L’Chaim Bitches!

I’m celebrating the holy days by listening to my eight favorite Hip-Hop albums for the year. These are the best albums that dropped this year in a year where we actually got some decent artisitic production inside the Hip-Hop genre. These may, or may not be your top eight albums as well, and if they aren’t I suggest you pull out your top eight and give them a spin for Chanukah. Just like God restored the temple in Jehruselem, the temple of Hip-Hop began to rebuild itself this year.

In record sales you don’t ever want to have a brick, but when you are re-building a foundation the brick can be your cornerstone. You already know where I’m going with this…

Joell Ortiz – ‘Bodega Chronicles: The Brick’ – Ortiz is a lyricist in the classic Hip-Hop sense by stuffing complex ideas and themes into his rhymes. His wordplay is sorely missed among rap’s new generation. While we await studio releases from Saigon, Papoose, Uncle Murda, Skyzoo and a host of other emcees in training Joell Ortiz held it down with his debut CD.

KRS-1/Marley Marl – ‘Hip-Hop Lives’ – My expectations for this album were diminished because I hadn’t heard from KRS-1 or Marley Marl in quite sometime. Combinations like this usually don’t pan out too well for aging rockers either. Neil Young and Pearl Jam anyone? Bol? Bueller… Bueller? KRS-1 avoided being too preachy and didactic while Marley Marl avoided proucing a record that would fit better in 1987 and not 2007.

Redman – ‘Red Gone Wild’ – Redman is my comeback rapper of the year. ‘Red Gone Wild’ was the slept on album of 2007. Red hadn’t lost his flair for ridiculous rhymes or for crowd surfing. Red also reunited the Def Squad and continued his meme for making Sooperman Red tracks. My secret wish for 2007 was that I would get an offer to wear the Redman mascot costume at the Def Jam holiday party. You are allowed to fondle the interns when you are wearing the mascot outfit.

KanYe West – ‘Graduation’ – Speaking of wearing the mascot costume… KanYe West hit the ball out of the park when everyone was questioning if he could do it. Now there’s another hit Barry Bonds.

UGK – ‘Underground Kings’ – It took this album a whole summer to grow on me, and I have to give these dudes their props for still being into rapping. I could go on about lyrics and themes and beats and all the shit that I pay attention to as a rap music and social critic, or I could just put this double album in my stereo and press play(no Diddy).

Sean Price – ‘Jesus Price Supastar’ – One of the hardest working emcees finally received his due this year. Sean Price could have been on some about time motherfuckers type shit or he could have kept doing what he has been doing by keeping the underground rap scene alive. God bless the spirit of Tek’s moms. Hail Meg.

Ghostface Killa – ‘The Big Doe Rehab’ – Shout goes out to the Pardon Me Duke family. Shout goes out to O.D.B. Shout goes out to the whole Wu-Tang.

For the eighth day of Chanukah I am playing ‘8 Diagrams’ all day. The Wu-Tang Clan represents everything that Hip-Hop has ever hoped to be. The unity of Black men in the collective struggling for survival. I will celebrate the survival of the Lord’s temple with the survival of Hip-Hop culture. The truth is that the Wu-Tang Clan are exactly like their ancient Hebrew forefathers because even them niggas had not been getting along ever since coming out of Canaan.

L’chaim bitches.

  • these posts are racist

    Fuck you Billy. Free Palestine and end the apartheid that Israel has imposed against the Palestinian people.

    • smog

      fuck you tpar, not everyone who celebrates chanukah supports the israel state dumbass, i would think you of all people would realize that

      • these posts are racist

        Fuck you Smog, I didn’t imply that or make that statement. I was referring to this comment by Billy:

        >>>>…”Just like God restored the temple in Jehruselem.”

        Smog, people who believe God gave this land to Jews and only Jews believe it is OK to kill and displace the Muslim and Chrisitan indiginous people of that land. It is the same thing as “manifest destiney” and the native americans.

        Don’t get it twisted, I believe that Jerusalem and Palestine/Israel should be one country for Jews, Christians and Muslims to live in, in peace. But this whole “God did this or God did that” always ends up meaning the non-Jewish population gets screwed.

        • BR

          God forbid someone mentions Jews around TARP, he might try to put you in a gas chamber.

        • og bobby j

          I’d like to see all the stupid fucking people that believe they own or have a preordained right to a given patch of earth be vaporized by large bombs. Im sure the entire region could benefit from taking there heads out of there asses and working together to achieve peace. I am not jewish or muslim, but i can see stupidy all the same.

      • http://www.myspace.com/sogentllc LowEndofDaChi

        That’s not TPAR man, lol

        No Freeway or Common huh?

    • http://xxlmag.com Billy X. Sunday

      Fuck you Smog, I didn’t imply that or make that statement. I was referring to this comment by Billy:

      >>>>…”Just like God restored the temple in Jehruselem.”

      You are a simpleton shitbag. And that is why Smog sat your ass down and made you recant your statement. You are a bitch.

      I wouldn’t never defend the Zionist regime that calls themself the nation state Israel. My bible tells me who is really Israeli and that is my truth. Part of the reason that you reject my writing is because you are godless and savage. The blood of the cannibals runs through your body and has poisoned your mind.

      Is it time for Sunday school during the middle of the week?

      • thoreauly77

        i suppose part of the problem is that none of the holy books are truthful. adhere to any of them if you must for guidance, but they are all flawed because a. none were written by the prophets they cosign and b. they are all interpreted by mankind….. and we know how that goes.

        just get past the notion that god exists and you are free to make your own decisions. really, god? think, people.

        an all-knowing entity that can never be seen or heard? reality is only visible when heads are removed from asses.

      • TheMainBurger

        Free Palestine and end the apartheid that Israel has imposed against the Palestinian people. Anyone who disagrees with this statement has no compassion for humanity regardless of race/religion.

  • N.O. 4 life

    the best cd’s are yet to come

  • http://www.xxlmag.com EReal

    Firstsayers are with the gays.

    I somewhat agree, but Id hafta take out Kanye and throw Strong Arm Steady’s Depp Hearted in there.

    • http://ww.xxlmag.com EReal

      Its Deep Hearted, sorry bout the typo.

      (No Pirates)

  • Stoops

    to the first guy to reply, ur an idiot

  • Around and Around

    Cosign TPAR

    • http://www.xxlmag.com Dickrider Hater

      You know, your name is very appropriate. You go Around and Around the blogs runnin your tounge Around n Around TPAR and LOL’s cocks. Quit being a dickrider and think for yourself, tryina argue for the sake like you give a fuck. FOH, yous a LAMEEEEE!

      • Around and Around

        Look you white bitch. Do your research, before you direct your words at me.

        To say that someone has a “RIGHT” to a land based on some ancient ass belief thousands of years old is bullshit. The vast majority of people in present day Israel (Formerly Palestine) are from Europe, they have as much right to that land as you and I do. They stole the land in 48, stole more in 67, and they’ve been stealing the shit ever since, they’re called “Settlements”, but really they’re stolen neighborhods. If you study this situation and Aparthide South Africa the parralles are undeniable. Bottom line is, there was a Palestine, They were forced from there land, and they are and will continue to fight for there land back. And if you want to look at history we all know it will happen, since history repeats itself, so will it there.

        In closing get off your mom’s tit before you direct your ho ass towards me.

        I big fuck you to all the zionist, racists nazi’s….

        Zionist=Nazi
        Palestinians=WWII Jews
        Settlements=stolen land
        Israel=Racist Apartheid Gov’t

        • Dickrider Hater

          I was speaking of your overall dickriderness you fuckin emotional douche, you remind of my bitch.

          and Im not white, you assuming ass retard.

          Oh, and that moms tits line was some lame ass shit, just further proving your lameness.

          Youss a LAAAAMMMMEEE!!!

          Now back to your previously schueduled ballsachs riding.

        • Around and Around

          Sorry I can’t understand you with that nipple in your mouth.

          Speaking of dickryding you ain’t Jay Z or Papoose, “Youss a Laaammmeee”

        • Dickrider Hater

          Wow, you really got me there.

          Fucking Moron, dont you have a dick to be riding somewhere? Isnt there a sach that needs nibbling?

          Just face it, you just co-sign arguments like a bitch.

          Next time think of a better retort.

          Now for a classic HipHop Quote:

          “You’s a dickridin faggot, you love the attention” – Nas

        • Around and Around

          Please remove the ‘hater’ from your name…..

          Face it you’re a zionist Israeli dick sucking ho. How does it feel cradling Israel’s balls in your hand?

          White bitch

        • Dickrider Hater

          See, now you’re riding my dick. You’re a pro! Wait, look at me,… A PRO!

          Like you REALLY give a fuck, lol.

          U are the biggest hoe, lmao.

          TPAR could say his dookie tastes like caramel and you’d be like “YEAH FORREAL DOG CARRAMELLO N SHIT”, you fag!

          LMMFAO @ YOU

  • Fire

    What about Freeway’s Free At Last? Scarface’s Made is probably one of the best to come out this year too. Thank God you didn’t mention Finding Forever.

    • http://www.myspace.com/sogentllc LowEndofDaChi

      Finding Forever went hard, get out of here kiddo!

      • Fire

        Nobody’s denying Common’s talent. Be was a great record. He’s a good MC. But Finding Forever, in my opinion (that’s all it is) was not that good beatwise and his lyrics took a downturn with some of the People Magazine-esque lines. It’s not as good as his past work.

    • Doobie

      I love Common but I feel you on Finding Forever Fire. It’s not terrible but I just think it was kind of lackluster. I’m going to make sure I pick up that Scarface this week too.

  • jg420

    Wow billy i see you finally came around on the ugk. RIP to Pimp C

  • fuck TPAR

    TPAR, I always thought you were somewhat intelligent by some of your responses to these blogs and keen awareness of the judicial system, and just social issues in general. But goddamn, do your homework on Israel. We rightfully purchased that land from effendis thousands of years ago, long before Rome de-judaized it and named it Palestine. And no Jewish people have ever, ever ever ever, supported and rightfully pursued a genocide, unlike the Palestinians and basically all radical muslims. If all radical muslims threw their weapons into the Red Sea, Israel would do the same. If Israel threw their weapons away, there would be another Halocaust. Think about it. All Jewish invoked violence are strictly retaliatory measures of defense. You never see Jews strapping bombs to themselves and walking into a market full of children and women. So that just goes to show you the kind of fucking psycho you are for supporting these radical Palestinians. If you need more knowledge of the Israel state, holla at me and i will shit on you….again.

    • Around and Around

      First off eat a dick you racist zionist, you’re worse than a closet dickryder, but a zionist with a love to disseminate misinformation.

      YOu didn’t purchase shit zionist, there’s picutres of your people coming in on boats from Europe in 1948, you dumb ass. What did they teach you that propaganda shit at Hilal camp? Or the free trip they give only Jewish college students to the Palestinian home land every year? Everything you said is a lie and has been proven false. Anyone can fact check your ho ass…

      The land is stolen, it’s continually being taken as this is written, and Israel is responsible for far more deaths than any country in the middle east. History repeats itself, the Christians controlled the land for a while, the Muslims did, and this is just the Jewish peoples turn on the wheel….if we know one thing we know that isn’t going to last.

      • Dickrider Hater

        CAPTAIN SAVE A HOE!

        DICKRIDERS UNITE!!!!

        You’re such a fuckin loser, I feel sorry for your mother.

      • og bobby j

        As much as it truely burns me…I have no choice but to somewhat agree with Around on this one. While i can still see that he resinates his hatred for white people in the undertone of his comments, and even sometimes right on the surface (check above) I understand that he is a racsit. However, that doesnt make him wrong. I can atleast say that he is kind of right. The jews did jack that shit…not buy it. And if it wasnt for America, the nations of the middle east would have finished what hitler started on the Isreali population. I cant call it, but I think the Palestinians have a good reason to be pissed. Having said that, it doesnt really justify blowing shit up and living like a bunch of fucking morons.

        • Around and Around

          OG I do enjoy gunning on your ass but real recognize real.

          -I don’t think they would have finished what Hitler started, one because it would have been a war over the land, not their religion and who they were like Hitler. So they would have just lost and been sent back to Europe and the US where they came. And two; they generally never had a problem with the Jewish people they live all over the middle east as Jewish Arabs. They do have a problem with colonizers stealing land and oppressing the people.

        • og bobby j

          First off, I believe its me doing the gunning! But anyway…what i meant was (please understand this is from a christian, white american) I think a decent majority of the problems between the US and the middle eastern nations is derived from our continued support of Isreal. It is no secret that while the Jews may be peaceful up front, they are entrenched in a history of deciept and cowardess. Therefore, our continued turmoil with islamic based nations is based off of our military and economic support of the state. (I will neglect to mention the Capitalistic society of america, the oil rich lands of the middle east and our subsequent desire to control it, and the overall craziness of the muslims as a basis for the turmoil.) You and Tapr both know my policies concerning race relations and my muslim semi-hatred, but the Jews are in the wrong with this one.

  • yaboy

    Pimp C = DEAD

  • BIG O

    staying away from the religion i would have to say that finding forever was dope but not one off the best i also liked american gangster and kweli’s eardrum was hot to.redman and joell arent on my list but respect your opinion.(also no free at last?)this was probably the biggest of the last 5 to 10 years for hip hop.if nas had dropped his it would have been better.and keep a look out for the cool.R.I.P pimp c a legeng 4real

  • white widow maker

    yeah, red’s album was tight. so was keith murray’s. go cop rap-murr-phobia

  • these posts are racist

    There is an entity called Israel. Israel controls the lives of millions of people. It only grants full citizenship rights to the Jews that it controls. It denies the Muslim and Christian Palestines who are subject to its control, full citizenship. This is discriminiation and apartheid.

    • Dickrider Hater

      Oh so it was the Jews fault they were exiled from their homes in europe and slaughtered by the millions huh?

      Fact of the matter isnt that Isreal dosent want peace, the muslims want every person on this earth that isnt a muslim dead, especially the jews.

      Theres no common ground between all, so its EVERYONES fault, not one group. THATS JUST MY OPINION.

      Here comes Around n Around the sack to the rescue!

  • smog

    1. there was nothing in x’s article that had anything ta do with palistine v israel and if you think there was you are just making up an excuse to talk about that shit, not saying it shouldnt be talked about, but there is no support of israel in x’s post what so ever
    2. who ever wrote “fuck tpar”, israel is down to kill all sorts of people and if you are not ready to admit that you are a dumbass most recently in lebanon war were they killed like 1000 civilians and displaced like a million people and fucked over there country just when lebanon had gotten out of like fifty years of povery.

    • Dickrider Hater

      Well if they would’ve stopped Hamas from launching fucking missles and mortors into Isreal from Lebanon, then they wouldnt have gotten their asses handed to them huh?

      Check this shit, say you’re a KKK member and you live in Southside Queens, arent you gonna be trigger happy? Everyone around Isreal wants Isreal to not exist. PERIOD. DESTROYED, and they feel the same way about YOU FUCKA, its just we’re 3,000 Miles away and there arent suicide bombers and missels flying into cities here every fucking day. The palestinians DONT WANT PEACE, THEY WANT ISREAL DESTROYED, that changes the pic a lil bit homie.

      Put that on ya brain.

  • bongolock

    good list. all of those got/get major play for me. i wish reggie went a little easy on tryin to give the whole gilla shine but oh well.
    new red is always a delight

  • Ruestar

    Damn, lets all chill out, eh? For it is the begining of the holiday, maybe we can let some light back into our lives, eh?

