Picasso claimed that the purpose of art is to wash the “dust of daily life off our souls.” Homeboy Sandman asks on Dusty, “Why would I complain when I’m alive making art?” In the course of his Mello Music debut, the Queens virtuoso answers himself with 15
It seems like we've been hearing from R.A. The Rugged Man for years now, and, well, we have. R.A. has a storied background in hip-hop (doing joints with Mobb Deep and Biggy in the early 90's) but to no avail an album. Until now (2004).
The 2012 album from the independent Rap icon EL-P. Cancer for Cure marks his first full length rap album since 2007's critically acclaimed I'll Sleep When Your Dead. The album takes another huge leap forward in his production work.
The Freestyle Fellowship's landmark 1991 debut To Whom It May Concern. It's a boundary-breaking album, the first recorded document of a thriving hip-hop subculture, and the physical manifestation of an uncountable number of hours spent rhyming.