*2008* Top 50 Albums

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1. Statik SelektahStick 2 The Script (199)
While he doesn’t rap, he doesn’t shoutout annoying catchphrases either, and the East-Coast’s DJ Khaled’s soul-driven production, and guestlist, is far superior, starting with To The Top, featuring Cassidy, Saigon, and Termanology. Southern heavyweight Bun B and the lesser known Cory Mo on the east-Asian tinged Get Out The Way, while On The Marquee features soul-ful, 9th Wonder-ish production by Statik and Little Brother on the mic. What makes S2TS excellent is the balance between harder street oriented bangers like For The City (on which Jadakiss shines) and Streets Of MA (featuring a bevy of Boston rappers) and commercial, radio/club friendly tracks like Talkin’ Bout You (feat. Skyzoo, Joell Ortiz, and Talib Kweli), So Good (Live From The Bar) (feat. Naledge, Reks, & C.L. Smooth), and the g-funk laced Cali Nights. Statik’s talents are especially evident through his scratching and sampling, especially in the hooks, my favorite being the chorus of Talkin’ Bout You, which samples Jay-Z, Biggie, Pimp C, and Bun B's voices, to name a few. Production-wise, this album is not only my favorite, but perhaps the best of this year, along with having a guestlist with both underground and mainstream appeal

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2. ReksGrey Hairs (208)
I first heard Rek’s on Statik’s So Good (Live From The Bar), and damn, I had no idea who he was, but when I gave this album a listen I was blown away. Most notable would be the consistently dope production throughout, mostly by Statik Selektah, but also DJ Premier, Say Goodnight, and Large Professor on the insane Stages – almost every second track is a gem. The first would be How Can It Be, followed by the incredibly dope Money On The Ave, which Skyzoo kills, and even better Black Cream (The Negro Epidemic), featuring Big Shug of Gangstarr. Following that is the soulful Love Sweet Misery and a remix of Big Dreamers, an ill cut off Statik’s first album. I highly, highly recommend this album – it’s been a long time since I’ve been so thoroughly impressed with the consistency, balance and quality of an album as a whole (lyrically and production-wise), especially coming from such an unknown artist.

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3. Kanye West808's & Heartbreak (164)
Needless to say, 808’s marked a dramatic change in Ye’s style, which, love it or hate it, couldn’t make me happier; it’s not often that an artist at their peak of popularity makes such a remarkably different, and what could be genre-defining album. Fueled his emotional loss and pain, Yeezy made an album that artistically explores his pain, guilt, and regret, yet remains appealing despite it’s dark and, honestly, depressive sound. Upon hearing the first song, Say You Will, the minimalist aesthetic that Ye uses throughout 808’s is evident – there is also no sampling on the album. However, what is left is all Kanye, and his emotion is felt not only through his varied use of the auto-tune, but through it’s chilling, bare-bones beats as well. Welcome To Heartbreak puts Ye’s regrets on display: “Chased the good life all my whole life long/Look back on my life and my life gone”, followed by the radio-friendly Heartless and Love Lockdown, and the Jeezy-featured Amazing, which lives up to it’s name. The second half of the album definitely gets weaker, as tracks like Paranoid and See You In My Nightmares just don’t work, but Robocop and Coldest Winter, a tribute to his mother, are both gems. Overall, while Ye’s latest could be a bit more consist, it is still one of the best, and definitely the most creative pop album of the year.

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4. NasUntitled (139)
While Nasir couldn’t get it the title he wanted, Untitled is still an album to naming it Untitled is genius – we all know what it’s really called. His 9th studio album features the usual exceptional lyricism we’ve come to expect, along with one of his most consistent efforts yet, focusing on socially, racially and politically charged topics. After a forgettable Queens Get Money Too, Nas sets the pace with the funky You Can’t Stop Us Now and Breathe, but misfires on an awkward, forced-hit in Make The World Go Round with The Game and Chris Brown. However, the next track, Hero, is a uniquely synthetic yet thunderous and energetic single, perhaps one of Nas’ best. Sly Fox, an attack on the Fox news empire, and America are some of the weaker tracks, but Testify, a slow, soulful gem, and Fried Chicken, featuring Busta Rhymes, are both incredible. The production on Untitled is on point throughout, and Nas’ rhymes are, as always, exceptional. Untitled is a must-have from ’08.

