BC’s Top 10 LP’s of 2006
10) (tie) Oh No – Exodus Into Unheard Rhythms/MF Grimm – American Hunger – I have a tie at #10, cop out y’all. Oh No – This dropped a bit from when it came out, but it’s still a real solid producer based LP with some great guests like, Posdnuos, Wise Intelligent, Aloe Blacc and Murs. Grimm – I just had to recognize a guy that put out a triple LP, that’s 3 full albums, and they’re all good.
9) J Dilla – The Shining – A short and sweet LP from the late, great J Dilla. The production is tight and the guests include Pharoahe Monch, Guilty Simpson, and Black Thought, among others.
8) Louis Logic and JJ Brown – Misery Loves Comedy – It took me a while to get into this album, but when I did, I ran a whole through the CD. I think there’s only 1 song on this LP that I don’t really feel that much.
7) P.O.S. – Audition – Another great album all the way through from P.O.S. He seamlessly adds those punk sensibilities of his into his albums and creates great hip-hop.
6) Outkast – Idlewild – Outkast’s worst album to date, but still a real good one. There are some great songs, but there’s too much filler for this to be higher on my list.
5) The Roots – Game Theory – The Roots bring us another dope album to be added to their significant catalog.
4) K-os – Atlantis: Hymns for Disco – I didn’t know much about this Canadian artist before this LP. I liked Sunday Morning, so I decided to check out and was immediately impressed. He goes back and forth from singing to rapping, but it works. A real solid album and he has at least one more fan because of Atlantis.
3) Exile – Dirty Science – Yet, another producer led album and one of the best LP’s of 2006. Every track on here is gold. It also features one of the great up-and-comers, Blu and some established greats like Aloe Blacc and Ghostface Killah.
2) Pigeon John – Pigeon John and the Summertime Pool Party – Man, this is just a crazy fun album from start to finish. People may know PJ as a so-called “Christian rapper”, but you don’t get any preachy religious statements (the opposite on “As We Know It” where PJ questions all the horrible acts that happen in the world), just a fun hip-hop album.
1) Lupe Fiasco – Food and Liquor – Lupe doesn’t disappoint with all the hype surrounding his debut album. The LP is straight dope.
Honorable Mention: Tha Alkaholiks – Firewater, Soul Position – Things Go Better with RJ & Al, Boot Camp Clik – The Last Stand, MF Grimm – American Hunger, Cut Chemist – The Audience’s Listening, Juggernauts – Use Your Confusion, Ghostface Killah – Fishscale, Rhymefest – Blue Collar, Murs and 9th Wonder – Murray’s Revenge, Mayday! – Mayday!
BC’s Top 40 Songs of 2006
40) Murs Iz My Manager – Mr. Lif w/ Murs – Murs is Lif’s manager on this funky track.
39) Jungle Love – J Dilla w/ Guilty Simpson and MED – The beat is raw and Guilty Simpson catches wreck.
38) Crowd Pleasa – El da Sensai – I was disappointed in the LP as a whole, but this song is nice.
37) Leon Phelps – Juggaknots – Breezily Brewin’ is The Ladies Man on this solid track.
36) Morning After Pill – Louis Logic and JJ Brown – Louis spits some more drunken tales on this well-produced song from Misery Loves Comedy.
35) Narrow Grave – Army of the Pharoahs – I just dig the beat a lot. Good song.
34) Sunshine – Lupe Fiasco – One of many great songs from Lupe in 2006.
33) Electric Heat – The Seekwill – K-os – This song starts off Atlantis on a good note.
32) Love – J Dilla w/ Pharaohe Monch – This song basically has Monch sing-rapping over a nice Dilla beat.
31) Things Go Better – Soul Position – This is a great song. The beat is tight and Blueprint discusses how him and RJD2 got together to make music, almost quitting, and persevering. The LP was dope as well.
30) Welcome to the Show – Pigeon John – A great beat and a great song.
29) I Can’t Win – PackFM – PackFM speaks about how hard it’s been for him to make it in the business and sell some damn records and gain a fan base.
28) Macro/Micro – Mayday! – I love the beat on this song and Bernbiz kicks some anti-war/corruption type verses.
27) One For The… – Pigeon John w/ Brother Ali – Here’s an interesting pairing, your “Christian rapper” paired with a Muslim. Dope song.
26) Mighty O – Outkast – Pretty much the only old-school Outkast type song on Idlewild. You have both Andre and Big Boi kicking rhymes on this great track.
25) Build Me Up – Rhymefest w/ Ol’ Dirty Bastard – ODB handles the chorus (Build Me Up Buttercup, just imagine ODB singing that) and Rhymefest talks about a possible female companion.
24) Outlive the War – Jedi Mind Tricks w/ Sean Price – Another one of those dope Stoupe tracks.
23) What’s the Altitude – Cut Chemist w/ Hymnal – One of the few tracks on Cut Chemist’s album that features a rapper.
