1: Homeboy Sandman Kindness For Weakness (Stones Throw) (avail as LP)
2: Open Mike Eagle & Paul White Hella Personal Film Festival (Mello Music) (LP version)
3: ElZhi Lead Poison (Glow 365)
4: Aesop Rock The Impossible Kid (Rhymesayers Ent.)
5: ELUCID Save Yourself (Backwoodz)
With so much amazing music from bygone eras in hip-hop's rich history to listen back to and/or catch up on for the first time, it's easy for hip-hop fans in 2016 to ignore all the new music being made. But to do so is to miss out on some incredible ground breaking music in the still unfolding genre. Simply put contemporary hip-hop is in an incredibly healthy state right now! This I can confirm from recently listening to a stack of new albums, mostly releases of the past few weeks such as the ones listed in the above top five list. On each the production is dope, but it is the emcees who truly blew me away. Each effortlessly display innovative forward-thinking lyrical finesse coupled with top notch mic delivery skills.