    Shit, man, we all live on some stolen land, the fuck are you gonna do about that? Argue us into the ocean?

    Everyones hands are dirty, we all know it.

    Shalom, bitches.

  • spellmywordsright

    we may live today on some land that was stolen like 500 years back–it was called colonialism and it was definitely not cool (genocide could be included as a subheading under Europe’s colonialist enterprise), not morally justifiable under any circumstances. so the fact that a similar practice took place some fifty years ago (and continues to be celebrated, in some circles, as an act of justice, liberation, etc) is a shame that none of us can justify–especially those of us whose ancestors were victims of colonialism. to say that the wu-tang are exactly like their ancient hebrew fathers is some supremely confused blather. blacks and jews everywhere can have a good laugh (and maybe some awkward introspective moments) after hearing that. true dat to these posts are racist. only jews are elligible for israeli citizenship– something to marinate on… can anyone name another nation whose citizenship is drawn along such strict religious lines?

    • Around and Around

      can anyone name another nation whose citizenship is drawn along such strict religious lines?
      —————-
      Saudi Arabia

      • these posts are racist

        That’s not true around. Saudi Arabia does not grant citizenship to any Muslim. Israel grants citizenship to any Jew anywhere in the world, yet denies non-Jews subject to its authority equalty under the law.

        • Around and Around

          TPAR, that’s not true:

          “the Shoura Council announced that foreigners would be allowed to apply for Saudi citizenship in 2004. This new legislation would allow foreigners meeting strict language and residency requirements to be eligible for Saudi citizenship. These include fluency in written and spoken Arabic, adherence to the Islamic faith, and a residency requirement of 10 years”

          Don’t ever try to rebutt me again young man…stay in your fuckin lane.

  • http://xxlmag.com Billy X. Sunday

    Shalom bitches!

    Real quick, who would come to this thread to talk about the state of Israel? That’s homo, and it has nothing to do with God’s temple. This drop is about celebrating life and good Hip-Hop music. If you come to this thread with anything else you are a representative of the devil.

    R.I.T. Pimp C

    • HAWAIIAN

      lol.

      co-sign.

  • these posts are racist

    Billy,

    Per usual, you don’t debate anything substantive, you just insult. I took the statement you made and explained why it is wrong for you to say. You have not refuted me.

    RIP Pimp C.

    End Apartheid in Palestine.

  • HAWAIIAN

    All you kooks arguing about Israel and Palestine, if you are such protectors of natural justice, GO AND DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT.

    stop bringing your petty and self-righteous rhetoric to a HIP HOP webpage.

    start a blog for fuck’s sake.

  • nonfic

    U SUCK MADDDD DICK BILLY SUNDAY..

  • http://xxlmag.com Billy X. Sunday

    How did God NOT restore the temple in Jehruselem after the Hebrews expelled the Greeks in 200 B.C.?

    What the fuck are you talking about?

    God will restore the temple again from European occupation, and the Philistines and the Gentiles will kneel again to the power of God. The Asyrians too. Emphasis on the ASS.

    You need to step up your God game instead of fucking around with them homo jailhouse preachers that you get your Muslamic from nigger.

    • these posts are racist

      Wow. So who are the European occupiers that God will rid the land of? And what should be done to the Christian and Muslim Palestinians who are subject to Israel’s control yet denied equal rights and citizenship?

  • http://xxlmag.com Kane Corleone

    all hail the pimp.Pimp Pimp Hooray,Pimp Pimp Hooray !!! We’re running out of Trill niggas people life is too short man love it ,live it…. celebrate C’s life celebrate Sean’s life.Welcome home Nachor Dillard my twin in since ’95 hit the ground runnin my nigga

  • http://xxlmag.com Kane Corleone

    B4 I go “think British and Dress Yiddish”…Gene Simmons.L’Chaim

  • gerald n. the birdman

    TPAR is an anti-semite and Billy X Sunday is delusional. Keep writing your own his-story boys. The world is not paying attention.

