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Your top 5 albums for 2007 - with a catch
« on: December 16, 2007, 05:30:12 AM »
Well, fuck it - I guess we aren't waiting on any more releases before the year-end, so I figured it would be interesting to see what albums people checked for during 2007.

Here's the catch - only albums that you paid for count. It's so easy to get hold of anything and everything online free these days that I expect a lot of people don't really listento music - they download a batch of new/old albums every week and barely have time to take them in. I'm the same to be honest. So I figured the only way to know if an album really is that dope is whether you shelled out your own money for it - even if you downloaded before doing so.

Here are mine - the order isn't set in stone, but these are the five albums I enjoyed the most this year and that I can see myself listening to well into the future.

Blue Scholars - "Bayani"
By far my favourite CD this year. Soulful, funky production and intelligent rhymes = a potential classic in years to come. I can't fault this album. Highly recommended. Peep the video below for 'Joe Metro', a song about Geologic's bus ride across Seattle early one morning - such a simply premise but such a dope song.


Evidence - "The Weatherman LP"
This was a stupidly overlooked album - last I heard, it had sold something like 6,000 copies. The production, mostly from Ev and The Alchemist, is consistently brilliant. And the concept is dope - it's downbeat, dark and the perfect antithesis for years of 'sunny-sounding' West Coast releases.


Joell Ortiz - "The Brick"
'Hip-Hop' could easily be my favourite song of the year. Interscope sound like they're about to fuck up and let Joell go, but hip-hop will be the one to benefit if it means we get more music like this.


Kanye West - "Graduation"
Musically, probably the most interesting rap record I heard in 2007. I've always been a fan of that European, Daft Punk-style dance sound, but hearing it blended with hip-hop so successfully is something I never expected. Some purists might hate it because it's more pop than hip-hop, but I think it's Kanye's finest moment yet.


CunninLynguists - "Dirty Acres"
RIP to Pimp C, but this is what I call country rap tunes. Southern hip-hop hasn't sounded this soulful and organic since "ATLiens" and the peak of the Dungeon Family's run. Such a great album.

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Re: Your top 5 albums for 2007 - with a catch
« Reply #1 on: December 16, 2007, 05:51:17 AM »
I think I bought about 10 albums that didn't come out this year. From the albums I bought that did come out this year and paid for the actual copy this is my top 5:

BTNH - Strength & Loyalty
By far the best album of the year. I don't have to explain this, do I?

Cilvaringz - I
Great album! One year ago I would have laughed at you if you told me I'd have a Wu-Tang album in my top 5 of the year, but it happened. I don't always agree with the subject matter, but the music is top notch.

will.i.am - Songs About Girls
This man surprised me with this all-rounded album.

Sean Kingston - Sean Kingston
Nice album with a good summer vibe. There aren't any songs that I'd put on other tracks, but the songs together make a nice album.

Kanye West - Graduation
Apart from 2 tracks I like every song on the album, but I played it out quickly. The fact that I put this in my top 5 says a lot about hip hop in 2007.
 

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Re: Your top 5 albums for 2007 - with a catch
« Reply #2 on: December 16, 2007, 05:55:01 AM »
Cool thread.
I'm not able to post mine yet

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Re: Your top 5 albums for 2007 - with a catch
« Reply #3 on: December 16, 2007, 07:28:06 AM »
These are the best five albums i bought but its not greatly accurate as there are albums i tried to buy, but simply coudnt get in my part of England; so albums like Killah Priest - The Offering, Black Milk - Popular Demand and Cunninlynguists - Dirty Acres would be on there but i guess they cant be lol  ;D

1. Little Brother - Getback
IMO album of the year hands down! Nothing is touching this, dope versatile beats, sick rhymes, catchy hooks and there's a SUBJECT matter!! Easily the best rap group around currently in my eyes, who else has released 3 solid 4-4.5/5 albums? Even without 9th, they proved that they might actually be better off without him, hmnn ???...

