Hip-hop minded Phoenix readers this past week might have noticed that we got shafted in the year-end issue. While every other genre was allotted space, rap music was nowhere to be found among the other round-ups.It’s all good though, as I’ve done more wrap-up shit this month than ever before. Between THIS PLAY LIST, THIS LOOK at the year in Boston hip-hop, and THIS TIRADE about how Jay-Z can either sink or save boom bap, there’s plenty to digest.In addition to those features, I’ve also listed my Top 20 Hip-Hop Discs and Top 50 Hip-Hop Singles of 2009 (see below). And for a peek at what’s dropping in 2010, you might want to sniff THIS PREVIEW that’s running in tomorrow’s paper. Finally; for an on-point list of the Best Rap Discs of the Decade, check THIS POST on HipHopDX. I’m sure mine would have been a smidgen different - it is, after all, a whole decade - but those dudes are on point as usual.
Top 20 Hip-Hop Albums of 2009 (in no particular order)P.O.S. - Never BetterRaekwon - Only Built 4 Cuban Linx Pt. IIBrother Ali - The Truth is Here EPFashawn - Boy Meets WorldBlak Madeen - Sacred DefenseBekay - Hunger PainsBoycott Blues - IronyEsoteric - Saving Seamus RyanKRS-One & Buckshot - Survival SkillsM.O.P. - The FoundationMass Movements - The AlbumMasta Ace & Edo G - A&EFresh Daily - The Gorgeous Killer in Crimes of PassionAwol One + Factor - Owl HoursThe Narcicyst - S/TAudible Mainframe - Transients
La Coka Nostra - A Brand You Can Trust
Marco Polo and Torae - Double BarrelReks - More Grey HairsDashah - Rap Burglar 2.5AG & OC - Oasis
Top 50 Hip-Hop Singles of 2009 (in no particular order)Boycott Blues featuring Insight and Consequence - “Da Math”Fashawn - “Samsonite Man”Reks - “Bitter”La Coka Nostra featuring Snoop Dogg - “Bang Bang”Raekwon featuring Ghostface - “Gihad”M.O.P. - “Foundation”Ghostface - “Do Over”Masta Ace & Edo G - “Little Young”Eminem - “Underground”Inspectah Deck & U-God featuring Masta Ace - “Kill Too Hard”The Dunnas - “Monsta Rap”Brother Ali - “Palm the Joker”Ape$hit & Undu Kati - “Do Our Thang”The Closers featuring Reks - “East Coast Renaissance”Wasted Talent - “Khed”Clipse featuring Vinnie Paz - “Street Wars”M-Dot featuring Singapore Kane and Trademarc - “You Won’t Get It”K’Naan - “Wavin’ Flag”Jay Rock featuring The Game, Busta Rhymes, and Gorilla Zoe - “All My Life”Statik Selektah featuring Styles P and Talib Kweli - “The Thrill Is Gone”Audible Mainframe - “Subi Alto”Esoteric - “Spending the Day Together”Blaq Poet - “Sichuwayshunz”Jay-Z - “Death of Auto-tune (D.O.A.)”Will C - “Trainspotting”P.O.S. - “Purexed”The Narcicyst - “The Narcicyst”WMS the Sultan featuring Kool Keith - “Two Scoops”Homeboy Sandman - “Gun Control”The Greater Good (Speks & J the S) - “Marvelous”DJ Slim - “I Wonder”KRS-One & Buckshot featuring K'Naan - “Think of All the Things”Blak Madeen featuring Lord Jamar - “Engage the Enemy”Ol’ Dirty Needle - “Fuck the Young Cons”Brown Bag All-Stars - “Undeniable”Father Abraham - “All My Friends Are CFOs”Fresh Daily - “Crimes of Passion”Matty Trump featuring Al-J and Big Shug - “Life is a Mutha”Awol One + Factor - “Back Then”Joe Budden - “If I Gotta Go”Wale - “Chillin”Singapore Kane featuring Big Shug and Termanology - “My Boston” Bekay - “My Life”Solillaquists of Sound - “Popcorn”R.A. the Rugged Man featuring Jo Jo Pellegrino, Hell Razah, Remedy and Blaq Poet - "Posse Cut"
Tanya Morgan - “Bang N Boogie”Trife Diesel featuring Ghostface - “Live Nigga Night Out”JDO - “Devotion”Rite Hook - “Beaten Badly”Amadeus the Stampede - “Company of Saints”Keelay & Zaire featuring Fortilive & Saafir - “I Used to Ride”