2010 Musical Highlights (Readers Feedback Needed!!!)

December 08, 2010 4 min read 6 Comments

...so I used to be a end of the year "best of" list maniac! I put together "best of" list for everything and they were detailed and broke down to a unmatched degree of nerd-etry, trust me...ha. However, over the last few years I gave it up. Yet in still, I still get hit up from different places asking me for my "Top XX" list for the year and I've had to pass. It's just gotten so difficult to keep up with the releases these days. It used to be easy to just line up all the CDs and LPs I brought for the year, read the credits and song titles and remember which albums and songs impressed me the most. Now that the bulk of what I receive is in digital form it not as easy to manage or at least not for me...ha.

Here's a long, but certainly incomplete,  list of what I've come up with that remember from this year. Please discuss your favorites from the list and feel free to suggest any titles that aren't on this list. At a glance this list seems pretty impressive, making it a pretty solid year for music, perhaps one of the better years of recent times  ...then again I haven't really been keeping track so how would I know :)

-2010 Releases
2 Hungry Brothers Present 8thW1
2Mex-My Fanbase Will Destroy You
7L & Esoteric-1212
9th Wonder Presents Big Remo-Entrapment
A.G.-Everything’s Berri
A.R.M-2 Africans & A Jew
Alchemist & Oh No-Gutter Water
Aloe Blacc-Good Thing
Atmosphere-To All My Friends, Blood Makes The Blade Holy
B Dolan-Fallen House, Sunken City
Big Boi-Sir Lucious Left Foot
Black Milk-Album of The Year
Black Sheep-From The Black Pool Of Genius
Boog Brown-Brown Study
Breez Evahflowin-As He Goes On
Broken Clock-Skeleton Key
Bronx River Parkway-San Sebastian 152
Buckwild & Celph Titled-Nineteen Ninety Now
Budos Band-III
Bun B-Trill OG
Calypso King & The Soul Investigators-Soul Strike!
Camu Tao-King Of Hearts
Cap D-Polymath
Cee Lo Green-The Lady Killer
Chico Mann-Analog Drift
Chief Kamachi-Clock Of Destiny
Count Bass D & Pocket-Activity
Crooked I-Hood Star
Curren$y-Pilot Talk
Curren$y-Pilot Talk II
Cut Chemist-Sound Of The Police
Dam Funk-Adolescent Fun
Dark Time Sunshine-Corncupia
Dark Time Sunshine-Vessel
Dessa-Badly Broken Code
DJ Muggs Vs Ill Bill-Kill Devil Hills
Dutch-A Bright Cold Day
Ecid-100 Smiles And Running
E-40-Day Shift
E-40-Night Shift
EL P-Weareallgonnaburninhell 3
Eligh-Grey Crow
Equatics-Doin It
Eternia & Moss-At Last
Foreign Exchange-Authenticity
Freddie Gibbs-Str8 Killa
Freeway & Jake One Stimulus Package
Greenhouse Effect-Electric Purgatory Part 1

