Real talk, if you didn’t find what you were looking for in Hip-Hop during the course of 2010, then that’s your fault. Some where easy to locate and others required some digging, but everything was present. Hardcore, pop, girl rap, thug rap, old school, new school, creative, typical, lyrical, mystical, visual…it was close to being a Hip-Hop miracle. Renaissance certainly comes to mind. Even though the overall Hip-Hip community couldn’t seem to agree on what was what, the AllHipHop Team got together and hammered out the Top 40 Albums of 2010. It wasn’t easy and we didn’t agree all the time, but the list got finished. Here it is.
Compiled and written by THE BORG: Gina Torres, Chuck “Jigsaw” Creekmur, Steve Raze, Seandra Sims, Jake Crates and “Grouchy” Greg Watkins.
The list is in no particular order…or is it…
#1 Kanye West – My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
Kanye West did it all this year, love it or loathe it. The rapper prevailed as the most rebellious, creative and exciting artist of the year. Simply put, while others were doing the norm, Kanye simply didn’t give a f**k – about anything but the art of his music. There was a lot of hullabaloo from so-called real HIp-Hop fans, but Kanye’s My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy embodied everything that Hip-Hop is. A lovely nightmare to America.
#2 J. Cole – Friday Night Lights
Of all those in the emerging brave, new generation, J. Cole is the one that has yet to have his day. Friday Night Lights, although technically a mixtape, is a gleaming example of what the North Carolinian emcee weilds in his pen. The opus offered commercial love joints with Drake and also hood rites of passage like “2Face.” Definitely one of the most enjoyable albums, which should continue to give well into 2011.
#3 Big Boi – Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty
This year Big Boi jumped out on his own and released his long awaited debut solo project. Despite the delayed release due to conflicts with Jive, the project debuted on the US Billboard 200, selling over 62,000 copies in its first week of its release. Delivering greasy lyrics, using varied and rapid rhyme schemes , Big Boi didn’t fail to impress with this project. The ATLein featured classic funky Outkast production and appearances by Andre 3000, Scott Storch, T.I. Sleepy Brown, Yelawolf, Gucci Mane, Jaime Foxx, Janelle Monae, George Clinton, Too Short and B.o.B. to name a few but, one can only wonder when the next Outkast project will be coming out.
# 4 – Rick Ross – Teflon Don
Rick Ross solidified his star status in 2010. With the release of his fourth studio album, Teflon Don, arguably one of the best albums of the year, Ross continues to raise the stakes in Hip-Hop. His summer banger, “BMF,” dominated the airwaves and had everyone from your mama to your baby cousin thinking they were Big Meech or Larry Hoover. For someone who starts his album off with the track “I’m Not a Star”, Ross is indeed the polar opposite.