Lethal Dialect's debut album LD50 was released back in 2010 and it really blew my mind for the level it was at. I knew it was going to set a bar, artists would have to up their game to compete in the scene here after this one. No one else had delved so deep and planned into the murk of dark sub-social story telling nor done so with such intelligently crafted precision, a true stepping stone for the scene. You can download LD50 for free here http://lethaldialect.bandcamp.com/album/ld50
Costello's debut solo album Illosophical dropped in March of last year and is definitely one of the best HipHop albums to have come out of the country in my opinion. I feel it should have gotten a lot more attention for the body of work that it is. Costello's rhymes are intricate and thought provoking and his flow is snappy yet smooth on all tracks. An album that sits just as comfortably audibly at 3am or in the middle of the day.
Rejjie Snow's EP Rejovich is up for download now. It features some real nice, laid back, down tempo jazzy style production, accompanied by his own paced flow creating a unified gel and a completeness to the EP. Absolutely worth the listen and a breath of fresh air from the muddle of similarities flooded in the present scene. You can buy and stream the EP from here http://www.deezer.com/en/album/6667201
In my opinion, this the best HipHop album to come out of this country and no doubt it would hold it's ground on an international level too. This one dropped back in early 2011 and has been up for free download for some time. The debut album, Twelve Labours from Sons Phonetic and if you haven't already.. go cop this !!! http://sonsphonetic.bandcamp.com/album/twelve-labours
Here's the the free download link to the debut album from On The Low titled D.1.1FM. I like these lads' sound and the tracks Melodies & Bass and Try Once More definitely stand out to me on this. Definitely worth the listen. http://otlp.bandcamp.com/album/on-the-low-d-11fm
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