On the first #musicmonday of 2011, I want to share my favourite albums of 2010. Usually I rely on iTunes’ play count to get my favourite tracks and albums of the year. You will realise the list is dominated by hip hop. I listen to that a lot.
1. My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy - Kanye West
2. B.o.B Presents: The Adventures of Bobby Ray - B.o.B
Bobby Ray’s debut is my number 2 for 2010. The compositions are great, so are the samples. B.o.B displays his singing, composition & rapping skills on the album. I was banging this album non-stop in 2010 and some of the tracks still appear in my playlists.
3. Recovery - Eminem
It is no coincidence this album was the top selling hip hop album of 2010. Eminem goes hard on this one.
4. Thank Me Later - Drake
Most anticipated album of the year if you ask me. I brushed it aside initially but when I finally got to listening to it, I was totally hooked.
5. Love King - The-Dream
Hands down, my favourite R&B album of the year! The-Dream is a genius. He delivers for me a classic album; better than his previous albums.
6. Doo-Wops & Hooligans - Bruno Mars
Bruno Mars. Bruno Mars. Bruno Mars. Doo-Wops & Hooligans is a great album especially for a debut.
7. Teflon Don - Rick Ross
Although I think Deeper Than Rap is better than Teflon Don, it is a pretty good album. Rozay doesn’t disappoint on this album.
8. Distant Relatives - Nas & Damian Marley
Best collaborative album of 2010. It is good blend of hip hop and reggae. I hope the duo delivers another album.
9. Rockstarr - Taio Cruz
Technically, this is a 2009 album but it was the 2010 US release that caught my attention. This is my favourite pop album of 2010. I love every track on it. Dynamite is my banger!
10. Raymond v. Raymond - Usher
I like every song on this one. I was greedy for more, I had to find the tracks which didn’t make the album. Slippin didn’t make the album but it has a message for every man out there.
Now I recognise that there are some albums I probably missed. Nicki Minaj’s Pink Friday is not on my list because I didn’t give it a listen and I think it still wouldn’t have made the list.
Mike Posner’s 31 Minutes to Takeoff is one album I missed. It was released right after I lost my mac so I didn’t get to give it a good listen. The singles were good so I reckon, the album was too.
I also feel The Roots’ How I Got Over should be in the list somewhere…. but which album do I drop from the list. Consider is part of the list then.
Let the music start!
Today is 06.29.10. The day Terius Nash aka The-Dream’s third album drops. The-Dream is a very good and talented song-writer, producer and singer. His debut Love Hate was ok. Love vs. Money was better and now Love King is even better.
I am calling ‘Love King’ an R&B classic. I think it has what it needs to be called one. The songs on the album are just too good. The lyrics, I can’t even begin to phantom where and how he came about with them.
If I am asked my favourite song on the album, I won’t be able to say. I love every track on there. Love King is available on iTunes and other online music stores. You can buy it here. You will be treated to some nice songs like; February Love, Yamaha, Florida University, F.I.L.A and Make Up Bag
I am known to download leaked music. Yes and I am a supporter of bittorrent too. For me, I think that’s the best way of promoting an album. Singles don’t move me. I get the bootleg off the internet and if it sounds good, then it’s worth my money. I don’t like CDs. They are obsolete to me and not green enough. It is cool to have the cover and posters which come with a CD but it’s even cooler to have an iTunes LP or a digital booklet. So as proof to all who ask whether I really buy the CDs, here is a screenshot for you aka proof of purchase :)
It’s been a while since I did a music post. For the past weeks, I have been listening to some really cool albums and I would be damned if I don’t share it with you dear reader. If you don’t know, I love music. Music is me. Sad thing however is I can’t sing. My voice is that awful. In high school, my mates would stop singing at mass and take a mean look at me and beg me to stop singing. In uni, I got the same reaction too. One day I will release an album and send all those who said I can’t sign autographed copies.
Let’s delve right in. As usual, my favourites on the albums are the ones with the asteriks.
