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15 Free MP3 Albums & EPs: Hip Hop for the Masses [Sound Sunday]

Tina Sieber 21-04-2013

Each week, Sound Sunday introduces you to awesome music by talented artists from around the world. In this edition, we return to one of the most controversial genres in music: Hip Hop. Often misunderstood by those who need to listen most closely, Hip Hop is far more than what you expect. Come on in, discover new facets, and educate your ears.


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EP: Chase Moore – Shaken Not Stirred – A Beat Tape Of 007 Flips

Genre: beat tape, cover, hip hop, rap

From his Bandcamp profile: Chase Moore is an artist/producer/engineer/battle MC from Sacramento, CA and originally born in Melbourne, Australia. He’s 1/3rd of production team Hippie Sabotage and credits include: Slug of Atmosphere, Raekwon, Rock from Heltah Skeltah, Mistah FAB, Glasses Malone, Papoose, Kid Vishis & more.

Shaken Not Stirred – A Beat Tape Of 007 Flips is a free download from Bandcamp.


BoomBaptist – The Lost Files Vol. 1

Genre: beat, electronic, instrumental, hip hop, trap

From the album page: This is a collection of beats created on my first MPC from 2003-2005. It is the first of a four-part series that progresses through time up until the release of my beat tape in 2009. It is also a thank you for the overwhelming support I have recieved up to this point.

The Lost Files Vol. 1 is a free download from Bandcamp.

EP: The Grammar Club – Bioavailable

Genre: alternative, nerdcore, hip hop, rap


The Grammar Club are Shael Riley from New York and Ty Guenley from Washington. Bioavailable is published under a Creative Commons noncommercial, share-alike license, to be used in non-commercial projects. The band also provided an instrumental version of the album.

Bioavailable is a name your price download from Bandcamp.

MaG – freedom.

Genre: alternative, hip hop, soul, r&b, lyrical, rap

MaG has been around. The rapper from the Bronx toured venues across the country and was featured on BBC Radio and several popular hip hop outlets. This present album is hosted by Mick Boogie and sponsored by RCRDLBL.com. If you enjoy freedom., please share it and help MaG spread his message of hip hop and soul music.


freedom. is a name your price download from Bandcamp.

EP: Milo – Milo takes Baths

Genre: indie, hip hop, computerized soul, folk, glitch hop, rap

From his Bandcamp profie: I write songs for kids who think Spock > Kirk. Or kids who know what I was just referencing.

Milo takes Baths is a free download from Bandcamp.


shamik [Broken URL Removed] – Future Passed

Genre: electronic, indie, hip hop, lyrical, pop

From the album page: I have been guilty of getting caught up in my own world without seeing how I can improve. I have thought of dreams and held back because I originally thought they were unattainable. Future Passed represents how I took a step out of trying to fit in and a step into fitting in with my own essence. I hope it resonates with you in some way, or you find inspirations to create something new for yourself. It’s been a labour of love, and it’s only fitting that we give it to you for free. Thank you.

Future Passed is a name your price download from Bandcamp.

LMNO – Overtime

Genre: indie, hip hop

From his Facebook page: Hailing from Long Beach, California, LMNO has emerged as one of the most prolific artists in music today. Introduced to hip-hop in the early ‘80s, LMNO was a firsthand witness to the N.W.A legacy and birth of west coast hip-hop. (…) LMNO continues his daily grind at the studio, having added to his impressive catalog over a hundred songs in just the past two years. With a dedicated fan-base that spans Asia, Europe, and the Americas, LMNO’s conscientious sound influences and characterizes our global music community. He has never shied away from his duties as an artist to speak his mind and record music that listeners react to intellectually, emotionally, and loyally.

Overtime is a free download from Bandcamp.

ProperLyrics – Broken Patterns

Genre: independent, instrumental, hip hop, rap

From the album page: ProperLyrics has a new mix tape entitled “Broken Patterns”. This mix tape has been cooked up for the real hip hop heads that loves music that inspires a generation.

