Every year Audio1 (Alex) does a mix for the end of the year. the thing i love the most about Alex's best-of-the-year stuff is that youve probably never heard it unless you run in the underground hip hop circles. Alex and i have such similar tastes that theres never any real contention over whats good and whats not. but this year, there was so much music that i'm going to throw it out there like this, he missed a couple tracks. there was too much music for us to hit all of it.
now, first of all Rhymes and Beats #31 is a must hear for all the hip hop heads out there. its also a must hear for those who hate the radio garbage, and finally its a must hear for those haters who couldnt figure out what good modern day underground hip hop sounds like.. listening to emo rap and calling it real. this music moves your body, it grabs your psyche and wiggles it to the beat. this year was hard, with Kanye and Fiddy stealing all the juice, Jay-Z comming out of the worst retirement of all time, beyonce flashing the crowd, Soja Boy and his army of dancing underage white girls... it seemed like the Marly Marl / KRS Collabo didnt mean anything to hip hop.
nothing from Red and Meth this year, The Wu having internal disputes, Primo and Guru dropped a new Jazz, Ras Kass in jail again and he was just talking about cutting yet another album, Curtis bombing, Common dropped another gem, El-P and his unsung masterpiece... and me and mine keep saying the same thing and asking questions like, Talib and Mos doing this or what? Where the ufck are the Hieroglyphics? How much snap music is too much!? Where is the real MF Doom and what happened to Madvillian 2 (not to mention GhostDoom)?!
it was just a rough year. sometimes its been hard not to give up on the hip hop. especially when im arguing with crazy white guys about the quality of Mos Def vs Sage Francis and why, freakin living legends production is not better than DJ premier.