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5. T.I.Paper Trail (168)
Paper Trail is another album that does well balancing commercial and street tracks, going from Ready For Whatever to the mega-hits Live Your Live (featuring Rihanna) and Whatever You Like (production courtesy of Jim Jonsin). Even though he is facing jail-time, Paper Trail is a positive upbeat album that does well showcasing both sides of Tip; the public, fearless machismo side (I’m Illy, Every Chance I Get), along with his introspective, intellectual and self-reflective side (Dead And Gone, Slide Show, You Ain’t Missin Nothing). No Matter What may be T.I.’s best song yet; however, singles Swagga Like Us and Swing Ya Rag are both awful. Paper Trail is packed full of great songs, and is arguably his most consistent release yet.

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6. Bun BII Trill (175)
After Pimp C’s tragic death, Bun B was forced into the solo spotlight, again. Clearly missing Pimp’s twangy-funk, Bun’s second solo album, II Trill, is no southern classic, but it’s still a great album. He keeps it trill on That’s Gangsta with Sean Kingston, get’s funky with Lil’ Wayne on Damn I’m Cold, and parties hard on I Luv That and Pop It 4 Pimp; but as usual, Bun also takes his time with the social and political on Get Cha Issue (Y'all some liars, stealers, philanderers and all/ Got senators sucking dick inside of bathroom stalls) and If It Was Up II Me (featuring the legendary Junior Reid). Other standout tracks include Good II Me featuring Mya (with a sick guitar lick at the end) and the emotional Pimp C tribute, Angel In The Sky, beautifully sung by Razah. II Trill is a much improved follow-up to Bun’s debut, Trill, but still a far cry from the bar set his southern classics with UGK.

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7. RaBlack Sun (148)
Ra took a step back with the release of the inconsistent yet experimental concept album Duality, however, they have returned to their much heavier, but still melodic and hook-laden form that led to their classic debut From One. The album begins with two great tracks in Broken Hearted Soul and Faulty Information, followed by standouts Don’t Turn Away and I Believe Again (reminiscent of From One’s I Believe). On Waste of Space, Ra also proves scathing criticism of their relationship with their former record label. The album finishes with the masterpiece Easier Than This. Ra’s third studio album regains the consistency that From One boasts, as well as the hard/melodic style backed by the incredible vocals of Sahaj Ticotin.

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8. The GameLAX (188)
The melodramatic bullshit and questionable tattoos never end for Jayceon Taylor, but that’s never stopped him from putting out dope music. L.A.X. is a marathon of namedropping, shoutouts and r&b features, but in between quite a bit of filler are quite a few dope songs, beginning with State Of Emergency with Ice Cube, My Life with the autotuning Lil’ Wayne, and Money. After that is a slew of r&b laced tracks, which, love em or hate em, I love; Ne-Yo shines on Gentleman’s Affair and Camera Phone, Angel features Common servin rhymes and Kanye droppin beats, and Game’s Pain featuring Keyshia Cole all standout, along with the single Dope Boys featuring Travis Barker. L.A.X. lacks the consistency of The Documentary, and The Game’s non-stop namedropping gets excessive, but it’s still a great album, and step up from Doctor’s Advocate.

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9. Young JeezyThe Recession (218)
Jeezy’s latest offering, The Recession, is his best yet. Jeezy’s never been a master lyricist, but the dark, synthetic production matched with his hard, yet smooth flow creates a grimy yet energetic sound that Jeezy has become known for. Also notable is the relative lack of features – the first 2/3s of the album are just Jeezy, and he holds is own with a vengence on By The Way, Crazy World, Vacation and Hustaz Ambition (a still enjoyable Pac ripoff). Even better are the tracks complemented by crooners Trey Songz (Takin’ It There) and Anthony Hamilton (Everything) and Kanye, with his auto-tune coming out party on the anthemic Put On. This great album features Jeezy not only basking in the world around him, but also questioning it, and showing a more introspective side for the first time. While the beats get a bit repetitive, and the tracklist a bit long, The Recession is easily Jeezy’s best work to date.

