HipHopDX's Top 25 Albums of 2010

From Roc Marciano to Kanye West, Brotha Lynch Hung to Lloyd Banks, and Eminem to Bun B, DX presents our annual list of must-haves from the year.

With over 300 albums reviewed on HipHopDX this year, this is our annual list of the 25 best Hip Hop albums of the last 12 months, as determined by our Editorial staff. With two dozen impressive releases from the mainstream and underground, respected veterans and long-awaited solo debuts, these are our best (or "favorite") albums, presented chronologically.

Dinner and a Movie
by Brotha Lynch Hung

Released: March 24, 2010
Label: Strange Music
Highest Charting Position: #64
Producers: Brotha Lynch Hung, Robert Rebeck, Justinn "Axis" Patton, Dustin "DJ Epic" Worswick, Michael "Seven" Summers, Dana "Young MC" McClain, Andrew "Freddy Machete" Hackler, Nasua "N-Pire" Hamilton
Guests: First Degree The D.E., Don Rob, C-Lim, G-Macc, Record Executive, C.N.I., BZO, Tech N9ne, Krizz Kaliko, Ron Danzy, Tall Cann G, C.O.S., Snoop Dogg, Tha Dogg Pound

Few people saw this coming from Sacramento's O.G., Brotha Lynch Hung. One of the most lyrical and underrated gangsta rappers of all times kicked off his Strange Music trilogy with a polished, fully-developed version of what the former X-Raided protege made famous in the early ‘90s underground. Lynch influenced Snoop Dogg and Tech N9ne, and Dinner and a Movie pulled a Horror of master out of obscurity.

What We Said Then:
"Regardless of what one thinks about the slashings, the bondage, and the eating habits suggested within Dinner and a Movie's rhymes, the honesty and delivery that mixes with the Horror make this album both a brilliant comeback story, and a career milestone."

Wu Massacre
by Method Man, Ghostface Killah, and Raekwon

Released: March 31, 2010
Label: Def Jam Records
Highest Charting Position: #12
Producers: BT, Mathematics, Ty Fyffe, RZA, Digem Tracks Productions, Emile, Scram Jones
Guests: Streetlife, Solomon Childs, Sun God, Inspectah Deck, Tracy Morgan, Trife Da God, Sheek Louch, Bully, Kevin Cossom

Fresh off of the heels of Raekwon’s re-energized blueprint in Only Built 4 Cuban Linx...Pt. II last year, the Chef teamed up with longtime rhyme partner Ghostface Killah and Method Man for a Def Jam melee of hard beats and hard rhymes. What was originally planned to be an attack on the Wu-Tang Clan was the latest flag in their extensive team-wide comeback led by this trio.

What We Said Then:
"But regardless of where one places it among Shaolin’s releases, Wu-Massacre stands on its own merit as an assembly of three legendary emcees putting on display what earned them the legendary status in the first place."

Before Taxes
by yU

Released: April 12, 2010
Label: Mello Music Group
Highest Charting Position: N/A
Producers: yU, Slimkat87, Kev Brown, Bilal Salaam, Oddisee
Guests: Bilal Salaam, I.Q., Isabella Banneker, ERK, Omun, Grap Luva, Finale, OP Swamp81

Diamond District’s yU helped make a fan favorite in last year’s In The Ruff. On his own, Before Taxes is a four-track sounding masterpiece that felt made in the late ‘90s underground Hip Hop glory years. The Washington DC emcee made an everyman’s album that touched on Native Americans, patience in paying dues and the fog of war.

What We Said Then:
"Before Taxes is an ode to Hip Hop before everything complicated it. Before the money is taken from our check we were somewhere with our headphones on embracing every bar, beat and scratch. yU allows us to do that once again."

Suite #420
by Devin the Dude

Released: April 20, 2010
Label: E1 Entertainment
Highest Charting Position: #85
Producers: Devin the Dude, Q-Stone, Mirawange, L-Dog, Mike Dean, C-Ray, Midas, Quest 
Guests: Odd Squad, Tony Mac, Jugg-Mugg, Smit-D, Korey-B, Ced-B, 14K, Scool Boy, Alpha-Bet-D 

Hip Hop in 2010 is as polarizing as ever, making an everyman like Devin The Dude that much more enjoyable. Whereas Devin’s last album was a little too mellow, Suite 420 hits all the right notes. Don’t be fooled, The Dude didn’t switch up the formula. 420 is still all about weed (“What We Be On”), women (“I Gotta Ho”) and weed (“We Get High”) and women (“It’s On You”). While that may sound one-dimensional and far from original, no one does it quite like The Dude.

What We Said Then:
"Devin The Dude’s Suite 420 works so well because it does exactly what music, not just Hip Hop, is supposed to: chronicle life experiences in an enjoyable, digestible way. So turn this on and roll one up, pull out your cell phone to text a breezy, or grab a few brews and enjoy the camaraderie of your own odd squad. Whatever your choice is, just don’t forget to invite Devin in for the fun."

by Roc Marciano

Released: May 4, 2010
Label: Fat Beats Records
Highest Charting Position: N/A
Producer: Roc Marciano

In an age when Hip Hop is marred with half-assed releases from a bevy of carbon copy acts, Roc Marciano’s Marcberg comes off as nothing short of a miracle. The former Flipmode Squad alum stakes his claim as one of Hip Hop’s most original and exciting artists, with his pulse-pounding ‘90s throwback of a debut. Handling both emceeing and production duties, Roc Marcy sets the standard for independent artistry with his dusty-grooved sampling and hard-hitting street tales. Like the Ultramagnetic MCs’ 1988 debut Critical Beatdown, Marcberg is a sonic tour de force that may go criminally ignored by listeners.

What We Said Then:
"In an industry full of copycats and kittens, Roc Marciano is poised to become the undisputed champ. Marcberg is a hard-hitting, unremorseful classic based on the same code of ethics that made the golden era so immaculate. Forget Little Mac; Roc Marciano is the one wearing the title belt."

Revolutions Per Minute
by Reflection Eternal

Released: May 18, 2010
Label: Warner Brothers/Asylum Records/Blacksmith Music
Highest Charting Position: #17
Producers: Hi-Tek, Jay Electronica
Guests: Res, Bun-B, Estelle, J. Cole, Jay Electronica, Mos Def, Chester French, Bilal

We waited a decade for Talib Kweli and DJ Hi-Tek to make a follow-up to their arguably perfect Train of Thought Rawkus debut. Both advanced in their respective careers, the duo picked up right where they left off with sharp commentary, lots of low-end bass and signs of their growth. Album closer “My Life” is a fierce reminder why Kweli’s blunt honesty has made him one of the most soulful emcees of the last 13 years.

What We Said Then:
"It’s not everyday that a pair of talented musicians vow to return together to make lightening strike twice…and actually mean it. With Reflection Eternal back in the fold with Revolutions Per Minute, waiting another 10 years for their next album will seem impossible."

Distant Relatives
by Nas & Damian Marley

Released: May 18, 2010
Label: Universal Republic/Def Jam Records
Highest Charting Position: #4
Producers: Damian Marley, Stephen Marley
Guests: K'Naan, Stephen Marley, Dennis Brown, Lil Wayne, Joss Stone

The most globally-minded Rap album of 2010 is a turning point for Nas. The emcee, partnered with Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley’s deft production hand and fast raps made a thematic masterpiece. The duo unified styles, cultures and continents in a musical dissertation on Black music. Like great Jazz albums of yesteryear, this musical meeting-place for the duo made history and will influence what’s to come for both.

What We Said Then:
"Front to back, this album provides no filler and boasts substance. In a genre-bending effort, the duo manages to succeed in creating a best of both worlds collaboration without compromising anything - a feat rarely seen. The relativity between Nas and Marley comes across in this music as well as it does in their message, as both men create a benchmark in their rich careers."

I F*cking Hate Rappers
by PackFM

Released: May 25, 2010
Label: QN5 Records
Highest Charting Position: N/A
Producers: Tonedeff, Domingo, Kno, J-Zone, Marco Polo, Deacon the Villain
Guests: Deacon the Villain, Dominion, Poison Pen

If we had nickel for every time we said we f*cking hate rappers, we probably could have retired back when Ja Rule was still relevant. But at the end of the day, griping doesn’t you anywhere, and that’s exactly why PackFM’s sophomore release succeeds. The album is a brilliantly conceived lament for the glory days of rap music when an emcee’s merit was gauged not on his marketability or his jewelery, but his raw talent and passion for the music. So while we may f*cking hate rappers, we f*cking love emcees like PackFM who have skills the prove what it takes in this business of rap.

What We Said Then:
"In less than 40 minutes, he shows his growth from battle emcee to an artist able to deliver a solid piece of work without sounding preachy or contrived. Even if I F*cking Hate Rappers proves to be an album that goes under the radar in 2010, years from now we very well may be talking about its significance on a larger scale."

The Good Sun
by Homeboy Sandman

Released: June 1, 2010
Label: High Water Music
Highest Charting Position: N/A
Producers: Core Rhythm, 2 Hungry Bros., Ski Beatz, M Slago, Psycho Les, Ben Grymm, KO Beatz, DJ Spinna, Thievin' Steven, Kentron the Mastadon, J57
Guests: Fresh Daily, John Robinson, Daniel Joseph

It’s not a stretch to say Homeboy Sandman possesses the best gift for cadence and rhyme patterns this side of Eminem. Since he kind of resembles your tenth grade biology teacher and has zero desire to make a radio single, most probably missed The Good Sun. Whether you were already up on Sandman or not, lack of access to Dr. Dre-type production means you’ll never have the misfortune of fast forwarding through a dud such as “Crack A Bottle.” But the way he kills the off-kilter beats he does get means you are likely to have a few jaw-dropping, “What did he just say?” moments while rewinding cuts like “Sand Be The Broham.”

