Top 10 For 2007…

Fuck you! You spent the whole fucking year downloading music for free. Now go outside of the little bedroom that you have slept in since you were four years old and leave your momma’s house. Got to Best Buy, Target, Circuit City, Wal-Mart, wherever you have to go to support fucking Hip-Hop. I did it. And don’t give me that shit about my salary here at XXL. I freelance bitches. My check from here pays for my cable television, my internets access and my motherfucking drugs. It’s not like record companies send me free shit. Shout to Koch Records for the free shit that y’all sent me. Anyhoo…

My point is that you fucks live off the backsweat of not just the Hip-Hop artists and the t.I.’s that pwn their asses, but you are now taking food from the mouths of the Mexicans that work in the plant that shrink wraps the plastic around the CD. You are stealing contraceptive money from the young, shapely interns that work in the entertainment industry that have unprotected sex with rapper weedcarriers and other members of the entourage. Who is going to pay for their birth control prescriptions or their OB-GYN care?

I’ve heard your arguments already, “If someone would make a complete album then I would buy it.” Shut the fuck up and stop sniveling. There was a shitload of good music released this year and not just that emo fag rap that is ultra popular on sites like Rate Your Music, but real major record label rap music. Just like when you were in junior high school, sleeping on that bed right there behind you. Go ahead, look at your bed. Yep, that’s the same bed you will be sleeping on for the next fifteen years.

So don’t give me that shit about how you don’t have any money to buy any music. Stop lying! And stop huffing paint and drinking expired cough syrup. You are twenty-four years old now. You are too old to still be working as a part-time tele-marketer. Tomorrow you should go get your ass a real job. But today you should spend your allowance on some good music. Think of it this way, tough love never sounded this good…

1) Can’t Tell Me Nothin’ Mixtape – The album of the year was indeed a mixtape and no, Lil’ Wang was not on it.

2) 8 Diagrams – The Wu-Tang > Rock Boys > Dip Shits > Ghey Unit

3) Big Doe Rehab – Does GFK finally make it to the MTV top 5 rappers alive list? Prah’lee not.

4) Underground Kings – R.I.P. Pimp C

5) Graduation – R.I.P. Donda West

6) Red Gone Wild – R.I.P. Redman at Def Jam (so says E Dubbz)

7) Bodega Chronicles – Joell Ortiz is the best 80’s baby rapping, and Lil’ Wang was born in 1979.

8) Reasonable Doubt – This is the album that ‘American Gangster’ makes me want to listen to.

9) Finding Forever – On the sneak tip this joint may end up as a classic.

10) Jesus Price Supastar – Lace up your Timbo work boots, put on your dirty backpack and your headphones with the scotch tape holding one of the earpieces on. This shit is Hip fucking Hop. Now get a fucking job.

  • Flymasta

    GOOD LIST NO LUPE THOUGH I’D THINK U PUT LUPE UP THERE @ LEAST I AIN’T GOT THE ALBUM BUT THE SONGS I HEARD WAS FIRE

    • http://www.myspace.com/sogentllc these posters are idiots

      Nah fam, Lupe forgot some Tribe lyrics and didn’t apologize to their butthurt stans when he caught heat for it. A guy like that can’t possibly have made two dope albums, the latest of which is arguably one of the best albums of ’07. No fucking way.

      • BK Cyph

        but did u catch Lupe’s sneak diss to Phonte on “Hi-Definition”

        I would love to see Lupe do an actual diss record… lol LB wouldnt stand a chance in hell.

      • Around and Around

        That’s hilarious.

        You are correct, any thing Lupe puts out in the future automatically sucks because he was never a TCQ fan. SMH

  • ddubbzz

    Red will forever be on the Def Jam roster, regardless of who’s running what. I think besides LL, red has been on Def Jam for quite some time

  • http://incilin.blogspot.com Incilin

    Your list with the 8 days of hanaka was way better and made a lot more sense.

  • b-ease

    Red’s album sucked.

    Where’s Return of the Mac?

    Finding Forever sounds better now than when it came out.

    Hard Knock Life is Jay’s best album. Think about it.

  • Jason

    Good list, but Wayne was on the CTMN Mixtape though. On “C.O.L.O.U.R.S.” he had the last verse.

    And I have to agree, Lupe Fiasco’s The Cool definitely could have replaced Finding Forever and 8 Diagrams on this list.