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10. PliesDefinition Of Real (123)
Plies gets a lot of hate, and I get that. Yeah, he’s wack, his voice is annoying, he ain’t ever been to jail, he doesn’t really have a criminal past. That he puts ‘realness’ on a pedestal at the same time doesn’t help either, but you can’t deny he makes sick tunes, or the fact that he isn’t the first to lie about/fabricate a criminal past (see Akon, Rick Ross). You gotta give him credit for him work ethic as well; he’s just put out his third album in two years, and could possibly have already completed his fourth. On DOR, his strength, female-oriented r&b songs, is on full display here, just see the irresistible Ne-Yo assisted Bust It Baby Pt. 2, #1 Fan (featuring Keyshia Cole and J. Holiday), Somebody (Loves You) and Feel Like Fuckin. However, Please Excuse My Hands is just awful, along with the easily forgettable street anthem Who Hotter Than Me; but the Drumma Boy produced Watch Dis is dope. Plies has shown his talent doesn’t lie with making hard, street songs, but with his and appeal with making tracks for the club and R&B oriented tracks for the ladies.

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11. MursMurs for President (146)
Murs For President is Murs’ first major studio album, and while he sheds some of his underground roots for that major label status, he doesn’t disappoint. Frequent collaborator 9th Wonder’s production is sparse (3 tracks), but Murs still shines, especially on the Snoop Dogg assisted, piano heavy Time Is Now. His songs about relationships are humbly honest and relatable (A Part Of Me, Breakup (The OJ Song)), and his ability to relate to the everyman is his greatest strength. Everything, The Road Is My Religion, the guitar laced are all amazing cuts. The token will.i.am feature on Lookin’ Fly is forgettable, and 9th Wonder is missed on most of the album, but Murs For President is a great major debut by an even better rapper, whose earlier work unfortunately sets the bar higher than achieved here.

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12. InverseSo Far (The Collection) (158)
a. So Far may be one of the most slept on hip-hop albums of ’08. The west-coast duo of Toby (Jewish) & Tunji (Nigerian Muslim) is as unique as they come, and they bring it on So Far with a progressive, diverse sound - from the smooth HipHopSoul, upbeat Sunnycalifornia, introspective Constellation and Til’ The End (C.A.L.I.), which samples Common’s Faithful, are all equally and incredibly dope. The album is crafted from start to finish, lacking any filler. If you haven’t check it out; it’s available for free on Last.fm.

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13. Lil' WayneTha Carter III (131)
Lil’ Wayne aimed to make a classic, and was close, as Tha Carter III, an overrated but still great album, is no masterpiece. However, there are some incredible tracks, like the soulful Mr. Carter, featuring Jay-Z, the piano-driven, Yeezy produced Let The Beat Build, the Jim Jonsin mega-hit Lollipop, the silky-smooth Comfortable, also produced by Yeezy, and Tie My Hands, an emotional duet with Robin Thicke. But the singles A Milli and Got Money, featuring T-Pain, both miss, especially the latter. Tha Carter may have been the most hyped and overrated album of ’08, but it’s still one of the best.

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14. The RootsRising Down (91)
The edgy, darker, political and serious Rising Down begins with one of the best collabos of ’08, the title track, featuring Mos Def and a sick Styles P verse. Rising Down is especially dope from the middle to end, with standout songs like Criminal (featuring Saigon), I Will Not Apologize (featuring P.O.R.N., Dice Raw & Talib Kweli), Lost Desire (also featuring Talib) and The Show (with Common and Malik B). The production throughout the album is on point, along with an impressive array of guest spots, many of whom are lesser known. The gritty, angst ridden Rising Down is an amazing release by The Roots, and is a definite must-have of ’08.

