Stik Figa - thanks for everything

Stik Figa is an emcee currently based in Fort Worth, but one who spent the majority of his life in Topeka. Over the course of his career, he’s worked with everyone from L’Orange to Miles Bonny, just to name a couple. Just earlier this year, he released an album with Dallas producer Rob Viktum called All God’s Dangers. Now he comes back with a new EP called thanks for everything.

Claud Six - To You and Yours From Me and Mine

Portland, Oregon artist Lucas Dix has been quite the prolific artist this decade, with roughly 4,000 different names and projects to his discography, including Jellyfish Brigade, Hives Inquiry Squad, Shut-ins and the Colony, BCxLD, and R4PC4MP. His most recent incarnation is Claud Six, in which he has been producing his own material. He debuted this name earlier this year when he released a project in March called Vignettish, an excercise in the creative process itself.

Billy Woods - Terror Management

New York emcee Billy Woods has been compiling one of the best discographies of the 2010s, starting with 2012’s History Will Absolve Me. Since that time, both as a solo artist and as part of the group Armand Hammer with ELUCID, he has been steadily releasing album after album of dense, confrontational hip hop. Just earlier this year, he paired up with Los Angeles producer Kenny Segal to release the album Hiding Places.

Grift Company - Too Many Secrets

Grift Company is the pairing of Philly artists Curly Castro and Zilla Rocca, who have both been making music for years as solo artists and different projects as part of The Wrecking Crew. Last year, they released their debut self-titled EP. Now they are back with a full-length album, Too Many Secrets. If you are of a certain age, when you hear the phrase “too many secrets,” you immediately think, “Setec Astronomy!

Rhys Langston - the T.C. Walsh Suite

Rhys Langston is an emcee/producer from Los Angeles who has been releasing music for about the last five years, most notably dropping his full-length album, Aggressively Ethnically Ambiguous in 2017. Earlier this year, he released an EP called Master Fader on Speed Dial. Now he comes back with another EP, the T.C. Walsh Suite. the T.C. Walsh Suite is a unique project in a few ways, most notably that it has also been released as a visual EP, which was directed and edited by Charlie Martin and Piers Dennis.

Anthony Maintain - Plugging Holes in the Same Leaky Boat

Anthony Maintain is a producer/emcee who originally got started in Boston over a decade ago, and then moved to Austin and helped play a part in the rise of the hip hop scene there, especially the beat scene, releasing the 2013 instrumental album The Elephant Race. Since that time, he relocated once again, this time to rural Maine. Now, after a six year hiatus, he finally returns with a new album, Plugging Holes in the Same Leaky Boat.

L'Orange & Jeremiah Jae - Complicate Your Life With Violence

L’Orange is a producer from North Carolina who has been going strong since the beginning of the decade. Over the course of his career, he’s released a few solo albums, while also working with emcees such as Mr. Lif, Kool Keith, and Stik Figa, just to name a few. Another artist he worked with was Chicago emcee Jeremiah Jae, when they came together in 2015 to release The Night Took Us In Like Family.

Hectic Zeniths - A Soundtrack for Real Justice: A Fundraiser for the Philadelphia Community Bail Fund

It’s been two years since we last heard form Philly producer Hectic Zeniths, when he dropped layercakes remastered. Since that time, he’s been moving toward making sample-free compositions. Before he dropped a big project in that vein, he decided that he wanted to do one more sample-based beat tape. In looking for inspiration, Hectic Zeniths decided to combine his passion for criminal justice reform with his music. The result is a fundraiser beat tape, A Soundtrack For Real Justice: A Fundraiser For The Philadelphia Community Bail Fund.

Vacationer - Wavelengths

Vacationer started in at the beginning of this decade in a different form, with Philly musician Ken Vasoli wanting to leave his punk/emo roots behind and start exploring electronic music. He got paired up with some like minded musicians, and began making some dreamy electro-pop, starting with their 2011 EP. After their 2014 album, Relief, Vasoli moved away from writing with fellow band members Matthew Young and Grant Wheeler and started to really study songwriting and production techniques on his own.

MaLLy - The Journey to a Smile

MaLLy is an emcee from Minneapolis who has been going strong since 2007. Despite the fact that he’s received acclaim and gone on tour with the likes of Brother Ali, he still manages to fly somewhat under the radar outside of the Midwest. Whatever the reason, MaLLy just keeps plugging away and doing what he does, in this case releasing an album about turning 30, The Journey to a Smile.