underground hip-hop

An Oral History Of Zumbi From His Closest Collaborators

In remembrance of Stephen Gaines, better known as rapper Zumbi, we broke down his legacy with five figures who were… Read More

September 30, 2021

10 Zion I Songs That Show Why Zumbi Was A Bay Area Hip-Hop Legend

From "Bird's Eye View" to "Tech $," these Zion I songs are a testament to the late Zumbi, a brilliant… Read More

August 26, 2021

MF DOOM Had One of the Best Rap Years Ever in 2004

From indie classics Madvillainy and Mm..Food to notable guest appearances, 2004 was a defining year for the underground hip-hop villain. MF DOOM's Madvillainy and Mm..Food are both… Read More

July 13, 2021

Hi-Tek on the “Bittersweet” Making of His Classic Solo Debut ‘Hi-Teknology’

We spoke with producer Hi-Tek about his solo debut Hi-Teknology, the underlying drama surrounding its release, the impact of "Round… Read More

May 8, 2021

Decoding Armand Hammer & The Alchemist’s Stunning New Album ‘Haram’

We spoke with hip-hop duo Armand Hammer about working with The Alchemist and recording their masterful new album Haram. Armand… Read More

March 26, 2021

The Story of Fat Beats Told Through These Eight Iconic Records

We talked with Joseph "DJ Jab" Abajian and Non-Phixion's DJ Eclipse about the most impactful records Fat Beats has distributed,… Read More

August 10, 2019

“The Music Industry Was Detonating Underneath Us…” billy woods Reminisces About the Post-‘Funcrusher Plus’ Years of Indie-Rap [Interview]

We sat down with the typically low key veteran rapper billy woods. He talked about making Hiding places with Kenny… Read More

July 12, 2019

Murs & 9th Wonder Announce Final Collabo Album, Release First Two Singles

Murs and 9th Wonder are out to do it again. March was the 15-year anniversary of one the greatest underground… Read More

May 29, 2019

MED & Guilty Simpson Connect with Georgia Anne Muldrow on the Soulful “Visions” [Premiere]

J Dilla's protege and Madlib's protege are releasing an album together. Two of the coldest underground rappers ever are connecting… Read More

March 25, 2019

Ghostface Killah & Czarface Annouce New Album ‘Czarface Meets Ghostface’

  View this post on Instagram   A post shared by Esoteric of CZARFACE (@mcesoteric) on Dec 4, 2018 at… Read More

December 5, 2018