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15. Rick RossTrilla (142)
The Boss was maybe a bit overambitious naming his third album Trilla, however, while it has it’s limitations, it remains one of my favorites of this year thanks to it’s abundance of dope, bangin beats courtesy the J.U.S.T.I.C.E League (Maybach Music, Billionaire, Luxury Tax), Drumma Boy (Here I Am), The Runners (Speedin’), and J.R. Totem (The Boss). These, and some great guest spots (see Lil’ Wayne, R. Kelly, & Jay-Z) save the album from Ross’ miniscule vocabulary, inability to stop rhyming Ross with Boss, and lack of lyrical flexibility, not mention complete wackness.

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16. ShinedownThe Sound of Madness (136)
The Sound Of Madness is Shinedown’s best album yet; it’s harder, heavier and more intense than either of their past two albums, and there isn’t a single weak track. Lead singer Brent Smith’s vocals are amazing throughout the album, especially on the first three tracks, Devour, The Sound Of Madness and Second Chance. TSOF is album that is easily listenable from start to finish, and has more consistency than either of their previous albums; Sin With A Grin, Breaking Inside, and The Energy are also standout tracks.

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17. LudacrisTheater Of The Mind (76)
Luda’s new album is based on the concept of a movie, and delivers, for the most part. While some songs don’t fit well with the theme, such as One More Drink, which is a great song, the beats are bangin. However, Luda’s latest isn’t his most consistent and could’ve benefitted from being slimmed down to Release Therapy size. Wish You Would, Nasty Girl and MVP are great songs, but the album’s best is easily I Do It For Hip Hop, which co-stars Nas & Jay-Z, and samples the classic Keep Their Heads Ringin by Dr. Dre.

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18. Guns N RosesChinese Democracy (117)
Axl’s work, almost a decade and a half in the making, is not really Gun’s N Roses – he is the only original member – and the mountain of expectations that come with such a mythical release fall squarely on his shoulders. Nothing could have possibly met the hype or expectations generated in 14 years, but Chinese Democracy is a great album, with a new, more modern, industrial-rock sound that is still as hard and grimy as classic GNR. If The World is a masterpiece, and the guitar solo in There Was A Time is hair raising. Chinese Democracy, Better, and I.R.S. are also all amazing tracks. Axl’s voice is still as great and unique as ever, and Chinese Democracy is easily one of the best albums of the year.

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19. DJ KhaledWe Global (142)
What exactly does DJ Khaled actually do? Other than ruin the songs he shouts on and look like an idiot in videos? Who the fucks knows, but We Global is a beast! While Khaled still lacks consistency, he does put out some excellent tracks in Go Hard (w/ Kanye & T-Pain), Red Light (The Game), Go Ahead (Lloyd, Fabolous, Rick Ross, Flo-Rida & Fat Joe) We Global (Trey Songz, Fat Joe, Ray J), and I’m On (Nas).

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20. T-PainThr33 Ringz (136)
I’ve always been a huge T-Pain fan, and I see why he gets a lot of hate, but you gotta give it to Pain, he’s made quite a career for himself. The self described ‘Ringleader Man’ leads it off with a song by the same name, and unfortunately, it’s the albums best track, and can be heard throughout in the background of the fairly funny skits. I Can’t Believe It is deliciously tropical Lil’ Wayne assited single, Freeze is a great duet with Chris Brown, and Therapy, featuring Kanye West, has a hilariously killer chorus. However, with such a long album, there’s bound to be plenty of filler, along with similar, repetitive sounding beats – T-Pain’s limited range becomes obvious as the 17-track (plus bonus tracks) beast chugs on. But as a whole, Thr33 Ringz is T-Pain’s best album yet, and statement affirming his successful place in the music biz.

