I can hear you all asking (very faintly), “What about good hip-hop made by Christians?” Good question. Today is Good Hip-hop Made By Christians Day.
Any of the following are eighty-five times better than any of the crap that actually makes it onto the radio.
First, anyone associated with the Tunnel Rats. This would include, especially, LPG (you must get the album The Earthworm, if you can find it) and the solo project by Jurny Big.
Second, Deepspace 5, which includes Mars Ill.
Third, LA Symphony, Pigeon John and Brainwash Projects. I first heard BP on the second 7-Ball sampler when I was still in high school (that version of “Goodtime Hotel” is still better than the CD version). You can find The Rise and Fall of Brainwash Projects here.
Fourth, RedCloud on Syntax Records. Don’t know much about him, but his album sounds good in my car.
Finally, GRITS deserves a mention. Grammatical Revolution was a step up, and I haven’t had a chance to hear much of their new stuff, but they are tight. You can hear songs from their newest album (and see a couple videos) at Gotee.com.
What else do you need in your stereo in the summer heat with the windows down? Got more? Post them.