A fair bit of Irish rap stuff has appeared on my radar lately so I thought I’d put the best of it all in one place here and you can have a listen. Recommendations are welcome in the comments section.
Lethal Dialect’s LD50 album from earlier this year is one of the best Irish rap albums I’d heard in a good while (slim pickings and I don’t listen to that much of it I’ll admit that) and here, ‘Keep It Real’ serves as the followup to LD50 II.
More tunes on Soundcloud.
Ath Cliath Records – Dawn Till Dusk
Shapey Fiend sent on this Ath Cliath Records compilation Dawn Till Dusk. The work of Jambo and Jonnyboy from Donaghmede, there’s a healthy switchup of styles here taking in dubstep and dance rhythms. There’s even a Damien Dempsey cameo on the last track. Here’s the opening tune:
There’s some nice variation in styles here:
Loud Mouth Collective
Exxon Valdez and Redahan/C.F. Meister both operate in a more jazzy ’90s hip-hop style. First up is Exxon’s Sir. Renovich with these two tunes with production by Luke B and The Gruesome Twosome:
And also from Loud Mouth but more instrumental beat oriented is Redahan & C.F.Meister split EP:
You might have seen this tune from The Animators knocking about recently. I know it was on Broadsheet.
Dougzy is a 17 year-old rapper based in Galway but his style is more Southern swag than Irish swag.
If you’re looking for more Irish hip-hop go straight to the specialists.