The term underground isn't a dirty word. It actually represents a healthy majority of the music that is released today as only a handful of artists are able to secure mainstream radio play...even if they are very well known and beloved.
However, this doesn't mean that outstanding efforts should not be recognized regardless of your Hip Hop pedigree.
In 2014 AllHipHop.com searched the country from left coast to right coast and top to bottom to find talent from all walks. Boy did we find it!
We encountered more nouns and verbs and clever double entendres than we ever thought we could find in one sitting. They were served up on a golden platter and we there with knives and forks ready to eat that dopeness up!
This year we decided to do something a little bit different. We know that heads get bored with long lists of artists. So, taking that into consideration...we figured it was time to do what AllHipHop.com has always done in order to maintain it's relevancy...we changed it up!
We evolved this year's list into something a little outside the box. So, instead of having to read all about what we thought of the artists we've selected, we thought we'd invite some of the artists to speak for themselves about one another. It's extra easy to get cats to talk about themselves but we actually got to see the genuine community that resides in the culture through this short documentary that we put together which allows for artists to be fans of one another. We truly believe it's a win for Hip Hop whenever artists show support for music they didn't make and the people who created it.
Some of these artists you may be very familiar with...some maybe not! But every artist selected put forth something extra special in 2014 whether it was on a stage, in the booth, or in the streets! This year we saw a huge swing back toward substance and skill and we could not be happier! Congratulations to the 75 artists that made it! Salute!
Take a look at the video below to see who the Top 75 artists are and please remember there is NO RANKING! They were all wonderful and we enjoyed them all!
As always, if you know of someone that you feel we missed hit us up in the comments and let us know! You might be the one to help secure them on the list this year!
Congratulations to the artist that made the list and to those who did not...the slate is now wiped clean! You have a whole new year to claim your rightful places and we can't wait to see what you've got brewing in 2015!
*Special Thanks to producer Jimmy Flight for the instrumental!