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The 14 Best Albums and 44 Best Songs of 2006

Because 10 wouldn’t do it.

14 BEST ALBUMS OF 2006

– Clipse/We Got It For Cheap Vol. 2 – Believe the hype.
– Diddy/Press Play – Futuristic. Shimmering. Passionate. Brilliant. Crazy, huh? But that’s the kind of album a couple of million dollars will buy you.
– Young Dro/Best Thang Smokin’ – An absolute joy to listen to. This dude turns nouns into adjectives, cars into fruit, and colors into whirlwinds. Plus, on the album, he follows ‘Gangsta’ with ‘High Five.’
– Fat Joe/Me, Myself, & I – Judged solely on number of songs skipped per album (minus singles that I’m simply tired of hearing), this would be album of the year. While it’s got much more to do with the quality of the beats than the dimes Joey Crack drops (which he does), there is simply nothing to fast forward through here.
– Young Jeezy/The Inspiration – Awesome.
– The Game – Doctor’s Advocate – Also awesome. Could have been album of the year if not for the overabundance of West Coast, plink-plunk, Kurupt and Daz, Rick Rock-type bullshit.
– T.I./KING – …of the South? Yes.
– DJ Khaled/Listennnn… – The first major label ‘DJ’ album really worth a damn (with a small nod to Clue’s ‘The Professional’).
– Justin Timberlake/LoveSex/FutureSounds – Timbaland officially lost his mind this year. Besides this album, please see Nelly Furtado’s album, ‘3AM’ on Jeezy’s, and the ‘Get To Poppin’ (Get Down)’ remix with Rich Boy on Pitbull’s album.
– Mary J. Blige/The Breakthrough – This came out in late 2005, but I didn’t really start listening to it until 2006, so it’s on here. And it’s great. And I don’t even like R&B.
– Mobb Deep/Blood Money – Call them what you will, say they sold out, say the G-Unit tats are completely OC (I agree), say it ain’t like the old M-O-B-B, but this was a tough, tough album — if you can count on anything, you can count on G-Unit albums to have solid, expensive beatwork. I rock hard with this album. Plus it’s got ‘Pearly Gates’ on it.
– Clipse/Hell Hath No Fury – Sounds of crackness.
– Jay-Z/Kingdome Come – Not great, but its Jay-Z, so actually it is pretty great.
– Nas/Hip-Hop Is Dead – Kinda underwhelming and pessimistic (surprise, surprise!), but as above, it’s Nas, so it turns out to be pretty damn good.

