25 Essential Hip-Hop Acts at SXSW 2011

Beyond New York, Los Angeles, Houston, Chicago, or Atlanta
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  March 16, 2011

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Before you go coastal on us, let's be clear that this is in no way a slap at rap music's primary metropolitan hubs. The fact is that despite being in Boston, the Phoenix covers as much New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles hip-hop as any paper in America, including some alt-weeklies in those cities. Of course we're psyched for the likes of Gangrene, Lupe Fiasco, and Immortal Technique, but for us this is a chance to catch cats from anomalous locales who don't step through Boston often.

Like Chuck D wrote in his recent polemic on the state of hip-hop: “If there was a HIP-HOP or Rap Olympics, I really don’t think the United States would get Gold, Silver or Brass or even ass for that sake.” Hyperbole or not, the fact is that artists from everywhere – not just go-to urban sound destinations – are mounting the proverbial next level, and twisting conventions in fresh ways. Here are 25 that excite the piss out of us.

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