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Written by: Robbie Ettelson
Making lists can sometimes be good times. This is not one of these times. Since I have no interest in trying to sum up the last ten years of rap at this particular point in time, I’ve decided to revert to the tried and tested method of figuring out which albums got the most airtime in my car this year. Since the ride is where most of us do our serious listening (what else are you gonna do? Concentrate on the road?) it seemed pretty clear that a quick check of my ipod’s ‘Play Count’ function would reveal all. Let’s not get bogged down in trivial pursuits such as trying to determine who made the greatest artistic statements or innovations – the numbers don’t lie. The shit I played while I may or may not have been partaking in a few quiet beverages is the only real truth to be told here.
12. Wu-Tang – Chamber Music
“Ill Figures” may have been the rawest song of the year.
11. Recordkingz – Heavyweight
Worth it for ‘I Cried’ alone, this album was a nice return to sample-rich production for some of the guests.
10. Raekwon The Chef – Only Built 4 Cuban Linx II
I may have had my fair share of complaints, but there were four or five cuts on here that were straight-up incredible. That Elton John shit was ghey as fuck though.
9. Large Professor – The LP
Originally recorded in 1996, Paul Juice finally got the chance to present his first solo album to the world as it should be heard (still no ‘For My People Pt. 2’ though) and provided a timely reminder of his exceptional talents.
8. Blaq Poet – The Blaqprint
Having leaked so many tracks on Premier‘s mixtapes, the impact of Poet’s Year Round debut was lessened a little, but there was no denying that this QB vet has still got what it takes after 23 years of making records.
7. Prodigy feat. Un Pacino & Big Twins – Product Of The 80’s
If you’re not an Un Pac fan yet, you need to track down the Hard White mixtape and his solo The Last Don CD.
6. DOOM – Born Like This
‘Absolutely’ made me forgive Madlib for some of the silly shit he gave Percee-P. Great to hear the Metal-Face Villain back in top form as well, since I consider Operation: Doomsday one of the greatest modern rap albums ever.
5. Sid Roams – Zombie Musik
For everyone who wanted those banging Roams tracks minus Twins and Prodigy…or just fans of sinister instrumentals combined with zombie flick samples.
4. Cormega – Born And Raised
A lot of ‘Mega doubters came out of the woodwork, but this was Bridge music the way it should be done.
3. Cam’Ron – Crime Pays
Despite some tinny music, Killa’s supreme magnetic ignorant content was undeniable. ‘Curve’ was catchier than swine flu, and maybe just as bad for you.
2. Big Twins – The Project Kid
If you didn’t enjoy this album, I feel sorry for your mother. “The new DMX, dunn, but I make sense”.
1. M.O.P. – Foundation
“Down a couple of bottles and party and pass out!” M.O.P.’s ‘Blow The Horns’ proved to be both prophetic and the most played song on the Unkut iPod in 2009. Salute!
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