45 BEST SONGS OF 2006

– Jody Breeze/24 Hours – Sublime. Quite possibly my favorite song this year. Find it on the Boyz N Da Hood Gangsta Grillz tape, ‘Welcome To My Block,’ or on a downstealing service near you.
– Prodigy/Mac 10 Handles – So awesome to see this dude back at it. Plus the video kinda scares me.
– Nelly Furtado f. Lil’ Wayne/Maneater (remix) – Holy shit.
– Christina Aggylarry/Ain’t No Other – What is going on in the world when the hottest Premier track in a given year is for a former Mouseketeer? Whatever, it’s hot.
– Lloyd f. Andre 3000 & Nas/You (remix) – With all due respect to the original featuring Lil’ Wayne, Mr. 3000 spits one of the only verses that most dudes can actually imagine happening in their own lives. I will definitely be leaving my credit card with a cute cashier at some point in the near future. Nas is also a pretty good rapper.
– Young Dro/Shoulder Lean – Really though, can you not smile when this comes on?
– Big Homey/Kingdom Come – Using a beat that languished on Just Blaze’s MySpace page for 6 months, Jay shut down the block. He’s still got it, always will.
– Swizz Beats/It’s Me, Bitches – The One-Man Band Man announces his return with this banger. This means a lot coming from me, a guy who used to detest his shit, way back when Ruff Ryders and two-note keyboard beats ruled the world.
– Jim Jones f. Cam’ron, Juelz Santana, & Max B./Pin The Tail On The Donkey – Dipset is still my favorite rap crew. Free Max B.
– Boyz N Da Hood f. Jim Jones & Max B./Superstar – Tough, real tough, probably gotta find it on a mixtape. Can’t figure out why this didn’t catch on more.
– Gwen Stefani/Wind It Up – I really like this song. Like, really, really like it.
– Mobb Deep f. 50 Cent/Pearly Gates – What more is there to say after a verse like the one Prodigy spit on the original version of this joint?
– Rashad Morgan f. T.I. & Young Dro/Tell ‘Em What They Wanna Hear – Again, can’t figure out why this didn’t pop. I like this kid Rashad Morgan.
– T.I. – What You Know/I’m Talking To You/Ride Wit’ Me/Get It/Pretty much his entire album
– Young Dro/Man In The Trunk (Jackie Chan Shit) – His IHOP blue Cutlass sound like it got a band in it.
– Clipse/Hello New World – Haunting.
– Clipse f. Young Jeezy/Pushin’ Weight
– Killer Mike/That’s Life – By far the trillest song of the year.
– Musiq/Buddy – Hot shit from the man with the crazy eye.
– Young Jeezy/3 AM – Literally out of this world. What rap probably sounds like on Mars.
– Tum Tum/Caprice Muzik – The latest in a long line of ‘The Whisper Song’ rip-offs, but highly entertaining nonetheless.
– UNK f. Outkast & Jim Jones/Walk It Out (remix) – Although I get geeked about any 3000 verse I can get these days, Big Boi undeniably murdered it.
– Rich Boy f. Polow Da Don/Throw Some D’s – Do I really need to explain why this is one of the greatest songs of the year? Or even one of the greatest songs ever?
– Pitbull f. Rich Boy/Get To Poppin’ (Get Down) (remix) – Make this the second Rich Boy song you get hooked on.
– Lil’ Wayne f. A Bunch Of Other Dudes Who Nobody Pays Attention To/Cannon (remix) – “Listen close, I got duct tape and rope/I’ll leave you missing like the fucking O’Bannons/One hand on my money, one hand on my buddy, that’s the AK-47, make his neighborhood love me/Bullets like birds, you can hear them bitches hummin’/Don’t let that bird shit, he got a weak stomach/I am sick/I don’t spit/I vomit/got it/One egg short of the omelet…”
– Nas AND Jay-Z/Black Republicans – I know it should really read ‘Nas f. Jay-Z’, but come on, this is a meeting of the minds.
– Beyonce f. Ghostface Killah/Irreplaceable (remix) – Yeah, I said it. It’s one of my favorite songs of the year. But, umm, only the version with Ghostface on it.
– Clipse/Stuntin’ Y’all – Not on the album, but realllllly should’ve been.
– Clipse f. Rosco P. Coldchain/Chinese New Year – So tough.
– Cam’ron/Weekend Girl – Vastly underheard and underrated. Should’ve been the song of the summer.
– Fergie/London Bridge – And I’ll throw in ‘Fergalicious’ while I’m at it.
– Young Dro f. Pharrell & T.I./Trap or Kill Ya’ Self – On Pharrell’s Gangsta Grillz. But I really just like the title.

– Dre f. Rick Ross/Chevy Ridin’ High
– Clipse/Mr. Me Too
– Jay-Z /44 Fours
– Obie Trice f. Kuniva, Cashis, Stat Quo, & Bobby Creekwater/Cry Now (remix)
– Outkast/Morris Brown
– Lil’ Wayne f. Robin Thicke/Shooter
– Yung Joc/Do Ya Bad
– DJ Khaled f. Paul Wall, Lil’ Wayne, & Rick Ross/Holla At Me Baby
– 50 Cent/Puppy Love
– Jay-Z/Dig A Hole
– Lloyd Banks/Make A Move
– Clipse/Keys Open Doors

Keys open doors

I guess I should stay away from the ‘I’m gonna write tommorrow’ proclamations from now on, huh?

Got the BET Hip-Hop Awards on in the background while I get started:

– Rick Ross performs ‘Push It’ and ‘Hustlin’.’ He sucks hard. Live, at least. I like him though.

– Jay wins the Hip-Hop Hustler Award, given to rapper who, uhhh, hustles the best(?). Fittingly. Would it really have made sense to give it to anybody else? He brings Ludacris (who was also nominated) to the stage, promises that he’ll make sure help him win next year. Kinda cool, but kinda patronizing. Closes with “Men lie, women lie, number’s don’t.” The man doesn’t know how not to be the man.

– They give T.I. the Hip-Hop CD (not Album?) of The Year Award…..while they go to commercial break. Damn, if the CD of The Year Award ain’t getting a proper presentation, which one does?

– I love Nelly. For no particular reason.

– While opening the envelope to present the Rookie of The Year Award to Crapmillionaire, his highlight reel is playing on the TV behind the podium — a good 6 or 7 seconds before they actually announce that he won. Now, I know that the BET Hip-Hop Awards Rookie of The Year isn’t necessarily the topic of mass anticipation, or looked forward to with great trepidation, but come onnnnn…….coordinate your shit, BET. Fuckin’ BET. But, man, he is just rambling on about people who hit him up on his two-way. He really doesn’t have much in the way of public speaking skills.

