70. “Radio Daze”-The Roots
Blu? Black Thought? Dice Raw? While the production isn’t the Roots hardest, all four of the lyrical contributions make “Radio Daze” very memorable.
69. “Inner G”-Illastrate
Just wait ’til you hear Illastrate’s “Eddie Coleman’s Friday Night Theme Music” (DROPPING TOMORROW!!). Just wait……
68. “French!” – Tyler The Creator f. Hodgy Beats
Dude is just sick…lyrically….and just….sick! Gotta’ love these kids though, even if you feel guilty as hell for listening to ‘em.
67. “Beauty Of A Day” – The Regiment (prod. by Apollo Brown)
Stop sleepin’ on the Regiment. Oh, and Apollo laced “Beauty Of A Day” with some DRUMS…DRUMS!!!!
66. “Always Behind” – Repeat Pattern & Broke
A late submission to the list, from one of the year’s finest instrumental LPs, “Love Exposure”.
65. “One Thing” – Jake One & Freeway f. Raekwon
A ton of cats slept on “The Stimulus Package”, being that it was tagged as one of the year’s first quality releases but Jake and Free just need to keep makin’ music together, please!
64. “Nowhere 2 Go”- Danny Brown
I’m still not completely sold on Danny Brown, but Crown Nation’s Denmark Vessey murdered this production.
63. “Just Be” – Boog Brown & Apollo Brown (a.k.a. Brown Study)
A nice variance for Apollo on the production tip and Boog is just as elegant as the backdrop.
62. “The Response” – IMAKEMADBEATS & MidaZ The Beast
If you’re a married man and even if you’re not, “The Response” is essential listening as IMAKEMADBEATS cooks up a thumping track for a nice, heartfelt lyrical display from MidaZ.
61. “Feel What I Feel” – Magestik Legend f. Fes Roc
Astronote on the beat, once again! I gotta’ admit if Magestik Legend’s “The Great Escape” had been released earlier in the year, it may have been a problem for some of these other “best of” 2K10 LPs.
60. “Pitching Pennies” – Qwel & Maker
You’re not just gonna’ hear a horn sample like this on record in 2010 anymore….Oh, and Qwel totally stepped up his lyrical game on “Owl”.
59. “Devil In A New Dress” (minus Rick Ross) – Kanye West
Bink! ‘Nuff Said, minus a dosage of Rick Ross please….
58. “I Get Down” – Collective Efforts
Diamond D on the beat, takin’ it back to “Stunts, Blunts & Hip Hop” with this one!
57. “The Return” – Kyo Itachi f. Finale
Don’t sleep, from on the the year’s better compilations. Doesn’t “The Return” get you amped for another Finale LP?
56. “Pep Rally” – Von Pea
A fitting close to “Pea’s Gotta’ Have It”, the barebones production of “Pep Rally” leaves you wanting more from Von Pea.
55. “Reasons”-Grey Matter
Does this beat remind anyone else of Special Ed’s “Come On, Let’s Move It”?
54. “May Get Murdered”-Dumhi f. Reef The Lost Cauze & Oxygeen
Who else would have been a better selection for a track named “May Get Murdered” than Reef? That’s what I thought…
53. “Frozen” – The Left f. Kool G Rap
“Impeach The President” never sounded so raw, and G Rap? C’mon kiddo!
52. “Welcome (Gotta’ Go)” – Black Milk
I know I may get stones thrown at me for my “Deadly Medley” commission, but truth be told, it was one of my least favorite productions from “Album Of The Year”.
51. “Scheming” – Slum Village f. Phife, De La Soul & J Dilla)
Slum’s final LP was a huge disappointment for me (read: more Elzhi), “Scheming” took it back to the days of old with an unexpected line-up.
50. “Time Travels On” – Celph Titled & Buckwild f. Dutchmassive & Majik Most
The final and most poignant track from the instant classic, “Nineteen Ninety Now”.
49. “In Tha Park” – Ghostface Killah f. Black Thought
Black Thought and Ghost? Who would’ve thought? However, you cats callin’ “Apollo Kids” a classic on are on crack. Ghost has at least three LPs that are better!
48. “New Heights”-Guilty Simpson & Madlib
Soooo, was “O.J. Simpson” more Madlib than Guilty Simpson? Or vice versa? Nevertheless, one of the better LPs of the year.
47. “Balance” – John Robinson & Kenn Starr (prod. by Apollo Brown)
Another banger from “The Reset”, nice spacey feel on the production which suits John Robinson just fine.
46. “Revenge” – Little Brother f. Median & Truck North
Little Brother’s “Final Call”, “Left Back” was forgettable, this Median & Truck North-assisted heater was not.
45. “Freestylin”- MidaZ The Beast
The 2010 Kool G Rap in his finest hour, atop a Mudd (Jazz Addixx) uncovered gem.
