The Best Album Of 2009…

What if I told you that 808s & Heartbreak was going to be the best album you heard in 2009? It’s poised now to take the fuck off in the first AND second quarters of 2009. The gloomy passionate theme of the album along with the deepening economic state of our country are the factors fueling the popularity. Chris Lighty is bumping that CD in his Mercedes. On the low, so is 50 Cent.

The album is good that even emo new-wave loving barely known rappers are letting their hate fly from their lips. Bol directed me to remarks from Little Brother’s Phonte who calls KanYe a coward among other things. KanYe just may be a coward, but he will be the coward with the best record in 2009. Phonte will be the un-coward that no one has even heard of. I have heard of him though and I feel like his album where he covers 1980′s songs is his best work evar.

I’m not hoping that 808s & Heartbreak remains the best album for this year but I’m scared at the prospects of nothing I want to fux with being released. Niggas say that their album is dropping soon but I won’t believe that until my connect sends me the .rar file. I told you before on this site that getting an album released might be the most difficult thing of all time, excluding passing a newborn child through your urethra, but even that’s possible if you watched the kids in a sandbox video.

Now that the Budden Saigon battle is over the landscape is looking pretty bleak. I wouldn’t even mind an album from Bleek. Okay, that was a lie. Not a whole album, but two banging singles from Memphis Bleek would help my situation. Who is gonna step up and give me that music I need in my life? Here are a few of the albums I was anxious to hear in 2009…

Joell Ortiz – The Free Agent
The youngest in charge from the Slaughterhouse collective is supposed to have a follow up to the Bodega Chronicles dropping on Koch. Is Koch the new Def Jam? Meaning the Def Jam that mattered in the music industry.

Sean Price – Mic Tyson
This was rumored to be dropping as a mixtape last year. And now it is rumored to be a solo album from Ruck. The Heltah Skeltah album D.I.R.T. was last year’s domestic abuse anthem.

Eminem – Rehab
The return of the not as Slim Shady will surely be the fall of Asher Roth.

Mos Def – The Ecstatic
This is Mos’ last chance to stop fucking around and put some serious shit together on an album. I imagine that he is all activated by the new presidential administration so maybe he can spit some bars that reflect his feelings.

Raekwon & Ghostface – Only Built 4 Cuban Links 2
This album will also be a last hurrah for the chef unless he comes on some supernatural cosmic hardbody shit.

Dr. Dre – Detox
You can’t make a list like this and NOT include the most anticipated album of all time. I know it isn’t dropping in 2009, but if it does I don’t want to seem like the dude who wasn’t happy for that.

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  • Pierzy

    I’ve been waiting for that Joell follow-up for a while and Cuban Linx 2 has to be the 2nd most anticipated (in terms of years) album ever behind Chinese Democracy. And of course, Detox.rar would make a good day great…

  • Ali

    yeah seriously how do u not include Lupe? that’s just embarassing…..LupEND will be better than all of this (even tho im big fans of most of these guys)…wouldnt be surprised if its better than Detox (no typo) AND I LIVE ON THE WEST COAST, WHAT?……and Em’s album is gonna be “Relapse” not Rehab

  • Beaaans

    Padded room!

    Thats it

    • LEO


      DMX-Walk With Me Now, And You’ll Fly With Me Later…I know…I just want one more from the dog…then he can be done…

      Jay-Z-Blueprint 3

  • Billy X. Sunday

    That was a Freudian slip on the naming of the Eminem album. Rehab usually comes after the Relapse

  • TonyStackz

    Blue Print 3 baaaaaby Can’t forget that one also looking forward for that Big Boi and Andre 3000 solo albums and the OutKast shit too!!

  • DBlock

    Dyck-ride 808′s all u want, it’s still an average-at-best album.

  • Billy X. Sunday

    This drop just killed Koch Records. They are now E1 Entertainment.

  • og bobby j

    jada – last kiss
    50 – BISD
    the next statik selektah joint
    blueprint 3

  • EBE725

    Clipse- Till the Casket Drops

    And Wale and Jay Electronica’s debut cd’s

  • louie mo

    i hope kanye is givin u some money for all the dick ridin you doin for him……

  • arice

    Clipse- Till the Casket Drops

    Young Chris


    Cool Kids

  • Ron Mexico

    if detox is coming out, i’m going with that.

    i might be the only one on this site who actually LIKE “lil wang,” so i’ll also reserve judgment until THAT drops.

    otherwise, damn… you might be right about the kanye album.

    i stopped holding my breath or OB4CLN2 like… 4 or 5 years ago.

  • Ron Mexico

    wale and b.o.b.

    i’m interested to see what cudi drops. could be dope.

    and word to bobby j. blueprint 3 could happen hard.

    “like lebron or sebastian./ high school graduates straight to the league./ i ain’t waitin’ for my knee to blow./ yesterday i been needin (kneadin?) this dough.”

  • Billy X. Sunday

    I came back here to add Kid Cudi to the list and i see you touched on that already. A bunch of folks be hollering for B.o.B. but I haven’t connected with dude yet.

  • Billy X. Sunday

    Slaughter House is gonna float some tracks around but I don’t know if an album from them is possible yet.

    Getting those four movements on the same page is gonna be difficult.

    • Lowedwn

      I gotta agree with you on that one(Slaughterhouse), though honestly with the state of things, I’ll take as much material from them dudes as I can get, album or not. Personally, I’m checking for Lupe, Cudi, Kiss, Clipse and I’m intersted to see what Busta might do now that he’s Back On his B.S.

      Cuban Linx 2 & Detox are now officially Hip-Hop Bigfoot’s.

    • $ykotic

      Listening to the Slaughterhouse MT now.

      I can see difficulty with Crooked and Royce traveling(Budden & Joell the same). That’s money burning right there.

      Rae & Ghost

      These new dudes ya’ll naming? The jury’s still out.

  • Grand Master

    Co-sign all your choices, but I got to add that new Clipse… like George Bush, they done been killin em for years…


    Clipse Till the Casket Drops
    outkast solo album and the group joint
    50 bisd
    jadakiss last kiss, kiss my ass, kiss my bitch whatever he wanna call it
    joell didn’t know he was suppose to drop

  • re-yo

    Exile’s “Radio” album is far more creative than 808′s

    • BIGNAT

      88keys the death of adam is 50 times more creative than 808 i never heard Exile’s Radio album

  • EmCDL

    Must I say this again? 808s and Gaybreak is garbage! Kanye need to get back on his hungry College Dropout dayz and get his mind out of Planet X…damn…
    Yeah Phonte from Little Brother may not sell as many records as Kanye, but I know he would never come out with any gay shit like that crap Kangay came out with. Plus dude got a voice to him and can spit hard as hell. I swear to Moses yall at XXL the only folks I know that gives that album so much damn praise…yall and females, cuz they the only ones that tell me they like it.

    I’m looking forward to the new Lupe, anything from Little Brother and Dilated Peoples, and that Slaughterhouse….I gotta check out that Exile joint too I heard that shit fire…