– Katt Williams has a Dipset chain on. Awesome.

– Jeezy has on another shirt with the crazy Bedazzler steez going on. Kinda like this one.

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– Remy Ma — love her too. Again, for no particular reason. Well, maybe it’s hair. Yeah, probably the hair.

– The Game and Junior Reid perform ‘One Blood.’ Junior Reid is hot, just for wearing that head wrap and waving a little flag. Ooooh, and I just saw the giant Black Wall Street flags….nice touch. Jay nods diplomatically when The Game says the “I ain’t got beef with 50, peace to Jay….” line acapella at the end of the song.

– Why the FUCK does Chamillionaire keep winning awards? Probably the same reasons why he went platinum off of one single. A single that featured Krazy Bone.

– Wow. Another incredible Melo commercial from Jordan. I can’t find it online yet, but remember this one?

Call me what you will, but really good advertising does it for me. And Nike, and Jordan in particular, consistently make really good advertising. Like really, really good, evocative, passionate, make-you-wanna-buy-some-shit advertising. Damn, they do it. Alright, so that’s enough of the BET Awards, Laguna Beach is on.

– So……..rap. Lots to discuss.

– Alright, first, Lil’ Wayne on ‘Show Me What You Got.’ Jay, I hate to say it, but he pretty much “murdered you on your own shit.” Not to worry, though. This only further proves my original point about the song: the track is murder, it’s just that Jay wasn’t talking about nothing. Wayne just happened to come along, and, well, talk about something. In no particular order: “The only down south cat that coulda been in The Firm…..I hit cats in the head like Vonage…..Tell the world take six, Young Dictionary, make words make sense, then make cents make dollars, make the skinny girls holler, make the fat girls hungry, make ugly girls want me, but the pretty girls on me, make the shy girls horny, make the fly girls corny…..” He’s nice.  Like really, really nice.

– Nas’ new song ‘Blood Diamonds’ is good. He says “This thing has to change, feeling half ashamed, as I rap with my platinum chain…..” I wonder if he, and all the other rappers out there weighed down by big ice, really take that shit to heart. Like, is anybody really going to their neighborhood Jacob dealership (FREE JACOB!!!) and trading their shit in for some certified non-conflict diamonds? I hope so. I also hear that Nas is “scoring” the ‘Blood Diamond’ movie. I put “scoring” in quotations because I’m not really sure what it means to have Nas score your movie. Like, is he gonna get in there with the 100-piece orchestra and get his John Williams on? Or is he just gonna make a bunch of rap songs to put on the soundtrack? Either way, I’m in. While the song works, the movie (from the trailer), conversely, looks pretty crappy. Leonardo has an entirely unconvincing and even kind of annoying South African accent. Actually, the movie might be good. It’s just Leonardo that looks pretty crappy.

– Alright, I gotta go to bed, I gotta real job now. But I still have a lot I want to be snarky about. Less a preview of the next post than a reminder for myself:

  • – The Game’s album (obviously)
  • – The Game’s mental problems
  • – Fat Joe’s album (obviously, but less so)
  • – a few Clipse songs I’ve heard recently, one of which literally gave me goosebumps
  • Jim Jones’ album (it’s good, but I’m not sure there’s much more to say about it — I’ll go listen to it again)
  • – how good Nas’ album is gonna be
  • – and of course, Hov, Hov, and more Hov – exciting Just Blaze tracks, coming at Cam, getting all introspective, crappy Dr. Dre tracks, all of that….
  • some sneakers
  • what am I forgetting?

Yoooo, SportsCenter just came on, Hov is on the Hot Seat! I’m staying up for this. I’m out though.

I should’ve known better, Jay

I should’ve trusted you, man.  I should’ve withheld judgement, let it play out a little bit.  I should’ve known when I heard ‘Kingdom Come’ (although that should’ve been the lead single).  My bad, big homie.  We’re still cool, right?

 “It just felt fun,” the rapper told MTV News of the Just Blaze-helmed track. “I didn’t want to put too much on it. I didn’t want to go super heavy [or] complex with the lyrics. It’s almost like this male/female banter. Show me what you got, purdy lady. That was needed. It’s basically a fun record.”

