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Happy New Year, folks!

2017 brought us a lot of dope production. Sometimes it was even hard to catch up with all the new releases. After the jump you’ll find a selection of 5 albums you shouldn’t have slept on in 2017.

O.C. – Same Moon Same Sun – 1st Phase

Release Date: January 30
Favorite Picks: New Day & My City
O.C. released Same Moon Same Sun in a free digital format and the followed-up with CD & vinyl issue. Even though the veteran MC addresses current problems of the society, he remains positive and provokes the listeners to dig and find potential to perform at their best, be good to themselves and others, and enjoy the little things in life. Consistent album from the beginning to the very end.
Vinyl: Discogs

Saga & Thelonious Martin – Molotov

Release Date: February 17
Favorite Picks: Mongolian Cashmere & All I Know (ft. Rapper Big Pooh)
Brooklyn rapper Saga & Chigaco producer Thelonious Martin released a perfect offering in the form of Molotov. Boosting features from Rapper Big Pooh, Fashawn, The Mind & Freddie Gibbs, Molotov is definitely a jewel to have in the collection of each potent and powerful rhyme lover and head-nodding beat addict.
Vinyl: Discogs

Oddisee – The Iceberg

Release Date: February 24
Favorite Picks: Hold It Back & Rain Dance
A band always makes a difference…, if you know how to blend into it and use it right. Well, with the release of The Iceberg and the follow-up tours across the globe Oddisee confirmed he has found the magic recipe. Good Compny is a great collective of musicians who deliver the proper sound for Oddisee‘s consistent message.
Vinyl: Discogs

The Doppelgangaz – Dopp Hopp

Release Date: July 7
Favorite Picks: Dopp Hopp & Boston Beard
Solid baselines, broken drum kicks and a flow that catches you from the first seconds. The Doppelgangaz have proven their unique style across the years and Dopp Hopp serves as the adequate follow-up to the Peace Kehd LP release in 2014.
Vinyl: HHV

Statik Selektah – 8

Release Date: December 8
Favorite Picks: But You Don’t Hear Me Tho (ft. The Lox & Mtume) & Ain’t a Damn Thing Change (ft. G-Eazy & Joey Bada$$)
The 8th album from the Showoff mastermind offers a wide range of guests who blend well over the 18 solid beats. Grown up Good Dad Gang message flows through the majority of the tracks and when everything comes together, Statik Selektah is slicing off cool cuts of vintage golden age East Coast Hip-Hop.
Vinyl: Amazon

Honorable mentions:

Craig G & Menace – A Pair Of Kings

Tristate & Oh No – 3 Dimensional Prescriptions

Heavy Links ‎– Step Up To Get Your Rep Up

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