Music Monday: Hip Hop You Haven’t Heard Of
Editor’s Note: Please welcome Nate Fritts to the Lacrosse All Stars! After spending a lot of time with Nate on the Rhino Lacrosse Camp Tour a couple summers back, we quickly came to respect his passion for all things music and immediately knew he would be our man for Music Monday. Nate hales from Portland, Oregon, played at Bowdoin College (NESCAC) in Maine, and now resides in Boston, MA where he researches concussions and brain diseases when he’s not laxing.
Due to an explosion in good hip hop over the past couple weeks, we’ve decided to bring you a timely Music Monday that solely exhibits this genre. Rather than posting the new huge hits from Drake and 2 Chainz, as talented as they are, we want to bring you new music that is less accessible, or even unheard of. Although this post lacks any gangster rap or dubstep hip hop collaborations, this collection of more laid-back rap will not disappoint.
Hoodie Allen – “Long Night (feat. Chance the Rapper)”
Last week, Hoodie Allen dropped a free album titled Crew Cuts that includes a handful of great songs, including this one. Standard for Hoodie’s music, he packs line after line of clever raps (FYI he attended UPenn – no wonder) and brings it all together with a positive and melodic hook to get you excited to celebrate the win on a Saturday night. The entire album is worth a listen, but this one should get you started on Hoodie Allen if you enjoy that college rap sound that guys like Asher Roth and Mac Miller got big on. If you really like this album, go buy All American (2012) and support this up and coming rapper (side note: Hoodie released that album on his own label, so your contribution is even more beneficial to the artist).
Sean Dee – “Bows and Arrows (feat. Anna Yvette)”
So apparently nobody really knows who this guy is…The only thing I have heard about Sean Dee is that he is a comedian who is starting to dabble in rap (another Childish Gambino story?). On his Reverbnation page, he has a statement about rap being a side gig – just for fun. Not sure how accurate or legitimate that mini-bio is but with this track, he proved that he can certainly hang in hip hop whether he is serious or not. Be on the look out for more from Sean Dee.
The Underachievers – “Land of Lords”
This is the second time we have featured New York’s The Underachievers on LAS’s Music Monday and for good reason (see Music Monday: A Super Playlist). This group has an undeniably smooth style that I compared to Hieroglyphics the last time around (maybe you think Jurassic 5?). “Land of Lords” is another single off of Indigoism (2013), which is full of solid tracks and is worth a complete listen if you are a hip hop fan.