Monday, December 29, 2008

Dart Adams presents The Top 250 Hip Hop EP's, LP's & Mixtapes Of 2008

Here it is, the definitive "Best Of" list of the year...mine (LOL). I've gone back and forth with several other writers and bloggers about this past year in Hip Hop and to hammer home my point each time I produce a list of the best releases of the year thus far. Oftentimes they get dismissed because NO ONE but me and a handful of my blogging brethren and sisteren have even heard of any of these artists and/or groups before. This means that I can talk about how great the M-Phazes-Remixed LP was until I'm blue in the face as all I'd receive back is a blank stare followed by the question "Who are/is M-Phazes?". *Slaps forehead into a seamless facepalm combo*

Please keep in mind that I did around 40+ weekly review blogs this year for more than 250 EP's, LP's and mixtapes and I heard a hell of a lot more that I put into my Late Passes (For Doz Dat Slept) section. This means that a gang of albums that I gave Mos Def's, highly recommended and recommended Maybe (Maeby)'s to in the past 12 months didn't make either of these lists (I bet you that I STILL missed some joints due to the sheer volume of releases and clerical errors). Without any further ado I present to you "Dart Adams Top 250 Hip Hop EP's, LP's and Mixtapes Of 2008":

The Top 50 of 2008 (according to me):

9th Wonder & Buckshot-The Formula
9th Wonder & Jean Grae-Jeanius
14KT-The Golden Hour
88-Keys-The Death Of Adam
All Natural-Elements (Fire)
Atmosphere- When Life Gives You Lemons You Paint That Shit Gold
Black Milk-Tronic
Blu & Mainframe-Johnson & Jonson
Blue Sky Black Death-Late Night Cinema
Buff1-There's Only One
Common Market-Black Patch War EP
Common Market-Tobacco Road
C.R.A.C. Knuckles-The Piece Talks
Count Bass D-L7
Dela-Changes Of Atmosphere
DJ Babu- Duck Season Vol. 3
DJ K.O. presents Picture This...
DJ Revolution-King Of The Decks
Elzhi-Europass/The Preface
EMC-The Show
Evidence-The Layover EP (tie)
Fat Jon (The Ample Soul Physician)-Repaint Tomorrow (tie)
Heltah Skeltah-D.I.R.T (Da Incredible Rap Team)
Jake One presents White Van Music
J-Live-Then What Happened?
Joe Budden-Halfway House
Ludacris-Theater Of The Mind
Madlib-Beat Konducta Vol. 5 Dil Cosby Suite
Madlib-WLIB AM King Of The Wigflip
Mighty Joseph (Vast Aire & Karnegie)-Empire State
New Jack Hustle (Shawn Jackson & Newman)-Soundcheck
Nicolay & Kay-Time:Line
Now On-Tomorrow Already
Opio-Vulture's Wisdom Vol. One
The P Brothers-The Gas
Q-Tip-The Renaissance
Reks-Grey Hairs
The Roots-Rising Down
Shawn Jackson-First Of All...
Statik Selektah-Stick 2 The Script
Tanya Morgan-The Bridge EP
Tanya Morgan & DJ Soul-Tanya Morgan Is A Rap Group
Termanology-Politics As Usual
Torae-Daily Conversation
Vandalyzm-Megatron Majorz
Vast Aire-Deuces Wild
Vordul Mega-Megagraphitti
Wale-The Mixtape About Nothing

The Next 200 of 2008 (according to me):

