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My Top 5 Rap Albums of 2010 (and a Poll for yours!)

6 Jan

2010 was a considerably successful year for hip-hop and rap music both commercially and musically, from platinum-selling debut albums to worldwide chart-topping singles from the veterans of the genre. Here is a personal list of my highlights last year (iTunes links are provided via clicking the album name):

Although one of the most respected rappers in the world, one of Nas’ persistent weaknesses (to the frustration of his fans) is his self-confessed inadequate selection of beats and producers. It was to his fans’ relief, then, when he collaborated with reggae artist and producer Damian Marley on a project that left him solely in charge of the rapping, to superb effect. Nas’ raps discussed a range of his matters from his divorce to the future of mankind, and was accompanied by some fantastic cameo performances from Lil Wayne and K’naan (whose appearance on ‘Tribes At War’ is a particular highlight) . Whilst the relaxing summer track ‘Count Your Blessings’ was to be expected from reggae producer Marley, the boom-bap album opener ‘As We Enter’ and the eerie tribal chant-sampling ‘Patience’ showed a versatility that kept the album interesting and thoroughly listenable from start to finish. Continue reading


Kanye West – ‘My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy’

17 Nov

One of five album covers available for MBDTF

In a year that saw his media popularity decline significantly following Taylorgate (as if he wasn’t struggling enough before that), it was important for Kanye West to focus primarily on his next musical project and produce an album that would make the world forget about his mistakes outside of the recording studio.

In the summer, Kanye begun a weekly series of free downloads known as ‘G.O.O.D. Fridays’ (referring to his G.O.O.D Music record label) that increased the anticipation of a project that was already eagerly awaited upon following the left-field offering of his previous album ‘808s & Heartbreaks.’ The release of West’s short film Runaway also contained songs from MBDTF on its soundtrack, giving fans a sneak preview of the project.

Although ‘My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy’ will not be officially released until November 22nd, I have obtained a preview copy of the album, and below is a track-by-track review of the album: Continue reading