What We Said Then:
"From mic to plug, The Good Sun is a sleek offering loaded with relentless, genre-pushing musicality, otherworldly rhyme schemes and contextual relevance. It’s the type of album where the sum of the whole is greater than each individual part; a collection of songs so solid and so well placed that, together, they lift the album into rarified air."

by Eminem

Released: June 18, 2010
Label: Aftermath/Shady/Interscope Records
Highest Charting Position: #1 (several times)
Producers: Eminem, Just Blaze, DJ Khalil, Mr. Porter, Dr. Dre, Boi-1da, Supa Dups, JG, Emile, Jordan Evans, Matthew Burnett, Jim Jonsin, Script Shepherd, Nick Brongers, Alex da Kid, Havoc, Magneto7
Guests: Kobe, P!nk, Lil Wayne, Rihanna

Recovery was the perfect title for Eminem’s seventh album. Not just because it was the titular companion to 09’s Relapse, but because Em finally sounded like he was truly back to being the emcee who took over the world at the turn of the century. The album certainly isn’t perfect nor his best, but Em made his best album in seven years. More importantly, his otherworldly emcee skills continued to evolve and he once again had subject matter to tackle.

What We Said Then:
"It took seven years of fighting through personal tragedy and drug addiction for Em to find his own moment of clarity. And, having found it, beats like the one he supplied Jay-Z are conspicuously absent. Neither of these are necessarily negatives. They just make for one confusingly excellent listen."

How I Got Over
by The Roots

Released: June 22, 2010
Label: Def Jam Records
Highest Charting Position: #6
Producers: ?uestlove, Richard Nichols, Rick Friedrich, Dice Raw, Alecktrick.Kom, Black Thought, Diplo, Ray Angry, Jeremy Grenhart, Karl Jenkins
Guests: Amber Coffman, Angel Deradoorian, Haley Dekle, Truck North, P.O.R.N., Dice Raw, Monsters of Folk, Blu, Phonte, Patty Crash, Joanna Newsome, STS, John Legend, Peedi Crakk

Between juggling their weeknight duties on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, The Roots found the time to make one of their best albums to date. The third, in The Roots’ darker themed albums, How I Got Over touched on God and loneliness, urban survival and perseverance with a brilliant, flowing theme and massive soundscape. ?uestlove’s production continues to expand, as Black Thought shared the mic more than usual, and dabbled in sung vocals to the pleasure of many.

What We Said Then:
"The Roots made an album that cannot be shuffled, packaged into buzz-singles or understood unless digested over 42 and a half minutes without touching the needle. But Hip Hop’s most beloved band isn’t even talking about music this time. Speaking to all their audiences over the last 23 years, The Roots are as emotionally-tangible as they’ve ever been, and whether it’s debt, depression or Divine intervention, they’re walking over the bridge with us all."

Sir Lucious Leftfoot: Son of Chico Dusty
by Big Boi

Released: July 5, 2010
Label: Purple Ribbon/Def Jam Records
Highest Charting Position: #3
Producers: Big Boi, Malay, Mr. DJ, Organized Noize, Salaam Reli, Scott Storch, JBeatzz, Terrence "Knightheet" Culbreath, Andre3000, Lil Jon, Royal Flush, DJ Speedy, DJ Cutmaster Swiff
Guests: Sleepy Brown, Joi, Vonnegut, Cutty, Big Rube, T.I., Khujo Goodie, Yelawolf, Jamie Foxx, Janelle Monae, George Clinton, Too Short, Sam Chris, B.o.B., Gucci Mane, Bun B, Project Pat

The musical identity of Andre “Big Boi” Patton came alive this year through Sir Lucious Left Foot. Beyond the Speakerboxx/The Love Below companion albums of the mid-decade, this work refuted beliefs that Big Boi lives in Andre 3000’s shadows. Instead, the spaced-out Funk and positivity heard on this album, with thoughtful love jams intertwined was another poignant moment in the near-flawless Outkast tradition.

What We Said Then:
"Big Boi flying solo isn’t as good as an Outkast album, but it serves as a great appetizer until the next one comes along. Moreover, when 2011 arrives, we’ll likely look back at this as one of the year’s best offerings."

Crown of Thorns
by Rakaa

Released: July 20, 2010
Label: Deacon Records
Highest Charting Position: N/A
Producers: Sid Roams, King Jahzzy, Exile, DJ Babu, Oh No, DJ Honda, !llmind, DJ Rhettmatic & Eric Bobo, Alchemist, El-P, Evidence
Guests: Aloe Blacc, Mad Lion, KRS-One, Tasha (aka Yoon Mi Rae), Tiger JK (Drunken Tiger), Roscoe Umali, BIGRYZN (CHIEFSONS), MOSHPIT (CHIEFSONS), Dumbfoundead, Tassho Pearce, Tablo (Epik High), Mithra Jin (Epik High), Jay Jaballas, King Kapisi, Krondon, Noelle Scaggs, Evidence, Defari, Fashawn, Chali 2na

Nearly 15 years into his recording career, Rakaa Iriscience of Dilated Peoples unleashed his solo debut. Crown of Thorns was described by the artist as “political,” but the album had enough hard beats and scratch choruses the keep the party moving while the third eye wide open. “Delilah” is Evidence’s crown achievement of production, as Rakaa bridged the gap to today’s west coast underground with Fashawn, while bringing Defari and Mad Lion back out.

What We Said Then:
"The Los Angeles-based rapper uses this as a chance to further his goal of achieving a higher state of consciousness by working alongside fellow artists who share his singular vision of a world united by righteousness, understanding and Hip Hop."

Teflon Don
by Rick Ross

Released: July 20, 2010
Label: Def Jam Records
Highest Charting Position: #2
Producers: J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League, The Inkredibles, No I.D., Kanye West, DJ Clark Kent & The Remedy, Danja, Lex Luger, The Olympicks
Guests: Jay-Z, John Legend, Cee Lo Green, T.I., Jadakiss, Erykah Badu, Kanye West, Ne-Yo, Trey Songz, Diddy, Gucci Mane, Styles P, Drake, Chrisette Michele, Raphael Saadiq

Every year, Rick Ross manages to survive the type of self-inflicted scandals that usually ruin Rap careers by dropping an album featuring the kind of catchy songs you only sing while alone in the whip—with the windows rolled all the way up. In 2010, with no correctional officer pictures or 50 Cent sponsored shopping sprees, the only thing to focus on was the music. Teflon Don not only showcased top-notch production from the usual suspects of Kanye West and J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League. Ross also used his underrated ear for production by including Clark Kent and Lexx Luger offerings to display a bit of self-reflection and a continually improving flow instead of the usual cut and paste coke anthems.

What We Said Then:
"He has found a way to incorporate more into his music without compromising his mission as evidenced by a shortened track list and less dependency on tall tales about cocaine dreams. Ross prominently references his desire to become a “larger than life” figure, and in due time that characterization may be fulfilled. For now though, making quality music at a respectable rate will do just fine."

The Darkside Vol. 1
by Fat Joe

Released: July 27, 2010
Label: E1 Entertainment
Highest Charting Position: #27
Producers: Scram Jones, Cool & Dre, Just Blaze, DJ Infamous, Scoop Deville, Raw Uncut, Streetrunner, DJ Premier
Guests: Clipse, Cam'ron, Young Jeezy, Trey Songz, Rico Love, R. Kelly, Too Short, T.A., Lil Wayne, Busta Rhymes

All you need to do is dig up an episode of MTV Cribs to see how profitable catering to the ringtone crowd was for Fat Joe. But alas, tracks like “Make It Rain” aren’t particularly good for career longevity. So credit Joe for listening to his fans, and both musically and sonically returning to the violent, abrasive style that made him popular in the first place. The Darkside wasn’t so much correcting his previous crossover attempts, as Joe bringing his Phantom back to the block with about a dozen armed goons in the back.

What We Said Then:
"This is easily Fat Joe’s best-produced album in over a decade – but that isn’t the key to this album’s success. For whatever reason, Joe believed for years that he needed to “switch it up to south paw” to survive, but here he’s returned to his D.I.T.C.-minded roots in a big way."

Trill O.G.
by Bun B

Released: August 3, 2010
Label: Rap-A-Lot Records/Fontana Records
Highest Charting Position: #4
Producers: Steve Below, J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League, Drumma Boy, Boi-1da, DJ B-Do, Big E, Play-N-Skillz, DJ Premier
Guests: J. Prince, Drake, T-Pain, Young Jeezy, 2Pac, Trey Songz, Pimp C, Bluesman Ceddy Saint Louis, Gucci Mane, Yo Gotti, Twista, Play-N-Skillz, Latoya Luckett

Bun B closed down his trilogy with poise. The chart-shocking performance provided audio evidence of the correlation between UGK and 2Pac, along with a proper collaboration between DJ Premier and Bun. Additionally, in a year dominated in part by Drake, the veteran was honored by Drizzy, Gucci and Jeezy as a forefather of the popularized sound.