Tanya Morgan presents IlWil: Beat Thieves 2
J Dilla-Pay Jay (Unreleased MCA LP)
Akrobatik-Absolute Value
Finale & Spier 1200 presents Develop (2007/8)
Icon The Mic King-The Reintroduction
Ayatollah-Drum Machine
Pete Rock-NY's Finest
9th Wonder & Murs present Sweet Lord
Black Spade-To Serve With Love
Fat Ray & Black Milk-The Set Up
Rhymefest-The Man In The Mirror
Braille-The IV Edition
Kids In The Hall-The In Crowd
Donwill & SuhBURB-Suburban Sprawl
Random-Patches & Glue
Random-The 8th Day
Danny!-And I Love Her (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Carlos Nino & Lil’ Sci present What’s The Science?-Elevation
Nieve & Cook-Away With Words
Focus presents Dedicated
Focus & Fokis-20/20
Presto-State Of The Art
AZ- Undeniable
AZ & DJ Absolut-N.4.L
Koushik-Out My Window
Ghostly International-Ghostly Swim
Blueprint vs. Funkadelic
Analogic & Rashid Hadee (A & R)-Serenade For The Moment
Re Up Gang presents We Got It For Cheap 3: The Spirit Of Competition
Now On & DJ Houseshoes-Don't Call It A Mixtape
Blue Sky Black Death & Jean Grae-The Evil Jeanius
Little Brother-And Justus For All...
Rapper Big Pooh-Rapper’s Delight
Guilty Simpson-Ode To The Ghetto
Looptroop Rockers-Good Things
LMNO & Kev Brown-Selective Hearing
LMNO-Let Em Know
Del-The 11th Hour
Custom Made-Original Dynasty
45-Hello Friends
Mickey Factz-The Leak Vol. 2: The Inspiration
Muja Messiah-Thee Adventures Of A B-Boy D-Boy
Don Cannon & DJ Drama present Asher Roth-The Greenhouse Effect
Kooley High-Summer Sessions EP
Kaze-Block 2 The Basement
Kollabo Brothers-For My Peoples
Cyne-Starship Utopia
Cyne-Pretty Dark Things
DL Incognito-A Captured Moment In Time
The Camp-The Campaign
Living Legends-The Gathering EP
Muneshine-Status Symbol
Damu The Fudgemunk-Spare Time
Damu The Fudgemunk-Overtime
Freddie Joachim-Tiger Beats
Freddie Joachim-In With Time
Baje One-The Weightless EP
El-P-Weareallgoingtoburninhell Megamix 1 & 2
Nico The Beast-No Beast So Fierce
Amanda Diva-Life Experience
ST Da Squad-The Album
Qwel & Kip Killagain-The New Wine
School Of Beats-Lesson 3-The Progress Report
M1 Platoon-M1 Invasion Mixtape
Access Immortal-Last Summer In Brooklyn
Omer Saar-The Green Album
Snoop Dogg-Ego Trippin’
Bun B-II Trill
T.I.-Paper Trail
Young Jeezy-The Recession
The Cool Kids-The Bake Sale EP
The Knux-Remind Me In 3 Days
Kanye West-808’s And Heartbreak
David Banner-The Greatest Story Ever Told
Lil’ Wayne-The Carter III
The Game-LAX
DJ Whoo Kid & Bishop Lamont-The Confessional
Prolyfic & Reanimator-The Ugly Truth
Astonish-From Now Until Forever
Mighty Joseph-Empire State
Brooklyn Academy-Bored Of Education
DJ Green Lantern & Nas-The Nigger Tape
Nas-Nigger (Untitled)
Little Vic-Each Dawn I Die
Fel Sweetenberg-Sweets’s Day Off
J Boogie's Dubtronic Science-Sole Vibrations
Roddy Rod-Blunt Park Sessions
K-Otix-The Reason
Rashid Hadee-A Change Gonna Come
Esoteric vs. Japan-Pterodactyl Takes Tokyo
East Coast Avengers-Prison Planet
Lone Catalysts-Square Biznizz
Time Machine-Life Is Expensive
88 Keys-Adam’sCase Files
Pace Won & Mr. Green-The Only Color That Matters Is Green
The CAEN Project-Caesar’s Vengeance
Cadence Weapon-Afterparty Babies
DJ Green Lantern & Charles Hamilton-Outside Looking
Charles Hamilton-And Then They Played Dilla
S.O.U.L. Purpose-The Construction
Jazz Liberatorz-Clin d' Oeil
Bliss N Eso-Flying Colours
Kaze-Block 2 The Basement
Snowgoons-Black Snow
Immortal Technique & DJ Green Lantern-The 3rd World
Outerspace-God's Fury
T.H.U.G. Angelz-Welcome To Red Hook Houses
Killer Mike-I Pledge Allegiance To The Grind II
Short Bus Alumni-Mr. T’s Revenge
Effect-Fine Tuned Tantrum
