Favorite Rapper: Nas.
Favorite Singer: Alicia.
Favorite City: New York.
When they fall in love with a city, it is for forever, and it is like forever. As though there never was a time when they didn’t love it. The minute they arrive…they know they are born for it. There, in a city, they are not so much new as themselves: their stronger, riskier selves.
-Toni Morrison, Jazz
Favorite Drug: Caffeine.
Favorite Club: APT.
Favorite Bar: The W Hotel in Times Square.
Favorite Documentary: Favela Rising.
Favorite Interview: Pusha T.
I can make the songs. I just need to get attention. It’s time to take my shirt off now. That’s how you do it nowadays. You got to get your body right, get some abs going on, and take your shirt off. And be sexy. It’s just that I like too much Taco Bell right now.
- Obie Trice.
Favorite Print Article: kris ex’s “History of Cocaine Rap.”
Favorite Hip-Hop Book: Queens Reigns Supreme.
Favorite Hip-Hop Coffee Table Book: Bling: The Hip-Hop Jewelry Book.
Favorite TV show: The Wire.
Favorite Novel: Londonstani.
Favorite Way to Procrastinate: My Space.
Favorite Hip-Hop Blogger: Eskay.
Favorite Gossip Blogger: Fresh.
Favorite Humor Blogger: Humanity Critic.
Ghostface feat. Ne-Yo “Back Like That”
Beyoncé feat. Slim Thug “Check On It”
Method Man feat. Lauryn Hill “Things They Say”
Mary J. Blige “Be Without You”
T.I. “What You Know”
T.I. “Why You Wanna”
The Game feat. everybody under the sun “It’s Okay (One Blood) Remix”
Jay-Z feat. Chrisette Michele “Lost One”
Chamillionaire feat. The Game and DJ Quik “Ridin Dirty (West Coast Remix)”
Cham feat. Alicia Keys “Ghetto Story Chapter 2”
Justin Timberlake feat. T.I. “My Love”
Ne-Yo “So Sick”
Obie Trice “Wanna Know”
Busta Rhymes feat. Kelis “I Love My Bitch”
Busta Rhymes “New York Shit”
Busta Rhymes “Been Through the Storm”
Busta Rhymes feat. everybody “Touch It (Remix)”
Snoop feat. R. Kelly “That’s That Shit”
Snoop feat. B-Real “Vato”
Young Jeezy “Bury Me a G”
Young Jeezy feat. R. Kelly “Go Getta”
Nas “Not Going Back”
The Clipse feat. Slim Thug “Wamp Wamp”
The Clipse “Nightmares”
Lupe Fiasco feat. Jill Scott “Daydreamin”
Saigon feat. Trey Songz “Pain in My Life”
Maino “Take It Like a Man”
Papoose “Faces of Death”
Favorite Guilty Pleasure: Akon feat. Eminem “Smack That”
Normally I make a point of scorning strip tease tracks that encourage barely legal chicks to lose their shit on the dance floor and simulate pole sex. But, truth be told, I may have been spotted shaking it to this banger once or twice myself.
Favorite Scandal: The Cam’ron flick with the NYC fashion reporter.
Favorite Collabo: Jay and Nas on “Black Republican.”
Favorite Nemesis: Byron Crawford, of course. Cause who wouldn’t enjoy playing Paula to Bol’s Simon?
Favorite C-Boy: Um, truly son, there’s a whole bunch of them. I’m just kidding like Jason. Shout out to Meka Soul, Rey, Belize, Transi (where r u?), Thoreauly, Fernando, DJ Lucky Luke, Incilin, The Truth, and the rest. Thanks for reading all year.