What We Said Then:
"In the end, fans are left with a pleasant closing to a respected series, and one of Hip Hop's most respected voices still outshining the vast majority of his peers."

Kill Devil Hills
by DJ Muggs vs. Ill Bill

Released: August 31, 2010
Label: Fat Beats Records
Highest Charting Position: N/A
Producer: DJ Muggs
Guests: Sick Jacken, Sean Price, O.C., B-Real, Slaine, Everlast, Q-Unique, Raekwon, Chace Infinite, Vinnie Paz, Uncle Howie, Eric Bobo, Steve Ferlazzo

While Kill Devil Hills isn’t Muggs’s first collaboration with a single emcee, it’s by far his most sonically impressive and compelling project of the sort to date. Veteran rhymer Ill Bill is in his element over the Cypress Hill producer’s sweeping production, lyrically sparring with heavy-hitters like Raekwon, O.C. and Sean Price. Most importantly, however, Kill Devil Hills is a wholly cohesive head-knocking masterpiece - a welcomed rarity in an industry driven by the power of the single.

What We Said Then:
"It’s a good thing that thousands of us will get to hear this memorial to Uncle Howie again and again because Kill Devil Hills is an album that once started can only be finished the right way - straight through to the end."

by 7L & Esoteric

Released: October 12, 2010
Label: Fly Casual Creative
Highest Charting Position: N/A
Producers: 7L & Esoteric
Guests: Celph Titled, Inspectah Deck, Sadat X, Alchemist, Evidence, Ill Bill, Reef the Lost Cauze, Vinnie Paz, Statik Selektah

After four years of solo projects, 7L and Esoteric’s 1212 is a speaker-blasting reminder of why the Boston duo garnered such an impeccable reputation in underground circles. The album finds them returning to fighting form, as both Es and 7L improve upon their already near-impeccable abilities. 1212 is modern underground Hip Hop at its finest: a natural fusion of the new school's sound and the old school’s ethos.

What We Said Then:
"Since their 2001 debut The Soul Purpose, the duo have left ears ringing with their combination of hard-hitting beats and super-lyrical rhymes. Now, after four years of solo and side projects, 7L and Es reunite with perhaps one of their most sonically diverse and lyrically driven efforts to date, 1212."

Death Is Silent
by Kno

Released: October 12, 2010
Label: APOS Music
Highest Charting Position: N/A
Producer: Kno
Guests: Natti, Nemo Achida, Deacon the Villain, Thee Tom Hardy, Tunji, Sheisty Khrist, Substantial, Tonedeff

The Cunninlynguists’ Kno (f/k/a DJ Kno) is often under-praised as a producer, let alone his sporadic emcee work. Like so many albums this year, Death Is Silent is a well-executed concept that looks at mortality and loss with deep emotion and thought. Kno’s latest sound shows growth, as his verses channel back to the brief glimpses of his soul first heard on Will Rap For Food. More emcees and listeners need to get in the know about Kno.

What We Said Then:
"The respect he has for beat-making by his sample arsenal in the shadows is a rarity, especially in today's Internet age. For a producer that knows exactly what things move an audience and how it’s best to keep those secrets hidden, his decision to handle so many of his own rhymes is all the more puzzling."

Gas Mask
by The Left

Released: October 22, 2010
Label: Mello Music Group
Highest Charting Position: N/A
Producer: Apollo Brown
Guests: Kool G Rap, Mu, Hassan Mackey, Paradime, Invincible, Marvwon, Guilty Simpson, Finale, Frank West

There are times when good ol’ back to basics Hip Hop albums fail, because they take the winning blueprint from the golden era and make a cheap version of it. The motivation is great, the execution is not. Breakout producer Apollo Brown did not let that happen with The Left. Along with emcee Jounalist 103 and DJ Soko, he delivers true school Hip Hop at its finest. Just neck snapping beats and gritty rhymes, no bells, no whistles.

What We Said Then:
"Some listeners may think that Gas Mask should have more versatility; because once The Left find their groove, they rarely change it up just for the sake of adding a foreign element to their formula...Ironically, by recapturing an essence of the past, The Left cement their place in playlists and disc changers of the future."

Nineteen Ninety Now
by Celph Titled & Buckwild

Released: October 22, 2010
Label: No Sleep Recordings
Highest Charting Position: N/A
Producer: Buckwild
Guests: Treach, Vinnie Paz, Apathy, Ryu, Esoteric, F.T., R.A. the Rugged Man, Sadat X, Grand Puba, A.G., O.C., Diamond D, Chino XL, Majik Most, Dutchmassive, Mista Sinista (scratches)

While the prospect of vintage Buckwild production may be the album’s main draw for many listeners, it’s Celph’s microphone mathematics that make Nineteen Ninety Now one of the best underground Hip Hop releases of the past decade. From start to finish, the album is a blissful and much-needed sonic trip down memory lane, from Buck’s booming sample-heavy production to Celph’s no-holds barred lyrical assault. But, the duo does more than bring the ‘90s back into the musical fold; they prove that the golden era was where some of the best and most creative Hip Hop was made.

What We Said Then:
"In an era where commercial interests control Hip Hop music’s every move with an iron grip, Nineteen Ninety Now is a stunning throwback to the mid-‘90s style of things. Armed with full, evocative production and some of the hardest bars heard by man, Celph Titled and Buckwild prove that the golden era isn’t dead by a long shot."

My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
by Kanye West

Released: November 22, 2010
Label: Roc-A-Fella/Def Jam Records
Highest Charting Position: #1
Producers: Kanye West, No I.D., Mike Dean, Jeff Bhasker, Emile, Plain Pat, Andrew Dawson, RZA, DJ Frank-E, S1
Guests: Kid Cudi, Raekwon, Jay-Z, Rick Ross, Nicki Minaj, Bon Iver, CyHi Da Prynce, Pusha T, RZA, John LEgend, Tony Williams, Rihanna, Fergie, The-Dream, Alicia Keys, Beyonce, Elton John, Charlie Wilson, Elly Jackson, Ryan Leslie

Kanye West might have as many detractors as he does fans, and it's unlikely that any album he puts out will ever please them. Dark Fantasy has received perfect or near perfect ratings from virtually every source that reviews albums anymore. A feat rarely ever seen. Love or hate the man, no one can deny that Hip Hop - and music in general - would be a better place if everyone put the care, thought and effort that Kanye puts into each record he makes.

What We Said Then:
"From nine-minute douchebag manifestos, to enlisting an A-list Grammy ensemble to piece-mealing his album out to the masses every Friday, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy defies logic and it ignores convention. Whether it’s acknowledging his mistakes, measuring his might, or fantasizing of wifing Kristina Rose, Kanye West finds a way to relate to all."

The Hunger For More 2
by Lloyd Banks

Released: November 22, 2010
Label: G-Unit/EMI Records
Highest Charting Position: #25
Producers: Cardiak, Grandz Muzik, Bliz Money, Nick Speed, Prime, Ryan Leslie, Greg "G'Sparkz" Ford, Jr., Dirk Pate, The Watcherz, Dready, J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League, Frank Dukes
Guests: Tony Yayo, Styles P, 50 Cent, Pusha T, Juelz Santana, Ryan Leslie, Swizz Beatz, Kanye West, Fabolous, Akon, Lloyd, Jeremih, Raekwon

Just as Raekwon may have refreshed the Wu-Tang Clan with a sequel, Lloyd Banks did so with G-Unit. The Queens underboss brought a critical success to the group and trio after their move from high-profile Interscope to DIY EMI Records distribution. The album opened Banks up to not only collaboration, but was fan-focused on the Punchline King’s strongest lyrical attributes. Lloyd Banks had an amazing comeback with an album that returned him to his roots, and acted as major label polish-remover.

What We Said Then:
"Banks has reestablished his sound, and made clear that he is still a major force to be reckoned with in the Rap game."

Get Used To Us
by DJ Premier & Year Round Records

Released: December 7, 2010
Label: Year Round Records
Highest Charting Position: N/A
Producer: DJ Premier
Guests: Blaq Poet, NYGz, Khaleel, Nick Javas, Dynasty, Young Malay, Grand Puba, KRS-One, The Lady of Rage, Freddie Foxxx, Royce Da 5'9", Joell Ortiz, Teflon, Styles P, MC Eiht, Saigon, Papoose

Aside from the minority of youngsters who’ve familiarized themselves with the classic 90’s catalogue, being a Gang Starr fan usually means you are officially outside of America’s target 18-24 age demographic. That distinction might be a point of contention if Premier cared about such things. Get Used To Us shows he clearly does not, and we’re all better for it. As such, Premier spends the better part of an hour serving up the type of plodding basslines and layered samples that made emcees from coast to coast seek out his beats. Jay-Z and Nas may not include a Premier beat on every album anymore, but the combination of mutual respect and sometimes sheer reverence of Premo makes for the type of chemistry that is a great consolation prize nonetheless.

What We Said Then:
"DJ Premier’s signature heavy basslines and custom drum kits are present along with the expected horns and even a few brooding organs for good measure. While tracks like “Policy” and “5%” purposely have a vintage, analog sound, nothing on the album seems dated."

