A countdown of the top 10 underground hip hop albums for the year 2010. With appearances from more-mainstream artists such as Big Boi to unsung heroes like Homeboy Sandman and Diamond District's yU.

The 10 Best Underground Hip Hop Albums of 2010

10. Blac Sabbath

Blacastan

Label: Brick Records
Release Date: May 4

Blacastan’s gritty rhymes and incredible beats make his album Blac Sabbath a must-cop. From the raw sample selections to the hard flows and great, humorous concepts. Snatching the #10 spot even seems a little low for such a great release.



9. I F*cking Hate Rappers

PackFM

Label: QN5
Release Date: May 25

Our favorite from the first six months has lost a bit of ground. The entire concept of the record is hilarious in its irony – a rapper rapping about his hatred for rappers is just classic. But, the skits and the way the tracks weave a story from front to back, paired with Pack’s exceptional talent behind the mic (and a host of great feature spots) ensured that this one stayed on our year-end list.



8. TSOL

Shad

Label: Fontana North
Release Date: October 5

One of Canada’s most notable underground MCs steps up for some time in the limelight. His 2010 release, TSOL, marks the continuation of an incredibly-bright career. Shad’s ability to tell stories and construct exceptional songs make this album great front to back.



7. Kill Devil Hills

DJ Muggs VS Ill Bill

Label: Fat Beats
Release Date: August 31

The newest installment of DJ Muggs’ highly-acclaimed VS series hit it’s mark and more. By tapping underground crime rapper extraordinaire – who was also assisted by a slew of perfectly-placed guest MCs – Muggs found the perfect New York MC to compliment his personal brand of boom bap. The two mesh well, having created the album in person, rather than relying on the internet as many collaborative works do these days, the difference shines through. An excellent effort from both parties.

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