"Who in the world thinks that they could put an end to hip hop.. If it don't stop till I stop, and I don't stop till it stops.."
Just some names to check out.. J-Live, People Under the Stairs, The Greens Keepers, Anything produced by Pete Rock or RZA... Dudes like this are keeping hip hop alive.
As far as older stuff goes, gotta give huge props to.. Souls of Mischief, Heiroglyphics, A Tribe Called Quest, KRS One, Dilated Peoples, Gang Star, J5...
Alls these guys killed it!
I recommend all of you guys check out the Mushroom Jazz series (theres 7 of them)... Its just pure chill underground hip hop (mainly instrumentals), mixed by Mark Farina... Amazing Music! It and Petestrumetals pretty much changed my life!