Top 10 Albums 2K6

What a bizarro year for hip-hop music. This year rappers were so busy chasing paper (and baaalllinn!) that they couldn’t be bothered to drop hot records. As a result, the market was flooded with tedious trap star talk, gimmick chant raps, bitter Big Apple mixtape barbs, and far, far too much rocking, leaning, and snapping. So much disposable music. Still, every time I sat down to pen the proverbial break-up letter to hip-hop, something came along to keep me from bouncing. Here’s the top ten albums that hit heavy rotation Chez Moi.

T.I. King
Everyone’s favorite fly dope boy this year, T.I. transformed the monotony of Southern rap trends to magic. “What You Know” is easily the best single of the year. And, for the record, “Why You Wanna” is enough to turn a good girl bad.

Busta Rhymes The Big Bang
The album that was supposed to Bring New York Back!—but didn’t. Bussa Bus came with almost enough fire to pull it off though.

The Roots Game Theory
The first hip-hop album to nail what it feels like to be alive in these days of post-millennial mayhem.

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Obie Trice Second Round’s On Me
O can’t seem to catch a break. First he was shot on a Detroit freeway early this year. Next, he lost Proof. Then he recorded a seriously dope album and nobody even noticed. Obie wins the Tragically Underrated Artist of the Year award, hands down.

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Ne-Yo In My Own Words
Between Southern d-boys chant-rapping about nothing (and then bitching about their lack of critical acclaim), and New York rappers tanking (and then seething with resentment over the commercial success of their Southern counterparts)—fans have been in desperate need of relief from the perpetual hate fest that is urban music. Enter Ne-Yo crooning about, um, love. What a concept.

Jay-Z Kingdom Come
Superman returned to save rap, and got his grown man on in the process. It may not be Hov’s best work, but it’s still light years ahead of all the Dipset ankle biters that are busy taking shots at him. You would be hard pressed to find a more moving rap track than “Lost One.”

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The Game Doctor’s Advocate
Game is a wee bit melodramatic, it’s true, but nobody can deny that he defied all of the odds with this one. From tragedy to triumph in sixteen songs.

RELATED: Do or die time, Doctor’s Advocate review.

The Clipse Hell Hath No Fury
The Clipse had the Internet going nuts for most of this year and, amazingly, HHNF lived up to the hype. Go cop it. Don’t just stand there with your nose up.

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Snoop Dogg Tha Blue Carpet Treatment
Proving that two wrongs can occasionally make a right, urban music’s top creepy players—R. Kelly and Snoop “Girls Gone Wild” Dogg—came together to spit a seriously sexy club banger “That’s That Shit.” The rest of the album is decent too, particularly in relation to the sleep-inducing cRap released this year.

Nas Hip-Hop is Dead
Esco simultaneously questioned the state of hip-hop and reaffirmed his own relevance to the game. Never on schedule, but always on time.

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  • hate is a sickness get well soon

    first

  • hate is a sickness get well soon

    but yea,did you forget lupe fiasco’s food and liquor that was the second if not most slept on album of 2006 c’mon tara i thought you was a hip hop head

  • hate is a sickness get well soon

    but yea,did you forget lupe fiasco’s food and liquor that was the second if not most slept on album of 2006 c’mon tara i thought you was a hip hop head

  • let the game begin

    ^^^^^^^^
    ladies first

    nway nice list glad that jenny jones is not in there tho

  • let the game begin

    R.I.P Saddam Hussien

  • let the game begin

    you could have replaced Big bang with fishscale tho Ta

  • hate is a sickness get well soon

    ^^^^^^^^^^
    lames third

  • Miss J

    No Ghostface or Weezy? Granted, Lil’ Wayne came out in December last year but I’m pretty sure we’ll be considering Nas’ Hip Hop is Dead a great 2007 album as well.

    I applaud your ability to seek the positive in such a mess of a year for hip hop.

  • http://myspace.com Skewby

    C’mon….Lupe Fiasco Food & Liquor… Best Album of 2006….didnt even make your top 10. You should’ve thought a lil’ harder. I think you have T.I. as your number 1 just because of popularity, not music. Lupe, Clipse, Nas, Jay, and Game. Top 5. Period.

  • NN

    R.I.P. Saddam… He will be missed. =(

  • sandino

    Wait Wait wait, no cherchez a la ghost? NO L-U-P-EMPEROR?
    wtf?

    bitch if you don’t come correct you ain’t gone come at all(tonight).

  • James

    I thought this was hip-hop on a higher level?? This chick shouldn’t be working for this site.

  • >>>>>>>>>ROC

    YO WTF….HOW THE f**K YOU FORGET LUPE? FOOD & LIQUOR AND HIP HOP IS DEAD ARE THE 2 BEST RAP ALBUMS OF THE YEAR……….TARA YOU JUST LOST CREDIBILITY AND A SUPPORTER BY NOT PUTING UP LUPE…..DID YOU FORGET OR SOMETHING? MOST LIKELY YOU DID.PUT LUPE UP THERE!!! 1

    FOOD & LIQUOR = CLASSIC
    FOOD & LIQUOR = HIP HOP IS ALIVE

  • Heat_Seeker

    what?!?! No Fishscale????