    • the best

      mood muzik 3 best mixtape this year

  • ATL = All Trannies Live

    LOL @ 8 Diagrams and Big Doe Rehab.

    The Drought 3?

  • http://www.myspace.com/sogentllc these posters are idiots

    8 Diagrams=horribly produced shitsandwich
    Big Doe Rehab=solid release from Ghost, nothing special though
    Red Gone Wild=solid release from Redman, not album of the year material at all
    Can’t Tell Me Nothing Mixtape=a waste of space on this list, especially since a good deal of the cuts ended up on Graduation and Finding Forever

    Did you do write this shit on the train this morning or something?

    Where’s Little Brother at?
    Or Eardrum?
    Or Blue and Exhile?
    shit, why not MM3? Joey went all John Blaze on your favorite rapper’s least favorite former president.

    But yeah you’re right about heads needing to stop making excuses and cop albums. The game needs it. Preserve the art.

  • JAY STONE

    Red’s album sucked.
    <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
    Eat a fat dick for that comment .

  • EReal

    You are such a Joell dickrider. His “who the fuck is joell ortiz” mixtape was better than “the brick”.

    Graduation = Ass

    8 Diagrams = Trash

    Its supposed to be of 07 and you put Reasonable Doubt? lol.

    Redman’s album was AIGHT, but you’ve had your lips firmly on his balls all year so I expected that.

    Really as far as BEST music of 07, I only really agree on Sean Price aka P Body. Im addicted to Jesus Price Supastar. I take it out, only to be rockin it again, lol.

  • boner jams 03

    Whatup BXS,

    no Getback???i thought u fucked with phonte…that album was 12 tracks of solid bangers….no filler…

  • jacko

    ctmn mixtape is balls y get tat mixtape if u got graduation and finding foreva.

    that wu and ghost album r amazin.dont even try to argue there last in time 4eva.

    american wankster is awful.y the hell r people callin rocafella roc boys.thats retarded dame made rocafella he made the damn label what it is it only fell apart after he and biggs let jays fat lips have some input same as what happened to all the good rappers on def jam.

    redman shud av bought that album out wen he finished it 2-3 years ago then it wuda gota the attention it deserves.

    i dont like music from the south.sorry but i like a bit of thinkin in my music and im not gna suck up to ugk just cause pimp c is dead but i do like that album.

    thank the lord there was no little wang on that list.his voice makes me wana smash my ipod!

    good list tho,and b4 u say im a west/east coast dick rider u southern fairys im from the south of england so go f!!! urself

  • John Brown

    What about THE SOLUTION?

    • http://www.myspace.com/sogentllc these posters are idiots

      The Solution was assjuice.

      Free At Last got snubbed as well I see.

  • major

    drought 3 was the best mixtape of the year. its not even close

  • JAY STONE

    The drought 3 is fucking garbage.

  • http://www.rockthedub.com khal

    REDGONEWILD!

    thats what im talkin about.

  • PURPLE HULK

    I AGREE WITH ALMOST THE WHOLE LIST, EXCEPT THE KANYE WEST BULLSHIT, AND THE JAY Z BULLSHIT

    WHO WAS ON THE “CANT TELL ME NOTHIN” MIXTAPE? IT WASNT JUST KANYE THE MAJORITY OF THE TIME, WAS IT?

    • http://www.myspace.com/sogentllc these posters are idiots

      The Kanye bullshit?

      Go rethink that one over a bowl of Captain Crunch, tiger.

  • jack bronson

    your list sucks.

    no lupe ( best rap album in years)

    no mood music 3

    no saigon ” moral of the story”

    ill agree with you on the ugk, kanye , and gfk , but thats about it. you passed up the ablove cd’s for the new ass wu-tang cd and redman? get outtaaaaaaaaaaa here.

  • render

    I was about to come on here and hate on this shit but I see you got the Redman drop on there so its all gravy lol

    but dude, how you gonna jock phonte over lupe and not put Getback on that list? Pharoahe had a slept on drop early in the year too

  • http://ifux.alumnah.com/ i Fux aka Etheraldinho aka the Immaculate Erection

    Yo I was just listening to Sean Price …….

    Sean Price the nicest to write poems/I never say the same shit twice like Mike Jones

  • latino heat

    i agree with most your list, but seriously wheres eardrum? i couldnt take that out the player when it dropped, and i was listening to it again 2 days ago. scarface shit is dope too.

  • http://xxlmag.com Billy X. Sunday

    Definitely put Pharoe Monch down as 10a and Lil’ Brother as 10b.