DJ Absolut is a raging idiot

So, as usual, it’s somewhere past midnight and I’m making my nightly internet rounds with Hot 97 on in the background. DJ Absolut is babbling on in between, and often during, songs in his usual imbecilic banter. Talking alot, but saying absolutely nothing, spewing forth a constant stream of hip-hop’s most cliched phrases: “It’s going down!”; “This is for the streets!”; “You know how we do!”; “This is a good look!”; “Come on!”; “Big shout out to such-and-such!”; “Let’s go!”; “This record is crazy!”. These favored expressions, and everything else that comes out of his mouth, are, of course, interspersed every few sentences with “Naw’msayin’?” or it’s equally meaningless and banal cousin, “‘Nawmean?”

This isn’t even why he’s an idiot.

As he comes back from a commercial break, he begins by telling us that Jay-Z has a new song out (‘Show Me What You Got’) and that it reminds him alot of another Jay-Z single, one from The Blueprint 2.

This still isn’t even why he’s an idiot.

Mr. Absolut says that the name of this song is ‘Hovi’s Baby.’ Not ‘Hovi Baby,’ but ‘Hovi’s Baby.’

‘Hovi’s Baby,’ as in, if Mr. and Mrs. Knowles Carter had conceived.

‘Hovi’s Baby,’ as in, if they’d got their Brad & Angelina on and picked up their own little Zahara while they’re over on that African tour.

‘Hovi’s Baby,’ as in, Memphis Bleek.

Over the next 7 or 8 minutes, in which he mixes back and forth between ‘Show Me…’ and ‘Hovi Baby,’ DJ Should Lose His Job Immediately continues to mis-refer to the song at hand at least ten times.

WHAT THE FUCK IS WRONG WITH HIM?

Are you not a fairly high-paid, fairly well-known DJ that specializes in RAP music? Are you not on the most well-respected and well-known RAP music radio stations in the country? Do you not fairly consistently produce fairly decent mixtapes that feature nothing but RAP music? As such, should you not know the correct title of pretty much every Jay-Z song ever?

I mean, come onnnnnnn, man. As my dad oftentimes told me, get your shit together.

BONUS – On a new Young Jeezy & T.I. (and maybe somebody else that I missed) song, Mr. 17-5 says something to the effect of “every morning when I wake up I brush my teeth, I ain’t e’en gotta floss.” Uhhhh, I don’t think that’s such a good idea, Jeez. You’re one of those fat dudes who always kinda looks like they’re real sweaty. If I was you, I’d probably scratch off everything on the personal hygeine checklist that I could.

It ain’t just me…

More folks opine on ‘Show Me What You Got’:

Pitchfork

Soul Sides

Sickamore

BONUS #1: Justin and Shawn on The Making Of…..

BONUS #2: As I was writing the first post on “Show Me…,” I thought to myself, “I should break down all of Jay’s lead singles. That would make a really good blog post, and could possibly lead me to fame and fortune.” The early bird gets the worm.

BONUS #3: This one I didn’t think about, although I wish I did. Damn.

And ohhhhhhh shit, breaking motherfucking news, as in Flex is playing it as I type. New Hov shit over the Just Blaze beat that he’s had on his MySpace page for the last 6 months (on the audio player, click ‘Bored’). I think it’s called “Kingdom Come,” and he’s got beau-coup superhero references. I counted Superman, The Flash, and Spider-Man, and there’s probably more I missed. Since the world’s already heard ‘Show Me What You Got,’ I guess Jay/Def Jam decided to go ahead and give the people what they want. “Not only NYC, I’m hip-hop’s savior, so after this flow, you might owe me a favor…” See, this is why I moved to New York. To hear shit like this on the radio.

Now Flex is playing the ‘We Fly High’ remix. A few observations:

– why does that sound like Beyonce saying “Dipset…” at the beginning?

– gracing us with their presence are T.I., Diddy, Baby, & Young Dro (what happened to Kim and Mr. Jackson?)

– Baby doesn’t quite catch up the beat until about 4 bars in

– Young Dro once again makes at least 5 culinary references; it’s a shame he didn’t get a full 16

– Flex has now played this 6 times in a row

You can here both of these groundbreaking songs (one slightly more so than the other….you be the judge) here: HipHopGame’s Audio section. You’ll need Firefox with RealPlayer on a Mac, and if you’ve got a PC, Internet Explorer should work just fine.

And while we’re on the subject of Mr. “One-Eyed Wille, Byrd Gang, Uptown, 1-4-5 and Gramsterdam, Hey You Guys We’ll Slay You Guys” himself, how awesome are the first two shirts seen here?

That’s all for tonight, kids.