Rap Sheet: Top 10 in Hip-Hop

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Baltimore hip-hop has never had a definitive sound or an established mainstream star. And if that’s a problem for you, you can root for King Los, who this year shuffled from Bad Boy Records to RCA in his decade-long quest for major label glory, or Young Moose, who became an embattled local hero and YouTube sensation. Or you can simply appreciate the sheer variety of styles available in Baltimore’s new internet-fueled underground on a variety of mostly free download mixtapes. Black Zheep DZ of the 7th Floor Villains and JuegoTheNinety of the 9BMC crew offered Tumblr-kid weirdness, while ELLIS and Greenspan assembled cohesive, narrative-driven albums that drew from ’90s influences without getting lost in nostalgia. And more than ever, MCs stepped up their recorded output by fostering strong relationships with the scene’s many great producers, sometimes for full-length collaborations such as Al Great and Street Scott’s joint album, or the debut EP by Bond St. District, featuring rapper DDm and producer Paul Hutson

  1. JuegoTheNinety, “Sonny September CD” (self-released)
  2. Al Great and Street Scott, “Great Scott” (self-released)
  3. ELLIS, “The Education Of Ellis” (self-released)
  4. Greenspan, “Stairway To Heaven” (Federal Reserve Records)
  5. Tate Kobang, “Crown Of Thorns” (self-released)
  6. Bond St. District, “Everybody’s So Sleepy” (self-released)
  7. Black Zheep DZ,  “8th World” (self-released)
  8. Rickie Jacobs, “Remember To Smile” (86Draft / Triangle Offense)
  9. King Los, “Zero Gravity II” (After Platinum)
  10. Young Moose, “O.T.M. 2” (Out The Mud Records)


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