Apollo Kids
by Ghostface Killah

Released: December 21, 2010
Label: Def Jam Records
Highest Charting Position: N/A
Producers: Frank Dukes, Shroom, Sean C. & LV, Scram Jones, Yakub, Pete Rock, Chino Maurice, Big Mizza, Anthony Acid, Jake One
Guests: Killah Priest, GZA, Busta Rhymes, Cappadonna, Trife Da God, Joell Ortiz, Game, Black Thought, Sheek Louch, Shawn Wigs, Sun God, Raekwon, U-God, Method Man, Redman

Ghostface did it again. The most consistent member of Wu-Tang Clan made an album that appeased core fans, with hard lyrics, amazing Soul samples and no concept needed. Hard beats, hard rhymes, what more could we ask for?

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  • phraynkhp

    no spitta pilot talk 1 and 2 fuck this list

  • mr bLunT

    what is wrong with ya'll putting fat joe on top of the Trill OG? did you bump yo head on some? this is ridiculous

  • Atom

    Yo I disagree with that list totally

  • Codeez

    how you gonna talk about "the glory days of rap" and all that shit while givin ups to rick ross, all in the same article?

  • Nick Crookshank

    Top 3 for 2010 #1 Kanye West - MBDTF #2 Recovery - Eminem #3 The Adventures of Bobby Ray - B.o.B.

  • Brizz

    Agree with most of the list but i would switch rick ross and lloyd with Strong arm steady and freeway & jake one. Pz

  • Nutcracka

    The list looks gud bt cmon man...Officer Ricky only had nice beats bt same candyass cut n paste so called coke lyrics...Lloyd Banks ?????? plzzzzz Lloyd sucks balls...But the biggest thing I ddnt understand is you left out Season of the Assassin by Vinnie Paz bt yet he remembered Celph n Ill Bill even Rakaa bt forget Vinnie's solo album. Its funnu coz that album is way beta than almost everything on this list except for a few i.e The Roots, Primo, Ghost,etc

  • RealHipHopLives

    What? No b.o.b? The Adventures of Bobby Ray was an awesome album.

  • Flow

    Raashan Ahmad - For what you've lost

  • Greeze100

    I definetly need to cop over half of what on this list. Wow i did not know it was so much hot shit out. They force feed us this bubble gum pop shit,and dont rpomote the hot shit. The artist that should be mainstream are underground

  • Anonymous

    how the fuck they gon miss freeway and jake one??

  • Jonel 'Shaq Deisel' Howard

    I'm also glad Wayne didn't make this list, but why is Rick Ross on here? Commercial much?! That album had good BEATS!! Not an altogether great album at all! Nobody's going to remember this two years from now! Him or Fat Joe! Why is HE on this list?! I don't even have to listen to that album to know it's not deserving for top 25 albums of 2010. I'm glad y'all put Nas & Damian, Wu-Massacre, Roots, Kanye, Lloyd Banks (I checked it out even though I'm not a Lloyd fan, good album), Bun B and Big Boi made this list. Good looking out. There's a lot of debate about Eminem's Recovery, and I mean A LOT. I think it is a good album, Eminem comes out with the same energy that he usually does on his albums. Yes it's not goofy like his others but we get to see a serious side of Eminem, which I find crazy with the wordplay. Yes a couple songs have a pop feel, but he did that to get sales up, and sadly that's what hip hop is all about's sad but it's what hip hop is turning into. Eventually at this rate it may not exist in the future (not near, but distant)

    • balls

      Yo Greeze or whatever the hell ur name is...Eminem isn't relevant anymore?? The dude has already sold 3.5 mil copies of Recovery JUST IN the US, and ur sayin he isn't relevant? 3.5 mil in this current music industry with the internet and all the bullshit people downloadin music for free? Can you imagine how much he woulda sold if it was still the 90's? ur dumb.

    • Greeze100

      Eminem is wack to me he's a good emcee, but i cant relate to that zaney crazy disfunctional drug addict shit. It's wack! Eminem is not relevant anymore. If he was black, his career would have been in the toilet already.

    • WtfDude?

      " Commercial Much?! " " don't even have to listen to that album to know it's not deserving for top 25 albums of 2010. " Thats just fuckin stupid dude, maybe the mofo happend to make a good album! I haven't heard the album either but i dont go around making assumptions about it. Not listening to albums because they are " Commercial " is as stupid as not listening to albums because they are old

  • yeah

    god bless me!Im soo o happy.Wu massacre,distant relatives,hunger for more 2, Sir Lucious Leftfoot: Son of Chico Dusty,and dark twisted fantasy are totally the best albums. BUt rick ross sucks.Its good that lil wayne is not in list.He sucks and his album was boring.


    List is very good, BUT I don't know how FREEWAY/JAKE ONE - THE STIMULUS PACKAGE didn't make a top 25 list. I can understand not being in a top 10 list, even though its in my top 5. But come on. I give DX props for the list but with a major fail. That album has bangin ass beats, dope lyrics, and great original concepts. Just my thoughts. Peace

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  • Caliber

    Props on the list. I've kind of lost touch with hiphop over the last couple years and stuck to listening to old shit. This seems like a good starting point on what I need to catch up on. Looks like a balanced list with reliable names (Ghostface, Devin The Dude & Pack FM), rappers I don't like (Kanye, Rick Ross, Lloyd) and some I haven't even heard of before (yU, roc marciano, Homeboy Sandman). Having only heard the Wu Massacre & Reflection Eternal albums I say the list looks nice. Fuck the haters, expecting everyone the have the same top 25 as them.

  • jmike

    first time comment longtime reader how makes the choise of how is in your top 25 some of them i have never herd of next time you should do it by region midwest downsouth east west ect because in chciago we sometime dont get what someone else may get so something to think about for next year

  • Jo El

    No Curren$y???

  • Blue

    All you guys do is complain about who isn't included and who doesn't belong. Try giving the HHDX crew some props. Im sure it wasn't easy for everyone to come to an agreement.

  • chris

    Oh & Pilot Talk 1&2 aren't on here...?

  • chris

    Agree with this for the most part! But Middle Classic by Jermiside & Danny Diggs definitely should of made the cut.. some haunting tracks on that one.

  • endo45

    + kero one - kinetic world dumbfoundead - cut + paste

  • FAP '93

    Come on man, Skyzoo had the best album of the fucking year and not even in the top 25? That's some bullshit

  • BK's Finest

    1. Roc Marciano – Marcberg 2. The Left – Gas Mask 3. Celph Titled and Buckwild – Nineteen-Ninety Now 4. Curren$y – Pilot Talk 5. The Roots – How I Got Over / Freeway & Jake One - The Stimulus Package

  • balls

    Dont care what anyone says: that KNO album is fuckin gay as hell. Shit is super wack.

  • davidfresh

    Ghostface Killah, Kanye West, Homeboy Sandman, Celph Titled & Buckwild, Kno, The Left, Big Boi, The Roots, yU. But I just checked out PackFM, and the dude is good. Well, he is from QN5 after all.

  • Darren

    Young Jeezy - Won't Turn Illuminati Documentary DVD Part 1-8 ( Hip Hop fans must see )

  • matthew L.

    whoever decides the order of the 2010 awards and this top 25 albums of the year is dumb as can u possibly justify yourself saying that the gas mask by the left and death is silent by kno is better than eminems recovery?!?! that shit blows my mind

    • Dub_Es

      it's done according to release date dumb-ass

    • LOL QQ

      Kno's Death is Silent album has a lot more depth than Eminem's Recovery. I love Recovery don't get me wrong, but when I listen to Kno's album there is definitely more emotion evoked. Em only has a few songs that feel real on Recovery, a lot of it is for the mainstream.

  • BrittanyColson

    I meant he bust his ass at his house!! Didn't mean 2 put Boston! Sorry!!

  • BrittanyColson

    i meant his is Boston his ass *at his house&& I meant you *will not be disappointed! Sorry 4 tha mistakes! And also u have 2 if soulja boys mixtapes && I'm a fan of lil Wayne,Waka flocka, && tha whole young money crew!! But I'm bein honest when I say Hopsin is tha best!! He's about 2 make all these artist mad cuz hE spits tha truth!! He's blown up! I listen 2 his songs everyday nah ever since I discovered him!!&& I added him&& the Funk Volume page on mi facebook! Ohh also Hopsin is involved wit hIs fans unlike other artist!! He gets on && video chats wit people && he has commented in mi facebook page Thanx 4 tha support && he has messaged me back when I asked him a question about his album! That's also why I like him so much! Even though he's busy && has all these fans he still takes time outta his life && interacts wit his fans which is a positive cuz no artist do that now well tha ones wit all this money! but without us, tha fans, you wouldn't freakin have all that money!!