Tame One-Da Ol’ Jersey Bastard
Ras Kass-Institutionalized Vol. 2
DJ Muggs & Planet Asia-Pain Language
Supastition (Kam Moye)-Leave Of Absence EP
Kam Moye-Self Centered EP
Dave Ghetto & Tha S Ence-Hustle Simmons
Strange Music Project presents S1’s Music Box
Ill Bill-The Hour Of Reprisal
King Syze-The Labor Union
Decay-The Unlikely Hour
Hell Razah-Ultra Sounds Of A Renaissance Child
Theo-The Birth
Crooked I-The Block Obama
E.Dot & Darpmalone Are Hero
Zilla Rocca-Bring Me The Head Of Zilla Rocca
Murs-Murs For President
Madlib-Beat Konducta Vol. 6: Dil Withers Suite
Madlib- Remixes 2: Saturday Morning Edition
Madlib (Madvillain)-Madvillainy 2
Skillz-The Million Dollar Backpack
El Da Sensei-Unheard Of...
El Da Sensei & The Returners-Global Takeover
Theory Hazit-Lord Fire
Has Lo-Small Metal Objects
Danny Brown-Hot Soup
Sene-Elevator Music
Jedi Mind Tricks presents Doap Nixon-Sour Diesel
Plain Pat & Emile presents A Kid Named Cudi
C Rayz Walz & Kosha Dillz-Freestyle vs. Written
Kardinal Offishall-Not 4 Sale
Kano-140 Grime St.
K-Salaam & Beatnick-Whose World Is This?
Diamond D-The Huge Hefner Chronicles
Edgar Allen Floe-The Streetwise LP
Illa J-Yancey Boys
Royce Da 5’9”-The Bar Exam 2
Royce Da 5’9”-The Album
Reef The Lost Cauze-A Vicious Cycle
Small Professor-Slowbus
Pumpkinhead-Picture That: The Negative
Peter Rosenberg presents A Rosenberg Oddisee EP
John Robinson-I Am Not For Sale
Jedi Mind Tricks-A History Of Violence
DJ Design-Jetlag
Illogic-One Bar Left EP
Dagha-The Divorce
Ras G-Beats Of Mind
Oddisee-Good Tree EP
Tha Connection-Trapeze
Surreal-Pardon My Dust
Silent Knight-Restoration
Kongcrete-Shackles Off
Educated Consumers-The Waiting Room
DJ Deckstream-Soundtracks
Killah Priest & Cheif Kamachi-Beautiful Minds
Sepalot-Red Handed
Reach & Twelve-Corner Speech
Panacea-A Mind On A Ship Through Time
Trek Life & Oddisee-All Times
Giant Panda-Electric Laser
Bambu-Exact Change
Cymarshall Law & Mr. Joeker-Hip Hop In The Soul
LoDeck & Omega One-Postcards From The 3rd Rock
People Under The Stairs-Fun DMC
Fakts One-Long Range
Rashaan Ahmad-The Push
Grip Grand-Brokelore
The Grouch-Show You The World
Bisc1-When Electric Night Falls
Large Professor-Main Source
Devin The Dude-Landing Gear
The Mighty Underdogs-Droppin’ Science Fiction
The Gigantics-Die Already
Reef The Lost Cauze-The Stress Files
EPMD-We Mean Business
Evidence-The Purple Tape Instrumentals
Ugly Duckling-Audacity
D.I.T.C.-The Movement
Sean Price presents Ruste Juxx-Indestructible
The Tones-Dreamtalk
Donny Goines-Minute After Midnight
Jakki Da Motamouth-Psycho Circus



RAVAGE the MeccaGodZilla said...

What an honor yo! Dart.. i give thanks for real!

thank you!

Anonymous said...

Maaaan, you and i have VERY SIMILAR tastes...however, no Panacea in the top 50?????? DART!!!!!!!

S-Diggy said...


but Nigger didn't make top 50 for you??

Dart Adams said...


You keep making the music. I keep on lovin' it (no McD's). That HiCoup LP was nice, too.

@ S-Diggy:

The new Nas album was an interesting listen and a pretty well made album but if I wanted to ROCK to something it wasn't what I was playing in my iPod walking down the street. Uh Uh. All of my Top 50 selections fit that bill, however.

@ Eric:

Panacea is hit or miss with me. I like their albums overall but I'm not replaying them very often. It's immediately right back to the Tanya Morgan (pick one).


JNOTA said...

hey- thanks for including damu's music. happy new year, dart.

@slushygutter said...

wow, puttin in crazy work. 250?! Great stuff brah. Happy New Year's to Dart and the Poisonous Paragraph's peeps. CHeers!