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The Year in Hip-Hop

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Between Kanye and Eminem's redemption stories and Drake and Nicki's break-outs, Soundcheck focuses on the year's best hip-hop releases.'s Editor-in-Chief Jake Paine joins us to share his list.


Jake Paine

Comments [7]

abdul from brooklyn

also find it interesting eminem didnt make the top 5 cut, despite the critical acclaim for the album.

not that i disagree.i thought recovery was just okay, far from eminem's best work.

Dec. 14 2010 03:17 PM
abdul from brooklyn

@eligit yep..i'll agree Puffy is pretty non-musical (at least when rapping..he's very musical in the sense that he knows who else sounds good i.e. biggie, mase, faith, 112, shine, etc..)

i'm the last person to rush to kanye's defense, but yeah i'd suggest listening again. I think kanye represents the 'awkward kid' generation of hip hop (as opposed to the late 80's and 90's when rappers had to either be from the streets/hard/gangster/etc..) and i think it's reflected in his music (the sampling, the off beat flow, the content) again I think the things that turn you off about his album are what everyone else is embracing, particularly the awkwardness..

and @amalgam yes, the roots were doing the indie thing long before jay z..i'd even venture to say that it wasnt until the roots/jay-z unplugged album that jay started to venture outwards

Dec. 14 2010 03:15 PM

@ abdul
i guess i will just have to give it another chance. i must be missing something. the AV club gave it album of the year as well....strange stuff.
it just seems like he is so much less musical than MCs like snoop dog....that guy just sounds inherently musical to me, fantastic casual rhythmic flow....and funny as hell. kanye.....sort of anti musical.....but not as non musical as puff daddy.

Dec. 14 2010 03:01 PM
amalgam from Manhattan by day, NJ by night

Sandman sounds like Mos Def's sometime partner Talib Kweli...

Dec. 14 2010 02:57 PM
amalgam from Manhattan by day, NJ by night

Wait...haven't the Roots been doing the indie thing before virtually any other hip hop act, including Jay-Z?

Dec. 14 2010 02:56 PM
abdul from brooklyn

eligit all of the things you mention are what makes it so strong. Kanye is very good at unconventional sampling, to the point where he almost creates entirely new sounds..

its a very good usually in the minority when it comes to hip hop (especially the current crop of artists) but even I have to agree with how good this album is..

Dec. 14 2010 02:53 PM

Can somebody PLEASE explain why this kanye record is so great?
out of tune "singing" poor rhythmic flow, awkward sampling, etc. i just don't get it. is it supposed to be funny? sad? dramatic?
i am not trying to be ironic....i know "everyone" loves it.

Dec. 14 2010 02:49 PM

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