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Hip-Hop Lyricism Recommendations?

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Looking for recommendations of artists/albums/playlists with in-depth Hip-Hop lyricism. Any input from the Community would be great!


For some context, some of the artists who I really enjoy include:

  • Eminem
  • Tech N9ne
  • Cassidy
  • Slaughterhouse
  • Joe Budden
  • Royce Da 5'9
  • Joell Ortiz
  • King Crooked
  • Notorious B.I.G.
  • Tupac
  • Oswin Benjamin
  • Styles P
  • Big Pun
  • Chris Rivers
  • Boogie
  • Wu-Tang
  • Jay-Z
  • Yelawolf
  • Kendrick Lamar
  • Tsu Surf
  • Nas
  • Mysonne
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Diamond in the Rough

Try Young Thug, but good luck figuring out what he's saying Smiley Happy


The two I would add are:




LL Cool J

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J Cole is a great storyteller - a few favorites include Deja Vu, Love Yourz, G.O.M.D, Wet Dreamz, No Role Modelz... Tobe Nwigwe's lyrics are also captivating. He pairs them with visuals so I recommend his music videos too.


The Flatbush Zombies' song "Headstone" is an amazing lyrical nod to the legacy of other Rappers. Check it out:

How many references can you identify?

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You must check out ...

  • Little Simz - especially the new-ish 2019 album GREY Area
  • Noname - NPR tiny desk is a good introduction 

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i'm a big fan of lupe fiasco - dunno if people think of him as a bit lightweight but i love anyone who raps about skateboarding

also IMHO bizarre ride II the pharcyde still kills, in spite of all the talking / skits between songs

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Those are all Amazing MC's ... You might like this album...


Hey @el49 check out Digital Creator @LeoLiennod here's a link for you to get started -->

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@el49  how is it going? If you have any favorites please post them, I will add them to the GSOTD playlist that was created for GSOTD choices of the day. Here is the link for the playlist. , it has a whole variety of music, including hip-hop, and rap. Take care and stay safe.  


@el49 , @cncl , @jserota , @absoc5 , @B_T_O , @champybh , @detectronic , @WassupFred , @JAMES062 , @LeoLiennod , if you want your favorites to be added to the GSOTD playlist, then please understand these must be clean versions due to the fact the playlist is a public playlist for "ALL" to have. I thank you for your understanding. Looking forward to adding your choices to this GSOTD playlist. Take care and stay safe.  


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**ahem** you nasty nicole

Diamond in the Rough

I love MF Doom as a lyricist. Not sure how many clean tracks there are of his, but he was also in an earlier hip-hop group called K.M.D.

A few other lyricists I love are:

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Smooth the hustler and trigger the gambler, RJ Payne, sick jacken, Daniel son, Ransom, its x music, spit gemz, vino, cylvaringz, zagnif nori, 

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Check Out Strive by jfk 

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