20. Torae â€“ Off The Record
19. Saigon â€“ Greatest Story Never Told Pt. 2: Breads And Circuses
18. Slaughterhouse â€“ Welcome To Our House
17. Skyzoo â€“ A Dream Deferred
16. Masta Ace & MF DOOM â€“ MA_DOOM: Son Of Yvonne
15. Roc Marciano â€“ Reloaded
14. 9th Wonder & Buckshot â€“ The Solution
13. Public Enemy â€“ Most Of My Heroes Still Donâ€™t Appear On No Stamp
12. Vinnie Paz â€“ Gods Of The Serengeti
11. Lil Fame & Termanology â€“ Fizzyology
10. Rick Ross â€“ God Forgives, I Donâ€™t
09. Kendrick Lamar â€“ good kid, m.A.A.d. city
08. Action Bronson & Alchemist â€“ Rare Chandeliers
07. 9th Wonder & Murs â€“ The Final Adventure
06. Sean Price â€“ Mic Tyson
05. Wu-Block â€“ Wu-Block
04. Showbiz & A.G. â€“ Mugshot Music (Preloaded)
03. Nas â€“ Life Is Good
02. DJ Premier & Bumpy Knuckles â€“ Kolexxxion
01. O.C. & Apollo Brown â€“ Trophies
Honorable Mentioning: Mayhem Lauren â€œMandatory Brunch Meetingsâ€, Fresh Vetz â€œThe Tape Effectâ€, Killer Mike â€œR.A.P. Musicâ€, Nutso â€œBehind These Barsâ€, Craig G. â€œRamblings Of An Angry Old Manâ€, Big Shug â€œI.M.4Evaâ€, La Coka Nostra â€œMasters Of The Dark Artsâ€, Ice Water (aka WOADAH) â€œHoly Waterâ€, Bishop Lamont â€œThe Layoverâ€, 1982 â€œ2012â€³, Apollo Brown & Guilty Simpson â€œDice Gameâ€, Large Professor â€œProfessor @ Largeâ€.
Just in case yâ€™all forgot, I base my list on:
1) Beats selection
2) Lyrics and content that make sense
3) Flows and wordplay and your voice
4) I donâ€™t care how many records you sold and how much your record was played on commercial radio, I live hip hop culture and I respect my pioneers that allowed me to do hip hop as a career
5) Concepts and overall body of making a full LP including the sequence of how your LP flows is so important when I pop it in my sound system
I still judge listening to music on either a boom box or driving in my ride, no iPods and shit. I stick to tradition of how hip hop was played when it made an impact on my life.
As I say every year, if you donâ€™t like my list, fuck it make your own!
One note I will make: I meant to list the Gameâ€™s â€œJesus Pieceâ€ in my list and it was an oversight so I wonâ€™t change this list because of my mistake. I still wanted to make a note of it being that I liked his album and Iâ€™m still bumpin it in the ride.
Let the hate beginâ€¦