    I didn’t buy either so I had to exclude them. Everyone is going crazy over Buddens’ joint but I haven’t caught feelings yet from the tracks I’ve heard so I can’t call it.

    The point of this drop is for you to shut the fuck up and go to a store and BUY some fucking music so that the motherfuckers you like to hear will continue to MAKE music.

    If you love that Lupe shit then go and buy it.

    • PURPLE HULK

      WHAT MAKES YOU ASSUME NOONE HERE BUYS THE MUSIC THEY LIKE?
      I BUY MUSIC I LIKE, AND IM SURE ALOT OF PEOPLE READING THIS SHIT DO TOO.

  • yaboy

    MM3???????

  • the best

    You forgot the mood musik 3 the best to drop this year hands down that and scarface the two top albums of the year

  • one shot deal

    I agree with some of the comments, mood music 3 should be on that list. What about free at last?

  • ekb

    super gangster extraordinary gentleman …style p my dude

  • Combat Jack

    “Finding Forever”, along with “Be” both went from being not listened at all to now both getting heavy rotation when I ghost-ride the whip. Daily.

    Not mad at Lupe either.

    Pharoah Monch also made my top 10.

    Devin The Dude?

    • Caine

      You can’t ghostride da whip to no fuckin Common! GTFOH!!!

      • http://www.myspace.com/sogentllc these posters are idiots

        And you can’t be as stupid as you seem.

  • bizzle

    Return of the mac… bitch nigga! And that Styles p goes extra hard

  • B-EZ

    NOBOYS WANTS TO HEAR THAT LITTLE BROTHER MEDIOCORE BULLSHIT..THOSE DUDES ARE LAME AND BORING..GET LIKE YOU? NO. GET LIKE ME.

  • A Wise Man

    Your an idiot can’t tell me nothing mixtape was a bunch of snippets its ont the best album of the year oh and lil wayne was on it… you try to make your posts cool or somthing I dunno but really your knowledge of hip-hop in general is lacking your list sucks balls no A.G. no The Cool??? go read a book or some shit you dub mother fucker you and Brain Crawford are two huge fuckin idiots

  • http://www.myspace.com/boris_savnik *Niggarachi 24*

    OMG! This post definitely relates to me… LOL. I’m 24, still don’t have a proper job,
    and has a bed right behind me! But no matter what, I like to buy albums that are worth of my attention. From all mentioned above, I’ve bought “American Gangster”, besides of 2Pac’s albums…

    I think that artists have to work more on their consistency to make a product worth purchasing, and perceived as a real piece of art.

  • blacker cracker

    billy, billy, billy,

    you come off like a real preachy, self-righteous douchesack. For people to take your advice, they have to value your opinion. Maybe you should try to connect to your readers(and maybe even a few fans) instead of puttin em down.

    while youre rambling on about bitches that could get free birth control, you wouldnt have a column if we didnt come here and read it. considering you’re really not that good, if i were you, i’d be kissin our ass, hoping we come back

  • Chad Biggz

    MM3…everyone is sayin that. I get what Billy is sayin tho’.

    If Buddens had an album in stores would it sell 6 figures its first week?

    Get out and buy somethin!!!

  • E-Fleezy

    THIS IS THE TOP 10 OF THE YEAR IN NO PARTICULAR ORDER

    Ghostface-The Big Doe Rehab

    Lupe Fiasco-The Cool

    Joe Budden-Mood Muzik 3

    Blu and Exhile-Below the Heavens

    Large Amount-The Boy With a Billion Bars Mixtape (If you don’t know, now you know youngn’s. This boy is on D-Block and he is lyrical as fuck!)

    Kanye West-Graduation

    Scarface-Made

    Talib Kweli-Eardrum

    Freeway-Free at Last

    I don’t feel like anything else stood out enough to qualify as # 10, but I did dig some joints off of Styles and Beanies albums. Joel Ortiz and Skyzoo be killin’ it too.

    Fuck it, I’ma put Cam’s Public Enemy #1 at 10 becuz at least he made me laugh for the whole 4 days I was bumpin’ his shit.

  • Wesley Gibson

    So wait,

    The justification here is that I’m supposed to get off my broke ass, reach into my coffers and legitimately purchase some shit instead of robbing and stealing it via the electronic thug-life, and yet that same shit is generally mood music made by newly minted millionaires (at least in their minds) that extol the virtues of robbing and stealing and generally living the analog thug life. What you’re telling me then, is that I can’t steal an advertisement for theft because then the people who make said robbery carols won’t be financially incentivised to produce such braggart media any longer?

