Saturday, October 31, 2009

Dart Adams presents The 100 Best Hip Hop LP's, EP's & Mixtapes Of 2009 So Far According To Me* AKA Fuck Sasha Frere-Jones

Sasha Frere-Jones thinks Hip Hop died this year. I say fuck him and the horse he rode in on. This is a list of what I consider to be the Top 100 Hip Hop LP's, EP's & mixtapes from this year so far. Please keep in mind that in order for me to even narrow this list to 100 I had to exclude instrumental albums, otherwise it would've just been ridiculous and impossible to narrow to just 100. Also keep in mind that I've heard close to 500 different projects this year and there are a fair amount of jawns I play regularly that didn't even make this list. That should give you an idea as to just how deep 2009 was with quality material.

Next time someone wants to claim that "nothing good came out this year" they need to peruse this list or one that Eric or Travis my other Bloggerhouse brethren have cooked up that will no doubt include projects that I missed in my top 100. Next writer that dare claims Hip Hop has gone stagnant or died this year will get a swift and severe throat chop or open palm to the sternum (no Ip Man). Here's my list. In the comments section feel free to gripe, bitch and/or moan about Jay-Z, Rick Ross & Fabolous' lackluster ass album not being in my top 100. I listened to WAY more Hip Hop than you this year. All you gotta do to check every Friday of 2009 on this blog for proof. Enjoy (or don't):

5 O' Clock Shadowboxers- The Slow Twilight
50 Cent-Before I Self Destruct
Aarophat & Illastrate-Black Noise
Ace & Edo (Masta Ace & Ed O.G)-Arts & Entertainment
Alchemist-Chemical Warfare
Apathy-Wanna Snuggle?
Big Tone-The Art Of Ink
BK-One with Benzilla-Radio Do Canibal
Blame One-Days Chasing Days
Braille & Symbolyc One-Cloudnineteen
Brother Ali-Us/The Truth Is Here EP
Big Quarters-From The Home Of Brown Babies With White Mothers
Camp Lo-Stone And Rob: Caught On Tape/Another Heist
Cesar Comanche-Die In Your Lap
Che Grand-Everything's Good Ugly
Chief-Collabo Collection
Common Market-The Winter's End EP
The Cool Kids & Don Cannon-Gone Fishing
Cormega-Born & Raised
CunninLynguists-Strange Journey Volume One
Currensy-This Is Not A Mixtape/The Jet Files
De La Soul-Are You In?+ Nike Original Run
Del Tha Funke Homosapien & Tame One-Parallel Uni-Verses
Diamond District-In The Ruff
Diz Gibran-Soon You'll Understand
DJ Spinna-Sonic Smash
Donny Goines-The Breakfast Club
DOOM-Born Like This
Drake-So Far Gone
Emilio Rojas-Recession Proof
Fashawn-Boy Meets World
Finale-A Pipe Dream And A Promise
Freddie Gibbs-Midwestgangstaboxframecadillacmuzik
Fresh Daily-The Gorgeous Killer In: Crimes Of Passion
Georgia Anne Muldrow presents Ms. One & The Gang/Umsindo
Ghostface Killah-Ghostdini: The Wizard Of Poetry In Emerald City
The Grouch & Eligh-Say G&E!
Illogic & Ill Poetic-Diabolical Fun
J Dilla- Jay Stay Paid
J. Cole-The Warm Up
Jern Eye-Vision
Joe Budden-Padded Room/Escape Route
Jon Hope-Somekind Of Wonderful
JR & Ph7 present The Standard
Kam Moye-Splitting Image
Keelay And Zaire-Ridin' High
Kev Brown presents Random Joints
Kid Hum & Rock The Dub-Offshore Drilling
KRS One & Buckshot-Survival Skills
L.E.G.A.C.Y-Suicide Music
MAGr-No News Is Good News
Marco Polo & Torae-Double Barrel
MarQ Spekt X Lex Boogie-Guilty Party
Method Man & Redman-Blackout! 2
Moka Only-Lowdown Suite 2: The Box
Mos Def-The Ecstatic
Mr. J. Medeiros & Boonie Mayfield-The Art Of Broken Glass EP/Friends Enemies Apples Apples
Myka 9-1969
Naledge-Chicago Picasso
Nico The Beast-Dinner Is Served Mixtape
Oddisee-Mental Liberation
Pac Div-Church League Champs
Paten Locke-Super Ramen Rocketship
Psuedo Slang-We'll Keep Looking
Print-Comic Books: Unlimited
Raekwon-Only Built 4 Cuban Linx 2
Rapper Big Pooh-The Delightful Bars (North American Pie & Candy Apple Version)
Red Giants-Chain Reaction EP
Reks-More Grey Hairs
Rhymefest & Scram Jones-The Manual
Royce Da 5'9"-Street Hop
Roc C & IMAKEMADBEATS-The Transcontinental
Saigon & Statik Selektah-All In A Day's Work
Sandpeople-Long Story Short EP
Sene & Blu Are...A Day Late & A Dollar Short
Skyzoo-The Salvation
Slakah The Beatchild-Soul Movement Vol. 1
Tame One & Parallel Thought-Acid Tab Vocab
Tanya Morgan-Brooklynati
Termanology-Heaven Was A Mile Away/Hood Politics VI: Time Machine
Thaione Davis-Still Hear
TiRon & DJ LowKey-Ketchup
Tiye Phoenix-Half Woman Half Amazin'
Toki Wright-A Different Mirror
U-N-I & Ro Blvd-A Love Supreme
Wale-Back To The Feature/Attention Deficit
Wu Tang Clan-Wu Tang Chamber Music
yU-Before Taxes

*Doesn't include instrumental albums...otherwise I never would've finished...I'm aware the Exile's "Radio" was an instrumental album but if I left it off, I'd lose credibility. Seriously. The album is a monster.



khal said...

thank you for including OFFSHORE DRILLING.

m said...

preciate the love as always....fam....the early bird for Bloodlust 2 will be in your inbox shortly. stay up 100

Monterey said...

Hey Dart, I was just sitting here playing Diamond District's PHENOMENAL In the Ruff and decided to check your blog out since its been a few days. Like usual you're enlightening us all on the good stuff we're missing. Big Tone's Art of Ink was one of my favorites as well this year. This has been one of the best years for hip hop in a long time. Oh yeah- once again, its too bad you won't be updating - I'll be looking out for your next project.

David Rankin said...

lol @ this list. 100 is just way too much to give any meaning to how special it is to be included on a top list.

I agree with Monterey on the Big Tone album, and The Regiment's A New Beginning is easily top 25 in my book.

ENIG MUE said...

thanks for your support. ;)

El Gringo Colombiano said...

give a spin to Funky DL "The Interview", jazz rap beats that Tribe or Pete/CL heads would dig.

Everyone seems to sleep on Funky DL, even the blogs. Wake up, dudes!