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Tech N9ne ft. Various - Worldwide Choppers Artwork

Tech N9ne ft. Various - Worldwide Choppers

If you were to gather nine of the game's most relentless flows in one room, hit “record” and let a beat drop... well, you'd get “Worldwide Choppers.” A standout cut off Tech N9ne's acclaimed All 6's & 7's LP, the record is an underground head's wet dream brought into glorious reality, with Tech, Busta RhymesTwista, CezaJL (of B.Hood), YelawolfUsoD-Loc and Twisted Insane lacing a hard-hitting Michael "Seven" Summers production with lightning-fast verses that, if transcribed, would require a lyric sheet the size of The Great Gatsby.

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Kendrick Lamar - HiiPoWer Artwork

Kendrick Lamar - HiiPoWer

#Section80 has already earned the honor of being named the Best Indie Hip-Hop Album and stand out selection HiiPoWeR offers ample evidence why. The first single off Kendrick Lamar's breakthrough album, HiiPoWeR took a Kanye West influenced J. Cole beat and became a unifying anthem. "Everybody put three fingers in the air / The sky is falling, the wind is calling / Stand for something or die in the morning." Amen Kendrick.

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