2. Jay-Z - American Gangster
Not a big Jay fan (always felt he was overratted), but this was a big comeback after Kingdom come, dope real hip-hop, everything the game needed

3. Lupe Fiasco - The Cool (already pre-ordered it)
Only been out a few days, so i may be jumping the gun with this, but lupe once again proves why hes one of the dopest around, the albums got its flaws but its consistent and has a good mix of beats, rhymes and subjects

4. Common - Finding Forever
Commons gotta be one of the most consistent rappers around, dope album after dope album, only beef i have is that half the tracks leaked before the album came out >:(

5. Kanye West - Graduation
Album was solid but IMO majorly overratted, however it was exactly wot i was expecting and its a dope album, can't forget that  ;D
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Re: Your top 5 albums for 2007 - with a catch
« Reply #4 on: December 16, 2007, 08:37:23 AM »
Raekwon Presents Ice Water - 'Polluted Water'
Yeah, it's a good album. Almost every track is listenable. More than half of it. It's one them albums you just go out and buy and end up playin' it over and over. Honestly to me it sounds like an album that came out of the early 00's.

Styles P - 'Super Gangsta, Extraordinary Gentleman'
Umm, the best album out 2007, imo. I think everybosy should just buy to say they did becuz it's that pretty damn good. 'Cause I'm Black' has gotta be the best track, if not, one of them, on this album. Song is a killa. Beat and lyrics.

KRS-ONE & Marley Marl - 'Hip Hop Lives' (Still gotta pick it up)
But both them singles sounded damn good. So..
 

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Re: Your top 5 albums for 2007 - with a catch
« Reply #5 on: December 16, 2007, 08:38:38 AM »

1. Little Brother - Getback
IMO album of the year hands down! Nothing is touching this, dope versatile beats, sick rhymes, catchy hooks and there's a SUBJECT matter!! Easily the best rap group around currently in my eyes, who else has released 3 solid 4-4.5/5 albums? Even without 9th, they proved that they might actually be better off without him, hmnn ???...



Yep, definitely one of the year's best also. Depending on my mood, I think that could even edge out, say, Joell on my list. Good choice.
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Re: Your top 5 albums for 2007 - with a catch
« Reply #6 on: December 16, 2007, 08:39:26 AM »
Raekwon Presents Ice Water - 'Polluted Water'
Yeah, it's a good album. Almost every track is listenable. More than half of it. It's one them albums you just go out and buy and end up playin' it over and over. Honestly to me it sounds like an album that came out of the early 00's.

Styles P - 'Super Gangsta, Extraordinary Gentleman'
Umm, the best album out 2007, imo. I think everybosy should just buy to say they did becuz it's that pretty damn good. 'Cause I'm Black' has gotta be the best track, if not, one of them, on this album. Song is a killa. Beat and lyrics.

KRS-ONE & Marley Marl - 'Hip Hop Lives' (Still gotta pick it up)
But both them singles sounded damn good. So..

Those are interesting choice - haven't checked any of them personally. Props.
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Re: Your top 5 albums for 2007 - with a catch
« Reply #7 on: December 16, 2007, 09:12:09 AM »
Kanye West - Graduation
Linkin Park - Minutes to Midnight
Lupe Fiasco - The Cool
Jay Z - American Gangsta
Talib Kweli - Eardrum

those are the only new albums I bought this year besides "Curtis" but I didnt like that cd very much.
 

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Re: Your top 5 albums for 2007 - with a catch
« Reply #8 on: December 16, 2007, 09:12:35 AM »
1. Album of the year - Chamillionaire - Ultimate Victory
The albuim is a masterpiece, a concept album, that won't sell much since it was made for mature listeners, which most hip hop fans are NOT.

2. WC - Guilty by Affilitaion
Best West Coast album of the year. WC really came out strong on the album.
 

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Re: Your top 5 albums for 2007 - with a catch
« Reply #9 on: December 16, 2007, 09:30:14 AM »
Ultimate Victory
T.I. Vs. T.I.P
The Real Testament
Curtis

those are the only 4 NEW albums i bought this year.
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Re: Your top 5 albums for 2007 - with a catch
« Reply #10 on: December 16, 2007, 09:36:16 AM »
1. Album of the year - Chamillionaire - Ultimate Victory
The albuim is a masterpiece, a concept album, that won't sell much since it was made for mature listeners, which most hip hop fans are NOT.

