I have to admit, this was one of our most contentious categories this year. Arizona HipHop has been on the up-and-up in recent years and 2016 proved one of the best years for albums of this genre… which just made our job all the more difficult.
But, when it came down to it, Lando Chill took the lead with his album, For Mark, Your Son, which came out last summer. This Tucson artist is breaking the traditional molds of HipHop with his pensive lyrics and smooth style and is fearless in the face of personal revelation and emotional honesty.
And, as an added bonus, Lando Chill re-recorded a number of the tracks from this album for his Madera Canyon EP (which came out in November) using a live backing band. Check out For Mark, Your Son here by Lando Chill below before moving on to the follow-up EP.
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