    • thatniggajoe

      Most of ya niggas is still stuck..hip hop is dead, like my nigga NAS said..Im sorry!!GET OVER goes on...Pick a new trend..or start a new one..everything is so elavated now...the bar is set high..all that mpc shit and scrathing won't do brah..ok ok..wale my Spit, KiD, J. Cole..but come on man.. we all already had our 36 chambers, our illmatic and stillmatic, Primo beats and buckwild beats..good memories but come on dog..u cant drive the 93,94,95, or even the 98 bemmer all your need to get a new one sooner or later..i get it..its hard to let go..LOl..but dont be afraid to sing a little or do something diffrent..niggas is gettting left behind..and the record labels have shown it..except capitol records..but fuck capitol them niggas suck..Do be the nigga that gets booooooooooo at the party for putting on triumph from the wu-tang clan....LOL...peace p.s. that roots, big boi, nas & damian, fat joe, bun b, kanye west were the shit god bless.. P.s. 2 da second..The rick ross and eminem were average.. watch from my nigga yealwolf from alabama...peace L.a. Joe

  • BrittanyColson

    WTF!!! Why isn't HOPSIN on this list??!! He IS hip hop! His lyrics speak nothing but tha truth! He doesn't rap about tha same stuff like all these other artist do which are:: drugs,sex,gurls,&&how much money he has &&how he's got a glock&&hes a thug &&blah blah blah!! He doesn't sing &&rap && use auto tune all tha time soundin like a lil 12 year old boy like alot of these artist do...he is very talented he even directs&&produces his own videos!! He also can skateboard! He bust his ass arm his house doin this shit! He Is real &&comes at you raw! I've never heard nothing like him!! He's soooo different&&unique in a good way! You soul be amazed!&&he is startin 2 blow up &&will continue 2 cuz I'm doin mi best 2 promote him in Mississippi! Hopsin is about 2 put soulja boy, drake,nicki minaj&&many others out of business!! && that comin 4rm a girl who likes these artist&&who has pink Friday(nicki minaj)!! Look Hopsin up on YouTube!! && go 2 & get a free download if his mixtape Haywire And/or buy his RAW album! Promise you will not be disappointed!! Don't knock him until you try him!! Sincerely,Brittany Colson:)

  • Sludge

    Yo if u like some of these albums check out my lyrics... Chorus: I always finish shit no matter who the fuck starts Cuz nobody got nuttin on the poopy butt farts U may be good a pool and even shooting darts But u still don't stand a chance against the poopy butt farts U might've been through struggles and survived the bad parts But u still and earned stripes like the poopy butt farts U might be fly u might even have smarts But u'll never ever ever be a poopy butt fart Verse 1 I chill all day Wit my boys and smoke hay Sell a lot of ye' I gotta get paid We da poopy butt farts so u know we gettin laid U never met a dude that speaks so fluently After I pull the trigger I'll present the fuckin eulogy.......................................................... If you want the rest of the song u have to buy the cd... Peace y'all!

  • JPipe

    real talk most of these albums have way to many features.

  • safdf

    The Game got robbed on Christmas Your Majesty (REVAMPED) by $WonDough$>>>>> The Second Coming by $WonDough$>>>>>>>> No signs of the Grinch this CHRISTmas $WonDough$>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

  • insanemacbeth

    only bought "RECOVERY", and "WU-MASSACRE", from this list!

  • Phillip E

    WTF no black Milk this is bullshit

    • balls

      BITCH!!!! Haha, Black Milk's album??? Ahaha..that shit was PURE TRASH. And it's even better how it was called "Album Of The Year" (even though, supposedly that wasn't the real meaning of the title) ahahaha....

  • Kounty

    Good list honorable mentions Black milk-album of the year Vinnie Paz -solo album Mdot-run mpc Krizz kaliko shock treatment

    • balls

      Yo, only thing I agree with you is Vinnie Paz's album. DX, HOW THE FUCK DID YOU MISS THAT SHIT?!?! Some of the best beats I heard in awhile!! You know you done fucked up, right? You know you done fucked up?

  • Patrick@TheRapSpot

    Started a hip hop website. And I'm looking for some followers/commenters. Its called TheRapSpot. We have a few things that are different. Any mixtape that comes out, we have a section called Worth the Download? where we review it and let you know if its worth checking out. We also have Sample Saturdays. This is a little game where we stream a sample and you have to be the first to send in an email telling us the sample and who used it. We are more personal. My email is available for any questions ( Thanks if you check it out. (sorry for spamming) -Patrick (Owner/Creator/Writer)

  • Simple like ABC, 123

    26.The Stimulus Package (Freeway/Jake One) 27.Death of a Pop Star(DavidBanner/9thWonder 28.Tha Thug Show (Slim Thug) 29.1982 (Termanology & Statik Selektah) 30.Album of the Year (Black Milk) bonus:The Adventures of Bobby Ray (B.o.B)

  • iAMtheWESTcoast

    way too much east coast biased

  • Chris Taylor

    Wow, they really didn't put Cudi's album on sad.




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  • Wyatt LaRocque

    This is why I take this site's album ratings with a grain of salt. They throw in commercial rap albums and mix in a couple mediocre-at-best underground albums, which gives the impression they are just tone deaf. Heaven Razah already ranks as an instant classic for the new decade and it isn't even mentioned on this site. Nicki Minaj's 0 star album meanwhile gets attention and gets rated, only god knows why.

    • balls

      BITCH!!! Heaven Razah??? Fuck outta here,

    • Timm

      I hope you take a serious look at some of these albums. By no means would I or most people say that Dilated People, Homeboy Sandman, Diamond District, and Kno (of CunninLynguists, possibly THE most consistent hip-hop group period in the past decade). PackFM KILLS I F*cking Hate Rappers and the production on Gas Mask is phenomenal (which should be understood, coming from Apollo Brown) even on the rough copy that leaked last year. I understand that HHDX reviews are generally shit, but you shouldn't make sweeping generalizations based on half the list when all you're doing is robbing yourself of good music. Just a thought.

  • Presence of Write Direction

    Big Boi's first name is Antwan, not Andre.

  • Hip-Hop Pupil

    Stopped paying attention to this list once I saw Rick Ross' album up there.

  • Anonymous

    1. MBDTF, duh moroons 2.Curren$y Pilot Talk 2, Jets Fool 3.Teflon Don, Sorry Haters 4.Thank Me Later, men lie women lie numbers dont

  • Anonymous

    this whole list was trash, I guess Curren$y didnt drop pilot talk 1 and 2 this year

  • LOCO

    man dx ripped fat joe when his album first came out... i think they left out cee-lo, stat quo, devins second cd (his first one to me wasnt his best), but good to see big boi's on here, i think that was underrated! im gonna have to listen to all of these now

  • Jeremy Ronco

    what about eminem

  • Justice

    You forgot. sHORE sHOT-sLOWLY bUT sHORELY

  • sfsda

    $WonDough$>>>>>>>>>>>>>> album coming one day and best believe it will be on the top sum list

  • Chris


  • curbstompa

    two of my favorite releases in a looong time, nevermind this tear, were up there. Big Boi & Celph Titled. go buy those shits.

  • Rentlo

    Where is Black Milk's Album of the year ? Disappointed.

  • Anonymous

    Kanye killed all those..Big Boi was dope....T.I. No mercy should be here if your gonna put Ghostface on there after only being out a few days! Stat Quo got snuffed and slept on

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  • phil

    no black milk?? really???

  • head butt

    knew lloyd banks would make it . dude,s album is better than kanye fantasy crap

  • relief

    mf grimm you only live twice

  • Jarvis Jones

    This is to the understand the greatness of Distant Relatives.I know when I listen to a album and can not put it down ...something is happen with What's Going...Marvin Gaye and also with this poetic genius piece of work by Nas and Damian...I saw the Concert and that was it...THE MESSAGE AND THE MUSIC !!!!

  • puhleaseee

    Gdammmit for the love of all that's holy in life please review a damn hip hop music by something other than "Heavy basslines and drum kits. " LEARN SOME FRIGGING MUSIC Such as chords, melodies. Yes they exist in hip hop you dunces review writers ... SMDH LOL GEEES

    • Wyatt LaRocque

      These reviewers sound like their fresh outta high school, tryin' to shove kid music down our throats while tryin' to convince us they know underground at the same time. Nice try doesn't fool this grown ass man.

  • mjhardhitta

    How can Death of a Popstar not be in the top 25 albums this year? I just picked it up and I've already listened to it 3 times, and I have to say its the third best album I've heard thid year behind behind Dark Twisted and Pilot Talk II.

  • Life Accordin' To Dutch

    im with dude that said"how could cudi's album not make it"..that album was well produced,had hits on it(THE MOOD,MOJO SO DOPE) and was not over-hyped..YOUR "DEVIN THE DUDE" CHOICE IS ALSO boo-boo because his second album he dropped this yr(GOTTA BE ME) IS ONE OF THE BEST IN HIS LONG CATALOGUE..its smashin SUITE 420..although i enjoyed both..and no JCOLE'S MIXTAPE does not go harder than all of these albums..mixtape dummies(u wont like him next yr after/or when he blows your comment is irrelevant "DIRTYBACKPACKER"..AND that FATJOE album is insanely underrated..i agree with that for his best produced in ten yrs..NO "ME,MYSELF AND I" WAS just as well-produced and the themes were just as good,and the album was just as dark..his best in fact

  • Anonymous

    how did kudi not make it??

  • yung nation

    i know its not an album but... J. Cole's Friday Night Lights... goes harder than all of these shits

    • Detox2010

      That shit was fucking WAAAACK. no hate, but His first tape went harder. that tape was hella boring. and if you disagree....FAWK YOU

  • Josh Robin Taylor

    i knew dat kayne was gon make it

  • chico sticks

    only 2 days since released and its still the album of the year. Apollo Kids ghost did it again

  • Jenkins

    No Joe Budden - MM 4? Persoanlly one of my favourite albums to drop in the last 3 or 4 years. I find that a strange choice but to each is his own I guess

  • Edward Spenser Young III

    how does black milk album of the year not make the list for albums of the year? fuck outta here

  • Pat Neeland

    Reminder to all readers of this article: Don't act like a bitch simply because YOUR favorite shit didn't make SOMEBODY ELSE's list. It's like bitchin' someone out at the supermarket for choosing to buy salami over bologna. Nobody gives a fuck, and you look like a fool. Do I agree with this Top 25 list? Not entirely. Which is the way it should be. SOMEONE ELSE's list should not entirely coincide with MY tastes entirely, otherwise that's gettin' on some creepy shit.

