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Bloggerhouse & WYDU Present the Decade In Review: Trav’s Favorite Albums of 2006-2008

by Travis on January 6, 2010

As we come close to wrapping up the decade end list and to get warmed for the year end lists we have lined up, we’ll be checking out the albums that dropped for 06-08, straight from the Wake Your Daughter Up archives. We’ll see what I was (and wasn’t) thinking as we go back through history of our last three year end issues.

Catch all the Decade Review posts here:
Tracks 2000-2002
Tracks 2003-2005
Tracks 2006-2008
Coming This Week…..

Albums 2000-2002
Albums 2002-2005

The Best of 2006

Part One:
Part Two:

10. Ghostface – More Fish

Not one, but two albums from Ghost this year. When I heard about this, I was very hesitant. How was he going to come with two good albums. How would he have the matrial to put out two good albums? At first I thought it was a bonafied mixtape, but when I sat down and listened to it, I was very suprised. I’m not saying this is better in quality than Fishscales, but I enjoyed this release more than the first one. “You Know I’m No Good” is one of those songs I played over and over when I first heard it.

9. Asamov (The AB’s) – And Now…..

Yeah, I know this dropped in 05′, but it’s my list so I’ll post what albums I please. I didn’t pick this up until the spring after hearing “The Lawn” rant about this. The music is right up my alley. It’s kind of laxed, but still encompasses all the raw aspects of Hip Hop.

8. Lone Catalyst – Good Music

This was a group in the past that I always heard getting a lot of praise, but I couldn’t really get with their music. This album changed that for me. This album was in the Top 5 for most of the year for me. There is some great music on here, “One’s We Miss” is a great song.

7. Boss Hog Barbarians – Every Hog Has It’s Day

Remember me saying I enjoy the more “grown” music these days? This is the exception. Pure ignorance and bliss in all it’s glory. If you read this blog much, you know J-Zone is one of my personal favorites and Celph Titled adds a nice touch and some funk and 808 making this a fun album to pick up some booty to.

6. Jay Dee – Donuts

I remember hearing this before it’s official release, before Jay’s death and not really liking it much. I’m not much on instrumentals, unless I just want something to fall asleep to. I gave it a few more listens and before I knew it, I had beats stuck in my head, leading me to play this more and more, even if it wasn’t until August that I really had it in major rotation. There is some INCREDIBLE stuff on this.

5. Tanay Morgan – Moonlighting

Another group I was introduced to through “The Lawn”. I was already familiar with Von Pea then after hearing a pre-release mixtape, I was fairly amped for the release. The actual album made more of an impact than I could ever imagine though. Coupled with a great sense of humor in their lyrics and some jazzy smooth beats, this album was just an enjoyable listening experience all the way around.

4. Exile – Dirty Science

Took a listen to this based on Polarity’s advice. We don’t always have the same tastes, but he was right about this one. Exile is one half of the group Emanon, who had an top 5 album for me last year and is somewhat of an up & coming producer (see “Pearly Gates” on the last Mobb Deep album). This is a producer album with many different artists like Slum Village (a track that had been floating around for sometime, but still pretty dope), Aloe Blacc and even Ghostface.

3. Oh No – Exodus In Unheard Rhythms

Yet, another producer based album, but one of the more original albums I’ve heard in sometime. The beats are based on the music of Galt McDermont, which adds cohesiveness that many DJ/Producer albums lack. Great songs from Pos of De La, Buckshot & Wise Intelligent.

2. J Dilla – The Shining

Why this isn’t getting more attention than it is is kind of odd to me. This is Dilla’s swan song, and while it might not have been finished by Dilla himself, this is still some great music. I played the shit out of this LP with the first half of it being as good as any album that’s been released since 2000.

1. Cunninlynguists – A Piece of Strange

It’s becoming more and more rare for me, but every so often an album comes along that I won’t put down for a week straight. It will be all I listen to. Since 2000, only a handful of albums would fall into that category of “Classic” in my book (Masta Ace – Long Hot Summer & Disposable Arts, Binary Star – Masters Of The Universe, Little Brother – The Listening, Foreign Exchange – Connected) and this one would fall into that list as well. I can’t even begin to start bragging about this album. The concept, the music, the audio imagery it presents, it’s all just a masterful piece of work that shouldn’t be overlooked. Hell, even the cover art is dope as fuck.

Well now, as we look back at this list, obviously there are a couple head scratchers. As much as I like the Dilla’s “The Shining” to this day, it’s obvious that “Donuts” should be ahead of it, both in my opinion and a “consensus” list. In fact, if we look at the overall quality of the year, “Donuts” should probably be the album of the year, although it’s difficult for me to not have “A Piece of Strange” as my favorite for that year.

