Tribute To Ignorance Awards For 2005
Monday January 02nd 2006,
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Real Talk Award: Sadat X on “Back To New York”:

“They sayin’ New York don’t hold it down that slot no more – we ain’t make people get up on the dancefloor/We rhymin’ like other niggas, dressin’ like other niggas/using other niggas slang when that ain’t our thang!”

Best Thing About Music Blogs in 2005: Demos! Everything from the Artifacts demo with Brand Nubian, Organized Konfusion‘s Simply II Positive tapes to old Alkaholiks shit was ripe for the picking if you kept your eyes open. Plus a few folks stepped up the game by offering video clips and even complete mixtapes.

Worst thing: Having a lot of garbage 90’s shit heralded as “slept on classic” material when it wasn’t even good when it came out, plus a lot of boring-ass indy records that don’t really deserve a mention.

Best “2005 Music Round-up”: Noz knocked it out the box.

MVP Comments Award: Despite being MIA for the last few months, I’ve gotta give it up to Brian Beck From Wisconsin, who not only managed to piss a few people off with his on point observations, but produced these jewels:

“When Jeru advised girls that “tight jeans cause yeast infections” on “ya playin’ yaself” rap music died a little inside.”

“Little Brother are little more than a 2nd rate Slum Village, who were little more than a 5th rate ATCQ circa their last two albums.”

I couldn’t have put it better myself.

Records that made the year a little more bearable:

“Serious” – Nas & AZ back to back over a raw breakbeat? Absolute destruction.

“Scriptues” – Smiley The Ghetto Child brings the realness over one of the year’s hardest Bronx bangers – courtesy of the UK’s P Brothers. The track with Milano was also a winner.

“Buck, Buck, Buck” – Despite hailing from Yonkers, D-Block have their moments. This was one of ’em, due in no small part to it’s dope loop. Sheek did his thing as well.

“Safe 2 Say” – While it falls short of the chemistry between Diamond D and Joey Crack, this Fat Joe team-up with Just Blaze was still a good combination.

“Gilla House Check” – Redman finally gets a great beat to flex on.

“Jeans & Sneakers” – DJ Sickamore dug up an old verse from Biggie (from a radio spot for a store I think) , and put some dope Black Rob verses on there to make a song that shat on the entire Duets album from a great height. I still haven’t caught Rob’s new one, but dude’s sounding great at the moment (nullus).

“Brokest Rapper You Know” – Sean P doing what he does best – self-depriciating humor.

“Talk of NY” – More white label gold from Mr. Kelis.

“Poet’s Comin” – Despite being a couple of years old, this song finally got an official issue thanks to Beatdown. Definately the best Preme and Poet track since “F.A.Y.B.A.N.”

“Tools of the Trade” – The Beatminerz were in top form when they delivered this head knocker to Smif ‘N Wessun’s return to the game.

“C What I C” – Troy Slugz and Eyeslow provided this addicitive stand-out from the suprisingly enjoyable Mathematics LP.

“King of NY” – A timeless MF Grimm masterpiece that finally saw the light of day.

“Kilos” – Ghost & Rae’s duet was not exactly incredible, but catchy as hell.

“State of Grace” – Raekwon prepares to hit us hard next year with this new effort.

“The Great Diamond D” – Sadat and them bring that old feeling back without sounding outdated.

Albums that were worse than I’d predicted:

Capone‘s LP was just horrible in terms of beats and hooks. He deserved better.

Common‘s album was just as boring as his last few, save for a couple of decent tracks. I might listen to it when I’m about 80.

Little Brother produced another safe, “feel-good” record for everyone who missed out on the Native Tongues and doesn’t care about good drums.

Tragedy’s latest Thug Matrix installment found him just going through the motions, with the exception of “Lyrical Calesthenics”. Hopefully he was just trying to clear out some old songs out of the vaults.

Show’s Street Talk. Too much Party Arty.

MF Doom & Dangermouse – I’m hoping not to hear another Doom LP for at least four more years.

Albums that were better than I thought they’d be:

ED OG and Pete Rock actually hit the mark on about half of My Own Worst Enemy. Not exactly essential but if could have been really boring. I also appreciated the fact that they didn’t make “I Got To Have It 2005”.

Black Market Militia
– I had my doubts about this project, but it had some nice moments. Hopefully they’ll follow-up with something even stronger.

Worth buying:
Sadat X’s Experience & Education and MF Grimm’s Scars and Memories were the two essential purchases. Oh yeah and that SBX! DVD, despite my complaints. The new Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings was great as well.

Best CD Reissue: Krown RulersPaper Chase. Keep ’em coming.

MTV’s Worst “Hip-Hop” related shows:

1. Wild’n Out!Nick Cannon = teh ghey. Funniest Kanye moment: His entire appearence on this show, especially when he got mad during the “battle” segment and spat a vexed 20 bars instead of the usual two. It must have been that “chipmunk” comment that set him off.

2. Mack or Wack – “Hip-Hop” stylists are to blame for everyone dressing the same. Seriously, who the fuck needs helping getting dressed past the age of three?

