Psychological Cheat Sheets

Favorite Songs: Unmedicated Behavior, Jello Bowl Full of Stupidity, Spoiled Freshness, Friends Is a Dumb Word, 198.1 Wmiz FM, I Hate Swallowing Pills, Assessment Patties


R.A.P. Ferreira – Purple Moonlight Pages

Favorite Songs: Greens, Noncipher, Omens & Totems, U.D.I.G, Laundry, No Starving Artists, Mythical, Golden Sardine

Features: Open Mike Eagle, Mike Ladd


Vinnie Paz – As Above so Below

Favorite Songs: Scorched Earth, I Am the Chaos, The Black Hand, The Compleat Witch, Sicilian Bull, Spilled Milk

Features: Chinaski Black, Estee Nack, Jay Royale, Block McCloud, Demoz, Queen Herawin, Nowaah the Flood, Eamon, Rigz, Vast Aire, Recognize Ali


Skepta, Chip & Young Adz – Insomnia

Favorite Songs: Mains

Features: Dirtbike LB


Kota the Friend – Everything

Favorite Songs: Summerhouse

Features: Joey Bada$$, Bas, Hello O’Shay, Alex Banin, Kaiit, Tobi Lou, Kyle, Braxton Cook, Lil Kota


Jon Connor – SOS

Favorite Songs: Thank You, Black, The Code

Features: Kelly Price, Ace Gabbana, Craig Owens, Sister Tour, DJ Paul, Jarren Benton, Locksmith, Ricky Calloway, Dizzy Wright, Joey Alana Alexander Fisher, Tatum McFadden, AFRO, Termanology, King Vishis, Chris Webby, Daylyt, Phire of Sister Tour, Mr Mikey, Ebonie Gipson, Joy Melody


R.A. The Rugged Man – All My Heroes Are Dead

Favorite Songs: All My Heroes Are Dead, Legendary Loser, All Systems Go, Hate Speech, Gotta Be Dope, Who Do We Trust?

Features: Ghostface Killah, Masta Killa, Kool G Rap, XX3eme, A.F.R.O, DJ Jazzy Jeff, Immortal Technique, Novel, Inspectah Deck, Timbo King, M.O.P, Vinnie Paz, Chris Rivers, Onyx, Chino XL, Brand Nubian, Ice-T, Chuck D, Shaun P, Sarah Smith, Kelly Waters


Westside Gunn – Pray For Paris

Favorite Songs: No Vacancy, George Bondo, French Toast, Euro Step, $500 Ounces, Le Djoliba

Features: Conway the Machine, Freddie Gibbs, Benny the Butcher, Joey Bada$$, Tyler, The Creator, Billie Essico, Wale, Joyce Wrice, Roc Marciano, Boldy James


Shabazz Palaces – The Don of Diamond Dreams

Favorite Songs: Fast Learner, Chocolate Souffle, Bad Bitch Walking, Money Yoga

Features: Purple Tape Nate, Stas THEE Boss, Darrius


Bishop Nehru – Nehruvia: My Disregarded Thoughts

Favorite Songs: Too Lost, Emperor, 3:50 in L.A., All of My Years, Meathead, Never Slow

Features: MF DOOM


Chris Keys & Quelle Chris – Innocent Country II

Favorite Songs: Living Happy, Horizon, Bottle Black Power Buy the Business, Grease from the Elbows, Sudden Death, Mirage

Features: Marcella Arguela, Joseph Chilliams, Cavalier, Merrill Garbus, Homeboy Sandman, Josh Gondelman, Pink Siifu, Billy Woods, Mosel, Nelson Bandela, Dr. Tenille, Starr Busby, Earl Sweatshirt, Denmark Vessey, Nappy Nina, Fresh Daily, 5ILL


Stove God Cooks & Roc Marciano – Reasonable Drought

Favorite Songs: Rolls Royce Break Lights, Crosses, Money Puggles, Gloria Belemente, Cocaine Cologne


