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Beam
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Some of the most choice trip hop/hip hop to tickle CD Baby's collective ear in ages. You might even swear that you're not a hip hop fan but Beam just might win you over with their live, heavily jazz-influenced groove, touched with elements of R&B. "Live" albums tend to be distracting but if ever there was an exception, "Inception" is certainly it. This band won't bombard you with the same ol' material; like refined visual artists, they know how to use "positive" and "negative" space, how to fill and not fill the spaces of silence, crafting a style that is both sophisticated and defiantly experimental- a style that breathes with you. A pure head trip for the body. [ More Info/Purhase... ]

flowofficial
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Pushing the envelope for hip hop sophistication, these socially conscious hip hop raps intelligently weave a higher mind style reminiscent of the Roots with the flow of Nas and Common complemented by DJ Shadow-style beats. If you're tired of the same ol' dark, repetitive, negative trends in hip hop/rap today, tired of the broken record of sex, drugs and violence, turn on the light and turn an ear to FlowOfficial. They are breathing new life into an art form, proving that hip hop has so much more to offer. Don't miss this one. [ More Info/Purhase... ]

Stare
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Simply spilling over with innovation, excessively creative, filled to the brim with well-blended influences, this brilliantly constructed, esoteric hip hop compilation is diverse as it gets with musical styles. Encompassing old school r&b, jazz, classical and more, there is no doubt that this is one album you can listen to straight through without skipping any tracks. With some of the best emcees from all over the globe, covering all sides of hip hop, this is truly a wellspring of talent and lyrical insight. [ More Info/Purhase... ]

The DynoSpectrum
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One of the most ear-catching, esoteric hip hop albums to cross the desk of discriminating ears at CD Baby in a good while. Hailing from Minneapolis, and delivering mind-numbing creativity wrapped around intelligent, socially conscious lyrics, Dynospectrum stops at nothing to bring you fresh, innovative beats without compromising groove. Touched by tasteful threads of Jazz, this is an album that even sworn hip hop gurus will be floored by. Appropriately dark, moody and emotional, this album has struck the perfect balance of lyrical and musical ingenuity, equalizing your awe between the rhymes and sampling so that every element is perfectly ear-pricking yet complementary to the whole. Bravo! [ More Info/Purhase... ]

The Guild
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If cliche-bustin', alternative hip hop is what you're craving, then this is the next group you're going to want to keep tabs on. These boys don't shy away from anything, including Classical influences, Jazz and Electronics. With topics ranging from alcoholism to self mastery, the Guild still defies most people's preconception of conscious Hip Hop. It's no wonder that they craft a well-versed sound with beats varying from the swelling strings of classical composition to the Boom Bap of the underground, having tapped into seven of Kansas City's most eclectic and veteran producers. A rich culmination of urban creativity and wisdom. [ More Info/Purhase... ]

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