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10 Underrated Rap Albums You Should Try Out

Looking back on Summer Sixteen.

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1. Noname, Telefone

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Debut project from the Chicago MC best known for her song-stealing guest verses and carefree delivery.

Sounds like: Your favorite children's book.

Recommended for fans of: Chance the Rapper, the Internet

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2. Vince Staples, Prima Donna EP

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Short and to the point, the in-your-face follow-up to last year's standout debut Summertime '06.

Sounds like: A Spike Lee movie.

Recommended for fans of: Schoolboy Q, Earl Sweatshirt


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Buy it on iTunes here.

3. Michael Christmas, Baggy Eyes EP

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Anime references, humorous self-deprecating rhymes, and bouncy beats fill up this 8-track EP perfect for lazy days.

Sounds like: Doing rap hands in front of your bedroom mirror.

Recommended for fans of: Mac Miller, Childish Gambino

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4. Isaiah Rashad, The Sun's Tirade

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Soulful, emotionally raw raps created in the wake of a two-year hiatus brought on by depression and drug abuse.

Sounds like: Being hungover in 90-degree weather.

Recommended for fans of: Kendrick Lamar, Outkast


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Buy it on iTunes here.

5. Key!, Before I Scream

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Heavy-handed flows and plenty of bass from the Atlanta trap trendsetter.

Sounds like: Radio rap on steroids.

Recommended for fans of: Travis Scott, Gucci Mane

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6. Cousin Stizz, Monda

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The follow-up project to 2015's Suffolk County, continuing the Boston MC's onslaught of hypnotizing, nonstop cadences.

Sounds like: Driving anywhere past midnight.

Recommended for fans of: Wiz Khalifa, French Montana

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Buy it on iTunes here.

7. Kodie Shane, Little Rocket

Sailing Team 2016 / Via Soundcloud

A good balance of chirpy R&B and the same brand of melodic rap that her Sailing Team crew is known for.

Sounds like: The happiest video game ever.

Recommended for fans of: Dej Loaf, Lil Yachty

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8. Asaad, Orange Bath

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After having already put out over 200 songs in 2016 alone, the Philadelphia cult hero adds eight more tracks of confident, off-kilter swag rapping to his discography.

Sounds like: Classic rap tropes thrown into a blender and lit on fire.

Recommended for fans of: Ab-Soul, Pusha T


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Buy it on iTunes here.

9. Hak, June

Hak 2016 / Via Soundcloud

A former member of the grimy New York trio Ratking, his debut solo project allows his singsong poetry to take center stage.

Sounds like: Summertime in The Matrix.

Recommended for fans of: Kid Cudi, Lupe Fiasco

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Buy it on iTunes here.

10. Waka Flocka Flame & Young Sizzle, Lebron Flocka James 4

Atlantic/ Brick Squad Monopoly 2016 / Via Soundcloud

Party rap vet joins forces with the hitmaking trap producer turned rapper for one of the hardest-hitting projects this year.

Sounds like: A house party from hell.

Recommended for fans of: Future, Migos

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