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Wednesday, December 19, 2007

The 2007 Annual Not A Blogger End Of Year Hate-off Spectacular - Part II: Hip Hop That Doesn't Suck (Sort Of...)

Welcome to Part Deux Of Not A Blogger's three part year end wrap up. In this installment, we look at the best music that 2007 had to offer or more accurately the music that only sucked slightly less. All kidding aside, as I was writing this piece I found there was a lot more records that I liked than I actually remember so I expanded this piece out to include 25 of my favorite songs and 20 of my favorite albums. I mean clearly the best I can I say about 2007 that it certainly wasn't 2006 or (god forbid) 2005, in terms of the relative quality of the music that came out. Perhaps, I'm just getting soft in my old age. Warning though, everything in this list is 100% true and accurate and should be accepted as canon in terms of the correct ranking. After all, I am a doctor.

Top 25 Hip Hop Songs Of The Year

25. 8 Ball & Devius - Jus Ridin’

If “Jus Ridin’” was the type of Southern Music that got promoted on the radio and all over BET than I wouldn’t be such a hater towards it. This songs sounds like a more Southern version of the opening track to Common’s “Be” with its wailing guitar and 808 drums. This is the type of song that Pimp C made famous and if songs like this that are influenced by his legacy are still being made than perhaps all is not lost.

24. Nas - Where Are They Now (West Coast Remix)

Outside of the requisite controversy courting album title, Nas had a quiet musical year. The most noise musically he made all year was the “Where Are They Now” remixes that he released in early January featuring every single forgotten rapper in the history of existence ever. The West Coast Remix was my favorite and the strongest of the bunch so its get the nod. Sir Mix-A-Lot kind of kills it on this. My only complaint...No Skee-Lo.

23. The Game - My Bitch

This Doctor’s Advocate outtake features a pretty sinister post-2001 Dre synths and its one of the more hilarious of Game’s 50 Cent disses. Its also kind of notable for the fact that Game pretty much outright attacks Jay-Z on the track after year’s of denying he has any beef with Jigga. I kind of wish this was on Doctor’s Advocate.

22. David Banner - Bitch Ass N*gga

I’m quite sure how this song didn’t gain more notoriety within the blog community than it did. Banner samples Colonel Stinkmeaner from the TV Show “The Boondocks” for the hilariously over the top offensive and extremely catchy hook. Lyrically, Banner is full of fire and bluster as he spits pretty hungrily defends T.I.’s and Michael Vick’s recent legal troubles.

21. Young Buck - Driving Down The Freeway

Buck The World was a G-Unified paint by the numbers mess and served as further proof that the G-Unit era is dead but Young Buck proves once again that he’s better than the rest of the clowns on that label as he makes a pretty dope track featuring 2Pac’s old weed carriers, the Outlawz. “Driving Down The Freeway” is a slow, sad rolling piano driven track produced by Hi-Tek that reminds me of a warm, spring day. If this is the type of music that Buck is gonna make outside the influence of 50 Cent then somebody for the love of God needs to get Buck as far away from Curtis as possible.

20. Nas/Kanye West/Rakim/KRS-One - Classic (Nike Remix)

Over a classic Primo track, three legends and a legend-in-the making put on a lyrical clinic. Honestly, what more can you want. Rakim, once again, proves that he’s the best rapper alive when he still wants to be (outside of Lil Wayne, of course...) and his verse is just wicked on this.

19. Bone Thugs-N-Harmony Feat. Akon - I Tried

I don’t hate Akon’s voice as much as some people do. He wouldn’t be nearly as annoying as he is if he wasn’t on every song on the radio this year. Like literally every one except the ones featuring wack ass T-Pain. However, I like the fact although he can’t really sing, he really can project emotion through his voice. “I Tried” featuring Cleveland’s own (Holla!) Bone Thugs-N-Harmony to me was really a beautiful, unexpected song and I really am a sucker for “The Ubiquitous I’m Sorry I Sold Crack” songs. I really wished Bizzy Bone would’ve blessed this song instead of being high on crack or something or whatever he’s doing these days, though.

18. Wyclef Jean Ft. Akon, Lil’ Wayne & Raekwon - Sweetest Girl (Dollar Bill) Remix

One of the weirdest unspoken trends that went on this year is the sheer amount of songs that ripped off the hook to “C.R.E.A.M” that invaded the radio, most of them were ass awful terrible but Wyclef’s remix to “Sweetest Girl” really works. Now usually these days if I see the words “Wyclef Jean” on a song, I know to immediately fast forward because its usually gonna be some reggae-ed up abortion (and I fucking hate reggae) and the original version of this song is pretty awful but if you throw Raekwon and that classic Charmells flip on it and you’ll make me happy.

17. DJ Khaled Feat. Akon, T.I., Fat Joe, Rick Ross, Baby & Lil’ Wayne - We Takin’ Over

Hey, look it’s Akon, again! Let me get this one thing straight, I hate (hate, hate, hate, HAAAAATE) DJ Khaled. His miraculously more awful than even Jazze “The Worst Producer Ever” Pha style introductions manage to ruin nearly even the most quality track. His fat awkward ass had to go and just ruin everything on “We The Best.” However despite all that “We Takin’ Over” is still pretty great, anyway. Perhaps because DJ Khaled’s presence is almost non-existent on this song. Jesus Christ, I hate that man.

16. Raekwon - My Corner

If and when Dr. Dre decides to get off the steroids and release another album it better be “Only Built 4 Cuban Linx II” because judging by this awesome, epic gem, Raekwon has still got it. Dusty soul samples, moaning horns, disembodied vocal samples and Raekwon reminiscing about his life and career. This song sounds like it could be the opening track to a real monster of an album.

15. Kanye West Feat. Lil’ Wayne - Barry Bonds

Ignore the fact that Lil’ Wayne throws snake eyes on this track with his needless to say “underwhelming” verse, “Barry Bonds” is still a monster track. Nottz’ fuzzed up organs and dusty “punch you in the face” drums provide the perfect atmosphere for a banger and Kanye really comes correct with his verse. Konichiwa, bitches!

14. T.I. Feat. Busta Rhymes & Alfamega - Hurt

T.I. vs. T.I.P. was an unfocused mess with a completely superfluous tacked on gimmick (and nowhere near as good as King) but there were a couple of great songs that managed to trickle through cracks on the T.I.P. side. “Hurt” is the type of track that T.I. best excels at, the fast uptempo hardcore bangers that work best when Tip is using his mile-a-minute bullet flow. The video is pretty great, too.

13. Common - The People

It’s completely unfair to criticize artists like Common for making somewhat shallow, platitude infused “I’m Doing It For The Struggle” type boom bap joints and then turn around and breathlessly suck off Mims for making shallow, pointless club bangers because you like the production. Well, I love the production on this song and Common still is a good rapper so I played this a lot over the summer. Finding Forever was a mess but “The People” wasn’t.

12. Saigon Ft. Swizz Beatz - C’mon Baby

Dear Saigon,

If “The Greatest Story Never Told” is full of these Just Blaze laced heaters than please for the love of God, don’t retire!!! The game needs you, man. Stop being a bitch.

Hip Hop

11. Wu-Tang Clan - The Heart Gently Weeps

I love the album version even more than the Loud.com released version I reviewed back in October but this record continues to sneak up and grow on me. When RZA’s musical forays into guitars and live instrumentation work, they really work and Ghost, Rae, and Meth all kick vivid stories. 8 Diagrams is kind of disappointing but Rae and Ghost are crazy if he thinks that this song is wack.

10. Kanye West - Can’t Tell Me Nothing

For all Kanye’s critical nut slobbing that he received this year (and I was one of those who was....uh, let’s not finish that thought) for Graduation, its kind of interesting that the two best songs on the album (in my very un-humble opinion), “Barry Bonds” and “Can’t Tell Me Nothing” were not produced by Kanye. I couldn’t decide if I liked “Stronger” or this song better but I decided ultimately liked this one better because I thought it had a more epic and larger scope than the chaotic, post apocalypse funk of “Stronger.” Eh, sue me.

9. Jay-Z - Fallin’

And the winner of the best “Ubiquitous I’m Sorry I Sold Crack” song of the year goes to...Jay-Z for “Fallin’.” Although, I ended up highly praising the album after hating it on the first listen, “Fallin” was the one song on the initial listen that I really, really loved. The vocal sample that Jay-Z uses sets the song perfect for Jay’s thoughts on the emotional toll and consequences of selling crack that serve to connect the album together with the Ridley Scott homage that he wanted the album to be out.

8. Lupe Fiasco - Paris, Toyko

Lupe Fiasco is lying through his teeth if he says he listened to 8 Ball & MJG growing up and not A Tribe Called Quest because this sure sounds like an outtake from Midnight Marauders. This record has all of the jazzy cool of Q-Tip packed into one breezy fun song. The best song on The Cool for sure.

7. Little Brother Feat. Carlitta Durand - After The Party

On every one of Little Brother’s album, there is one or two songs on the album that could be huge crossover hits but for some reason the group or the label decides to go with some other weaker song for the single. For Getback, it was Khyrisis produced “After The Party.” How this song didn’t get a video or single is beyond me? Phonte if you are reading this, I’ll gladly direct a video if you want for free. Holler at me.

6. 50 Cent - I Get Money

Curtis was an atrociously bad album but “I Get Money” is my shit. I will freely admit that I lose my shit when this song comes on the radio and I’m alone in my the car. 50 Cent is hip hop’s greatest villain and their is something truly sinister in this song as 50 Cent is able to channel his absolute priceless asshole swagger that if you were braver man that I am would make you want to punch him in his face but it makes this song transcend the fact that its an absolute obvious bite of Cassidy’s “I’m A Hustla.” The “Quarter Water” line is the absolute pinnacle of brag rap. See Curtis, you can still be a good rapper when you aren’t focused on re-making “Magic Stick” for the 80th time.

5. Ghostface Killah Ft. Method Man & Raekwon - Yolanda’s House

Trap rappers from the South, G-Unit, the asshats in Dipset and various clowns in the New York mix tape rap scene, please take note, this is how you do crime rap. Method Man sounds amazing on this record and he sounds more focused than he has literally since Tical. I love this song too much for words.

4. Jay-Z Ft. Beanie Sigel - Ignorant Shit (Album Version)

This would be the best song of the year if not for the fact that it hadn’t already been released two years prior to it’s “official” release and for the fact that Jay-Z almost ruined it by allowing Beanie Sigel to rap on it and because he tacked on atrociously off-beat final verse. It’s #4, anyway simply because this song is just stunning. Who else but Jigga would release a song where the hook was “N****, fuck, shit, ass, bitch, trick plus ice” and make the song sound pop.

3. Devin The Dude Ft. Snoop Dogg & Andre 3000 - What A Job

I’m really glad that Devin the Dude got this year’s annual “Cameron Giles Memorial” requisite hipster nut hugging instead of say like Plies or somebody. Devin makes such a warm and likable music that really is unappreciated. “What A Job” is a song about something somewhat profoundly uncool as loving what you do. In a time where rappers are desperate to be seen as anything but being actual rappers, Devin makes a song about his love for being a rapper. Andre 3000 continues his campaign to prove that he actually can still rap and The Corpse Formerly Known As Snoop Doggy Dogg manages to rip it up too. Great song.

2. Young Buck - Get Buck

Rarely, I agree with Tom Breihan but this song is just an absolute monster. If club raps were more like this, menacing and evil, than perhaps I would go to “da club” much more often than I do. (As is, I generally try to stay away from places where T-Pain’s voice can be heard prominently. I don’t like my ears being aurally raped by T-Pain’s “big meat” in vocoder form.) “Get Buck” just plain bangs and Buck delivers a song that is full of passion and completely defiant. He really, really, really is the best rapper on G-Unit by a wiiiiiiide margin. Not like that's saying much but it's something.

1. UGK Feat. Outkast - International Player’s Anthem

R.I.P. Chad Butler. Such a tragedy. This song is just too good to really give it justice. The only song is this entire list that could honestly break into the 100 Greatest Rap Songs Of All-Time and not feel out of place. Andre 3000 spits the verse of his life, Bun B and Big Boi just black out on the track and Pimp C is just memorable, hilarious and charismatic on this track. Sweet Jones!

Top 20 Best Hip Hop Albums Of 2007

20. Common - Finding Forever: The Fourth Time I Listened To It

Wait? What? Didn’t you say that “Finding Forever “ was the fourth worst album of the year? Yeah, I did. So how the hell can it be the twentieth best rap album of the year? Are you seriously saying that Crunchy Black’s album is better than this? Of course, not. Well what? Make no mistake, “Finding Forever” is a stll gigantic, pretentious mess that is in no way better than it’s predecessor,“Be”, and anybody who tells you that is either lying to you, putting you on or is a Rich Boy fan but “Finding Forever” is one the rare albums that sucks that manages to stop sucking and start becoming better and better the more you listen to it. So by the fourth time I listened to it, I actually liked this record enough to place it on my list. Barely...I’m not forgetting the fact that I wanted to kick my speakers in the first time I listened to it. It’s not better than Be, though. That’s just some bullshit.

Songs That Should Be On Your iPod: “The People”, “Southside”, “The Game” and (inexplicably) “I Want You”

19. Sean Price - Jesus Price Supastar

Much like Ghostface inexplicably going from Wu-Tang second-stringer to by far the biggest star of the group, Sean Price’s rise from Boot Camp Clik also-ran to the group’s most recognizable name has been pretty inspiring. Sean Price doesn’t do anything that’s particulary ground breaking on this record. It’s pretty much your standard collection of “Knock Your Teeth Out Mosh Out” anthems over post-9th Wonder Boom-Bap beats but Price is able to sell it with his delivery and wit.

Songs That Should Be On Your iPod: “P-Body”, “Stop”, “Violent”, “Da God”

18. Chamillionaire - Ultimate Victory

Chamillionaire is one slept-on rapper. He’s too mainstream to gain the true respect for the hip hop heads, too Southern to gain respect of the East Coast, and too smart to be understood by people from the South (I kid, I kid.). All of this goes to explain why “Ultimate Victory” went plastic wood grain this year despite the fact that it’s a better record than multi-platinum sensation,The Sound Of Revenge. That and the fact that “Hip Hop Police” was no “Ridin’ .” Although, not many records are.

Songs That Should Be On Your iPod: “The Morning News”, “Hip Hop Police”, “Standing Ovation”, “Industry Group”

17. T.I. - T.I. vs. T.I.P.

“T.I. vs. T.I.P.” is half of a great record (Hint: The half of record by the version of Clifford that got his dumb ass locked up for attempting to buy Saddam’s missing WMDs) that is as good as anything on last year’s suprisingly great, King. It’s too bad that T.I.P. didn’t have T.I. snuffed and dropped in the back of the ocean for allowing him to release anything as nauseating as “My Swag.” Still Tip continues to prove why he’s better than Lil’ Wayne when he makes songs like “Hurt” and is the best young rapper from the South.

Songs That Should Be On Your iPod: “Hurt”, “You Know What It Is”, “ “Watch What You Say To Me”, “Help Is Coming”

16. Black Milk - Popular Demand

Since J-Dilla’s tragic death last year, there has been a surprising number of great young Midwestern rappers and producers that have been coming up in the indie rap scene that have been channeling his spirit and making some great music in his tradition. Detroit’s rapper/producer Black Milk crafted such a warm and lovely debut with Popular Demand, a record full of the sweeping disembodied vocal samples and tough ass nail drums that Jay Dee made famous.

Songs that Should Be On Your iPod: “Popular Demand”, “Sound The Alarm”, “Play The Keys”, “One Song”

15. Scarface - Made

With all due respects to Bun B, Scarface will always be the King Of The South, no matter how many Panzer Tanks Clifford Harris attempts to purchase from undercover ATF agents. I will never have a single ill word (well, maybe one or two but I have an addiction for hate. I need help...) for a man who has not only been remarkably consistent throughout his career but is a true pioneer. Made isn't Face's best album (but yet again, how many records are "Mr. Scarface is Back"...) and is a slight disappoint considering his last record was five years ago and was "The Fix" but it's still full of the moody, depressing crime rap that we have come to associate with Brad Jordan. This record might rank higher if not for the presense of "Big Dogg Status" which may in fact, be the worst song Mr. Scarface has ever recorded. Still, a very good record.

Songs That Should Be On Your iPod: "Never", "The Suicide Note", "Girl You Know", "Git Out My Face", "Who Do You Believe In"

14. Freeway - Free At Last

I don't quite understand all the hyperbole surrounding Freeway's sophomore record but "Free At Last" maybe the best, pure Roc-A-Fella record released in years. It has the blazing horns and soul riffs that we have grown accostumed to since Just Blaze and Kanye West toted their MPC's through Dame Dash's hallways. An immaculately produced record. Too bad, Freeway's voice sounds more annoying than Lil' Wayne's.

Songs That Should Be On Your iPod: "This Can't Be Real", "Roc-A-Fella Billionaires", "When They Remember"

13. 9th Wonder - Dream Merchant, Vol. 2

Despite the fact that it's was truly sad to see one of my favorite groups to split this year, I was certainly glad to see that both 9th Wonder and Pooh and Phonte landed solidly on their feet and release strong records this year. Dream Merchant is full of the typical revivialist boom bap beats, dope rapping from 9th's Justus League cronies and posse cuts but 9th makes it work.

Songs That Should Be On Your iPod: "Brooklyn In My Mind", "Sunday", "Baking Soda", "Let It Bang", "Reminisce"

12. Joell Ortiz - The Brick: Bodega Chronicles

Joell Ortiz is one of the new breed of New York rappers that give hope to the AIDs infested, (metaphorically speaking, of course...) diseased New York mix tape rap scene. Joell's, an insanely gifted emcee and his independent debut, The Brick: Bodega Chronicles, is one of the best pure New York rap records to come out this year. If the world was even remotely fair, Dr. Dre would stop using the HGH that he copped from Roger Clemens and Timbaland and lace Joell with the production and attention that he gives 50 Cent and The Shriveled Husk Of Eminem for Ortiz' Aftermath debut.

Songs That Should Be On Your iPod: "Brooklyn Bullshit", "125 Parts 1 -4", "BQE", "Hip Hop"

11. Devin The Dude - Waitin' To Inhale

Mr. Copeland delivers another slow funk infused ode to wine, women and weed. Granted, it's a relatively shallow album but Devin has charisma for days and the type of songs that just make you wanna relax and get blunted. This may also be the most hilariously disturbing record of the year what with Devin's Pedophilia/Weed metaphor on "Cutcha Up" and "Just Because" might be the out and out hilariously morbid and misogynist record since "Ain't No Fun" what with it's Quiet Storm jazz cheesing it up all over the place.

Songs That Should Be on Your iPod: "What A Job", "Cutcha Up", "Shed Useta Be", "Just Because"

10. El-P - I'll Sleep When You're Dead

When Our Great Leader inevitably declares himself emperor and leads us into the Jesus reviving apocalypse as foretold in the Book Of Rove, this will be the soundtrack. El-P delivers us an incredibly, dense record full of buzzed out synths, bugged out drum patterns, and off beat rhymes about who the fuck knows. I may have no idea what El-Producto is talking about but it sure sounds awesome. Def Jux is back, baby!

Songs That Should Be On Your iPod: "Smithereens (Stop Cryin')", "Flyentology", "Poisenville Kids No Wins/Reprise", "Habeas Corpses (Draconian Love)"

9. Blu & Exile - Below The Heavens

This is the indie rap record of the year. Below The Heavens is a stunning record from West Coast rap rapper/producer duo, Blu & Exile. Blu is an exceptionally talented emcee, full of warmth and wit that is quite the talented story teller. He kind of reminds of early Mos Def before he discovered that rock music was actually created by black people. These guys have a bright future.
Songs That Should Be On Your iPod: "The Narrow Path", "The World Is...", "Soul Amazing/Steel Blazing"

8. Wu-Tang Clan - 8 Diagrams

So, ok, yeah, 8 Diagrams is still really disappointing but yeah (and I can't believe I'm about to utter this phrase. I think I'm gonna need to shower after saying this.), Tom Breihan's right about this album (no hipster). It really is great. It took a few more listens than it actually clicked for me, RZA is just on some next level orchestra rap shit on this one. Let me ask, the nay sayers about this record. If this record was released by any other group other than Wu-Tang Clan would people say it sucked? Well, yeah but those type of people also like Dipset so fuck 'em on principle but for most people, the standards for the first Wu-Tang Clan album since the Towers came down are fucking impossible for our heroes to attain. Still, they come damn near close. Straight up!

Songs That Should Be On Your iPod: "Campfire", "Take It Back", "The Heart Gently Weeps", "Wolves", "Rushing Elephants"

7. Prodigy Of Mobb Deep - Return Of The Mac

If there is ever a case for repealing sampling laws, it's Return Of The Mac. It's full of so many lush, '70s era blaxploitation era soul samples, that it's crime that 99.9% of rap albums today can't sound this bad ass because they would have to pay up the wazoo for all those clearances. As great as the album is it's still pretty flawed, while The Dessicated Corpse Of Prodigy is the most focused he has been in years on this record, he still isn't the same rapper that he was pre-Jay-Z turning him into a walking punchline. The Alchemist really brings it though and for a few shining moments, we see glimpses of the old Prodigy on this record that makes this record a frustrating but ultimately, pretty bad-ass listen. Here's hoping this record is enough for P not to get passed around like Tupac in prison.

Songs That Should Be On Your iPod: "Mac 10 Handle", "Stuck To You", "New York Shit", "7th Heaven"
6. Jay-Z - American Gangster

This record should have been terrible. A Post-Post Retirement Jigga making a crack rap record using Puffy's extorted weed carriers and the Rotting Fleshbag Formerly Known As Pharrel as the primary producers. Count me the fuck out. However, Jay-Z proved my ass so wrong and he dropped one of the best rap records of the year. I'm still deducting points for the fact that Kindgom Come was miraculously worse than the movie that it was based on. Eww.

Songs That Should Be On Your iPod: "Roc Boys (And The Winner Is...)", "Fallin'", "Ignorant Shit", "Success"

5. Kanye West - Graduation

Who would have thought that the guy that brought us the awfully stunning "genius" line as "I'm killing y'all with this lyrical shit/Mayonaisse colored benz, I push miracle whips" than act as if he just quoted Shakespeare would be the biggest star on the planet, right now. Graduation serves as a fitting coronation for a dude that has brought self importance to stunning new heights. You guys are all tripping with "Drunk And Hot Girls" not being fresh, hot steaming garbage, though.

Songs That Should Be On Your iPod: "Barry Bonds", "Can't Tell Me Nothing", "Good Life", "Stronger", "Everything I Am"

4. UGK - Underground Kingz

For sentimental reasons, I want to place this as the top record this year and had this been a single disc than it damn, well sure should have been but as is, it's just waaaaay too long to top this list. Still, UGK dropped the album of their career and the rest of the world finally payed homage. If you don't smile the second, "International Player's Anthem" plays you don't have a pulse.

Songs That Should Be On Your iPod: "Swishas And Dosha", "International Player's Anthem", "Chrome Plated Woman", "The Game Belongs To Me"

3. Ghostface Killah - The Big Doe Rehab

The approximate moment I knew this record was gonna be awesome was about 0.2 seconds into "Yolanda's House" when Ghostface uttered the words "skinned up, Nikes are scuffed, still buggin'" I just knew this was gonna be another typical wild ride that Ghost always provides. If anything the only flaw to Big Doe Rehab is the fact that it's almost too typical. He's not offering anything groundbreaking as Supreme Clientele or as arresting as Fishscale but Ghostface is still in fighting form on this record and that's enough to make it #3.

Songs That Should Be On Your iPod: "Barrel Brothers", "Yolanda's House", "Walk Around", "Killa Lipstick."

2. Little Brother - Getback

I'm still personally kind of amazed that some people hate Little Brother. I mean I know they have a sense of entitlement but after three classic records in a row, you'd figure people would drop the whole played-out "They Just Some Boring Ass De La Biters" bit, people have labeled them with since The Minstrel Show had the balls to state the obvious, "that most rappers were wearing modern day blackface." Getback is their most accessible, likeable record yet and proves that Pooh and 'Tay can do it without 9th.

Songs That Should Be On Your iPod: "Sirens", "Good Clothes", "Dreams", "Can't Win For Losing", "After The Party", "That Ain't Love"

1. Lupe Fiasco - The Cool

You know, maybe there is something to Lupe's claim that "Food & Liquor" was his homage to "It Was Written" last year because Lupe's career arc is coming more and more like Nas. Like Nas, Lupe is a phenomenonally gifted lyricist that consciously and arrogantly defies mainstream musical pandering which of course engenders both intense stannery and intense hatred. You, either, worship the ground the man walks on or you spend your days going on message boards making hate threads about how he, his family and his career lost. The Cool is Lupe's Illmatic. I'm sorry but if you disagree than you simply aren't trying. You're the clownish dude on the hook to "Dumb It Down" who complains that Lupe is going over his simple, cars, rim, and bitches formula. Sorry, but it's true.

Songs That Should Be On Your iPod: Pretty much everything but specifically "Go Go Gadget Flow", "The Coolest", "Little Weapon" "Superstar", "Paris, Toyko" & and yes, "Dumb It Down"

That's all for part II. Stay tuned for Part 3 where I hand out my special year-end awards for achievement and non-achievement in hip hop music today. It's gonna be awesome.
Click Here For Part I.


Trey Stone said...

i can kinda get with the general flow of this list except for the glaring look of "Get Buck" at #2 (!) that's probably the worst Polow beat this year and Buck does nothing with it. to me it's the definition of a "failed banger" -- tries to be "hot" but just ends up plodding. maybe if he'd invited Timbaland in to add some syncopation (as far as the "Timbaland and producers who sound like him" go: Tim > Danjahandz > Polow.)

i dunno, i think 'Ye stepped his game up for FF. the beats there are so much more vibrant than the thin beats on Be. for all the talk about how he did a bad Dilla impersonation, i'll take that over Like Water anyday. you know it's a bad sign when the only good beats on an album are the ones not produced by the dude who did something like 80% of it.

and you're trippin' on "Barry Bonds," lol. even though i do like 'Ye's verse. that beat is ehh though.

chill list though, i'll shaddap.

DocZeus said...

I can't say why I really like "Get Buck" but I just do. I noticed I played it more than like any song this year on my iTunes. It's a personal favorite. Sue me.

Christopher said...

You hate reggae?

And, yeah, Lupe is tripping on Paris, Tokyo. If only he had manned up about the Vh1 thing, he'd be so much more likable.

DocZeus said...

"You hate reggae?"

Not all of it but yeah.

DeWitz said...

I dont even know what to say about this list.. first you said Drunk & Hot girls was terriable, and now you say Barry Bonds is in the top 25?? That song might be the worst track on the album..
the ugk album is #4? Is that because Pimp C just passed? That album was 14 track too watered down..

I really question weather or not you really believe yourself when your writing all of this....

However, that Little Brother album might be #1

DocZeus said...

"I really question weather or not you really believe yourself when your writing all of this...."

I always tell the truth even when I lie... Everything I say is 100% true always.

As for the assertion that "Drunk & Hot Girls" isn't a gigantic bad idea. Let me just say, there is no way in hell that "Barry Bonds" isn't better than that song. Kanye is always better when he's making harder beats than when he's Electric Circusing it up. This maybe his worst song "New Workout Plan."

On retrospect though, I forgot about a ton of songs that were way worse than Drunk & Hot when I was writing my Worst Of List because I tend to block out stuff that really made my ears bleed and a lot of it was based on what I had on my iTunes. I'd like to posthumously place Plies "Shawty" in it's place. Is everybody happy now? Jeez...

As for UGK...Are you seriously saying that UGK doesn't belong in everybody's top 5 this year? The only problem, the album has is the same problem that every Double CD has. It's too long. But pound for pound, if you take the best songs on this album and place them against any album in the top 5. It's just as good if not better.

Anonymous said...

I hate to be such a pedantic douche, but 8 Diagrams ain't the first Clan album since the WTC fell. Iron Flag dropped in December 2001, and Ghostface references 9/11 on the second track: "Who the fuck knocked our buildings down / who the men behind the World Trade massacre, step up now"

tray said...

Lupe doesn't even deserve my eloquent message board threads, he's that bad. As for Classic, that was just a clusterfuck. But that's what happens when you take a really washed up producer and put him on a song with two rappers who haven't been good since, what, 1995, a guy who hasn't been good ever (that's Kanye)... and a really talented rapper who got so bored by the bullshit everyone else was kicking that he decided to drop a shitty verse of his own. However, you get some credit for putting "My Corner" on your list. Such a great song.

DocZeus said...

"Lupe doesn't even deserve my eloquent message board threads, he's that bad."


Gemstones, will you take it for me...

Gemini: You goin' over peoples heads Lu (*Dumb it down*)/ They tellin' me that they don't feel you (*Dumb it down*)/ We ain't graduate from school, Lu (*Dumb it down*)/
Them big words ain't cool, Lu (*Dumb it down*)/ Yeah I heard Mean And Vicious, n**** (*Dumb it down*)
Make a song for the bitches n****/ (*Dumb it down*) We don't care about the weather (*Dumb it down*)
You'll sell more records if you (*Dumb it down*)

Sorry, Tray. I couldn't resist. I'm an asshole.

Fuck it, I'm retroactively putting "Dumb It Down" as #1 this year. I'm a hater like that.

Trey Stone said...

i gotta kinda gang up on trAy here if only because of his incredibly unfounded hating on Kanye West. something tells me that he's just a youngun though, with a real rigid and misjudged definition of what defines "lyrical" in rap, and soon he'll understand. no Jay-Z.

oh, and as an aside, "The New Workout Plan" is dope. no homo. actually i think "Drunk and Hot B...errr, Girls" makes 'Ye 3/3 on the goofy shit, "Celebration" was dope too. i think the fact that he sounds completely self-aware of how full of shit he is with these types of songs adds to my appreciation of 'em.

Trey Stone said...

oh, and as far as "Classic" goes, it's dope but i personally think KRS's verse is out-and-out wack. i actually probably like 'Ye's verse the best there, but again, goofy flow shit. i'm a sucker for it i guess. Rakim kills it with all the references to everyone else at the end too.

'Ye's attempt to do the "timeless" repeat-fade thing on the hook is kinda funny too, although i dunno if that was intentional.

DocZeus said...


Yeah, I agree KRS's verse is actually kind of wack but I still like the idea that he's even on the song with Nas and Rakim in the first place. Now, if they had gotten Kane to replace KRS...Whew, boy.

I saw Kane live with Doug E. Fresh about two years ago and let me tell you, Koch desperately needs to get Kane a deal. The man has STILL got it.

AaronM said...

Great list, great writeups, great picks.
Much props man.
"He kind of reminds me of early Mos Def before he discovered that rock music was actually created by black people."<- made me lose my shit. Haha, hilarious.