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Dart presents The Top 50 Hip Hop LP's, EP's & Mixtapes Of 2009 (Featuring The Top 200 Projects Of '09)

by Staff on December 29, 2009

This is a list of what I consider to be the Top 200 Hip Hop LP’s, EP’s & mixtapes from this year so far. Please keep in mind that in order for me to even narrow this list to 200 I had to exclude all instrumental albums with the exception of Exile’s “Radio” (as it could’ve easily been Album Of The Year) otherwise it would’ve just been ridiculous and impossible to narrow to just 200 Hip Hop albums. This is the final time I do this, after three years I’m sure you all get the point I’m trying to make by now.

Also keep in mind that I’ve heard slightly less than 700 different projects this calendar year (my gmail account was bananas). I’m sure that my Bloggerhouse brethren Eric & Travis have quite a few projects in mind that I missed. That should give you all an idea as to just how deep 2009 was with quality material that you probably never even heard of.

In the comments section feel free to gripe, bitch and/or moan about Jay-Z, Rick Ross, Wale, Fabolous, Busta Rhymes or “insert wack rapper’s name here” lackluster ass album not being in my top 200. Also feel free to add albums, EP’s & mixtapes I missed (like Pill’s). I head mad albums that are still in my rotation that missed this cut (Moka Only made so many albums I stopped him at one so his collaboration “Summer Notations”, “Carrots & Eggs” & Ron Contour’s “Hot Dog” aren’t on this list).

I’m sure I listened to WAY more Hip Hop than you this year (and I probably suffered irreparable damage because of it). All you gotta do to check every Friday of 2009 (both the reviews & Late Passes (For Doz Dat Slept) sections) on this blog for proof. Enjoy (or don’t) my final Poisonous Paragraphs list. If I missed your album on this list I sincerely apologize and it’s a hazard of compiling such a long list by yourself (Lupe Fiasco, UGK, Blitz The Ambassador all missed the cut & I loved all of those projects):

5 O’ Clock Shadowboxers- The Slow Twilight
Aarophat & Illastrate-Black Noise
Apathy-Wanna Snuggle?
Big Tone-The Art Of Ink

Blame One-Days Chasing Days

Braille & Symbolyc One-Cloudnineteen

Brother Ali-Us/The Truth Is Here EP

Che Grand-Everything’s Good Ugly

Chief-Collabo Collection

Danny!-Where Is Danny?
Diamond District-In The Ruff
Diz Gibran-Soon You’ll Understand
DJ Spinna-Sonic Smash
DOOM-Born Like This
Drake-So Far Gone
Elzhi-The Leftovers: The Unmixedtape
Fashawn-Boy Meets World
Finale-A Pipe Dream And A Promise
Freddie Gibbs-Midwestgangstaboxframecadillacmuzik
Illogic & Ill Poetic-Diabolical Fun
J Dilla- Jay Stay Paid
JR & Ph7 present The Standard
Keelay And Zaire-Ridin’ High
Kev Brown presents Random Joints
MAGr-No News Is Good News
Marco Polo & Torae-Double Barrel

Moka Only-Lowdown Suite 2: The Box

Mos Def-The Ecstatic
Obie Trice & MoSS-Special Reserve
Oddisee-Mental Liberation
Pac Div-Church League Champs
Paten Locke-Super Ramen Rocketship
Raekwon-Only Built 4 Cuban Linx 2
Rapper Big Pooh-The Delightful Bars (North American Pie & Candy Apple Version)
Reks-More Grey Hairs
Royce Da 5’9″-Street Hop

Sene & Blu Are…A Day Late & A Dollar Short

Slum Village-Villa Manifesto EP
Skyzoo-The Salvation
Strong Arm Steady & Madlib-In Search Of Stoney Jackson
Tanya Morgan-Brooklynati
Thaione Davis-Still Hear
TiRon & DJ LowKey-Ketchup
Tiye Phoenix-Half Woman Half Amazin’
yU-Before Taxes

Next 150 (Honorable Mentions):

45-The Revenge Of Soul

50 Cent-Before I Self Destruct

6 Fingers-Who Has Lots Of Fingers?

Abstract Rude-Rejuvenation

Ace & Edo (Masta Ace & Ed O.G)-Arts & Entertainment/Extra Entertainment
A Disturbing New Trend-Year Of The Carnivore
Alchemist-Chemical Warfare
Ancient Tongue-Time Tells Tales
ARES-A Red Eye Smokin’
Atmosphere-Leak At Will
Big Quarters-From The Home Of Brown Babies With White Mothers
Black Sunn-Godsound
Blaq Poet- The Blaqprint
Blue Scholars-OOF! EP
Boycott Blues-Irony
BP & Odds-The Medium
Brokn. English-The Drawing Board
Brown Bag All Stars-The Brown Tape
Buff1-It’s A 1derful Life
BK-One with Benzilla-Radio Do Canibal

Camp Lo-Stone And Rob: Caught On Tape/Another Heist

Cesar Comanche-Die In Your Lap
Classified-Self Explanatory
The Clipse-Til The Casket Drops
Common Market-The Winter’s End EP

Cook Classics-The New Classics
The Cool Kids & Don Cannon-Gone Fishing
Cormega-Born & Raised
Cradle Orchestra-Velvet Ballads
Crooked I-Mr. Pig Face Weapon Waist