KA – Descendants of Cain

Favorite Sings: Every Now and Then, Unto the Dust, Patron Saints, My Brother’s Keeper, Solitude of Enoch, Pray, Sins of the Father

Features: Roc Marci


Sir Michael Rocks – Broken Window of Opportuntiy

Favorite Songs: Open The Vault, Ice Skate, Can’t Call It, Punchin’, Overload

Features: Shorty K, Mickey Factz


Freddie Gibbs & The Alchemist – Alfredo

Favorite Songs: God Is Perfect, Scottie Beam, Look At Me, Frank Lucas, Baby $Hit, Babies & Fools

Features: Rick Ross, Benny the Butcher, Tyler, The Creator, Conway the Machine


Elucid – Shit Don’t Rhyme No More

Favorite Songs: Hyssop, 1010 Wins, Lambskin, Rza Taught Me

Features: Psychic Twin, KeiyaA


Joell Ortiz & KXNG Crooked – H.A.R.D.

Favorite Songs: Catchin’ Bodies, Wolves, Lovely

Features: Mrk Sx, Blakk Soul


Run The Jewels – RTJ4

Favorite Songs: yankee and the brave, ooh lala, out of sight, holy calamafuck, walking in the snow, JU$T, the ground below, a few words for the firing squad

Features: Greg Nice, DJ Premier, 2 Chainz, Pharrell Williams, Zack de la Rocha, Joshua Homme, Mavis Staples


Medhane – Cold Water

Favorite Songs: No Cap, Live!, Na Fr, Watch My Step, Truth & Soul, Don’t F**k Around

Features: Maxo, Navy Blue, Jadasea, keiyaA


Westside Gunn – Flygod Is an Awesome God 2

Favorite Songs: Michael Irvin, Jose Canseco, Lil Cease, Greatminder, Rebirth, Steve Behr

Features: AA Rashid, Stove God Cooks, Armani Caesar, Benny, Boldy James, Keisha Plum, Rome Streetz


Armand Hammer – Shrines

Favorite Songs:Leopards, Slew Foot, War Stories, Flavor Flav, Dead Cars, Parables, Ramesses II, The Eucharist

Features: R.A.P. Ferreira, Akai Solo, Earl Sweatshirt, Nosaj, Pink Siifu, KeiyaA, Curly Castro, Quelle Chris, Fielded, Moor Mother


Boldy James & Sterling Toles – Manger on McNichols

Favorite Songs: Medusa, Detroit River Rock, B.B. Butcher, The Safe, Requiem

Features: First Lady Deja, Louie P Newton


Styles P – Styles David: Ghost Your Enthusiasm

Favorite Songs: I’m the Shit, Backpack Rap, Animals

Features: ItsTheReal, Whispers, Jadakiss, Snyp Life, Cassandra the Goddess, Dyce Payne, Sheek Louch


MIKE – Weight of the World

Favorite Songs: Alert*, Never Thought, What’s Home 1/2, No, No, Plans, Allstar

Features: Jadasea, Earl Sweatshirt


Curren$y & Harry Fraud – The OutRunners

Favorite Songs: Offloading, In the Coupe, Pounds of Paper

Features: Rick Ross, Jim Jones, Wiz Khakifa, Conway the Machine


Blu & Exile – Miles

Favortie Songs: When the Gods Meet, Miles Davis, Bright As Stars, Blue As I Can Be, All the Blues

Features: Ishe, Aceyalone, Iman Omari, Dag Savage, Cashus King, ADAD, C.S. Armstrong, Gappy Ranks, Jacinto Rhines, Aloe Blacc, Fashawn, Miguel, The Last Artful, Dodgr, Jimetta Rose


Apollo Brown & Che Noir – As God Intended

Favorite Songs: Anti Social, Hustle Don’t Give, 12 Hours, Worth Gold

Features: Blakk Soul, Black Thought, Ty Farris, Planet Asia, Skyzoo


Wiley – The Godfather 3

Favorite Songs: Da Vibes Is Back


L’Orange & Solemn Brigham – Marlowe II

Favorite Songs: Marlowe Returns, Spring Kick, SMall Business, Later With It, SNaike Oil Scientists, Same Team, Preach Honest


wifisfuneral – PAIN?

