Okay. I have seen some Top 10 lists already, and they include mixtapes and EPs… however, I will not do that. A mixtape is a collection of songs that can flow like an album, but no profit is made off of it and it may or may not have a DJ hosting it and tagging some songs. An EP is a 3-7 song collection has two purposes from what I have seen; one is to release something to hold over a fan base until the album comes out, or to just release something because music hasn’t been released in a while and the artists has some, but not many, songs to sell. My top 10 hip-hop / rap albums list is pure albums… No question about that. Each one is accompanied by a few comments… these are not meant to be interpreted as reviews… those would be a lot longer. Here they are:
10. The Procussions - “The Procussions”
- The reunion of Mr. J & Stro came with an album. I did not enjoy it as much as their past works, but it was enough to make my list. I prefer Mr. J’s solo work now.
9. Drake - “Nothing Was The Same”
- I am not a Drake fan, but this album has some goodies on it. Not only did Drake introduce me to Sampha, but also to Majid Jordan, who reminds me so much of the 80s for some reason… I really like that. Decent album.
8. Big KRIT - “K.R.I.T. (King Remembered In Time)”
- No one even talks about this album anymore… darn shame too. It was a good album. I expect more from Big KRIT in the future… especially more collabs with Bun B. They work very well together.
7. Wale - “The Gifted”
- This album was better than Ambition, but not as good as Attention Deficit. As of now, this is the middle album. Everyone says MMG ruined Wale… but after hearing this album, I see that there’s an element of his former self still remaining. That being said, this was a good album and it deserves more attention than what it has gotten.
6. Talib Kweli - “Prisoner of Conscious”
- Mr. Kweli is as busy as ever. PoC was a great early summer album… especially w/ “Come Here (feat. Miguel)”. Talib has released so many albums and mixtapes… and it doesn’t look like he’s finished.
5. Pusha T - “My Name Is My Name”
- Your Pusha!! His album is hardly talked about as well, but it was solid enough to be in my top 5. The album has no sort of bangers whatsoever. But the lyrics are clever, and it’s a hip-hop album that can definitely be appreciated.
4. Childish Gambino - “Because The Internet”
- This album was… so interesting. For anyone who’s listened to it, do make sure you see the screenplay too. It’ll make way more sense. Once you understand the entire package, this album is nothing short of genius. And shoutout to the BMore club element on one of the tracks!
3. Talib Kweli - “Gravitas”
- PoC wasn’t enough this year. Talib went above & beyond to independently release another album that was actually better and more conscious than PoC. Plenty of dope tracks on it.
2. Tech N9ne - “Something Else”
- I’ve always liked Tech N9ne, and this album was full of greatness. Dude can be creepy, but once you look past that, you realize a lot of talent and great production.
1. Kanye West - “Yeezus”
- Instantly found the album entertaining. Meanwhile, I came to realize the critics praised it & the consumers condemned it. Guess I feel the same way as the critics haha. ”Black Skinhead” became a primary gym song, “Blood on the Leaves” hit my top 10 songs, “Bound 2” is fun to sing (though the video is lame)… and the whole album just sounds grand in a car. Yeah!
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