Tuesday, August 19, 2008

The Obligatory Top 20

I know this list idea is a bit played out but this is purely masturbatory (isn't a blog anyway?)

Best album of 2008 goes to Invincible, new video for my favorite track of the year, Sledgehammer, above. You know that when a white girl takes best hip-hop album of the year and a black man is president, we are living in strange days my friends.

Golden age highlighted to make it obvious how hard my decisions were.


1988: EPMD - Strictly Business

1989: De La Soul - 3 Feet High & Rising
1990: Public Enemy - Fear of a Black Planet
1991: ATCQ - Low End Theory

: Pete Rock & CL Smooth - Mecca...

: ATCQ - Midnight Marauders

: Notorious Big - Ready To Die

: Raekwon - Only Built 4 Cuban Linx
: Jay-Z - Reasonable Doubt

: Wu-Tang - Wu-Tang Forever

: Mos Def & Kweli - Are Black Star

: The Roots - Things Fall Apart

: Reflection Eternal - Train of Thought

: Ghostface - Supreme Clientele

2002: J-Live - All Of The Above

2003: Jay-Z - The Black Album

2004: Madvillain - Madvillainy

2005: Kanye West - Late Registration

2006: Lupe Fiasco - Food & Liquor

2007: Little Brother - Getback

Invincible - Shapeshifters

1988: Jungle Brothers - Straight Out The Jungle
1989: 3rd Bass - Cactus Album

1990: Digital Underground - Sex Packets

Black Sheep - A Wolf In Sheep's Clothing
1992: Das EFX - Dead Serious
Black Moon - Enta Da Stage
: Jeru - The Sun Rises In The East

: Kool Keith - Dr Octagonecologyst
: DJ Shadow - Endtroducing

: Lyricist Lounge, Vol 1

: Pete Rock - Soul Survivor

: Slick Rick - The Art of Storytelling

: Jedi Mind Tricks - Violent By Design

: Aesop Rock - Labor Days

2002: RJD2 - Dead Ringer

2003: Diverse - One A.M.

2004: Typical Cats - Civil Service

2005: Cage - Hell's Winter

2006: J Dilla - The Shining

2007: Brother Ali - Undisputed Truth

Jay Electronica -


Matt Andres said...

Nice list. I never really got into Black Sheep and can't figure out their appeal.
What about your top list for just this year, so far? My favs so far this year are Invincible, Kid Cudi, Flying Lotus, Lil Wayne, James Pants and Tanya Morgan.

Here's my top 20(just hiphop, sorta in order)

1. Wu Tang - 36 Chambers
2. Slick Rick - Behind Bars
3. Outkast - ATLiens
4. Method Man - Tical
5. Big - Ready to Die
6. Visionaries - We Are the Ones
7. Organized Konfusion - Stress
8. KRS One - Return of the Boombap
9. Beatnuts - Street Level
10. Gang Starr - Hard to Earn
11. Fugees - The Score
12. Diamond D - Blunts Stunts and Hiphop
13. Dialated Peoples - Expansion Team
14. Keith Murray - The Most...
15. Aesop Rock - Labor Days
16. Joell Ortiz - The Brick
17. Swollen Members - Balance
18. Jay-Z - MTV Unplugged
19. NWA - Straight Outta Compton
20. Atmosphere - God Loves Ugly

DJ said...

supreme clientele dropped in 2000!

Anonymous said...

I'm 9/10 with you. A couple I'd definitely change on your list:

1993: Mobb Deep - Imfamous
2000: Quasimoto - The Unseen
2005: J Dilla - Donuts (you picked "Shining" over donuts?!?!?!)

Anonymous said...

Did you forget Illmatic?

Anonymous said...

Dukes....u forgot Illmatic ? wow...i feel u on main ingredient...solid choice..ready to die...but son, no illmatic..shame...however can I get some Jay electronica..some new shit ?!?! Son is the truth

Dukes said...

I did leave off Illmatic on purpose and instead chose OB4CL. I know everyone and their mother thinks Illmatic is the best thing ever created but the purple tape was far more a part of those days for me. I think I broke that tape I played it so much.

I agree on the 1993 Mobb Deep Infamous choice, which was a close second behind Midnight Marauders.

Best albums of 2008...I gotta get off work and drift through the iTunes because honestly not much is sticking out to me right now. I would say Wale's A Mixtape About Nothing gets the most play from me.

And woops about Supreme Clientele. That album has to be on the list and so does Reflection Eternal so maybe I cheated (?).

dunce said...

i cant believe u think "get back" is best of 2007.... not blu & exile! get back.. u really cant put "get back" without having "the listening" on the same list... NOT EVEN CLOSE!

Dukes said...

I stand by that decision more than anything ever in my life.

AND I say Getback is better than The Listening.

Dukes said...

I could listen to ExtraHard 5 million times and not get sick of it.

dunce said...

GETBACK is better than THE LISTENING!!!?!?! are u crazy sir? try a re-listen