Favorite Songs: Hills, Motion, Screw Up

Features: Coi Leray, Smoove’ L, Mariah Angeliq


Recognize Ali – Recognition

Favorite Songs: Goat, Holy War, Respect the Cloth, Death Itself, You Aint a Killer

Features: Vinnie Paz, DJ Tmb, Verbal Kent, DJ Eclipse, Planet Asia, Shabaam Sahdeeq, Apocalypse, Ill Bill, Tregedy Khadafi, Ransom, Ruste Juxx, Reef the Lost Cauze, King Magnetic, Tristate, Bronze Nazareth, Spit Gemz, Napolean da Legend, Tone Spliff


Conway the Machine – From King to A GOD

Favorite Songs: From King, Fear Of God, Lemon, Dough & Damani, Anza, Seen Everything But Jesus, Spurs 3, Jesus Khrysis, Nothin Less

Features: Method Man, Freddie Gibbs, Benny the Butcher, Westside Gunn, El Camino, Armani Caesar, Havoc, Lloyd Banks, DeJ Loaf, Flee Lord


Armani Caesar – THE LIZ

Favorite Songs: Countdown, Mac 10s for Everbody, THE LIZ, Gucci Casket, Drill a RaMA, Simply Done, Yum Yum

Features: Benny the Butcher, Conway the Machine, Westside Gunn, 808 Mafia


Action Bronson – Only For Dolphins

Favorite Songs: C12H16N2, Vega, Sergio, Cliff Hanger, Mongolia

Features: Yung Mehico, Hologram, Meyhem Lauren


Krizz Kaliko – Legend

Favorite Songs: Follow the Drip, what Do You Mean?, Avoiding Mirrors

Features: Tech N9ne, Stevie Stone, Garrett Raff, King Iso, CJ Hicks, Rittz, Merkules, Jelly Roll, JL


Public Enemy – What You Gonna Do When The Grid Goes Down?

Favorite Songs: When The Grid Goes Down…, GRID, State Of The Union, Merica Mirror, Public Enemy Number Won, Toxic, Crossroads Burning, Fight The Power, Go At It, Rest In Beats

Features: Cypress Hill, George Clinton, DJ Premier, Pop Diesel, Mile D, Adrock, Run-DMC, Daddy-O, Nas, Rapsody, YG, Black Thought, Jahi, Questlove, Ice-T, PMD, Mark Jenkins, The Impossebulls, Ms. Ariel


Nappy Roots – 40RTY

Favorite Songs: Back Roads, Jivin’ and Shuckin’, I Suppose

Features: Raven Richards, Lando Ameen, Backwud Marc, Andrew Weaver, Gold Griffith, Gareth Asher, Rizzi Myers



Favorite Songs: Sunshine Intro, Ishkabibble’s, Ocean Prime, Good Night, 98 Sabers

Features: Benny the Butcher, Conway the Machine, Boldy James, Armani Caesar, Slick Rick, Black Thought, Jadakiss, Busta Rhymes, elcamino, Keisha Plum, Stove God Cooks, AA Rashid, Flee Lord, Estee Nack, Smoke DZA


Papoose – Endangered Species

Favorite Songs: Billionaire, Boxcutter, Cobra Scale, Maturity, Numerical Slaughter 2, Workin

Features: French Montana, DJ Premier, Conway the Machine, Nigel Hall


Black Thought – Streams of Thought, Vol. 3: Cane and Abel

Favorite Songs: I’m Not Crazy, State Prisoner, Good Morning, Magnificent, Experience, Nature of the Beats, Steak Um, Thought vs. Everybody, Fuel

