-The albums are selected from what i have personally heard.
-There is no need to argue because my opinion is what i deem to be the total after tax, its nothing else to add.
Shout out to Maxwell by the way.
5. Kid Cudi- Man on The Moon
I have to give this album a large measure of valor for its audacious stance. One of the best things to come out of Kanye's wake is the liberty that some artist are afforded because of him. Cudi makes a contorted hip-hop album that teeters on the line of simply being a harmonius album; tracks such as "Make Her Say" save it from that label. The album is very emotional, but not in a traditional emotional kind of way. Its a journey of the heart and if you have any sympathy or empathy then you will at minimum find it intriguing enough for it too keep your attention. Good songs with good melodies, and if you're open-minded enough to listen to music without checking over your shoulder to see if people are watching then you should enjoy it.
4.Wale- Attention Deficit
What a change-up, although its right down the middle some still cant hit it. An album that holds true to hip-hop values at its core. Its so traditional (as far as hip hop is concerned) that it threw many people for a loop. The thing that puts distance between this album and others though is the wordplay of Wale. There aren't that many artist with lyrics that are so pertinent to everyday life and conversations. A pinch of 'go-go' makes this album very special. The most important part of this album is the issues and real life concepts that Wale tackles on songs like "90210" and "Shades"; handling anorexia and social insecurites. He indeed has the honesty and credibilty to make these songs hit home.
3. Jay-z- Blueprint 3 Alright, what do we expect from a Jay-z album? Alright then. Jay has a flow that most rappers would kill for and he sprinkled that all over the album. The production is always upper-echelon. However the gift and the curse of being Jay is this: he is so far removed from most of his peers and fans due to his incredible business ascension. So at times there is a little bit of feeling missing. But as a upper echelon emcee he has the art of song making down and he's essentially more than a rapper. These days its hard to come across a bad Jay song, let alone album.
The return of the duo made a huge splash. One of the weirdest phenomenons in hip-hop is that duos often get glanced over when it comes to emcees. But these two are the perfect compliment to each other (perhaps because they are brothers). There is a whole lot of relatability in this album, when Malice talks its hits home. Their silent 3rd partner for this album, Pharrell plays just as big a role on the production (he did not do all). The Clipse have elevated beyond the drug talk and taken it to another level, a level that most didn't think they would see. Great maturity and growth on the album.
1. Drake- So Far Gone
I don't know how many superlatives to use for this mixtape (its technically not even an album). Musically this tape is head and shoulders above other hip-hop acts. Drake is an artist that posesses dual talents ala Lauryn Hill, you see where im going with this. That alone sets him apart from many. Its very rare...scratch that....you never find an elite emcee that can sing quite well. He understands the concept of making "music" not necessarily traditionally sounding hip-hop, which is something that most emcees don't. Most rappers pigeon hole themselves into making music that sounds a certain way. And with that said he stepped outside the box to make universally great music the same way that Mike Jackson was accepted by all walks of people. Alright we all know he's not Mike, but the idealogy is similar, not the results. But Drake created more than music, he created his own sound. Just listen to some of the piano's he mixing into some of the beats. Who has done a nationwide tour off a mixtape, with enormous anticipation and nice size venues. His efforts dwarfed everything that dropped this year and he gets the #1 slot easily.