3. Pimp My Ride US – If you’ve seen one episode, you’ve seen ’em all.

4. Cribs – See above. How many Scarface posters do we need to see? Also, why was Vinnie from Naughty By Nature on there?


1. The episode of Made where C-Rayz Walz wears a bunch of “zany” hats, takes the kid to NY to meet Tony Starks (who gives him a Theodore Unit jacket!) and lose a battle to an 8 year old girl.

2. Making The Band 3Diddy‘s dummy spits = classic.

3. Pimp My Ride UK – The Big Dawg Timmy holdin’ it down.

Best fad I was involced in: The Salute To Weed Carriers blog was a good one. Shit blew up really quick, but I got bored of it after a couple of months, as did my contributors I guess. It was also indirectly responsible for helping to spark the whole Bol/Krispyexgate thing, which was funny as fuck.

Hulk Hogan Award: The whole Rap = Wrestling theory is confirmed as Jay-Z and Nas make nice.

Hopes for 2006:

Rap from the South will forget about keyboards and drum machines, and go back samling church organs and harmonicas like on the second Geto Boys album.

Indy groups will give up trying to make records like the Pharcyde and Tribe Called Quest and stop sending me to sleep at the wheel.

MF Doom will stop flooding the market with music, and make something as good as Operation Doomsday again.

M.O.P. will make a great album, with only one G-Unit feature and beats from Fizzy Womack, DR Period and Premier.

Sadat X will record an album with only Diamond D, Minnasotta and P Brothers behind the boards.

Neek The Exotic, Royal Flush, Large Professor amd Mic Geronimo will make an album together as was rumoured a while back.

Rick Rubin will produce more rap records.

9th Wonder won’t.

The Future:
The Beck-O-Meter. Undoubtably the best thing to happen this year, it’s effects will be felt well into 2006.

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Happy new year, fam!

Comment by Soyal 01.02.06 @

happy new year robbie..

on point with the other blogs continued “slept on” threads.

keep it going.

Comment by beatlover 01.02.06 @

that episode of MADE is definitely my shit. good looks on the list; looking forward to unkut 2006

Comment by Elliot 01.03.06 @

I replied to this but i guess it got lost in cyberspace or something.

In short i said something like : thanks for the shout, word to “jeans and sneakers”, the Black Rob cd is flawed but still well worth purchasing, word to that slept on Redman joint, that there had been a lot of good tracks this year from Saigon to Young Jeezy to C.L Smooth to Jay Z to Game to O.D.B to Show to Common to 3.6 Mafia and that this was the first time in 5 years that Ghostface hadn’t been ahead of the comp as his ’05 output has been merely ok or mediocre.

Something like that anyway.

Comment by Brian Beck From Wisconsin 01.04.06 @

And, oh yeah, “a.w.o.l” by AZ was the best rap cd i heard this year.

Comment by Brian Beck From Wisconsin 01.04.06 @

“Bang dis” by Poet was a good track too.

Comment by Brian Beck From Wisconsin 01.04.06 @

I still need to check that AZ. I got “Final Call” but this version looks a lot stronger.

I missed a lot of songs come to think of it…Black Rob’s “Questions & Answers” off that Kay Slay CD was dope as well.

Comment by Robbie 01.05.06 @

Other than having the 3 best songs from “final call” (“livewire”, “magic hour” + “the truth”) all mixed together as a final track “a.w.o.l” is a completely different album to “final call”.

You wouldn’t happen to have an mp3 of “questions and answers” would you?

Comment by Brian Beck From Wisconsin 01.05.06 @

Black Rob – Questions and Answers

Comment by Robbie 01.06.06 @


Comment by Brian Beck From Wisconsin 01.06.06 @

The Only Best Of 2005 That Matters!

Comment by HOMEBOY AUTOMATIC 01.06.06 @

Cats LOVE to hate on 9th Wonder! Come wit better beats yourself or shut your mouth kid!!

Comment by Mr. Merge 01.07.06 @

My three-year old daughter can make better drums than 9th.

Comment by Robbie 01.07.06 @

Yo Robbie, in response to your comment about Little Brother…i agree the album isn’t all that great but i def think you should give the crew a little more credit. Do you still listen for lyrics? Pooh and Phonte actually have some intelligent shit to say and do so quite well. If you can get past 9th’s beats boring you, i think you’d be impressed…

Comment by neil nice 01.09.06 @

I listened to it a couple of times, Neil.
The rappers are pretty decent as far as guys from that area are concerned, but it’s just not really my thing. I’ve also heard the Ceasar Comanche, Splash and a few other Justus League albums over the last few months, and I won’t deny that some of 9th’s stuff is pretty good as far as “mellow indy rap” is concerned, I would rather hear some abrasive, gutter New York shit.

Comment by Robbie 01.09.06 @

But you gotta admit, his “mellow indy rap” is damn good, for what it is. I don’t think they aim for abrasiveness.

Comment by Ill Will 01.10.06 @

And oh yeah, I’m glad I’m not the only one to has yet to listen to A.W.O.L. I’m downloading now though

Comment by Ill Will 01.10.06 @

I smell ya dog…aint nothing like some good ol’ War Report to get you amped!

Comment by neil nice 01.10.06 @

On point with your comments about the 2006.
Wishing and hiphoping.

Comment by Juha 01.10.06 @

somebody shouldve busted hulk hogan in d mouth for blamin it all on niggaz

Comment by miss keep it real 11.02.07 @

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