Features: Pusha T, Killer Mile, ScHoolBoy Q, Swizz Beats, Portugal. The Man, The Last Artful Dodgr


Open Mike Eagle – Anime, Trauma and Divorce

Favorite Songs: Death Parade, Headass, Sweatpants Spiderman, Asa’s Bop, The Black Mirror Episode, Wtf is Self Care

Features: Video Dave, Kari Faux, Little A$e


clipping. – Visions of Bodies Being Burned

Favorite Songs: Say the Name, 96 Never Campbell, Something Underneath, She Bad, Check the Lock, Eaten Alive, Body for the Pile, Enlacing

Features: Cam & China, H09909


Benny the Butcher – Burden of Proof

Favorite Songs: Burden Of Proof, Where Would I Go, Sly Green, One Way Flight, Famous, Over The Limit, Thanks God I Made It

Features: Lil Wayne, Big Sean, Rick Ross, Freddie Gibbs, DOM KENNEDY, Westside Gunn, Conway the Machine, Queen Naija


Homeboy Sandman – Don’t Feed the Monster

Favorite Songs: Trauma, Stress, Hello Dancer, Monument, Triple Warmer, Biters, Gestation

Features: Quelle Chris


Busta Rhymes – Extinction Level Event 2: The Wrath of God

Favorite Songs: The Purge, Outta My Mind, Slow Flow, Don’t Go, True Indeed, YUUUU, Best I Can, Look Over Your Shoulder, You Will Never Find Another Me

Features: Kendrick Lamar, Anderson .Paak, Rick Ross, Q-Tip, Rakim, Rapsody, Ol’ Dirty Bastard, Pete Rock, Chris Rock, M.O.P., Mary J. Blige, Mariah Carey, Nikki Grier, Vybz Kartel, Bel Biv DeVor, Minister Louis Farrakhan


Dizzee Rascal – E3 AF

Favorite Songs: God Knows, That’s Too Much, L.L.L.L., Eastside, Don’t Be Dumb

Features: Kano, P Money, D Double E, Fresco, Chips, Ghetts, Ocean Wisdom, Steel Banglez, Alicai Harley, Smoke Boys, Rob Jones TV


Ill Bill – La Bella Medusa

Favorite Songs: What’s My Drug?, Be Afraid!, Illest Killers, Dinner Plate, Call the Coroner, Only Built 4 Gucci Drip, Bora Bora Aura

Features: Vinnie Paz, Tech N9ne, Conway the Machine, Recognize Ali, Nems, Pharoah Monch, Lord Goat, Jay Royale, CRIMEAPPLE, D.V. Alias Khryst, Rite Hook, Kool G Rap, Slaine & Little Vic, Tony Yayo, Sabac Red


Common – A Beautiful Revolution (Pt 1)

Favorite Songs: Say Peace, What Do You Say, A Riot In My Mind

Features: Black Thought, Lenny Kravitz, PJ


Atmosphere – The Day Before Halloween

Favorite Songs: Where the Road Forks, Party Crashers, Sleep Apnea


Willie the Kid – Capital Gains

Favorite Songs: Egregious, Dirty Game, Durban Poison, Peceptions

Features: Action Bronson, Curren$y, Roc Marciano, Kiyana, Eto, Tekh Togo


Aesop Rock – Spirit World Field Guide

Favorite Songs: The Gates, Dog at the Door, Pizza Alley, Crystal Sword, Boot Soup, Coveralls, Holy Waterfall, Flies, Sleeper Call, Attaboy, Foxed and Dilated


Salaam Remi – Black On Purpose

Favorite Songs: No Peace, Comin’ Outta the Rain, Really Real Out Here, Push Time, Yonder

