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Bloggerhouse & WYDU Presents The Decade In Review: The Top Tracks of 2000-2002

by Travis on December 28, 2009

It’s my favorite time of the year. No, not because of the holidays. Those are great and all, and I hope everyone had a Merry Christmas and will have a happy and safe New Years. But the reason this is my favorite time of the year is all the year end lists that pop up all over the net and the blogs. This year is even more special with the end of the decade soon approaching us. I just like reading other people’s opinions, and maybe pick up on something I may have missed or breezed over the first time through. We here at WYDU are busily working on our year end lists. We should have the year end extravaganza up the week of January 4th. I’m hoping to have a wide variety of people on the WYDU panel this year. If you missed last years, you can peep it. This way, with a bunch of different people weighing in you won’t be dominated with just my opinions, which as we all know, can be kind of on the strange end and a bit narrow minded even if I have to say so myself.

I’ve actually been making tapes/cds of my favorite songs since 1990. I don’t have all of them anymore, and I didn’t do any from 98-00 for a few different reasons. I recall ’93 being a particular great year for singles (duh) but I of course can’t find that one anymore.

With the end of the decade, we are going to go through the years and posting up my favorite Albums and tracks. You can already peep my favorite albums for 2000 thru 2002 on Bloggerhouse. Today, we’ll cover my favorite tracks for that time period as well as some of the favorites of the hip hop nation. It’s a nice mix of popular and my own personal tastes mixed in with it.

Best of 2000

1. Reflection Eternal – The Blast
2. M.O.P. – Ante Up
3. Common – The Light
4. De La Soul & Redman – Oooh
5. Refelection Eternal – Move Something
6. OutKast – B.O.B.
7. Jay-Z – I Just Wanna Love U
8. Prodigy – Keep It Thoro
9. Binary Star – Honest Expression
10. Common – Sixth Sense
11. Masta Ace & Buckshot – Brookyn Blocks
12. De La Soul – All Good
13. Mos Def & Pharohoe Monch – Oh No
14. Porn Theater Ushers – Blah Blah Blah
15. Slum Village – Untitled
16. Eminem – The Real Slim Shady
17. Ghostface Killah – Cherchez La Ghost
18. SLum Village – Climax
19. J-Zone – Orphan Babies
20. Masta Ace – Ghetto Like

The year 2000 saw me doubling up on a some artists, such as Common, De La Soul, Slum Village and Masta Ace all had two songs apiece. Common had one of the best albums of the year with “Like Water For Chocolate” and it featured two great songs, “The Light” and “Sixth Sense”. De La Soul came in with the Redman assisted “Oooh”, a track that got a lot of play from me that year. The second track comes in the form of “All Good”, which is a personal favorite of mine from that year, which would become some what of a theme song for me. The problem with the Slum Village album was besides the fact that it was a great overall record, there wasn’t a jam that made a ton of noise that year. So we went with two of my personal favorites, although we could have put just about any track in there from that album and I would be okay with it. The two Masta Ace joints aren’t even really my favorites out of his catalog, but I like them enough to include them. Another personal favorite that shows up in this collection is “Honest Expression” from Binary Star. It’s a song that could very well be the track that speaks to hip hop as a whole for the whole damn decade. Not a truer word has been spoken in a hip hop song for this decade.

Top of 2001

1. Dilated Peoples – Worse Comes To Worse
2. Erick Sermon – Music
3. Nas – Ether
4. Jay-Z – Takeover
5. De La Soul – Baby Phat
6. OutKast – The Whole World
7. Masta Ace – Acknowledge
8. Bubba Sparxx – Ugly
9. Beatnuts – No Escapin This
10. J-Live – The Best Part
11. Jay-Z – Izzo
12. Gorillaz – Clint Eastwood
13. Common – Tekzilla
14. J-Zone – Live From Pimp Palace East
15. Redman – Let’s Get Dirty
16. Nas – Got Ur Self A Gun
17. Masta Ace – Don’t Understand
18. Jakki The Motamouth – The Chosen One
19. Jigmastas feat Mos Def, Talib Kweli, Pharohoe Monch, Mr. Complex, Shabaam Shadeeq – Lyrical Fluctuation (DJ Spinna Remix)
20. 13 – Slow Burnin

The year 2001 features everything from classic underground hip hop tracks; 13′s “Slow Burnin’” from the west coast, Jakki The Motamouth’s “The Chosen One” from the heartland of the US and Jigmastas with a conglomerate of who’s who from the backpacker era of the time with “Lyrical Fluctuation” (DJ Spinna Remix). It also has two of the most venomous dis tracks from the decade with Jay-Z and Nas going at each other with “Takeover” and “Ether” respectively. A surely somewhat surprising choice in “Ugly” by Bubba Sparxxx also appears. While it did get a lot of play from MTV2, which I did happen to watch a lot of since it was one of the few chann
els I could get on my TV, my reason was more personal. I’m a sucka for the timbaland beat, the chorus, and even Bubba makes me like the track. It also helps it was my soundtrack for whoppin’ fools in Madden that year. The unreleased track, “Tekzilla” from Common appeared sometime in 2001 (or maybe earlier), and it’s still one of my favorite Common tracks ever. You also have to mention the Primo produced “The Best Part” by J-Live. I probably played that song a thousand times one month.

The Best of 2002

1. The Clipse – Grindin’
2. Eminem – Lose Yourself
3. The Roots – The Seed 2.0
4. Blackalicious – Make You Feel That Way
5. J-Live – Satisfied
6. Scarface – My Block
7. Methodman & Redman – How High Pt 2
8. Slum Village – Tainted
9. Ras Kass – Kiss U (Original Version)
10. Jaz-O – It’s Ova
11. Royce Da 5’9 – Rock City
12. AZ – Once Again
13. The Roots – Rock You
14. Atmosphere – Godlovesugly
15. Mobb Deep feat Big Noyd – The Learning (Burn)
16. Knoc Turn’al feat Missy Elliot – The Knoc
17. Camron – Oh Boy
18. Krs-One feat Tonedeff – Clear ‘Em Out
19. People Under The Stairs – Acid Raindrops
20. Edan – You Suck

The year 2002 saw kind of a weaker crop of songs. Anytime I have Cam’Ron in the mix, you know I wasn’t entirely happy with it. “Oh Boy” was still an okay song that I liked a lot more then than I do now. Same goes for “The Knoc” by Knoc Turn’al. I thought Knoc was going to be the next “thing” in hip hop. Not to be I suppose. Mobb Deep had a dude for an album in 2002, but I still have a guilty pleasure for “The Burn”. The Roots come with two songs. “The Seed 2.0″ was a mainstream success. I didn’t care for it much then, but after a friend of mine would sing it constantly at work for a year straight in 2007, the song is actually one of my favorites from that album. “Rock You” was a song that grabbed my attention when I first bought the album. It would then appear on the Madden game for that year and I heard it thousands of times from then on out. Ras Kass brings “Kiss U” a song that is directed toward the Alchemist and Jadakiss, more so Alchemist after he sold the the same beat Ras used on “Home Sweet Home” to ‘Kiss for another track.

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J December 28, 2009 at 6:47 pm

EPIC! can't wait to see the rest of the decade

Anonymous December 28, 2009 at 7:41 pm

Good stuff, thanks. How bout 2003-09? Would love some opinions and downloads. Thanks

as December 28, 2009 at 9:42 pm

yeah these were great songs of their times

Travis December 29, 2009 at 12:38 am

The rest will be either on wydu or on bloggerhouse through out this week. 03-05 will be on bloggerhouse and 06-08 will be on WYDU and of course the 09 year will be on both

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