    • CC

      Stop bitchin' about people bitchin'. That is what the comment sections are for, you don't have to read them. Get off your fuckin pedestal.

  • Cable

    P.S. Vinnie Paz Solo, Reef the lost Cauze - Fight Music and Yelawolf should all be on there. Shit I would take a Wiz Khalifa mixtape over Rick Ross.....

  • Cable

    Decent list, agree with a lot of the other comments. Sad to not see Snowgoons, Tech N9ne, Krizz Kaliko or Army of the Pharaohs on the list also. But hey, you can only include 25

    • balls

      Oh shit, was Tech N9ne's album this year?? Damn, if it was, then hell yea that definitely should be on here! Especially if they put Brutha Lynch album on here. Strange Music always has dope ass production!!

  • Durag

    Pretty good list i thought, people will never be happy no matter who you put in your top 25 "Why isnt so-and-so included" etc who gives a fuck its just a list. People get all emotional over it, obviously theres a few i would have changed but music is subjective, so everyone's gonna have a different opinion. And to the people who say they havent heard half of the people on the list - go back and listen to faggit Drake or whatever commercial trash you listen to. Bullshit hip-hop fans.

  • Pusha T

    that eminem album was ass

    • Pusha T

      Fuck out of here you butt hurt groupie ass stan, their is at least 20 albums better than that garbage Recovery

    • hmm

      notice how u only mentioned Em cos thats prolly the only album u listen to outta this 25 closet stan and dont reply to my shit sayin "nahhh uhhh i love kanye's album and teflon don was dope too"

  • what kind of list?

    does anyone listen to or heard of an artist signed to carmelo anthonys new label, named cassidy who dropped his cd this year? -sincerely, ignorance extinguisher

  • Jesse Andersen

    LOT of people I've never even heard of, guess that's why their shit didn't chart. Not sayin they're automatically whack, just I personally can't give much credit to no-name rappers. Really happy to not see Pink Friday on here tho.

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  • Re@LN!GG@Sh!T

    HOW THE FUCK do you not include Strong Arm Steady & Madlib's In Search Of Stoney Jackson album on your list? Easily one of the best albums to come out this year. SMMFH. Dissappointing

  • chris1234

    Son no Q-unique Between Heaven And Hell Ya Buggin Dat album is top 5 Best of 2010

  • jake

    Alot of great albums on this list no doubt, but I would personally HAVE TO ADD DIABOLIC'S LIAR AND A THIEF album to this as it makes my top 5 along with Roots, Celph Titled, Kno, and probably Distant Relatives...Great overall year for hip hop though. Still Shocked HHDX gave Diabolic's CLASSIC debut 3/5 when it should of gotten at least a 4, in my books it's a 4.5/5

  • benzi

    k-rino annihilation of the evil machine shulda been here, agree with a few of these for once tho

  • Anonymous

    half of you dumbass motherfuckers are complaining about how your favorite mixtapes didn't make the list.. it's ALBUMS idiots.. ALBUMS..

  • Duke

    i like fat joe and ross but thier albums shouldn't make the list. not when t.i., skyzoo & illmind, currensy, yelawolf, or freeway's albums are left off. matter a fact they all could make it and replace some other albums.

  • Money Emp

    Although he said it was A Mixtape,Dopeman Muzik ain't on the List! C'm son.

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  • alfytitos

    man on the moon 2 was a great album....but no love?

  • Wade B.

    W T F Currensy put out 2 solid Albums within a 6 month span. Your list is invalid for that glaring oversight.

  • g

    this list sucks!!!! where's freeway's stimulus package with JO where's yelawolf's album tech N9Ne? B.o.B? BUT THE WORST FOR MY EYES WAS NOT TO SEE TI'S ALBUM? WTF IT WAS DEF TOP 5, WHAT UP WITH THAT? half the guys on your list are garbage, like top 25 worst rappers-including fatass ross-half these guys i never even heard of how retarded are the people that made this? 25. Vado- Slime Flu 24. Bun B- Trill O.G. 23. Yelawfol- Trunk Muzik 0-60 22. Freeway & Jake1: Simulus Package 21. 1982- 19882 20. Cassidy- CASH 19. Reflection Eternal- Revolutions Per Minute 18. Nappy Roots- Pursuit of Nappysness 17. Nottz: You need this music 16. B.o.B: Adevntures of bobby ray 15. Ill Bill - Kind devil hills 14. CNN - The War Report 2 13. Fabolous - There is no competition 2 12. Pimp C- The Naked Soul of sweet jones 11. the left - gas mask 10. Lloyd Banks 9. Nas & Damian Marley 8. Ghostface Killah 7. Tech N9NE 6. Eminem 5. Wu Tang Clan 4. T.I. 3. The Roots 2. Big Boi 1. Kanye West

  • gutter man

    highly subjective biased idiots front on vinnie paz because of his extremist religious islamic views and his violent words and anti-gay lines, but in reality it dosnt change the fact that season of the assassin murked almost every album out this year. yeah a bit of a departure as far as some production, but well rounded hearfelt , entertaining album with lots of knowledge dropped. too many idiots, like DX are super reactionary and defensive and dont see projects for what they are. dont believe the hype people. DX is propaganda.

    • balls

      EVen though Stoupe didn't do the beats, I still think it was one of the ILLEST albums of the year. THe beats were fire!! There were some tracks i coulda lived without but this shit is easily in the top 25...

  • CC

    Correction: I forgot slaughterhouse came out in '09.

  • CC

    I'm a little confused how Rick Ross, Lloyd Banks and Kanye West made this list when there albums were trash as usual. How did Vinnie Paz not get up there, same with the AOTP album. Who makes these lists. I don't think I even saw Slaughterhouse on the list. HipHopDx, you should change your name to HipPopDX because you guys sure are neglecting the real talent with this garbage. P.S. to everyone hating on Vinnie Paz, first spell his name right, and that guy is bringing the truth, maybe his flow is a little repetitive but he stays true to his roots and spits fire.

  • Anonymous

    1 yelawolf trunk mucic 2 rick ross- teflon don 3 eminem- recovery 4kanye west mbdtf 5 lloyd banks- hfm2

  • RealTalkNY

    no skyzoo & illmind?!

  • villen

    Vinny Paz sucks. His latest album sucks. I'm glad to see 7l and Esoteric and Celph Titled on the list. Those guys truly deserve it.








    should have made the list freewaystim package joe budden mood muzik 4 album n mixtap currensy pilot talk


    should have made the list freeway-stim package joe budden-mood muzik 4 /album n mixtape/ currensy-pilot talk

  • chadleeye

    I cannot give this list any respect since 8 Ball and MJG are not on the list. They made a hell of an album with one of the years most powerful soogs with "Life Goes On" Step yall game up

  • muzak king

    One of the VERY best hiphop albums of the year wasn't on that list, or even reviewed by HHDX... Kid Called Computer & Sadistik - The Art of Dying. Seriously, if you haven't spun that album go get it - Sadistik is the illest lyricist out at the minute.

  • BKS

    I'm pretty sure the Wu could make an entire record of them taking a shit and hiphopdx would still give it 4/5 and put it on their best of year list. Meanwhile Panacea, one of the most original groups in hip hop right now gets snubbed for the 5th year. Also Pilot Talk and TSOL are definitely top 25.


  • Ddot DOuble

    This is a way better list than that DX garbage-of-the-year shit you did.

  • Whoolio Gee

    Villa Manifesto and Stimulus Package deserve an honorable mention as well. And if you ask me, Wu-Massacre was a major disappointment. Doesn't even deserve to be on the list let alone the rating it received.

  • Clarence Rogers

    got like 16 of these...

  • KJ Styles

    Not a bad list overall, but Freeway and Jake One's Stimulus Package should have been on this list, and quite easily too.

  • Mitch 3k

    Reading through the list and seeing how many of these albums didnt chart at all is hilarious. Thats why nobody takes the opinions of the internet seriously, because ya'll dont buy shit You know, it only takes selling about 2,000 records in a week to crack the BB 200 now, you mean to tell me that there aint at least that many of you cheap bastards out there to buy one of these CD's you dickride so hard on the Web??? And then you'll cry like lil girls when your favorite artists sell out, lol, dont nobody wanna raise their kids on food stamps and hand-me-downs to amuse you Stuck up motherfuckes that dont even break bread, fuck outta here with that....

  • Anonymous

    Theres always somebody left standing to cry like a bitch when one of these lists come out, but I think ya'll did a pretty decent Job, I woulda included Vinny Paz and Freeway myself, but props for mentioning Lynch and Ill Bill vs Muggs, my 2 personal favorites of the year.


    Buckwild & Celph Titled not gettin that much love I see, here's my argument: People do not understand the concept of this album..You have an emcee of today rhyming over beats that were leftover from the mid 90's...from BUCKWILD no less THIS HAS NEVER BEEN DONE BEFORE I'm not trying to disrespect the other albums, but this album was gutter from start to finish, even the friggin interludes!!!..anyone who is a fan of 90's hiphop has got to have this... If you liked DITC, Boot Camp, Organized Konfusion, Artifacts, Bush Babees, Cella Dwellas..THIS IS A MUST HAVE Last Point: Imagine Royce Da 5'9 rhyming over PRIMO beats left off the 1st Group Home album, or even Moment of Truth..this is what you have right here.. I'm sorry, but this by far and away the ALBUM OF THE YEAR

    • balls

      Nah, trust me man, that album is gettin serious love. MAD people are lovin that shit and talkin about it. Celph is a good way of course.

  • real fake G

    Kokane - Gimme All Mine

  • wtf?

    i cant believe there's no t.i. no mercy

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  • RJ

    It's a damn shame vinnie Paz's solo album SOA isn't in this list. Does anyone on this site listen to rap anyway? kanye on #1????????????

  • Louis

    No "J Cole - Friday Night Lights"?? How do you frig that up so bad?

  • Tristan

    I don't get this. Kanye wins the album of the year award, but he isn't on top of the top 25 best albums...

  • ale fecc

    kno should do records for everybody in the biz. he should make zillions. word to the qn5 camp. and freeway - jake one was very good too. they're slept on as a duo.

  • ettore gee

    wow!i didn't expect so much "underground", down-to-earth hip hop, very well crafted and solid releases... i'm happy for all these artists, they deserve a lot of shine, hope they gonna pack arenas... word to brotha lynch hung roc marciano devin the dude pack fm kno ill bill & muggs 7l & esoteric and i'd add yelawolf... trunk muzik (og) is a damn near perfect release. also more mainstream records were very good i.e. BIG BOI, Rick Ross and Kanye. and even L.L.oyd Banks was a nice surprise. Hip hop never died.

  • Rensrock

    Scarface-Dopeman Music

  • Jscot

    Can I be honest and say I've only heard a few of these albums here, and they were mainstream releases... I cant get jiggy with most of this, mostly because I have never heard of some of the artist on this list. Maybe it's just me, I'm not looking for the ultra lyrical or that hard hip hop sound that people seem to be searching for again.

  • psukany

    TOP 8 albums of 2010 are Big Boi - Sir Lucious leftfoot Eligh - Grey Crow Reflection Eternal - Revolution per Minute Curren$y - Pilot Talk II KNO - Death is silent Eminem - Recovery The Roots - how i got over Army of The Pharaohs - The unholy Terror PEACE

  • Malcolm J. William Ault

    No love for the Pazmanian Devil? Come one that's the one album I would have put up there. It actually showed that Vinnie Paz can work with more than just his AOTP click and Stoupes beats (as epic as they are).

  • Harry

    this list is awful. you had the nerve to put in eminem's 12 year old white bitch album. and rick ross' and lloyd banks. even bun b's was a disappointment. and you didn't mention Black Milk, David Banner & 9th Wonder, Skyzoo & Illmind, Shad and Joe Budden.

  • Mello

    Honored to be on the list twice! Loved the Ghostface & Roc Marci albums too. Here's MMG's 2010 Releases for those looking to dig deeper into the catalog: The Left "Gas Mask" yU "Before Taxes" Oddisee "Traveling Man" Georgia Anne Muldrow "VWETO" Boog Brown & Apollo Brown "Brown Study Trek Life "Everything Changed Nothing" G&D "SomeOthaShip" Apollo Brown "The Reset" MMG "Helpless Dreamer" & What MMG's brewing for early 2011 Apollo Brown "Clouds" Has-Lo "In Case I Don't Make It" Finale "Odds & Ends" Oddisee "People Hear What They See" Kenn Starr "Square One" yU "The Earn" Hassaan Mackey & Apollo Brown "Daily Bread" Stay tuned!


    REAL TOP ALBUMS LIST IN ORDER #1. The Roots- How I Got Over #2. Kanye West- MBDTF #3. Freeway & Jake One- Stimulas Package #4. Ghostface- Apollo Kids #5. Nas & Damien Marley- Distant Relatives #6. Big Boi- Sir Lucious Leftfoot #7- Rick Ross- Teflon Don #8- Skyzoo & Illmind- Live From The Tapdeck #9- Kidz In The Hall- Land of Make Believe #10- Lloyd Banks- Hunger For More 2 #11- B.O.B.- The Adventures Of Bobby Ray #12- Drake- Thank Me Later #13- Fat Joe- The Darkside Vol.1 #14-Celph Titled & Buckwild- 1990 Now #15- Meth/Rae/Ghost- Wu Massacre #16- Bun B- Trill O.G. #17-Rakaa- Crown Of Thorns #18- Eminem- Recovery #19- Black Milk- Album of The Year #20-Big Remo & 9th Wonder- Entrapement #21- Little Brother- Left Back #22- Roc Marciano- Marcberg #23- Reflection Eternal-Revelution Per Minute #24- Murs & 9th Wonder- Fornever #25- gAS mASK- tHE lEFT

    • Chris Taylor

      Am I the only one that's heard Cudi's album? There's no way you can put Drake in there and not Cudi, I must be missing something.

    • Real Talk

      At least your being honest and not like saying fuck Drake, B.o.B, Rick Ross, Kanye West, Fat Joe or Eminem just because their mainstream. I seriously hate when people do that. It's ok to have an opinion but wasting your time hating on someone just pisses me of.

  • Right On

    reflection eternal, brotha lynch, the roots, distant relatives, recovery. thats top 5 of 2010

  • A.

    Looks like Panacea got slept on again.

  • A.

    Looks like Panacea got slept on again...

  • Jean Menard

    The dark side Vol. 1 Fat Joe??? Who still listens to theses guys??? We need better rappers like Phil Nash in the "new school" to relieve some of theses "worn-out" rappers.

  • Jean Menard

    Dinner and a Movie by Brotha Lynch Hung ??????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????? This list knows where it can go!! Whoes the actual person who decided this??

    • Michael Hogenmiller

      If you're looking for HipHopDX's picks for Album of the Year, Emcee of the Year, etc. you'll find them here: And the list is ordered chronologically. "Dinner and a Movie" just happens to be the earliest release of the Top 25 Albums of 2010, not necessarily #1 on the list.

  • jday

    They forgot TSOL by Shad. The best album of the year imo followed by Kanye, roots, nas & damien, big boi then homeboy sandman.

  • Rick Ross the Bawse

    Teflon Don, best album of the year. My nigga had good lyrics mixed wit crazy beats. Bawse!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Anonymous

    were the fuck is freeway?

  • Bump Ugly

    lets not forget rah digga classic...oh and j.cole friday night lights even though its a mixtape shoulda really been considered a album too

  • Bump Ugly

    how the fuck does officer rick false make the list when true artists like black milk dont? this guys a borderline musical genius. last i checked raps - lies = hiphop

  • K.S.

    Pretty good picks but y'all missed some dope albums like C'Mon Son BLACK MILK - Album of the Year SHAD - TSOL (And yes Shad is Canadian) DRAKE - Thank Me Later (Another Canadian talent from the T-Dot (Toronto Canada) LITTLE BROTHER - Leftback SKYZOO/ILLMIND - Live From The Tape CURREN$Y - Pilot Talk SLUM VILLAGE - Villa Manifesto R.I.P. Baatin and the King of the Beats since the days of The Ummah (J-Dilla)

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  • >>>>

    Oh And 1982 that one was dope as hell it should have had a spot there

  • >>>>

    Most of the albums on there are dope i would have taken out The Teflon Don For Liar & A Thief By Diabolic

  • Anonymous

    sooo disapointed hhdx. damn.... some wack ass albums on their. how bout thank me later? and recovery not close to number 1? IF NOT 1. damn would expect better. drake should be on their to. god damn,.

  • ilikethis

    My album better make the Best Hip Hop albums of 2011 or HipHopDx will be cursed a 100 years I tell ya $WonDough$>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

  • Jason

    Wow Thank Me Later, Pilot Talk, or Black Milk's "Album of the Year" were definitely left off this list.

  • redhawk16

    oh and B.o.B's- Adventures of Bobby Ray was really fucking dope too. much more deserving than most of the other albums

  • redhawk16

    where the fuck is Shad's- Tsol? man he never gets the recognition he deserves. is it because he's Canadian or something? man that pisses me off. It was one of the best albums of the year (actually it is probably the best)Hiphopdx all i gotta say is wow.

  • CulturesClothing

    Canibus - C of Tranquility Eligh - Grey Crow Shad - TSOL Skyzoo & Illmind - Live from the Tape deck Culture VI - John Regan: Sorry I'm Late Should've been on there

  • Mello

    Great list! Some real classic material. Shout to yU "Before Taxes" and The Left "Gas Mask"!!! Of course there were other great albums this year as well, just glad to see Hiphop shining brightly this year! Shout to HipHopDX for striving to be the best!

  • bluerazor

    ill mind and skyzoo live from the tape deck was sick!

  • Aubrey Graham Is Gay As Fuck Son


    • To the Troll Above

      I find it funny that you dedicate your screen name to Drake like in your other post you made. I think you are gay for Drake. Besides, people who use homophobic terms a lot tend to be homosexuals in the closet.

  • syndrome

    M-Phazes - Good Gracious....Album of the year by far n NOBODY is yet to mention it.....the producers stole the best albums this year, m-phazes, black milk, nottz, illmind wit skyzoo, hi-tek wit kweli

  • Nathan Helton

    no drake or either of the pilot talks??? gtfo with that bullshit

  • show

    appollo kids is the album of the year..............shit is crazy!

  • A.S

    Pretty decent list, but a spot was definitely wasted on Wu-Massacre. That was a disappointment even to me, who had no expectations for it. TSOL would have been better deserved.