  • Fuck TPAR

    Around and Around you cuss me out and call me all this shit when your facts are as fucked up as your bitch ass. Jewish people DID purchase that land now called Israel long before it was called Israel. You act as if we jsut showed up in 1948 on “boats” you ignorant piece of shit. Jews never expected to have land ordained and protected by the US and the UN, but after the Holocaust, it only seemed appropriate, don’t you think?
    And Smog, you said Jews are down to kill anyone, which prolly has some truth to it. Maybe because we are surrounded by countries who wake up every morning denying our existence and strapping bombs to themselves like the pussies they are (and Around and Around) so I guess that will do that to you.

    L’chaim!

    • these posts are racist

      Are there non-jews living on that land? And are they not controlled by Israel? And are they not denied equal rights and citizenship, yet they are subject to Israeli control?

  • these posts are racist

    Gerald,

    Please provide an example of anything I said that could be characterized as anti-sematic or even a spec of bigotry. To the contrary, my comments oppose bigotry and racism in all their forms. Nice try though, that is a common response by Zionists who seek to ethnically cleanse Palestine of all non-jews meant to distract people from the real apartheid that is going on.

    • thoreauly77

      lay off the rhetoric. it is not what you say that is bigoted but rather what you don’t say/omit that can be construed as bigotry. tpar, your m.o. is respectable, but you should also consider what people infer (even if they do and dont know what it means to infer) from your commentary. i will tell you what is inferred from your commentary: islam is the true and only; argue with that assertion and you are wrong; any thing/person who argues with the assertion is hateful; people who speak their own truths (if they disagree with mine) are racist. the inference from your commentary is easily misconstrued as being anti-semitic, so please do not pretend it is shocking.

      you are too smart to fall into this line of reasoning that you are presenting.

      again though, this is what your commentary infers. if i am wrong, please let me know, but if anything, take this into consideration.

      fight the fight, but do it right.

  • http://www.incilin.blogspot.com Incilin

    You know I was gonna have to get in on this. I agree with Red, Sean P, and Kayne. Joell is nice, but I don’t know if I’d put it in that top 8. I aint heard Ghost and Wu-Tang enuff to make a call just yet. But I got to add:

    “Return of the Mac” – Prodigy (Maybe my fave of 2007)
    “Desire” -Monch
    “Popular Demand” – Black Milk
    “Buck The World” – Young Buck
    “American Gangster” – Jay-Z

    I know I’m forgetting something. I know it.

  • http://xxlmag.com Billy X. Sunday

    I’m wild surprised that none of you Jay-Z nuttsach holders took a minute from your useless lives to wish your man a happy new year.

    L’Chaim Jiggaman.

    • EReal

      Damn. LOL!

  • billy y wednesday

    EARDRUM
    EARDRUM
    EARDRUM

  • clarknova

    I would remove Joell Ortiz and KRS/Marley Marl from the list, and replace em with Free’s record, and yes, Jay’s. I’m not even a big Jay-Z fan, but I really enjoy that album.
    Oh, and religion is for bitches. Look how it’s effects have divided even this shitty little board, to say nothing of the world at large. And people are sure throwing around words like “Zionist” that don’t mean shit in this little cozy part of the world.
    Let’s stick to the Hip Hop.

  • H-LO

    It’s a celebration bitches! So bump this:

    El-P – I’ll sleep when you’re dead
    Redman – Red Gone Wild
    Kanye West – Graduation
    Jay-Z – American Gangster
    Witchdoctor – American Witchdoctor
    Popular Demand – Black Milk
    Freeway – Free At Last
    Pharoahe Monch – Desire

    I think that’s a pretty good mix when it comes to juxtaposing Bol d*ck ridin’ and c*ck-a-fella records!

    note: that Joell Ortiz album already won Bol’s “don’t believe the hype award”

  • clarknova

    Hell Yeah Witchdoctor! That EL-P was bangin too.

  • BR

    arguing about Israel on the comment sections of hip hop blogs is the only way to solve the woes of the middle east