If there was a recent hip hop album I would heartily recommend to the casual listener, it would be Funky DL’s Autonomy: The 4th Quarter 2.
A sequel to Autonomy: The 4th Quarter, one of the artist’s biggest albums, this 2016 addition to Funky DL’s Discography is a stand-alone gem that explores race, the media and the ever-growing need for self-realization in response to the pressures of modern society.
The album features exceptional collaborations like “Slick but No Cigar” (featuring ESP the Overseer), “You by the Power of You” (featuring Lei-An) and “Zero Savoir Faire” (Featuring Dukus Alemay), all of which I would recommend if you want to dip your toe in the album.
That being said, I would recommend a start-to-finish listening session. The album is sorted into four quarters (Authentic, Jazz, Soul and New Age) and contains a lyrical integrity that distinguishes it from much of the popular offerings. I found the tracks “Levitate (Like Magic)”, “Gave Me My Freedom” and “Parental Advisory” to be potent social commentaries, though they are by no means the only examples on the album.
For its modest price on iTunes, this album is certainly a worthwhile purchase, and its tracks have been a staple of my playlist for months.