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21. Kings of LeonOnly by the Night (141)
Only By The Night is the first I’ve heard of the Kings Of Leon, and wow, I was impressed. Their southern/garage-indie-post-rock style is unlike any other band I’ve head, and lead vocalist Caleb Followll’s voice is uniquely intriguing their sound. The album as a whole is a great listen from beginning to end, but Closer, Crawl, Sex On Fire, I Want You and Be Somebody are all standout tracks.

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22. SevendustChapter VII: Hope & Sorrow (83)
Sevendust’s latest is not as heavy as their earlier work, but achieves an excellent balance of melodic and heavy metal elements – Walk Away goes back and forth from heavy to melodic, ending with a soft fadeout. All three songs featuring guests standout, especially Hope (the others being The Past and Sorrow). As a whole, the slim, eleven track album runs under 50 minutes and is remarkably consistent. Chapter VII is easily my favorite metal album of the year.

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23. eMCThe Show (123)
Masta Ace is one of my favorite unsung, unrecognized rappers, and he, along with Strick, Punchline & Wordsworth, have made a sick show-concept-based album in The Show. That the four had frequently collaborated in the past is evident, as they ooze lyrical chemistry throughout. Who We Be, Traffic (featuring Little Brother), Don’t Give Up On Us, eMC, Once More, and Feel It are all outstanding tracks.

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24. AtmosphereWhen Life Gives You Lemons, You Paint That Shit Gold (114)
Ant’s experimental, live production is amazing on Lemons, while Slugs introspective lyrics are as good as ever, making for an excellent album. The minimalist, guitar solo Guarantees is incredible, perhaps the albums best, and most original cut. Wild Wild Horses is backed by a fury of horns, and the piano/hand-clap laced Puppets is as chilling as it is catchy.

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25. Nicolay and KayTIME:LINE (83)
Nicolay, a Dutch producer, and Kay, a rapper from Houston, are quite a peculiar combination, but the result of pushing their musical boundaries is one of the most intriguing albums of the year, incorporating a variety of styles ranging from neo-soul, reggae, hip-hop, and R&B, as well as experimental production. Blizzard, The Lights, and The Gunshot are my favorite tracks, if you like The Foreign Exchange, cop this immediately!

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26. Anthony HamiltonThe Point Of It All (105)
Top Tracks: Soul's On Fire, I Did It For Sho, Cool (Feat David Banner)


27. Nappy RootsThe Humdinger (116)
Down 'N Out (Feat. Anthony Hamilton), No Static (feat. Greg Nice), On My Way To GA


28. In This MomentThe Dream (105)
Lost At Sea, Her Kiss, Forever


29. Immortal TechniqueThe 3rd World (89)
Crimes Of The Heart (feat. Maya Azucena), Reverse Pimpology (feat. Mojo), Harlem Renaissance


30. Black MilkTronic (53)
Long Story Short, Without U (feat. Colin Munroe), Losing Out (feat. Royce Da 5'9")


31 Q-TipThe Renaissance (110)
WeFight/WeLove, Move, Dance On Glass


32. Jean GraeJeanius (w/ 9th Wonder) (81)
My Story, Love Thirst, American Pimp Feat. Median


33. DweleSketches Of A Man (98)
Body Rock, A Few Reasons (Truth Pt. 2), I'm Cheatin'


34. Killer MikeI Pledge Allegiance to the Grind II (88)
Can You Hear Me, Good-Bye (City of Dope), Big Money, Big Cars (feat. Chamillionaire & Messy Marv)


35. UsherHere I Stand (148)
Before I Met You, Lifetime, Appetite

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36. The Foreign ExchangeLeave It All Behind (177)
Daykeeper feat. Muhsinah, I Wanna Know, Something To Behold Feat. Darien Brockington & Muhsinah


37. Ice CubeRaw Footage (76)
Do Ya Thang, Cold Places, Thank God


38. Jamie FoxxIntuition (121)
Just Like Me (Feat T.I), Digital Girl (Feat The-Dream & Kanye West), Blame It (Feat T-Pain)