2. WC - Guilty by Affilitaion
Best West Coast album of the year. WC really came out strong on the album.

i agree with both of these...i felt the WC album was almost forgotten, but it was dope as fuck!
 

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Re: Your top 5 albums for 2007 - with a catch
« Reply #11 on: December 16, 2007, 09:40:32 AM »
only 3 2007 albums that I have bought, ranked in order

Alicia Keys - As I Am (great album)
Jay-z - American Gangster (dope album)
Tha Dogg Pound - Dogg Chit (inconsistent album but had its moments)

I have heard tonloads of albums and probably agree with Chamillionare being the best hiphop wise, plan to get it and some others with my Christmas gift certificate which I am expecting ;D
 

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Re: Your top 5 albums for 2007 - with a catch
« Reply #12 on: December 16, 2007, 10:07:08 AM »
Joell Ortiz - The Brick (Bodega Chronicles)
Grafh - Autografh
Jay-Z - American Gangster
Bone Thugs n Harmony - Strength & Loyalty

 

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« Reply #13 on: December 16, 2007, 10:27:56 AM »
nice thread, in no order

Trae - Life Goes On
very nice album, Trae does more the gangsta/money thing on this album but he still got them deep songs. my personal fav. album this year.

Joe Budden - Mood Muzik 3 [street album]
my first Joe Budden listen EVER, always thought he was some bullshit party ass rapper, but this MM3 is Exactly the type of hiphop i like; deep beats, nice R&B hooks and lyrics that actually have content.

Scarface - Made
didnt really like it at first but i kept listening to it and the album is crazy. somewhat simplistic beats [Big Dogg Status/Burn] but some tracks are masterpieces [Who Do You Believe In/Boy Meets Girl/ Suicide Note]

Chamillionaire - Ultimate Victory
same story as Scarface, some stupid songs [come back to the streets etc.] but most of the album featured superb production and hooks

gotta wait for the other two
 

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Re: Your top 5 albums for 2007 - with a catch
« Reply #14 on: December 16, 2007, 10:28:22 AM »
1. UGK - Underground Kingz
2. Chamillionaire - Ultimate Victory
3. Bone Thugs-N-Harmony - Strength & Loyalty
4. Sean Price - Jesus Price Supastar
5. Redman - Red Gone Wild: Thee Album

NOTE: Haven't had a chance to check out WC, Scarface, Trae, maybe a few others...
 

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Re: Your top 5 albums for 2007 - with a catch
« Reply #15 on: December 16, 2007, 10:39:16 AM »

Joe Budden - Mood Muzik 3 [street album]
my first Joe Budden listen EVER, always thought he was some bullshit party ass rapper, but this MM3 is Exactly the type of hiphop i like; deep beats, nice R&B hooks and lyrics that actually have content.

hav u heard MM2 yet?
 

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Re: Your top 5 albums for 2007 - with a catch
« Reply #16 on: December 16, 2007, 10:44:08 AM »
There are the ones I've bought so far..still not done yet..

Finding Forever

Underground Kingz

Super Gangster Extraordinary Gentleman

The Bric Bodega Chronicles

Ultimate Victory
 

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« Reply #17 on: December 16, 2007, 11:13:06 AM »

Joe Budden - Mood Muzik 3 [street album]
my first Joe Budden listen EVER, always thought he was some bullshit party ass rapper, but this MM3 is Exactly the type of hiphop i like; deep beats, nice R&B hooks and lyrics that actually have content.

hav u heard MM2 yet?
i just downloaded it, really liking it so far im at The Future now
 

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Re: Your top 5 albums for 2007 - with a catch
« Reply #18 on: December 16, 2007, 12:20:48 PM »
Evidence - "The Weatherman LP"
This was a stupidly overlooked album - last I heard, it had sold something like 6,000 copies. The production, mostly from Ev and The Alchemist, is consistently brilliant. And the concept is dope - it's downbeat, dark and the perfect antithesis for years of 'sunny-sounding' West Coast releases.

I still don't know why everybody sleeps on it, he is as West Coast as it gets.
Other than that, out of albums that I bought:
Kanye- Graduation

Frontline- Lock & Left
Another overlooked album, no promotion, I didn't even hear about it coming out, but it really was worth a listen.