  • datni99aj

    Busta’s scared to take chances stuck to a formula need to sell so go all gangsta, with a couple of ridiculous bangers Big Bang, Snoop’s go hard at the beginning throw on a couple fillers and singles then get conceptual Blue Carpet Treatment, Game’s name drop 20 million times and weighed down by a shitty single and filler tracks but still pretty good Doctor’s Advocate, Jay-Z’s struggle to come back diss commercialism then go and make “Show Me What You Got” & “Anything” drop hotter verses on both Lupe’s and Nas’s joints Kingdom Come over Lupe’s Food & Liquor! Somethings seriously wrong here.

  • datni99aj

    And woo woo woo….. I just realized there’s no Ghost (Fishscale) on here either! I thin the list needs to be re-arranged.

  • jacquez
  • EReal

    Wow, one of the only albums to go plat this year isnt on there (Get Rich Soundtrack) and one of the best front to back albums full of bangers, besides one or two for the bitches, Rotten Apple isnt up there either….theres just so much underrated good music man, but big ups for puttin Obie down, about time someoner realized he f’n rips it… IMO. .02 Peas- Hrs407

  • Belize

    Good ish. Were’s 421..the day after?

  • Incilin

    Ne-yo isnt a rapper, he’s an r an b singer and thas where he belongs, not on this list. And how the hell you put Kingdom Come??? I thought everyone on this site, almost every critic, myself, and tha general population agreed that it was prolly the worst Hov album. And Tha Big Bang didnt live up 2 tha 4 year hype, nor brillant production. I mean if more ppl care about ur body guard gettin shot than your album u know theres a problem. Both of those should be dropped and replaced with the best album of the year – Fishscale – and the best debut of the year – Food and Liquor.

    And altho I liked Obie’s album (Altho I’d replace that wit Press Play) how come u aint put Jeezy’s album after calling it “pretty dam hot” (Your words, and never ever mine for Jeezy)?

  • Incilin

    Ne-yo isnt a rapper, he’s an r an b singer and thas where he belongs, not on this list. And how the hell you put Kingdom Come??? I thought everyone on this site, almost every critic, myself, and tha general population agreed that it was prolly the worst Hov album. And Tha Big Bang didnt live up 2 tha 4 year hype, nor brillant production. I mean if more ppl care about ur body guard gettin shot than your album u know theres a problem. Both of those should be dropped and replaced with the best album of the year – Fishscale – and the best debut of the year – Food and Liquor.

    And altho I liked Obie’s album (Altho I’d replace that wit Press Play) how come u aint put Jeezy’s album after calling it “pretty dam amazing” (Your words and never ever mine for Jeezy)?

  • http://www.xxlmag.com houston’s finest

    for the first time, jim jones puts out an album that you listen to from beginning to the end and no one shows Hustler’s P.O.M.E any love! that’s fucked up

  • E AKA THE REAL NORIEAGA

    I’d replace Jay-Z, Ne-Yo, and Busta’s albums with Fishscale, Food and Liquor, and Cali is Active.

    Obie Trice is way underrated its dope though how you give him props Tara

  • New York Nigga

    u should of replaced neyo wit ghostface it clear that u only based this list on sales

  • http://www.myspace.com/poisonousdarthfc Poisonous Dart

    Wow, no Fishscale or Food & Liquor….Cry Now and the remix was one of the best singles I’ve heard in a long ass time. I also think that HiTeknology 2: The Chip and Nicolay’s Here were damn good as well.

    Happy New Year, Tara.

    One.

  • http://www.geekbird.blogspot.com geekbird

    Lupe didnt make your top 10?

  • Fernando

    Jay and Busta should not have even been in consideration for this list. Those albums are terrible even by Canadian standards.

    Replace with New Boot Camp, FishScales, More Fish, or Grouch & Zion-I

  • s-p

    this list is a joke… just like ur hip-hop knowledge!

  • Cuban Link

    ^^er son, Busta album was a fucking mazing.Co-sign about Jays thou.And Fishscale should defiantly be up their, but the rest didnt hit heavy rotation, and she said albums that hit heavy rotation.But thats strange since the Roots and obies CDs didnt get any fucking play at all, but whatever.If it was any CD, i think Vakill, jedi Mind Tricks, Chino XL, A.G., Strange Fruit Project, Cunninglynguists, and a shitload of others should be up there.i think Lupes CD should be up there too.

    also did the list start with number 1, or end with number 1?T.I. didnt deserve number 1, although his CD was hot.But, The Roots should be at least number 3.The top 3 Cds were Hip Hop Is Dead, Fishscale, and Game Theory.

  • Cuban Link

    Belize Says:

    January 2nd, 2007 at 2:40 pm
    Good ish. Were’s 421..the day after?

    ^^^^^CO-SIGN^^^^^^^^^^i forgot about that in my other comment damn…

  • the one

    This bitch Is a fuckin Idiot. How dare you forget Food and Liquor, More Fish and Fishcale. Clipse undoubetly had the worst album of 2006. I actually am mad I bought that shit and Im a fan. Nas and Lupe had the best albums of the year followed by Ghost and Busta you bitch.

  • AREN

    Kingdome come, good… Hip Hop is dead, aiight… but Ne-yo…then you say that new york rappers are tanking… but you seem to have totally overlooked Lloyd Banks’ ROTTEN APPLE… which should have defineately been on this list…

  • eugene

    where is common kamon