Features: Nas, Busta Rhymes, Common, Black Thought, Stephen Marley, CeeLo Green, Doug E. Fresh, Chronixxx, Fresh, Billal, Jennifer Hudson, Malcolm X, Teedra Moses, D-Nice, Mack Wilds, Case, James Poyser, Betty Wright, Anthony Hamilton, Syleena Johnson, B.Trenton, Super Cat, Spragga Benz, Mumu Fresh, Sandra Bland


Roc Marciano – Mt. Marci

Favorite Songs: Covid Cough, Spirit Cookin’

Features: ScHoolBoy Q, Action Bronson, Stove God Cooks, Kool Keith, Trent Truce


Statik Selektah – The Balancing Act

Favorite Songs: The Healing, Play Around, Hard Living, Time, Watch Me, America is Cancelled, No Substitiute, Ralph Laurens, Balance Beam

Features: Nas, Joey Bada$$, Method Man, Dave East, Black Thought, Benny the Butcher, Killer Mike, Conway the Machine, 2 Chainz, Jadakiss, Jack Harlow, Styles P, Kota the Friend, Termanology, CJ Fly, Sean Price, Blu, Fly Anakin, Havoc, Haile Supreme, Bun B, Smoke DZA, Rome Streetz, Marlon Craft, Evidence, JFK, Gary Clark Jr., Allan Kingdom, Bobby Sessions, Harley Harl, Nick Grant, Lil Fame, Brady Watt, Rim Da Villain, Thirstin’ Howl the Third


Your Old Droog – Dump YOD: Krutoy Edition

Favorite Songs: Ukraine, New Religion, Matryoshka, Odessa, Malichishka Krutoy, Kyrgyzstan

Features: Tha God Fahim, Mach-Hommy, Billy Woods, Phonte, EL-P, Black Thought, Tvoy


Gorillaz – Song Machine, Season One: Strange Timez

Favorite Songs: Song Machine: Strange Timez, Pace-Man, Desole, Momentary Bliss, With Love To An Ex, MLS, How Far?

Features: ScHoolBoy Q, JPEGMAFIA, 6LACK, EARTHGANG, slowthai, Skepta, GoldLink, Kano, Robert Smith, Beck, Leee John, St Vincent, Elton John, Peter Hook, Georgia, Octavian, Roxani Arias, Fatoumata Diwara, Slaves, Joan As Police Woman, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Moonchild Sanelly, CHAI, Tony Allen


Boldy James & Real Bad Man – Real Bad Boldy

Favorite Songs: Light Bill, Thousand Pills, Held Me Down, Street Shit, Good Foot

Features: Meyhem Lauren, Stove God Cooks, Eto, Mooch, Rigz


Too $hort & E-40 – Ain’t Gone Do It / Terms and Conditions

Favorite Songs: Triple Gold Sox, Dapper Don, Dress Like a D-Boy

Features: G-Eazy, Freddie Gibbs, Guapdad 4000, Brent Faiyaz, Rayven Justice, Mistah F.A.B, Tiny MD, BossLife Big Spence, Reg Black, Zyah Belle, Turf Talk, Stresmatic, Blxst, Drakeo the Ruler, Capolow, Symba, GASHI, Larry June, Kid3rd, Pimpin Ken, Trae Suave


Flee Lord – No More Humble Fashion

Favorite Songs: Roc to the X, Westcoastin’, DoorsLocked

Features: Conway the Machine, Westside Gunn, Zaza God, T.F., G4 Jag


KRS-One – Between Da Protests

Favorite Songs: Opening Remarks, Tight, Don’t Fall For It, Black Black Black, Medu-neter

Features: SUN-ONE


Moor Mother & Billy Woods – Brass

Favorite Songs: Maroons, Arkeology, Gang for a Day, Mom’s Gold, Rock Cried, Tiberius, Giraffe Hunts, Portrait

Features: Elucid, Navy Blue, Mach Hommy, Imani Robinson, Fielded, Wolf Weston, Franklin James Fisher, John Forte, Amirtha Kidambi


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