44. “Inspiration”-Epsilon Project (prod. by Kev Brown)
Don’t sleep on Epsilon Project’s “Audacity” EP, or Kev Brown’s production masterpiece with the appropriately titled “Inspiration”.
43. “Scarface Ni*ga”-Roc Marciano
“Marcberg”…RELOADED. Like it needed to be, both of the “Reloaded” tracks make the cut. R-A-W
42. “They Still Don’t Love Me” – Seez Mics (of Educated Consumers)
If you don’t know the Educated Consumers, you’re slumberin’. Seez Mic laced a flavorful outing as Broken Clock. “They Still Don’t Love Me” took it back to the days when 100BPMs where commonplace in Hip Hop.
41. “All Bad” – GANGRENE (Oh No & Alchemist)
The jury is still out on “Gutter Water”. I mean, two overrated producers and average lyricists for a whole LP? Yet, “All Bad” was just the opposite, I could have dealt with a whole LP with more of this for certain..
40. “Bloggerhouse Intro”-IMAKEMADBEATS f. MidaZ, TzariZM & Vis Major
Even without the “Bloggerhouse” stamp, TzariZM, Vis Major and MidaZ deliverd three of the most flavorful verses you’ll hear in 2010. By the way, IMAKEMADBEATS on the production = guaranteed banger.
39. “Birds Of A Feather”-Dres f. the Native Toungues
The Native Tongues where “temporarily” re-instated. Nice flip of Fionna Apple
38. “Suicide Note Reborn”-Ill Poetic
Simply put,one of the most elegant instrumentals you’ll hear in your lifetime. The final two minutes of “Suicide Note Reborn” are INSANELY good!! This cut is on a whole ‘notha level of instrumentation.
37. “The Letter”-Phil Ade
Once you get past the mandatory Don Cannon banter, “The Letter” transforms into one the more traditional, throwback “hip hop” cuts of the year. Too bad I can’t say the same for the majority of Ade’s mixtape. The hook on this jawn is very Preem.
36. “Celestial Sunshine”-Tiff The Gift
Digi Crates wins again!! Tiff The Gift quietly dropped one of the most complete, surprising LPs of the year with “Cool, Calm, Chill”.
35. “The Day”- The Roots f. Blu & Phonte
Blu, Black Thought and ‘Te yet again. These cats spit life lessons on this jawn!
34. “Understanding”- Boog Brown & Apollo Brown (a.k.a. Brown Study)
The finale of the “Brown Study” LP turned out to be Boog’s defining moment on record. Yes Boog, we understand you! One of the flyest emcees in Hip Hop, period!
33. “Detroit Summer” – Invincible & Waajeed
Whew, I almost forgot about this one! Invincible and Wajeed are good like cookies and milk and “Detroit Summer” as well as it’s accompanying B-Side “Emergence” where/are no different.
32. “New Pair” – Von Pea
The best flip on “Summer Madness” since Will and Jeff did it. Plus, you gotta’ love a track that pays homage to sneakerheads like myself.
31. “Never Had Enough”-SmooVth
I gotta’ admit, I prefer Hus (the other half of Tha Connection) over SmooVth lyrically, but somehow dude always churns out heat and has a keen ear for overseas production talent.
30. “When The Wise Men Fall”- B. Lewis
Hip Hop? Not necessarily, yet B. Lewis’ “When The Wise Men Fall” has been my theme music ever since Dart introduced me to it via #SCRUNCHFACE.
29. “The Way That I Rhyme” – J-Live f. Boog Brown
J-Live and a classic Rob Base & EZ Rock vocal slice make “The Way That I Rhyme” a classic. Boog Brown is just icing on the cake. C’mon J, let’s get a full LP already!
28. “Langston’s Pen”-Skyzoo & Illmind
You either loved or hated “Live From The Tapedeck”. Fortunatley, I loved it, namely “The Winner’s Circle” and the introspective “Langston’s Pen”.
27. “Bless The Child” (K-Murdock Remix) – Jazz Addixx
Mudd’s oft-monotone flow, recounts some of life’s lessons. From giving up the “loosies” to “putting down the brew”, Mudd runs down the maturation process of becoming a responsible human being and offering all praises to God. The lyrical content found on “Bless The Child” is perfectly suited for K-Murdock’s one of a kind production techniques. While the track is dope throughout, Murdock catapults the sound-scape with a thumping bassline that takes “Bless The Child” to an all too soon ending.
26. “Miss Stress” – SciFi Stu f. Tha Connection
Stu, my man, why isn’t this on the new LP? Oh, and be sure to cop Stu’s new LP “From The Heaviest Heart To The Coldest Soul”.
25.”Don’t Do It” – Damu The Fudgemunk & Insight (Y Society)
C’mon now, you already know the deal. When’s the last time you heard some wackness from Damu & Insight a.k.a. Y Society. The lead single from Damu’s “Supply For Demand” turned out to be a goodie.
