Emcees of Note

December 7, 2007

saul_williams_1.gifIt seems like emcees are a popping up everywhere these days. Everybody and their brother is picking up the mic and trying their hand at writing. And frankly, the industry is being flooded by new “artists” who do old things. Creativity is being overshadowed by hopeful money-makers who would rather follow an overused pattern than step out on a limb and actually try something unique.

Fortunately for frustrated music listeners like myself, there are some emcees out there doing their own thing. And I think it’s time to let the cat out of the bag. So without further ado, here are the some of the sickest, up-and-coming emcees you need to know:

P.O.S (www.myspace.com/posisruiningmylife)
When mentioning the words “unique” and “emcee” in the same sentence, P.O.S is one of the first names that come to mind. His style contains elements of both hip-hop and rock, but the combination is done very tastefully. His beats range from interesting acoustic guitar riffs over organic beats to much more electronic beats with synths. But his vocals are the most impressive part of this emcee. His style is original and aggressive. Put plainly, this guy has charisma.

k-the-i??? (www.myspace.com/kthei)
This emcee embodies the spirit of art. If it’s possible to have avant-garde hip-hop, k-the-i would be the frontrunner of the genre. His beats are artful. His poetry is complex and more spoken than rapped. And he’s introducing his own sound to the hip-hop industry.

k-os (www.myspace.com/kos)
If you haven’t heard this Canadian artist, you have yet to have truly conquered creative hip-hop. His sound is diverse. One of the nice things about k-os is that he moves from rhyming to singing effortlessly. Honestly he could stick with either singing or emceeing and be as legit as anyone out there. Please…if you don’t check out any other artist on this list, you NEED to hear k-os. His music might just change the way you see hip-hop.

Saul Williams (www.myspace.com/saulwilliams)
With some of the most aggressive poetry to grace the hip-hop genre (if you can call it that), Saul Williams’ music resonates with charisma. His lyrics contain social, political, and philosophical themes that are delivered by one of the most unique voices to attempt spoken poetry. Mr. Williams is almost too diverse in his style to categorize him as simply “hip-hop,” and yet he has the skill to bring thoughtless emcees to their knees. Saul Williams is a necessity for the aesthetic of art in music.

(This list will be added to eventually.)

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2 Responses to “Emcees of Note”

  1. B Majnun said

    Saul Williams is genius and k-os has an amazing flow. Thanks for the k-the-i??? tip, never had heard of him, he’s tight.

    A notable MC from the UK scene is Klashnekoff, peep him – http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewprofile&friendID=75936662

    Look forward to additions on this list.

  2. thehaymaker said

    Thanks very much for the comment. I’m sorry it’s taken me so long to reply. I like what I’ve seen so far of your blog. Also, I listened to Klashnekoff, and he’s got a pretty tight sound. Thanks for the tip. Peace and hope.

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