Broken Patterns is a name your price download from Bandcamp.

EP: Kublakai – Lights for the Dark Nights

Genre: independent, hip hop, rock, jazz, rap

From the album page: Kublakai’s EP shedding light on the dark. Continuing his tradition of fun, funny, serious and thought-provoking. This time though, he spends more time speaking on matters of the heart.

Lights for the Dark Nights is a name your price download from Bandcamp.

Cookie Monster – GOOD GALAXY II

Genre: alternative, instrumental, ambient, hip hop, soul, rap

From his Bandcamp profile: Cookie Monster Galaxy, a Parisian 20 year-old who composes soulful instrumental hip-hop beats on his own. At the age of 17 years Cookie Monster taught himself how to play piano and at the age of 19 years he decide to create his own album.

GOOD GALAXY II is a free download from Bandcamp.

good neighbour –

Genre: experimental, beats, folk, hip hop

Artist from Belgrade, Serbia with some awesome beats. is a name your price download from Bandcamp.

mikedecline – ALL FALL/miniluv

Genre: electronic, beats, instrumental, samples, hip hop

More great music from my favorite city in the world.

ALL FALL/miniluv is a name your price download from Bandcamp.

Keor Meteor – Sociology

Genre: instrumental, beats, hip hop, sampling

From his Bandcamp profile: Currently making plenty noise at Bonafide towers is 27 year old Parisian beatmaker Keor Meteor. Making beats since 2005, the funky Frenchman has not only adopted some of the soul-slicing style of Madlib, Dilla and Premo but also their prolific release rate.

Sociology is a name your price download from Bandcamp.

EP: Pawcut – The Stuff That Dreams Are Made Of

Genre: instrumental, ambient, downtempo, beats, hip hop, triphop

Simplicity in the form of music. Simple beats from Germany.

The Stuff That Dreams Are Made Of is a free download from Bandcamp.

King Henry – X

Genre: beat tape, hip hop

From his Bandcamp profile: The New Mexico native gathers influence from Madlib to Jamie xx, giving King Henry a style that is constantly changing to encapsulate the current musical trends, while still maintaining his signature sound. From sample based thrift shop hip hop, to big room sound Top 40 R&B and pop, his inattention to one specific style is what fuels his versatility as a producer.

X is a name your price download from Bandcamp.

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  1. Paw Cut
    April 24, 2013 at 4:31 am

    thanks for having me :) paws

    • Tina Sieber
      April 24, 2013 at 8:21 am

      Most welcome! :)

  2. Phonographique
    April 23, 2013 at 3:19 pm

    Thanks for posting up the link to mikedecline's ALL FALL/miniluv! Your support is awesome!


  3. E. Ryans
    April 22, 2013 at 6:20 pm

    Thanks for the 15 Free as in its in your head now you can keep it! Music. :)

    • Tina Sieber
      April 22, 2013 at 7:48 pm

      You can also download it to your computer. ;) Only if you like it of course!

  4. MrMaG254
    April 22, 2013 at 4:53 pm

    thanks Tina for the post and support. greeeeatly appreciated. and, shout-out to anyone who downloaded the project. means a lot!

  5. Scott M
    April 22, 2013 at 10:36 am

    This is one of the best posts on the web that makes it able for me to sample a wide range of quality music that I usually haven't heard before.Always a good selection of unique tunes and artists.

  6. macwitty
    April 22, 2013 at 9:02 am

    Tina, you are right Hip Hop was far more than what I expect. So was trap, BoomBaptist was great. Nice to be introduced to triphop as I never heard about it before.

    I like Sound Sundays as it introduce me (on Mondays) to great music I never would met otherwise

    • Tina Sieber
      April 22, 2013 at 10:30 am

      Thanks for trying something new! :)

  7. Tom Six
    April 22, 2013 at 2:18 am

    So great, I just discovered some great tunes? Thanks!