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Top 10 Hip Hop Albums: 2009

Kevin: This list was sort of tough for me as most of the music I listened to this year were actually free releases. Because we have a separate list for those, I didn’t want to include any here. Then we also have a separate list for smaller releases, so this list is more or less for more major hip hop releases. Though a lot of albums on my list are still underground, I felt they deserved Top 10 recognition. I broke it down by albums that I actually bought and then further by albums that got constant rotation.

Justin: OB4CL2 is the easy choice for me, Rae matched the high expectations that came with all the delays and the name of this LP. Cyne created another gem and Fashawn gave us a great debut. Max Minelli capped off a busy 09 with his long awaited Pain Medicine and the legendary lyricist K-Rino may have created one of his best albums in Solitary Confinement.

Thomas: A Pipe Dream and a Promise is probably the best album no one has heard of. The album dropped in April 09 and seven months later still sounds fresh. The neck snapping tracks mesh perfectly with Finale’s rhymes.  A burner from start to finish.


01. Fashawn – Boy Meets World
02. Brother Ali – Us
03. Tanya Morgan- Brooklynati
04. Raekwon – Only Built 4 Cuban Linx…Pt. II
05. Clipse – Til the Casket Drops
06. Slaughterhouse – Slaughterhouse
07. Skyzoo – The Salvation
08. Royce Da 5’9 – Street Hop
09. Diamond District – In the Ruff
10. Souls of Mischief – Montezuma’s Revenge

Honorable Mentions:
* Wale – Attention Deficit
* Mos Def – The Esctatic
* Marco Polo & Torae – Double Barrel
* Jay-Z – Blueprint 3
* Eminem – Relapse
* Method Man & Redman – Blackout 2


01. Raekwon- Only Built 4 Cuban Linx…Pt. II
02. Cyne- Water For Mars
03. Fashawn- Boy Meets World
04. Max Minelli- Pain Medicine
05. K-Rino- Solitary Confinement
06. Mos Def- The Ecstatic
07. Blitz the Ambassador- Stereotype
08. Kam Moye- Splitting Image
09. Brother Ali- Us
10. UGK- UGK 4 Life

Honorable Mentions:
* Souls of Mischief- Montezuma’s Revenge
* People Under the Stairs- Carried Away
* Wu-Tang- Chamber Music
* Tanya Morgan- Brooklynati
* Curren$y- This Ain’t No Mixtape
* Finale- A Pipe Dream & a Promise
* Method Man & Redman- Blackout 2


01. Finale – A Pipe Dream and a Promise
02. Raekwon – Only Built 4 Cuban Linx…Pt. II
03. Fashawn – Boy Meets World
04. Sha Stimuli – My Soul To Keep
05. Brother Ali – Us
06. Marco Polo and Torae – Double Barrel
07. Mos Def – The Ecstatic
08. Slaughterhouse – Slaughterhouse
09. Diamond District – In the Ruff
10. Jay-Z – The Blueprint 3

Honorable Mentions:
* Eminem – Relapse
* Rick Ross – Deeper Than Rap
* Joe Budden – Escape Route
* Skyzoo – The Salvation
* DOOM – Born Like This
* Kid Cudi – Man on the Moon:  The End of Day
* Wale – Attention Deificit
* Clipse – Til the Casket Drops
* Ghostface Killah – Ghostdini Wizard Of Poetry In Emerald City
* Method Man & Redman – Blackout 2

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Owner - Kevin is the owner and founder of Originally from Virginia Beach, VA he now resides in South Florida. In addition to this site he runs HiPNOTT Records, a small independent Hip Hop label and is an Executive Producer of the documentary film DEMOS: An Independent Artist's Guide To Success. Other than music, he is a techie by trade and holds a Bachelor's degree in Information Technology.
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