Alt-Rap Essentials

Dive into the deep end of the most influential and innovative hip-hop of recent years. With their forceful mix of electronic and funk influences with upbeat rhythms, these artists are redefining the genre and claiming it as their own.
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Curated by

Zachary Monson

Zac Monson has been with the Music Dept at Stingray Music since 2009. He was first brought on to the Karaoke team, where he spent his days matching the bouncing ball to the words. Yes that’s a job. For over a decade however, he has overseen the growth and evolution of the Dance & Electronic music programming (Dance Clubbin’, Eclectic Electronic, The Chill Lounge, among others). Zac is also the award-winning host of Stingray PausePlay, where he has had the pleasure to talk about life and music with artists like Billie Eilish, Cypress Hill, Dua Lipa, Red Hot Chili Peppers, twenty øne piløts, Lil Nas X, and more. Outside his 9-5, he passionately works with many rising artists. Lending an ear, and a hand, anywhere he can to help in the creation of great music. Zac is the chairman of the Dance Recording of the Year at the JUNO Awards, and sits on the board of Canada’s Music Incubator.

Artists

Anderson .Paak
GoldLink
Chance the Rapper
Noname
Nate Husser
Logic
Mac Miller
Smino
Tinie Tempah
Jaden Smith

Chart

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Blkjuptr
Smino
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Like It Doesn't Hurt
Charlotte Cardin feat. Husser
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Temple
Baauer feat. M.I.A & G-Dragon
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Only One
Lido
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She Knows About Me
Roy Woods
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Brand New Phone
Ellis & Pasha
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Don't Judge Me
FKA Twigs, Headie One & Fred Again..
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FRESH PRINCE (PROD. KASSA)
Kool & Kass
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Map of Foreign Lands
Exmag & Bran-X feat. Denzell Terrell & Kianu
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Foreplay
Jalen Santoy