Kenna- Make Sure They See My Face
Not hip-hop, although it has a little hip-hop production vibe to it, but I can't take that out of my deck in my car.

Stephen Marley- Mind Control
Great album

Lupe's is going to be in here once I actually buy it, and it was hard to leave Common, Talib Kweli, Collie Buddz,  Mistah F.A.B. and Devin the Dude off the list.. Really wasn't a bad year, there is always quality music being released somewhere.
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Re: Your top 5 albums for 2007 - with a catch
« Reply #19 on: December 16, 2007, 12:56:35 PM »
1-"Cobain's Diary" of King Gordy...
  
   It's really unbelieveble to find an album which its all songs are hit! I'm not joking. I love everysong. Production is perfect. Some beats sound like classic
   Eminem songs. I think it's because of they are produced by Jeff Bass. Detroit bangin'. Check him out!
  
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2-"Rap Ultraviolins And Beatmaking" of Al Tarba

   It's underground hip hop album produced by Al Tarba. He has special guests in album. Ill Bill, Critical Madness, Apes In English and many others. I'm very
   surprised when i listened to the album. So I said who the fuck is Al Tarba? Who is Apes In English? :) It's a big succes for an amateur in France. Check
   him out!
  
   http://www.myspace.com/albatarbeats

3-"Horrorflick" of Bekay

    It's another underground album that i advice you. It has great music based on quality samples. Also Bekay is a great rapper to me. It's real hip hop
    brothers. He deserve better in this rap game. If you didn't listen this album before, you missed so much for HipHop in 2007. Check him out!

    http://www.myspace.com/bekay

4-"Guilty by Affiliation" of WC

   One of rarely dope albums of West Coast for 2007. WC worked with unfamous producers in this album. He explained that as " i wanted to work with
   people, who are imfamous and trying to show their name to be known". It worked for WC, and he gave us a 5/5 album

5-"Fat Joints volume 1" of Sen-Dog

   It is the best mixtape of 2007 for me. Some songs sounds latin, some sound west, some sounds underground. Mellowman Ace, B-Real, RPM, Aztlan are
   some of the artists appear on the album. The song named "What What" performed by Reyes Bros' is a great song, maybe best of the 2007 to me!
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Re: Your top 5 albums for 2007 - with a catch
« Reply #20 on: December 16, 2007, 01:01:19 PM »
The Brick
Made
Finding Forever
Mask & The Assassin
Below The Heavens
 

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Re: Your top 5 albums for 2007 - with a catch
« Reply #21 on: December 16, 2007, 01:07:20 PM »
1.) Wu-Tang Clan-"8 Diagrams"
2.) UGK-"Underground Kingz"
3.) Kanye West-"Graduation"
4.) Bone Thugs-n-Harmony-"Strength & Loyalty"
5.) Cilvaringz-"I"
I also bought great albums from Devin The Dude, WC, Common, Chamillionaire, Scarface, Tha Dogg Pound, Soopafly, and Ghostface, too, this year. Great year for hip-hop, IMO.
 

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« Reply #22 on: December 16, 2007, 01:52:57 PM »
below the heavens 1st in my opinion
and then in no order
Devin the dude
WC
evidence
kanye

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Re: Your top 5 albums for 2007 - with a catch
« Reply #23 on: December 16, 2007, 02:14:58 PM »
Thanks to everyone one posting. I'm hearing about albums I never even knew existed. The more I think about it, the more I believe 2007 was a much better year for hip-hop than many give it credit for.
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Re: Your top 5 albums for 2007 - with a catch
« Reply #24 on: December 16, 2007, 02:17:52 PM »
1. Cunninlynguists-Dirty Acres
These muhfuckas continue to impress.

2.Brother Ali-The Undisputed Truth
great album, beats, rhymes...everything

3.Mr J. Medeiros-Of Gods & Girls
fresh shit here.  dope music, soulful.

4.Stephen Marley-Mind Control
love this shit.  sounds very similar to his late great father.

5.Blue Scholars-Bayani
another new group I learned about recently.  love it

the above 5 in no particular order  8)