39. Ruste JuxxIndestructible (104)
Blaze My Fire (Feat. L.A.W.) (Prod By DJ Large), Love Is Worth Waiting For (Prod By Blastah Beatz), Pimpin Ya Wife (Prod By M-Nasty)


40. Ne-YoYear of the Gentleman (114)
Miss Independent, Fade Into the Background, Back to What You Know


41. John LegendEvolver (94)
It's Over (feat. Kanye West), Green Light (feat. Andre 3000), Quickly (feat. Brandy)


42. MetallicaDeath Magnetic (48)
The Unforgiven III, The Day That Never Comes, All Nightmare Long


43. Devin the DudeLanding Gear (104)
Thinkin' Boutchu, I Can't Make It Home, In My Draws


44. Jake OneWhite Van Music (125)
How We Ride (feat. Freeway), Bless the Child (feat. Little Brother), The Truth (feat. Freeway & Brother Ali)


45. Kidz in the HallThe in Crowd (91)
Lucifer's Joyride (Feat. Travis McCoy), Drivin' Down The Block (Low End Theory) (Feat. Masta Ace), Love Hangover (feat. Estelle)


46. Snoop DoggEgo Trippin (120)
One Chance (Make It Good), Sexual Eruption, Deez Hollywood Nights


47. Skillz - Million Dollar Backpack (102)
I'm Gon' Make It (Prod. By Bink), Where I Been (Prod. By Jake White), (For Real) He Don't Own Me (Prod. By Bink)


48. Jean GraeThe Evil Jeanius (w/ Blue Sky Black Death) (26)
Threats Featuring Chen Lo, It's Still a Love Song, Strikes


49. CommonUniversal Mind Control (68)
Punch Drunk Love. feat Kanye West, Announcement feat. Pharell, Inhale


50. Ace HoodGutta (88)
Guns High Ft R City, Can't See Yall Ft Brisco, Gutta ft Trick Daddy

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Late Additions

Lyfe Jennings - Lyfe Change (99)
Scholarman - GameShift: The Movement (61)
Common Market - Tobacco Road (204)
The Knux - Remind Me In 3 Days... (67)
Kid Cudi - a KiD named CuDi (80)
10 Years - Division (97)
Dela - Changes Of Atmosphere (113)

Honorable Mentions

Z-Ro - Crack (125)
Plies - Da REAList (88)
Hinder - Take It To The Limit (61)
Akon - Freedom (105)
The [New] Shining - Supernatural Showdown (79)
Elzhi - The Preface (48)
88-Keys - The Death Of Adam (28)
J-Live - Then What Happened? (16)
Guilty Simpson - Ode To The Ghetto (51)
Lloyd - Lessons In Love (73)
Saliva - Cinco Diablo (38)
Scarface - Emeritus (33)
Theory of a Deadman - Scars & Souveniers (68)
Musiq - Onmyradio (39)
Murs - Sweet Lord (39)
9th Wonder & Buckshot - The Formula (35)
Prolyphic & Reanimator - The Ugly Truth (31)
Flying Lotus - Los Angeles (98)
Mighty Joseph - Empire State (40)
Rev Theory - Light It Up (78)
Jet Black Stare - In This Life (67)
M-Phazes - Grindin Remixed (68)

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Let me know if you have any recommendations, and though i've tried not to, i'm sure i've slept on some great albums this year, so please, let me know what i've missed. Thanks!

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  • mhunke

    I haven't heard any of those albums, but i'm gonna check them out. Thanks :)

    Gen 10 2009, 23:40
  • JurrienL

    Nice work man, My Favorites from this list: Q-tip The Game Kanye west Nas I Dislike Young Jeezy and Plies

    Gen 12 2009, 19:05
  • weston24

    Very nice journal. Even if I could have been bothered to write about the albums in mine and add pictures I would have been repeating myself very quickly but this is well written, good work. Gonna have to check out some of the ones I haven't heard, thanks.

    Gen 16 2009, 16:09
  • nirvaa

    Hip hop at the most part...