    Me thinks this has been a tricky premise from jump…

    • BORN IN THE NORTH, RASIED IN THE SOUTH

      ^^^^^^^^

      Brilliant.

  • http://ifux.alumnah.com/ i Fux aka Etheraldinho aka the Impeccable Erection aka Immaculate Ejaculate

    ya’ll need to quit sleeping on that Blu and Exile blicka’ ………yo Billy I sent that shit to you on the DP email, listen then cop. Best album of the year, no hyperbole!

  • moresickaMC

    If you dont have Blu & Exiles – Below the Heavens on your top 5 list of 07…you lost.

    • HAWAIIAN

      word man.

      glad i won this year.

  • CHICAGO “G”

    Best of 2007
    1. Lupe – The Cool
    2. Ghost – Big Doe Rehab
    3. Common – Finding Forever
    4. Jay – American Gangster
    5. Freeway – New Album
    6. Scarface – New Album

    Worst of 2007
    Lil Brother – Get back bullshit!!!
    the Wu – 8 fuckin Diagrams
    50 cent – Curtis
    Cassidy – B.A.R.S. that shit was weak!!!
    T.I. – T.I. vs TIP
    Red Man – Red Gone Wild

  • Ali

    of the albums I’ve heard on this list, I enjoyed them all…..but 10 albums is too little of a list….these shoulda made it too

    Ear Drum
    The Cool
    Free At Last
    The Solution
    American Gangster
    Ultimate Victory

  • clarknova

    Nope, fuck Lupe and all his little dickriders. I hope he does retire so I don’t have to hear his whining any more. And Billy, please get off Joell Ortiz’s dick. You’ve talked about it enough this year…we know your love burns for him like the passion of a thousand suns. I like these, in no particular order:

    Jay-American Gangster
    Kanye-Graduation
    Freeway-Free at Last
    Devin-Just Tryin to Live
    UGK- Underground Kings
    Wu-Tang-8 Diagrams
    Ghostface-The Big Doe Rehab
    Lil Wayne-Da Drought 3
    El-P-I’ll Sleep With You’re Dead
    Aesop Rock-None Shall Pass

    special mentions:
    Witchdoctor- the Diary of an American Witchdoctor
    Young Bleed-Once Upon a Time in Amedica
    Sage- Human the Death Dance
    Percee P-Perseverence
    Chamillionaire- Ultimate Victory

  • Around and Around

    No!! My ‘best’ of 2007 is better than your ‘best’ of 2007

  • Neven

    you all have to look outside and see the weather man out there and listen with your eardrum so you can see the Consequence of quitting your day jobs cause forever has come so listen to the horns and halos. For Whom the Beat Tolls

  • Fernando

    New Witchdoctor is fire.

    Red gone wild was fire.

    Scarface – Made is fire.

    Prodigy had a few cuts.

    GFK Big Doe Rehab has cuts.

    Sean Price JPS has cuts.

    Underground Kings is fire.

    Method Man 4:21 Day after is fire.

    New Bootcamp Click was fire.

    Kind of a down year for albums though. It seemed like there were a lot of singles that blew up, but very few satisfying albums.

  • http://www.theunderwriters.blogspot.com THE UNDERWRITER

    Yo, I got to the second paragraph and almost stopped breathing.

    LMMFBAO.

    Hol’ up… gimme a minute to finish…

  • http://www.theunderwriters.blogspot.com THE UNDERWRITER

    I just can’t fuck with Lupe. And trust me, I used to knock his shit *nolo* constantly in the Regal. Cats thought I was from Pluto. But now? Ehhh….

    Call me a purist if you must. But how the fuck am I supposed to take him or his music seriously anymore, when he can say he doesn’t know or care to hear one of the albums from which his style comes, then performs fucks up at a tribute performance for the group he never studied…

    It’s disrespect to the group that made his very presence in the game possible.

    Fuck The Fool. Maybe I’ll buy the next one. Right now, I’m knocking that Liquid Swords. So classic.

  • Mr.Wang

    Billy why everytime you talk about Wayne you say Lil Wang? Just curious.

  • latino heat

    4:21 the day after was in ’06 homie.

  • Anti-radio

    Don’t forget Krs-One’s Hip Hop lives!