Crown Nation-Slut Bag Edition

CunninLynguists-Strange Journey Volume Two

Currensy-This Is Not A Mixtape/The Jet Files
Deep Rooted-D.E.E.P.R.O.O.T.E.D.
De La Soul-Are You In?+ Nike Original Run
Def Jux All Stars-Def Jux Presents 4
Del Tha Funke Homosapien & Tame One-Parallel Uni-Verse
Dillon & Paten Locke-Studies In Hunger
DJ JS-1-Ground Original 2: No Sell Out
DJ MK presents Skandal-Hunger Pains
DJ Quik & Kurupt-BlaQkout
Donny Goines-The Breakfast Club
DOOM presents Unexpected Guests
Dumhi-Indian Summer EP
Dylan Thomas & Haz Solo-All Jokes Aside
Dynas-The Apartment
E-Flash (NBS)-Know The Ledge
Earatik Statik-The Good, The Bad & The Ugly
Earth Crew-Grassroots: From The Ground Up
Educated Consumers-Hello Big Mama
Elucid-The Sub Bass Diet
Emilio Rojas-Recession Proof/The Natural
Eternia-Get Caught Up
Fabio Musta-Passport
Fatgums x Bambu-A Peaceful Riot
Felt (Slug & Murs)-Felt 3: A Tribute To Rosie Perez
Film Skool Rejekts-Midnight Movies
Fresh Daily-The Gorgeous Killer In: Crimes Of Passion
Georgia Anne Muldrow presents Ms. One & The Gang
Ghostface Killah-Ghostdini: The Wizard Of Poetry In Emerald City
Grand Puba-RetroActive
The Grouch & Eligh-Say G&E!
Horseshoe G.A.N.G.-Gangsta MC
Ilyas-I-El: The Prelude
J. Cole-The Warm Up
J. Nolan-Resilience
J. Period & Q-Tip-The Abstract Best
J-Scrilla-Culture Of Honor
JC Poppe-Sleep Therapy
Jazz Liberatorz-Fruit Of The Past/Clin D’ Oeil
Jern Eye-Vision
J.J. Brown-Connect The Dots

Joe Budden-Padded Room/Escape Route

Kam Moye-Splitting Image
Kenn Starr-It’s Still Real
Kid Cudi-Man On The Moon: The End Of The Day

Kid Hum & Rock The Dub-Offshore Drilling
Kidz In The Hall-The Professional Leisure Tour
Krumbsnatcha-Hidden Scriptures
KRS One & Buckshot-Survival Skills
La Coka Nostra-A Brand You Can Trust
L.E.G.A.C.Y-Suicide Music
LMNO & Yann Kesz-Devilish Dandruff With Holy Shampoo
Marv Won-The Way Of The Won
MarQ Spekt X Lex Boogie-Guilty Party
Method Man & Redman-Blackout! 2
Mr. J. Medeiros & Boonie Mayfield-The Art Of Broken Glass EP/Friends Enemies Apples Apples
Mr. SOS-How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love The Bomb
Myka 9-1969
Naledge-Chicago Picasso
Nametag-Classic Cadence Vol. 2
Nico The Beast-Dinner Is Served Mixtape
Notes To Self-A Shot In The Dark
OC & AG-Oasis
People Under The Stairs-Carried Away
Poorly Drawn People-Motion, Not Emotion
Psuedo Slang-We’ll Keep Looking

Print-Comic Books: Unlimited

Quelle-Blue Mondays
Qwel & Maker-So Be It
Rashid Hadee & Pugz Atomz-Stormy
Raydar Eliis & Quite Nyce-Champs Vs. The League
Red Giants-Chain Reaction EP

Reservoir Dogs-Reservoir Dogs Mixtape
Rhymefest & Scram Jones-The Manual
Ro Spit-The Oh Shit! Project
Rob Viktum f/Donwill & Friends-A’ight New Drink
Roc C & IMAKEMADBEATS-The Transcontinental

Saigon & Statik Selektah-All In A Day’s Work

Sandpeople-Long Story Short EP

Sareem Poems-Black And Read All Over
Sean Price-Kimbo Price
Sene-Maltas & Music
Sha Stimuli-My Soul To Keep
Slakah The Beatchild-Soul Movement Vol. 1
Sleep-Hesitation Wounds
Souls Of Mischief-Montezuma’s Revenge
St. Mic-Honest Music
Statik Selektah-The Pre-Game EP
Stoupe The Enemy Of Mankind-Decalouge
Strange Fruit Project-Making Art Sound Kool
Substantial/Burns- Sacrifice
Superstar Quamallah-The Invisible Man
Tame One & Parallel Thought-Acid Tab Vocab
Termanology-Heaven Was A Mile Away/Hood Politics VI: Time Machine
Tha Connection-Love Royale
Toki Wright-A Different Mirror
U-N-I & Ro Blvd-A Love Supreme
Wale-Back To The Feature
Willie Isz-Georgiavania
Wu Tang Clan-Wu Tang Chamber Music
yU presents The Charlie Ross Project


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b hawk December 29, 2009 at 7:00 pm

love the site.. a few more that would’ve made my cut:

cyne – water for mars
k’naan – troubadour
kero one – early believers
madlib – beat konducta vol. 5-6
nicolay – shibuya: city lights vol. 2

the danny!, fashawn, and dilla releases top the year for me (though i can’t front and say i’ve heard half the list you put up here)

Dart_Adams December 31, 2009 at 2:27 pm

“Troubadour” & “Early Believers” didn’t do it for me. Vol. 5 & 6 came out in ’09? Nicolay’s LP was on my R&B Top 50 list instead.


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