22) De La Souls – P.O.S. – P.O.S. rhymes about his life and how he lives his life over a beat featuring deep bass (possibly a stand-up bass, maybe a cello, I ain’t a musical maestro yo).
21) Fly Paper – K-os – Here’s one of those songs that mixes K-os’s singing and rapping to great effect
. I could put quite a few more songs from this LP on this list, but I felt that some of them maybe weren’t as hip-hop as other songs I had for this list.
20) Kilo – Ghostface Killah w/ Raekwon – Ghost and Rae’s song about the drug trade that uses a sample from Sesame Street, or some other kid’s show (I think, sounds familiar).
19) Fire – Aceyalone and RJD2 – The stand out from Acey and RJD2’s solid collaboration.
18) Tradin’ Places – Boot Camp Clik – This LP was better than I expected and this song is the one that became my favorite.
17) Long Time – The Roots w/ Peedi Peedi and Bunny Sigler – Not even Peedi’s “It started in the bathroom taking a dump” lyric could stop this from being a stand out song.
16) Heaven Can Wait – MF Grimm – This beat is sick and the first time I heard it I said to myself, “BC, this beat is sick, perhaps ill even.”
15) Do the Pigeon – Pigeon John – What’s the Pigeon? Is it a dance? I don’t know, just do it.
14) Do It – Tha Alkaholiks – Speaking of doing it (what a segue), this song from the Liks is great. The lyrics are all over the place, from girls to being yourself.
13) Audition Mantra – P.O.S. – The beat for this was used in P.O.S.’s first LP and earlier in his second. I remember thinking it was a cool beat and I love that it was used in this song. It starts slowly and builds up to a satisfying end.
12) Kick, Push/Kick, Push II – Lupe Fiasco – Lupe’s great songs about skating and the lives of kids that grind.
11) Spittin’ Image – Exile w/ Aloe Blacc – 3 verses about people making mistakes with their lives, the last of which is about a young rapper choosing drugs over a promising career.
10) Rule By a Fool – Louis Logic and JJ Brown – Almost every song on Misery Loves Comedy was my favorite on the album at one point in time, but this one came out the winner with me.
9) Can’t Forget About You – Nas w/ Chrisette Michele – Nas getting deep about growing old and reminiscing about his younger days and just back in the day in general. Chrisette Michele has a soulfully unique voice that makes her stand out from other R&B singers.
8) Groundhog Day – Mayday! Feat. Cee-Lo – Mayday put out a real nice LP and this song, featuring Cee-Lo, is a tribute to the working man and the tediousness of the 9-5 work week.
7) Smile a Lil’ Bit – Oh No w/ Posdnuos - A positive song in which Pos asks you to smile a little bit and frown a little less.
6) Game Theory – The Roots – Try not to nod your head once the music really kicks in.
5) The Last Sunshine – Pigeon John w/ J-Live – One of the great songs from PJ’s LP. J-Live’s last verse just starts off amazingly and continues in that fashion.
4) Fly (Song of Liberation) – Exile w/ Blu – A mellow beat with a couple dope piano loops. Blu kicks some lyrics about life.
3) The Train – Outkast – What a great song. Big Boi reminisces about his life.
2) Daydreamin’ – Lupe Fiasco w/ Jill Scott – Lupe takes some shots at your favorite ignorant, thuggish rappers and speaks on life in the ghetto.
1) Morris Brown – Outkast – A funky marching band song featuring Big Boi handling the mic duties without Andre.
Junkies – Count Bass D
Right There – MF Grimm
Watch Out! – MF Grimm
Agony (No Jugamos) – MF Grimm
Metrorail Thru Space – Cut Chemist
Milk ‘Em – Exile w/ Ghostface and Trife
Second Chance – Oh No w/ Aloe Blacc – This isn’t technically a hip-hop track, as Aloe Blacc, who is a real nice MC, sings about getting a second chance after a car crash almost takes his life.
Be Easy – Ghostface Killah w/ Trife
You Know I’m No Good – Ghostface Killah w/ Amy Winehouse
Here I Come – The Roots w/ Dice Raw - This is the song that is basically the Jimmy Fallon theme song.
Here We Come – Boot Camp Clik
My Favorite Mutiny – The Coup w/ Black Thought and Talib Kweli
Uncommon Valor: A Vietnam Story – JedI Mind Tricks w/ R.A. the Rugged Man
Razorblade Salvation – Jedi Mind Tricks
Tear It Down – Army of the Pharaohs
Hit ‘Em – Zion I and The Grouch
Love Movin’ – J Dilla w/ Black Thought
No Gimmicks – Soul Position
Hey – Juggaknots
Caged Birdsong – Aloe Blacc
Valhalla – K-os
Captain Lou El Wino – Louis Logic and JJ Brown
The Flute Song – Tha Alkaholiks