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Top New Rap Albums February 26, 2013


There are no big names this week, so it's a great time to dig deeper into the underground for some underrated jewels. Nonphixion alum Ill Bill and Canadian outfit Notes to Self lead this week's list of new rap releases. Dive in.

5. Trinity - '20 In'

Trinity is a supergroup that consists of DJ Jab, Sadat X, and AG. Jab may be the least recognizable name of the trio, but he's been in the game for decades. He launched Fat Beats 1994 as a vinyl-only retail store in Manhattan, and has now taken on the role of producer on 20 In. The project features Ill Bill, Everlast, Immortal Technique, and Grand Puba.

4. Kutt Calhoun - 'Black Gold'

Strange Music rapper Kutt Calhoun is back with his fourth album, Black Gold. Kutt keeps the guest list short and familiar, teaming up with the likes of Tech N9ne, Krizz Kaliko, and Brotha Lynch Hung.

3. Cappadonna - 'Eyrth, Wynd & Fyre'

Cappadonna, the 10th member of Wu-Tang Clan, returns with a new double-CD, Eyrth, Wynd & Fyre. Cappa is looking outside his window for production on this one; Eyrth, Wynd & Fyre will feature beats from Stu Bangas, J. Glaze & G-Force, among others. On the vocal side of things, Solomon Childs and Sav Kills assist with guest drops. The album will be issued on RBC Records.
Watch: Cappadonna - "Pull Your Life Together" Video

2. Notes to Self - 'Target Market'

Notes to Self - Target Market
© Notes to Self
Groups may be extinct, but that isn't stopping Canada's Notes to Self from trying. Target Market is the proper debut by the diverse, alt-rap posse. They've been gathering reams of buzz with a steady stream of output since 2011. Target Market features by Fashawn, Evidence, Arowbe, and more. It's out via Decon.

1. Ill Bill - 'The Grimy Awards'

© Uncle Howie
Ill Bill enlists an enviable team of super-talented collaborators to help shape his vision for The Grimy Awards. On board to bring Bill's rhymes to life are: Pete Rock, DJ Premier, EL-P, Ayatollah, DJ Muggs, Moss, and more. Bill is still on his political/paranoia rap steez here, and that's good news for staunch fans of the Brooklyn poet.
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