Honorable Mention- Wale- Attention Deficit
First, I'll start out with my 2 bonus albums that didn't quite make my top ten but still were excellant albums. Wale's Attention Deficit continued the rookie trend of rappers that are going to transcend the game and continue to transform. Filled with emotional filled hip-hop songs, Wale brings something new to music that has you yearning for more and truely listening to the lyrics.
Favorite Tracks: "Diary" "Beautiful Bliss" feat J. Cole & Melanie Fiona
Honorable Mention- Mr Hudson- Straight No Chaser
Mr. Hudson, who has already been featured on Hov's and Yeezy's albums, makes his album debut under Kanye's label and proves that he can make beautiful music. With his unique voice and pouding beats, this album the whole way through brings something that you havent heard before.
Favorite Tracks: "Time" "Everything is Broken" feat Kid Cudi
#10 Jay-Z - Blueprint III
While Blueprint 3, probably didn't measure up to expectations, with all the collabos and great producers on the album, it made it a must for purchase. Hov proves he is still on top of his game with hit after hit. Empire state of mind will be the anthem for new york for the rest of time, run this town will be a sports anthem for generations, and haters will continue to make me laugh.
Favorite Tracks: "Empire State of Mind" feat Alicia Keys, "Haters" feat Kanye West, "Everyday a Star is Born" feat J. Cole
#9 Lil Wayne- No Ceilings
The most anticipated mixtape of the year and Wayne came through, making this mixtape an instant classic and almost up there with the drought series. No ceilings proved that wayne, who has been experimenting with rock/autotune futuristic music, when it comes to rap, he is second to none- especially when ripping other people's tracks. This is the reason people love Weezy and cannot wait till the Carter 4.
Favorite Tracks: "Sweat Dreams" feat Nicki Minaj, "Single", "Wasted" "Throw it in the Bag" "I Love Her"
#6 A Day To Remember- Homesick
One of my only screamo punk bands that I like. Their combination of screaming and melody filled songs captured my attention when I first heard them. This album brings more of what you are used to with ATDR, but it is songs like "If it means a lot to You" that really catch my ear. ATDR brought one of the best albums of the year and I always love new music from them.
Favorite Tracks: "Have Faith in Me" "If it means a lot to You" "Homesick" "NJ Legion Iced Tea"
#5 Trey Songz- Ready
Songz really stepped his game up for his album "Ready". Hit after hit, he brings more than you would think, and its a cd you can listen all the way through. I didn't have high expectations, but it came through and it was plugged on repeat for a good amount of time for me.
Favorite Tracks: "Yo Side of the Bed", "Hollalude/Holla if Ya Need Me", "Say Ahh","Black Roses", "Love Lost"
#4 Maxwell- BLACKsummers'night
When I think of Maxwell, I think of Love & Basketball and this Women's Worth cover. I mean it had been 9 years since he had come out with an album, but this album made it seems like he never left with this instant classic that reminded us of the classic r n b sound from back in the day. Something that is some relaxing and soulful, it was one of my tops for the year.
Favorite Tracks: "Pretty Wings" "Stop the World" "Fistful of Tears" "Bad Habits"