    Gen 16 2009, 17:01
  • mhunke

    thanks, making this list killed quite a bit of time at work :) ya, i'm not so much into newer rock

    Gen 16 2009, 18:56
  • Accordion88

    good top and as you said we've got a lot common favs

    Gen 17 2009, 3:14
  • Faytal

    this isn't underground at all, your top sucks. t.i.? lil wayne? kanye's SHITTY POP ALBUM? get outta here

    Gen 17 2009, 4:18
  • mhunke

    yup, i don hate on music just cuz it's popular; good music is good music

    Gen 17 2009, 15:20
  • kwelity

    Faytal is a clown

    Gen 17 2009, 22:16
  • TheAbbott

    When it comes to Hip Hop you're far from the truth son.

    Gen 18 2009, 9:11
  • DoomSong8

    Cinco Diablo as an honorable mention? Crazy, it's one of the worst CDs I've EVER heard. Did get it right with Shinedown and GnR though, great albums.

    Gen 19 2009, 8:21
  • mhunke

    lol, i didn't think it was THAT bad; it was at least an improvement on Blood Stained Love Story

    Gen 20 2009, 2:54
  • mhunke

    any more recommendations anyone?

    Gen 21 2009, 22:57
  • darockwilder12

    The Knux - "Remind Me in 3 Days".. based on your top 50. I like their sound and they take the new hipster spin n hip hop and do it well in my opinion. Good to See "the Humdinger" by Nappy Roots cause most people I come by haven't heard it. Thanks for the add by the way.

    Gen 22 2009, 5:04
  • mhunke

    checked it out, it's a pretty good album. and yeah, i almost slept on Nappy Roots but saw it on someone else's list; it's a hell of an album, 'Down N Out' is one of my favorite songs right now

    Gen 22 2009, 17:38
  • DoomSong8

    I'll drop a few rock albums down since you appreciated Shinedown and GnR, two of my favorites of '08. Here's my highest scoring albums from 2008. Hinder - "Take It To The Limit" Guns N' Roses - "Chinese Democracy" People In Planes - "Beyond The Horizon" Anberlin - "New Surrender" Jet Black Stare - "In This Life" Sevendust - "Chapter VII: Hope and Sorrow" Shinedown - "The Sound of Madness" Rev Theory - "Light It Up" 10 Years - "Division"

    Gen 25 2009, 1:34
  • mhunke

    I've heard most of those albums, but i'm going to have to check the rest out (People in Planes, Jet Black Stare, and 10 Years). Sevendust's new album is their best yet IMO.

    Gen 28 2009, 7:04
  • frorocker

    I can't believe the Elzhi album didn't make it on the list.. that album is cold as fuck.

    Feb 12 2009, 3:10
  • mhunke

    ya, i gave it a couple listens, but it didn't really stand out to me

    Feb 15 2009, 22:01
  • ShmidtN

    There is Akon "Freedom" ??

    Mar 28 2009, 17:50
  • Tunafied

    I find it genuinly _fucked_ up that you found 50 albums and Elzhi - The Preface is above 45 of them.

    Apr 20 2009, 8:22
  • Tunafied

    Honestly, I can't stress this enough. Plies is probably the most overrated and straight garbaged out rapper on the scene to this date, accompanied by Gucci Mane. Of all the releases with that much serious knock in 2008, you managed to 1. put Plies over Elzhi 2. Not even mention Vordul Mega or Vast Aire's solo releases.

    Apr 20 2009, 8:30
  • mhunke

    i've heard great things about elzhi's album, but again, it never really stood out to me. i'm gonna have to check it again. as for Vast Aire's, i wasn't feelin it. Haven't heard any Vordul Mega tho

    Apr 20 2009, 16:25
  • King_

    This is so odd because you have some of the wackest albums on here like Plies and Tha Carter III, but you have so many respectable choices mixed with those.

    Apr 21 2009, 4:44
  • King_

    Come on, The Renaissance in the 30's? That was pretty clearly my #1 last year.

    Mag 10 2009, 3:35
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