I have somewhat of a obsession with lists. I don’t know why, I just do. I can remember sitting in English class in high school, keep track of my weekly top 10 hip hop songs and album (hence why my writing isn’t the best in the world). I’ve done yearly lists since 1990. I never pass up a chance to make a list, check out a list, or discuss a list. I even know that for the most part, a list means jack shit. It’s usually one persons opinion, and we know what opinions are like. But, I do feel there is a good side to a list. For one, it’s a quick and easy way to maybe catch onto something you’ve never heard before. I remember the days when I used to wait for The Source to drop their year end issue, so I could go through and peep anything I might have missed. Later on, it would beHipHopSite’s year end lists, which were great at the time. Lists also spark discussion. Of course we won’t all agree with what is posted here this week, which is a good thing. People exchange ideas and kill false misinterpretations by communicating, simply discussing why they feel a certain way. I’m not trying to get all Dr.Philed out, but anything that gets ideas flowing is a good thing in my book.
What I’m doing this week is straight up jacking a page out of Ego Trip’s Book of Rap Lists. That book spoke to me on so many levels and was like straight up list porn for a person like me. In something I’ve toyed with for over a year, we’ll be writing up our own lists. For the next five days, we’ll post five lists daily that mark the top five of somepre -determined and to be determined subjects. It could be something so simple as the five best songs from Common, or it could be something as zany as favorite songs with the word “def” in it. I’ll even have some help in the form of guest bloggers and artists dropping some of their personal top five lists.
So discuss, comment, point out something I may have missed, cause I’ll admit, some of these lists will be made in somewhat of a rush.