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Alternative hip hop artists are an emerging group in the hip-hop industry. Alternative hip-hop mixes sound of original rap music, with sounds that are initially expected to go against the grain, such as rock and funk. Made extremely popular by Kanye West and OutKast, these industry leaders have given rise to other unique sounds like those created by Macklemore.


Mixing two different sounds, while using a modern hip-hop beat makes for catchy tunes, and lots of radio air play. Other sounds to be mixed with the gangster hip-hop sound include jazz, reggae, country, soul, and even folk. Beastie Boys are some of the original creators of the genre, which gave rise to many modern day artists. Alternative hip hop artists mostly originated from the East coast, while the West Coast music industry was being dominated by Gangster Rap.


Initially alternative hip hop saw a rapid decline after being taken over by Gangster rap artists like NWA. But, alternative hip hop artists like Kanye West and others revived the scene with albums like Graduation. These artists have dominated the whole music industry by using the genre of alternative hip-hop, and have made great music because of the innovation. Some of the alternative hip hop artists that have been reviewed by Indie Music Plus are listed below…


 

Ridley Victoria

Ridley Victoria – Slow Down – Review

I met Ridley Victoria on Periscope almost 2 years ago now and let me say, it has been fun to watch her grow in such a short amount of time. Uber driver by day and singer/songstress extraordinaire by night, Ridley is no stranger to hard work. In fact, it seems like she is releasing new […]

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Vizualye Hunger Games

Vizualye – Hunger Games

Vizualye is an artist that we have been getting to know recently. He is seriously a man on a mission with social media and it’s starting to pay dividends. He brings positivity and humility to the scene, and here are my humble thoughts on his latest track. Vizualye – Hunger Games After J Schick, Vizualye […]

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Phase2

Phase 2 – Boombox Chronicle – Review

Here’s a story of just another Filipino rapper who grew up in the Middle East, relocated to North Carolina and now makes hip-hop tracks that ring back to the boom bap days of the 90’s. If you’ve seen one, then you must have seen Phase2 because I’ve never seen another. You can tell Phase (can […]

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SickLife

Sick.Life – Contagion – Review

The word “Classic” is not one that I like to throw around but, this Contagion project by Sick.Life has all the makings of a Classic Hip-Hop album. I mean, this thing is truly solid from front to back. Production, Lyrics and the chemistry between the artists all blend well together to make a truly great […]

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Mandabrat - The Road Trip

Mandabrat – The Road Trip – Review

Mandabrat, born Shame Manda in Mutare, Zimbabwe, is a producer/DJ now based in South Africa. He is churning out the tunes and we’ve had the pleasure of reviewing a few of them. I’m happy to see the consistent progression and “The Road Trip” is going down in the books as one of his best yet. […]

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Vizualye - Unbelievable

Vizualye – Unbelievable – Review

Upon first listen, “Unbelieveable” by Vizualye gives off a very weird yet hypnotic vibe, similar to that of popular recording artist The Weeknd. The first 42 seconds of the song has the listener admiring producer Tone Jonez’ ability to fuse Techno, Hip-Hop and R&B into one potentially incredible “Club Banger”. And as if that wasn’t […]

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ZuluGod

ZuluGod – Featured Artist

Based in Houston, TX, but originally from Nigeria, ZuluGod is making waves for himself in a foreign country. He emigrated from Nigeria around 7 years ago when he was 16. We first noticed ZuluGod after playing his song “Purple Dank” on one of our recent shows. He claims he wasn’t high but only on the […]

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