As the year of long albums and short EPs enters the homestretch of winter, it seems more and more artists are slipping in last-minute projects to try and beat the holiday rush — or get it started early. With elections behind us and Thanksgiving coming up fast, nearly a dozen artists are offering their contributions to help you unwind from the stress of high-stakes politics and all the upcoming, awkward, Turkey Day conversations likely to result from them.
Speaking of what’s behind us, it appears that the majority of the big name, major label artists in rap have already released their mainstream albums — or tasters to hold fans over for larger projects later on, like Chance The Rapper, DRAM, Future, and Young Thug. That doesn’t mean that there’s nothing left worth checking out; in fact, there are so many worthwhile projects from both younger artists and veteran lyricists coming out, that any fan of hip-hop from traditionalists to pychedelic experimenters, could find something to enjoy.
Even some of those younger artists have been in the game for a bit, like Diggy Simmons, who returns from a six-year hiatus alongside The Underachievers, the Brookyn-based revivalist duo who popped up alongside the Flatbush Zombies and Joey Badass to lead a mini-movement of throwback, underground, hardcore rap. So, whether you dig in the crates for the latest from classic rap pioneer Masta Ace, or love the emo-tinged evolution of the late Lil Peep, get ready for some great hip-hop to hold down your holidays.