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"Only 10 More Left": Eric's Top 100 Tracks Of '09 (20-11)

by Eric C. on December 31, 2009


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-yU

Hands down, the very best “free” album to drop in 2009, yU’s “Before Taxes” featured one of the most laid-back, “scrunch your nose up at the bluesy funk” tracks, “Beats & Rhymes From March 25th”.  yU handled the production on this joint as well, as he did with over half the cuts on “Before Taxes”.  While I’ve noticed that yU doesn’t necessarily stand-out as much as 1/3 of Diamond District, “Before Taxes” turned out to be one of the best solo albums of 2009.


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-14KT

Wow!!!  “Black N Gold”, Produced by Black Milk with co-production from KT himself, was a dream come true for a beat-head like myself.  Could you even fathom the possibilities if Black and KT dropped an album together, damn!!  However, on this ‘go round 14KT really caught me off-guard with his microphone abilities, I honestly didn’t know that he had it in him!  One of the finest trunk-rattlers of ’09, “Black N Gold” is one of those cuts that will just never grow old, with each passing listen, this one gets better and better.

18. “Face Of The Hood”-Thaione Davis f. Rashid Hadee

From, quite possibly the most slept-on album of the year, Thaione Davis’ “Still Hear”, “Face Of The Hood” was fueled by one of the finest productions that has ever emerged from Rashid Hadee (who produced ALL of  “Still Hear”) lengthy catalog.  Plus, how could you not like Thaione Davis?  Dude, has one of the slickest voices and deliveries in Hip-Hop right now.  If you’re still sleepin’, do yourself a favor, get yourself a late Christmas gift and cop this album yesterday!

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-Pac Div

I’ll admit, when I first heard Pac Div, which believe it or not, wasn’t until this year, I automatically grouped them amongst the hipster crowd.  You know, the Cool Kids and Kidz In The Hall(s) of the world, but Pac Div’s free LP/Mixtape “Church League Champions” proved me to be incorrect as tracks like “For You” and “Young Black Male” ruled my Ipod and car stereo since it’s release in the late summer.

16.

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-Tha Connection

I swear to God, and I mean this in the most respectful way period because I absolutely love these cats, but Tha Connection is like the Group Home (who dropped the Primo-produced classic “Livin’ Proof”) on their ’95 sh*t, but into 2010 and beyond.  Does that make any sense whatsoever? Hmm, didn’t think so, regardless, the Baker produced, Sade-sampled gem “Royale” was a beautiful listen from an album that featured some of the best production to bless Bloggerhouse this year.

15.

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-Naledge

Damn, Kidz In The Hall stays puttin’ out dope mixtapes, don’t they?  While Naledge’s Mick Boogie-assisted “Chicago Picasso” featured a handful of dope cuts, namely the Jay-Electronica-featured “Cool Relax”, it was “It Is What It Is Part 1″ that accompanied many of my workouts this past year.  Although “Chicago Picasso” was far from a true work of art, it was tracks like this that showcased Naledge’s true potential as an emcee, whereas many of the tracks from this mixtape seemed uninspired.

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-Rob Viktum f. Donwill & Elucid

Taken from Rob Viktum ‘s “Aight New Drink” (Free) EP (simple but effective cover art), “Barakaran” was fueled by one of the most bare-bones beats of the year.  Featuring venomous verses from both Donwill (1/3 of Tanya Morgan) and Elucid (Lessondary) “Barakaran” proved that simplicity is sometimes the most effective route as this track wasn’t cluttered over over-produced in the least, yet took it back to my hey-day with Elucid and Donwill goin’ back and forth a la EPMD.

13. “Prosper”-Damu The Fudgemunk f. Raw Poetic (of Panacea)

One of the things we most strive to do here at Bloggerhouse is to keep it fresh.  Seldom will you ever see the random emails and MP3s (that most sites do receive within a mass e-mail list) that have been posted on 50-75 of the so-called “top” Hip Hop sites” on the net post within a 5-10 minute time frame, posted here….unless it’s dope…period!  The least of my intent is to reiterate what one of my cohorts has already hipped you to.  Yet, on the same token, in instances that are mind-blowing as Damu & Raw Poetic’s “Prosper”, product this good deserves as much ink and praise as it can get!  When Trav designated “Prosper” as his top track for the week nearly a month ago,  it made me truly take notice to the beauty of this cut, even though, I saw that the YouTube video for “Prosper” had been floating around the blogs for a week or two prior to that.

All I can say is…damn, “Prosper” incorporated a handful of dope samples, one of which, many of you will take notice to immediately as it supplied the backing to Jay Electronica’s teaser “Dear Moleskin”.  Take it from me, you NEED to cop this track as it is included on Damu’s collective “Kilawatt:V1″, get it on Itunes..hell, it’s less than 4 bones!! Props to Damu!! One of a handful of producers out there that keep the “Golden Era” alive and well!!  The only problem that I face when enjoying “Prosper” is “would I rather listen to the instrumental version or the Raw Poetic-assisted track? As both are equally effective.

12.

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-Mos Def f. Slick Rick

Maaaan, I’ll admit, I’ve hella’ slept-on Mos Def’s “The Ecstatic” for much of the year, only recently re-visiting the LP for the occasional play here and there between listens of yU’s “Before Taxes” and Aarophat & Illa’s “Black Noise”.  However, one track that remained in rotation for much of 2009 was the Slick Rick-assisted “Auditorium”.  Boating production from Madlib (I believe the instrumental for this track appeared on one of ‘Lib’s “Beat Konducta” LPs?), Slick Rick absolutely Em’d (See Jay-Z’s “Renegade” for more) Mos on this cut, urging my desire for just one more Slick Rick LP before it’s all said and done for the legendary emcee.

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-LMNO & Yann Kesz

Aside from LMNO’s ridiculous cut with Madlib “Headlock”, I’ve never been one to keep up with dude. That is, until his recent collaborative LP, with French Producer Yann Kesz.  I’ve really taken a liking to “Devilish Dandruff With Holy Shampoo” (gotta’ be one of the front-runners for album title of the year), Kesz production is “far left” on this one, which if you’ve somewhat followed LMNO over the last few years, is a perfect match for the off-kilter delivery of the Left Coast emcee.  I gotta’ give propers to Dart for hippin’ me to the anthemic, push your limits-gem “Never Stop”.  “Never Stop” is fueled by the DMC sample, which supplies a great hook for the pulsing instrumental.

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Eric January 1, 2010 at 4:22 pm

Nice! I didn’t even know about that Damu joint. Can’t wait for the top 10.

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