We kick off our Decade Review for the next week or so in conjunction with Bloggerhouse. BC will be helping me by providing his input and I’ll posting up my favorite albums and songs of the decade on both Wake Your Daughter Up and Bloggerhouse, with my cohorts Dart Adams and Eric.
Today, you can head over to Bloggerhouse to peak my favorite albums from 2000-2003. Tomorrow, you can check out my favorite songs of the same time period. Read, comment, agree, disagree, provide your own list, that’s what these end of decade/years are all about. - Trav
10) Various – Game Over – I dug the hell out of this LP in ‘00. There are a lot of people on here you haven’t heard of, but there’s some great production throughout.
9) Ghostface Killah – Supreme Clientele – 2000 is full of LP’s that it took a while for me to get into. This was one of them, but I was glad I went back to it and gave it another listen or 200.
8) Quasimoto – The Unseen – This is some of the weirdest stuff you’ll ever hear. It is quite possible that Madlib may do some drugs, just maybe. It took me a while to get into, but I obtained a job out of college and was able to sit at a desk and just listen to music (and work, so to speak) and I really got into this odd, odd album.
7) De La Soul – AOI: Mosaic Thump – Here’s another LP it took a while to get into. I was in a transitional phase of my life and a lot of stuff got lost along the way and I had to go back to it. It’s a solid album throughout.
6) Black Label: Hip Hop 101 – A compilation LP executively produced by Del La featuring Masta Ace, Del La, Camp Lo, Talib Kweli, Royce Da 5’9”, Medina Green, Self Scientific and more. For me, this helped usher in the ‘00’s and introduce some newer aritists, along with some established greats.
5) A-Team – Who Framed the A-Team? – I bought this LP on a whim and didn’t stop listening to it for months.
4) Deltron 3030 – One of those crazy futuristic concept albums featuring Del the Funkee Homosapien, Dan the Automater and DJ Q-Bert.
3) Jedi Mind Tricks – Violent By Design – This is still my favorite JMT album. I listened to this over and over and they haven’t quite had an LP since that I have thought was so consistent. I love the Stoupe produced tracks and the angry lyrics/flows.
2) Binary Star – Masters of the Universe – I liked this when it came out, or when I got it, but really started appreciating it over the last 6 years or so. I’ve been listening to this a lot over the last year as well. It’s a great LP.
1) Outkast – Stankonia – Outkast on top of their game (of which they never really dropped off of). This LP is solid all the way through and what better group than Outkast to ring in the new century?
BC’s Top 20 Songs or 2000
20) Super Brooklyn (BQ Mix) – Cocoa Brovaz w/ Mista Cheeks – Can you really go wrong sampling Super Mario Bros.? Not really.
19) Reality Check – Binary Star – I dig the melodic beat and One Man Army (One.Be.Lo) and Senim Silla kick some nice flows. “Got everyone riding on my wagon, like the Amish.”
18) A.B. Baracus – The A-Team – Both the name songs on The A-Team LP are what some people would call, fresh.
17) Let Me Hear It – Jigmastas – This song is on the Hip Hop 101 compilation and it shows how nice DJ Spinna can be. He can be hit or miss with me, but when he hits, he hits hard. I think Kriminal is a pretty nice MC as well, although some may not agree.
16) So Fresh, So Clean – Outkast – Another classic from Outkast.
15) I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings – Binary Star – One Man Army talks about his stint in jail and it’s nice to see that there are learning experiences that can happen to those that have made mistakes. The beat has a dope piano loop and it’s another melodic song.
14) Silly Puddy – Zion I w/ The Grouch – Zion I was always a bit inconsistent with their LP’s, until this year, but they always made 6-8 real dope tracks per album. This song is one of those from Mind Over Matter and The Grouch, in particular, really shines here.
13) Crash the Boards – Cali Agents – Rasco and Planet Asia. I always liked these guys and they have a nice contrast in flows that works. The beat is tight and there’s some nice DJ work on the track.
12) Trinity – JedI Mind Tricks w/ L-Fudge and Loius Logic – Stoupe always has those orchestral type beats and this is one of my favorites from Violent By Design.
10) Cherchez La Ghost – Ghostface Killah feat. U-God – This samples some song from the 70’s I believe, or at least features an interpolation of said song. It’s a short song, but crazy catchy. Just try not to dig this song.
9) Acey the Faceman – The A-Team – I just think this beat is… what is it Serch? “Nice. Ni a a a a iiiice!!!!”
8) Critical – Zion I w/ Planet Asia – Zumbi and Asia throw down over a superior Amp Live beat. We got a little scratching over the hook, which always is a plus with me.
7) 3030 – Deltron 3030 – The perfect eerie track to start the Deltron 3030 album (not including the intro).
6) Ms. Jackson – Outka
st – This was a huge hit and I remember getting sick of it when it was all over the place, but there’s no mistaking how good this song is, and will be forever, forever ever, forever ever.
5) Whitey – Everlast – I am a huge Everlast fan and his Eat at Whitey’s was easily a top 10 LP for me in 2000. However, I would say it’s not a hip-hop album, so I didn’t include it in my top 10 LP’s. That being said, this is a quick little hardcore song that opens Whitey’s. It features a nice cello sample (?) and I always like to mix string instruments with my hip-hop.
4) Brooklyn Blocks – Masta Ace and Buckshot – Ace was putting out a lot of 12 inches in 1999 and 2000 and this is a crazy dope song with Buckshot, produced by MA himself.
3) Oooh – De La Soul w/ Redman – You have to love a song where the group disses their label in the lead single. This song in ill and Redman adds to the illness of the track, as he is prone to do. This video must have cost a pretty penny:
2) Ghetto Like… – Masta Ace – Produced by Saukrates, MA spits about, you guessed it, the ghetto.
1) B.O.B. – Outkast – One of the craziest songs ever. Just a phenomenal song. Check out the crazy video: