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The Year 2010 in Review
Author: Joe Howard

Favorite albums of 2010

1. Minus the Bear - OMNI.
These guys are definitely going places. Brilliant musicians, very good writers, great sound production. Album of the year in my opinion.

2. Kanye West - My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy.
Easily the best produced album of the year. Kanye West is a beast.

3. Rick Ross - Teflon Don.
My favorite rap album of 2010, although I believe that the above album is superior conceptually.

4. Canibus - Melatonin Magik.
A strong, passionate showing by my favorite rapper ever.

5. Big Boi - Sir Lucious Left Foot.
A worthy follow up to the classic that was Speakerboxxx.

6. Canibus - C Of Tranquility.
Neat little compilation of lost tracks, some better than others, but one o the better releases by a hip-hop legend.

7. Diabolic - A Liar and A Thief.
I was put onto this my a friend of mine, and I definitely appreciate the lyricism, plus the production by up-and-comer Engineer.

8. Vinnie Paz - Season of the Assassin.
I've always been a fan, and this was music to my ears.

9. Laws - 4:57.
Not technically an album, but a strong showing from an up-and-comer with a bright future and a nasty pen game.

10. NONE.

Favorite songs of 2010

Canibus - Post Traumatic Warlab Stress - My favorite rap song of 2010.
Canibus' verse is mind blowing, and the beat is murder.

Canibus - Kriminal Kindness - Love the beat, dig the rhymes.

Canibus - Air Strike - Ingenious diss track aimed at Eminem that was a long time coming.

Canibus - Ripperland - Sounds like something off Rip the Jacker (my favorite rap album ever).

Canibus - Pine Comb Poem - Dig the flow very much.

Canibus - Golden Terra of Rap - Canibus and DJ Premier. Enough said.

Disturbed - The Infection - Extremely well written, demands repeated listens. Guitar solo towards the end is sicknasty.

Kanye West - Gorgeous - Hip hop personified.

Kanye West - Blame Game - Despite being only 20 seconds, Kanye's first verse is magnificent, and the haunting beat sustains the eight minute length of the song itself.

Maroon 5 - Misery - Bassline is super sick, played this shit like fifty times in two weeks.

Minus the Bear - Summer Angel - My favorite song of the year 2010. Download it.

Minus the Bear - Into the Mirror - A fine example of superb lyricism and virtuosic instrumentalism.

Nas - Represent - I hadn't listened to the song all the way through in a very long time.. but under the circumstances present at the time it seemed like the first time all over again, felt like a rap music baptism.

Rick Ross - Aston Martin Music - Mesmerizing song despite my intense disliking towards Drake.

Rick Ross - Live Fast, Die Young - Total banger, definitely good for the ride to the gym.

Rick Ross - Free Mason - Smooth as hell, very much like the lyrics.

Sean Kingston - Girlfriend - Catchiest song ever.

Vinnie Paz - End of Days - I enjoy every aspect of this song.

Usher - DJ Got Us Falling In Love - Lot of quality partying to this shit.

Originally posted: December 30, 2010

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