And yes, where is “Game Theory”? The Roots album was one of those that I didn’t truly appreciate until after the year was over. It’s easily a top five release as well.

Top 10 of 2006 (General View)
1. J Dilla – Donuts
2. The Roots – Game Theory
3. Lupe Fiasco – Food & Liquor
4. Nas – Hip Hop Is Dead
5. J Dilla – The Shining
6. Ghostface – Fishscale
7. Cunninlynguists – A Piece of Strange
8. Ghostface – More Fish
9. Tanya Morgan – Moonlighting
10. Oh No – Exodus In Unheard Rhythms

Trav’s Updated 2006 Top 10
1. Cunninlynguists – A Piece of Strange
2. J Dilla – Donuts
3. Juggaknots – Use Your Confusion
4. J Dilla – The Shining
5. Oh No – Exodus In Unheard Rhythms
6. Exile – Dirty Science
7. Boss Hog Barbarian – Every Hog Has It’s Day
8. Tanya Moran – Moonlighting
9. The Roots – Game Theory
10. Louis Logic & JJ Brown – Misery Loves Company
(tie) Ghostface – More Fish

The Best of 2007

The year 2007 wasn’t all that long ago, but I’d go out on a limb and say that ’07 was in the running with ’00 and ’03 for the best year of the decade for hip hop. My man Eric and were totally going back and forth supplying each other with “must hear albums”. And a lot of them were just that, MUST HEAR.

I’m not going to change anything on this one. For one, I got so wrapped up in the music I was finding on music, I didn’t care or follow what anyone else was listening to, except the few people and blogs that had the same tastes as I did. Their are a few “surprises” in here, such as the Archetype album, “Bleed For Them”. An album that I still play on a weekly basis. Same with The Smile Rays “Party Place”, which if you’ve been reading WYDU very long, will know consists of Batsauce, Daisey and my man Paten Locke. If anything, “Party Place” has moved up in my favorites.

My top 40 list appeared as an end blurb to our WYDU Awards that year, so nothing written, but here it is…..

Original Post:

The Best of 2007
(as it appeared in Jan 2008, and pretty much as it would be today…)

10. Joell Ortiz – The Brick Bodega Chronicles
9. Evidence – The Weather Report
8. Aesop Rock - None Shall Pass
7. The Smile Rays – Party Place
6. Kanye West – Graduation
5. El-P – I’ll Sleep When Your Dead
4. Blue Scholars – Bayani
3. Archetype – Bleed For Them

2. Cunninlynguists - Dirty Acres
1. Blu & Exile – Below The Heavens

The Best of 2008

The year 2008 took a step down from my potential favorite year, 2007, but it still wasn’t a bad year by any stretch of the means. The only thing that is really missing in here that I would have today would be Black Milk’s “Tronic” album. Other than that, it’s more of my more personal tastes popping up. Has-Lo, Kooley High, and Chief Chinchilla are show up that are probably not the norms. I might switch up the order a bit today, but it’s still pretty much these albums that I jam today.

10. Kooley High – The Summer Session EP

9. Shawn Jackson – First Of All……

8. J-Zone & Chief Chinchilla – Live At The Liqua Store

7. eMC – The Show

6. Elzhi – The Preface

5. Has-Lo – Fuck Has Day

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4. Grip Grand – Brokelore

3. Dagha – The Divorce

2. Nicolay & Kay – Time:Line

1. Atmosphere – When Life Gives You Lemons, Paint That Shit Gold

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Dom Corleone January 6, 2010 at 4:29 pm

Dope lists, Trav. It's cool you dug into the archives to show us your gut instinct each year.

I need to revisit some of these albums that I forgot about, i.e. Dirty Science and that Grip Grand.

Can't wait to see what you come up with for this year, peaaaace!


The Unknown January 7, 2010 at 4:29 am

Co-sign on your initial DONUTS reaction. When I first picked it up, I was actually upset! I was like, "What in the f**k is this garbage!" But I kept on listening to it, and then the brilliance just hit me. As a whole, DONUTS is a damn masterpiece.

Travis January 7, 2010 at 6:18 am

Yeah, it wasn't really until 07 that it hit me as being as great as it is.

I had to update my personal list, since I forgot the Juggaknots' album, "Use Your Confusion", that was another album that I didn't get into until 2007 (it came out in Oct of 06 and I didn't hear it until Jan of 07). I LOVED that album.

BC January 7, 2010 at 6:42 am

Nice lists! I have '08 to go before getting to '09, but I think I might have Lemons at #1 too, just thinking offhand. Nice to see someone else high on El-P's I'll Sleep When You're Dead!

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