  • Wu all Day,But,,

    Man i love wu but how you going put Ghost shit up like he came out yet like be real wid me Drake shit is plat and you not going include his shit c'mon be fare drake shit was aight!

  • Rensrock

    Apollo Brown- the reset

  • Rensrock

    Shad-TOSL is missing

  • jbatcha21

    No Krit Wuz Here or Pilot Talk 2. GTFOH

    • HipHopDX

      We gave KRIT mixtape of the year in our Year Ends:

    • jbatcha21

      Krit Wuz Here was ranked #31 for best album of year throughout all genres by Spin Magazine.

  • hatparka

    Where is Pilot Talk 1 or 2 surely they are two quality albums which should of made this list?

  • vbjn

    how the fuck can u not include black milk album of the year and skyzoo live from the tape deck. wot idiot done this list

  • Chris P

    Glad to see the Darkside up there, beleive it or not thats a classic

  • carolina chiefa

    Friday night lights should be considered an album. It was better than most albums and it was a mixtape

  • Anonymous

    thumbs up for not including Thank Me Later and Man on the moon 2, thumbs down for including teflon don and not b.o.b's debut album.

    • Twinblades

      @Gucci Mane Owns B.o.B: ........ Okay your a Nigger you're not a nigga YOU ARE A NIGGER! Anyone and I mean anyone on this site.... no anyone who likes good rap music. From the hip hop heads to the mainstream dick riders... if you support Gucci mane then there's no hope for you. There soo much better music out there from the underground to the mainstream. I don't know who this guy is but he is obviously a faggot that thinks wacka floka is more lirycal than Nas. B.o.B only raps about planes and magic????? WTF is wrong with you??? Good God this is why we have abortion!!! women please make sure you think of all your options so you can avoide a mistake like this life form  I'm replying to. I hope the south burns and you go up in flames with it.

    • Gucci Mane Owns B.o.B

      Ok I agree that Drake and Kid Cudi do indeed suck and are an embarassment to Hip Hop like that Eminem douche but B.o.B? That nigga sucks. All he raps about is paper planes and Magic. That nigga is an embarrassment to Atlanta. Gucci Mane is true Hip Hop. He represents ATL not this pop rapper who sings in every song like those losers who think Drake and Kid Cudi are good rappers. It's Gucci Time!

  • Shadowstare

    I'm loosing respect for this site List by List........

  • SuperGucciRap

    This list sucks. No Gucci Mane? No Waka Flocka? No Justin Bieber? No Taylor Swift? No Nicki Minaj? No Lil Wayne? I mean c'mon... the only underground rap albums even good were Vinnie Paz and Canibus's last albums. Recovery and My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy sucks. Those are pop albums. Glad that losers like Drake, B.o.B, and Kid Cudi failed to get charted because they suck. It's Gucci Time!

  • It'sMe

    ummmm...where the fuck is Curren$y??....

  • 'Shad

    Interesting list, I thought the Freeway album might make this too. Also surprised that albums from Cudi and B.O.B. didn't make it either. And the album didn't get a lot of love from this site, but I'm pretty sure a lot of people here gonna trip over Drake not being on the list.

    • Anonymous

      Kid cudi's new album sucked so did drake's. One only a stoner could find enjoyable and thank me later could only be liked a woman. So im guessing your a girl that likes her weed

  • realtalk82

    I like this list,definetly on point! However there some lames in the c section saying how Yelawolf is wack,and by now if your not checking for dude and think he's garbage your taste in rap must be fucking horrible!

  • SayWHat

    Uhh yea, I highly doubt half of everybody that posted didn't even listen to half the albums on this list, I haven't even heard most of these people at all.

  • chromeflinstone

    This, surprisingly, is a really good list. With some exceptions of course (hunger for more pt.2 & teflon Don).

  • Keston James

    Interesting to note Ghostface album hasn't been officially reviewed yet made the list. GFK hasn't made one bad album in his career. Consistency is an understatement.

  • beezlebud

    no Black Milk - Album of the year Canibus -C of Tranquility Skyzoo - Live from the tape deck KRS - Meta-Historical WTF I'd even throw Nottz - You need this music Inspectah Deck - Manifesto Ice Cube - I am the West over alot of the ones chosen BEEZLEBUD hollah on Twitter

    • Dub_Es

      i'm sorry man, Cube's lp was awful. i thought the one before this one was dope as hell, but somehow he killed whatever streak he was on canibus i could def see though. his best lp in half a decade by far

  • Ricky Riverapid

    What about Concrete River City... Check there shit out

  • dude man

    No Brother Ali-US? or Freeway, both hella sick albums...

  • Anonymous

    i'm glad they got Pack on there.. I Fuckin' Hate Rappers.. definitely not as good as Whutduzfmstand4?. but still, a good album..

  • 718rob

    Pretty damn good list. I would've liked to have seen Vinnie Paz on here, but that Freeway & Jake One was total trash. Y'all buggin'. Most well-rounded list I've seen to date this year.

  • ben

    The list is good. It's all real hip-hop. I love this site and another one i like is Check it out.

  • mufucka

    No Freeway & Jake One????? I also felt that these should of made it... Statik Selektah - 100 Proof Vinnie Paz - Season Of The Assassin KRS-One & True Master - Meta-Historical Kid Cudi - Man on the Moon II Hell Razah - Heaven Razah Gangrene - Gutter Water Eligh - Grey Crow

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    • illynoize

      it tells us that ur a fuggin idiot. Rebirth was an experimental album. IANAHB was songs that were scrapped off of Carter 4, released while he was in jail, and still went #1. Rebirth went Gold despite it leaking two months before it came out. anything else u wanna say smart ass!? didnt think so.

  • CptnCldCrush

    I like the list. They put more underground albums than I expected. I would probably take Bun B and Lloyd Banks off there and put Canibus' C Of Tranquility and Freeway & Jake One's album.

  • Justin Ballou

    Any list w/o Drake on it is a success in my book.

  • Good Vibrator

    Since Freeway's "The Stimulus Package" and Yelawolfs "0-60muizik" were not on the list then that in and of itself makes this list---INVALID!! Next!!!!!!!!!

  • Decapitatah

    If you were to put a devin the dude album why the fuck would you put Suite 420??? GOTTA BE ME IS WAYYYYY BETTER

  • Culture VI (Wil)

    to not have Skyzoo & illmind up there is insane. I actually believe that was the best --- or at LEAST top 3 --- hip-hop releases of 2010. easily. obviously, i feel Sorry I'm Late should've been up there, but i can live with that exclusion. to not have Sky & ill is insane.

  • Mike Meraz

    FREEWAY & JAKE ONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! What's a matter with you guys??? That album shyts on most of those albums. Nas/Damian should of been album of the year. But people just ride Kanye's dick till the end. I love Kanye as a producer but that album was overrated.

  • HipHopGodd

    Wow, the inclusion of Kno and Roc Marciano and the exclusion of Nicki Minaj and Lil' Wayne leads me to believe that HipHopDX posted this list accidentally. I'll wait a few days before I post an actual comment.

  • Anonymous

    SMH2????? HELL NALL

  • mark jensen

    my homey blacastan deserves to be on this list. rawest album of the year next to that 7L + Eso + celph titled.



  • brofficial

    yo the 7l & Eso "1212" hasn't left my deck since i got it, i wasn't into their last album but this is crack. i'm the last cd buyer in my state but i got a 6 disc changer and this and the ill bill/muggs cd stay in rotation. good list tho, some joints i slept on and gotta cop.

  • Anonymous

    No Lil Wayne? HAHAHAHA What about "No Mercy"

  • McG

    Props to HipHopDX for recognizing the Brotha Lynch album.

  • Anonymous

    No Mercy not on here? That album was pretty good but maybe yall got it number 26th. And wheres Pilot Talk? Pilot Talk 1 AND 2 aint on here thats crazy.

  • Dully

    The list is good, cant really complain but how do you leave off Gangrene (Alchemist & Oh No)- Gutter Water and Skyzoo & Illmind- Lve From The Tape Deck? Those albums are top 5 easily!

  • DoneGotIt

    MindsOne's "Self Reliant" shoulda been up there, but good list, can't complain

  • Ellie

    Alright list, good looks on the Left, Celph Titled, Roc Marciano and yU albums. Always thought Wu Massacre was a bit suspect and got deservedly forgotten about, but I guess not - at least Apollo Kids is a bit better. The Rakaa and RPM were pretty disposable as well. Looks like hhdx isn't down with the jets int. stuff either, and list could do with a bit more Black Milk, Blacastan and a few more indie bits.

  • p. dom

    i agree with starky love. freeway and jake one "the stimulus package" belongs on this list. i would also add strong arm steady "in search of stoney jackson" too.


    Pretty good list but where is Shad's TSOL?

  • BAM93

    Nice. I think Shad - tsol should have made the list though.

  • FourTrackFiasco

    Can't really argue with the list. My only complaint is Devin's 'Gotta be Me' album was a lot better than the '420' album. And though I hadn't heard the Lloyd Banks album, I'm very skeptical it was that good. Shout out to Ghostface for making the list once again. I'm picking up Apollo Kids after work!

  • starky love

    decent list. i slept on that roc marciano so ill check that out and some of the other shit. but where's stimulus package and live from the tape deck? im taking them over fat joe and the reflection eternal shit. don't put em on the list just cus you recognize their name.