Greenhouse Effect-Electric Purgatory Part 2
Grey Matter-Grey Matter
Grieves-Confessions Of Mr Modest
Grip Grand-Cassette Trippin'
Group Home-G.U.R.U
Guante & Big Cats-Don't Be Nice
Haggis Horns-Keep On Movin
Hell Razah-Heaven Razah
Hezekiah-Conscious Porn
Homeboy Sandman-The Good Sun
Ice Cube-I Am The West
Idris Goodwin-Break Beat Poem
Inspectah Deck-Manifesto Redux
JFK-Building Wings On The Way Down
Joe Buddgen-Great Escape
John Legend The Roots-Wake Up!
John Robinson Lewis Parker-International Summers
Kanye West-My Dark Twisted Fantasy
Kid Cudi-Man On The Moon 2
Killah Priest-3 Day Theory
Kitchen Khemistry-Transit
Kno-Death Is Silent
Kristoff Krane-Hunting For Father
Kristoff Krane-Picking Flowers Next To Road Kill
Krizz Kaliko-Shock Treatment
KRS One & True Master-Meta Historical
Lazerbeak-Legend Recognize Legend
Lil Wayne-I'm Not A Human Being
Lloyd Banks-Hunger For More
LMNO (10 digital albums in one year!! Get em all in the James Kelly Box Set)
Lyrics Born-As U Were
Mac Lethal-Love Potion 6
Madlib-Medicine Show (#1-#10)
Marco Polo-Stupendous Adventures
Masai Bey-Be Boppin
Meaty Orge & Crush Con 7-Sword
MF Grimm-You Only Live Twice
Mike Swoop-New Love
Moe Pope-Life After God
Mr Gene Poole-Protocol
Muja Messiah-M16s
Murs & 9th Wonder-Fornever
Nas & Damian Marley-Distant Relatives
Nicki Minaj-Pink Friday
Nocando-Jimmy The Lock
Nottz-You Need This Music
Obey The Altar Native-Cold Case
Open Mike Eagle-Unapologetic Art Rap
Paper Tiger-Made Like U
Paul White-…And The Purple Brain
Pigeon John-Dragon Slayer
Pns & Zavala-Canciones Modernas
Pugs Atmoz & Grant Parks-Kinda Like A Rapper
Q Unique-Between Heaven & Hell
Qwel & Maker-Owl
Rah Digga & Nottz-Classic
Rakaa Iriscience-Crown Of Thorns
Reef The Lost Cauze-Fight Music
Reese T-It's All Temporary
Reflection Eternal-Revolutions Per Minute
RJD2-Inversions of Colossus
Rob Swift-The Architect
Roc C-Scapegoat
Sage Francis-Life
Scheme-Same Rebel, New Cause
Seu Jorge & Almaz
Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings-I Learned The Hard Way
Shoes-Your Illusion Vol 1 & 2
Ski Beatz-24 Hour Karate School
Skillz-The World Needs More Skillz
Skyzoo & Illmind-Live From The Tape Deck
Slum Village-Manifesto
Son Of Bazerk-Well Thawed Out
Spectac-Spectac Returns
ST Paul Slim-Bald Headed Sampson
Statik Selectah & Termanology-1982
The Opus-Praying Mantis
The Tribe & Big Cats!-Let's Be Professional
Toki Wright-Blackmale
Trademark The Skydiver-Super Viliain (Issues #1-#3)
Twista-Perfect Storm
Vinnie Paz-Season Of The Assassin
Vitamin D-Born Day EP
Void Pedal EP
Von Pea-Peas Gotta Have It
Wutang-Wu Swarm
Wutang-The Pollen
Yakub-The Zip Tape
Yelawolf-Trunk Muzik
Zion I-Atmomic Clock
Zumbi & The Are-The Burnerz

-Reissues/Throwbacks (I know I'm missing a lot of these, there were so many!
Honestly, I spend most of my year listening to albums like these and there's a bunch I haven' had a chance to check out yet.

Gwen McCrae-Lay It On Me
BDP-Criminal Minded Deluxe Box Set or Picture Disc Vinyl!!!
Pete Rock & CL Smooth-Mecca & The Soul Brother Deluxe Box Set
Godfather Don-Diablique Deluxe 2X CD
Godfather Don-Properties Of The Steel (The Hydra Collection)
Stranj Child EP
Ruthless Rod & MC Dollar-Loud As A Banshee
Mixmasta D-Turntable Scientist +2
TDS Mob-Treacherous Devastating Supreme
Ultramagnetic Foundation-Ultra Labortory Stories
Big L-Return Of The Devil's Son
Whodini-Self Titled
Special Ed-Youngest In Charge
Al Tariq-God Connections Deluxe
Common-Ressurection Deluxe
Marley Marl-In Control Vol 1
Maestro Fresh Wes-Black Tie Affair

6 Responses


December 17, 2010

Can't say i've heard of void pedal, or sword albums. I will definitely check them out though.

I heard the maker vs now again comp. early this year when it got put out with some other promo joints. Now again always comin correct.


December 09, 2010

Breez Evahflowin as he goes on, probably the best work he's done his whole career. Although that Troublemakers LP with Dirt E. Dutch is a sleeper.


December 09, 2010

Epsilon Project's “Audacity” is worth a mention for the Kev Brown-produced banger “Inspiration” alone…that joint is Cali sunshine…

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December 09, 2010

Definitely feelin Chico on that analog drift. That guy knows how to make you wanna move it move it… Paul white and the purple brain was definitely an interesting album. The art of the instrumental is becoming something wicked.. Seu Jorge and Almaz is pretty effin' LUSH… The Madlib medicine shows just reinforced every preconceived notion i have of Otis being a complete lunatic. Cause all those tracks are INSANE!!! and still pushing em out! this list is pretty extensive. I;m sleeping on a lot of rap these days. Instrumental albums are kind of my thing these days. Don't know if you read these. But i have a couple that may be worth a Google search..

Jneiro Jarel – Fauna
Flowering Inferno – Dog With A Rope
Bonobo – Black Sands
Jamiroquai – Rock Dust Light Star
Tokimonsta – Midnight Menu
Orgone – Killion Vaults


December 09, 2010

Local hip hop producers on the top of my list…. Minneapolis…..

2.0…..on facebook as well as Karl
Psymun…..on facebook as Psymun
Prhym8……on facebook as Jakob Spike
Calvin McCaskill……on facebook

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