24. “Return Of The Renaissance”- Hell Razah & R.A. The Rugged Man
R.A. & Hell Razah link up to create havoc over another 100BPM+, take it back to ’91 track. Nature Sounds scored a winner with this one!
23. “Problem Child” – Constant Deviants
Constant Deviants – Concrete Utopia, Google it, you won’t be dissapointed. CLASSIC ’96 ‘ish for 2010!
22. “Desperation”-The Left
Apollo held out on this one, as it was a late addition to “Gas Mask”. Thank goodness it made the cut though! Detroit hip-hop at it’s finest!
21. “Kill”-Earl Sweatshirt
The 1998 Eminem murks ‘ish over a rolling bassline that rattles your ribcage. C’mon, dude is only 16!?
20. “The Graveyard”-KNO f. Sheisty Khrist
Kno’s “Death Is Silent” was an enigma. At first, I didn’t really care for the LP, but I keep coming back for the album’s title cut, “When I Was Young” and “The Graveyard”. Turns out, the LP has quickly become one of my favorites of the year.
19. “Dream Big” – Blueprint
Blueprint and The Who? I swear, dude is criminally slept-on and incredibly original, can’t wait to hear a full LP from ‘Print in 2011.
18. “Closed Chapter”-Black Milk f. Mr. Porter
“Closed Chapter” closed an album that nearly honed up to it’s title. Milk’s production grows on you like a fungus and gets better with each passing listen.
17. “Fuchsia”-NEZbeat (of Archetype)
If you follow Trav or I, you’ll remember NEZbeat from his days as 1/2 of Archetype. The last minute of “Fuchsia” makes it worth the price of admission alone. Why can’t more cats end their tracks on a high note such as this?
16. “Black Rose”-Has Lo
Storytelling at it’s finest. Watch out for one of hip hop’s biggest “double threats” in 2011, remember where you heard it first.
15. “Snow” (Remix)-Roc Marciano f. Sean Price
Really? P and Roc Marc? “Snow” was already dope as it was, but this jawn? WOW!
14. “Prosperity”-Sinitus Tempo & Obii Say
One of my favorite samples of the year fueled “Prosperity”, the perfect soundscape for Obii Say’s laid-back delivery. Taken from one of the year’s best free LPs, “1965: The Vinyl Proxy”.
13. “Let You Go” – IMAKEMADBEATS f. Kinetic 9, MidaZ The Beast, Frukwan, Kinetic 9 & J. Freedome)
Good Lawd! This jawn is just haaaard!!!! Doxside + Gravediggaz + Killarmy = INSANITY!
12. “Let ‘Em Know” – Bun B & DJ Premier
Imagine a whole album from Preem and Bun B?
11. “There Will Be Blood” – Celph Titled & Buckwild f. D.I.T.C.
Can you believe it? Puba, Sadat X, O.C. & A.G. all sound completely rejuvenated on the posse cut of the year.
10. “Doin It Again” – The Roots
Black Thought and Black Thought only, remember those days?
9. “Get In Where You Fit In”-The Left
What a way to close out a classic (“Gas Mask”). Hell, I’m addicted to anything with an M.O.P. vocal sample. Journ’s ode to Proof on this one takes the cake though.
8. “Dark Fantasy” – Kanye West (prod. by RZA & No I.D.)
All the ‘Ye hate aside, “Dark Fantasy” was undeniable. RZA & No I.D.? Hell, even ‘Ye delivers one of his most memorable “quotable” performances.
7. “El Camino”-Qwel & Maker
Two dope tracks for the price of one, just listen….
6. “Million Miles Away”-Magestik Legend
14KT killed this production and M.L. laced “Million Miles Away” with his most personal performance on “The Great Escape”. This track just gives me goosebumps with each listen.
5. “Miss Those Days”-Celph Titled & Buckwild
Love the sample, took me back to the Beatminerz’ remix of D’Angelo’s “Brown Sugar” and if you’re a Golden Era child, “Miss Those Days” brings a Kool-Aid smile to your face.
4. “Brainwash” (Remix) – yU f. Finale & Grap Luva (prod. by Apollo Brown)
yU’s “Before Taxes” dropped in ’09, I loved the LP..however, Apollo Brown’s remix of the album’s finale “Brainwash” was the best production not on yU’s opus. This production is just ridiculous!
3. “Impressions” – Alex B
I know some of you may be wondering why an instrumental track is this high, or if it’s even deemed “hip-hop”. However, put this ‘ish in the system of your choice and prepared to be blown away!
2. “Got The Fever”-Meyhem Lauren
Simply put, “The Fever” = “Wrong Side Of Da Tracks” 2010
1. “Opening Statement”-LMNO & Astronote
Astronote is one of my favorite producers, although, I’ve never been LMNO’s biggest fan. “Opening Statement” was my “Rocky” music for 2010. Not only did I bump this track more than any other this year, but “Opening Statement” still has yet to grow tiresome. I know LMNO is an acquired taste, especially with his delivery, but dude just rode this cinematic production masterfully.