From Naomi Sharon to Zelooperz, Here’s the Best Hip-Hop and R&B You Missed in 2023

Anyone complaining about the state of hip-hop needs only to look beyond the top of the charts, as the latest episode of our Rolling Stone Music Now podcast makes clear. In the episode, Andre Gee breaks down some of his under-the-radar 2023 hip-hop picks, from Zelooperz‘ experimental Microphone Fiend to B. Cool Aid’s ultra-vibey Leather BLVD to Nappy Nina‘s introspective Mourning Due. To hear the full episode, go here for the podcast provider of your choice, listen on Apple Podcasts or Spotify, or just press play below.


Also in the episode, Manakprr Conteh guides you through her selections for some of the year’s best Afropop, hip-hop, and R&B, discussing Mr Eazi‘s The Evil Genius, Adekunle Gold‘s Tequila Ever After, Naomi Sharon‘s Sade-influenced Obsidian, Leon Thomas’s Electric Dusk, and much more.

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