1. Raymond v. Raymond - Usher
Usher’s 7th studio album Raymond v. Raymond is worth the wait. I happened to have some of the tracks that didn’t make the final cut and I am that sure Usher could have pulled a double cd. This is a pretty good album. I
*Guilty *Foolin’ Around *Okay *Hey Daddy (Daddy’s Home)
*Slippin’ *Take That ➲ didn’t make the final cut
2. My World 2 - Justin Bieber
Yes oooo! I have been listening to Justin B. He’s not bad. I think the problem most people have with him is his personality and how he has been spamming our twitter trends. For his age, he is that good. Sometimes I listen to his songs and say it would sound better if he were older. Nontheless, I like ‘My World 2’. Even if you don’t like Justin Bieber, give the album a listen and draw your conclusion.
*Never Let Me Go *Overboard *Stuck in the Moment
3. New Amerykah Part Two (Return Of The Ankh) - Erykah Badu
I know y’all know she got an album out because of her controversial Window Seat video. Look past the video and you will see a good Erykah Badu album.
*WIndow Seat *Jump in the Air
4. Still Standing - Monica
Monica tells the whole world with her album title that she hasn’t gone anywhere and she still stands. This is an OK album.
5. Shut Up N Listen - Shanell aka SNL
Aside Wayne and maybe Drake, Shanell is my favourite artiste on the Young Money Label. She is really underrated and I am sure very soon, we will all see her worth. I like her previous mixtape; A Taste Of Shanell aka SNL but I think this one is better. The title says it all. Just shut up and listen to my girl Shanell aka SNL
*Tell Me [rmx] Feat. Jae Millz *Me N My Feat. Eve *Choose You [rmx] Feat. Ryan Leslie *It’s The Beat
6. Victory - DJ Khaled
This album is nowhere close to We The Best but it’s worth giving it a listen.
*All I Do Is Win *Bringing Real Rap Back *On My Way *Ball *Put Your Hands Up
I am impatiently waiting for a couple of albums too.
Rick Ross’ Teflon Don is still my most anticipated 2010 album. Deeper Than Rap was so good and I am hoping the Boss will deliver a much better one this year. Ricky has dropped two tracks off it already; Mafia Music 2 with Chrisette Michelle and So High which features label mate Ne-Yo. Teflon Don is slated for June 29th. I am surely copping this one.
B.o.B Presents The Adventures of Bobby Ray
The sensation right now!!! No it isn’t Nicki Minaj and Drake is so 2009. It’s Grand Hustle’s very own B.o.B aka Bobby Ray. This kid is killing it. He has got the radio locked right now and I am betting on his album B.o.B Presents The Adventures of Bobby Ray which drops April 27th. If you haven’t heard any of B.o.B’s singles then I bet you just got back from Uranus. Don’t Let Me Fall is my favourite B.o.B track right now. He is a real musician. He can sing, rap, play guitar, and produce. Yep, he produced Don’t Let Me Fall, Lovelier than you along with 5 other songs on the album. Check out Lovelier Than You, Airplanes and the banging single Nothin’ On Me and don’t forget B.o.B Presents The Adventures Of Bobby Ray drops on April 2
This is my ‘Mon Lecture’ playlist for today. Enjoy!
1. Wavin’ Flag Feat. Will.I.Am & David Guetta - K’naan
2. Super High Feat. Ne-Yo - Rick Ross
3. Don’t Let Me Fall - B.o.B
4. Bullshittin - Big Sean
5. Airplanes - B.o.B
6. Tell Me [rmx] Feat. Jae Millz - Shanell aka SNL
7. Lovelier Than You - B.o.B
8. Till It All Falls Down - Jadakiss
9. Shutterbug - Big Boi
10.Winner Feat. J. Timberlake & T.I. - JAmie Foxx
11.I’m Ill [rmx] Feat. The L.O.X - Red Café
12.Do This Shit Again Feat. Yo Gotti, Rick Ross & Schife - Gucci Mane
13.Familiar Faces - Rhymefest
14.Hello Good Morning [rmx] Feat. T.I. & Rick Ross - Diddy/Dirty Money
15.Over - Drake
16. F.I.L.A (Falling In Love Again) Feat. T.I. - The-Dream