Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Hip-Hop Albums of the Decade

So I broke this down into years, and limited it to strictly hip-hop releases. Only LP's, no EP's (such as Jean Grae's Bootleg of the Bootleg, even though in its entirety it's longer that some albums on this list).

By listening to these 100 or so albums, you would have a good idea of the past decade in hip-hop. As you scroll through the list, you will notice that recent years have provided fewer quality albums. My opinion, the '90s era MC's are getting old, and the majority of new school artists are lacking creativity. Get creative in the next decade!

Binary Star - Masters of the Universe
Common - Like Water For Chocolate
Dead Prez - Let's Get Free
Del tha Funkee Homosapien - Both Sides of the Brain
Deltron 3030 - 3030
Ghostface Killah - Supreme Clientele
Jedi Mind Tricks - Violent By Design
Outkast - Stankonia
Reflection Eternal - Train of Thought
Shyne - Shyne
Slum Village - Fantastic Vol. 2
Typical Cats - Typical Cats
Zion I - Mind Over Matter

Aesop Rock - Labor Days
Cannibal Ox - The Cold Vein
Cormega - The Realness
Hi-Tek - Hi-Teknology
Immortal Technique - Revolutionary Vol. 1
Jay Dee - Welcome 2 Detroit
Jay-Z - The Blueprint
J-Live - The Best Part
Jurassic 5 - Quality Control
Kardinal Offishall - Quest For Fire: Firestarter Vol. 1
K-Os - Exit
Lone Catalysts - Hip-Hop
Masta Ace - Disposable Arts
Nas - Stillmatic
Qwazaar - Walk Thru Walls

50 Cent - Guess Who's Back
Atmosphere - God Loves Ugly
Clipse - Lord Willin'
Count Bass D - Dwight Spitz
Devin - Just Trying ta Live
GZA - Legend of the Liquid Swords
Jean Grae - Attack of the Attacking Things... The Dirty Mixes
J-Live - All of the Above
Monsta Island Czars - Escape From Monsta Island
Nappy Roots - Watermelon, Chicken, & Gritz
Nas - The Lost Tapes
Nas - God's Son
Non Phixion - The Future is Now
The Roots - Phrenology
Scarface - The Fix

Cyne - Time Being
Dizzee Rascal - Boy In Da Corner
Jay-Z - The Black Album
Immortal Technique - Revolutionary Vol. 2
King Geedorah - Take Me To Your Leader
Little Brother - The Listening
Outkast - Speakerboxxx/The Love Below
Vakill - The Darkest Cloud
Viktor Vaughn - Vaudeville Villain

Count Bass D - Begborrowsteal
De La Soul - The Grind Date
Foreign Exchange - Connected
Ghostface Killah - The Pretty Toney Album
Kanye West - The College Dropout
Klashnekoff - The Sagas of Klashnekoff
K-Os - Joyful Rebellion
Madvillain - Madvillainy
Masta Ace - A Long Hot Summer
Masta Killa - No Said Date
Megalon - A Penny For Your Thoughts
MF Doom - Mm.. Food
Murs & 9th Wonder - 3:16 The 9th Edition
The Roots - The Tipping Point
Royce da 5'9" - Death is Certain
Typical Cats - Civil Service
Vordul Mega - The Revolution of Yung Havoks

Beanie Sigel - The B. Coming
Cyne - Evolution Fight
Edan - Beauty and the Beat
The Game - The Documentary
Kanye West - Late Registration
Lone Catalysts - Good Music
OneBeLo - S.O.N.O.G.R.A.M.
Sean Price - Monkey Barz

Bronze Nazareth - The Great Migration
Cunninlynguists - A Piece of Strange
Ghostface Killah - Fishscale
J. Dilla - Donuts
Lupe Fiasco - Food & Liquor
MF Grimm - The American Hunger
The Roots - Game Theory
Vakill - Worst Fears Confirmed

Armstead Brown - Fieldwork
Black Milk - Popular Demand
Blu & Exile - Below the Heavens
Brother Ali - The Undisputed Truth
Cunninlynguists - Dirty Acres
El-P - I'll Sleep When You're Dead
Lupe Fiasco - The Cool
Pharoahe Monch - Desire
Talib Kweli - Eardrum
Wiz Khalifa - Show & Prove
Wu-Tang Clan - 8 Diagrams
UGK - Underground Kingz
Y Society - Travel At Your Own Pace

A.P.E.X. - Face the Musick
Atmosphere - When Life Gives You Lemons, You Paint That Shit Gold
Count Bass D - L7
Elzhi - The Preface
GZA - Pro Tools
J-Live - Then What Happened?
Kanye West - 808's & Heartbreak
Nas - Untitled
Q-Tip - The Renaissance
The Roots - Rising Down
Sweatshop Union - Water Street
Vordul Mega - Mega Graphitti

Divine Seven & Ayatollah Jaxx - Black Connection
Kid Cudi - Man On the Moon
Mos Def - The Ecstatic
Raekwon - Only Built 4 Cuban Linx II
Wu-Tang Clan - Chamber Music

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